May is dedicated to our Blessed Mother. We honor her in our daily prayers and special celebrations including May Crowning. All are invited to join the school on May 10. May Crowning will take place at the conclusion of 9:00 Mass.

Marian devotion is a rich gift which we want to pass along to our children. It is her example we need to follow. She is the ideal to which we all must set our sights. Submitting to God’s will is not an easy task. May we help our children realize the model that Mary provides for all of us as we pray through her intercession.

A lovely reflection can be found by CLICKING HERE.  It may take you back to your childhood devotions to Mother Mary.



Congratulations to the seventh grade student who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at this morning’s all school Mass. SJS is proud of their work ethic and success! Best wishes to: Abigail Beck, Billy Beck, Gianna Bentz, Kelly Cassady, Giavanna Geati, Alyssa Haisman, Angel Hernandez, John Hutchison, Emily Lifka, Margaret Miller, Mallory Mulligan,Charlie O’Connor, Ellie O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, Sophia Phillips,Sophia Rafidia, Sara Raucci, Morgan Riske, Fernanda Romero, Ava Salatino, John Sarroco, Marygrace Townsend, Mia Tucci, Sofia Villasenor, and Jack Zimmerman.

Congratulations to the 8th grade NJHS members upon a successful year:Jacob Abraham, Megan Anderson, Aidan Allenfort, Lauren Bayer, Samantha Bell (Treasurer), Camille Chu (Vice President), Joseph Dillon, Isabella Gauza, Jack Glasstetter (Vice President), Connor Jones, Isabel Klimowicz, Suzanne Klopp, Carson Koclanis, Michael McManaman (President), Maggie Papanicholas, Alessia Pontarelli, Julia Pontarelli, Madeline Reddin, Victoria Rzaca, Andy Waltz and Cecelia Whelan



During the month of May, we celebrate our teachers, too!! Next week we wish a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to the outstanding SJS teaching staff! Your daily work with our students has such a profound effect on their lives! Thank you for the fine education in academics! Thank you for teaching in our CATHOLIC school, the virtues that will last our students a lifetime! You kindness, caring and professionalism pays dividends that cannot yet be seen! God bless you for your work!



THANK YOU to the Family School Association, who kindly provided the transportation and treats for the ride for the teachers to and from the NCEA convention at McCormick place last week!


May 3 – First Holy Communion

May 6 – Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6 – Nurses’ Appreciation Day

May 6 – Pizza With a Purpose (LAST ONE FOR THE YEAR!)

May 7 – School Council Meeting, 7:00 pm

May 8 – SJS Day at Capannari’s Ice Cream

May 8 – Band Concert, 7:00 pm

May 10 – All School Mass & May Crowning, 9:00

May 10 – School Dance, Gr. 6, 7, & 8, 4:00

May 13 – Field trip, grades 3 & 4

May 16 – New Pre K 3 & Pre K 4 Parent Onboarding Meeting, 7:00

May 17 –  All School Mass

May 17 – Special Lunch (Last one of the year!)



Faith abounds at St. James School! As many of you know, our second grade students will celebrate First Holy Communion tomorrow,  Saturday, May 4th. The students are very excited because they have experienced preparation for this sacrament that is deeply rooted in the meaning of Eucharist.  As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Eucharist is the “the source and summit of the Christian life.”  CLICK HERE to read more.


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!!!!

SJS day at Capannari’s Ice Cream Parlor is on May 8 from 3:00-6:00. Come get an ice cream cone scooped by an SJS staff member!

10% of all sales for that day will go back to SJS. The three schools that have raised the most money will spilt another 10% of the total sales for all of the days combined.The split will be as follows: 1st Place takes 60%, 2nd Place takes 30%, and 3rdPlace takes 10%.
Last year the winning school brought in a check for over $2,000.00!




Last Call for 2019-2020 Room Parent Sign-Up!!

Whether you have been a Room Parent before or are ready to get started, thank you for considering this important role!

Being a Room Parent is a fun and rewarding experience. Perks include opportunities to be in the classroom for fun events, getting to know your child’s teacher, classmates and other parents, and the satisfaction of providing an invaluable service to your child’s teacher.

Parents will be notified of their class assignments early June.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up!



The Spirit Wear store is closed for the school year.

Thank you to all who purchased items throughout the year. We are working with a new vendor to bring exciting and fresh items for the 2019-2020 school year.




Thank you to Kathryn Boudart for cleaning up and replanting the flower pots located under the canopy and outside the School and Parish Offices.The Spring flower displays were ready to go in time for all to enjoy on Easter Sunday!

FSA has committed to keeping these pots beautiful year round.

If you have a green-thumb or are just looking for a volunteer opportunity with a minimal time commitment, please reach out to Julie at FSA:


Congratulations to the winner of the Dodgeball t-shirt design contest, 7th grader, Sofia Phillips! Congratulations Sofia! See you at the May 20 Dodge Ball Tournament sponsored by the SJS Athletic Association




Congratulations to the SJS students from the Class of 2015 who have been named Illinois State Scholars. These students represent the top 10% of high school seniors from 765 high schools across the state.  Earning this distinction means that the student received a 95th percentile or above on the ACT or SAT and ranks in the top half of their class.

From Saint Viator High School: Tom Constertina, Nolan Doherty, Zack Evans, Nicole Gallant, Matteo Garland, Anna Haas, Maura Hogaboom, Colleen McMahon, Matthew McManaman, Michael Purk, Kiana Resch, Cassidy Versen, and Will Walberg

From Hersey High School: Sarah Bailitz, Clarissa Gomez, and Josh Perkins

We’re proud that you gained your academic and spiritual foundation at St. James School!

Summer learning loss puts students at a serious disadvantage. This occurs when skills and knowledge are lost over the summer months, causing students to move backwards instead of progressing.

CLICK HERE to place orders for Summer Solutions. Orders must be placed by MAY 5 using the school code provided in the flyer. Books are sent home through school.