SJS continued to celebrate our Blessed Mother during the month of May. We honor her in our daily prayers and celebrated Mary in a special way after this week’s Friday Mass with our May Crowning. The eighth grade class led the school in this annual tradition at SJS. It was the first opportunity for the second graders to join us at the Lord’s table during a school Mass. It was a memorable day for all!



A Prayer for Mother’s Day

Mary, Mother of Jesus, we ask you on this Mothers’ Day to pray for our own dear mothers. May your Son, Jesus, reward them for all the care they have so lovingly given us over the years. May He give them peace of heart for all the time they have soothed us in times of trouble or failure. May Jesus give them joy of spirit for all the time they have healed our wound and wiped away our tears.

We as you, Mary, on this day when we honor and praise our mothers for their unconditional love and care, that Jesus might bestow upon them His choicest blessings and His deepest love.






Every three years schools are visited by representatives from the Illinois State Board of Education for a compliance and recognition review. The review at SJS was on January 31, 2019. This process involved filing an extensive application dealing with school policies, curricula, personnel, and student health and safety. In addition, the school was visited by a team to confirm the information submitted, check student, health, and personnel files, and examine health and safety on the premises by walking through the entire building.

The results of the visit has been processed finding St. James School in complete compliance and granted full recognition.There were no issues, discrepancies, concerns, suggestions, or recommendations.

Our staff and students should be very proud of the exceptional report. As stated in the commendations, special commendation should be given to Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Westerkamp for their presence during the visit and fastidious work in the health office and to Mike Tomasiewicz and Brian Booth for their exceptional care and maintenance of our buildings.

CLICK HERE to read some especially noteworthy items observed and highlighted by the visiting team, listed in the form of commendations.




St. James School’s National Junior Honor Society students went to Rustic Falls Nature Camp in Burlington, Wisconsin for a day of service. They worked outdoors to spread wood chips on a walking path, took down an ice rink, and prepped the porch to be repainted. They all worked so hard and accomplished so much! You can see more photos on the SJS Facebook page. Thank you to Mrs. Kirk, NJHS Moderator, for arranging this opportunity!

May 13 – Field trip, grades 3 & 4

May 16 – New Family On-boarding Night,Kindergarten-Gr. 8, 7:00

May 17 –  All School Mass

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

May 20 – Spirit Wear

May 20 – Dodge Ball Tournament

May 22 – New Family On-boarding Night, Pre K 3 & 4, 7;00, Library

May 23STEAM Night, 6:30

May 24 – Staff Development, NO CLASSES

May 27 – Memorial Day, NO CLASSES

Pre K students enjoyed a special “Mothers’ Day Tea” for their mommies. Children performed several numbers including a jazzy version of “The Three Little Bears” and enjoyed a snack to celebrate MOM!



FSA SJS Teachers

We are so grateful for the dedication of our teaching staff here at SJS.

Thank you to our Room Parents and Committees who had many thoughtful gestures planned this week to let our teachers know they are appreciated.

Room Parents planned special treats throughout the week for their classroom teachers. Michaela Barrett coordinated gifts for all non-Homeroom teachers and Aides. Cheryl Bayer & Mary Reddin and the Hospitality Committee (so many delicious desserts sent in!) planned a wonderful luncheon for the teachers and staff to enjoy!




Nurses Appreciation Week

SJS is so fortunate to have 3 outstanding nurses who work to keep our kids healthy and safe!

FSA showed our appreciation for Nurses Baker, Westerkamp, and Mitchell with a gift and flowers.




The FSA is so proud to support the Class of 2019 and many of their year-end festivities! Today the 8th graders were treated to a brunch following the beautiful tradition of May Crowning.


SJS is very proud to be sending 11 student athletes to the Track & Field State meet in Peoria, IL.


  • Abi Beck: 400M dash
  • Natalya Ayala, Lucci Peterson, Annie Kate McAndrews, Abi Beck & Maddie Reddin: 4x400M Relay
  • Jack Heit: 100M dash
  • Chris Moreau, Jack Heit, Aidan Allenfort, Jake Cohen & Ben Sheldon: 4x100M Relay
  • John Saracco: Discus