As their special day approaches, the Class of 2019 gathered to celebrate at the annual Graduation Dinner Dance. It was a delightful evening with wonderful company,  a fine meal, sharing of elementary school memories, and dancing!  A number of awards were presented at this event. SJS is delighted to announce the honorees.

An annual honor distributed at this graduation dinner is the Sullivan Award. This is given to one boy and one girl for outstanding scholastic effort and outstanding scholastic achievement. The selection is made by the teachers based upon total academic achievement and effort as reflected in the students’ eighth grade reports.

This year, the Sullivan Award for outstanding scholastic effort has been earned by Joseph Dillon and Madeline Reddin.

The Sullivan Award for Scholastic achievement has been earned by Jacob Abraham and Isabel Klimowicz.

The Margaret Zimmer Sweeney Award is given to eighth grade students who have exhibited seriousness about his or her schoolwork, and a dedication to the essence of faith life by selflessness and service to others. All eighth grade students are eligible for this award. The family of Margaret Zimmer Sweeney, a longtime parishioner of St. James, has funded this honor, offering the recipient a monetary award. The 2019 Margaret Zimmer Sweeney Award has been earned by Samantha Bell.

The Susan Kuzniewski Reifsnyder Award was established in 1997. It is awarded by the St. James Music ministry and carries a monetary gift. Two students are honored this year. The Reifsnyder Award has been earned by Mallory Leno.


Best wishes to the Class of 2018 as they celebrate their graduation from St. James School! Our community is proud of you! Never forget the lessons learned here! May you walk in the light of Jesus as you continue your journey to know and love Him. We’ll look for you at Sunday Mass at St. James!




Many thanks to families who were able to attend SJS’s first STEAM Fair last week! It was a great success which yielded many positive comments from visitors!


Many thanks to Mrs. Zebron for her vision and skill in organizing the many activities enjoyed by so many! Thanks to the teachers who directed creative learning resulting in interesting student projects! SJS has come a long way this year in its purposeful use of technology!





Thank you, St. James School!  Through your abundant generosity, hundreds of lunches were collected and delivered to several social service agencies again this year!
SJS is seeking a volunteer(s) to lead Sandwich Ministry next year!  If you are interested in leading or helping with this wonderful ministry so it may continue at SJS, please contact Sarah Whelan at  Time commitment is one morning per month and dates and delivery locations are flexible.



Congratulations to the winning Battle of the Books Winning teams:


3rd-4th Grade: Miss Wentzel’s 4th Grade Class:  Michael Perrotta, Annabelle Finn, Nathan Marcus


5th-6th Grade: Deacon Hahn’s 5th Grade Class:  Caroline Hartman, Allie Long, Gillian Dufern, Nicolas Nicolandis and Tyler Wentink


7th-8th Grade: 7th Grade Team:  Abi Beck, Alyssa Haisman, Luke Breimon, John Hutchison, Michael O’Connor and P.J. McLeod



The students have voted!  

The winning books for the 2019 Bulldog Book Award are:

Pre-K:That Is Not a Good Idea!, Mo Willems

Kindergarten-2nd Grade: Claymates, Dev Petty

3rd-4th Grade:  The 13-Story Treehouse, Andy Griffiths

5th-6th Grade:  Genius Files:  Mission Unstoppable, Dan Gutman

7th-8th Grade:  After Ever After, Jordan Sonnenblick




Attention 2nd-7th grade Parents!  

Check out the Summer Preview of books on the 2020 Battle of the Books lists!  Perfect for summer reading!

CLICK HERE for grades 3-6.                                            CLICK HERE for grades 7 and 8.


May 31 -Last Day for Quest Food Service

June 1 – Graduation Mass, 10:00

June 3 – Kindergarten Picnics

June 4 – Picnics for grades 1-5

June 5 –  End of Year Choral Concert, 2:30

June 6 – All School Mass, 9;00

June 6 –  Last day of school for 1029-2020!



Options that have proven successful for SJS families are Dennis Uniform and Lands End. Only Dennis carries the SJS uniform plaid items. Dennis has closed its Mount Prospect store. The nearest brick and mortar store is in Chicago just of the Kennedy expressway on Higgins at Harlem. Sample items are available in the SJS office for sizing purposes for online ordering.

Please be mindful of uniform requirements when making your purchases. The guidelines are in the SJS Student/Parent Handbook on the website. Click here for details on school shoes.



SJS code: 900128257



P.E. UNIFORMS  Grades 6-8 are required to wear uniforms for Physical Education. CLICK HERE to access the ordering site.

It’s time to order school supply kits! Pre packaged kit sale is online ONLY. Orders can be placed now through June 16. A sample kit is available in the school office. As always, the kits will be delivered to the classroom prior to the start of school.
CLICK HERE to place an order. The SJS ID is STJ212.       CLICK HERE to access grade level supply lists.
Many thanks to SJS alum mom, Katryn Dubiel, and SJS alum, Isabel Kennedy, for their work in assembling the lists and working with the company to provide this service for our families.


The FSA was proud to host the 8th Grade Dinner Dance on Tuesday evening.

Thank you to Sheryl Lifka and all of the 7th grade parents who planned, set-up, served, and cleaned up this truly special evening.

The Class of 2019 and their parents were treated to an evening of dinner, dancing, awards & recognition, and a trip down memory lane with the traditional 8th grade video.

The 16 families graduating out of St. James were each presented with a small gift of appreciation from the FSA.





2018-2019 Box Tops Winner is….4th Grade!

Congratulations on collecting 1,321 Box Tops for a total of $132.10. The winning grade has earned themselves a Spirit Wear Day and an ice cream treat.

Thank you to Gina Heuer for chairing this committee for several years. We are grateful to Lisa O’Reilly for volunteering to chair this for 2019-2020.


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