My thanks to all families for your time, treasure, talents, and support throughout this year. I always tell people that one of the greatest assets of St. James is its sense of community and its volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!!

Special thanks to parents who have completed several years of service in leadership roles on the FSA Board: Christine Chodil and Kristen Wentink.

St. James School has a tremendous staff! We are grateful to our teachers, support and maintenance staffs for all of their hard work this year. We thank them and wish them many blessing for their service to our children.Best wishes to Mrs. Erland, Mrs. Potenza, Mrs. Chandler,  and Mrs. Giovannetti, whose life journeys are taking them down a new road. We thank them for their service to our students!

Thanks, too, to our priests! Father Matt and Father Derek are precious to our school families! We thank God for this blessing!

Enjoy a great summer with your family! Stay in touch by seeing one another at Sunday Mass. And with the Lord’s blessings, we’ll reunite in August, ready to take St. James school to greater heights!

As for me, I take leave with great joy and gratitude. My 14 years as “the proud principal of St. James School” have enriched my life. Eternal thanks to my wonderful colleagues, particularly my Assistant Principals through the years, Mrs. Jackie Balogh and Mrs. Kathy Davy. I wouldn’t be in administration if it weren’t for my mentor and role model, Mrs. Rose Mannion; my deepest admiration and love to her. Thanks to the parish staff, parents and parishioners, but most of all to the more than one thousand or so students who attended SJS during my years here. You have been  my teacher in so many ways.You have been a great inspiration to me, encouraging me to grow in knowledge and faith right along with you.  Continue to work hard and do your best every day—- and don’t forget to BE KIND!!

God bless you and God bless St. James School and Parish!

August 12-16-School Office opens from 8:00am-12 noon

August 18 – Back to School Mass at 11:30 in church

August 19 – Orientation Day, 10:00-12 Noon

August 20 – First Day of School for PK 4 (5 Full Day) through Grade 8

August 26 – Spirit Wear

August 27 – Pre K 3 Orientation, 9:30-10:30

August 28 – Parent Information Night, 7:00 pm


CLICK HERE for a more detailed tentative calendar for 2019-2020.


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: GAQGV


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.

A Few Thoughts…
The days are long, but the years are short! And so we find ourselves at the end of another school year. We started this year with our hearts and minds ready to embrace many changes within our FSA. As we take a moment to reflect on the past year, we are thankful that you, the families of SJS, supported these changes.
CLICK HERE to read more.



Sara Allaire and Julie Morgan, SJS Class of 2012, are doing a summer mission trip to Africa. They are traveling with Love Africa Mission to Kijabe, Kenya, home to the Africa Inland Mission station established in 1903. On station, Julia and Sara will connect with Kijabe Hospital, CURE Hospital, Kenya Kids Can, Little Lambs Daycare, Southern Cross, and Rift Valley Fellowship – all incredible ministries that are working to alleviate the brokenness of Kenya. They will have the opportunity to meet the Masai people down in the Rift Valley and experience true tribal culture during their Sunday worship service. We will also be serving refugees at the IDP Camps (Internally Displaced People) as a part of a feeding program, established in 2011, which feeds over 300 children each school day.

God bless you, Sara and Julia, for your commitment to service!




CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Bailitz, SJS Class of 2015 and star pitcher for Hersey High School’s Softball team,

on leading her team to its first sectional championship! CLICK HERE to read more.






Congratulations to the following SJS alumni who received special end of year honors at St. Viator High School


Valedictorian-Maura Hogaboom

National Honor Society-Thomas Constertina, Nolan Doherty, Zachary Evans, Nicole Gallant, Mateo Garland, Anna Haas, William Hartman, Maura Hogaboom, Colleen McMahon, Maatthew McManaman, Michael Purk, Kiana Resch, Amalia Sordo Palacios,Cassidy Versen, William Walberg, Michael Whelan, Kathryn Williams

Illinois State Scholar– Thomas Constertina, Nolan Doherty, Zachary Evans, Nicole Gallant, Mateo Garland, Anna Haas, Sara Hankinson, Maura Hogaboom, Colleen McMahon, Matthew McManaman, Michael Purk, Kiana Resch, Amalia Sordo Palacios, Cassidy Versen, and William Walberg

French National Honor Society-Nicole Gallant, William Hartman

Spanish National Honor Society-Thomas Constertina, Nolan Doherty, Zachary Evans, Mateo Garland, Anna Haas, Maura Hogaboom, Colleen McMahon, Matthew McManaman, Michael Purk, Amalia Sordo Palacios,  William Walberg, and Kathryn Williams


Principal’s Honor Roll – Alexandra DiMarco, Katherine McManaman, Daniel Ornelas

Fine Arts Outstanding Achievement– Daniel Ornelas

Theology Outstanding Achievement– Daniel Ornelas

Heart of the Class-Alexandra DiMarco


Principal’s Honor Roll Sophomores- Tyler Haisman, Christi Hansen, Callie Mulligan

English Outstanding Achievement– Madeline Welch

Math Outstanding Achievement- Callie Mulligan

Modern World Languages (Spanish II)– Nicholette Bentz

Theology Outstanding Achievement-Callie Mulligan

Science Outstanding Achievement- Callie Mulligan

Social Studies Outstanding Achievement – Christi Hansen, Callie Mulligan, Matthew Smith\

Heart of the Class-Tyler Haisman


Principal’s Honor Roll-Lauren Allaire, Riley DiMarco,Chritian Evans, Alexa Furmanski, Claire Mittel, James Zafiris, Emma Ziebka

Math Outstanding Achievement-Alexa Furmanski

Modern World Languages (Spanish II, Accelerated Honors)– Emma ZIebka

Physical Education Outstanding Achievement – Patrick Hartman





Summer’s almost here – make your fines disappear! We really want you to come back and see all of the exciting books, services and programs we will be offering, so we are once again offering Fine Forgiveness Week just in time for summer reading. CLICK HERE for more information