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SJS Alumni Achieve Perfect Scores

SJS Alumni Achieve Perfect Scores

And then there were 3. SJS is proud to share news of a 3rd alum achieving a perfect score on ACT/SAT tests this year! Congratulations to Clarissa Gomez, Class of 2015! She joins fellow members of the SJS Class of 2015, Maura Hogaboom and Tom Constertina, both of SVHS,...

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Summer 2018 Reading Lists

Summer 2018 Reading Lists

Have a great time reading this summer! Incoming 8th Grade Incoming 7th Grade Incoming 6th Grade Incoming 5th Grade Incoming 4th Grade Incoming 3rd Grade Incoming 2nd Grade Incoming 1st Grade Incoming Kindergarten  ...

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From the Principal

From the Principal

FROM THE PRINCIPAL 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...

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The Counselor’s Corner

The Counselor’s Corner

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. McGOWAN   I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown! I have been holding on to this article from Stewardship.com  since I read  it last summer. I think it has some good points! I would only add time for prayer, Mass and helping others.  I...

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From the Principal

From the Principal

FROM THE PRINCIPAL As their special day approaches, the Class of 2018 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...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. FARRELL, Director of Spiritual Formation The countdown has begun – 5,4,3, 2, 1…SCHOOL’S OUT! Ah for those lazy, laid back days of summer. But we live in a culture where a phrase like that has little meaning. Many will go from very rigorous school...

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From the Principal

From the Principal

    FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAPPAS Abby Thengil and Lila Sheriff enjoyed a unique experience today joining SJS priests and learning about what a day is like for Father Matt and Father Derek. Thanks to our priests for hosting the girls as "Priests for a Day", a Battle of...

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From the Principal

From the Principal

  FROM THE PRINCIPAL Thank you to the following students for serving as greeters, readers, and gift bearers at this past Sunday’s 10:00 Mass: Alex Chengary, Camille Chu, Jake Cohen, Leo Cohen, Oliver Cohen, Angel Hernandez, Anthony Zebron, and Ben Zebron. Sunday Mass...

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Sandwich Ministry

Sandwich Ministry

Our last Sandwich Ministry of the year tomorrow.Thank you for your generosity toward those in need!! “For I was hungry and you fed me.” Matthew 25:35 Brown Bag Lunches for Homeless and Less Fortunate Menu 2 meat sandwiches on white or whole wheat bread or roll 2 hard...

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From the Principal

From the Principal

  FROM THE PRINCIPAL SJS has made significant strides in technology this year led, in large part, to the genrosity of our families, Parents Club and efforts of Miss Harter, SJS Educational Technologist and diligent learning by our teachers. All students have had...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

  FROM THE DESK OF MRS. FARRELL, Director of Spiritual Formation May is a very important month for us. It is one of two dedicated to Mary and the Rosary. The Rosary is a Marian prayer drawn from Bible stories of Jesus. As you know, the decades of the Rosary are...

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From the Principal

From the Principal

  FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAPPAS Congratulations to Mrs. McDermott who was selected by the Office of Catholics Schools as a recipient of the Archdiocese of Chicago's 2018 Heart of Enrichment, Heart of the School Award. Catholic Schools seek to teach the "whole child",...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAT FARRELL, Director of Spiritual Formation This Saturday,  May 5th, is one day is a very special day for the St. James Community.  Our second graders will receive the Body and Precious Blood of Christ into their very being. They will be...

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From the Principal

From the Principal

FROM DESK OF MRS. JUDY PAPPAS Another calendar page will turn next week! 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 11. May Crowning will take...

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Counselor’s Corner

Counselor’s Corner

  FROM THE DESK OF MRS. McGOWAN   Sleep deprivation is a real problem for adults and kids these days! Imagine you're in your school math class after staying up late doing homework, and the teacher calls on you to explain something complicated on the board....

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From the Principal

From the Principal

  FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAPPAS Misericordia Candy Days are coming up. Misericordia is a not for profit organization on the north side of Chicago. Misercordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental...

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From the Principal

From the Principal

  FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAPPAS Saint James School strives to keep tuition rates as reasonable as possible. Knowing that Catholic education would not be possible for every family who would desire the opportunity, tuition aid is available for registered parishioners...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAT FARRELL, Director of Spiritual Formation This has been an exciting week because your Households of Faith came to proclaim our Friday Mass today. As you well know, your children have been taking the ACT/Aspire test throughout the week. So we...

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From the Principal

From the Principal

  FROM THE PRINCIPAL Welcome back and Happy Easter season! As Catholics, we celebrate for 40 days after this great feast. The hefty congregations for Easter Sunday celebrations set a great trend. All are invited back this coming Sunday to continue the celebration of...

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Upcoming Virtus Training

Upcoming Virtus Training

VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "right doing" within religious organizations.The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those...

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From the Principal

From the Principal

  FROM THE PRINCIPAL   Mark your calendars and join the SJS community for a special Friday morning Mass on April 13. SJS parents will take on special roles during this liturgy! Newly registered and prospective families, you are invited, too! Hospitality will be...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

  FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAT FARRELL, DIRECTOR OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION We are but a few days away from the joy of Easter. Yet, to reach that sublime gift for all who believe, we must enter into the Passion of Christ. So no matter where you are next week , please...

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Middle School Dance

Middle School Dance

Our third  Student Council Dance will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 for all 7th and 8thgraders. At this dance, the older students welcome the 6th graders as they widen their middle school experiences. The dance will be held immediately after school from 4:00 pm...

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From the Principal

From the Principal

  FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAPPAS Thank you to those who participated in a special way at this past Sunday's 10:00 Mass as a greeter, reader, and/or gift bearer: Angel Hernandez, Gillian and Maddie Dufern, and Fiona, Declan, Aidan, Finn, and P.J. McLeod. You, too, can...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAT FARRELL, DIRECTOR OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION There is a clear message in two pieces of “news” that occurred in the in the last several days. Last week, The English theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, a self-proclaimed atheist, surprised all...

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From the Principal     3.9.18

From the Principal 3.9.18

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAPPAS ~REMINDER—PLEASE drive slowly and carefully on our campus, both west and east sides. NEVER leave the drop off line and go around stopped cars. No one wants to be in or driving a vehicle that causes an accident. EVERY ONE’S TIME IS...

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The Counselor’s Corner

The Counselor’s Corner

    FROM THE DESK OF MRS. CINDY MCGOWAN,  SCHOOL COUNSELOR 5 Things to Say When You Have No Words When someone you love suffers a painful loss, it’s hard to know what to do. These deep thinkers offer sage suggestions. By Rebecca Webber Say Nothing at All. A good...

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From the Principal    3.2.18

From the Principal 3.2.18

   FROM THE PRINCIPAL Next week SJS is looking forward to welcoming a visiting team to affirm the findings of our AdvancEd School Improvement Process. The AdvancED accreditation process is used at all levels of education, and is recognized for its ability to...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

  From the Desk of Mrs. Pat Farrell, Director of Spiritual Formation One of our most beautiful Lenten traditions at St. James School is taking the children to Stations of the Cross on Friday afternoon. The students attend the Stations in groups of two grade levels....

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From the Principal     2.23.18

From the Principal 2.23.18

    FROM THE PRINCIPAL The nation’s Catholic school communities unite in prayer following the tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “With heavy hearts, NCEA and Catholic school communities around the country stand united to...

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Health Office Update     2.22.18

Health Office Update 2.22.18

With the cold and flu season in high gear, SJS nurses, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Westerkamp, would like to offer school families information and advice. SICK CALLS: When your child is absent due to illness, you must call the St. James Absence Line at 224-345-7146.  Be sure...

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From the Principal     2.16.18

From the Principal 2.16.18

   FROM THE PRINCIPAL ~Many thanks to the following students who served as greeters, readers, and gift bearers at last Sunday's 10:00 Mass:Catrina, Cecelia and Kane Boudart, PJ McLeod, Gabriella Scaravalle, and Ben and Anthony Zebron. You can serve in these special...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAT FARRELL, DIRECTOR OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION As you know, Lent began this Wednesday, Feb. 14th.This year, it coincided with Valentine’s Day. While this has become a secular symbol of romantic love, the roots of Valentine’s day, do rest in the...

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From the Principal    2.9.18

From the Principal 2.9.18

  FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAPPAS It's nearly time for the annual Broadway Bulldogs' production of this year's musical, High School Musical, Jr.!! Tickets are going fast! You don't want to miss SJS upper level students in this spirited show! Ticket sales end at midnight...

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Households of Faith    2.8.18

Households of Faith 2.8.18

  FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAT FARRELL It has been a busy, faith-filled time at Saint James, especially since the first of the year. We had a great retreat for our 7th grade, which I mentioned previously, and last week, of course, we celebrated Catholic Schools Week....

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The Counselor’s Corner

The Counselor’s Corner

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. CINDY MC GOWAN, SCHOOL COUNSELOR We all know how important it is for our children to be readers. Sometimes children need coaxing to do independent reading and see it as a fun and profitable pastime. I came across the following article which sheds...

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From the Principal     2.2.2018

From the Principal 2.2.2018

   FROM THE PRINCIPAL Congratulations to the 2018 Christian Spirit Award winners, Victoria Gauza and Michael Cassady, and the SJS Hearts of the School, Mrs. Julie Baker and Mrs. Diane Westerkamp, our Health Office Nurses! We’re proud of you and thank you for all you...

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Curriculum Corner

Curriculum Corner

8th Grade  Collaborative Installation Each eighth grade art class (22 students in each class) collaborated to plan and create an Art Installation.  Students were instructed to design a piece that represented both the group as a whole (the “big picture”) as well as the...

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From the Principal  1.26.18

From the Principal 1.26.18

~We hope to see you at 11;30 Mass and afterwards for the annual Catholic Schools Week Open House this Sunday, January 28 from 11:30 until 2:00. Fourth and fifth grade parents are invited to a special presentation by the upper level teachers. This brief presentation...

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Health Office News

Health Office News

Some of us know better than others about the miserable flu that has descended upon our area. The SJS Health Office would like to offer some tips to keep your family healthy! Flu Prevention Tips Get vaccinated. Vaccination is the first step to flu prevention. In...

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Parent-Tot Open Gym

Parent-Tot Open Gym

New at St. James School! Come join the fun, meet new families, make new friends! Low key, a fun atmosphere for camaraderie & play in the cold...

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Counselor’s Corner

Counselor’s Corner

From the Desk of Mrs. Cindy McGowan, School Counselor I recently learned about a new issue related to cell phone usage and their physical impact on all of us (www.spine-health.com). It is a condition called ‘text neck’. 'Text neck' is the term used to describe the...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

  From the Desk of Mrs. Pat Farrell, Director of Spiritual Formation It hasn’t been a difficult winter, but every once in a while we have gotten a blast of cold that makes us want to seek warmth. Think about this: warmth is not just a physical sense. True warmth comes...

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From the Principal    1.19.18

From the Principal 1.19.18

~Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available next Friday. Registration begins officially on Sunday, January 28, at the opening of Catholic Schools Week. Electronic registration will be available this year at...

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From the Principal  1.12.18

From the Principal 1.12.18

COMING NEXT THURSDAY EVENING--DON'T MISS IT! INVITE FAMILY, NEIGHBORS & FRIENDS to learn more about the exciting early childhood program at SJS! ~St. James School is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our...

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Counselor’s Corner

Counselor’s Corner

From the Desk of Mrs. Cindy McGowan As we begin the second half of our academic year, I wanted to share with you some homework tips from my friend, Marcella Moran. Marcella is also known as The Kid Organizer (thekidorganizer.com). I have adapted this post from an...

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From the  Principal   1.5.18

From the Principal 1.5.18

Welcome Back to School and Happy New Year! I know I speak for the entire staff when saying THANK YOU for all of your expressions of appreciation to us, at Christmastime and throughout the school year. From birthday/holiday gifts to giving outside arrival supervisors...

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From the Principal   12.21.17

From the Principal 12.21.17

From the Principal Christmas circles around the idea of gifts and giving. Jesus Christ, God’s gift to us, calls us to come to a greater realization of the many gifts that we too often take for granted. With the recent challenges and losses experienced by members of...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

From the Desk of Pat Farrell, Director of Spiritual Development… As we enter this final week of Advent, we reflect on love. Love is the essence of Christ’s relationship with us. As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The dignity of man rests above all on...

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From The Principal

From The Principal

From the Principal Thanks to the following students and their families for volunteering at Mass on Sunday, Dec. 10: Hannah and Theresa Nakagome, Angel Hernandez, Victoria Rzaca, Anthony, Ben and Eli Zebron.  Greeters, Readers, and Gift Bearers are needed for Sunday,...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

From the Desk of Pat Farrell, Director of Spiritual Development… It is hard to believe that will enter the third week of Advent this Sunday. As we prepare  for the birth of Christ, this week is particularly meaningful. Our week begins with “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete...

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From The Principal

From The Principal

Read the weekly newsletter from the Principal, Mrs. Judy Pappas. From the Principal Morning prayer at SJS is special during the Advent season. In addition to having our students as prayer and pledge leaders, students involved in the vocal and band departments feature...

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Households of Faith

Households of Faith

From the Desk of Pat Farrell, Director of Spiritual Development... Peace. This is a word that has lost much of it’s meaning in the world around us. This is a real serious issue for all people, all cultures, all faiths – an even people who say they have no faith.   Yet...

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Older Friday Fodders

Older Friday Fodders

Looking for an older Friday Fodder?  We have you covered!  Just click on one of the older Friday Fodder archives to read previously posted school news. Friday-Fodder-November-17-2017 Friday-Fodder-November-9-2017 Friday-Fodder-November-2-2017...

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Kudos and Shout Outs!

Kudos and Shout Outs!

Thank you tour committee chair, Lisa Chu and all of our room parents who assisted with the Christmas collection on Wednesday.  Parents' Club continues to be a huge asset to SJS because of YOU. Thanks for our Photography Team who snap pictures at many SJS events....

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From the Principal

From the Principal

Read the weekly newsletter from the Principal, Mrs. Judy Pappas. Happy New Year! Advent begins this Sunday opening a new liturgical year.  The USCCB website provides a good assortment of activities for families including prayers of blessing for family Advent wreaths,...

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Curriculum Corner

Curriculum Corner

SJS recently welcomed a special visitor from GOOGLE! The Google rep brought the equipment needed to lead students through fascinating Augmented Reality Expeditions. Some classes looked at landforms while others looked at dinosaurs, forces of nature, objects in the...

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Athletic News

Athletic News

What have our bulldogs been up to? Basketball season in underway!  Let's support our teams!  Visit the Athletics Page for a full...

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Parents’ Club

Parents’ Club

Support our Parents' Club by attending meetings, participating in fundraisers, and volunteering!  The next meeting is December 19th at 9:00am in Laramie Room. Read more about Parents'...

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FEATURED EVENTS

 

Orientation Day (PK4 - 8th Grade)
Monday, August 20

First day, PK4 FD-Grade 8
Tuesday, August 21

First day, PK4 AM and 3 FD
Wednesday, August 22

PK3 Orientation (Parent and Student)
Tuesday, August 28

First Day, PK3
Thursday, August 30

Thanksgiving Break - No School
Wednesday, November 21

Christmas Break - No School
Monday, December 24

Spring Break - No School
Monday, March 25

Graduation
Saturday, June 01

Last Day of School (if no need for make up days)
Thursday, June 06

TODAY’S ATHLETIC EVENTS

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