Traffic….it can certainly be a pain. But if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of an auto accident, or, God forbid, the victim of being injured by a moving vehicle, it’s a royal pain! Much of it boils down to respect—respect for others, respect for rules,  and respect for time.

I am asking all SJS parents to look at their own behavior behind the wheel, especially when on the St. James campus. Take it as a sort of examination of conscience on rules of the road and respecting other people and time. We want our children to follow the rules—mostly for safety’s sake!. They need to see us obeying the rules. You want your children to be safe. Your neighbor wants their child to be safe.

To be specific, Deacon Drive, on the south side of the school is a driveway, but it is also a fire lane for emergency vehicles. Upon arriving for dismissal vehicles must keep that lane clear. This means all cars should clear the driveway path and be parked north to south in the confines of the west lot . Most of you have been present when administration is in the lot guiding traffic. The procedure needs to be followed even when there is no one directly supervising! This is a safety issue. We need your help to keep cars where they need to be for everyone’s safe keeping. Won’t you please help us? Could you spread this word to others who pick up your children in your stead?

Please mind your manners when in the car, especially on campus. Our children are watching all of us. Nasty language, looks, and actions are never appropriate, especially around our children. We want our children’s words to be kind. We must model for them how to use respectful language…even when we are crossed or wronged or frustrated.Remember that everyone’s time is valuable.

Thank you for being mindful of the rules and the word being spoken. Remember,,,a smile goes a long way!



CLICK HERE to see the names of students in grades 5-8 who achieved Honor or Merit Roll for the 2nd Trimester! Keep up the great work! There is always room for more students to attain these honors!




As Catholics we are called to give up something for Lent. Chocolate, coffee, that extra helping of dinner, one less hour of video games or watching DVDs—whatever it is, you can make what you’re giving up for Lent a prayer as well: a prayer-in-action. Whenever you encounter the thing you are abstaining from or the time of day that you would normally enjoy it, take a moment to say a prayer in recognition of your wholeness in God even without the thing you have given up. Thank God for the freedom to be wholly yourself without this and, at the same time, acknowledge the gift of its existence in the world.                    




CLICK HERE for more Lenten activities at St. James Parish.






Congratulations to seventh grader P.J. McLeod who is a State Qualifier for the National Geographic Society Geography Bee!  P.J. will compete on Friday, March 29 for the possibility to move onto the national championship competition in Washington, D.C.  Good luck P.J.!










Congratulations to Sofia Villasenor and Charlie O’Connor! They participated in the Knights of Columbus Regional Spelling Bee this past Saturday at St Catherine Laboure Catholic School. Although they did not move on in the competition they represented SJS well and had lots of fun!


March 8 – Clocks Change–Spring Ahead!

March 11 – Baby Bulldogs

March 11– Author Visit

March 13 – Sandwich Ministry

March 13 – School Council, 7:00

March 15 – All School Mass, 9:00

March 18 – Spirit Wear

March 18 – Artist Awareness

March 21 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 22 –  NO CLASSES, Faculty Retreat

March 25-29NO CLASSES, Spring Break

April 1 – Classes Resume


St. James School is delighted to welcome award-winning author Lisa Graff on Monday, March 11th. Ms. Graff will talk with students about her career as an author and her new book Far Away.

To guarantee a personalized copy of her book, CLICK HERE for the order form and return it along with payment (cash or check payable to St. James School) by Monday, March 11. If you miss that date, there will be a limited supply of signed books available for purchase through March 20.


Friday, March 15th 4:10 – 5:15 p.m.

All SJS 6th through 8th graders are invited to participate in this new SJS Student Council fundraiser. CLICK HERE for the registration form.

CAN YOU HELP?   Mrs. Pettenuzzo is  looking for donations of old tennis racquets  for SJS PE for use in a  new game called Eclipse ball. If have you have an old racquet to donate, please send it to school.



Congratulations to Cara Denten, SJS Class of 2015. Cara was honored with the prestigious Lion Award at the conclusion of the very successful girls’ basketball season at St. Viator High School . She celebrates here with her siblings, Jack, SJS Class of 2018 and Ellen, current sixth grader at SJS.

Calling all Parents!

Friday, April 12th at 9am is the Parent Led Mass. Please consider being part of something very special! The kids absolutely love seeing their parents participate. Please use the link below for more details and to sign-up:



Last Friday’s 12th Annual Ladies Night Out, Bubbles & Bling, was a fabuous success due to the vision, creativity, and efforts of our 4 incredible Chairwomen: Emily Hill, Melissa McKissak, Liz Paddack, and Kally Walsh! Many thanks to you ladies!

And a note from the Chairs……

Emily, Liz, Melissa, and I are very proud to have served as co-chairs of this fabulous event and we are grateful for the participation of over 600 women in our community who helped us raise over $50,000 for our Family & School Association.

We’d like to thank our generous sponsors:
The DelBoccio/Marchetti Group                               The Schneider Family
Smiles for Kids Pediatric Dentistry        Strolling Bubbly                Whimsy, Inc.                                    and especially our Diamond Sponsor, Monson Jewelers.

We’d also like to thank all of our donors and volunteers for their contributions of time, talent and treasure:

Committee Chairs:  Lauren Marino, Danielle Kuhn, Annie Gazda, Dawn Christel, Julie Blandford,     Pamela Kelly, Briget Schwab, Laurie Rizzo, Christi Marcheschi, Lauren Splitt

Committee Member   Julie Arnold, Cathy Avecilla, Brenda Badani, Michaela Barret, Beth Battaglia,     Megan Baum, Desiree Benson, Megan Callero,Tiffany Clark, Krista Coleman,Jacquie Danner,                Dana Deluga, Jacalyn Derengowski, Julie Furmanski, Kim Glenn, Meghan Kay, Debra Kuhn,                  Stephanie LaMonica, Caroline McCarthy, Lily Meyers, Christina Murray, Lisa O’Reilly, Katie Papanicholas, Michelle Pesoli, Maureen Resac, Mary Reddin, Melissa Semerau,  Lisa Stroz,                  Colleen Van Ham, Kristen Wentink


 Bertram Interiors




AMA Med Spa

Angie Fridono

Arlington Heights Fire Department

Battle House Tactical Lasertag

Beth Battaglia

Big Chef

The Tree House

The Playroom Cafe

Bloom Salon

Bobbi Toads

Bottle and Bottega

Brook Ajlouni

Camille’s Doll Spa

Cara Morkes

Chicago Culinary Kitchen

Christi Marcheschi

Christine Chodil

Connie Gonzalez

Costello Dental

Courtlands Garage

Cycle Bar

Dana Riedel

Daves Specialty Foods

Mindful Kitchen

Dawn Vaslow

Deb Pigozzo

Dennis Uniforms

Julie Furmanski

Desiree Benson

Diana Volpe

Doug Gialds

Dr. Taisa Seneczko


Emily Hill

Father Derek

Father Matt

Gayle Wohlert

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

Giovanna Imbrogno

High Five Sport

Honey Jam Cafe

Hot Ground Gym

House of Blonde

Ignite Hoops

Inspyre Studios

Jackie Moreno

Jacquie Danner


Jean Dziedzic

Jen Franz

Jen Lewellen

Jessica Weinstock

Jessie Kenny

Judy Pappas

Julie Arnold

Julie Delaney

Kally Walsh

Katie Coglianese

Katie Nell O’Connell

Katie Pappanicholas

Kelly Dziurgot

Kendra Scott

Kristen Wentink

Lakeshore Academy of Gymnastics

Lauren Marino

Laurie Rizzo

Lisa O’Reilly

Lisa Woods

Liz Paddack

Maggie Miller & Mo Marienthal

Marianne Corcoran

Maui Tan

McDonald Dance Academy, Linda McDonald

Megan Baum

Meghan Kay

Megleos School of Dance

Melissa McKissack

Michael Brown

Michaela Barrett


Michelle Koclanis

Michelle Pesoli

Movement & Sound

Nell O’Connell

Nicole Vega

Nothin Bundt Cake

O’Hare Midway Limousine Service


Orange Theory

Pamela Kelly


Pickle Book Designs, Suzanne Fasolo

Ranya Phillips

Robert Dillion,

Molly Maid

Rocco Fridono

St. James FSA

St. James

St. Viator High School

Stacy Hineline

Stephanie LaMonica

Tammy Walberg

Tara Fraser

Ten Friends Blow Dry & Style House

Tess Dean

The Barre Code Arlington Heights

The Eiffel Flower

The Jewelry Vault

The Rose in Rosemont


Tiffany Clark

Tony Scaravalle

Tony’s Fresh Market

Total Impact Martial Arts & Fitness

Upstairs Boutique

J Nails

VIa Arnella


Osteria Truli

Vita Masserelli



Saint James Family Night with the Chicago Wolves

at the Allstate Arena – FREE PARKING 6920 Mannheim Rd.

Saturday, March 9, 7:00 PM          Tix from $18

As an added bonus – the SJS Chorus will be singing that night!  Come cheer on fellow Bulldogs!

Bring friends & family for an exciting evening!  CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.



Remember to clip Box Tops all year long!

PaperMate, Nestle, Reynold’s, Annies, General Mills Cereals, Ziploc, Lysol, Kleenex, Green Giant, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Chex, Hefty, the list goes on!

The grade that sends in the most wins a prize at the end of the year!




FSA Meeting:  April 9th at 7pm


CLICK HERE to see the monthly newsletter from Saint Viator High School.

FESL VB is back at St James for Summer 2019.  After a year away due to scheduling conflict, we have secured the gym for a week at St James in 2019. FESL VB will be at St James the week of June 17-21st.   Our camps are open to 4th through High School and we hope to have a lot of St James kids back with us. CLICK HERE for more information and registration form.

High School District 214

Dear Parents,

High School District 214 in partnership with the Link Together Coalition will be presenting a six-week parenting series on “What Every Parent Needs to Know.

This dynamic program will give parents important information on children’s growth and development and on what current research tells us about the best ways to raise and deal with our children in today’s fast paced world. Bob Leece, who has taught thousands of parents over the past 40 years will be presenting these sessions at Buffalo Grove High School. Parents love these sessions with Bob and many reported that these sessions have helped them tremendously along their parenting journey. Bob’s unique style helps parents look inside of themselves and he helps parents learn parenting styles that work in disciplining children while at the same time helping them maintain and build effective relationships with their kids. You will not be disappointed in these classes and you will leave each session refreshed and renewed. Many parents in the past ended up talking with one another after each session has ended. Many bring friends and relatives to the classes and have sessions together to discuss and talk about what they have learned. Bob will write you letters after each session giving you the highlights of each class and techniques you can try at home when dealing with your children.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays at Buffalo Grove High School: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 7:00pm – 9:00pm. To register call 847-718-7700 or go to the Community Education website: .The total cost for all six sessions is $30.00 and these funds go to support needy families and the community education program. If you would like to talk to Bob directly you can call him at: 847-718-4027 or email