Office of the Archbishop
835 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

October 1, 2020

Mr. Michael Kendrick
Principal, Saint James School

820 North Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5666

Dear Mr. Kendrick,

It is with great pleasure that, even though attending the Synod of Bishops in Rome, I want to offer you my congratulations on being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and awarded the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award for the second time. This award reflects the outstanding work of the students, teachers, staff, families, and supporters of Saint James School. Know that I, and all the people of the Archdiocese, share in the joy of this important accomplishment.

Academic excellence is a hallmark of our Catholic schools. Indeed , the Archdiocese of Chicago has received more Blue Ribbons than any other school district, public or private, in the United States. Your school embodies excellence in academic instruction along with spiritual and moral formation for students. Your success in providing the very best academic and religious curriculum is truly commendable.

May Saint James School find joy and satisfaction in this award as you continue to prepare students to live successful and responsible lives, as faithful disciples of the Lord committed to the service to others. Please convey my gratitude to your school and parish community and accept my best wishes and promise of prayers for you and the entire Saint James School community.

Sincerely yours in Christ,




Most Reverend Vincent Costello, Episcopal Vicar
Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Reverend Matthew Foley, Pastor, Saint James Parish