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"We will find peace, we will be builders of peace and will spread peace around us." Pope Francis

God of wisdom, we thank you for all the gifts you have given us throughout this school year. We praise you for giving us life, for saving us in Christ and for choosing us to be your people.

As we come to the end of this school year, we voice our gratitude for all the good things you have done in us and we praise you for all who have shared in the work of St. James Academy.

We ask you to bless our families, graduates, students, faculty and staff in your love and give them refreshment and peace. We praise you, God through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns forever. Amen.



Please keep our graduates in your prayers as they prepare to embark on their new chapter in high school. The SJA Class of 2017 will celebrate their commencement mass at 1 p.m. this Friday.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Wednesday, June 7th

  • Used Uniform Sale 2:00-3:30 @ the lunch tables

Thursday, June 8th

  • 8:00 a.m. Parent Council
  • 8th Graders ONLY - Noon Dismissal
  • SUMMER CAMPS REGISTRATION DUE
  • Jojo’s Creamery Fundraiser!

Friday, June 9th

  • No Mass
  • 9:30 a.m. 7th Grade Prayer Service and 8th Grade Awards Presentation; Breakfast to follow
  • Noon Dismissal: ALL SCHOOL- Aftercare available
  • 1:00 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation Mass
  • End of 3rd Trimester
  • Jojo’s Creamery Fundraiser through June 11th

Monday, June 12th

  • All-School Beach Day!

Tuesday, June 13th

  • Noon Dismissal - Aftercare Available

Wednesday, June 14th

  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by Faculty; with 7th Grade Honor Roll and Peacemaker Awards
  • 9:00 a.m. Yearbook Distribution and Signing
  • 10:00 a.m. Dismissal - NO AFTERCARE Available HAPPY SUMMER!
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"We will find peace, we will be builders of peace and will spread peace around us." Pope Francis

Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle and the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right. Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny who which we and all people were created.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Thursday, June 1st

  • 4th & 5th Grade Walk-Through Programs
  • 12:30 p.m. 8th Grade Opens Time Capsule

Friday, June 2nd

  • 8:00 a.m. Kindergarten Memory Mass
  • 12:00 p.m. Noon Dismissal - Aftercare Available

Monday, June 5th

  • 8:00 a.m. Parent Appreciation Breakfast
  • 8th Grade Goes to Disneyland
  • 2:00 p.m. School Family Activity

Tuesday, June 6th

  • 8th Grade finals - full day
  • 11:30 a.m. 8th Grade/Faculty Volleyball Game

Wednesday, June 7th

  • 8th Grade finals - full day

Thursday, June 8th

  • 8:00 a.m. Parent Council
  • 8th Graders ONLY - Noon Dismissal
  • SUMMER CAMPS REGISTRATION DUE

Friday, June 9th

  • 9:30 a.m. 7th Grade Prayer Service and 8th Grade Awards Presentation; Breakfast to follow
  • Noon Dismissal - Aftercare available
  • 1:00 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation Mass

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"We will find peace, we will be builders of peace and will spread peace around us." Pope Francis

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Friday, May 26th

  • 10:00 a.m. Variety Show Dress Rehearsal
  • 1:00 p.m. Variety Show Performance

Monday, May 29th

  • School Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

Tuesday, May 30th

  • 3rd Grade to USS Midway

Wednesday, May 31st

  • 6th Grade Walk-Through Program

Thursday, June 1st

  • 4th & 5th Grade Walk-Through Programs
  • 12:30 p.m. 8th Grade Opens Time Capsule

Friday, June 2nd

  • 8:00 a.m. Kindergarten Memory Mass
  • 12:00 p.m. Noon Dismissal - Aftercare Available

Monday, June 5th

  • 8:00 Parent Appreciation Breakfast

May Virtue: Humility (letter)

May Saint: Mary

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This year, we are taking our Variety Show outside. An outdoor music extravaganza fits in perfectly with the theme of the Show: The Lorax and our recent California Green Ribbon Bronze Level School Award. Plus, the Parish Hall experienced a flood last week and clean-up and repair is being completed, which makes the hall unavailable this week. :)

The new location is our lovely grass field, with the stage being the wall ball courts. The weather will be cool (predicted high of 66) and slightly cloudy. We do request that students wear sunscreen and a hat. This last minute change in venue requires some extra items. Please use this link to sign up to provide a pop-up and/or blankets for students to use on Friday.

Families still have the opportunity to attend the 10:00 a.m. open dress rehearsal or the 1:00 p.m. performance. Families can bring towels/blankets to sit closer to the stage or beach chairs to sit along the fence on the left side of the stage.

We are looking forward to this "new" location and anticipate this year's Variety Show to be fun, entertaining and unique. Please remember that all students should wear their costumes to school on Friday and to please bring reusable water bottles rather than single use or plastic bottles.

Thanks in advance for your flexibility and to the Oldham family, Mrs. Mott, Mr. Stiles, Mrs. Ronco and Mrs. Flynn and all the staff who are working hard to ensure a successful show!

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"We will find peace, we will be builders of peace and will spread peace around us." Pope Francis

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Tuition Commitment and Payment Agreements PAST Due!

Thursday, May 18th

  • Teacher/Principal/Office Manager for the Day
  • 5:30 p.m. Preschool Family Night

Friday, May 18th

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by 3rd Grade

Saturday/Sunday, May 20 and 21 Fiesta del Sol

Friday, May 26th

  • 10:00 a.m. Variety Show Dress Rehearsal
  • 1:00 p.m. Variety Show Performance

Monday, May 29th

  • School Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

May Virtue: Humility (letter)

May Saint: Mary

End of the Year Survey

In an effort to continually improve SJA, please fill out this short End of the School Year Parent Survey. Your feedback is important and valuable! Thanks!

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"We will find peace, we will be builders of peace and will spread peace around us." Pope Francis

God of knowledge, today we pray for our teachers. “Teachers are like gardeners. They provide us with all the things we need to grow: knowledge, wisdom, advice, comfort, support and love, enabling us to develop to our full potential. In and through this delicate act of gardening, of caring and giving, the teacher facilitates the beautiful development of life within the seed.”-Jean Vanier Thank you, God, for blessing us with such beautiful gardeners.

Thank you for making us feel so special this week! A huge thank you to Melissa Mahon and her helpers for coordinating Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Tuition Commitment and Payment Agreements PAST Due!

Now through Friday, May 12th

  • Renaissance Testing Window

May 8-11th

  • Scholastic Book Fair in SJA library before and after school

Thursday, May 11th

  • 8:00 a.m. Parent Council Meeting

Friday, May 12th

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by 2nd Grade with May Crowning
  • 9:00 a.m. 8th Grade Mother/Daughter Reception following Mass

Monday, May 15th

  • 8:00 a.m. Living Rosary

Tuesday, May 16th

  • 7th Grade to Safari Park

Thursday, May 18th

  • Teacher/Principal/Office Manager for the Day
  • 5:30 p.m. Preschool Family Night

Friday, May 18th

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by 3rd Grade

Saturday/Sunday, May 20 and 21 Fiesta del Sol

May Virtue: Humility (letter)

May Saint: Mary

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"We will find peace, we will be builders of peace and will spread peace around us." Pope Francis

4th Grade Overnight Fieldtrip

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Tuition Commitment and Payment Agreements PAST Due!

Thursday, May 4th-Friday, May 12th

  • Renaissance Testing Window

Thursday, May 4th

  • Kinder & 1st Grade to Safari Park
  • 6th Grade at Astro Camp
  • National Day of Prayer

Friday, May 5th

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by 4th Grade
  • 6th Grade at Astro Camp - Return at ~2:30 p.m.
  • Noon Dismissal - After School care available

Saturday, May 6th

  • 2:00 p.m - First Communion Mass for our SJA 2nd Graders

Sunday, May 7th

  • SJA Choirs sing at Sunday masses; read at 9:00 mass

May 8-11th

  • Scholastic Book Fair in SJA library before and after school

Thursday, May 11th

  • 8:00 a.m. Parent Council Meeting

Friday, May 12th

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by 2nd Grade
  • 8:30 a.m. May Crowning following mass
  • 9:00 a.m. 8th Grade Mother/Daughter Reception following Mass

May Virtue: Humility

May Saint: Mary

A prayer for our 2nd Graders as they make their First Communion this weekend:

May you always know the peace of Jesus
The light of His love
And the joy of His life within you.

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"We will find peace, we will be builders of peace and will spread peace around us." Pope Francis

Dear God, thank you for this beautiful planet. Bless it and keep it safe from harm. We pray for the protection of people, animals, the soil, air and water. May we care for all you have made. Help us to love the Earth as you do. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Tuition Commitment and Payment Agreements PAST Due!

Friday, April 28th

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by 5th Grade
  • 8:30 a.m. Student Council speeches following mass

Saturday, April 29th

  • 9:45 a.m.People's Climate March at Waterfront Park, downtown San Diego (see details below)

Monday, May 1st-May 12th

  • Renaissance Testing Window

Tuesday, May 2nd

  • Wear jeans for $1 to benefit the 8th grade graduation fund

Wednesday, May 3rd

  • 6th Grade to Astro Camp!
  • 8:00 a.m. Parents in Prayer

Thursday, May 4th

  • Kinder & 1st Grade to Safari Park
  • National Day of Prayer

Friday, May 5th

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by 4th Grade
  • Noon Dismissal - After School care available

Saturday, May 6th

  • 2:00 p.m - First Communion Mass for our SJA 2nd Graders

Sunday, May 7th

  • SJA Choirs sing at Sunday masses

April Virtue: Hope (parent letter)

April Saint: St. Maria Faustina

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"We will find peace, we will be builders of peace and will spread peace around us." Pope Francis

Lord God,

We tremble to think

That it was one of Jesus’ own friends who betrayed him.

One who sat by him, who broke bread with him.

Give us strength, we pray,

To walk faithfully with Jesus,

Even when the road we walk is rocky

Even when the message of the cross seems like foolishness

And even when we feel betrayed.

You, Lord, are always faithful.

We stumble, we become lost,

But you are steady and sure.

Give us the grace to endure our troubles,

And reveal to us the glory of your kingdom,

Through your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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"We will find peace, we will be builders of peace and will spread peace around us." Pope Francis

8th grade students lead 2nd grader on a church tour with the help of Fr. Ricky, Pam Smith, Miss Williams and Mrs. Mott

Jesus, dear Savior, during these days of Lent, I want to fast, to repent and to pray. Above all else I want to stay in the circle of Your love. Walk with me and surround me with Your light; lead me and guide me in Your footsteps. During this season of Lent help me to follow You and imitate Your love. May this cross remind me today and throughout Lent of Your great love for me. Amen.

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"We will find peace, we will be builders of peace and will spread peace around us." Pope Francis

SJA Supports Encinitas Half-Marathon
Race Helpers at the Beach

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Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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"One of the greatest benefits of a St. James Academy education is the commitment of faculty to continued personal growth."

"St. James Academy promotes a spirit of enthusiasm that fosters a sense of community thereby maintaining a strong Catholic mission."

"St. James Academy did an excellent job at incorporating a variety of supplemental texts, materials and methods to meet the needs of the students and their various learning styles!"

"They integrate Christian values into the curriculum, with an emphasis on spiritual development, positive approach to discipline and community building activities."


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