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"Be still and know that I am God"

"With parents as partners, we nurture and guide students to strength of mind, body and spirit." In our mission statement we acknowledge our commitment to excellence which is in support of the parents who are recognized as the primary educators of their children. We cannot do what we do without you! An important piece to this partnership is to orient you to the new school year. I invite you to make a serious effort to join us for Back to School Night tomorrow, Thursday, September 4th at 6pm. Our hospitality committee (thank you Pat Gale) has planned a light dinner for you. It is a great time to meet new parents and renew friendships. Dinner will be followed by a short general meeting and then teachers will make two repeat presentations in their classrooms. The exception is junior high. Parents of junior high students will be invited to stay in the hall for their presentation. There will be time to hear the second presentation in classrooms if you have younger children. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!

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"Be still and know that I am God"

Welcome Back
Welcome Back

Welcome Back! The enthusiasm around campus is inspiring and uplifting! The joy on student faces as they reconnect with friends and teachers is contagious. The moments of trepidation for our new community members pass quickly as they are welcomed with open hearts by all. As we continue with thoughts on our new theme, let's take time this week to look for God's presence in the everyday moments of our lives. Let's make some quiet time to listen for that voice, perhaps a whisper, to hear God's voice speaking in our minds and hearts, in our prayer. We will see how He surrounds us!

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"Be still and know that I am God"

Be Still
Be Still

Can it be a surprise to any of you that this theme started "speaking" to me during the second half of last year?:-) After that very busy WASC year, it seems very appropriate that we take this year to regroup a bit, to catch our breath, to move forward with a renewed passion, and to celebrate this wonderful community. Pope Francis reminds us that we need to take time for God and ourselves: "Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport." Right now, all of us are busy working hard to prepare for a new school year. We should also make sure to take time to be still, to pray, to listen for God's voice. I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful summer filled with family and friends. It is amazing that we begin again in just two weeks. There are some important pieces of information included for you here. Please take a few minutes to read through this important information.

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"He Calls Us By Name"

So I realize I said last week was the last news of the year… Just a few more things to say:-) We had a wonderful graduation celebration last weekend. Our two outgoing Student Council Presidents gave farewell addresses at our liturgy that were so beautiful that I wanted to share them with you. These young women wrote from their hearts with an eloquence that not only shows grace and growth, but signals great things to come. I wish you had heard them speak, again a poise that wowed, but I hope you find a few minutes to enjoy their final words to us. 4th quarter Peacemakers are also listed below. Congratulations to all!

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"He Calls Us By Name"

Variety Show
Variety Show

Well! It is absolutely amazing to me that this is the last newsletter of the year! I'm not sure where the time has gone, but I do know that this year has been a gift-filled with blessings and challenges. I wish each of you rest and relaxation this summer. I hope you are safe and happy and that we all return with new spirit and energy! Thank you for the gifts you all so generously share!

Christ, Teacher and Lord,
Bless all in this school as we seek to end our year
With the grace you so generously provide.

We give thanks for the students,
The faculty, the families, and all who have contributed
To this year of nurturing and growth.

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"He Calls Us By Name"

Variety Show
Variety Show

Well, I was certain we had 3 more weeks of school-a bit of a shock to discover it's only 2!! And as is standard for us this year, it will be a busy time:-) I hope you will find the time to join us for some of the many beautiful end of year traditions. One of them is this Friday. Our Kindergarten assists with the liturgy for the first time, while our 8th graders celebrate by sharing special memories. All who have taught this Class of 2014 over the years are invited to celebrate with us.

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"He Calls Us By Name"

May Crowning
May Crowning

Thank you for the many prayers, concern and assistance offered within this community as we faced the challenges the fires brought to us. We are grateful for the protection granted to this community. I would like to remind you that in most cases we will follow the lead of the Solana Beach School District. If in doubt, you should hear notice on the news of their decisions. We will also make every effort to email you and post it on our website. We did both of those things last week, so if you did not get the emails, please let me know so I can investigate. Here is the policy from the diocese, for your information:

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"He Calls Us By Name"

6th Grade at Astro Camp
6th Grade at Astro Camp

As we enter this very special and busy time of our year, I ask you to take a few moments to keep the many members of our community in your prayers. There are many experiencing difficult times and our prayers are needed!

A Blessing in the Chaos by Jan Richardson

To all that is chaotic in you, let there come silence.

Let there be a calming of the clamoring, a stilling of the voices that have laid their claim on you, that have made their home in you,

That go with you even to the holy places but will not let you rest, will not let you hear your life with wholeness or feel the grace that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you cease. Let what divides you cease. Let there come an end to what diminishes and demeans, and let depart all that keeps you in its cage.

Let there be an opening into the quiet that lies beneath the chaos, where you find the peace you did not think possible and see what shimmers within the storm. Amen

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"He Calls Us By Name"

Girl Scout Troop 1750
Girl Scout Troop 1750 Clean-up of St. James' Mary Garden

I can't believe tomorrow is May 1st, but I'm so happy. I think May might be my favorite month of the year. Spring is sprung :-), celebrating our 8th graders begins, and we honor all mothers and Our Blessed Mother. I jump ahead a little to share this beautiful litany to Mary.

A Marianist Litany to Mary

 
Holy Mary,  
pray for us!
Mother of God,
Mother of our redemption,
Mother of a lost child,
Mother of comfort and understanding,
Mother who shares our joys,
Mother who endures our sorrows,
Mother whose heart was pierced by a sword,
Mother most merciful,
See the whole prayer...
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"He Calls Us By Name"

Retreat Reflection
Retreat Reflection

On this last day of Lent, as we prepare to enter three days of prayer that within the Church are one day in three, I offer you a beautiful reflection by Coach Bohman on our Junior High retreat. I wish each of you the Easter Joy that our students experienced last week, an open heart and the gifts of peace during this holy time.

Junior High’s Loaded Word
Rarely does one word have so much power, capture so much detail, so many experiences, emotions and relationships, and bring so much joy. What word you ask, would do such a thing? To any St James Junior High student or graduated class, there is only one word that could be so loaded… Retreat. To any other student, parent or person on campus “retreat” is just another word in a sentence. But to a Junior High student, it brings life, it brings joy, it brings freedom! You see, when the 7th and 8th grade students board the bus to travel an hour to the Young Life Oakbridge camp facility, their lives are forever changed.

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Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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