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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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NCPL Track Meet
NCPL Track Meet Participants

This past weekend I did this incredible, crazy hike-from the desert floor in Palm Springs to the top of the Aerial Tramway: 11 miles, 8000 feet elevation gain, 7 hours - Nothing compared to WASC!! Thank you all for your wonderful support through this accreditation process. It was all worth it as we received an excellent report. It was rewarding to hear the praise from the visiting team all week and especially at their final "Report of Findings" on Thursday afternoon. Just a few of the comments we, as a faculty, heard from them:

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8th Grade Boys and Dads
8th Grade Boys and Dads at
Parents In Prayer Reception

A simple prayer for the end of the day (from Austin Fleming)

Lord, it is night.
The night is for stillness.
Let us be still
in your presence, O God...

It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done.
Let it be...

The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world
and of our own lives
rest in you, O Lord...

The night is quiet, Lord.
Let the quiet of your peace enfold us,
all who are dear to us,
and all who have no peace...

The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys, new possibilities...

In your name, O Lord, we pray...

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Rock The School
Rock the School Concert

Today's Gospel reading for Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent MT 5:17-19 gives several good messages. I share part of the reflection from the University of Notre Dame's FaithND:

Today's reading presents an extraordinary challenge. Jesus says that whoever breaks the least of the commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. I know that I am not always a perfect teacher for the teens at church, or for my own three children for that matter. Am I doomed? I think not, for I know that, through God's grace and mercy, I am doing my best and I will be forgiven for my failures.

So I focus on the second part of the reading: Christ's challenge to us to strive, every day, to make a difference in society and to teach others, especially our children, to do so as well.

Are the teens hearing me? I think so, if only a little bit at times. And, I will keep at it-I will keep trying. With the grace of God, maybe I will touch their hearts.

Jesus has asked each of us to use our God-given talents to the best of our abilities to strengthen God's kingdom, and the Holy Spirit is always with us to help. Nobody is perfect, but with God, we can make a difference wherever we are. We must try-that is the challenge this Gospel puts to us all.

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I Hate Shakespeare
Encore Presentation of I Hate Shakespeare

There is so much to think about and pray about in today's world of raising children. My personal feeling has always been that yes, we will make mistakes! Yet, if we do our best to be informed and make our decisions based out of love of God and love of family, we will be forgiven for those mistakes. Even better, we will learn from those mistakes:-) An interesting read- 9 Things We Should Get Rid of to Help Our Kids: http://wearethatfamily.com/2014/03/9-things-we-should-get-rid-of-to-help-our-kids/#sthash.cAFWfnLB.dpbs

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Wax Museum
3rd Grade Presents a Wax Museum

Thank you Maritxu Basson, Lisa Ronco, Janna Hill and Christa Endicott for chairing our amazing Bash! I love that the committee tried so many new ideas and gave us a beautiful evening to celebrate together! Also, a huge thank you goes out to Jen Armstrong for her unending hard work in transforming the venue into our St. Patrick's Party theme and making sure that the auction items were beautifully displayed! And finally, thanks to all of the un-named helpers that assisted with the Kids Art Projects, soliciting of items, basket wrapping, helping decorate, transporting items, and on and on. This is truly a community effort.

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Kindergarten Quilt
Gala Kindergarten Quilt

Ash Wednesday: Lenten thoughts for your family to share: Lent is about Love. Children know that Lent is when we "give something up." But Lent is also the Church's gift to us to help us grow in love for God by the time Easter morning dawns. Clear the path for Love. During Lent we check to see if we are still on the path Jesus laid out for us. Can others tell by our actions that we are followers of Christ? Are we honest, caring and giving? Are we spreading God's love? This is the time to clear out whatever is in the way so that we can answer, "yes!" Sacrifice for Love. Giving up favorite foods, television shows, and special toys during Lent is a way to join our sacrifice to Jesus' loving sacrifice on the Cross for us. This shows our sorrow for the times we have failed to love him but also reminds us to give him our whole hearts from now on. Listen for Love. During Lent we can do more prayerful listening. Sharing Scripture with children helps them to hear God's voice. For example, reading the gospels and meditating on Jesus' words is a sure way to teach children the words of love. Show Love. Next to loving and worshipping God, Jesus really wants us to love each other. Performing acts of kindness during Lent shows our love as well as expresses penance. I am including a Lenten Family Calendar in today's envelope and it is also posted below.

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Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind Silver Medalists

Yay! Our WASC pre-visit yesterday went very well! This is a special time to celebrate the excellence found in all areas of this community and we are off to a great start!! Thank you to all:-) and a special thank you to Chris Bizzack for providing lunch and beautiful ambiance for us!

Please join me tomorrow morning at 8am in the library for a meeting to address some of your Common Core State Standards questions.

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Father/Daughter Dance
Father/Daughter Dance

Last weekend was filled with joyful SJA activities! Even though it is admittedly not my favorite activity :-), chaperoning the Junior High Dance Friday evening was delightful. Our students had a wonderful time, looked darling (I can even describe the boys that way) and best of all, were so beautifully kind and caring of each other. I never noticed a student alone for longer than a minute, everyone danced and sang together and acted in just the way we love! I heard the Father-Daughter dance was a great success! Love this special opportunity for dads and daughters to be together! Thank you to all who made both evenings so great!

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Dress for Isabelle Day
Dress for Isabelle Day

This community always responds with incredible generosity! Yesterday, on "Dress for Isabelle Day" we collected about $2000!! I know many of the students did reach into their own savings to give along with each of you and I am deeply proud of them. One of the things I love to share about you each time I tour a prospective new family is how you care for each other, how you are family. Yesterday was no exception. It was a wonderful sharing of appreciation and love for the Oldham family and an affirmation of the value of community. Thank you! We will hope to have an update soon.

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Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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Kind Words About Us...

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