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"Be still and know that I am God"

Kindergarten Quilt
Kindergarten Quilt

A variation on an old Irish prayer-one day late:-)

Good and gracious God,

Give me friends who love me for who I am,
to love in return with all my heart...

Keep burning before my faltering steps
the light you hold on the path I walk...

Keep strong in my heart what faith I have
and help me deepen my trust in you...

May I ever be grateful for the life that's mine
and lean on you when times are hard...

Make me joyful in all the gifts that are mine
and quick to share with those in need...

May I rise every morning to do your will
and may twilight find me peaceful and still...


"Be still and know that I am God"

Serving at Father Joe's Village
Serving at Father Joe's Village

We have exciting high school news! Two of our 8th grade students, Hannah Salameh and Kate Barry, have earned top honors on their entrance exams at Cathedral Catholic High School. And by top honors, I mean perfect scores! And they were two of only seven in ALL students testing to earn this distinction. I'm very proud of these two and all of our 8th graders. We are making quite a name for ourselves at CCHS-5 in the top 20 last year and now 2 of 7 this year!! Wow! I am assuming this means they have been accepted:-) and I look forward to sharing acceptance news regarding all of our graduates with you in the next week or two.

Jr. High Drama class presents the hilarious comedy The Suessification of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare meets Dr. Seuss, and the results are lots of fun. The play will be presented to the school next Monday, March 16th at 1:15 in the parish hall. There will also be an evening performance in the hall at 6pm. Please come and watch the junior high students frolic through a silly story about four young lovers, a sprite, fairies, and a love struck funny donkey head. All are welcome!


"Be still and know that I am God"

My deepest love and appreciation to all of you for the many expressions of support! I am blessed to be in this community! It seems as if today's Jesus Calling by Sarah Young is written just for me, but the reality is that we all have things going on in our lives that cause worry. The way this community shares and comforts each other is true grace. I hope that you will all also take comfort in Jesus' words today-I do!

Refuse to worry! In this world there will always be something enticing you to worry. That is the nature of a fallen, fractured planet: Things are not as they should be. So the temptation to be anxious is constantly with you, trying to worm into your mind. The best defense is continual communication with Me, richly seasoned with thanksgiving. Awareness of My Presence fills your mind with Light and Peace, leaving no room for fear. This awareness lifts you up above your circumstances, enabling you to see problems from My perspective. Live close to Me! Together we can keep the wolves of worry at bay.

"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?" Luke 12:25-26

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstance, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


"Be still and know that I am God"

SJA Wears Pink
SJA Wears Pink for Mrs. Dunn

I feel such love! and can’t thank you enough. The prayers and support have touched me deeply and have been a great support. Did you see my beautiful picture? This will keep me in smiles forever!

I wish I had a little more to tell you about what the future holds for me. I don’t seem to be able to do anything the easy way:-) I have been working on educating myself and gathering second (and third:-) opinions-with a great deal of professional support from some of our amazing families! I’m hoping this Friday will be my final stop before making a decision on treatment and then I’ll get moving! Please keep the prayers coming, right now that I make a good decision and then onto healing. Love to you all.


"Be still and know that I am God"

3rd Grade Baby Shower
3rd Grade Valentines - Baby Shower

A staple in my go-to prayers, so pertinent today:

If you would, Lord, calm the seas I sail,
still the waves that rock my boat
and hush the winds
that pull me off my course…

But let me not forget that while
you sometimes choose to calm the storm
you often let it rage and calm instead
the one who rides it out…

I pray safe passage today
through all its squalls and gales to the harbor of that peace, O Lord,
that's only yours to give…


"Be still and know that I am God"

100 Day Celebration in Kindergarten
100 Day Celebration in Kindergarten
Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

This beautiful blessing was included in the memorial program for Christine Beerman, mom of 7th grader Jake. While we are devastated at the loss for Jake, his dad and this community, we were so fortunate to know her and to celebrate her beautiful life yesterday with a memorial mass. Our Catholic traditions have the power to bring incredible peace and grace and that was in full evidence yesterday. Thank you to all who helped care for the family and for each other, for your prayers and support, for your love.


"Be still and know that I am God"

2nd Grade Visits Ellis Island
2nd Grade Visits Ellis Island

Why I Love SJA by Molly 5th grade

My experience at Saint James Academy has always been positive. In my six years, I have been met with friendly teachers, smiling faces, and genuinely nice kids. But I'm pretty sure this year has made the top three. Mrs. Mott is fabulous and I feel like I'm learning like crazy!!!! Our music program is one of the highlights for me. Mrs. Oldham gets the whole class rocking, even the boys! And, library and computers are always fun.

Going to Mass every Friday is a real privilege. I go to an amazing school and learn about my faith! It doesn't get any better than that! Saint James is going to give me the foundation for my life: socially, mentally, musically, spiritually, athletically, academically, and emotionally. Saint James Academy is not just a school to me, it's a faith-filled home and community that will help me grow and stay with me my entire life.

Thank you so much Mom and Dad for sending me here, and helping me live God's word.


"Be still and know that I am God"

Spelling Bee Winners
Spelling Bee Winners

As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration our students have written essays on what SJA means to them. I am delighted to share one of them here with you.

I've attended Saint James Academy for nine years. In those years, SJA has really had a big influence in my life. It has influenced me both spiritually and educationally. It has influenced me in a spiritual way by making me feel more about God. SJA has made me think about my actions and words and being more godlike. This has increased my friendships. Also, it has made me feel more optimistic about life and death. Retreat, which 7th and 8th go to, also changes your whole outlook of everything, and it makes everyone bond and get to know each other better. It also made me think that material things don't matter as much as faith, love, and friendship. Faith has made my life easier and made me have a brighter outlook on life, knowing that someone from SJA or one of my friends is there for me.

Saint James Academy influenced me educationally by making me more confident in my studies, tests, homework. Also, it has made me feel that if I need help with anything, one of my teachers will always want to help me. This school has made me think more on how education is important in our everyday life. Thinking of this, makes me want to strive to be a better student.

SJA is like my second home. I know where everything is, I know all the teachers, and I know that I am always safe here. I'm proud to be a student at this wonderful, caring, and loving school. This school has given me confidence and has prepared me for the next big step: high school. I will always remember this school and how it helped me learn many new things. Gabrielle 8th grade


"Be still and know that I am God"

Student Leadership Luncheon
Student Leadership Luncheon at Cathedral HS

As usual, our choir brought me to tears. We journeyed to St. Elizabeth Seton in Carlsbad last Sunday to begin our celebration of Catholic Schools Week by introducing ourselves and inviting them to our Open House next week. You are invited too:-) The prayer below seems so gently perfect for this special time of celebrating our faith, academy and the gifts we receive being members of this community.

May the Lord show his mercy upon you,
May the light of his presence be your guide,
May he guard you and uphold you,
May his Spirit be ever by your side.
When you sleep, may his angels watch over you,
When you wake, may he fill you with his grace,
May you love him and serve him all your days,
Then in heaven may you see his face.


"Be still and know that I am God"

SJA Surf Team
SJA Surf Team

It looks like it's going to be
- one of those weeks!

Too much work to do, too many meetings, too many things to finish! Something, actually some One inside me, is saying, Take a deep breath, take three or four deep breaths, good! Now sit back, relax and...

Be silent.
Be still.
Wait before your God.
Say nothing.
Ask nothing.
Be still.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God knows.
God understands.
God loves you with an enormous love.
God only wants to look upon you with love.
Let your God love you...

- Edwina Gateley


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."

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"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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