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And now these three remain,

Faith, Hope and Love
But the greatest of these is Love.

— Corinthians 13:13 —

8th Grade at Knotts Berry Farm
8th Grade at Knotts Berry Farm

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Wednesday, October 25th

2:45 p.m. Last chance to buy Halloween carnival wristbands for $20 price
last chance to place Baked Bear orders - see the table at the front entrance to school

Thursday, October 26th:

8:00 a.m.Mass led by 8th grade in the CHURCH

Friday, October 27th:

8:00 a.m.Costume Parade on the SJA blacktop

Bring Decorated Pumpkins to the Lunch Tables for Judging

12:00 p.m.Lunch period for ALL students

12:30 p.m.Halloween Carnival

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And now these three remain,

Faith, Hope and Love
But the greatest of these is Love.

— Corinthians 13:13 —

Thank you to all who attended our first SJA Family Movie Night last Saturday. It was a fun, community event. Kudos to the Bugg family and the 8th grade students for coordinating and selling movie snacks, Mr. Kimberlain and Mr. Morton for setting up and taking down audio/visual, the Oldham family for loaning us equipment, the Kuhn family for aerial shots and all who participated and helped clean up. Did someone suggest a family camping night??

sky view of movie night
Movie Night set-up. Check out the newly installed solar panels on the parish hall and school.
–photo courtesy of Niko Kuhn
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And now these three remain,

Faith, Hope and Love
But the greatest of these is Love.

— Corinthians 13:13 —

Father Gerard Blessing the animals
Thank you Father Gerard for blessing our animals

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Thursday, October 12th:

8:00 a.m.Parent Council Meeting in Ministry Center

Friday, October 13th:

8:00 a.m.Mass in Parish Hall, 3rd Grade.

Saturday, October 14th:

6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. First Annual SJA Movie Night- SING!

SAVE THE DATES:

  • 10/14 San Diego County Parochial Schools Cross Country Meet
  • 10/18 Help Move the Church Home
  • 10/21 Spooky Knights
  • 10/26 Gala Meeting in Ministry Center
  • 10/27 Costume Parade and Halloween Carnival
  • 11/5 Surfing Madonna Beach Run

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And now these three remain,

Faith, Hope and Love
But the greatest of these is Love.

— Corinthians 13:13 —

celebrate the Feast of Guardian Angels
Celebrating the Feast of Guardian Angels

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Wednesday, October 4th:

Feast of St. Francis

2:30 p.m.Blessing of the Animals (see details below)

Friday, October 6th:

8:00 a.m.Mass in Parish Hall, 4th Grade

12:00 p.m.Noon Dismissal

Sunday, October 8th:

9:00 a.m.SJA Mass in Parish Hall; students who attend in school uniform receive free dress on Monday

12:00 p.m.Food Packing Event at SJA (this is a great opportunity for service hours) Register Here

Monday, October 9th: NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day

SAVE THE DATES:

  • 10/12 8:00a.m. Parent Council Meeting in Ministry Center
  • 10/14 6:00 p.m. Family Movie Night on the SJA field
  • 10/21 Spooky Knights; Sponsored by SJA Knights of Columbus; 5:30-8:30 p.m. @ Solana Beach Presbyterian Church
  • 10/27 Costume Parade and Halloween Carnival
  • 11/5 Surfing Madonna Beach Run
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And now these three remain,

Faith, Hope and Love
But the greatest of these is Love.

— Corinthians 13:13 —

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Our first school family activity was a success! Look at these happy faces!

Lord,

We feel so blessed to have been given such a wonderful family.

We ask that our roots would be deep in your love.

Fill our hearts, friendships and homes with your truth and forgiveness.

We thank you for each person, for their unique qualities and special characters.

Watch over each one and keep them safe,

Fill their lives with your goodness,

Inspire their hearts to follow you,

Bless the work of their hands,

And weave us all closer together. Amen

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And now these three remain,

Faith, Hope and Love
But the greatest of these is Love.”

— Corinthians 13:13 —

IT’S BOCCE TIME! SIGN UP TODAY!

You do not want to miss out on this casual, fun, community building event! Get those coolers filled with drinks (BYOB) for a beautiful day at the spectacular Hazel home! Come out for a couple hours, socialize and enjoy the game. Great food, delicious desserts, and of course excitement you'll only experience with SJA! Get your team together and sign up now. Register for Bocce Tournament

Sold and unsold raffle tickets should be turned in this Friday, 9/22. Monetary prizes will be given to the top sellers. Any student who sells a minimum of 10 tickets will be entered into a special drawing. Contact our co-chairs, Mary Mcguinness or Tati Walton if you have any questions.

bocce tournament

Thank you to our Bocce Sponsors! We appreciate your support of SJA!

Diamond Sponsor: Gunderson Family

Platinum Sponsors: Commercial Facilities Incorporated, Paeske Law Firm

Gold Sponsors: Passion Fine Jewelers, Ron Magnaghi with Newmark Knight Frank

Porcelain Sponsor: Bashore Family

Silver Sponsors: Knights of Columbus, Tin Fish Restaurant, G3 Physical Therapy, Baker and Olive

Teacher Sponsors: Ballard, Carrell, Davis, Rohe, VanGilder, Weinbaum, Lappe Families, 4th & 5th Grade classes, Promenade Dental

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Students Dress to Support Bocce Tournament
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“These three remain, faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is Love.”

Corinthians, 13:13

THE BOCCE TOURNAMENT IS ONLY 10 DAYS AWAY! SIGN UP TODAY!

You do not want to miss out on this casual, fun, community building event!

Sponsorships are still available and your early registration is much appreciated as it eases the planning process. Register for Bocce Tournament

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Mary McGuinness or Tati Walton.

Please continue selling your raffle tickets! Top sellers will be awarded prizes! Spots are still available before and after the weekend masses. Sign up here.

bocce tournament

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“These three remain, faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is Love.”

Corinthians, 13:13

Prayer For The Feast of the Birth of Mary- September 8th
God Our Father,
Give your chosen people
your help and strength.
The birth of the Virgin Mary's son
was the dawn of our salvation.
May our celebration of her nativity
bring us closer to lasting peace
and may the virtues that she modeled
develop in our lives,
to love you and our neighbors more perfectly.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen

David Bennett, adapted from "The Liturgy of the Hours"

Important Dates:

Thursday, September 7:

8:00 a.m.First Parent Council Meeting in the Parish Ministry Center

5:30 p.m.Back to School Night (Adults Only)

Join us 5:30-6:00 for a social/light food/informational booths on the blacktop; General Meeting begins at 6:00 in the Parish Hall followed by 2 classroom sessions

Friday, September 8th:

8:00 a.m. Mass in Parish Hall, 8th Grade Assisting with Liturgy

12:00 p.m.Noon Dismissal (Aftercare is available)

Monday, September 11th:

Renaissance Testing Window (September 11th-22nd)

Wednesday, September 13th

3:00 p.m. 4th Grade iPad Orientation

Friday , September 15th

8:00 a.m. Mass in Parish Hall, 7th Grade Assisting with Liturgy

9:00 a.m.Picture Day

TOMORROW, September 7th, 5:30-8:00; PARENTS ONLY

We hope that all parents will join us tomorrow evening for Back to School Night. This is a great evening to meet new friends, see familiar faces, learn about the school and meet your child’s teacher. From 5:30-6:00 we will be serving light appetizers (not our usual dinner due to construction) and will have informational tables available for perusing. Our general meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the hall. Please do not bring any food or drink in, as it is currently the church. Two classroom sessions will be presented following the general meeting. See you then!

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“These three remain, faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is Love.”

1 Corinthians, 13:13

Almighty God,

As we begin this new school year, we ask for your blessing on all who work and study here: Open our minds as we learn about the glory of your creation, grant us courage as we accept new challenges, and help is to play our part in shaping this community.

We give thanks for the opportunities that lie before us: for the people who help us learn and play, for friendships old and new, and for the support of our families.

We ask through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Our campus is alive with faith, hope, love, learning and fun! Thank you for a great first 3 days of the 2017-2018 school year!

Important Dates:

Thursday, August 31st:

ALL MANDATORY SCHOOL FORMS DUE

6:00 p.m. PRESCHOOL Parent Orientation

Friday, September 1st:

8:00 a.m.First School Mass in Parish Hall

11:00 a.m.Preschool Student with Parent Orientation

12:00p.m.Dismissal

Monday, September 4th:

No School Labor Day

Tuesday, September 5th:

First Day of Preschool

Thursday, September 7th

8:00 a.m.Parent Council Meeting- Ministry Center

5:30 p.m. Back to School Night- Parents ONLY

Friday, September 8th

8:00 a.m. Mass in Parish Hall followed by Student Council Induction

12:00 p.m. Noon Dismissal - Faculty Meeting - Aftercare available

SAVE THE DATE:

SEPTEMBER 23rd: 4th ANNUAL BOCCE TOURNAMENT! Register Now!

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“These three remain, faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is Love.”

1 Corinthians, 13:13

WELCOME BACK!

While you’re enjoying the last couple days of summer, our faculty and staff are working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year! Not to mention all the painters, contractors, construction workers and Mike Kimberlain who are working tirelessly to improve our school. We hope your summer has been filled with a lot of rest, relaxation, rejuvenation and fun, family times! We can’t wait to see you!

THIS SATURDAY: Back to School Bonfire

St. James Academy is hosting a Bonfire at Moonlight Beach the evening of August 26nd from 4 to 8:30pm, with the bonfire at 7pm. It promises to be a delightful get-together to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a new year. Our event coordinators will go down Saturday morning and claim a fire pit. We will provide the wood, smores and the sunset. You guys bring some chairs and blankets. Grab dinner before you head down or bring your own picnic for the beach. We’ve heard that Leucadia Pizza may deliver to the fire pit! The concession stand at Moonlight has some good sandwich options as well. Look for the SJA banner, we are hoping to reserve the northernmost fire pit. There's no RSVP necessary. But sure hope you can make it! I look forward to seeing you there.

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Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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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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