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

Advent


In this Second Week of Advent, let us pray together that peace may be born anew between us…in our families, and in our community of faith.

Thank you Mrs. Oldham, choir families and all who joined us! Our participation in the Solana Beach Christmas Tree Lighting was a beautiful evening of celebration and outreach!

SJA Choir
Choir at Tree Lighting

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



God of hope
be with us in our Advent journey
to the stable and beyond,
be with us in our meeting
and in our travelling together,
be with us in our worship
and our praying together,
be with us in our Advent journey
to the stable and beyond,
our God of hope.

Advent

ADVENT IS HERE!
Monday morning at assembly we began our celebration of the season of Advent. Our students were reminded that the liturgical church year begins with Advent, a time of waiting, hoping and preparing for the coming of Christ. We began with one of the many special Advent customs and traditions, the Advent Wreath. We blessed our wreath and then prayed the prayer for the first week of Advent. We invite you to include this custom in your family traditions. Here is a link to some unique Advent practices from the University of Notre Dame.

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



Thank you for the blessing of our children.
Help us to love them as You love them.
Help us to help them grow in holiness so they can be closer to You.
Help us to live as you desire us to live so that we can model for our children what it is to be a true man or woman of God
We ask You for:
The wisdom to counsel them;
The patience to teach them;
The humility to entrust them to your care.
Please help us to grow as a community in the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love:
A strong faith so that we may lead others to grow closer to you by our example;
Fervent hope in Your victory over sin and death when we are tempted to despair;
Perfect love to give of ourselves for the good of one another.
Finally, guide us in teaching our children to know and love You and Your Church as the surest path to their eternal home with You.
Mother of Divine Love,
Pray for us.

We look forward to meeting with parents this week to share your child’s progress. Thank you for entrusting SJA with your children’s education. To accommodate conferences, dismissal is at 12:00 Wednesday-Friday. In addition to report cards and Star Assessment Results, teachers will be providing parents with a first trimester SJA update letter. If you didn’t receive one, please click here. Many exciting things are happening at SJA!

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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

Thursday, November 10th

  • 8:00 a.m. Parent Council Meeting in Parish Hall- ALL are welcome to attend
  • Deadline to send “excess” Halloween Candy to the office for Mission Circle to distribute
Friday, November 11th
  • 8:00 a.m. Special Academy Mass to honor Veterans - led by 7th Grade, please inv::ite family and friends
  • 2:00 p.m. School Family Activity - Prayerfulness Virtue
  • End of 1st Trimester
Sunday, November 13th
  • Alternative Christmas Market 8:30-1:00 p.m.
Monday, November 14th-Thursday, November 17th
  • Book Fair in the school library
Wednesday, November 16th-Friday, November 18th
  • Noon dismissal followed by Parent/Teacher conferences
Friday, November 18th
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass - led by 6th Grade
  • Junior High Honor Roll and Peacemaker Awards announced
Monday, November 20th - Friday, November 25th - School CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break
Now through December 2nd
  • Donate used books for the Book Sale on December 8th & 9th
Friday, December 9th
  • Author reading, Book signing, Waffle Breakfast event to support SJA Inclusion program
November Virtue: Prayerfulness
November Saint: St. Dominic

Waffle Breakfast

WHO WANTS WAFFLES? Join us for a Book Reading by Steve Breen and Waffle Breakfast
Please join us on Friday, December 9th at 8 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This event will directly impact and support all of our students and their learning styles and preferences. Please see the order form attached below or click here to place your order and purchase breakfast tickets. Book orders and tickets must be placed by Friday, November 18, 2016. There are many options to participate and (signed) books make great gifts!

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

2nd Grade All Saints Day
2nd Grade All Saints Day

Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God, today we rejoice in the holy men and women of every time and place. May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thank you, Miss Williams and Second Grade, for inspiring us yesterday at a beautiful All Saints Day Mass.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

Thursday-Friday November 3rd-4th

  • 5th Grade attends Voyage of Hope field trip
Friday, November 4th
  • Noon Dismissal
Sunday, November 6th
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends! Don’t forget to turn back your clocks!
  • SJA assists at the 11:30 AM liturgy-join us!
Wednesday, November 9th
  • 8:00 AM and 2:30 PM Parish Capital Campaign, Building for the Next Century Receptions for the SJA Community
  • Parents in Prayer (following 8:00 AM Mass)
Thursday, November 10th
  • 8:00 AM Parent Council Meeting
  • Deadline to send “excess” Halloween Candy to the office for Mission Circle to distribute
Friday, November 11th
  • 8:00 AM Special Academy mass to honor Veterans - led by 7th Grade
  • End of 1st Trimester
  • Pizza Orders due for 2nd trimester
Monday, November 14th-Thursday, November 17th
  • Book Fair in the school library
Wednesday, November 16th-Friday, November 18th
  • Noon dismissal followed by Parent/Teacher conferences
Now through December 2nd
  • Donate used books for the Book Sale on December 8th & 9th
Friday, December 9th
  • Author reading, Book signing, Breakfast event to support SJA Inclusion program
November Virtue: Prayerfulness
November Saint: St. Dominic

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

God of all seasons,
We thank you
for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy,
for the coloring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist,
for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches,
for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls,
for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children,
for the fall harvest which that brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land,
for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life.
God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit.
Amen

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

Wednesday, October 26th
  • Last chance to buy your (reduced cost) $15 Halloween Carnival Wristband, Jamba Juice and Cotton Candy AFTER SCHOOL TODAY
Thursday, October 27th
  • Mass - led by 8th Grade
Friday, October 28th
  • 8 a.m. - Halloween Costume Parade
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - RAIN OR SHINE! Halloween Carnival
Saturday, October 29th Tuesday, November 1st
  • All Saints Day Mass - led by 2nd Grade
Wednesday, November 2nd
  • Parents in Prayer
Friday, November 4th
  • Noon Dismissal
Sunday, November 6th
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends! Don’t forget to turn back your clocks!
Now through November 9th
  • Send “excess” Halloween Candy to the office for Mission Circle to distribute
Friday, November 11th
  • Special Academy mass to honor Veterans
Now through December 2nd
  • Donate used books for the Book Sale on December 8th & 9th
Friday, December 9th
  • Author reading, Book signing, Breakfast event to support SJA Inclusion program
October Virtue/Saint of the Month: Affability and St. Pier-Giorgio Frassati

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

During one of his recent homilies, Father Ricky asked us to pray for vocations, specifically callings to Holy Orders. Let us pray that our hearts remain open to the calling of our Lord, so that we may follow His plan.

Dear God, bless each of us in our vocation as learners, as disciples. May we be willing to accept the invitation that Jesus offers with his powerful words: “Come, follow me.” May all our choices reflect a positive response to this invitation, and may we each be true disciples of Jesus Christ. Amen.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

Friday, October 21st

  • Mass - led by 1st Grade
  • 2 p.m. - School Family Activity
Monday, October 24th - Friday, October 28th
  • Red Ribbon Week
Tuesday, October 25th
  • Wear red shirts and jeans for $1.00 (proceeds benefit the junior high retreat)
Thursday, October 27th
  • Mass - led by 8th Grade
Friday, October 28th
  • 8 a.m. - Halloween Costume Parade (on the blacktop)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Halloween Carnival
Tuesday, November 1st
  • All Saints Day Mass
Now through December 2nd
  • Donate used books for the Book Sale on December 8th & 9th
Virtue/Saint of the Month—Affability and St. Pier-Giorgio Frassati
Full Day Fridays—$1.00 Ice Cream Treats at lunch to support the junior high retreat

THIS WEEK AT SJA

Lifeguards
Kinder & First learn the importance
of lifeguards, our community helpers!
Thanks, Mr. Humann!

Scientific Method
4th Grade Explores the Scientific Method

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

You have blessed us, O God,
with the gift of friendship,
the bonding of persons
in a circle of love.
We thank you for such a blessing:
for friends who love us,
who share our sorrows,
who laugh with us in celebration,
who bear our pain,
who need us as we need them,
who weep as we weep,
who hold us when words fail,
and who give us the freedom
to be ourselves.
Bless our friends with health,
wholeness, life, and love.
Amen.

Students are being recognized for demonstrating the October virtue of affability (friendliness), at our Monday morning assemblies and within their classrooms. Congratulations to Ava S., Kristopher T., Lucy H., Madison D., Val S., Walker V., Kenna F., Caitlin W., Ava H, who were recognized this week by their peers and classmates!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Thursday, October 13th

  • 8 a.m. - Parent Council Meeting
Friday, October 14th
  • Mass - led by 3rd Grade
Saturday, October 15th
  • San Diego Parochial School Cross Country Meet
  • Surfing Madonna 5K/10K/15K
  • Spooky Knights Halloween Festival in the Parish Hall (see details below)
Friday, October 21st
  • Mass - led by 1st Grade
  • 2 p.m. - School Family Activity
Now through December 2nd
  • Donate used books for the Book Sale on December 8th & 9th
Virtue/Saint of the Month Affability and St. Pier-Giorgio Frassati
Full Day Fridays $1.00 Ice Cream Treats at lunch to support the junior high retreat

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Peace

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

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. Amen.

Yesterday, we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis, our Patron Saint of Animals, Merchants and Ecology. The Prayer of St. Francis ties nicely into our school theme, is being memorized by our fourth grade students and is sung often at our Friday Masses.

Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals

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

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

School Families
School Families

A prayer for our “at home” and “school” families:
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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Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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