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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Last week we were able to honor some special people in this community at a Diocesan dinner. Leslie Beswick (30 years) and Luanne Sobieski (27 years) were presented with retirement awards. And Ms. Nielsen was presented with the “Catholic Diocese Exceptional Teaching Award.” Her award was presented by the Director of Soles from USD and two of her professors. Congratulations!!

 Catholic Educators' Banquet
2nd Annual Bishop Cirilo Flores
Catholic Educators' Banquet Award Winners

I hope you were able to join us last Friday for the very special tradition of May Crowning. It is a double treat as the 2nd grade assists with the liturgy and joins the school in the full celebration of the mass for the 1st time. The 8th grade honors Mary in a special crowning ceremony. Touching and lovely.

May Crowning
May Crowning

“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

The Star Polisher

I have a great job in the universe of occupations.
What do I do? I'm a star polisher.
I have a very important job.
If you want to know how important,
Just go out at night and look at the stars
Twinkling and sparkling.
You see, I'm a teacher.
The stars are the children in my class.
My job is to take them in whatever shape they're in
And shine and buff them and send them out
To take their places as bright little twinkling
Beacons in the sky.
They come in my room in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they're bent and tarnished, dirty
Crinkly and broken
Some stars are cuddly, soft and sweet.
Some stars are prickly and thorny.
I tell them that the world needs them.
I tell them they can be among the brightest
Shiniest star in the sky.
And the world will be a better place because of them.
Each night as I look at the sky,
I’m reminded of my very important job
And awesome responsibility.
I go and get my soft buffing clothe
And my bottle of polish
In preparation for tomorrow
And my class of little stars.
By Leah Becks

We are so spoiled by you this Teacher Appreciation week! We have been decorated, given beautiful notes and flowers, morning drinks, our cars are being washed… Thank you so very much! It is our joy to partner with you in the education of your children. Thank you for the gifts this week and for sharing your children with us!

First Communion – How beautiful that our 2nd Graders received their First Eucharist last weekend and joined us in full communion with the church.  It was a very special liturgy.  Thank you to Ms. Williams for her loving preparation of the students, to Mrs. Oldham and her choirs for the music on a busy weekend, to Frs. Howard and Ricky for presiding, and to all who worked to make sacramental day holy and blessed. 

2nd grade class First Holy Communion
2nd grade class First Holy Communion

“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Did you know that today is National Secretary’s Day? (I’m not really sure that is the PC name for it:). I am so grateful for Luanne! Not sure how we will cope without her, but appreciate every minute we have with her and are so grateful for the many gifts she has shared with this community over the last 27 years!! Thank you also to Mrs. Pena who frequently operates in secretary capacity and Mrs. Cooper, our new Office Manager!

A prayer for our 2nd Graders as they make their First Communion this weekend:
May you always know the peace of Jesus
The light of His love
And the joy of His life within you.

Thank you to Ms. Williams and parents for the beautiful preparation of our students. We are so excited for the students to join us fully in the celebration of the liturgy! Be sure to join us for Friday mass on May 6th for Mary’s Crowning. We celebrate both our 2nd and 8th graders in a joyful tradition.

Our Rock the School Concert was amazing! The talent and passion of our students was shining! Thank you to all who participated and attended and helped with the evening. A special thank you to Mrs. Oldham for sharing her passion with our students and giving them the opportunity to grow and shine.

Rock The School
Rock The School

“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

I write today with a grateful heart! Luanne has received some really good health news! While there is still some work for her to do, it is not the dire news she was told to expect. While I guess we could choose to claim the doctor who gave the initial diagnosis was wrong, I am sure it is the power of our prayer! Thank you to all who have kept Luanne and her family in your prayers!

Rock the School Concert Tomorrow – Hope to see you all! Doors open for the 2016 Rock the School concert at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall on Thursday, April 21st. Please come support our amazing young musicians, all ages welcome. A ready-to-rock audience is important as the performers! Students have chosen songs to perform including a variety of artists from David Bowie, Green Day and The Muppets to Adele and Taylor Swift with many surprises that you don't want to miss. And don't forget as part of Earth Week, bring your filled own personal reusable water bottles marked with your name; single use water bottles will be not be available. Pizza slices will be available for purchase while supplies last.

Parents in Prayer Host 8th grade boys and dads
Parents in Prayer Host
8th grade boys and dads

“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Dear God, 

When I cannot see you, 
remind me that you never lose sight of me... 

When I cannot hear you, 
remind me that you never miss a word I pray... 

When I cannot reach you, 
remind me that you hold me in your arms...
When I cannot find you, 
remind me that you always seek me..
When I cannot wait for you,
remind me of your patience with me... 

When I cannot trust you,
remind me that you never give up on me...

And when I cannot, well, whatever . . . 
remind me that you can, you do and you will for me,
for love of me...


Bring A Friend To School Day was a great success! We had about 20 friends spend the day with us and reports are good! Everyone, including current students, seemed to have a wonderful day. I think this was a great new way to share the beauty of our community. Please continue to share news of our school with people you connect with, especially our lower grades! Thank you!

Mobile Friendly If you are receiving this note on your phone, please check out the new mobile friendly version. Thanks to Mr. Powell, our website and newsletters now are ready for your mobile devices! (Google likes us better now too:)

Parent Council – all are welcome to join us in the parish Ministry Center at 8 a.m. tomorrow for this month’s Parent Council meeting.


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

God to hold me,
God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking,
God in my choosing,
God in my doing,
God in my being,
God in my sleeping,
God in my dreaming,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my waiting,
God in my caring,
God in my loving,
God in my hoping,
God in my life,
God in my mind,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

Dwell in me, Lord, 
in all I do today:
in every breath,
in every step I take...

Remain in me, Lord:
let no move I make
lead me astray 
or draw me away... 

Live in me, Lord, 
make your home in my heart,
deep in my soul, with peace
only you can give...
A variation on and addition to a Celtic prayer by Austin Fleming

I hope you all had a blessed and relaxing Easter break. It sure felt like a long time! I loved the pictures of students at mass and students in spirit wear:) And I hope the time away has kicked “the bug” out of our systems. We have a nice period of time between now and the middle of June for some amazing learning. The teachers have many engaging lessons plans. Ask you children about them!


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

An Irish prayer

As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Tomorrow we will combine two celebrations, St. Patrick’s Day and Lent. We will wear green active wear, eat green bagels and grow closer to Christ this Lent by integrating the Stations of the Cross into a workout (or all workouts if you are interested). By experiencing physical fatigue we can appreciate more personally what Jesus suffered for us in his Passion and Death. Hopefully this workout made prayer will bring us closer to Jesus. We are excited about this new challenge! The 8th grade will also present the Stations of the Cross in a more traditional form on Friday afternoon. Please join us.

Jr. High Retreat
Jr. High Retreat

Our Jr. High Retreat was alive! During our time together we explored what it means to “Choose Life.” Each of us, students, parents, staff, was touched by the experience. I am grateful to Pat Villa and his team for the love and work they put in to create this retreat for us. Thank you to Ms. Williams for her generous gift of self in leading many pieces of the retreat and working with our girls. Thank you to the other staff members and to all of the parents who joined us: Mrs. Skraby, Coach Bohman, Mrs. Beswick, Mrs. Hoiles, Mrs. Musser, Mrs. Stoddard, Mr. Mullins, Mr. MacKinnon, Mr. Bandemer, and Mr. Gettinger. It takes each person’s open heart and generous spirit to provide this wonderful opportunity for our junior high.


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Oh, What a Night! Our Gala evening was spectacular! The biggest thank you to the amazing Kelli Fletcher-Fuller for chairing this important event two years in a row!!! Further thank you's to her team, the faculty and staff, and to all of you. The evening felt like a true celebration of this community. It was good to be with you all, and nice to be raising funds for our continued excellence of programs!

Shakespeare Play
SJA Performs Shakespeare

Jr. High Retreat – Please keep us in your prayers as the junior high students, staff, and I are on retreat today through Friday. Pat Villa and team will lead us as we discover many ways to “Choose Life.” These are a powerful three days spent at the beautiful Oakbridge retreat center.

End of the second trimester – Wow! We are 2/3 through this school year! Our second trimester ends this Friday, March 11th. Report cards will go home the following Friday, 3/18. Grades 4-8, please be sure to check Gradelink in case there are questions.

Parent Council Meeting - All are invited to tomorrow’s Parent Council meeting held in the parish ministry center at 8am.

Registration forms for the 2016-2017 academic year are past due. A few of our grades are near or at capacity and have a waiting list. Please get your signed form and registration fee in to the school office. If you are in need of another packet, please contact the office. This is important for our planning. Please respect the deadline. Thank you.


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Kindergarten Quilt
Kindergarten Quilt

Viva Saint James Academy has arrived! I am asking each of you to find at least one way to contribute to our biggest fundraiser of the year. This takes a community! It is NOT TOO LATE to RSVP, turn in your raffle tickets, sell your raffle tickets, buy a jewelry raffle ticket or make a sponsorship donation. We will be accepting all of these right up to Saturday March 5th Gala Day.

I hope you had a chance to drop into the Gala Preview yesterday in the Parish Hall. It was just amazing to see the Class Baskets, Kids Art and a few Live items. There will be some items up on our Saint James Website to Preview so please take a look and start to plan your bids! Check out the Preview button here

You will not want to miss out on the Mexico surf adventure in San Pancho, Kindergarten Quilt, adorable 8 week old charcoal, female Labrador (rare color), Nuevo Vallarta Condo getaway, Star Wars basket, Firewire surfboard for the little grommets, and SO much more!


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Hoehn/Land Rover Carlsbad

You will read many thank yous from the Gala Committee below, but I send my personal thank you to Hoehn/Land Rover Carlsbad for becoming our Gala Title Sponsor! This is a beautiful boost to our event and our community. Please be sure to visit them in Car Country Carlsbad, 5550 Paseo Del Norte, and let them know you are from SJA! I am also grateful to our other sponsors and especially grateful to Kelli and team. They are really putting in the time and effort to help our students! Join them-and please be sure to read all of the gala notes below. "Viva St. James Academy" is less than two weeks away! This is our biggest fundraiser, and we will need the support of every one of you to make this event a success. I look forward to seeing ALL of you there! And beware, if you land at a black jack table with me:)

Registration forms for the 2016-2017 academic year are due back this Friday, February 26th. A few of our grades are near or at capacity and have a waiting list. Please get your signed form and registration fee in to the school office by this deadline. The forms went home with the oldest child through the classrooms about 10 days ago. If you are in need of another packet please contact the office. If you have questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Dunn. This is important for our planning. Please respect the deadline. Thank you.


Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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