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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

TODAY! Extended School Day—Today, Wednesday, October 28th, the bishop will be visiting us.  We will have an extended day.  All students will be dismissed from the church at approximately 3:20-3:30. All parents are invited to join us!!  This is a unique and wonderful opportunity for us.

Text Alert—Hopefully, you received our school-wide text yesterday, reminding you of the extended day today. The display shows the text coming from number ‘313131’. If you did not receive this text, it is very important that you register your cell phone today as this is a critical tool we use in case of an emergency. Please follow these instructions to register your cell phone.

  1. Go to http://www.saintjamesacademy.com
  2. Click on Resources and then on Miscellaneous Forms
  3. Click on Emergency Text Messages Form
  4. Complete your information
  5. Click Join Now
Please let the school office/preschool know if you do not have a cell number that can receive texts.


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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Special opportunity and Extended School Day - Next Wednesday, October 28th, our new bishop will be visiting us.  We will have an extended day that day so that we can offer him a special welcome and a glimmer into our amazing school community.  All students will be dismissed from the church at approximately 3:20-3:30. All parents are invited to join us!!  This is a unique and wonderful opportunity for us.

An interesting book and review: The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 40 Characters by Michael J O’Loughlin and review by Abigail Greer

If you have not been following Pope Francis (@Pontifex) on Twitter, fear not, there is now a resource to catch you up on what you have been missing out on. To clarify, you have been missing out.” Read the rest of the review here: http://read.nxtbook.com/ncea/momentum/2015_fall/index.html#the_tweetable_pope

Gala Meeting Tomorrow - Please join Kelli Fuller for the first Gala meeting tomorrow, Thursday, October 22nd, in the parish hall at 8am. The Gala is our biggest event of the year. It will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Please plan on assisting with your time, treasure and talent to help make it successful. This is a fun-filled night and assisting with this event is a wonderful way to get in your 30 hours and support SJA and all the wonderful, enriching programs we offer our students!


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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

SJA Helps with Food Packaging
SJA Helps with Food Packaging

Exciting and Important: The Bishop is coming! Our new bishop, Bishop Robert McElroy, is coming to visit our parish and school on Wednesday, October 28th. He will arrive at 3pm. We would like to greet him in a special way as a school community, so we will dismiss school at 3:30pm on that day. Please make arrangements now. Much more information to follow, but please save the date and time. You are all invited to this special event!

A prayer that speaks to me of each of you:

They're all around me, Lord!
They're everywhere! 

Good people, fine people: all around me:
folks who care for others, selflessly,
with not a hint of complaint,
no expectation of reward...

So many good people, Lord,
who find their joy in giving,
who work behind the scenes, 
who do the tasks that others won't...
 
Good people, Lord:
already busy on their own
and yet they find the time
to reach to those in need...

Generous people, Lord,
whose very presence is a gift
and makes a difference
- long after they've gone home...

They're all around me, Lord -
good people everywhere -
and I'm grateful just to know them
and for all they give and do... 

So, open my heart today, Lord
and help me be a helper;
open my eyes to those in need
and make of me a ready, cheerful giver...

They're all around me, Lord!
They're everywhere -
and for this I give you thanks and praise!
 

Austin Fleming


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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Angel Food Cupcakes
Feast Day of the Guardian Angels
Angel Food Cupcakes

I am torn about my lead in paragraph today! Two of our most beautiful traditional prayers have ties to today. In today’s Gospel Jesus teaches us to pray:

LK 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins,
  for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
  And do not bring us to the final test.”

And it is also the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. What a lovely day. So my decision was to mention them both:) and I believe the message is to pray and be comforted in the tradition of these familiar prayers.


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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

St. James Music Ministry
St. James Music Ministry preforming at
SD Coalition to Preserve Our Common Home
Interfaith Forum

From one of my favorite blogs—how beautiful to have this in my inbox while away last week:

I'm on vacation, Lord: grateful for the time off, the time away and grateful, too, that I have work from which to rest… I pray for those who’ve lost a job and seek one and for those who are overworked and need rest... Let me not take for granted this time that’s mine for rest, for refreshing my body and spirits.

Help me relax, Lord, to make time to slow and silence all my inner rushing ‘round, to find a peaceful pace and place where I can meet you face to face.

Remind me of all the times you took your own rest, Lord: leaving the city and crowds behind, going out into the desert, up the mountain, across the lake and off by yourself or with just a few friends, to pray.

Slow me down, Lord, and let the busyness that runs me, the hurry-up that runs me down, settle to a pace and peace that lets me be, just be with you, in the shore where your heart speaks to me and I can hear your word.

In my time off, in some place away, let me find again the peace of being at your side, remembering how you are always right by mine. Amen


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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Bocce Ball Tournament Winners
Bocce Tournament Champions
God and Father of us all,
in Jesus, your Son and our Savior,
you have made us
your sons and daughters
in the family of the Church.

May your grace and love
help our families
in every part of the world
be united to one another
in fidelity to the Gospel.

May the example of the Holy Family,
with the aid of your Holy Spirit,
guide all families, especially those most troubled,
to be homes of communion and prayer
and to always seek your truth and live in your love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The World Meeting of Families, held every three years, is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families. Each World Meeting of Families has a theme that energizes and enlivens the event while adding great depth of meaning to our understanding of families. The theme of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on our society. This event will commence on September 22nd and will conclude on September 27th, when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia and has a Papal Mass.


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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Bocce Ball Tournament
Bocce Tournament This Saturday

A beautiful quote from Rachel Naomi Remen: Listening creates a holy silence. When you listen generously to people they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time. And when you listen deeply, you can know yourself in everyone.

This Saturday, 9/19, Bocce Ball Tournament!
It’s going to be a great evening, is replacing the golf tournament this year, and will sell out! Grab your friends, relatives, business associates and come join us for what promises to be a fun filled afternoon and help support our wonderful school!

  • The Saint James Academy Bocce Ball Tournament will be our ONLY Fall Fundraiser this year and is expected to sell out!!! (This event is limited to 200 guests, so don't wait to send in your forms!)
  • Look for Registration, Sponsorship Opportunities and Raffle Tickets in our first Wednesday envelope.
  • If you cannot attend the event, please consider a sponsorship that will fit your family's budget. Make your check payable to Saint James Academy and drop if off at the front office. Your donation DOES make a difference!
  • When: Saturday, September 19th
  • Time: 2:45 check in (Bocce starts at 3:00pm)
  • Where: Hazel Home in Fairbanks Ranch

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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Back to school at SJA
Back to school at SJA

This time of year there are so many great inspirational/educational articles available. I like an article, A Parent Guide for Raising Resilient, Self-Reliant Children, from 2015 Today’s Catholic Teacher for the start to a new year. I am, however, posting it below in the hopes that you will read all the way through the important news to get to it:)

It’s Getting Close! Saturday, 9/19, Bocce Ball Tournament!
It’s going to be a great evening, is replacing the golf tournament this year, and will sell out! Grab your friends, relatives, business associates and come join us for what promises to be a fun filled afternoon and help support our wonderful school!

  • The Saint James Academy Bocce Ball Tournament will be our ONLY Fall Fundraiser this year and is expected to sell out!!! (This event is limited to 200 guests, so don't wait to send in your forms!)
  • Look for Registration, Sponsorship Opportunities and Raffle Tickets in our first Wednesday envelope.
  • If you cannot attend the event, please consider a sponsorship that will fit your family's budget. Make your check payable to Saint James Academy and drop if off at the front office. Your donation DOES make a difference!
  • When: Saturday, September 19th
  • Time: 2:45 check in (Bocce starts at 3:00pm)
  • Where: Hazel Home in Fairbanks Ranch
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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Back to school at SJA
Back to school at SJA

Happy Wednesday of week 1 :) We have had a lovely start to our new year. It was great to see so many of you at Monday’s morning assembly and at the Parent Coffee. Thank you Pat Gale for coordinating for us! I hope you will all be able to join us at Friday’s liturgy too. And please don’t forget Back to School night (parents only) a week from tomorrow. As is our tradition, we will offer a light dinner and give you time to connect with new and old friends. It is good to be together! I may have shared this prayer from The Concord Pastor before, but it’s so appropriate for this week-and I love it!

A Parent's Prayer for Students

Dear Lord, As my children leave for school, I pray that you will keep them in your care. Send your Spirit to open their minds to all that is true and beautiful and good. Help them to see the gifts and talents you have given them and to use them well. Help them to grow in knowledge and wisdom. Help them to be kind to others and lead others to be kind to them. Give their teachers patience and understanding and help them teach what is just and true. Send your angels to guide and guard my children and to keep them from all harm. Open their young hearts to your presence and enfold them in your peace and protection. Hold them in the palm of your hand and bring them home safely at day's end. Amen.
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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

KD and friends at SJA Beach Party
Mrs. Dunn and friends at SJA Beach Party

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Bonfire/Beach Party Saturday evening! Thank you to the Mortens and assistant Zelanne Mullins for organizing, and a special thank you to James for hitting the beach at 4am to reserve our fire pit!! What a perfect end to summer and start to our new year. I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday. The teachers and staff have been working overtime preparing for you!

We had some surprising staff news this month. It is difficult to say good-bye to the Crowley family. They have been an integral part of our community for five years! We wish them well as they move to their new home in Hawaii. We are fortunate that Stephanie Pena has accepted my request that she step in to fill the Business Manager position. She has two sweet girls already attending SJA, Alex and Kyleigh. She will continue to implement the changes that Candy has begun and will generally be on campus Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Welcome to this new position Stephanie!

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