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"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


Peace Dove

"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:

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


Peace Dove

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


Thursday, September 22nd
  • Italian colors (white, green, red) free dress in support of the Bocce Tournament
  • Finish selling Bocce raffle tickets and turn them in
Friday, September 23rd
  • 8 a.m. Mass- 6th Grade
  • School Family Activity - We will be taking School Family pictures too!
Saturday, September 24th
  • 3rd Annual Bocce Ball Tournament-Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, September 28th
  • Parents in Prayer following the 8:00 a.m. Mass
Friday, September 30th
  • Mass- led by 5th Grade
  • Feast of the Guardian Angels: Parents in Prayer provides angel food cupcakes
Now through Friday, September 30th
  • Towel Drive for Father Joe’s Village (see details below)
Now through December 2nd
  • Donate used books for the Book Sale on December 8th & 9th

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

Today is the Feast of the Holy Cross. For Christians, it’s easy to understand that the Cross is special because Christ used it as the instrument of our salvation. But after His Resurrection, why would we continue to look to the Cross? Christ himself answered this for us. "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23). The point of taking up our own cross is not simply self-sacrifice; in doing so, we unite ourselves to the sacrifice of Christ on His Cross.

Please join us Wednesdays after morning Mass to pray the rosary for our students ~ Parents In Prayer.


Monday, September 12-Friday, September 23rd

  • Renaissance Testing Window
Friday, September 16th
  • School Picture Day- wear full uniform
  • Friday Pizza lunch begins (order form posted below)
Saturday, September 17th
  • LED light installation part 2-10am start time
Wednesday, September 21
  • Absentee Picture Day
Friday, September 23rd
  • 8:00 AM Mass
Saturday, September 24th
  • 3rd Annual Bocce Ball Tournament

SJA Campus-wide LED Light Install-A HUGE SUCCESS!
Last Saturday, an enthusiastic and hardworking group of parents, students, faculty and staff worked tirelessly to install our LED lights. If you haven’t been to campus yet, it truly is a lot a brighter (and cost effective). 75% of the lights were installed and the remaining will be updated this Saturday. Please come and assist if you can! Special kudos to our fearless leader, Mike Kimberlain, and the team families: Breen, Capra, Colgrove, Daquipa, Dong, Dubro, Eakin, Fernandez, Fuller, Jutronich, Kuebitz, McGuiness, Mullins, Morton, Ong, Noguchi, Platovsky, Salameh, Sawyer, Sheehy, Sundstrom, Van Gilder, Dunn, Lang, Oldham, Powell.

Installing Lights
Installing LED Lights

This project is part of our green school initiative: "A green school is a healthy environment conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money." We anticipate 40-50% energy savings for lighting. School should more than break even on this project with rebates and doing the labor ourselves! I look forward to sharing the full savings soon. On top of this, we recycled 1000 lbs of cardboard, 800 lbs of metal and 300 lbs of ballast so far!

We will be at work again this Saturday, beginning at 10am. Please come join us in finishing up this project! No training or participation last week required:)


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

Mother Teresa
Saint Mother Teresa

God, Our loving Father,
You have given us a beautiful example of love,
In action through Your daughter, Mother Teresa.
In her life, She showed us
How to follow Jesus by loving and serving others.
She joyfully fed the hungry,
Rallied for the poor and unwanted,
Cared for the sick and the dying,
And sheltered the homeless.
May we imitate her love and generosity by reaching out to Your needy ones.
Thank You for the gift of Mother Teresa. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Mother Teresa was canonized a Saint this past weekend. Canonization is the process by which the Catholic Church solemnly proclaims that a holy person becomes inscribed on the list (i.e. the canon) of those persons who may be venerated publicly in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. In the case of Mother Teresa she will receive her own feast day with a Mass and a liturgical office constructed to offer due veneration to her.

The theme this year is peace, and so in the words of Mother Teresa:
"Let us preach the peace of Christ as He did. He went about doing good."

Thank you, Jillian for sharing this prayer with us at our Tuesday morning assembly.


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

Pray the Rosary
SJA Back to School

As our students return to school, we pray that
they will readily receive INSTRUCTION and be TAUGHT by the Lord, they will eagerly DRAW near to You and LISTEN to Your voice, they will set a RIGHTEOUS example as they live out what they READ in Your Word They will know your PEACE and protection and You will ERASE their fears and doubts. LEAD them by Your Spirit and empower them to work diligently for Your glory. ADD wisdom and favor to help them excel in the COURSE, You’ve laid out for their lives.

It was a testament to our warm and supportive community this past Monday, as we joined together to celebrate the beginning of the school year. I would like to extend a special thank you to our hospitality committee and student council for their added touches and enthusiasm. In addition, many individuals worked hard over the summer to prepare our campus: our teachers and staff, Charlie and Zelanne Mullins, Lisa Cooper and Sam Hreha and many volunteer students, including Sarah Maloney and Lil Mott, all who worked with a smile! THANK YOU! We are well underway to a fantastic year!



While you're enjoying the last couple weeks of summer, our faculty and staff are working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year! I hope your summer has been filled with a lot of rest, relaxation, rejuvenation and fun, family times!

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

The theme for our 2016-2017 school year is a quote of Pope Francis. The quote was taken from an address on the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII's death on June 3, 2013. Given the current circumstances all over the world and the necessity for all of us to take action to create peace, this quote is very pertinent and is easy for our students to connect to and understand.


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

This is a big week for us (and not because this is our last newsletter of the year:) This is graduation week! It is the beautiful culmination of effort by our graduates, their parents, and this community. As I mentioned at the Memory Mass last week, thirteen of our graduates have attended SJA since Kindergarten-what a testament to this community. We are proud of all of our graduates and can’t wait to see what comes next for them. They are ready!

Please keep our graduates in your prayers as they prepare to embark on their new chapter in high school. The SJA Class of 2016 will celebrate their commencement mass at 5 p.m. this Friday.

Father, we thank you so much for our time here together
For all the friends we have made
For all the days of laughter and fun
And for all the times of great discovery and learning.
We thank You for all who have given of their energy and skill
So that we can graduate today.
Our teachers and mentors
Our family and loved ones
We thank You for them and give them all to You in prayer.

As this chapter on our lives closes, so a new one begins.
We present ourselves like an open book before You.
Come and scribe Your words of life into our lives -
Fill our minds with Your thoughts
Fill our bodies with Your strength
Fill our hearts with Your dreams
That we might eternally love and serve You
This day and every day.

We ask all this in the glorious name of Jesus
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit
World without end.


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

From yesterday, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A beautiful way to end the month of May, Mary’s month.

LK 1:39-56

Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. 

And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever."

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Pray the Rosary
Grades 1-3 Pray the Rosary in May


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

So much to be grateful for this week! Friday was a wonderful day celebrating Luanne. Thank you to Pat Gale, Janelle Whitton and the MANY who helped organize the reception. A note from Luanne follows. Thank you to the students who performed at Fiesta del Sol. They rocked it and were the talk of the festival! And thank you to those who worked at our booth. It was a great opportunity to share who we are with the larger community and to partner with the parish! I was also fortunate to celebrate with the SJA class of 2012 as they prepare to graduate from high school. It was beautiful to see their friendships still going strong. We wish this talented group God’s blessings as they move onto an impressive list of colleges.

Luanne's Retirement Party
Luanne's Retirement Party
Dear parents, faculty/staff, students, and alum,
I would like to thank everyone for the beautiful mass and delightful breakfast last Friday. It warmed my heart to see so many current and past SJA families and staff there! Thank you, also, for your wonderful cards, prayers, well wishes…all the beautiful sentiments being conveyed as I prepare to retire from St. James Academy.

Looking back, I am so grateful to have experienced the absolute joy of watching our two sons, Jason and Adam (SJA Class of ’98 & ’99), being nurtured and flourishing here at SJA from Kindergarten through 8th grade. I also treasure having been able to watch almost 800 other students graduate the academy and have had the pleasure of serving countless more over my 27 years here.

I have had the honor of working with approximately 60 classroom and auxiliary teachers, 20+ aides, 7 different office staff, 6 principals, 3 pastors, several parish priests, numerous parish office staff, and 10 school or parish dogs!

I would like to extend a very special ‘thank you’ to Kathy Dunn for her leadership, guidance, and support, but most of all, for her friendship these past seven years. Kathy, you are amazing! You continue to inspire me with your compassion for our students and your unending determination and courage to continually strive to make SJA better and better!

Milestones in our life, such as this, allow us to reflect. My heart is filled with gratitude to have been a part of this warm, beautiful, faith-filled community since 1989. My wish for all of you is that you treasure your time here as I have. This is a very special place with extraordinary faculty and staff that truly give of themselves and share their gifts with your children with open hearts. I have been, and continue to be, so blessed!
With love,

Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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