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"Be still and know that I am God"

SJA Alum Michael McRoskey
SJA Alum Michael McRoskey

I had a wonderful weekend taking my almost 10 year old grandson back to South Bend to attend the Notre Dame/Stanford football game (and yes, the Irish won!!). While there, we were able to meet up with SJA alum Michael McRoskey, a ND freshman. He gave us a great tour that included a visit to the home of an incredible program to which he has been accepted-the Hesburgh-Yusko program. This is a year round program that includes summer experiences and projects that enable them to prepare for careers and long term goals. Worthy of note: The program is in its fifth year, and already two SJA alum have been involved! The first was Connor Toohill, SJA class of 2006.

If you were unable to attend our Parenting in the Internet Age presentation Monday evening, you missed a good one! Chris Mueller made many good points. You are encouraged to visit his website: http://newsite.chrismuellerministry.com/ and contact him to subscribe to his newsletter.

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"Be still and know that I am God"

Janet Retiring
Janet Grimmer Retiring

This is important! Your children are growing up in a new age-the age of the internet. It is different from even the youngest of parents. We all need to work together to educate our children on its power, its advantages and its dangers. I urge you to plan to attend our presentation Monday evening at 6pm in the parish hall. I would love to have 100% family participation. 100% of your children have or will soon have access to the internet in some form! Please make every effort to have at least one parent in attendance. Chris Mueller will speak to us on parenting in the internet age. He is a nationally sought after Catholic speaker from Murrieta, CA. With over 14 years of experience in professional ministry, "Chris crafts dynamic (and hilarious) talks that communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that resonates with the teen and adult audiences alike". His talk with us will focus on: Facing the reality - A hard look at the statistics regarding internet usage and exposure, creating a philosophy for parenting in the internet age. Parents are encouraged to stop and critically think through the "why" behind decisions about cell phone, mobile internet, iPads and other devices, Filters are not enough. A philosophy that empowers an internet/mobile device/social media strategy is needed, and Tools that you can use to implement your strategy. This evening is for adults only, please.

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"Be still and know that I am God"

Dottie Retiring
Dottie Retiring

This morning has been fun—I woke up to no Internet/wireless at home and then, because my routine was so thrown off, managed to put hand soap in my hair AFTER I got out of the shower and started the blowing dry process:-/ It makes sense that today's Jesus Calling reading reminds me "Don't be shaken by the troubles of this world. One day they will be gone, and I will take you home with me-forever." Puts things into perspective! Today's Gospel tells us that God has great confidence in us to do great things and to trust that He will always be here to help us. Good thing! I think I especially need it today, and pray that you all have a great day knowing God is here for each of us.

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"Be still and know that I am God"

Family Mass
Family Mass

Today's Gospel reading is so familiar to all of us and so worth revisiting! From St. Paul: "Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." Thank you St. Paul for the help in remembering how to follow Christ in loving all people-even more difficult in this heat!

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"Be still and know that I am God"

New Student Council
New Student Council

A beautifully appropriate prayer from Austin Fleming:

They say you won't catch a butterfly by chasing it
but if perhaps you sit quite still
a butterfly might find and visit you...

Teach me to be still, Lord:
to take a few deep breaths, sit back
and see what grace, what beauty
comes to visit at my side
and deep within...

Teach me to be still, Lord:
to find a place far from the chase
that rends and spends my spirit,
a place where just one butterfly
might find and visit me...

Teach me to be still, Lord:
pace my racing thoughts and restless heart
until your Spirit, like a butterfly,
might light upon my soul
and bring me peace...

Teach me to be still, Lord,
teach me to be still,
to be still, Lord,
teach me to be still...

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"Be still and know that I am God"

"With parents as partners, we nurture and guide students to strength of mind, body and spirit." In our mission statement we acknowledge our commitment to excellence which is in support of the parents who are recognized as the primary educators of their children. We cannot do what we do without you! An important piece to this partnership is to orient you to the new school year. I invite you to make a serious effort to join us for Back to School Night tomorrow, Thursday, September 4th at 6pm. Our hospitality committee (thank you Pat Gale) has planned a light dinner for you. It is a great time to meet new parents and renew friendships. Dinner will be followed by a short general meeting and then teachers will make two repeat presentations in their classrooms. The exception is junior high. Parents of junior high students will be invited to stay in the hall for their presentation. There will be time to hear the second presentation in classrooms if you have younger children. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!

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"Be still and know that I am God"

Welcome Back
Welcome Back

Welcome Back! The enthusiasm around campus is inspiring and uplifting! The joy on student faces as they reconnect with friends and teachers is contagious. The moments of trepidation for our new community members pass quickly as they are welcomed with open hearts by all. As we continue with thoughts on our new theme, let's take time this week to look for God's presence in the everyday moments of our lives. Let's make some quiet time to listen for that voice, perhaps a whisper, to hear God's voice speaking in our minds and hearts, in our prayer. We will see how He surrounds us!

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"Be still and know that I am God"

Be Still
Be Still

Can it be a surprise to any of you that this theme started "speaking" to me during the second half of last year?:-) After that very busy WASC year, it seems very appropriate that we take this year to regroup a bit, to catch our breath, to move forward with a renewed passion, and to celebrate this wonderful community. Pope Francis reminds us that we need to take time for God and ourselves: "Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport." Right now, all of us are busy working hard to prepare for a new school year. We should also make sure to take time to be still, to pray, to listen for God's voice. I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful summer filled with family and friends. It is amazing that we begin again in just two weeks. There are some important pieces of information included for you here. Please take a few minutes to read through this important information.

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"He Calls Us By Name"

So I realize I said last week was the last news of the year… Just a few more things to say:-) We had a wonderful graduation celebration last weekend. Our two outgoing Student Council Presidents gave farewell addresses at our liturgy that were so beautiful that I wanted to share them with you. These young women wrote from their hearts with an eloquence that not only shows grace and growth, but signals great things to come. I wish you had heard them speak, again a poise that wowed, but I hope you find a few minutes to enjoy their final words to us. 4th quarter Peacemakers are also listed below. Congratulations to all!

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"He Calls Us By Name"

Variety Show
Variety Show

Well! It is absolutely amazing to me that this is the last newsletter of the year! I'm not sure where the time has gone, but I do know that this year has been a gift-filled with blessings and challenges. I wish each of you rest and relaxation this summer. I hope you are safe and happy and that we all return with new spirit and energy! Thank you for the gifts you all so generously share!

Christ, Teacher and Lord,
Bless all in this school as we seek to end our year
With the grace you so generously provide.

We give thanks for the students,
The faculty, the families, and all who have contributed
To this year of nurturing and growth.

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Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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