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April 20, 2016

“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

TRACK MEET This Sanday! Sign-ups for 5th-8th grade -Come and join us for this great day together competing against Catholic schools from all over San Diego!  5th-8th grade students can compete in running events, long jump and shot put!  See flier posted below to register.

An important message from our parish! The following message has been sent to all families registered at St. James. Because the renovation would have a big impact on our school community, I would like to give each of you the opportunity to voice your opinion.

Help Plan for the Future of St. James Parish and School!

St. James Community is approaching an exciting time of renovation and expansion. In order to prepare for this upcoming growth, everyone is invited to participate in a Planning Study to determine the overall level of support for the proposed projects. It is crucial that all who call St. James their spiritual home take part in this endeavor. Get involved and let your voice be heard as we move forward as a parish community. Your opinion will assist in formulating the best plan of action. Please make every effort to participate in this planning study by Sunday, April 24. Please review the introduction to the proposed project, and complete the survey online by following the steps below. Your responses will remain confidential. Visit http://www.guidanceingiving.com/studies/, Select the study for St. James, Solana Beach, Enter the password “apostlejames”, Complete and submit the confidential survey no later than April 24, 2016. Thank you for your participation!

Parish Planning
Parish Planning

PE Team Champions – Check out the interview with our PE Team Champions (see document below). These teams chose to play hard, play smart and play together which earned them the Physical Education Overall Team Competition Championship. In an interview with each team we discovered some key pieces that made them so successful over the season.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Challenge
Thank you to all of those who participated in the Knight of Columbus Free Throw Challenge!!  A special congrats to our age winners...
Girls:  Sarah Peterson, Sophia Walton, Dylan Hill & Grace Thao
Boys:  Sergio Vinas, Max Cortese, JT Liebig & Will McGuinness
Most Overall Free Throws: JT with 8 of 15 made shots

Earth Week Campus Reusable Water Bottle Goal
Pope Francis has said that we have become a "throwaway culture" and the Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. He calls us to change our behavior to better care for the earth and all of its inhabitants.

Saint James Academy is working toward answering the Pope's call by becoming a greener, more environmentally aware community. As introduced at Friday mass by Nick Urich, SJA Commissioner of Safety and Ecology, our goal for this year's Earth Week is to eliminate the use of single use water bottles on our campus not just for Earth Week but permanently. Students, parents and teachers may instead use and bring reusable non-toxic, BPA-free plastic or metal water bottles. Your personal water bottle must be marked with your name. We will also have a box in front of the school if you would like to donate any extra bottles you have at home for students to use.

For information on why we need to work toward eliminating the use of single use plastic, please watch the short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9znvqIkIM-A Stay tuned because we will be announcing more earth saving and green initiatives for SJA!

Parents in Prayer – Please join us next Wednesday, April 27th after Mass. Parents in Prayer is a beautiful and important ministry at our school.  If you are interested in learning more about our group, please join us next Wednesday, April 27th, after Mass in the church social room to pray the rosary, followed by an informational meeting.  Hope to see you there!

You are invited and encouraged to join us for 8 a.m. mass this Friday as the 6th grade assists with the Liturgy. 


SJA Summer Camps
Summer planning for many families is in motion. Please see SJA Camp opportunities listed below. All summer long St James Kindergarten - 6th grade students will be able to participate in camp right here at St James!!

SLAM Camp ~ June 20-24 8:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Coach Bohman ~ Cost $160
Writing & Math Camp ~ June 27-30 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams, Mrs. Travassoli & Ms. Nielsen ~ Cost $225
Sports Camp ~ June 27- July 1 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. Led by Kelly Ramsay ~ Cost $195
Writing & Math Camp ~ July 4-7 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams, Mrs. Travassoli & Ms. Nielsen ~ Cost $225
Science Camp ~ July 11-13 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams & Mrs. Travassoli ~ Cost $150
Art Camp ~ July 14-15 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams & Mrs. Travassoli ~ Cost $100
See fliers (more coming soon) below to register. Forms DUE Friday, June 3

AFTER SCHOOL HOOPS – After School Hoops provides children grades K-5 with an opportunity to improve their overall physical fitness, develop sportsmanship, gain an understanding of the game of basketball and have lots of fun! Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm beginning April 20th. For more information see the flier posted below.

AFTER SCHOOL GOLF – The Southern California PGA has partnered with TGA Premier Junior Golf to create a Golf In Schools program that provides children with the building blocks for future achievement on the golf course and in life. The program is an extension of the classroom and incorporates life skills and academic subjects, along with golf components. Kindergarten-3rd graders are welcome to participate. Begins May 3rd and there is an 8 student max. Please see flier below for registration information.

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From the Diocese
A reminder for parents of incoming Kindergarten and Seventh grade students...


Summer Programs

Christine Lang
Principal St. James Academy

Kind Words About Us...

"One of the greatest benefits of a St. James Academy education is the commitment of faculty to continued personal growth."

"St. James Academy promotes a spirit of enthusiasm that fosters a sense of community thereby maintaining a strong Catholic mission."

"St. James Academy did an excellent job at incorporating a variety of supplemental texts, materials and methods to meet the needs of the students and their various learning styles!"

"They integrate Christian values into the curriculum, with an emphasis on spiritual development, positive approach to discipline and community building activities."

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