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April 26, 2017

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

Dear God, thank you for this beautiful planet. Bless it and keep it safe from harm. We pray for the protection of people, animals, the soil, air and water. May we care for all you have made. Help us to love the Earth as you do. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Friday, April 28th

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by 5th Grade
  • 8:30 a.m. Student Council speeches following mass

Saturday, April 29th

  • 9:45 a.m.People's Climate March at Waterfront Park, downtown San Diego (see details below)

Monday, May 1st-May 12th

  • Renaissance Testing Window

Tuesday, May 2nd

  • Wear jeans for $1 to benefit the 8th grade graduation fund

Wednesday, May 3rd

  • 6th Grade to Astro Camp!
  • 8:00 a.m. Parents in Prayer

Thursday, May 4th

  • Kinder & 1st Grade to Safari Park
  • National Day of Prayer

Friday, May 5th

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by 4th Grade
  • Noon Dismissal - After School care available

Saturday, May 6th

  • 2:00 p.m - First Communion Mass for our SJA 2nd Graders

Sunday, May 7th

  • SJA Choirs sing at Sunday masses

April Virtue: Hope (parent letter)

April Saint: St. Maria Faustina

EARTH WEEK Celebration Continues

“In the end, EVERYTHING has been ENTRUSTED to our PROTECTION and ALL of us are RESPONSIBLE for it. Be PROTECTORS of GOD’S GIFTS!”-Pope Francis

Lights out Thursday- 4/27

Each class turn classroom lights off as much as possible and calculate how many minutes/seconds lights were off between 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday - 4/28

Celebrate Earth Week at mass; the video Laudito Si; Letter from Pope Francis will be shown

New Green Ribbon T-Shirts

People’s Climate March this Saturday, 4/29

“In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God's gifts!”-Pope Francis

The Office of Social Ministry invites you to attend the People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29th at San Diego Waterfront Park, located at 1600 Pacific Hwy. Catholics are encouraged to congregate under the banner of Creation Care Teams of the Diocese of San Diego at 9:45 a.m. at the NW corner of the San DIego County Administration Center. For more information contact Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 858-490-8323. See http://peoplesclimatesd.org/about/program/ for detailed information on the program.

As part of SJA’s Earth Week activities, we will be making signs, posters and props inspired by The Lorax and nature to display at the March. If you plan to attend the March or can share your gifts to help with poster making, please contact Mrs. Oldham ASAP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Plastics Pledge Class Challenge

"The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth....Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start." --Pope Francis, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home

Students and families, please turn in your pledge to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle single use plastics to Sophia Walton or Mrs. Oldham by Friday, May 12, 2017 (three week challenge). Students, staff and families may also collect signatures from friends, anyone in the community or businesses and specify which class to credit. The class that turns in the most signed pledges (calculated per capita) will win a class party in May. Currently, the 7th Grade is in the lead and we have 53 total signed pledges. A copy of the pledge is attached. Information on the harm that plastic is doing to human health, wildlife, oceans and environment can be found on the Plastic Pollution Coalition website and at this link https://plasticpollutioncoalition.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/222813127-Why-is-plastic-harmful-

Congratulations to our Contest Winners

All of our Junior High students participated in the San Diego Bar Association’s Civil Discourse Poster and Video contest. We are proud to announce our multiple winners:

  • First Prize in the Video Category: Max C. 8th Grade

Max has been invited to show his video at the San Diego Bar Association Luncheon on May 1. Great job, Max!!!

  • Second prize for the Poster Contest: Jo- 8th Grade
  • Third prize for the Poster Contest: Ivan- 7th Grade

Thank you, again, to Mr. Salameh for delivering all of the posters to the downtown San Diego Bar Association Office.

Last Week to Purchase Gala Art and Children’s Photographs

Please visit the front office to purchase your child’s gala photograph (all grades) or individual art (preschool, 2nd, 6th, and 7th Grades).

Uniform Recycling Help Needed

Mary McGuinness is looking for two parents to partner with her in coordinating the uniform recycling program. Tasks include sorting incoming inventory, selling inventory at the start and end of the school year, and help laundering lost/found items 2-3 times a year. You get first dibs on donations too! Please call Mary at 760-889-0761. Thanks to Lark Diaz for her many years of uniform duty too!

Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at the Academy Monday, May 8th through Thursday, May 11th in the school library The fair will be open before school from 7:30 a.m.until 8:30 a.m. and after school from 2:45 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Students will also be able to make purchases during their library periods. Please see informational flier posted below. Book Fair handouts will come home through your child's Wednesday envelope next week.


Come join us & INVITE YOUR FRIENDS for camp right here at St James this summer with our fabulous teachers!! More information coming soon!

2-Day SLAM (Sports, Learning, A Lot of Fun, Mission Outreach) Camp June 15-16 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Led by Coach Bohman ~ Cost $110

SLAM Camp June 19-23 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Led by Coach Bohman ~ Cost $160

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp June 19-22 (session 1) & June 26-29 (session 2) 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Led by Ms. Williams & Mrs. Clemens ~ Cost $225

Sports Camp June 26-30 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Led by Kelly Ramsay ~ Cost $195

ACE Camp (Academic Fun Camp) July 10-13 (session 1), July 17-20 (session 2), July 24-27 (session 3) 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Led by Ms. Mottles, Mr. Waldman & Mrs. Tavassoli ~ Cost $225

Scrip Order Dates: May 1st, and June 5th

Scrip orders for the remainder of the school year are due the 1st Monday of each month (place your order prior to midnight on the first Monday of each month) and receive your cards within 10 days. A percentage of each purchase goes back to SJA. This portion goes toward your participation in the SCRIP program. Place your order now! http://www.saintjamesacademy.com/fundraising/Scrip/scripOrders2015.pdf


Teenage Clothing Drive for the Monarch School - through April 28th

Nina Fazio (older sister to our own 7th grader, Anna Fazio) is helping coordinate a Cathedral Catholic High School clothing drive for high school students at The Monarch School. The Monarch School provides K-12 education to homeless youth in San Diego. A box for donations of new and gently used clothing for high school boys and girls is located in the SJA front office. Please see the flyer for more details.


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Principals, St. James Academy

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