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April 27, 2016

“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Did you know that today is National Secretary’s Day? (I’m not really sure that is the PC name for it:). I am so grateful for Luanne! Not sure how we will cope without her, but appreciate every minute we have with her and are so grateful for the many gifts she has shared with this community over the last 27 years!! Thank you also to Mrs. Pena who frequently operates in secretary capacity and Mrs. Cooper, our new Office Manager!

A prayer for our 2nd Graders as they make their First Communion this weekend:
May you always know the peace of Jesus
The light of His love
And the joy of His life within you.

Thank you to Ms. Williams and parents for the beautiful preparation of our students. We are so excited for the students to join us fully in the celebration of the liturgy! Be sure to join us for Friday mass on May 6th for Mary’s Crowning. We celebrate both our 2nd and 8th graders in a joyful tradition.

Our Rock the School Concert was amazing! The talent and passion of our students was shining! Thank you to all who participated and attended and helped with the evening. A special thank you to Mrs. Oldham for sharing her passion with our students and giving them the opportunity to grow and shine.

Rock The School
Rock The School

We are hosting a booth at Fiesta Del Sol this year! It is a wonderful opportunity to share our school and parish with the greater community. Please sign up for a shift or two! May 21st and 22nd-it should be fun! Sign-Up for SJA Fiesta Del Sol Volunteers

Track Meet Results ~ San Diego County 5th-8th grade
A special thank you and congrats to all of our 5-8 grade Track Meet participants!!  A fantastic day together competing against all of the Catholic schools in San Diego!!  Check out our top 10 finishes for all of San Diego... 

400m 8th grade Boys ~ 1st Overall - 57.69  David Hoiles 

4x100 5th/6th Girls Relay ~ 1st Overall - 1:00:02  Lauren Waller, Ava Salmon, Sophia Walton, Katie Sundstrom

4x100 5th/6th Boys Relay ~ 7th Overall - 1:02:10  Jack Breen, Jonathan Hoiles, Nick Urich, Robert Ronco

100m 6th Grade Girls Katie Sundstrom 15:08 1st Heat/ 15:41 Finals 3rd Overall
Sophia Walton 15:10 2nd Heat/15:48 Finals 4th Overall

1600m 5th Grade Boys ~ Jack Breen 6:27:18 7th Overall

4x400m 5th/6th Girls Relay ~ 4th Overall  5:48:75  Lauren Waller, Lucy Urich, Sophia Walton, Katie Sundstrom

5th Grade Boys Long Jump ~ Jonathan Hoiles - 10-10.00 tied 7th overall

6th Grade Girls Long Jump Katie Sundstrom 12-08.00 1st Overall
Sophia Walton 12-06.00 2nd Overall
Lauren Waller 11-02.00 7th Overall

6th Grade Boys Long Jump ~ Robert Ronco 11-05.00 7th Overall

6th Grade Girls High Jump ~ Lucy Urich 3-09.00 4th Overall

6th Grade Boys High Jump ~ Nick Urich 3-08.00 3rd Overall

6th Grade Girls Shot Put ~ Lucy Urich 17-02.00 7th Place Overall

St James 5/6th grade girls team ~ 2nd Overall

Winning Relay Team
Track Meet Relay Winners

Advisory Board Nominations:  Our school and our children benefit greatly from the time, knowledge, and perspective volunteered by our Advisory Board members each year. If you think that you may be interested in serving on our board or would like to nominate someone, please complete the form below and turn it in to the office no later than next Friday, May 6th.  Contact Jeff Black or Kathy Dunn for more information.

PARENTS IN PRAYER - Please join us on Wednesdays after Mass to pray the rosary for our students & faculty.  Hope to see you there!

Just a reminder that we are in school on Monday, May 9th. Please always check the online calendar on our website found under ‘Resources’ if you have any questions. Thank you.

We want to send a HUGE thank you to Del Mar Pizza (15th street in Del Mar) for donating lunch to our teachers and faculty next Friday during Teacher Appreciation week.  Del Mar Pizza is providing pizza and salad for all the teachers and faculty to enjoy.  If you haven't been there before you have to check it out! It is in a prime location for the family to grab some great food and head down to the beach for lunch or a sunset dinner.  Thank you to Kim Davis for securing this donation.  We love our teachers and faculty and look forward to showing appreciation to them next week for what they do all year for our students and families.

Lost and Found drawers in the office are near capacity. Please come in and check if any of the items belong to your family. The drawers will be emptied soon and all usable uniform items will be donated to our Uniform Recycle committee. Thank you.

You are invited and encouraged to join us for 8 a.m. mass this Friday as the 5th grade assists with the Liturgy.  Speeches will be delivered by the candidates running for next year’s Student Council in the church immediately following mass.

SJA Earth Week During Earth Week, SJA began eliminating the use of single use plastic on campus, starting with plastic water bottles. Student Council also organized classroom "lights out" time for energy conservation awareness and a recycled hat contest for recycling awareness.

Crazy Hats
Recycled Hat Winners

Students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade also began working with Mrs. Oldham to convert the garden area next to the Kindergarten classroom into an organic vegetable garden for hands on student learning.

Kindergarten Gardeners
Kindergarten Gardeners
5th Grade Gardeners

Campus Drinking Water Quality In connection with eliminating single use plastic water bottles on campus, please note that we do have an outdoor water fountain on campus if students need to fill their bottle or forget to bring one. The Santa Fe Irrigation District reports that our public treated water "consistently exceeds all federal and state standards for quality and safety." http://www.sfidwater.org/index.aspx?page=158

Sustainability News and Meeting at SJA
SJA is actively working on caring for all life in our common home and creating an even healthier and more sustainable environment for our students and families. Sustainable practices ensure that human progress does not come at the expense of future generations by warming the climate, reducing bio-diversity, depleting forests, increasing pollution or reducing the planet's resource base. Projects in the works at SJA include planting the organic vegetable garden, creating a certified Monarch Butterfly Waystation, composting, eliminating all single use plastic items on campus and meeting environmental impact, health, wellness and sustainability education objectives to become a Green Ribbon school. In the words of Pope Francis, "As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling."

Anne Marie Oldham has a passion for this subject and volunteered to be our Sustainability Director. She will be holding a meeting for parents interested getting involved in sustainability efforts in the Music Room tomorrow (Thursday, April 27) from8:00 to 8:45 am. If you are interested, please join tomorrow's meeting or email Mrs. Oldham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Summer Programs (corrected dates…all fliers now posted below… Forms DUE Friday, June 3) 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 
Sports Camp ~ June 27- July 1 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. Led by Kelly Ramsay ~ Cost $195 
Writing & Math Camp ~ June 27-30 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams, Mrs. Tavassoli & Ms. Nielsen ~ Cost $225 
Writing & Math Camp ~ July 5 - 8 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams, Mrs. Tavassoli & Ms. Nielsen ~ Cost $225 
Science Camp ~ July 11-13 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams & Mrs. Tavassoli ~ Cost $150
Art Camp ~ July 14-15 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams & Mrs. Tavassoli ~ Cost $100 

Cathedral Catholic Support Services – All parents are invited to attend an informative presentation tonight, Wednesday, April 27th, 6:00-7:30 PM at St. John's Parish Hall (1003 Encinitas Blvd, 92024) Experts, Tari Carlin-Roberts, an Education Specialist from the Encinitas School District and Dr. Megan Burton, Director of Academic Support at CCHS, will be presenting information on dyslexia, learning differences and the varied learning support services that are offered at Cathedral Catholic High School.


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

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