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August 23, 2017

“These three remain, faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is Love.”

1 Corinthians, 13:13


While you’re enjoying the last couple days of summer, our faculty and staff are working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year! Not to mention all the painters, contractors, construction workers and Mike Kimberlain who are working tirelessly to improve our school. We hope your summer has been filled with a lot of rest, relaxation, rejuvenation and fun, family times! We can’t wait to see you!

THIS SATURDAY: Back to School Bonfire

St. James Academy is hosting a Bonfire at Moonlight Beach the evening of August 26nd from 4 to 8:30pm, with the bonfire at 7pm. It promises to be a delightful get-together to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a new year. Our event coordinators will go down Saturday morning and claim a fire pit. We will provide the wood, smores and the sunset. You guys bring some chairs and blankets. Grab dinner before you head down or bring your own picnic for the beach. We’ve heard that Leucadia Pizza may deliver to the fire pit! The concession stand at Moonlight has some good sandwich options as well. Look for the SJA banner, we are hoping to reserve the northernmost fire pit. There's no RSVP necessary. But sure hope you can make it! I look forward to seeing you there.

Important Dates:

August 24th:

10:00-11:00 Kindergarten Meet and Greet

9:00-11:00 Junior High Orientation

August 26th:

Back to School Bonfire @ Moonlight Beach

August 28th:

First Day of School

7:45-9:00; 11:30-12:30 Recycled Uniform Sale at the lunch tables

8:15 AM Parent Welcome Coffee at the lunch tables

12:00 Dismissal

August 29th:

2:30-3:30 Recycled Uniform Sale at the lunch tables

August 31st:


6:00 pm PRESCHOOL Parent Orientation

September 1st:

8:00 AM First School Mass in Parish Hall

11:00 AM Preschool Student with Parent Orientation

12:00 Dismissal

September 4th:

No School- Labor Day

September 5th:

First Day of Preschool


Welcome Back to School Parent Coffee

Please join us on the first day of school for shopping, (used uniform sale), the assembly and coffee. Students will be waving good-bye to you on the blacktop before entering the school. Following the assembly, parents are invited to the lunch tables for coffee and pastries. Please refrain from parking in the Parish Office parking spots. Thank you!

Traffic in the Area

There is much construction in our local area: On Lomas Santa Fe, the 101 and on Stevens Avenue. Please plan accordingly, so you your child(ren) arrives to school on time.

Back to School Forms: There are three mandatory forms that must be returned to the office no later than Thursday, August 31st and 1 mandatory volunteer/business survey for each parent to fill out.

· Emergency Information Form

· Fever-Pain Relieving Form (must be signed and returned even if no fever/pain meds are to be administered)

· Parent/Student Handbook Agreement Form

· Mandatory Volunteer/Business Information Survey

Students will not be admitted to class on Tuesday, September 5th if these forms and survey are not completed and turned in.

There are two optional forms:

· Permission to Walk Home Form

· School Directory Opt-Out Form

All forms are also available online under Resources/Miscellaneous Forms on the school website.

SJA Parent/Student Handbook: Please familiarize yourself with our handbook. Updates have been made to sections 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 Link to handbook

Background Checks and Safe Environment Training for Volunteers: The Diocese has changed its policy regarding volunteers. ALL volunteers must complete safe environment training on the CMG website. The training consists of three videos, with questions after each one. Please print the certificate of completion at the end and turn it into the front office. This certificate must be on file prior to volunteering on campus, in classrooms, on field trips, etc. In addition, anyone, including new families, who has not been previously Live Scanned will need to complete the background check, also located on the CMG website. You will be billed $20 to cover the cost of the background check.

Thanks for your continued support of SJA- we can’t do it without you!

New Student Vaccination Records: Kindergarten through eighth grade, must have up-to-date vaccination records on file in the office no later than August 31st. If your child is entering 1st-8th grade this year we have requested health records from your child’s previous school. New Kindergarten and first grade students must also have a completed Report of Health form in the office by the same date. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Asthma Inhalers/Epipens/Other Prescription Med Requirements: If your child has a health issue or allergy requiring regular or intermittent medication, please place the medication in a ziplock bag clearly labeled with your child’s name (with prescription label attached and dosing instructions), and send it into the office. Please be sure to include the medicine on the Emergency Information Form.

Students are not allowed to carry medication of any kind while on campus including cough drops, throat lozenges, etc. If a child needs cough drops, please place them in a ziplock baggie labeled with your child’s name and send it into the classroom teacher. Individual student cough drops will be kept in the classroom.

Morning/After School Day Care: All students arriving before 7:30 will be signed into day care. Students in grades K-6 will be signed into day care if they arrive before 7:45. Junior High students are permitted to enter at 7:30 and prepare for homeroom at 7:45. After school care is available from 3:00-5:30 (12:00 on half days). Billing for day care occurs monthly. More info to come.

Hot Lunch: Ki’s will be our hot lunch provider again this year. A very special thank-you to Melissa Kuhn, our coordinator. Be sure to update your child’s information and grade level to ensure lunch is delivered properly. The first day of hot lunch is Tuesday, August 29th. Here is a link to Ki’s: https://kis.naturallunches.com/. It is also available on our website under Lunch Program.

Pizza Fridays: Pizza Fridays will begin Friday, September 16th. A HUGE thank you to Sandy Dalton for helping Jr. High parents coordinate this program! Look for order forms the first week of school.

FALL SPORTS SIGN-UPS ~ Due Thursday Aug. 31st

Surf Team, Football & Volleyball... Join our SJA Surf Team, Boy's Flag Football team or Girl's Volleyball team! Sign-ups Online Only - https://goo.gl/forms/tNQxlsqy0LrT3JJv1

Surf Team is for 6th-8th graders ~ Beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers and bodyboarders are welcome. Students can join only practices or both practices and competitions. Practices are every Friday after school for 1 1/2 hr mid-September until mid-April. Competitions are one Saturday or Sunday a month Oct-March. An extra fee is required for competitors. Your own board and wetsuit will eventually be required. We are also in need of surf team coaches, please contact Coach Bohman if you are interested.

Football & Volleyball ~ 5th-8th graders are welcome to compete. Practices are during PE and possibly after school. Boy's Varsity (7/8) football games are on Wednesdays 3:30pm all away; JV (5/6) football games Mondays 3:30pm all away; Girl's Varsity (7/8) volleyball games Tuesdays 3:30pm home and away; JV (5/6) volleyball games Thursdays 3:30pm home and away.

DEADLINE for Fall Sports sign-ups is THURSDAY Aug. 31st ~ Sports Permission forms are ONLINE ONLY (we are going Green!) Please pay the $40 participation fee via FACTS, please do NOT turn in the payment via cash or check.

Fall Sports Form - https://goo.gl/forms/tNQxlsqy0LrT3JJv1

Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm Sept 19th - Nov 7th ~ 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. Returning students will be able to advance to the next level! Kindergarten-3rd graders are welcome to participate. Please see flier below for registration information. This is the ONLY time golf will be offered this year.

Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm Sept 20th - Nov 8th ~ 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! For more information see the flier posted below.

SJA SPIRIT WEAR SALE... August 28th - Sept 8th

EVERYONE is invited to order and wear your new SJA attire around town, at games, for school functions and more! They make great gifts too! And 10% of every purchase goes directly to SJA! Look for samples in the front office and flyers in the Wednesday envelopes.

See you soon! We are looking forward to an excellent school year! Thanks for your support.

Christine & Kathy


Beginning of School Year Forms

Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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