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February 10, 2016 Lent Begins

“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

God our Father,
You formed us from the dust of the earth
And brought us to new life in Christ
Through the waters of Baptism.

We ask you to change our hearts
As we journey through these forty days of Lent.

Help us to see Jesus in everyone we meet,
And to serve him in all persons,
Especially the poor, the sick and the lonely.

By your grace, may our prayers and sacrifices this Lent
Help us grow closer to each another and to you,
As one family in Jesus.

We make this prayer to you in His name. Amen.

Lent begins today.  We enjoyed a beautiful Ash Wednesday liturgy.  I encourage you each to find a special something “TO DO” this season to become closer to Jesus.  One recommendation is Matthew Kelly’s: bestlentever.com, a daily message from him to guide your Lenten journey. Other considerations include praying a little more, doing good deeds for others, sacrificing or giving generously to those in need.

Thank you for your generous donation of paper reams for the sister school we contributed to in San Diego. Our staff also donated several items for their staff’s faculty room. Thank you to Mrs. Schlehuber and Mr. Marquand who took three Student Council members to deliver the items. The teachers and students couldn’t have been more grateful to receive our generous donations!

Father/Daughter Dance
Father/Daughter Dance

Thank you to all who made our “Dance Weekend” a success!  The Junior High students had a fabulous time Friday night and the Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday was by all accounts an amazing night.  I would like to extend a special thank you to Erin Dionisiou for coordinating our Father-Daughter event and to all of her 'helpers'. This was Erin’s first year in coordinating this event and she did it beautifully! Also, a big thank you to the James Flores Family, the Todd and Cindy Davis Family, and the Jeff and Lisa Black Family for their donations toward the Photo Booth at the Father Daughter dance. We hope that everyone had a fun time in the photo booth. To view all the photos please go to St. James Academy's Father & Daughter Dance Password: stjames2016

Valentines and health :-) I know there has been some talk of my request that Valentines be delivered to classmates this year without a candy treat attached.  I appreciate your support!  My thought was that the classes would provide a treat during the class party/baby shower and that we would eliminate the 25 candies that come with the cards.  So it is not my plan to eliminate all treats, just to moderate as part of our health initiative.  My hope is that soon this will become the accepted plan and our creativity will come out in other ways.  Thank you!

Our annual Baby Shower is tomorrow, February 11th. You should have received details through your child’s teacher. If not, please check in with them. This is one of my favorite traditions here. It is lovely to see our students all dressed up, in red, pink and white party attire and so generous in support and giving to mothers in crises!

Due NEXT Tuesday! Yearbook Ads – Please see the order form posted below. Ads are due February 16th.

Get ready........its GALA time!
Viva St. James Academy!  March 5, 2016 Del Mar Fairgrounds 
Our biggest fundraiser of the year is fast approaching.  It is going to be an amazing evening as we enjoy a silent/live auction, sit down dinner, live music and casino games.  The incredible sounds of Anna Danes and Peter Marin will ensure our Viva Saint James Academy Vegas style lounge doesn't miss a beat.

SJA Vegas Gala
Gala 2016
Register Here

We need your help to make this fundraising gala a HUGE success! So please support this event in the many ways available: donate funds or items for the class baskets; sell your raffle tickets at mass, fish feasts, and to your neighbors and friends; grab a group of friends and form a table to attend the event; become a sponsor; and, finally, donate auction items in the form of services, merchandise, vacation homes, air miles, etc…The Gala does not happen without the tremendous time and efforts of our Gala Committees and all of you so thank you for your support. 

Check out the flyer posted below for donation based classes in support of the Gala at The Movement Lab.  Grab some friends and head over to one of the three fun and invigorating classes offered in February and you will be ready to zip up that sequin vintage Vegas style dress. 

If you have any questions, donations or sponsorship's please contact Kelli Fuller, Gala 2016 Event Chair, 858-692-0065 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   All event details and registration can be found at www.saintjamesacademy.com under the Gala 2016 logo.

A huge thank you to our new Gala sponsors this week. G3 Physical Therapy (Van Gilder family) is a Game Table Sponsor and Pegasus Show Stable, Inc. (Endicott family) is a General Sponsor. Also, thank you to Corvette Mike for being a Game Table Sponsor! I also want to thank all the families who are donating services or items for the auction. Your support and contribution to this fundraising event is greatly appreciated.

RAFFLE TICKET SALES FOR GALA 2016 – Please continue to sell your raffle tickets! We kindly ask that each family sells a minimum of 20 tickets. The Grand prize raffle winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000.00. Two additional prizes (gift cards) will be awarded to the family that sells the most raffle tickets and to the family whose name gets drawn from those who have sold at least 20 tickets. The Raffle Ticket Rules are included with the raffle tickets and are also available on the school’s website. For those interested, a sign up genius has been created here for upcoming Masses and Fish Feasts. This is an easy way to sell your raffle tickets! In typical Vegas style, it’s luck of the draw! Who will win? Good luck!

If you have a child that will be entering Kindergarten next year, or know of someone that may be interested in SJA Kindergarten please have them contact the office to set up a screening.

Parish Friday Night Fish Feasts will begin this Friday, February 12th. The academy faculty will be serving and assisting with the dinner on Friday, February 19th. Please plan to join us NEXT Friday, on the 19th. A portion of the proceeds that night will go to the Academy. There are Dinner Order/Reservation Forms on the front counter in the school office. Doors open at 6 p.m., happy hour begins at 6:15, and dinner is at 7 p.m. Contact the parish for more information.

Community Bible Study for Women Tuesdays 9-11 a.m.
St. James Ministry Center Conference Room

All women are invited! A 12-week study of 2 Corinthians runs March 1- May 31. Join us for coffee and orientation on February 23rd to register, get your book and socialize.

This Bible study is designed to encourage women to grow closer to God and to one another. Spend about 15 minutes a day reading Scripture and answering questions. Then meet weekly for lesson discussion, faith sharing and prayer in a small group. Video and commentary support also included.

Cost: $35/person, to cover lesson book. For more details or to pre-register, contact Katie Pelisek at (619) 991-3119 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There is no school this Friday and Monday, February 12th and 15th.


Begins today! After School Hoops provides children grades K-6 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 February 10th. For more information see the flier posted below.

Spring Break Camps @ SJA

  • WHEN: March 28-April 1
  • SLAM Camp 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (led by Coach Bohman)
  • Sports Camp 12:00-3:00 p.m. (led by Coach Ramsay)
  • FOR: All current SJA Students
  • COST: Full week both camps = $195, Full week one camp = $100, Full Day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) = $60, One day for one camp = $30
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday March 18th (see flier below)

Save the date – Kindergarten through 4th grade Track Meet - Saturday March 12th @ Cathedral High School.

Cross Country Club - Be a part of our first ever SJA Cross Country Club!! Every Friday after school (weather permitting), we will have Cross Country Club at the beach!! We will meet down at the beach on the north end of the San Elijo state campground (just north of Pipes) - where our surf team also practices every Friday. Students K-8 and their families are invited to join us as we run the beach together!! Minimum day Fridays we will start at 1:00pm and regular Fridays 3:30pm. Please contact Coach Bohman if you are interested in joining us!!

Care for Creation Green Team - Are you interested in helping St. James Academy become more sustainable, healthful, environmentally and socially friendly? We would like to start the process to become a Green Ribbon school and do our part to care for our common home as directed by Pope Francis in his recent Encyclical Laudito Si. For more information, please see the handout posted below on the Green Schools Award Program. If you are interested in working on the new SJA Care for Creation Green Team, please email Mrs. Oldham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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From the Diocese
As of January 1, 2016, SB 277 will:

  1. No longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in child care and public and private schools;
  2. Permit personal belief exemptions submitted before January 1, 2016, to remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or 7th grade;
  3. Remove immunization requirements for:
    • Students in home-based private schools
    • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction
    • Access to special education and related services specified in an individualized education program

Admit a child who:

  1. Has all immunizations required for their age or grade, or
  2. Submits a personal beliefs exemption (before January 1, 2016) for missing shot(s) and immunization records with dates for all required shots not exempted, or
  3. Submits a physician’s written statement of a medical exemption for missing shot(s) and immunization records with dates for all required shots not exempted.

Admit a child conditionally if:

  1. He/she is missing a dose(s) in a series, but the next dose is not due yet (meaning the child has received at least one dose in a series and the deadline for the next dose has not passed). The child may not be admitted if the deadline has passed or the child has not yet received the 1st dose.
  2. He/she has a temporary medical exemption to certain vaccine(s) and has submitted an immunization record for vaccines not exempted.

Do not admit a child who:
Does not fit one of the previous categories. Refer parents to their physician.
Follow-up is required after admission if:

  1. Child was missing a dose(s) in a series, but admitted conditionally;
  2. Child has a temporary medical exemption;
  3. Awaiting records for transfers from within California or another state. School may allow up to 30 school days before exclusion.


Christine Lang
Principal St. James Academy

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