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January 27, 2016 Candles in Dark Places

“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

This reflection touched me and I hope it will resonate with you too. A priest reflects on lighting a candle with the power of prayer. Another way to light a candle is to support our sister school, St. Michael’s Academy, this week by donating a ream of paper tomorrow!

Candles in Dark Places
By Father Pat Hannon, C.S.C.
I turned around and finally noticed that scores of people surrounded me, kneeling and sitting and praying. We were all in it together: The hundred people surrounding me, the father and son who left behind a token of love, and my own family were all in this together. Read more>

Open House at SJA
Open House at SJA

Open House was wonderful! Thank you! There was a great turnout of current and potential families as well as some lovely parishioners getting to know us a little more. Please continue to spread the word of our amazing community. Our growth looks hopeful:) A special thank you to Pat Gale and family for the hospitality and ambiance they provided. Thank you to the teachers for the tremendous amount of extra work this event and week involve. Thank you Luanne and staff for the prep work and hosting duties. Ashley Luoto, great first Open House:) Parents, thank you for your help in so many ways: Cindy Davis and Tatiana Walton for hosting during mass, to Linda for beautiful informative flyers and information table and to the many who brought friends and helped to advertise. We had the great group at St. Elizabeth, we had essay readers at all Sunday masses last week (Kayla Mendes, Zoe Daphne Gagne, Michaela Marquand and Fletcher Fuller) and two this Sunday (Reese Mosunic and Max Cortese), and Student Council assisted with a beautiful liturgy and led tours all morning. I’m sure I missed some, but you all helped us show off!

Please make sure that your Spell-A-Thon pledges have been turned into the office. Thank you to Cheryl Flynn for once again chairing our Spell-A-Thon. What a bonus to raise some money while learning!

Spelling Bee Winners
Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to Sophia Walton, winner of the SJA Spelling Bee, and runners-up Dominic Ortiz and Michaela Marquand. Michaela will represent SJA at the next level on the road to the National Spelling Bee. Well done!

Congratulations to 6th grader, Lauren Waller! Lauren participated in a gymnastics meet in Las Vegas where she placed 1st on Beam, 3rd on Vault, and 5th on Floor, 6th on Bars, and 4th All Around. Well done, Lauren!

If you have a child that will be entering Kindergarten next year please contact the office to sign up for a screening on Thursday, February 4th. We also will need a completed application (on our website under Admissions) and a birth certificate, a Baptismal certificate, or a passport at the time of screening.

Remaining Catholic School’s Week 2016 Agenda
Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.

Thursday—January 28, 2016 (Community Appreciation Day)

  • School-wide picture will be taken today and sent to local community organizations with a “thank you for your service” letter.
  • School supply drive to support one of our sister schools within the diocese- All students are asked to bring in a ream of white copy paper for the school to use (or the money for us to buy it for them).
  • Classes will be participating in adoration throughout the day praying for our local community organizations and members.
Friday—January 29, 2016 (Family Appreciation Day)
  • 8:00am Grandparents Mass & Reception. Please extend an invitation to the grandparents in your children’s lives to join us for this mass.

RAFFLE TICKET SALES FOR GALA 2016 – Today, Wednesday, January 20th, all Saint James Families will receive a pack of 20 raffle tickets and raffle contest rules for our biggest fundraiser, the Gala, taking place on March 5th, 2016. 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 emailed out for upcoming Masses and Fish Feasts. This is an easy way to sell your raffle tickets. Here is the link to the Sign-up Genius for 2016 Gala Raffle Ticket sales for Mass and Fish Feasts: VIVA SAINT JAMES!

Gala Class Baskets – Letters for collecting for Class Baskets for our 2016 Gala were sent home through the classrooms last week. The letter is posted below. Thank you!

Invitations for our 6th annual Father/Daughter Dance were sent home with your daughter. I hope many of you will enjoy this special evening on Saturday, February 6th from 7-9 p.m. in the parish hall. Please RSVP via your check, or cash in an envelope with your name on it, to the classroom or the office. If you have questions please contact Erin Dionisiou at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 714-747-4055. Thank you, Erin, for taking over the coordination of this wonderful event!

Photo Booth – We are looking for donations to put towards a photo booth for the Father Daughter dance like we had last year. Please label your donation and send it into the office. If donating via check, please make it out to SJA. Thank you!

Spring Break Camps @ SJA

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

    Get Your New SJA Spirit Wear – until Feb 5th ONLY
    Purchase your new SJA Spirit Wear! EVERYONE is invited to order and wear your new SJA attire around town, at games, for school functions, etc! They make great gifts too! And 20% of every purchase goes directly to SJA! Samples are available to try on in the front office. All purchases need to be made ONLINE at http://www.spiritgeardirect.com/GearDrive/Store.aspx?guid=85458ca6-e28a-41a8-943d-d3fbc6413465 The spirit wear drive ends Friday February 5th... so order your gear now!!

    In honor of Catholic Schools Week, families may apply for the Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Program beginning January 29, 2016 through March 18, 2016. For information on eligibility, deadlines, applicant qualifications, award distributions, costs, recipient responsibilities and other facts, please talk to your local school’s administrators and visit the Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Program website at http://www.bishopfloresscholars.org. Also, please see letter from Diocese posted below.

    Lost and Found drawers in the office are overflowing. Please take a moment to come in and look for any missing items. Also, please check your items at home to make sure that they do belong to your child. Mix-ups happen when changing for P.E., playing at recess, etc.

    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.

    Firemen Visit SJA
    Firemen Visit SJA

    San Diego Gulls Catholic Schools Week – The Office for Schools in the Diocese of San Diego invites you to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week! The Gulls are set to take on the Ontario Reign on January 29 at 7:05pm. Join your fellow San Diego Catholic School Students and cheer on the Gulls to victory! Please see the flier posted below.

    Parish News – Once again, dinners are needed on Sundays for 6- 8 seminarians and Fr. Howard. He is much appreciative for the time it gives him to spend with the seminarians and visiting priests rather that spending his time cooking in the kitchen. Needed is a main dish and a vegetable dish or salad. Please call Jackie Eginton at 858-755-3206 to volunteer .Meals can be delivered to 5pm mass on Saturdays or AM masses on Sunday.


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

    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 1:00 p.m. and regular Fridays 3:30 p.m. Please contact Coach Bohman if you are interested in joining us!!

    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 3:00-4:00 p.m. beginning February 10th. For more information see the flier posted below.

    We invite all SJA students, families and friends to participate in the Cardiff Kook Run on Sunday, February 7th. Join us as we represent St. James Academy in this fun 5K or 10K walk/run event! Please see flyer posted below and in today’s envelope.

    Cardiff Kook Run

    • Sunday, February 7th, 2016
    • 10K starts at 7:35 a.m.
    • 5K starts at 8:00 a.m.
    • Downtown Encinitas

    Register online at www.cardiffkookrun.com. Be sure to use discount code: stjames$22 to receive $22 off of the 5K and $22 off of the 10K.

    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. .

    San Diego Gulls Catholic Schools Week Kick-Off - The Office for Schools in the Diocese of San Diego invites you to Celebrate the Kick-off of Catholic Schools Week! The Gulls are set to take on the Ontario Reign on January 29 at 7:05 p.m. Join your fellow San Diego Catholic School Students and cheer on the Gulls to victory! Please see the flier posted below.

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Christine Lang
Principal St. James Academy

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