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March 2, 2016 Viva Saint James Academy has arrived

“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Kindergarten Quilt
Kindergarten Quilt

Viva Saint James Academy has arrived! I am asking each of you to find at least one way to contribute to our biggest fundraiser of the year. This takes a community! It is NOT TOO LATE to RSVP, turn in your raffle tickets, sell your raffle tickets, buy a jewelry raffle ticket or make a sponsorship donation. We will be accepting all of these right up to Saturday March 5th Gala Day.

I hope you had a chance to drop into the Gala Preview yesterday in the Parish Hall. It was just amazing to see the Class Baskets, Kids Art and a few Live items. There will be some items up on our Saint James Website to Preview so please take a look and start to plan your bids! Check out the Preview button here

You will not want to miss out on the Mexico surf adventure in San Pancho, Kindergarten Quilt, adorable 8 week old charcoal, female Labrador (rare color), Nuevo Vallarta Condo getaway, Star Wars basket, Firewire surfboard for the little grommets, and SO much more!

Proxy bid sheets will be coming home in today’s envelope and are available in the front office or on line under Gala 2016 on our Saint James website. If you can't make the gala and you want to bid on the incredible items and art this year, please complete a Proxy form and hand it into the office no later than noon dismissal on Friday..

San Pancho Surf Adventure
San Pancho Surf Adventure

The Gala Committee would like to send out a huge thank you to our new Gala sponsors, JanPro (the Mayo family) and Ron Magnaghi, Newmark Commercial Real Estate, for being Saint James Academy Sponsors; to the Law Office of Johnson Green Roberts (Andrew Myers) a Game Table Sponsor, Truc Harris (Pacific Sotheby's), PGA (Golf in Schools)and Lot Management for being Business Card ad Sponsors; and Janet Grimmer, Kelly Mosunic, the Pre School Class and the Third Grade Class for being a Teacher/Staff Sponsor; also Martha McRoskey, Debbie Derderian, Mark Daquipa, Myron Dong, Joan Bear, the Fazlyev family, James Adamo and the Ballard family for being General Donor Sponsors. 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.

Gala Puppy
Gala Puppy

If you are available to help transport gala auction items and event supplies to the Del Mar Fairgrounds this Friday, March 4th after drop off at 8:00 a.m., please contact Kelli Fuller. If you have any questions, donations or sponsorships 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 here.

If you have not turned in your 2016-2017 registration form, please do so. They were due back last Friday, February 26th. A few of our grades are near or at capacity and have a waiting list. If you are in need of another packet please contact the office. If you have questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Dunn. Thank you.

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. We would also like to invite them to our “Kindergarten Roundup,” a special event where we invite parents and incoming kindergartners to join us to learn about kindergarten readiness, registration, curriculum and ideas to aide in the child’s development.

Jr. High Shakespeare Production – There will be two shows this Monday, March 7th, of the Jr. High Shakespeare production. The show will take place in the parish hall at 1:30 p.m. and at 5 p.m. Mrs. Beswick’s drama class has worked very hard. Please come out and enjoy the play!

Next Saturday! Kindergarten through 4th grade Track Meet - Saturday March 12th @ Cathedral High School.

Pre-order bagels for St. Patrick’s Day! Student Council is selling green bagels and cream cheese. Preordered green bagels will be delivered to the students at their recess on Thursday, March 17th. The cost of one bagel and cream cheese will be $2. Please return form by March 10th, with either cash or check payable to Saint James Academy.

The Vocal Academy @ St. James directed by Mrs. Oldham was invited again to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York on March 20th in the Total Vocal concert under the direction of a cappella pioneer Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect 1 and 2, The Sing Off).  This year's Vocal Academy singers are ages 13-16 and all are committed members of St. James Music Ministry.  Most of the singers are past or current SJA students.  Especially great news this year is that Deke hand selected eight soloists from St. James, up from three soloists selected last year and more than any other choir.


Here is a link to their Royals youtube video, please support them by sharing the video and giving it a ‘like’ and positive comment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3MIRm2NFK4 Royals video

Carnegie Concert Announcement: http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2016/3/20/0200/PM/Contemporary-A-Cappella-Music-Concert/ 

You are invited and encouraged to join us for 8 a.m. mass this Friday as the 2nd grade assists with the Liturgy. Peacemaker Awards will be presented after mass.

There is noon dismissal this Friday. There will be after school day care.

Please take a moment to read the note below from Janet Grimmer and her family. Janet was the SJA Business Mgr. for 19 years and is a Eucharistic Minister and longtime member of St. James Parish:

Janet Grimmer and her family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all the current and past families and staff of SJA who showed so many kindnesses to the Grimmer family during the last several months. We are so grateful to this wonderful community! The meals, cards, masses, and especially the hugs helped us through the unexpected and sudden loss of our Ralph/Dad/Papa. We were first stunned by our loss and then by the outpouring of support and love from all of you.

Thank you just seems so inadequate. It does not even begin to measure our gratitude. Please know what a difference you all have made to a family which deeply appreciated each and every act of kindness.

Janet and family

7th Gala Art
7th Gala Art


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.

Parish News

Parish Friday Fish Feast - Order/Reservation Forms on the front counter in the school office. Doors open at 6pm, happy hour begins at 6:15, and dinner is at 7pm. Contact the parish for more information.

Community Bible Study for Women
Tuesdays 9-11am
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.

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From the Diocese
A reminder for parents of incoming Kindergarten and Seventh grade students...


Christine Lang
Principal St. James Academy

Kind Words About Us...

"One of the greatest benefits of a St. James Academy education is the commitment of faculty to continued personal growth."

"St. James Academy promotes a spirit of enthusiasm that fosters a sense of community thereby maintaining a strong Catholic mission."

"St. James Academy did an excellent job at incorporating a variety of supplemental texts, materials and methods to meet the needs of the students and their various learning styles!"

"They integrate Christian values into the curriculum, with an emphasis on spiritual development, positive approach to discipline and community building activities."

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