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May 10, 2017

"We will find peace, we will be builders of peace and will spread peace around us." Pope Francis

God of knowledge, today we pray for our teachers. “Teachers are like gardeners. They provide us with all the things we need to grow: knowledge, wisdom, advice, comfort, support and love, enabling us to develop to our full potential. In and through this delicate act of gardening, of caring and giving, the teacher facilitates the beautiful development of life within the seed.”-Jean Vanier Thank you, God, for blessing us with such beautiful gardeners.

Thank you for making us feel so special this week! A huge thank you to Melissa Mahon and her helpers for coordinating Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!


Tuition Commitment and Payment Agreements PAST Due!

Now through Friday, May 12th

  • Renaissance Testing Window

May 8-11th

  • Scholastic Book Fair in SJA library before and after school

Thursday, May 11th

  • 8:00 a.m. Parent Council Meeting

Friday, May 12th

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by 2nd Grade with May Crowning
  • 9:00 a.m. 8th Grade Mother/Daughter Reception following Mass

Monday, May 15th

  • 8:00 a.m. Living Rosary

Tuesday, May 16th

  • 7th Grade to Safari Park

Thursday, May 18th

  • Teacher/Principal/Office Manager for the Day
  • 5:30 p.m. Preschool Family Night

Friday, May 18th

  • 8:00 a.m. Mass led by 3rd Grade

Saturday/Sunday, May 20 and 21 Fiesta del Sol

May Virtue: Humility (letter)

May Saint: Mary

First Communion Congratulations!

How beautiful that our 2nd Graders received their First Eucharist last weekend and joined us in full communion with the church. It was a very special liturgy. Thank you to Ms. Williams for her loving preparation of the students, to Mrs. Oldham and her choirs for the music on a busy weekend, to Frs. Howard and Ricky for presiding, and to all who worked to make this sacramental day holy and blessed.

Living Rosary

This Monday, May 15th, we will have our annual school-wide Living Rosary. Students will go to their classrooms, and then gather with their school families to proceed to the hall. Please join us.

Scholastic Book Fair is Here!

The Scholastic Book Fair is winding down in our library. Thursday is the last day! The fair will be open before school from 7:30 a.m.until 8:30 a.m. and after school from 2:45 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Students will also be able to make purchases during their library periods. Please see informational flier posted below.

Be a Buddy Family

Please take a moment to review the Buddy Family letter link and give this some consideration. This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome a new family to St. James and share our wonderful community with them. Please turn your form into the office by May 26th.Thank you.

Our annual Saint James Academy Variety Show inspired by "The Lorax" and celebrating our California Green Ribbon School Award will be performed by students from Kindergarten through 8th Grade on Friday, May 26th in the Parish Hall at 1:00 pm. Families may also attend the open dress rehearsal at 10:00 am. This annual production is a unique part of our curriculum and one of the highlights of the year for our students and community.

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 enclosed form and turn it into the office no later than next Friday, May 12th. Contact Jeff Black or Kathy Dunn for more information.

SAVE THE DATES FOR JO JO’s CREAMERY! Get your ice cream fix the week of June 6-11th! They are partnering with the VanGilder family to help us raise funds to complete our outdoor garden. More details soon!

Fiesta del Sol- We are excited to again participate in Solana Beach’s Fiesta del Sol. Our students will be performing on stage Saturday, May 20th at 9am. We will also join the parish in sponsoring a booth. Sign-ups starting soon. We would love to have you take a shift to spread the good news of our community!

SJA Alumni News

Congratulations to the following SJA alumni for your continued academic excellence at Cathedral Catholic High School. These students have a 4.0 or above cumulative GPA!


Nate Bandemer, David Hoiles, Michaela Marquand and Madison Stoddard

Michaela Marquand also received the Literary Writing Achievement Award


Blake Boeh, Jacob Gunderson, Megan Monroe, Daniel Pronko, Logan Schmitt and Isabella Smith


Thomas Churchyard. Thomas also received the Literary Writing Achievement Award


Matthew Mendes and Oliviah Sims

Immunizations - Current 6th Grade Students

Current sixth grade students need to have their dTap booster up-to-date for 7th grade.

Please see the following:

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 with a written notice indicating which doses are needed.

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.

For more information: http://www.shotsforschool.org/

Diocesan Student Fee

In an effort to improve marketing, enrollment management, school development, data collection and assistance to Diocesan schools and recommended by Bishop McElroy’s commissioned Task Force for Schools, a $25 per-student fee will be collected in addition to regular tuition for the 2017-2018 school year. This fee will be reflected in your September 2017 invoice. Please read this letter, from John Galvin, Director, Office of Schools for more information.

Final Scrip Order Date: June 5th

Scrip orders for the remainder of the school year are due the 1st Monday of each month (place your order prior to midnight on the first Monday of each month) and receive your cards within 10 days. A percentage of each purchase goes back to SJA. This portion goes toward your participation in the SCRIP program.


Come join us & INVITE YOUR FRIENDS for camp right here at St James this summer with our fabulous teachers!!

2-Day SLAM (Sports, Learning, A Lot of Fun, Mission Outreach) Camp June 15-16 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Led by Coach Bohman ~ Cost $110

SLAM CampJune 19-23 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Led by Coach Bohman ~ Cost $160

STEM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) June 19-22 (session 1) & June 26-29 (session 2) 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Led by Ms. Williams & Mrs. Clemens ~ Cost $225

Sports Camp June 26-30 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Led by Kelly Ramsay ~ Cost $195

ACE Camp (Academic Fun Camp) July 10-13 (session 1), July 17-20 (session 2), July 24-27 (session 3) 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Led by Ms. Mottles, Mr. Waldman & Mrs. Tavassoli ~ Cost $225


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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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