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May 11, 2016

“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Last week we were able to honor some special people in this community at a Diocesan dinner. Leslie Beswick (30 years) and Luanne Sobieski (27 years) were presented with retirement awards. And Ms. Nielsen was presented with the “Catholic Diocese Exceptional Teaching Award.” Her award was presented by the Director of Soles from USD and two of her professors. Congratulations!!

 Catholic Educators' Banquet
2nd Annual Bishop Cirilo Flores
Catholic Educators' Banquet Award Winners

I hope you were able to join us last Friday for the very special tradition of May Crowning. It is a double treat as the 2nd grade assists with the liturgy and joins the school in the full celebration of the mass for the 1st time. The 8th grade honors Mary in a special crowning ceremony. Touching and lovely.

May Crowning
May Crowning

A very warm thank you for all of the ‘love and appreciation’ given to the staff last week. I especially would like to thank Lisa Ronco, Melissa Mahon , Liz Torio, and Kim Davis who seemed to be here doing something to 'pamper' us every day. We would also like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Cosmic Car Wash (Hanna family) who donated certificates for the teachers and faculty to get their car washed! And finally, thank you to Audrey Welch (Torio family connection) for donating 45 minute facial gift certificates. We all know how hard our teachers work and what long hours they put in so this relaxing facial will be a welcome treat.

We are in our third and final standardized testing period of this school year. We plan to send home results and a letter of explanation in early June. As you know, the test and format is new. The results of the first two were variable. We are hoping to see a clearer trend develop as the students become more familiar with the format and be able to put the information gathered from the data to good planning use.

Please keep our sixth graders in your prayers as they head off to Astro Camp today. They return full of stories on Friday!

1st Annual SJA Mother Son Bowling Night – Saturday, May 21st from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Kearney Mesa Bowl. Prizes awarded! Please see flier posted below for more information and to make your reservation! Form and payment due in to the office by Wednesday, May 18th! Hope to see you there!

Be a Buddy Family – Please take a moment to review the Buddy Family letter posted below 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 in to the office by May 20th.Thank you.

Our annual Saint James Academy variety show "Stay Tuned" will be performed by students from Kindergarten through 8th Grade on Friday, May 27th in the Parish Hall at 1:00 p.m.  Families may also attend the open dress rehearsal at 10 a.m. This year's show will feature music selections from television through the decades. This annual production is a unique part of our curriculum and one of the highlights of the year for our students and community.

We are hosting a booth at Fiesta Del Sol this year! It is a wonderful opportunity to share our school and parish with the greater community. Please sign up for a shift or two! May 21st and 22nd-it should be fun! Sign-Up for SJA Fiesta Del Sol Volunteers

Kindness Challenge – May 16-20
St. James students and teachers will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge, which ties so nicely to our school theme: Be Kind. The Challenge is dedicated to performing acts of kindness to create a bully-free, safe and caring school environment. Students accept the challenge with the understanding that bullying is weak and kindness is strength. They will work towards completing 50 kind acts individually, in their class and with other students. In addition to classroom activities, there are some fun, school-wide activities planned: Illustration Contest for 50 Ways to Create a Kinder World SJA Book, Kind Quotes, Recess Kindness Station to complete kind acts, songs, Buddy Bench and Kindness chains.


See Us in Action Thursdays in May
Every Thursday in the month of May, the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, we will be offering tours from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Current sixth grade students need to have their dTap booster up to date for seventh grade.

Summer Programs (corrected dates…all fliers now posted below… Forms DUE Friday, June 3) Summer planning for many families is in motion. Please see SJA Camp opportunities listed below. All summer long St James Kindergarten - 6th grade students will be able to participate in camp right here at St James!! 

SLAM Camp ~ June 20-24 8:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Coach Bohman ~ Cost $160 
Sports Camp ~ June 27- July 1 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. Led by Kelly Ramsay ~ Cost $195 
Writing & Math Camp ~ June 27-30 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams, Mrs. Tavassoli & Ms. Nielsen ~ Cost $225 
Writing & Math Camp ~ July 5 - 8 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams, Mrs. Tavassoli & Ms. Nielsen ~ Cost $225 
Science Camp ~ July 11-13 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams & Mrs. Tavassoli ~ Cost $150
Art Camp ~ July 14-15 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams & Mrs. Tavassoli ~ Cost $100 

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


Summer Programs

Christine Lang
Principal St. James Academy

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