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May 31, 2017

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

Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle and the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right. Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny who which we and all people were created.


Thursday, June 1st

  • 4th & 5th Grade Walk-Through Programs
  • 12:30 p.m. 8th Grade Opens Time Capsule

Friday, June 2nd

  • 8:00 a.m. Kindergarten Memory Mass
  • 12:00 p.m. Noon Dismissal - Aftercare Available

Monday, June 5th

  • 8:00 a.m. Parent Appreciation Breakfast
  • 8th Grade Goes to Disneyland
  • 2:00 p.m. School Family Activity

Tuesday, June 6th

  • 8th Grade finals - full day
  • 11:30 a.m. 8th Grade/Faculty Volleyball Game

Wednesday, June 7th

  • 8th Grade finals - full day

Thursday, June 8th

  • 8:00 a.m. Parent Council
  • 8th Graders ONLY - Noon Dismissal

Friday, June 9th

  • 9:30 a.m. 7th Grade Prayer Service and 8th Grade Awards Presentation; Breakfast to follow
  • Noon Dismissal - Aftercare available
  • 1:00 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation Mass

Memory Mass led by Kindergarten this Friday

It’s not easy to say goodbye… but we look forward to celebrating our Eighth Grade Memory Mass on Friday. Please join us for this special event to introduce and celebrate our graduates and share some of their special memories of SJA. Our Kindergartners will assist with the liturgy for the first time.

Parent Appreciation Breakfast

We would love for you to join us for a Parent Appreciation Breakfast this Monday, June 5th. Please RSVP here. We are grateful for your generous support and partnership!

Variety Show Wrap-Up

Our inaugural outdoor, The Lorax Variety Show, was a great success! Thanks to all of you for your flexibility, preparation, assistance with setup, take down and all around positive attitudes! We Rock!

Thank you again to Mrs. Oldham and her family, Mrs. Mott and family, Lisa Ronco, Cheryl Flynn, Scott Stiles and all of the other helpers, teachers, staff and students!

Variety Show and Christmas Pageant DVDs on Sale!

Don’t miss your chance to order these wonderful keepsakes. DVDs of this year’s variety show and Christmas pageant may be ordered using this order form. The cost for each DVD is $20 and 20% of the cost is refunded to SJA Performing Arts! Completed forms and payments should be delivered to the front office no later than Wednesday, June 7th. Checks should be made payable to Rendezvous Video. DVDs will be available before the end of the school year.

SJA Beach Day

On Monday, June 12th, SJA will be celebrating the end of our fabulous school year at the beach. Classroom teachers have sent home permission slips and pertinent information. We would love for you to chaperone! Please contact your classroom teacher if you’re able to join us, provide a Pop-up or cooler. Students need to bring a lunch, wear sunscreen, shorts and shirts (no bathing suits).

End of the Year Survey

In an effort to continually improve SJA, please fill out this short End of the School Year Parent Survey. Your feedback is important and valuable! Thanks!

Please make sure that your SJA account is current

June report cards and yearbooks will not be distributed if your account is not up to date. This will also affect any records needing to be sent to other schools.

Help Wanted! Hospitality Chair for the 2017-2018 School Year

Very easy volunteer opportunity! Organize food and refreshments for a variety of SJA events throughout the school year - Back-to-School Night, Grandparents’ Mass, Open House, etc. Our retiring chair, Pat Gale, will train! Please contact Pat for more information at 858-342-2778.

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.

Save the Date! Mark your calendars now for our 4th Annual SJA Bocce Ball Tournament!

Saturday, September 23, 2017! It will be held once again at the Hazel home! This is open to SJA parents, Alumni, Parish, Faculty, Family and Friends! See flyers below for more information. This event will roar right up on us as we return to school, so please be involved early!


Get your ice cream and cookie fix the week of June 6-11th! They are partnering with the VanGilder family to help us raise funds to complete our outdoor garden. G3 will match every dollar spent at Jojo’s. For more information see flyer.

Alumni Update

Congratulations to Jack Fenick (SJA class of 2014 and CCHS student), who was recently chosen to participate in the American Legion California Boys State being held this June at California State University, Sacramento. American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. Jack was chosen out of hundreds of applicants. CCHS Students Selected to Participate in American Legion Boys State

Congratulations to Colette Whitton (SJA class of 2015 and an OLP student), for being recognized as a Scholar Athlete in Equestrian.

Fit to Lead ~ Story

For the past few years, our PE curriculum has been focused on being "Fit to Lead." We desire for our students to be healthy in every area of their lives - physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally and relationally. I want to share a story of two of our 8th grade students being "Fit to Lead!"

Leadership, selflessness, teamwork, passion, hard work and sacrifice are all characteristics we have focused on throughout the year, they are key components of being "Fit to Lead." This morning, on their own initiative, Jo & Rafael chose to run the mile before school. These two 8th grade students want to finish their time at SJA knowing they did everything they could to be the best they could be in every aspect of life. Before starting to run, Jo had his eyes set on breaking the school record while Rafael wanted a personal record.

On an empty campus, with a chill in the air and nothing but the sounds of birds chirping, the pounding of their feet hitting the ground, and Coach Bohman cheering them on, these two boys pushed themselves to new limits and both reached their goals!! Jo broke a 4 year standing school record of 5:57 mile, by finishing 13 seconds faster, setting the new record at 5:44. Rafael broke his own personal record by over 2 minutes, finishing at 9:18. So proud of them!!

Many times, it's in moments of adversity that our true character is revealed. This morning Jo showed his true character!! Literally one minute after setting a new school record (one most of us can only dream of!), instead of celebrating or collapsing in fatigue, Jo once again took initiative and chose to run alongside Rafael as he finished his mile. The two boys, side by side, encouraged one another and reached new heights together!!

The front of Jo's shirt says, "Winning Starts Here." He is exactly right. Those words are written directly over Jo's heart... and his HEART is the place winning begins. Yes, Jo and Rafael were winners because they each broke a personal record, and Jo set the school record. But more importantly, they are both winners in life!! Revealing so clearly they are healthy physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and relationally. Thus their ability to lead, impact and empower others is at its greatest capacity!! I believe, as they graduate from SJA and move on to new opportunities, they will continue to be young men who make a difference and lead the way for real change in our world!!

Jo and Rafael thank you for being "Fit to Lead" - and being an example and inspiration to all of us to be the same!!

Immunizations - Current 6th Grade Students

Current sixth grade students need to have their dTap booster up-to-date for 7th grade. Please click here for more information.

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!! REGISTRATION DUE THURSDAY, JUNE 8th!

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 Camp June 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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Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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