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September 13, 2017

“These three remain, faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is Love.”

Corinthians, 13:13


You do not want to miss out on this casual, fun, community building event!

Sponsorships are still available and your early registration is much appreciated as it eases the planning process. Register for Bocce Tournament

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Mary McGuinness or Tati Walton.

Please continue selling your raffle tickets! Top sellers will be awarded prizes! Spots are still available before and after the weekend masses. Sign up here.

bocce tournament

Important Dates:

September 13th-22nd:

Renaissance Testing Window

Thursday, September 14th:

Hurricane Relief Fundraiser Wear Free Dress and have Popcorn and Lemonade at snack for minimum $5.00 donation

Friday, September 15th:

8:00 a.m. Mass in Parish Hall, 7th Grade Assisting with Liturgy

Picture Day

First Pizza/Ice Cream Day

Saturday, September 23rd:

4th Annual Bocce Tournament


9/28 Kick off Gala Planning Meeting after drop off in ministry center

9/29 12:00 Dismissal- Professional Development Day for Faculty

10/2 Mendocino Farms Dine-out

10/4 Blessing of the Animals

10/8 Food Packing Event at SJA (this is a great opportunity for service hours)

10/9 NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day

10/14 Family Movie Night on the SJA field

10/21 Spooky Nights; Sponsored by SJA Knights of Columbus; 5:30-8:30 pm @ Solana Beach Presbyterian Church

11/5 Surfing Madonna Beach Run

Renaissance Testing
This week and next is the testing window for our Star Renaissance Assessments. These standardized assessments are given three times a year to all students in the Diocese. Please reference this letter, from Matthew Cordes, Associate Director of Schools, for more information. Help your child be their best by getting adequate sleep, well-balanced meals and to school on time. Teachers will distribute results during the November parent/teacher conferences. 87% of SJA students tested at or above grade level in both reading and math on the final Star Assessment last year.

Construction Continues
SJA is still an active construction site. Next Monday, 9/18 the front of the church patio/sidewalk area will be demolished so pavers can be installed. This has the potential to impact our drop off and pick up procedures. Please continue to exercise caution and good judgement. We will continue to update you on progress. Thanks for your patience and flexibility.

Join Us at the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
St. James will be represented at the Solana Beach Business Expo on Wednesday, September 20th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. If you would like to attend to help promote and market our school, please contact Christine Lang, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets. There will be gifts, music, food and raffle prizes.

surf students

GAP (Guardian Angel Pledge) Campaign Update
Thank you to our initial donors for supporting our GAP campaign. Your generosity and support of SJA is greatly appreciated. The official roll out for this campaign will occur with the reopening of the church in October. However, consider making a TAX DEDUCTIBLE contribution now. Payment options are available. We are hoping for 100% family participation. GAP Campaign Information and Donations

Pizza/Ice Cream Fridays
Pizza Fridays will begin this Friday, September 15th. If you have not turned in your order form, it is too late to receive pizza this week. However, It’s not too late to order pizza for future full day Fridays. Students will need to provide their own drinks and sides. Use this form to order pizza for the 1st Trimester.

Ice cream will also be sold (no pre-order needed) on full day Fridays for $1.00. A HUGE thank you to Sandy Dalton for coordinating this program with the help of junior high parents. Proceeds benefit the 7th and 8th grade retreat.

12:00 Dismissal on 9/29
SJA is part of a cluster of 11 north county Catholic schools. The principals meet monthly to collaborate. On Friday, September 29th, all schools in our cluster are having a 12:00 dismissal day to offer teachers a professional development opportunity. Teachers from each grade level will be meeting to collaborate and share effective teaching strategies/practices and activities.

First Annual SJA Movie Night- SING!
All are welcome to attend a movie under the stars on Saturday, October 14th, 6:00-9:00 p.m. on the SJA field. Invite your family, friends and neighbors. Bring a picnic dinner, blankets and low chairs. The Gala co-chairs plan to have fun games and an exciting raffle. Movie snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Hot Lunch
Melissa Kuhn is still looking for volunteers to assist with Ki’s lunch distribution. This is a fun way to get to know SJA students and see your own children during the day. Please contact Melissa if you’re interested in this volunteer opportunity. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Order Personalized Water Bottles
Personalized SJA water bottles (18 oz or 32 oz) are available for purchase. Order forms are located in the front office.

Water Bottle Sale

Paid Volunteer Opportunity
If you’re interested in being a paid ($20) yard duty substitute for parents who are unable to fulfill this responsibility please contact Ann Stowe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to be added to the list.

Parents in Prayer
Please join us every Wednesday after morning Mass to pray the rosary for the intentions of our students, faculty, and families. We will meet at St. Leo’s until St. James is reopened. Hope to see you there! Please send any requests for prayers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. James Academy Under the Sea Auction and Gala on March 3, 2018
Thank you all for purchasing your early bird tickets at back to school night! Congratulations to our raffle winner: Christina Sheldahl! Christina won teeth whitening by Fitzpatrick Dentistry in Del Mar, a hair blow out by David Perez Salon in Del Mar, and a manicure and pedicure by Del Mar Nails. Thank you to our generous donors!!

Thanks again to Mark Daquipa for starting our first annual football league. If you missed out there is still time to purchase one or more squares up until Wednesday, September 20th. You have up to four chances to win per week and support your fantastic school! Contact Mark Daquipa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . ALL PROCEEDS GO TO ST. JAMES GALA

Please join us for our kick off meeting Thursday, September 28th at 8:00 a.m. after drop off in the Parish Ministry Center. Coffee, green juice, and a light breakfast will be served. We NEED your help, suggestions, and expertise to make this year’s gala a success!

Join us at Mendocino Farms on Monday, October 2nd 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 50% of all proceeds go to St. James Academy Gala! Each family that purchases dinner will be entered into a SURPRISE RAFFLE!

A big thank you to our Gala Co-chairs Lisa Fitzpatrick and Susan Hanna!

September 28th-November 16th!, Thursdays 3:00 p.m.-4 p.m. in the SJA Library Chess is a great after-school activity promoting the merits of chess. Sign up for 8 weeks of chess instruction, a tournament and prizes. See flyer for more information and to sign up.

Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm Sept 19th - Nov 7th ~ The Southern California PGA has partnered with TGA Premier Junior Golf to create a Golf In Schools program that provides children with the building blocks for future achievement on the golf course and in life. The program is an extension of the classroom and incorporates life skills and academic subjects, along with golf components. Returning students will be able to advance to the next level! Kindergarten-3rd graders are welcome to participate. Please see flier below for registration information. This is the ONLY time golf will be offered this year.

Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm Sept 20th - Nov 8th ~ After School Hoops provides children grades K-5 with an opportunity to improve their overall physical fitness, develop sportsmanship, gain an understanding of the game of basketball and have lots of fun! For more information see the flier posted below.

Christine & Kathy


Spooky Knights

Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, 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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