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September 6, 2017

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

Corinthians, 13:13

Prayer For The Feast of the Birth of Mary- September 8th
God Our Father,
Give your chosen people
your help and strength.
The birth of the Virgin Mary's son
was the dawn of our salvation.
May our celebration of her nativity
bring us closer to lasting peace
and may the virtues that she modeled
develop in our lives,
to love you and our neighbors more perfectly.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen

David Bennett, adapted from "The Liturgy of the Hours"

Important Dates:

Thursday, September 7:

8:00 a.m.First Parent Council Meeting in the Parish Ministry Center

5:30 p.m.Back to School Night (Adults Only)

Join us 5:30-6:00 for a social/light food/informational booths on the blacktop; General Meeting begins at 6:00 in the Parish Hall followed by 2 classroom sessions

Friday, September 8th:

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

12:00 p.m.Noon Dismissal (Aftercare is available)

Monday, September 11th:

Renaissance Testing Window (September 11th-22nd)

Wednesday, September 13th

3:00 p.m. 4th Grade iPad Orientation

Friday , September 15th

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

9:00 a.m.Picture Day

TOMORROW, September 7th, 5:30-8:00; PARENTS ONLY

We hope that all parents will join us tomorrow evening for Back to School Night. This is a great evening to meet new friends, see familiar faces, learn about the school and meet your child’s teacher. From 5:30-6:00 we will be serving light appetizers (not our usual dinner due to construction) and will have informational tables available for perusing. Our general meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the hall. Please do not bring any food or drink in, as it is currently the church. Two classroom sessions will be presented following the general meeting. See you then!

Save the Date, September 23, 2017 Bocce Tournament

Our 4th Annual Bocce Tournament is right around the corner, Saturday Sept 23rd, at the beautiful Hazel home, a super fun event! Forms and raffle tickets went home last week with the eldest child in the family. We kindly ask that you consider a sponsorship opportunity, selling your (Apple Watch) raffle tickets, as well as attending this annual one-of-a-kind SJA event. Please register early and submit any sponsorships as it helps our planning given it’s only 3 weeks away! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your Bocce chairs Mary McGuinness or Tatiana Walton.

By the way, you don’t need to have played before…it’s so easy to learn and we provide a full 60 second lesson! For those competitive types (you know who you are), there is a prized trophy and most importantly, bragging rights! See you there! If you’re interested in selling raffle tickets after weekend masses, please sign up here.

bocce tournament

SJA SPIRIT WEAR SALE EXTENDED... August 28th - Sept 12th

EVERYONE is invited to order and wear your new SJA attire around town, at games, for school functions and more! They make great gifts too! And 10% of every purchase goes directly to SJA! Check out samples tonight at Back to School Night.

Background Checks and Safe Environment Training for Volunteers Grades K-8: The Diocese has changed its policy regarding volunteers. ALL K-8 volunteers must complete safe environment training on the CMG website. The training consists of three videos, with questions after each one. Please print the certificate of completion at the end and turn it into the front office. This certificate must be on file prior to coaching a sports team, volunteering on campus, in classrooms, on field trips, etc. In addition, anyone, including new parents, who have not been previously Live Scanned in the San Diego Diocese will need to complete the background check, also located on the CMG website. You will be billed $20 to cover the cost of the background check.

Asthma Inhalers/Epipens/Other Prescription Med Requirements: If your child has a health issue or allergy requiring regular or intermittent medication, please place the medication in a ziplock bag clearly labeled with your child’s name (with prescription label attached and dosing instructions), and send it into the office. Please be sure to include the medicine on the Emergency Information Form.

Students are not allowed to carry medication of any kind while on campus including cough drops, throat lozenges, etc. If a child needs cough drops, please place them in a ziplock baggie labeled with your child’s name and send it into the classroom teacher. Individual student cough drops will be kept in the classroom.

Morning/After School Day Care: All students arriving before 7:30 will be signed into day care. Students in grades K-6 will be signed into day care if they arrive before 7:45. Junior High students are permitted to enter at 7:30 and prepare for homeroom at 7:45. After school care is available from 3:00-5:30 (12:00 on half days). Billing for day care occurs monthly. The morning and day care phone numbers are posted on the front of the office doors. The phones are now working. Morning: 858-252-8689. Afternoon: 858-284-9567.

Hot Lunch: Ki’s will be our hot lunch provider again this year. A very special thank-you to Melissa Kuhn, our coordinator. Be sure to update your child’s information and grade level to ensure lunch is delivered properly. Here is a link to Ki’s: https://kis.naturallunches.com/. It is also available on our website under Lunch Program.

Pizza/Ice Cream Fridays: Pizza Fridays will begin Friday, September 16th. A HUGE thank you to Sandy Dalton for helping Jr. High parents coordinate this program! Hot pizza will be provided from a local restaurant, Bongiorno’s and will cost $4.25. Students will need to provide their own drinks and sides. Ice cream will also be sold (no pre-order needed) on full day Fridays for $1.00. Proceeds benefit the junior high retreat. Use this form to order pizza for the 1st Trimester.

Absences/Tardies: If your child is going to be absent or arriving late, please email your child’s homeroom teacher and copy Mrs. Stowe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and Mrs. Cooper (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by 8:00 a.m. (by 7:45 for Jr. High students) to notify us of their absence or tardy.

Volunteer Opportunities: The front office is seeking volunteers to cover the front desk during lunchtime (from approximately 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.). These volunteers make it possible for Mrs. Stowe and Mrs. Cooper to have lunch away from the front desk. We are also looking for 1-2 parents to assist with laminating for the teachers 1 day a week. Please contact Mrs. Stowe or Mrs. Cooper if you’re interested in either of these volunteer opportunities.

We also need parents to help serve lunch from 11:15-12:45. It is a great way to get in your volunteer hours and see your kids at lunch. Please contact Melissa Kuhn 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.

Alumni Reunion Luncheon for Mothers of former St. James Academy students. Meets the 1st Thursday in October and May. Next one is at 11:30 a.m. on October 5th at Tony’s Jacal (621 Valley, Solana Beach) No Host Luncheon and Bar. Contact Gail McDonald to RSVP at 858-481-1608.

Christine & Kathy


Spooky Knights

Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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