3/27-3/31 Kindness Week
3/31 Fantasy/Mystery Book Report Due
3/31 Chapter 8 Math Test
4/4 School-Wide Reconciliation
4/4 Chapter 4 Social Studies Test
4/7 Noon dismissal
4/11 Overnight Field Trip Forms Due!
4/13 Holy Thursday Retreat
4/14-4/21 No School for Easter Break
4/26-4/27 Overnight Field Trip
Kindness Week: This week our school is celebrating and practicing KINDNESS all week long through a variety of school-wide and classroom activities. The students have a list of challenge activities that they are working on all week long. We've been reading stories about kindness, writing poetry about kindness, watching videos with great examples of kind acts and even doing some kindness art. The students have also been "filling each others' buckets" with kind notes to one another. I hope the kindness continues to grow and spread for the remainder of the school year.
Book Reports are due on March 31st (Friday). The students should be working on their board games a little bit each night to have them ready for Friday! I am very excited to get to play the games with the students this Friday!
Family Life is a part of the religion curriculum in 4th grade. A copy of the curriculum, the parent connection packet and a permission slip will be going home next Wednesday. Please take some time to go over the curriculum to make sure that you are comfortable with everything being taught. All of these items (including the parent packet) need to be returned after Easter break on April 28th.
School Wide Reconciliation will take place next Tuesday. Please take some time over the weekend to talk to your children about the importance of reconciliation. Sometimes they need some help examining their conscience.
Social Studies Test is next Tuesday. I study guide went home this week.
March Madness Update: We are down the the final four in our book tournament! Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Billy B. Fries an Ant, Captain Underpants, and Land of Stories will be competing this Friday to move on to the championship. All of the students will be joining one of these groups to help their classmates act out a scene from the book!
Gala- Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to sponsoring my husband and I to attend the gala. I am also SO grateful for the raffle tickets. I'm truly touched, thank you so much. I am very excited for this fun event and hope to see you all there!
Committee and Volunteer Meetings- every Wednesday 8:00 a.m in the library.
Gala Puppy will be here on Monday! Join us on the blacktop to meet “James or Jamie” (named by Mrs. Lang in honor of St. James) our handsome and sweet 9 week old dark golden retriever.
Jewelry Raffle- ONLY 9 TICKETS LEFT, DON’T BE LEFT OUT!
- Winner receives Hearts on Fire .75ctw diamond studs in 18w gold. SRP $3,950.00.
- Ticket cost: 1 for $100, 3 for $250 or 5 for $400
- Reserve your ticket by contacting email@example.com or Janna@Passionfinejewelry.com
- See Flyer for more details
- Tickets are $10 each
- Sign up to sell your raffle tickets at Mass or at a Friday Fish Feast:
- We are asking for every SJA Family to sell a minimum of 20 Raffle Tickets. Need more tickets? Pick them up in the front office.
- Class Competitions – First class to reach 100% Participation will receive a $50 Gift Card for their Teacher. Every Class that reaches 100% Participation will receive an Ice Cream Party!
- The 4th grade class is currently in the lead with 81% Participation.
- Thank you to the following families who have all sold more than 20 raffle tickets: Bonadeo, Gunderson, Hanna , Kimberlain, Lang, Magnaghi, McGuinness, Rohe, Ronco, Roper and Sundstrom.
- The 4th grade class is currently in the lead with 81% Participation.
- Weekly $5 Gift Card Drawing Winner: The Rohe Family
- Questions? Contact Lisa Ronco @ Lronco531@gmail.com or Melissa Mahon @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations Still NeededWe need everyone's help! As you are out and about in the community, please consider asking your favorite business for a donation of service or gift cards. We will, of course, accept any donation on any day. Need a donation form? Please click on the link below or pick one up in the front office.
There are still many sponsorship opportunities available.
- Donate a Ticket to your Teacher and/or their Spouse. - $125/$250
- Buy a Business Card Ad or a Personalized Ad - $500
- Be a St. James Academy Sponsor - $1000
- More Information can be found attached below.
- Questions: Contact Kristin Stiles 323-345-9999
Rock the School Invitation - April 5th @ 6:00 p.m.
You are all invited to attend our Rock the School concert on Wednesday, April 5th at 6:00 p.m. in our Parish Hall. Please come support our amazing young musicians. All ages are welcome!
SAVE THE DATES: SJA SUMMER CAMPS
Come join us & INVITE YOUR FRIENDS for camp right here at St James this summer with our fabulous teachers!! More information coming soon!
2-Day SLAM (Sports, Learning, A Lot of Fun, Mission Outreach) Camp June 15-16 9:00am-3:00pm
Led by Coach Bohman ~ Cost $110
SLAM Camp June 19-23 8:30am-12:00pm
Led by Coach Bohman ~ Cost $160
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp June 19-22 (session 1) & June 26-29 (session 2) 8:00am-12:00pm
Led by Ms. Williams & Mrs. Clemens ~ Cost $225
Sports Camp June 26-30 9:00am-3:00pm
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) 8:30am-12:30pm
Led by Ms. Mottles, Mr. Waldman & Mrs. Tavassoli ~ Cost $225
From Coach Bohman:
Fit Lead Newsletter ~ Freedom
"For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17
One of the greatest gifts we receive when we enter into a relationship with Jesus, is the gift of freedom! In particular, the freedom to be YOU!! In Christ, we are free to be the unique person that God has created each of us to be! Not to compare ourselves to others or to live in jealously or shame. Through Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection, He also gives us the gift of freedom from being perfect. We all mess up and make mistakes. God gives us the grace to learn and move on from those experiences, and to let others do the same. When we live in the freedom God has given us, we become a catalyst for others to live in freedom as well!
As students played baseball in PE, they each made multiple mistakes... poor throws, not catching the ball, swing and miss, getting out. They were challenged to live in the freedom God has given us by playing baseball using the gifts and skills God has uniquely given them to make their team better. And to give grace to themselves and others when mistakes are made.
One of our 6th grade students was a great example of playing in freedom and she became a catalyst for others to do so as well! When this student first heard we were playing baseball, she was totally bummed, as she doesn't particularly like the game and doesn't feel like she is any good at it. Yet once we began, she chose to play in freedom being uniquely who God created her to be. One of the gifts God has given her is the gift of encouragement and leadership! While giving her best effort in playing baseball, she came up with a big hit and strong throws. This student also became a great cheerleader for not only her team, but her opponent, and she even went over to the boys field and cheered them on!!
May we each choose to live in the freedom God has given us, to be uniquely YOU - because our world needs you!!
Check out pics of the action at the PE website ~ https://stjamesphysicaleducation.shutterfly.com
Family Discussion Questions:
1. Why do you think God gives us the gift of freedom?
2. What are some of the gifts and characteristics that make you uniquely you? (feel free to help each other answer)
3. When you make a mistake, it is easy or difficult for you to learn from it and move on? Why or why not?