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New Seats for a Fun Math Review Game
10/19 Unit 1 Science Test
10/20 PE make-up (students have the option of changing out of their mass clothes but are not required to)
10/20 Book Report DUE (If not finished in class)
10/20 Chapter 3 Math Test
10/21 Spooky Nights Sponsored by Knights of Columbus
10/23-10/27 Red Ribbon Week
10/25 Gala Meeting after drop off in the Ministry Center
10/26 Mass - students wear mass clothes NOT PE clothes
10/27 Halloween Carnival
10/31 Happy Halloween - Free Dress Day for $1 (NO costumes or masks)
11/1 All Saints Day Mass (no mass Friday 11/3)
11/3 Noon Dismissal
Friday 10/27 is our annual Halloween Carnival. We have a whole school costume parade on the blacktop at 8:00. Parents are welcome to stay at watch. ALL students eat lunch in their classroom at 12:00 and the carnival starts at 12:30. Students may wear school appropriate costumes ALL DAY. No weapons, excessive blood or gore, or wheels. Students need to be able to sit comfortable in class. Please see handbook for any questions. This year, $20 wristbands will be sold before and after school, Monday, October 16th - Wednesday, October 25th. Wristbands include a lemonade, popcorn, cotton candy and unlimited games and booths. In addition, students can pre-order Baked Bear ice cream sandwiches before and after school on the same dates. Individual tickets and $25 wristbands will be available the day of the carnival. Again, please note, there are NO order forms for tickets (wristbands), or Baked Bear Ice Cream Sandwiches.They will be sold before and after school from October 16-27. Only tickets can be purchased the day of the carnival. Baked Bear treats will NOT be available for sale on the day of the carnival.
Halloween Carnival Sign Up
WE NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS!! The 4th grade is in charge of 2 fun booths at the carnival this year: face painting and pumpkin voting. Please use the link below to sign up to volunteer. We can't do it without you! Thank you!
Information went home last week about the Annual SJA Pumpkin Contest. This is a fun, optional family project. I encourage all 4th grade families to participate! Please see flier for more details.
Progress Reports will be coming home next week attached to a reflection done by the students. Please go over both the reflection and the report with your child. It needs to be signed and turned back in by Friday.
Mark Your Calendars: Our field trip to Mission San Diego de Alcala is scheduled for Tuesday, January 16th. I've added this to the volunteer sign up.
Parents in Prayer meets after mass at St. Leo's on Wednesday and at the lunch tables at 7:45 on Thursdays to pray for our community. Please join them!
Thanks to families who attended our first SJA movie night and to Mr. Morton and Mr. Kimberlain for coordinating. It was a fun, community building event!
Yearbook Cover Contest
Enter the yearbook cover contest by designing a cover which includes: our school theme of "Faith, Hope & Love" & "St James Academy 2017-18" Be creative!! Covers DUE Wednesday November 8th to Coach Bohman
A Note From Coach Bohman:
Fit to Lead ~ Leading & Following
"What will you do, when it dawns on you, you're the most powerful person in the room? Great leaders choose to leverage their influence for the sake of others." - Andy Stanley
Each of us can influence others in negative ways and with selfish motivation, or we can choose to empower others. Empowerment is using your influence to invest, equip, and give ability and power to someone else. Simply put, empowerment is helping someone else be the best they can be. All great leaders empower others.
In PE the past two weeks, we have focused on the importance of leading and following well. Jesus is certainly the greatest leader, but seldom do we think of Him as also the greatest follower. Yet over and over again in Scripture we see Jesus say, "I don’t speak on My own authority. The Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it. And I know His commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.” (John 12:49-50, also in John 8:28, 12:45, 14:10, 24, 31, 15:15)
Students had the opportunity to practice their leadership and following skills as they did the human knot, as well as "Follow the Leader Fitness" where the leader had to get their team to complete the fitness challenge correctly and as quickly as possible, but the leader could not talk. Students also created and completed obstacle courses on the playground, and games using tennis & dodge balls, while having certain disadvantages (such as 1 leg, 1 arm, blind, not talk) that required them to work together even more. In order for their team to be successful in these activities, students had to be both great leaders and great followers.
Make sure to enjoy pictures of the action at https://stjamesphysicaleducation.shutterfly.com
Family Discussion Questions:
1. Who is the greatest leader you know personally and why?
2. Who is the greatest follower you know personally and why?
3. What is one thing you can focus on to grow as a leader and as a follower in the coming week?