One of our core beliefs here at St. James’ is that everything we teach and do is part of our curriculum; your child’s mind is constantly absorbing whatever it is exposed to. In that spirit, if you are going to vote tomorrow and are able to take your student with you, we will grant an excused tardy for any student arriving late who went to watch their parent/guardian vote. There’s no lesson they might miss that is more important than seeing a quintessential example of democracy in action!
Felicidades to Profesora Flores (@sjsspanish) for a magnificent Dia de Los Muertos celebration yesterday at our Hispanic Heritage Assembly! We hope you’ll come by campus for the Coco screening at 4:30pm today, and be sure to check out the altar in the courtyard.
On Friday, October 12, our first group of volunteers from the Class of 2019 spent a couple of hours helping out at the St. James' Soup Kitchen. Held every Friday in Parish Hall, the Soup Kitchen feeds around 100 hungry people every week. Our volunteers, Tiffany, Bennett, Lily, and Lauren helped with set-up and then joined other volunteers on the serving line. We are proud of the fantastic job our 6th graders did, as they served with humility while treating our guests with dignity and a whole lot of heart. Over the course of the year, other 6th graders will volunteer their time to help in this ministry. We are very proud to have the opportunity to partner with our parish and their food ministries. If you would like more information, please contact Service Learning Program Coordinator Rob Krueger at email@example.com.
In honor of the World Series I wanted to announce tomorrow will be a special baseball free dress day! Despite being born and raised in New England - I will be proudly wearing my Dodger Blue to root on my adopted home team. I invite you to wear colors supporting whoever your favorite team may be, from the orange of the Hanwha Eagles to the purple to yellow gradient of the Tampa Bay Rays.
A poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson shared by Mr. Reinke at his installation service this morning:
The Definition of Success
to laugh often and much,
to win respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a
redeemed social condition;
to know even one life
has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.