Wed., February 17 – Fri., February 19
St. James’ Hall and Parish Hall
Registration is $375 per student. Families receiving tuition assistance receive a 50% discount for each student. Register now!
African-American Heritage Month
’70s Throwback Dance
Saturday, February 20 • 7:00 p.m.
House of Macau, 1600 Vine Street
Order online for $35/person. Adults only.
Family Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, February 21, 2016
9:00–10:30 a.m. • Parish Hall
Order online for $15/adult and $10/child.
At the door: $20/adult and $10/child.
African-American Heritage Month
Skate Night 2016
Sunday, February 28
Order online for $32/skater and $18/chaperone.
Skaters get entrance, skate rental, meal, and t-shirt while supplies last. Chaperones get entrance and meal. Additional t-shirts are available at $20 each. Place your order by Sunday, February 21, to be guaranteed a shirt!
Classical Piano Concert
a PartyBook Event
Saturday, March 5
The home of Rob and Joanne Kim
Sign up at the PartyBook website.
Husky Cup Golf Classic
a PartyBook Event
Monday, March 14
MountainGate Country Club
A day of golf followed by a St. James’ family dinner at M Grill. More information on the Husky Cup website. Proceeds benefit St. James’ literacy initiatives.
St. James’ Soul Food Cookbook Introduction
by parents April Monroe, Tonikiaa Orange, and Dawn Suggs
It is with great pleasure that we present our First Annual St. James’ Soul Food Cookbook , as part of this year’s African American History Month and our theme: “Family Reunion.” Soul Food traces its origins to the cuisine of African slaves, who quickly adapted their favorite dishes to suit the hard conditions and new plants and animals they encountered. African slaves were often given left overs from their masters and used these scraps and simple ingredients to prepare dishes now celebrated in the finest kitchens the world over.
Many of these traditional dishes, passed along orally from generation to generation, made their way to the northern States, as freed slaves migrated to the North. As this exodus progressed, the preparation and preservation of beloved dishes from home became increasingly important. Black families and friends would come together for special occasions, such as family reunions, to share, talk, and cook.
Although Soul Food dishes often rely on certain staples, many of the recipes are not exact. Remember, recipes were passed down orally from cook to apprentice, in many different languages and adaptations throughout the African Diaspora. You will hear many elders state that they don’t measure, they just know. Or you will hear them say just taste it and you will know what to add. These dishes were often a closely guarded family (or very close friend!) tradition. This was our Cordon Bleu cooking school for Soul Food,: as you developed as a cook at someone’s side you learned to measure by sight, intuition and taste.
Soul Food cookbooks were rare until the mid-twentieth century. The popularity of Soul Food was increased by the influx of Black owned restaurants in the early 1960’s. Today, of course, Soul Food restaurants are plentiful, and these dishes are a mainstay in popular culture; however, Soul Food cooks can still be territorial about their recipes when it comes to offering their take or “riff” on a popular dish. We applaud those who have contributed their recipes and provided at least a starting point for embarking on the journey of preparing their dish.
Someone once said that A recipe has no soul, the cook must bring soul to the food. The food prepared by our ancestors tells the story of struggle, motivation, community and love. It was, and still is, a source of comfort and healing to the mind and body. As ingredients extemporaneously were placed in pots and pans, family and extended family members shared stories about their experiences and stories passed down from our ancestors. Foodprovided solace from outside obligations and stresses of life and in some of our cultures continues to be cooked outdoors lit by the sun and the moonlight. How can one capture that feeling and replicate? The essence of that feeling connects people to their roots.
As you open the pages of this cookbook, we hope you take in the love, spirit of improvisation and solidarity these recipes produced for their families. What is most important is how you feel when you cook these recipes, and we hope it is that feeling that spills over into your Soul Food.
Order your copy of the St. James’ Soul Food Cookbook for only $17.
Student Leadership Toy Drive
For their service project, the St. James’ Student Leaders are filling care packages for sick children at Shriners Hospital for Children. To aid our efforts, Student Leadership is hosting a toy drive! We would like to ask our families and community to help us fill each of our 30 care packages with an awesome toy.
We ask that donations please be gender neutral, appropriate for children ages 7–15, and, for infection control reasons, new and unused. Please refrain from donating stuffed animals, food items, gift-wrapped items, and items with sharp edges. Although we are hoping for toys to fill our care packages, we would be happy to accept donations in any form (gift cards, etc.).
Donations can be dropped off with Ms. Geoffroy at the Specialty Teachers’ Office through Friday, February 19. For further information please contact Ms. Geoffroy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Upcoming Author Visit: Oliver Chin
We are very excited for a visit on Friday, February 26, from acclaimed author Oliver Chin, whose works include an annual series titled Tales from the Chinese Zodiac and Baltazar and the Flying Pirates. Mr. Chin will address our Kindergarteners, 1st-graders, and 2nd-graders in St. James’ Hall at 1:30 p.m. and will visit our preschool classes at 2:30 p.m.
For autographed copies of Mr. Chin's books, complete the order form and return it, with payment, to your child's classroom teacher by Monday, February 22. Late orders may be unable to be filled.
Charity Cycling to Support Preschool Teacher Debra Clark
Saturday, February 27 • 5:30 p.m.
Cycle House West Hollywood
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From Agnieszka Marchel, Butterflies Teacher – As some of you may already know, Tigers teacher Debra Clark has is on a leave of absence to care for her husband. We already have a fund in place to support her, but I thought of a more interactive, fun way of getting her some support: a charity spin class at Cycle House in West Hollywood! As many of you know, I am a HUGE devotee to the spin life at CH, but the thing that initially drew me to this place was the devotion of the staff and owners to altruistic practices. When I was thinking of ways I could help Debra, I knew that setting up a charity ride at Cycle House was the way to go.
Please consider joining faculty, staff, and parents in cycling to support Debra. Sign up online; the cost is $50 per bike, and all proceeds benefit Debra and Kenny.
Keeping Healthy: Reminders from Nurse Basham
The school MUST have written authorization from a parent or guardian to administer any prescription medication while at school. The medication must be in its original container labeled by the pharmacy. The label must include name of student, name of drug, directions concerning dosage, time of day to be taken, name of prescribing physician, and date of prescription. Medications should be brought to the Health Room by an adult, not a child. A prescribed asthma inhaler may be kept by the student and self-administered only if the physician indicates this need in writing and considers the student capable of doing so. The School Nurse will administer over-the-counter medication if written parental permission has been given.
Remember the 24-hour Rule!
Students may return to school after the following:
- 24 hours without temperature (and without taking fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Advil/Motrin)
- 24 hours without nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (and tolerating a normal diet)
- 24 hours after receiving medication (such as antibiotics, eye ointments)
If your child still seems tired, pale, with little appetite, not tolerating solid foods, and generally "not him/herself," please do not send them to school. Some viral illnesses may take longer before your child is well enough to return to school.
Mr. Dar’s 2nd Grade Celebrates Seollal
In anticipation of the Korean New Year, Mr. Dar’s class held its 6th Annual Seollal celebration on Thursday, February 4. Delicious mounds of chapche, Korean beef, and rice cakes were served up to the delight of everyone. The traditional game of yut nori was explained by parent Rachel Park and played by all the students. This was a tremendous effort on the part of not only the room parents (Jina Park and Lois Perrin), but also all of the families that labored in the kitchen to prepare the fabulous food (parents of David Park, Joseph Kim, Christine Chung, Rebecca Lee, Matthew Yoon, Chloe Park, Alex Jang, and Gaby Shiao). Father Koh was the guest of honor.
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