Around the World Festival 2016
Food Fair & Assembly
Wed. & Thurs.
March 9 & 10
Friday, March 11
We invite you to sign up online to treat us to your own international specialties. Please submit the online form no later than Friday, March 4, so that we can plan appropriately.
Read the Committee’s Letter
We are pleased to announce that our annual, three-day Around the World festival will take place this year on March 9, 10, and 11. This is our opportunity to share and celebrate the cultural diversity of the St. James' community, and we're very exited to be able to bring it to you again.
We will celebrate the Americas and Asia on Wednesday, and on Thursday, we will celebrate Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific. On Friday, the three-day celebration will culminate in an All-School Assembly with performances by all K–6 classes, representing a wide variety of regions.
In addition to the work that the students are doing, we will celebrate on Wednesday and Thursday (not Friday) with our traditional Food Fair, which will feed students an international "tasting" lunch. The food served each day will be themed around that day's geographical focus.
The event is coordinated by the Parent Association and our Food Fair chairs, Joanne Gratiot, Ceclila Lopez, Alexandra Kazhokin, and Erika Quinn. We invite you to sign up at sjsla.org/atw to treat us to your own international specialties. We ask that you submit the online form no later than Friday, March 4, so that we can plan appropriately.
In volunteering to provide food for the Food Fair, please keep the following in mind:
- Please provide at least three-dozen moderate servings.
- Foods MUST NOT CONTAIN NUTS, and any other potential allergens should be listed on a card or label that can be posted with the food.
- On the day of the Food Fair, you may bring your item to drop-off, where it will be taken by volunteers, or you may bring the food to St. James' Hall at 11:00 a.m. (NB: If food must be dropped off early, please note that there is no refrigeration available.)
- Do bring along any necessary serving utensils!
- We encourage you to stick around for the fair and serve your food (or arrange for someone else to do so).
- Leftovers should be taken home or left as a donation to the St. James' Soup Kitchen.
- You will likely hear from your Class Parent to ask if you'd like to volunteer to help make this event a success.
Please note that regular Healthy Hot Lunch has been canceled for March 9 and 10. If you think your child may not enjoy the international food offered, please send him or her to school with a sack lunch. You can contact Mrs. Gratiot at email@example.com or Mrs. Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org with any Food Fair questions you might have.
We look forward to seeing you at our Around the World celebration, and thank you, in advance, for helping to make this a wonderful event that represents the breadth and depth of the diversity of our community.
Mr. Brian Duggan
on behalf of the Around the World Committee
4th–6th Grade Spring Dance
A Black-and-White Hollywood Affair
Friday, March 11
$20 (advance) • $25 (door)
Buy tickets before March 10
Music, food, contests, raffle, prizes, and more. Wear black and white. Dress to impress. Proceeds benefit the 6th Grade Graduation Fund.
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.
This event will feature a $100,000 hole-in-one contest, and there are prizes for the classes with the most sponsorships and the most golfers. Sign up now!
Family Pancake Breakfast a Delicious Success
The Parent Association is excited to celebrate another successful Family Pancake Breakfast. A huge thank-you to Gavin Milner, who put together an amazing event on February 28, featuring Neal Fraser and his renowned BLD pancakes and Craig Min's delicious LAMILL coffee. Thank you, also, to Seth Horowitz for passing on his wisdom and organizational techniques after many years leading the effort! The dads worked in the kitchen to serve a huge crowd of hungry St. James’ families. The kids ate and played while the parents enjoyed their pancakes, sausage, and coffee. This event is proof every year of the amazing things that can happen when our St. James’ dads come together to build community and feed us!
Leadership Program Reusable Tote Bags
Order your tote bags by midnight on Wednesday, March 9.
A group of Leadership Program students is working to reduce the use of plastic and other disposable bags, which cause pollution and death to all nature, animals, and people. By encouraging the use of durable, reusable bags, we can reduce the amount of trash we produce.
As part of this effort, they are selling reusable Metro Shopping Tote Bags that feature the St. James’ husky logo. The bags are blue and black and are generously proportioned at 15” x 13” x 10”. They even feature an extra pocket on the front!
Each bag is only $5. You can order yours online now!
Proceeds will benefit the St. James’ Episcopal Church food ministries, as well as the Leadership Program's project to provide care packages to Shriners Children's Hospital. Not only will you be helping our environment; you will also be supporting the work of our student leaders, the missions of the church, and the whole of the St. James’ community!
Shop@SJS: Crewneck Sweatshirts
A brand-new bit of St. James’ apparel with an awesome new logo is now available from Shop@SJS, a program run by the St. James’ Parent Association. Place your order now!
Lent Soup Cups
As you know, the Lenten season began on Wednesday, February 10. Tradition holds that we are to “give up” something for Lent as we look to simplify our lives and focus own on renewing our spiritual relationships. At St. James’, we have taken the tradition in slightly different direction, as we focus not only on ourselves, but also on the needs of others.
During our Ash Wednesday All-School Chapel service, Mrs. David talked about that tradition: the Lent Soup Cups. Yesterday, your student brought home one of those cups. The idea is that instead of giving up one particular thing, we look for opportunities to give up different things while thinking of others. In other words, if a student has money to spend on a treat, like candy or a snack, instead of spending that money on himself or herself, he or she would put the money in the cup, thinking about those who are not as fortunate as we, who do not have extra money to spend on “treats.” This also gives students the chance to reflect on what we have and to focus on the many ways to help others. Added up over time, the cup has the potential to be filled with quite a bit of money, which will then go to help the food ministries of our parish, the Soup Kitchen and the Food Pantry.
Please talk to your students about the cup and listen to what they have to say about what it means. Also, please be sure the younger ones understand that they are to give the money, not the actual treat itself. Our first year, we had a few cups come back filled with gummy bears. While cute as all get-out, that’s not really practical. We are asking that the cups be returned by Friday, March 18.
Many thanks to you for your help and support. Have a blessed Lenten season as we look forward to the promise of Easter. If you have any questions, please contact Service Learning Program Coordinator Rob Krueger.
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