2016–2017 Academic Calendar
The beginnings of next year’s calendar are available here. Holidays, breaks, days off, testing days, and other landmark days for the coming year are listed; additional information will be added periodically throughout the remainder of the year. The online calendars have also been updated with the same information.
Set Up Your FACTS Account for Next Year
Please be reminded that the deadline to create a FACTS account for 2016–17 tuition payments is Monday, April 11. If you have not done so already, please create an account today! Instructions are available at this link. If you are a returning family that has a new child entering the school, please do not create a new account. For your convenience, the school will add the incoming child to your existing FACTS account. If you have any questions, please contact the Business Office.
Rowins Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted, Through April 29
The Father Rowins Scholarship Fund was originally created to help provide financial support for current St. James’ families who have fallen on difficult financial times. Whether a spouse has lost their job, or their business has closed, or a family has suffered other financial hardships, these one-time gifts of financial support help St. James’ families continue attending the school. Current St. James’ families are encouraged to apply for a gift from the Father Rowins Fund. If you have received a scholarship gift from the Father Rowins Fund in the past, you are not eligible to apply.
If you are applying for Tuition Assistance from St. James’ for the 2016–2017 academic year, please contact Najah Lowe in the Business Office to discuss your eligibility to apply for scholarship fund support.
Please pick up an application in the front office or download the attached PDF to apply. Applications may be delivered to the school’s lock-box, located in the front office of the main school building, or mailed to Najah Lowe in the Business Office. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 29.
Preschool Celebrates Week of the Young Child
This week, April 11–15, St. James’ Preschool will celebrate the NAEYC Week of the Young Child, an annual event celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. To commemorate this year’s event, the preschool has invited FOCUSFish, who also provide the circus training for our 6th Grade Intensives, to give our youngest students the opportunity to experience the world from a different angle. All week, they’ll be practicing the aerial arts and flying around our preschool campus! Each day, the Butterflies will practice from 9:00–10:00 a.m.; the Dolphins from 10:00–11:00 a.m.; the Dinosaurs from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; and the Tigers from 12:00–1:00 p.m. This may be the most exciting Week of the Young Child yet!
Farewell to Tigers Teacher Debra Clark
Thursday, April 7 • from Katarina Matolek, Director of Preschool
It was a sad day yesterday when we said farewell to Debra Clark, our beloved Tigers teacher. Debra and her husband Kenny are moving back to Oklahoma where they’ll have family to support them on this long journey in managing Kenny’s illness. Yesterday, Debra came to say goodbye to us and to deliver her resignation and farewell letter to you as well. We all learned so much by watching Debra teach children with patience while providing positive guidance. She had an incredible skill of knowing when and how to intervene with young learners. Debra was a superb colleague who was always willing to help and always positive about future projects. We will all miss her dearly.
We extend our well wishes to Kenny with hope that every day will be a better day for him, to have more energy and less pain. Please join me in sending peaceful thoughts and a note about how much we love them and sincerely care for their wellbeing. We all hope that this road to recovery gets easier with each coming day for Debra and Kenny.
ERB Testing Scheduled for April 25–29
As we approach the last leg of the school year, we have a myriad of exciting events, so stay tuned to the school calendar!
One of our important spring rituals at St. James’ is the administration of the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) Comprehensive Testing Program 4 (CTP4) standardized test. Students in 2nd–6th grades will take this multi-part, multiple-choice test during the week of April 25. Testing takes place from 8:30–10:30 a.m. on all days that week, except for chapel days when it begins at 9:30 a.m. and wraps up around 11:15 a.m.
Over the last two weeks, teachers have familiarized and reacquainted students with the test format and reminded them of key test taking skills. Since the tests are based on what the students have already learned – as well as challenge questions that may be new to them – students do not need to engage in any additional study for the tests. Moreover, the students should not set their sights on achieving a particular score. Students just simply need to relax and do their best.
The ERB CTP4 is designed to accomplish the following:
- Offer students an opportunity practice their standardized test taking skills
- Track individual student progress
- Allow teachers to better understand individual student profiles and class profiles
- Measure the overall effectiveness of the academic program
- Reference our student’s performance along side national, suburban, and independent school norms
- Provide additional information about your child’s academic acumen for the middle school admissions committees
Please make every effort to avoid scheduling any appointments for your children during this time. Be sure to give your child every opportunity to succeed in this test by providing them with plenty of sleep (8–11 hours; seriously!), good meals, ample snacks and lunch, and, most of all, a timely arrival to school in the morning. The ERB also recommends that you avoid arguing with your child on the way to school. :)
We consistently perform well as a school on these important tests. With your assistance, that level of performance will most certainly continue. Thank you.
Free ISEE Diagnostic Exam
Team Tutors of Beverly Hills has offered St. James’ parents free, full-length, proctored diagnostic exams on the following dates at 9:00 a.m.: April 16, May 14, May 21, June 4, June 11, June 18, August 6, August 13, and August 20. Please note that only the diagnostic exam is free; additional tutoring services may be purchased directly (firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-356-6160 ext. 3).
Similar ISEE tutoring services are also available from our very own Math Specialist Ed Hermeno and our former colleague Angelina Arrington, who is now the owner of Academic Savvy (323-252-9937) . For more information, please contact them directly.
Husky Cup Golf Classic and Family Dinner a Great Success!
St. James’ hosted the first-ever Husky Cup Golf Classic on Monday, March 14, at the MountainGate Country Club, and what a fantastic day away from campus it was! Despite the early morning mist, our 23 golfers who came out to participate in the tournament were treated to a gorgeous day perfect for a round of golf.
Congratulations to our winners for their excellent games, and big thanks to our sponsors for their support and to our players for their participation. And we would like to extend a special shout-out to Peter Yu, the Husky Cup Chair, for all of his hard work in bringing Husky Cup Golf Classic to St. James’! We can’t wait for next year.
- 1st Annual Husky Cup Golf Classic Champions – Cheap Baik and Sang Joo Lee
- Men’s Champions – Cheap Baik and Sang Joo Lee
- Women’s Champion – Seung Song
- Birdie Team – Cheap Baik and Sang Joo Lee
- Longest Drive – Jung Ahn and Seung Song
- Closest to the Pin – Hyoung Park and Cheap Baik
- Putting Contest – Court Young
- $100,000 Hole-in-One Prize Sponsor – Natalie Yu and Family
- Birdie Sponsors – Brooke Anderson, Court Young, and Family; Young Joon Chang and Family
- Tee Sponsors – The Ahn Family; Douglas Chong; The Song Family; The St. James’ Episcopal School Board
2nd-graders Celebrate Women’s History
In March, the 2nd-graders in Ms. Laffen’s class celebrated Women’s History Month by studying the accomplishments of many women from different cultures and time periods. This involved reading books and using the National Women’s History Museum website to study impactful women from history – some famous and some not so famous. Eager for inspiration and advice from the women in their lives, the class held a Women’s History Month Fair, during which students interviewed teachers, parents, and other members of the St. James’ community about what the month meant to them. The fair began with students reading inspirational quotations from the women they’d studied and then continued with students asked questions of their guests.