Happy Mother’s Day!
To all of the important and influential women in all of our lives – mothers, grandmothers, aunts, guardians, mentors – Happy Mother’s Day from the entire St. James’ family!
Why not treat yourself to Moms’ Night Out on May 20, as a little gift to yourself?
What a Night!
(Quick note: if you have raffle ticket #2140576, you won the IF & Co. diamond bracelet. Send a photo of your winning ticket to email@example.com by Wednesday to claim your prize.)
To all those who helped make last night’s Spring Event Night Carnival an amazing success – from our sponsors and auction donors, to our fabulous event chairs and ambassadors, to those who placed bids in the auction, to those who gave so generously during the TXT2GIVE portion of the evening, to every single person who came to join in the celebration, to those who couldn’t be there but joined us in spirit – please accept our warmest and most sincere thanks! This community came together in a remarkable way for this Spring Event, and we’re thrilled with the outcome.
We’re excited to share the full results of the evening’s fundraising efforts, and once we’ve had time to do more than a back-of-the-envelope calculation, we’ll be back with that news, but in the meantime, we thought you might enjoy seeing some photos from the evening and to take a look at the slideshow that played throughout the evening recognizing our sponsors.
Student Leadership Shoe Drive
The announcement below is from 6th-grader Santiago K.
Hello, St. James’ Community. A few of my fellow students and I are hosting a St. James’ Shoe Drive, in order to help those who are impoverished and need shoes to wear. Poverty is a real issue, community-wide and worldwide, and many are more worried about where their next meal will come from, rather than having a decent pair of shoes. In many countries, walking is the primary mode of transportation, and without shoes, walking becomes unbearable; disallowing children to go to school and adults to go to work. The ground also carries communicable diseases that can lead to sickness, or even death.
Help us WEAR out poverty by donating your and your child’s gently worn shoes. We are asking each and every one of you to go through your closet and donate at least one pair of shoes that you may have outgrown, don’t like anymore, or simply do not wear. The St. James’ Shoe Drive will start on Monday, May 9, and end on Friday, May 13. That means that you will have one week to donate shoes that you and your child would like to repurpose. With the help of our fellow schoolmates, teachers, parents, and yard staff, we will collect at least 300 pairs of shoes that we can donate to Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization that provides shoes to people that need them during times of disaster. There will be a large bin near the gated entrance, with a sign on it that states, “Shoe Drive Collection.” Please place your shoes in that bin.
Please make sure that the shoelaces are tied together (in order to keep them together), or that there is a sturdy rubber band tying them together. The shoes that you no longer want will create opportunities that many other people need. So please support those who are in need by helping us WEAR out poverty, one step at a time. We know that you will not let us down!
St James’ Annual Art Show: May 11–20
Come celebrate the creativity of our St. James’ artists! Artwork will be on view throughout the school: in St. James’ Hall, the Library Media Center, the art studio, and the hallways.
Please join us for the Art Party Reception on May 11, from 3:00–5:00 p.m., to celebrate the opening of this year's show.
S.T.E.A.M. Fair: May 26 (updated)
Registration closes on Friday, May 13.
The St. James’ Science Fair is an event that has existed for decades, but the fair has evolved to give students an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and interest in the growing S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) fields. We are calling all young scientists, techies, engineers, and math whizzes to participate in the fair by working on a project at home and displaying this project proudly at the S.T.E.A.M. Fair on Thursday, May 26, from 6:00–7:00 p.m. in St. James’ Hall.
Students from preschool through 3rd grade are invited to submit an Exhibit of Wonder display board. Older students are invited to conduct and report on a controlled experiment of their own design. (Only 4th- and 6th-graders are required to participate.)
6th-grade Water Conservation Project
The 6th-graders in Ms. Gilliam’s class put together this video as a class project examining the impact of the ongoing California drought and the ways that we can all make an difference in slowing the worst of the drought’s effects. It's a project that brings together the class’s work in science, social studies, and mathematics, and it’s a great example of St. James’ commitment to nurturing not only great students but responsible, thoughtful people.
Summer Book Fair: May 16–20
Looking for some good books to read over the summer? Visit our Summer Reading Book Fair in the Library Media Center from May 16–20, 2016, and find all the titles you will need to fill your summer with adventure and fun! View the poster. Sign up next week to volunteer.
UPDATED: Moms’ Night Out, May 20
Mark your calendars! The annual Parent Association-sponsored Moms’ Night Out will take place on Friday, May 20, starting at 6:00 p.m. Mexican Fiesta-themed this year, the evening should prove to be as much fun as in previous years. Tickets are $60 each. Get full details and sign up online now!
Set Up Your FACTS Account for Next Year
Please be reminded that the deadline to create a FACTS account for 2016–17 tuition payments was 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 Sue Periasamy or Najah Lowe the Business Office.
Dewar Tuition Insurance
If you have chosen to pay 2016–2017 annual tuition with no insurance and are interested, on second thought, in purchasing Dewar Tuition Insurance please view the pamphlet for additional information. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Periasamy or Najah Lowe in the Business Office.
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.
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.