A Question of Height
by Physical Education Teacher Nick DiPasquale
The has been a wave of discussion recently regarding the appropriate height of the basketball rim for children in the 4th–6th grades. Is it best for kids to learn to shoot on a standard 10-foot rim? Or is it perhaps more beneficial to use progressive basket heights that correspond to age groupings?
I, of course, have my own personal beliefs on the subject (which I'll expound in a moment), but such a question is perhaps most appropriately answered by the renowned American Sport Education Program (ASEP).
Very Special Author Visit on Tuesday
Our very own 2nd-grade teacher Jonathan Dar will take center stage in St. James’ Hall on Tuesday, May 24, from 1:30–2:00 p.m. and share details about his new book, The Colorful Life of Roy G. Biv, with our Kindergarten through 3rd-grade students.
About the Author
Jonathan Dar is a 2nd grade teacher here at St. James'. He loves to draw pictures and tell stories. He also loves to teach. He believes that learning can be fun, exploratory, and memorable through creative storytelling.
About the Book
Roy G. Biv is the tale of a cowboy whose name is like the colors of the rainbow. R stands for red, O for orange, Y for yellow, G for green, B for blue, I for indigo, and V for violet. Roy G. Biv experiences ups and downs in his life. By the conclusion of the story, however, he finds that there really is gold at the end of the rainbow.
Preorder forms went home with students via Backpack Express on Friday and are available from Ms. Olague in the Library Media Center.
Student Leadership Showcase on Thursday
The Student Leadership Program has become a powerful venue for students to translate their passion for making a difference into transformative service projects. On Thursday, May 26, at 4:30 p.m., the student leaders will showcase their service projects, development activities, and their own personal impact stories. Please come to learn more about the Student Leadership Program and to support our Student Leaders. (View the flyer.)
Jump for St. Jacques!
Join us as we help feed the students of our partner school, St. Jacques in Haiti.
On Friday, June 3, we will host a “jump-a-thon” to help raise awareness of the needs of the students of St. Jacques, specifically addressing hunger. Divided into small groups and assigned shifts to jump, there will be St. James’ students jumping rope continuously from 1:30–2:30 p.m..
We are asking for you to sponsor at least one jumper for $25. Your donation of $25 will provide the 200 students of St. Jacques with their daily meal. You can make your donation online before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 6.
If you have any questions, please contact Service Learning Program Coordinator Rob Krueger. Many thanks for your support!
Tickets to Oliver! On Sale Now
On Sunday, June 5, join the St. James’ Episcopal School Performing Arts program for their spring musical: Oliver! Shows at 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater. Tickets are $10 each; available online.
ISEE Success Summer Session at St. James’
Math Specialist Ed Hermeno is leading a summer ISEE prep class on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from late June through August.
Summer is the best time for students to take an intensive ISEE prep class. Mr. Hermeno's program offers practice tests, group classes, and individual sessions. The flyer has complete details and registration information. Limited space is available. Please contact Mr. Hermeno to sign up or if you have any questions.
Camp Super Duper Now Accepting Registrations for Summer 2016
Camp Super Duper is a modern take on the traditional camp experience that is proud to call St James’ Episcopal School home again this summer! "Sup Dup" offers spontaneous fun and a wide variety of age-appropriate activities including art, sports, dance, music, theater, film, yoga, animation, and much, much more. Read more and register at www.campsuperduper.com
Ms. Jun Departs for South Korea
Friday, May 20, was Sharon Jun’s final day at St. James’, after serving three years as a play facilitator and the science classroom assistant. Community Security Manager Byron Zapata said of Ms. Jun, “She has been dependable, professional, and great to get along with; she will be missed by parents, students, and colleagues alike.” Ms. Jun has taken an exciting opportunity to move to South Korea to teach English.
We apologize that the news was not announced sooner, but the school had very little advance notice of Ms. Jun’s departure. We wish her all the best in taking this new path and thank her for her diligent and capable service to the school.
Huskies Shut Out TIOH 3–0 in Volleyball Contest
Great news coming off the volleyball court this past Monday at St. James’, where the Huskies hosted Temple Israel of Hollywood. With 6 players and no subs, St. James’ met TIOH head-on! Even after a slow start, St. James’ won the first game 25–9, proving that all the hard work during practice was paying off. The second game was a bit more challenging, but the Huskies triumphed again, 25–13, winning the match.
We played a final game for fun, so that everyone could get more playing time. St. James’ won this final game 25–12. During that game, the players were encouraged to touch the ball two times before sending it over on a third hit.
Congrats, Huskies! This is great practice for our rematch against the Center for Early Education in a couple weeks. Get ready to work! We are so proud.
No After-School Care on June 10
Please make note that after-school care is canceled on Friday, June 10. The annual Faculty Appreciation Reception hosted by 6th-grade families will take place that afternoon, so be sure to make arrangements for all students to be picked up by 3:30 p.m. Late pickup fees will apply after 3:30 p.m.
The Recognition Ceremony will take place that day from 1:30–2:30 p.m.
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.
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