St. James’ Announces New 6th Grade Teacher for 2016–2017
We are excited to announce the newest addition to the St. James’ family, Hillary Rodgers, who will be joining us in August as the successor to the beloved Ruby Dummett. Though Mrs. Dummett will leave behind a large pair of shoes to fill, we believe Ms. Rodgers will be more than up to the task!
An experienced elementary teacher, Hillary comes to St. James’ from St. Paul, Minn., where her classroom responsibilities ran the gamut from reading, writing, and language arts to mathematics and science. Well versed and accomplished in differentiated instruction techniques, Hillary is committed “to educating each and every child to the best of [her] abilities, achieving equity in the classroom, and increasing the learning of all students.”
Her dedication to elementary education dates back at least to college; Hillary graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and two state teaching certifications for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. She has also received a Master of Arts in educational leadership from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis, earning a 4.0 grade-point average and completing thesis research on the topic “Increasing the Use of Culturally Responsive and Equity Focused Teaching Strategies.” She has put all of this study to impressive use in the classroom, implementing research-based, technology-infused pedagogy. Hillary says about her work, “It is extremely important to me to create classrooms where all students have access to rigorous content that they can see themselves in and that is relevant to their lives.”
Hillary has also proven to be a leader among her fellow educators, serving in previous posts as a parent educator and a member of school- and district-level leadership teams implementing professional development programs.
When she visited campus for interviews and a sample lesson, faculty and students alike were impressed not only by her keen intellect and obvious teaching acumen, but also by her warm and engaging personality and her easy rapport with both adults and children.
We hope that you are as excited as we are to welcome Hillary Rodgers to campus in the fall.
Immunizations Required for 2016–2017 Academic Year
A reminder to all parents that beginning with the coming academic year, the State of California will no longer offer Personal Belief Exemptions as an alternative to the required immunizations. The California School Immunization Law requires that children be up to date on their immunizations (shots) to attend school. Diseases like measles spread quickly, so children need to be protected before they enter. California schools are required to check immunization records. Contact Nurse Kelly Basham with any questions you may have.
Family Camp Weekend 2016 Signup Details Announced
Update for June 5:
- Rising 6th-grade families may call in starting at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7. Please reference your child’s name when calling.
- All other families may call in starting at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14.
- PRO TIP: Keep calling until you get an answer. Don’t leave a message.
Enjoy a weekend with St. James’ families in a luxury cabin or tent among the oak and sycamore trees by El Capitan Creek! The weekend includes swimming, hiking, games, arts and crafts, beach time, and karaoke by the campfire. The children love to ride their bikes and scooters in the canyon area. Attending the weekend is an ideal way to meet new families and build strong friendships at the start of a new school year.
Videos of Theater Productions Added to the St. James’ Website
You can now see videos of The Wizard of Oz (fall 2013), Mary Poppins (fall 2014), Hamlet (spring 2015), and A Christmas Carol (fall 2015) on the St. James’ website by following the links below:
With thanks to the parents of Quinn and Rex Rath – Jody Rath and Shannon McIntosh – for producing the video of this show.
Photos and video from Oliver! will be available soon. As always, keep an eye on Husky Hits for the latest!
St. James’ Takes 2nd Place in Hollywood–Wilshire Volleyball League
The much-anticipated volleyball match of St. James’ vs. the Center for Early Education happened at the CEE gym on Tuesday. Both teams were tied for first place going into the match. The Huskies were excited and raring to go but started slow, losing the first game 25–14. The second game was filled with some nail-biting rallies from both teams, but CEE again came out on top 25–19, claiming victory in the match. We played a third, friendly game, which was also very close and had some great plays. The Center eked out a final victory 15–13.
Coaches Matthew, Jenn, and Jacs are very proud of their Huskies for how much they've improved and for their good sportsmanship! We are sad to see our 6th-graders go, but we look forward to building our team again next September!
Kindergarteners Host First Annual Authors’ Tea in Ms. Lim & Mrs. Richardson’s Class
On June 1, the students in Ms. Lim and Mrs. Richardson’s Kindergarten class invited their family members to join them for an authors’ tea, at which the students shared their writing and illustrations for their “small moment” stories. As the student-designed programs for the event said, “A small moment story is a small part of your life. It has feelings and thoughts and dialogue.”
St. James’ 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-graders Show Their Skills at Talent Show II: The Variety Show
On Thursday, the full K–6 student body gathered in St. James’ Hall for the second of the school’s two annual talent shows. While Talent Show I, which took place in January, is a more formal and serious recital, Talent Show II is a raucous and at times hilarious variety show. This year’s event featured an opening number encouraging the whole audience to get into the act, singling along to “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from Disney’s The Lion King, followed by 13 student acts ranging from ballet and modern dance performances to lip-sync battles between animal onesie–wearing 4th-graders and science-themed parodies of hit songs.
The full list of acts is below:
- Ms. Tobin’s 6th-graders singing remixed pop songs with science-y lyrics (read them)
- Billy and Stephen performing a scene from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton
- Jada singing “Circus” by Britney Spears
- Harry and Whitney performing their skit “Dog and Squirrel Lip-sync Battle”
- Mimi and Vivi performing a dance to a mashup of pop songs
- Amaya singing Katy Perry’s “Firework”
- Jesse LaMon singing (a cappella) “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth
- Hannah performing a self-choreographed ballet piece
- Lucy and Charlotte performing “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
Willa dancing to Beyonce’s “Formation”
- Vivi, Mimi, and Camille singing “White Winter Hymnal” by Pentatonix
- Thea, Frances, Bellamy, and Ava synchronized swimming to “Blue Danube”
- Ms. Taylor’s Dance Group (Gavin, Santi, Ryan, and Chase) performing to “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida
Students Jump to Raise Funds for St. Jacques in Haiti
On Friday, St. James’ K–6 students took an hour out of their regular day for an awesome cause: to raise funds to help feel the students at our sister school, St. Jacques, in Haiti. Parents and others sponsored jumpers at a recommended $25 each; each $25 donation will provide the school’s 200 students with their daily meal. Classes jumped in this “jump-a-thon” from 1:30–2:30 p.m.
At last count, $4,705 had been raised – enough to provide St. Jacques students with more than 188 days of meals. Thanks to everyone who contributed. If you didn't have the chance, the online form is open until 5:00 p.m. on Monday.
St. James’ Current and Former Faculty Join in Habitat for Humanity Event
On Saturday, June 4, five current and former St. James’ faculty members joined hundreds of other volunteers at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ 12th annual Power Women Power Tools event. This year’s event took place in Inglewood; volunteers built and painted and beautified streets on a full block. In attendance from St. James’ were (from left, above) 1st-grade classroom assistant Allyson Miles, 1st-grade teacher Mei-Ling Leonard, 3rd-grade classroom assistant Dawn Lett, 2nd-grade teacher Alexa Laffen, and former 6th-grade teacher and assistant head Angelina Arrington. Just another example of teachers doing great things together!
Parent Association Year-End Gift Collection for Staff and Specialty Teachers
The St. James’ Parent Association is collecting gifts for staff members and specialty teachers. The deadline for giving is June 10 at 5:00 p.m. Read more »
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.
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
Team Tutors Offering 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.: 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 (email@example.com or 323-356-6160 ext. 3).
Similar ISEE tutoring services are also available from our former colleague Angelina Arrington, who is now the owner of Academic Savvy (323-252-9937) . For more information, please contact her directly.
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.
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