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Husky Hits - April 16 2017

From all of us at St. James' to you - Happy Easter! The video above shows our Handbell Choir performing at our All-School Chapel observing Maundy Thursday this week. 


Chalk Art 

Spring Afternoon in the Preschool 

Third Grade Free Dress Day for first to 100% Participation in the Every Child Campaign

Maundy Thursday All-School Chapel

Preschool Easter Feast

Volleyball V. Pilgrim


- Father Rowins Scholarship Fund

The Father Rowins Scholarship Fund was originally created to help provide financial support for current St. James’ families who have fallen on difficult times financially. Whether a spouse has lost his/her 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 2017-2018 school year, please contact Najah Lowe ( in the Business Office to discuss your eligibility to apply for scholarship fund support.

Please take a look at the  Application Guide for instructions on how to apply. All applications must be completed online and submitted by Sunday, April 30th at 11:59p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Najah Lowe (


- ASE Registration Continues

ASE classes started last week! But fear not! If you have not registered yet, please do so as soon as possible. You can register here
The spring session runs for 6-7 weeks, with most classes ending before Memorial Day weekend. 
Mondays : 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/08, 5/15, 5/22
Tuesdays: 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
Wednesdays: 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24
Thursdays: 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
Fridays: 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 6/2 

- The Buzz Around Town

by Kerry Leikin

Lately, Saint James’ Preschool has been buzzing with a lot of extra teachable moments. As we all know, the preschool was visited with some friendly honey bees on Monday (4/10) and Tuesday (4/11). The children were very intrigued with what was happening and began asking questions in regards to what bees do; besides stinging us. With that, it opened a new set of lesson plans that the Kindergarten Readiness Teachers were happy to make. The children were taught how important bees were to our environment, how each bee had a job to do (Queen Bee, Princess Bee, Worker Bees, and Drone Bees), how they pollinate flowers and help with growing fruits and vegetables, and how they make honey.

The Kindergarten Readiness Teachers were able to utilize the smartboard and iPads to further enhance what the children were learning. The video ( that the children saw was a developmentally appropriate one that described a bee’s role and their job that they had to do. To further that experience the children were able to witness the Kyle, the bee catcher gather the swarm of honey bees that was located in the small yard’s blue bin and placed them in a container to bring to bring them to another location where the bees can make their honey. The children were really excited to see how the bee catcher gathered the bees with gloves and then his bare hands. After the exciting containment of the bees were over, the bee catcher was able to have a Q&A with the Kindergarten Readiness Program.

Overall, it had been a very busy and exciting two day event and as we continue with our semester, we will begin to embody our friendly little busy bee.

- Parent Association Wine and Cheese Happy Hour

You are cordially invited to the Parent Association Wine & Cheese Happy Hour

Come meet our other St. James' families, catch up with old friends, and discover fun ways to be involved at St. James’ through the Parent Association!

Wednesday, April 26th6:00-7:30

Parents only at the Happy Hour.

Look for a Paperless Post to RSVP Next Week!

- Lent Donations

As we end the season of Lent at St. James', we also see the return of the "Lent Cups." Each student has been given a cup, the type that could be used to serve food at the St. James' Soup Kitchen. Over the course of Lent, students and their families are invited to fill the cup to keep money that would have been spent on a "treat." The money that is then collected over the 40 days of the Lenten season will then be given to the Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry at St. James', helping to feed the hungry in our community. Cups will be returned to school in the next week, April 17-21. If you have any questions you can contact Rob Krueger at

- Water Bottle Sale

Student Leadership is selling the last of our Reusable Water Bottles at two upcoming events:

  • In-N-Out Burger Lunch on Thursday, April 20th

  • The Student Leadership Carnival on Friday, April 21st

The small water bottle is $7, and the large water bottle is $10. Both bottles feature a friendly St. James’ Husky logo, and all proceeds go to our sister school, St. Jacques in Haiti. Online sales are no longer available.


ERB Testing

 Monday, April 24th – Friday, April 28th


Next week students in second through sixth grade will be administered the ERB CTP IV (Educational Records Bureau Comprehensive Testing Program). The ERB is an instrument designed specifically for high achieving schools.  There are many benefits associated with testing using the ERB:  it is a school planning model that links instruction and assessment; it provides score reports that provide teachers with diagnostic information that helps improve instruction; and it yields evidence of growth over time. 

Testing will take place each day beginning at 8:30. Tests should be concluded by 11:00. In order to ensure students have a routine that will enable them to be successful, we will hold an All-School Chapel Wednesday, April 26 at 11:00 rather than delay the start of testing on designated chapel days.

In order to prepare for week ahead, please make sure your child has a good night’s sleep, enjoys a good, healthy breakfast, and arrives on time to school each morning.  It’s also important not to place too much emphasis on the testing as this may cause undue alarm.  As with all standardized tests, it is one indicator of your child’s progress.  Once we receive your child’s score reports (over the summer), we will share them with you.  

- E.R.B. Spirit Week

from Ed Hermeno, Math Specialist,
and the Fifth Grade Spirit Squad

To help optimize student achievement on the upcoming E.R.B. tests, we have developed E.R.B. Spirit Week. We want to create excitement and positive energy during ERB Week (April 24-28)! Our 2nd-6th graders will be randomly divided into 4 student "houses." On Friday, April 28 all students will join in for an Athletic Free Dress Day, students can leave their uniforms at home, but come prepared for some field day activities (athlelic shoes please!).

Students earn team points by obtaining 8–10 hours of sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, and being at school on time (i.e. 8:15 a.m.).

Next week, students will be bringing home a color-coded sheet with this information. We ask that you read and sign the information sheet. Then, each day, please initial the chart on the back of the sheet so that students can earn "house points." It is the students' responsibility to return this COLOR-CODED form daily.

Thank you in advance for your support and enthusiasm for E.R.B. Spirit Week!

Independence Day
Category Holidays
Dates & Times 07/4/2017
All Day