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Husky Hits - January 11 2019

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An important announcement from the Head of School

Dear St. James' Families,

I am writing to let you know that Sarah Lougheed-Gill, our extraordinary Director of Admission has let me know that she will be stepping down from her role as of June 30th, 2019. She and her husband are retiring to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to be closer to their adult children on the East Coast. If you know Sarah, you know that she is one of the most interesting and thoughtful people at St. James'. I appreciate her tremendous humor, her passion for social justice and equity and her keen ability to suss out the students and families who make this community such as rich and vital institution.

During Sarah's tenure at St. James', she has worked tirelessly to expand the school's commitment to ensuring access to those students for whom a St. James' education may not have been possible, and her counsel has been enormously important to our efforts this year to further refine how we frame the conversations on scholarship and continue to build useful protocols into managing the tuition assistance process.

Sarah has also been a champion of rethinking admission as a year round and near constant process; we have begun to plant the seeds of rethinking our marketplace position with respect to admission in a way that will benefit the school for years to come, and I'm grateful to Sarah for her integral role in these conversations.

We will have the opportunity to say a more proper farewell to Sarah in the late spring, in the meantime we have commenced a search for a new Director of Admission.

All my best,
Peter Reinke
Head of School
No need to sign up again if you registered for the retake day that was rained out in December
Calling all Parent Drummers! The St. James' Lunar New Year Drum Team is inviting ALL ST. JAMES' PARENTS to participate in our annual celebration on Feb 1. This is a really fun event and absolutely NO DRUMMING OR MUSICAL EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED! It’s also a great opportunity to learn from our fantastic professional Korean drum instructor and to surprise and impress your kids with a new talent. Practices will be held starting next week on 1/16, 1/23, and 1/30 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. Contact Catherine Mann ( or Jina Park (
Food Ingathering - This Wednesday, January 16, we will have our annual chapel in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will also have our monthly food ingathering to help stock the St. James' Food Pantry. Every Thursday morning, the pantry distributes food to those in need in our community. Our friends at the pantry are asking for nonperishable items like rice, canned goods, peanut butter, and dried beans. Students can leave their donations in the designated box on the way into chapel.

St. James’ Episcopal School 50th Anniversary Spring Event
Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Petersen Automotive Museum
Event details coming soon

1. What have been your first impressions about St. James’?

  • St. James’ is a beautiful place where children can learn and grow each day. Since coming in beginning of October a little after the school year had started, everyone was welcoming and warm and made sure I had exactly what I needed to get started successfully. I appreciate the community that surrounds St. James’ and how often parents and family are on campus to witness and see the fantastic things that go on here. Growing up in a religious household, and going to church once, twice, or even three times a week is nothing new to me. Therefore, I love Wednesdays where we get to begin our day together in Chapel, receiving  a good word and finish our week on one accord. The children have been so kind and wonderful and I am beyond happy and appreciative to be here.

2. You're new to St. James' this year - can you tell us about yourself? Any fun facts?

  • Of course! Prior to moving California, I lived in Lansdale, Pennsylvania which is a small suburban town outside of Philadelphia. My parents still live in the childhood home that my two brothers and I grew up in, which makes visiting home so special every single time. My entire educational journey was done within the North Penn School District, which is also where I taught third grade from 2014-2017. My three years there were great, and I even got to work alongside some of my own elementary school teachers since this was also the district I attended from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I was blessed enough to be a chosen teacher in 2015 and spent my summer in Macerata, Italy teaching English to a phenomenal group of fourth graders. Living abroad has taught me so much about myself and how to appreciate the many cultures and diverse people I am around every day. 

3. What do you enjoy most when it comes to teaching?

  • I love the “ah-ha” moments and seeing new things click for the students. I also appreciate the use of technology and the benefits it has on education. From taking students on virtual field trips, to creating presentations. Technology has really opened the doors to exploration and increases a push for students to take more ownership and have more involvement into how they learn.

This week in Physical Education, many St. James’ students held a hockey stick for the first time, or for the first time since the hockey unit last school year. When introduced to a new tool or activity, our students will approach and grapple with it in ways as unique and innovative as they are. The Communications Office observed some creative ways of using a hockey stick, some remarkably advanced, some on the more awkward side. When asked about this, teacher Nick DiPasquale expounded on students’ individual histories and how that affected their form: an off campus tennis star used their stick much like a racket and an avid golfer quickly developed a potent slapshot, borrowing skills from their extracurricular experiences. This level of knowledge on a student’s life was similar to what you might expect from a well seasoned family physician. Mr. D is able to incorporate the disparate knowledge he has on these students because he has known them for years. This elevates our Physical Education curriculum beyond a study of forehands and icing but makes it operate as a tool to improve holistically and fulfills our promise to engage a student’s heart, mind and spirit.
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