- May 16
We have entered that last leg of the school year, when special events seem to occur more frequently with each passing week. This spring we will combine three events into one evening: the Annual Student Art Show, Open House, and the Night of the Arts Concert (featuring grades 3-6.)
The schedule for the evening will be:
- 5:30-6:30 Art Show in St. James' Hall and Open House in Classrooms
- 6:30 Parents of students in grades 3-6 leave children behind in their classrooms and make their way to the church to be seated.
- 7:00 Concert
Since concert participants will need to preserve energy for their performances, we ask that students remain with their parents from 5:30 until 6:30 as they visit classrooms and the Art Show.
We recognize that students who stay for aftercare will not have the opportunity to go home before the evening events, so concert attire will be the school uniform.
Please make sure that your child will have had some opportunity to eat prior to 5:30 pm. For those students who need to remain on campus through 5:30, a snack will be provided.
- Community Gathering - 5/25
Please note the Community Gathering originally scheduled for May 18 will be held on May 25, so our whole school has the opportunity to gather as a community.
- Lost and Found
The collection of items ranging from water bottles to uniforms and other garments has been building up all year! The Parent Association will be clearing out the Lost and Found on June 1 so please come by and check for any items that might be yours by May 31.
- 2018 S.T.E.A.M. Fair
The St. James’ S.T.E.A.M. Fair is an event with a long-standing tradition that has evolved to give students an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and interest in all S.T.E.A.M. fields. We are calling all inventors, explorers, scientists, engineers, biologists, chemists, physicists, and mathematicians to participate by investigating scientific phenomena and conducting an experiment in order to present your findings at our annual S.T.E.A.M. Fair on Wednesday, May 30th from 6 pm to 7 pm.
Student-Driven Scientific Investigation: Project ideas should come from the students. Parents should use their best judgment in deciding when to get involved, such as when there is a potential safety issue. For young kids, parents may provide some guidance, but it is important that the students are able to call the project their own. The vast majority of work on the S.T.E.A.M. Fair will be completed in class, although students are of course allowed to work on their laboratories and experiments at home under the supervision of their parents as well.
Partners: Students may work with another St. James’ student in their class. If students would like to collaborate with a sibling they may but will still be required to submit two separate lab reports that are grade level appropriate or advanced to ensure all students involved in the study are challenged to the best of their ability. There is a maximum of three students per project, but it is preferred that students work in groups of two. If students would like to work in groups of three, they must all contribute equally to the investigation and study.
Topics: When it comes to choosing a topic, the sky is the limit! What have you wondered about? The best topics come from your own genuine curiosity about how something works or why something is the way that it is. But if you have trouble thinking of something on your own, try the Science Buddies website (http://www.sciencebuddies.org) to get some ideas.
Judging and Awards: Our S.T.E.A.M. Fair is non-competitive, as our goal is simply to encourage scientific exploration and promote a deep, lifelong passion for science. Each participant will display his or her project to teachers, classmates, and parents during the evening of the Science Fair. Participation in the S.T.E.A.M. Fair is mandatory for fourth and sixth graders, and each fourth and sixth grade student will receive a grade according to the grading rubric (see enclosed).
Volunteers Needed! A big event like the S.T.E.A.M. Fair would not be possible without the help of numerous volunteers. We especially need help with the setup and cleanup, so if you think you could spare an hour or two, we would love your help. Please contact Mr. Marcoulides at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
- Book Fair
Remember to bring in a reusable bag to be entered into a special drawing!