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Friday, December 9, 2022

It’s that time of year … Friday, December 9th (8:00 - 9:00 a.m.) is our annual Christmas collection for teachers and staff. This is a popular way to show appreciation to the many St. James School personnel who do so much for our children during the year. This is STRICTLY VOLUNTARY and is a cash-only collection.

Room Reps and volunteers  will be stationed at the North and West doors, where students can drop off envelopes upon entering the school building. Volunteers will also be collecting envelopes from drivers in the drop off line. The collection is during morning drop off ONLY.

How it Works: 

Each teacher or staff member receives a single card with their gift of money and a list of all children/families who have contributed. No amounts are listed on the card. The Room Parents will distribute these cards to the teachers at their classroom Christmas party. Non-homeroom staff, aides, administration, etc will receive their gifts before Christmas break. 

To help the collecting and sorting process run smoothly, please do the following:

  1. Turn in your envelopes between 8 - 9 a.m on Dec. 9.  Late envelopes can not be accepted. (Please understand there are 300+ families turning in more than 2500 envelopes to sort out in the morning - we need your help to make this all run smoothly).
  1. For each staff member to whom you wish to give, make a separate envelope with the following information neatly written:

  • Staff member’s full first and last name
  • Room number & grade (if applicable)
  • Your family name or child’s name(s) 

You may choose to give to a teacher, aide, secretary or anyone on staff you feel deserves a Christmas thank you; however, contributions must be IN CASH, in separate envelopes. NO Coins and NO Checks. Volunteers will not have extra envelopes or small bills to make change on the morning of the collection or be able to help you write on your envelopes. 

PreK-3 classes may submit envelopes to Room Parents on Tuesday, Dec 13 under the canopy at drop-off for Mrs Larkowski’s class or by the north doors for Mrs Redstrom’s. Watch for a separate email from your Room Parent.

Please click here to access the 2022/2023 SJS staff list to help you prepare. Let us know if you have any questions. 

Thank you,
Mary Reddin
Christmas Collection Coordinator

Emily Hill
SJS FSA President

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