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Hello SJS Parents,

It has been another great week of school here at SJS!

This past Tuesday we had our very first fire drill for the school year. The staff and the students did a great job practicing our fire drill procedures. Our next fire drill is next week on Friday, October 7th at 11:00 am. This drill will be with the assistance with the Arlington Heights Fire Department and will be a more real simulation with the alarm being pulled. 

On another note, we are constantly trying to improve our newsletter. From now on, will be running info for two weeks only. So please read everybox below on a weekly basis so you don't miss anything. If you do happen to miss something or want to go back through previous newsletters, please visit our website under the Current Families tab to find what you need. 

This coming Monday is picture day! Please send your children to school in their Sunday's best for their pictures. Our picture retake day will be on Nov. 15th for anyone who needs their picture retaken or for anyone who missed pictures on Monday. 

Reminder that tomorrow is a jammed packed day as it is spiritwear, special lunch, and cultural arts. 

Mike Kendrick
  • Health Office Note
  • Battle of the Books
  • Tip Off Designs Needed
  • Altar Server Training

Dear St. James Community,

Words cannot express how grateful we are for the amount of support and love you have given Amy and I during this difficult time. We are so blessed to be part of the St. James community as well as Arlington Heights. Your kind words, thoughts and prayers from cards, the kudo board, and emails have helped during this process. Thank you!

Brent Adams 

From the Health Office

Please make sure your children have time to eat a nutritious breakfast every day and comes to school dressed in layers that are easily removed as body temperature fluctuates. This is important every day, but especially on Wednesdays when we participate in all school mass. We would like your help to ensure our students have a healthy start to the day. 

School Picture Day
Oct. 3

School picture day is coming on Monday, Oct. 3. This is an out of uniform day for the students. Please click here for order form information.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a program sponsored by the SJS Library that encourages students to read great books from a list of 12 nominated titles.

In the Spring, students will compete on a team with classmates answering questions about the nominated books. Students compete within their homerooms and then battle all homeroom champions in their grade level range for the grand champion.

Take a look at this years book list:
3rd & 4th grade
5th & 6th grade
7th & 8th grade

At the end of the Battles, students will vote for their favorite book on the list, which will then receive the 2023 Bulldog Book Award!

Taffy Apples
Orders Due Oct. 7

The 6th grade class invites you to purchase taffy apples with profits going towards the 6th Grade White Pines Trip in June! Please click here for order form.

Children Rosary
Mondays | 3:45pm

Children Rosary, led by children, takes place every Monday, right after school, at 3:45pm at church. 

Each year, the month of October is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will be having special prayers each week in October. We are requesting your support by encouraging our children, family and friends to participate the Holy Rosary on every Monday.

Keeping our Kids Safe Online
October 17 | Parent Presentation

Save the date for our upcoming parent presentation regarding online safety featuring special guest, Detective Richard Wistocki.

We are looking for a few willing parents to help with conference preparation. Your help is appreciated! Please click here.

All 6th-8th grade students need to bring a bagged lunch this day. Due to the timing of our lunch break during the conference, hot lunch will not be an option. Please forward any questions to

10.2 Pet Blessing
10.3 Picture Day
10.5 Tip Off Designs Due
10.5 SJS Supper Club
10.7 Taffy Apples Due
10.10 & 10.11 No School
10.11 Encounter
10.12 Altar Server Training
10.13 Baby Bulldogs
10.15 FSA Tailgate
10.15 Hospitality Weekend
10.19 Altar Server Training

Altar Server Training
Oct. 12 & 19 | 4:00pm

Grades 4th-12th, please prayerfully consider becoming an Altar Server here at St. James. Join Deacon Hahn in the church either Oct. 12 or 19. Contact to register.

Rosewood Foundation
Oct. 6 | 6:00-8:00pm

The Rosewood Foundation, formerly the Fire Foundation of Greater Chicago, is hosting a Sparkling Rose Event supporting children with special learning needs in Catholic Schools. Please click here for tickets.
  • 9.30.22
    Girls 6th VB 7pm@Willows
  • 10.3.22
    Girls 5th 1 VB 5pm@St. Thomas
    Girls 7th AA VB 6pm@St. Thomas

    Girls 8th VB 7pm@St. Thomas
  • 10.4.22
    Girls 7th A VB 5pm@St. Emily
  • 10.5.22
    Girls 5th 1 VB 5pm@SJS
    Girls 7th AA VB 6pm@SJS

    Girls 7th A VB 7pm@SJS
    Girls 8th VB 8pm@SJS
  • 10.6.22
    Girls 7th AA VB 6pm@SJS
  • 10.15.22
    Winter Athletics Registration CLOSES
Tip Off Designs Needed
Due Oct. 5

SJS Athletics is calling all 5th - 8th grade student artists! Now is your chance to create this year’s Tip-Off design. Click here for more information.
Order Fall Athletic Photos

Team and individual portraits from your picture day are now available to view and order online. To order click here.
Winter Athletic Registration Open
Sept. 1 - Oct. 15

Please click here to register for 5th-8th grade basketball.
Girls Pre-Season Basketball Open Gym
Oct. 9 & 16 | SVHS

5th & 6th Grade Girls, 2-4 PM
7th & 8th Grade Girls, 4-6 PM
No registration required.

Special Lunch Reopen

Our first Special Lunch for the year is Friday, 9/30. 

Due to the addition of field trips and the timing of our sign up - we will reopen the sign up from 10/1 - 10/5. Click here to order.

**If your student has a field trip on a special lunch day, their lunch will be served the day before the field trip! You can add a few dates to your order or if you missed the original window - now is your chance to sign up! 

This is a ONE-TIME order for the whole school year, so don't miss your chance to treat your student(s) to a fun lunch. And remember, proceeds from Special Lunch go towards covering Special Lunch meals for our hard-working faculty and staff. 

Volunteer Opportunity

The school is looking for FIVE volunteers to help the younger grades navigate the hot lunch line during lunch periods. The hours are 12:15p - 1:15p and we would need volunteers who could commit to a minimum of one day/week. (One person would volunteer every Monday, another on Tuesdays etc.) 

This would be a huge help to ensure that the little ones can get through the lunch line and have enough time to eat. Please contact FSA if you are interested in helping out:

SJS Supper Club - NEW!
Oct. 5 | Grill 12 & Mug's Pizza

Each month we will work with a local restaurant who will donate a percentage of their profits back to SJS! Thanks to Kristene Thieman and Sarah Macklin for heading up this committee!

We invite you to visit Grill 12 or Mug’s on Wednesday, October 5. Mention SJS and 15% of the profits go back to FSA! 

Bulldog VIP Tailgate Fundraiser
Saturday, Oct. 15

Back by popular demand - our annual Adult Tailgate party is October 15! This year’s event will include a DJ, football on the projector screen, bag’s tournament, pop-a-shot, ax throwing, auction items and much more!! You don’t want to miss it!  Click here to buy tickets.

Family Movie Night Success

Family Movie Night was a HIT! Thank you to everyone who joined us for Family Movie Night and a special thank you to Tammy Walberg who made the event happen! It was the perfect, cozy fall night!

School Directory

The SJS Directory will be coming soon! Our goal is to pass out the directory before our next FSA meeting in November!  

A special THANK YOU to the Meyers family for their hard work and continued support with the task.

Save the Date
  • 10.5.22
    SJS Supper Club

  • 10.15.22
    Adult Tailgate Party
Jubliation 2022: Embrace
Saturday, November 5

We are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the St. James Jubilation Gala being held at the Lincolnshire Marriott. Please click here for tickets and more information.

Future Lions Upcoming Events
Click here

Saint Viator Shadow Days
Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 8, Nov.16, & Nov. 29.
Register here.
SV Parent Information Sessions
Wednesday, October 5 | 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18 | 7:00 p.m.
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