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Hello SJS Parents,

We have made it to the end of the school year! I want to thank all the teachers and staff for their amazing work this year. We have seen excellent growth in your children this year, and we could not have done that without our the work of our outstanding teachers and staff. 

Reminder: Tomorrow is a spiritwear day and a 10:30 am dismissal time. We are going to have a pep rally in the parking lot tomorrow which will involve water balloons and other fun games. So please send your kids in something you don't mind them getting wet in. 

Next week we will be sending our state of the school email. This special edition newsletter will be a snapshot of where we are at right now as a school and will be a display of how great it is to be a Bulldog! We will send it out Thursday, June 9th. 

Congratulations to the following teachers for reaching special milestone anniversaries:
5 Years: Ms. Nicole Long and Mrs. Michelle McEnerney
15 Years: Mrs. Leslie Behls and Mrs. Mary Esquivel
20 Years: Mrs. Lauren Madden, Mrs. Monica Mayer and Mrs. Kari Resch
30 Years: Mrs. Rita Ellis

A very special thank you and Congratulations to Mrs. Madden and Mrs. Mayer who are retiring at the end of the school year. Please send in a card of well wishes for them. There is a basket in the office. They will both be greatly missed, and we wish them both a wonderful and relaxing retirement!

Lastly, I want to thank all of the SJS families for being a part of the SJS community. We have so many great things happening at SJS, none of which is possible without the partnership of the school and our parents. We have taken great strides coming out of the pandemic. The future is very bright for the school and for our bulldog students. Thank you for choosing Catholic education and thank you for being apart of our Catholic community.  

It's a great day to be a Bulldog!

Mike Kendrick
  • New STEM Lab
  • Fall Athletics Registration Open
  • P.E. Uniforms Shop Open
  • 2022/23 School Supply Kits
  • Summer Reading List
Reminder: June 3rd (Last day of School) 10:30 am Dismissal Time
A friendly reminder that the last day of school, June 3rd, is a half day with a pick up time of 10:30 am. There will not be aftercare available on June 3rd. 
New STEM Lab Coming This Fall!

In a world where science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are critical to every job, field of study, career, and even home life, it’s essential that every learner has a strong foundation in STEM, not just those who are naturally proficient in math and science. Our program will engage all learners in a hands-on, project-based learning approach in which STEM disciplines are seamlessly integrated. In our lab, learning is highly personalized and empowers students to shape their learning to meet their individual interests, abilities, and learning styles. CLICK HERE for a projected floor plan.
Gym Uniform Shop Open
6th - 8th grade students are required to change into gym uniforms for P.E. classes. You’ve been invited to begin shopping in the ST. JAMES PE 2022 online store. This online store has been set-up to make the ordering process easier for you. Orders can be placed now until July 31, 2022. SHOP NOW HERE.
Battle of the Books 2023 Summer Preview List
Get a jump start on reading books on next year’s Battle of the Books list! Complete grade level book lists will be published in the fall. Happy Reading! CLICK HERE FOR LIST.
SJS Kindergarten is Expanding
We are excited to announce that we have added a 4th kindergarten class for the 2022/2023 school year! Tell your friends that we are still accepting applications for next school year. Our current families are our best form of advertising. Thanks for your help.
New Spirit Wear Shop
Head's up! Our NEW 24/7 SJS Sideline Store is officially up and running. To celebrate, we're offering families a month-long promotional 25% OFF when you use code SPIRIT. Make sure to click through the designs to see all the customizable options for your whole family.

You will find the link to order spirit wear on our website under the Uniforms tab in the Current Families section or you can order HERE today!

6.3 Last Day of School 10:30am Dismissal
6.3 Office Closes at 11:30am for the Day
6.6 Limited Summer Office Hours Starts
6.12 School Supply Kits Orders Due
7.31 P.E. Uniform Shop Closes

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, August 14th will be our Back to School Mass and BBQ

JOIN US! Fire Foundation at Top Golf
June 5 - 3-6pm
6 golfers per bay, raffles, contests & prizes
Purchase tickets here
Click here for more info
Irene's Jewelry Classes
Irene's Jewelry Classes & Summer Sessions
Sign Up Here
Bead & Bar Classes
Sign Up Here
10% of all proceeds to go to SJS
Click here for more info

2022/23 Athletics Registration Open NOW
This year we are opening registration earlier so teams have the opportunity to practice and be more prepared for the first game/meet of the season. Sports offered in the fall 2022 for 4th-8th grade are as follows:
  • Girls Poms
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Co-Ed Cross Country
Please register HERE. For questions or more information, please email the SJS Athletic Department at Go Bulldogs!
Additional Athletic Uniforms Donations
Thank you for all your donations for new athletic uniforms for next year. We raised nearly $5,000 in one day! The form is still open for additional donations to go towards our $30,000+ total cost. Thank you in advance for your generosity. DONATE HERE.
FESL Volleyball Summer Camps - 5th to 8th grade
FESL Volleyball camp introduces and emphasizes correct technique in all aspects of the game, providing athletes with individual attention in a group setting. 


FSA President's Year End Report 
It has been an honor serving on the FSA Board these past 2 years. I’ve absolutely loved working with an amazing team-Julie Delaney and Carrie Stock this year, Jackie Moreno and Tammy Walberg last year and my trusty partner through it all, Laura McLeod! Thank you to so many parents, teachers, parish staff and administrators who have worked so hard to make St. James School the wonderful place we all call home for our children. It is a blessing to be part of such a loving community! I am very proud to announce our new FSA Board members:   

  • Emily Hill, President
  • Meghan Kay, Secretary

WELCOME TO THE BOARD! I know they will serve our community and help support our school in many ways in the coming 2 years!  ~❤️Becky

Click HERE for the President’s Report/year end recap.

Farewell, Fr. Ryan
Students in K-8th grade honored Fr. Ryan at the SJS mass on May 26th by presenting him with a special keepsake and sharing special memories. Thank you to Laura McLeod for writing and coordinating this special tribute. You can read the poem HERE.

3 Basketball Hoops Installed This Week
As part of the FSA budget, 3 basketball hoops were installed this week and already put to use at recess! More recess improvements coming soon.

Condolences For Mrs. Westerkamp
Our FSA Family Faith Formation has created a Kudoboard honoring Mrs. Diane Westerkamp. Please sign HERE before Friday, June 3.

Mrs. Westerkamp was one of our school nurses at SJS for many years. She was awarded the Heart of the School (along with SJS nurse Mrs. Baker) in 2018. Mrs. Westerkamp passed away on May 20th after a courageous battle with cancer. We will send the link to Deacon Westerkamp for their family to read.

Artist Awareness
Thank you to Sarah Beckman for coordinating another wonderful year of Artist Awareness for our Kindergarten-5th grade students. CLICK HERE to take a look at some of the wonderful hands on projects this year.

Gardening Help Needed

The St. James Garden Ministry is looking for volunteers to help maintain a few zones around St. James School:

  • Zone 2-Garden bed along North side of school and flower bed near entrance
  • Zone 4- Playground and surrounding areas
  • Zone 6-Bed along Deacon Drive from Arlington Hts. Rd to "Stay Alive” sign
  • Zone 7 - Bed along Deacon Drive, along fence south side of playground beginning at "Stay Alive” sign
  • Zone 13 NEW!! - St. James School signs on the south and north sides of the school.  These are the areas that scouts earning their Eagle Scout medals completed.  We are looking for help with maintenance and watering.  
If you are interested in helping, simply add your name to the Google Doc HERE, and please reach out to Lynne Luehrs.

Please see Garden Zone map HERE.

2022-2023 School Supply Kits

Our school code is: STJ212. Orders must be placed by 6/12 and no late orders will be accepted. ORDER HERE
Please click HERE to view 2022/2023 school supply lists.

2022-2023 Room Parents
Are you looking for a way to get involved next school year?  Do you like showing our staff how much we appreciate them?   Do you like planning parties? We need YOU!!  If you are interested in serving as a Room Parent next school year, please sign up HERE today!  THANK YOU!

We are still in need of room parents in the following grade levels:
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade

Back to School Mass & BBQ
Sunday, August 14th Mass at 11:30 followed by a BBQ! 

We’re looking for help with this fun and easy event! If you’re interested in helping in any capacity (organizing, grilling, set-up, etc), please email us at

Women of St. James Registration Now Open
The Women of St. James (WOSJ) is a community of Catholic women who are committed to growing and sharing our faith through sisterhood and service. Our ministry serves the St. James community as well as local community groups and charities with our time, talent and treasure.

Members of WOSJ may be part of a small group that meets monthly from September to May or participate as a member-at-large if a monthly meeting is not desired. All members are invited to connect through our closed ministry Facebook page, special gatherings and service projects.

Please complete this form if you want to learn more about WOSJ or would like to register as a member.  Questions? Reach out to

How Can SJS Pray For You?
We would love to pray for you at St. James School.  The FSA Family Faith Formation committee is coordinating these requests.  

All prayer requests HERE or send an email to
VBS Vacation Bible School
June 13-17
For grades K-5
Volunteers needed grades 6 and up

Totus Tuus
July 24-29
For grades 1-12
Future Lions Upcoming Events

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