Husky Hits Newsletter for April 17, 2015
Parent Portal

St. James' Preschool Celebrates Week of the Young Child

This week, the students, families, and faculty of the St. James' Preschool commemorated the annual Week of the Young Child, an event sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, celebrating early learning, young children, and their teachers, nannies, and families.

The week included nanny and parent classes (in English and Spanish), Birdie Playhouse, Jazz Tuesday with Robert and Erick, Franklin's Marionettes, music by Dan Crow, a performance by Bob Baker's Marionettes, and a treasure hunt! (Click the links for photos.)

What an exciting week of events! Thanks to everyone who helped make this week one to remember!

We're Looking for a New Commercial Printing Service!

After 30 years in business, Columbia Printing – owned by Eddie Lee, a St. James' alumni parent – is closing its doors as Eddie retires. While we're excited for Eddie as he embarks on a new journey, we're less excited to be in the market for a new printing service!

Got a lead on a great, fast, reliable, and inexpensive service? Please let Communications Manager Michael Lavigne know Â»

Volunteer Wine & Cheese

hosted by the St. James' Parent Association

Thursday, April 30 • 6:00–7:30 p.m. • St. James' Hall

Mark your calendars! Please join us on Thursday, April 30, for an evening of wine, cheese, and fellowship. This is an opportunity for current and new parents to enjoy one another's company while we showcase opportunities for parents to be involved with our events and programs in the fall of 2015. Invitation via paperless post to follow.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Committee

Tuesday, May 5 • Lunchtime

The Hispanic Heritage Committee invites students, parents, and faculty to join the fiesta and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Tacos and Mariachis! At lunchtime on May 5, 2015, authentic Mexican Mariachi musicians will stroll through the playground, and delicious chicken or beef tacos and cheese quesadillas will be served. $10 lunch plates, which include rice, beans, and a drink, can be ordered through Parent Portal until April 29. The same-day price rises to $12, cash-only. Hot lunch is cancelled that day, so don't forget to place your order early!

Order lunch for the whole family »

Volunteers Needed

Help us warm tortillas, staff the salsa station, and hand out drinks at our First Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. 16 volunteers total in two shifts of 8. The first shift is 11:20-12:45 and the second shift is 12:40-2:00. For more information contact Vanessa Herman, Hispanic Heritage Chair.

Sign up to volunteer online »

Auction Item Deadline Extended to May 6, 2015.

Spring Event 2015 • May 16, 2015

Your donated item will help St. James' and provide our community with unique experiences and items. We are currently looking for:

  • Airline miles
  • Kids classes
  • Experiences
  • Sporting tickets
  • Restaurant certificates
  • Bikes
  • Vacations

Contact Kimberly Bulkley or Elisha Hall with questions.

Donate to the Spring Event auction »

New Photo Galleries

These Dogs Need a Home!

from St. James' parent Paul Robbins

I need to find a home for the two of them together – Monty (a brown dapple boy, 11) and Lulu (black long-haired girl, 9). They have always been together. No special needs; Lulu, being long-haired, needs a bit more grooming and attention on that front. We used to have a cat, and that worked out; great with children. Bark at strange dogs but get on well once they know them. They both sleep a lot in the day and together at night. I only walk them once a day; Monty, the older one, is very active and runs about the apartment, which is often his exercise. Both pure bred. They have all their shots, just had teeth cleaned, and my friend is a vet and owner of the VCC in Hollywood, who will take care of anything they need at no expense. They are used to being inside/outside dogs.

Contact Paul to find out more »

Campbell Hall Parent Education

St. James' Families, Faculty, and Staff Welcome!

Upcoming events include an expert panel on the topic "Exploring Gender in Our Modern Society" on April 21.

Recommended by Assistant Head Carol Swainson.
Campbell Hall Parent Education website »

PartyBook presents

Martial Arts Night Out

Calling all parents who would like a night off! Five Star Martial Arts, a beloved neighborhood Martial Arts studio, is hosting a Parents' Night Out. Not only will you get a chance to go out (or stay in) ALL ALONE, but your kids will have a Martial Arts lesson, eat pizza, and relax and hang out together.

April 24 • 5:00–9:00 p.m. • Five Star Martial Arts

Get more info and sign up at the PartyBook site »

Father Rowins Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

The Father Rowins Scholarship Fund was created to help provide financial support for current St. James’ families who have fallen on difficult times financially. Applications are due Thursday, April 30.

Download the application online »

Big Sunday Weekend

May 1–3, 2015

Big Sunday Weekend is quickly approaching! While Big Sunday offers volunteer opportunities year-round, the annual Big Sunday Weekend is an intense three days worth of opportunities to give back. Many of you have already gotten involved with David Levinson and crew, finding ways to help out in our community.

Find a project and get involved at Big Sunday's site »

Art Show Volunteers Needed

The 2015 St. James' Student Art Show will be Wednesday, May 6 – Wednesday, May 13. A reception honoring our students and celebrating their creativity will take place on Tuesday, May 12, at 3:00 p.m.

Mr. Friedman is seeking help from parent volunteers to assist in the set up and break down of the art show. Volunteers will be needed from 3:00–6:00 p.m. on the following days:

Friday, May 1 • Monday, May 4 • Tuesday, May 5 • Tuesday, May 12 • Wednesday, May 13

Email Mr. Friedman to volunteer »

Themed-Dress Days 2015

to support the Sixth Grade Graduation fund

$2 per student, per day. Jersey Day – May 15 • Pajama Day – June 3.

Sign up now on the Parent Portal »

Krispy Kreme Donuts

to support the Sixth Grade Graduation fund

Fresh and delicious Krispy Kreme donuts will be available during lunch on each of the themed-dress days for $2 per donut. Students who want donuts will need to bring cash.

S.T.E.M. Fair Coming Soon!

The St. James' S.T.E.M. Fair will take place on May 21, 2015. Our non-competitive fair encourages students to showcase their knowledge and interests and to develop a deep, lifelong passion for science. We encourage every student to participate, but only fourth and sixth grade students are required to participate.

Register online »

Poster boards are provided for free once students are registered.

Online information packet »

If you have any questions please email Mr. Chitjian.

PartyBook presents

Tom Sawyer's L.A. River Day Festival

Have Memorial Day weekend plans? Don't go anywhere! We've got the party for you! Join us at beautiful Taking the Reins in Atwater Village for a Family Field Day and BBQ. Bring your bikes and ride the L.A. river with your expert guides, take a guided barn and farm tour, or sit back and enjoy some beer and BBQ while the kids run themselves ragged playing field games. Whichever way you slice it, this will be one you'll remember forever. Tap into your inner Tom Sawyer for the day and give your family a fun farm adventure right in your own backyard!

May 24 • 3:00–7:00 p.m. • Taking the Reins
3919 1/2 Rigali Ave., Los Angeles, 90039

Please note that this is a revision from this morning's PartyBook email, which listed in error that the event was being held at Five Star Martial Arts!

Get more info and sign up at the PartyBook site »

Keep up-to-date on all the happenings at St. James' Episcopal School by checking out the Online Calendar.

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6:00–10:00 p.m. • Mom's Night Out! • Online sales are closed, but cash and check are accepted at the door!

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • Volleyball Academy

12:00–2:00 p.m. • Soccer Academy

1:30–2:30 p.m. • Lulu Washington (Arts-in-Motion Assembly)

1:30–2:30 p.m. • First Talent Show – Student Recital

6:00–7:30 p.m. • Introduction to Middle School Admissions for 4th & 5th Grade Parents

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • Volleyball Academy

12:00–2:00 p.m. • Soccer Academy

All Day • E.R.B. Testing through Friday • Students should not be scheduled for doctors appointments or other off-campus commitments during this week.

6:00–7:30 p.m. • Parent Association Volunteer Wine and Cheese

All Day • Final Day of E.R.B. Testing

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • Volleyball Academy

12:00–2:00 p.m. • Soccer Academy

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