Husky Hits Newsletter for September 12, 2014
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NEW DATE: All-School Chapel on October 2

from Deborah David, Head of School

An All-School Chapel event has been added on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 8:45 a.m. Bishop Catherine Roskam will preach about St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. The regular chapel services for October 1 and October 2 have been replaced by this event.

Annual Fall Book Fair!

by Christina Olague, Library Media Center Specialist

Our annual Book Fair is arriving soon!  Mrs. Nelson’s Book Fair Company will again provide a stunning selection of quality hardcover and softcover books, including picture books, fiction, non-fiction, reference books, biographies, poetry, new titles, award winning books, and holiday books – something for everyone!
The Book Fair will be held in St. James’ Hall from Monday morning, September 15, until Friday afternoon, September 19. Classes will preview books on Monday. After school on Monday, from 3:00–4:30 p.m., students in third through sixth grade (and younger students, if accompanied by an adult) may begin purchasing books.  The Book Fair will be open before school on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00–8:30 a.m., during recess and lunch, and after school Monday through Thursday until 4:30.  The Book Fair will close at the end of lunch recess on Friday at 1:30.
Please join us during your child’s scheduled class buying time (check the schedule!) or before or after school.  If you are unable to accompany your child, please send a check made out to Mrs. Nelson’s Book Fair Company with your child or set up a charge limit and provide your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card number on the charge authorization form.  If you choose to send your K–2 child with cash, please put it in a sealed envelope labeled with the child’s full name and have your child give it directly to the classroom teacher. The Book Fair volunteers cannot be responsible for lost money.
This year we will again feature a Wish List table. Teachers will have an opportunity to preview the book fair and make a list of the books they would like to have in their classroom library.  Parents can purchase a book and present it to the teacher or the class.  The Wish List table will be located on the left as you enter the Book Fair.
Thank you in advance for your support.  The Library Media Center receives 20% of the sales from the Book Fair, which go directly to fund author visits. With your help, we can continue to delight and challenge our students with exciting new books and events that will encourage them to become lifelong readers. 


We still need volunteers, too...

Volunteers assist the children in selecting books and making payment, as well as with setting up and breaking down the event. Read more and sign up online »

Upcoming Author Visit

from Christina Olague, Library Media Center Specialist

There is still time to submit your preorder form for our upcoming author visit.  Aaron Becker is the creator of the New York Times bestseller Journey, which was named a Caldecott Honor Book, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. He has worked as an artist in the film and animation industry, where he helped define the look and feel of characters, stories, and the movies they become a part of.


Admission Season

from Joan Hester, Director of Admission

Admission season has begun! If you have another child you would like to attend St. James' starting the 2015–2016 school year, please fill out our online application. Applications are due on December 12th, but it's better to get the process started early. Questions? Call the Admission Office at 213-382-2315 x 223.


School Photos Next Week!

from Michael Lavigne Jr., Communications Manager

School photos are next week! You should have received packets of information from our photographer, Rachael Sterlin Photography, via Backpack Express on Thursday. The class-by-class schedule is available online. Please contact the Communications Office with any questions.


Band and Handbell Choir Conflict Resolved!

from Jim Casey, Music Teacher

Mr. Casey and Mr. Pan have adjusted the schedules for the Handbell Choir and the St. James' Band so that students can participate in both ensembles.  If sixth grade band members are selected to be in the Handbell Choir, they will be dismissed on Tuesday mornings at 7:50 a.m. to attend the handbell rehearsal in the music room, ending at 8:30 a.m.  We hope that this adjustment will encourage band members to continue with the progress they made last year.


There's Still Time to Join the St. James' Band

from Brian Duggan, Fourth Grade Teacher

Band at St. James' is off to a great start with many of our band members having spent several weeks at the Colburn School's Jumpstart intensive.  Regular band rehearsals begin on September 16th and continue most Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  Band members also have the opportunity to rehearse at Colburn on Saturdays.

Good news!  Even if they missed the Jumpstart intensive, all 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders who are still interested in joining band are invited to do so.  Participation in the band is free, though students will have to rent or buy an instrument.  In May students will have the opportunity to perform in concert.  Please contact Mr. Duggan at with any questions you may have.


Reminder: Family Weekend Registrations End Tuesday!

from the Parent Association

Family Weekend is just around the corner – October 11–13! If you are attending please complete the Family Weekend Registration Form online.  This lets us know who is attending, allows you to sign up for volunteer opportunities, and gives you the ability to order the (optional) meal plan and Family Weekend sweatshirt! Please register no later than September 15. After that deadline, meal plans and sweatshirts will no longer be available.


Cub Scouts Kickoff

from Lucy Norland, Parent Volunteer

Parents, please feel free to join us to learn more about our wonderful Cub Scout Program.  The kickoff parent meeting will be held on September 16th from 4:30–5:30 p.m. in the Cub Scout Meeting Room in the basement of St. James' Parish Hall (no children please). Read more »


Sunday School at St. James' Parish

from the Rev. Jenifer Chatfield, Associate Priest at St. James' In-the-City

St. James' Parish is pleased to offer Sunday School from October 12th to December 21, 2014.  The curriculum is designed to compliment the Church's liturgical season for children ages 5-12.  Parents and guardians will sign their children in with our Sunday School teachers in the Parish Hall at 10:20 a.m. on Sundays, and the children will be returned to their parents/guardians at "The Peace" for communion and the remainder of the service. All children are welcome to come every week or as often as possible.  Please contact the Rev. Jenifer Chatfield for more information.

The Rt. Rev.

Catherine Roskam

Welcome to St. James' Church and School!
I am so happy to be a part of the St. James' Family.  Bishop Jon Bruno appointed me Bishop in Charge after the end of the last school year, so I have been looking forward to the return of students and parents, teachers and staff, as a new academic year begins.  We were off to a wonderful start with our first All-School Chapel this week, and I hope to become more a part of the life of the school as time goes on.  By the same token, I invite you all to become more a part of the church, whether for services or for the music program or any of our other activities.  I join Mrs. David in saying that all are welcome on both sides of the campus!
Many blessings for this school year,

Bishop Catherine

P.S. – A collection of photographs from our first All-School Chapel is available online.


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In-N-Out Burger

TONIGHT @ Midnight!

Order online »


Handbell Choir Applications

Monday, September 15

View PDF form »


Family Weekend Registrations

Monday, September 15

Register online »


Class Photo Days


September 15–18

See schedule »


Fall Book Fair


September 15–19

See schedule »


Cub Scouts Kickoff Meeting for Parents


Tuesday, September 16
4:30–5:30 p.m.

For boys in second through fifth grade only.


Used Uniform Closet


Thursday, September 18
3:00–4:30 p.m.


Deadline: After-School Enrichment


Friday, September 19

Enroll online »


K–6 Admission Open House


Tuesday, September 23
9:00 a.m.


Deadline: Choir Applications


Tuesday, September 23

View PDF form »


Community Gathering


Friday, October 3
8:15 a.m.


Korean Welcome Dinner

Saturday, October 4
4:30 p.m. 

Please note the revised date. Originally scheduled for September 19, this event will now take place on October 4. Invitations and additional details will be sent soon!


New School Year...Rise in Head Lice Cases

from Kelly Basham, School Nurse

As children return to the classroom for the beginning of a new school year, their risk of acquiring head lice increases dramatically. The incidence of head lice infestation peaks shortly after school starts, particularly in younger children. Children in these age groups tend to play together and have close, head-to-head contact, facilitating transmission. The good news is that lice can’t fly through the air or leap across the room, they merely crawl. Read more »


Register Now for Huskies' Soccer!

from Coach Matthew Wong, JMG Soccer

With all eyes on the World Cup and the US Soccer Team shattering all expectations, what better time to get your little ones involved in "The Beautiful Game?" No matter if your kids are beginners or advanced, our knowledgeable and enthusiastic coaches and our innovative, age-appropriate games will challenge your child. Many of our professionally-trained coaches have played collegiate, MLS, or internationally.

This season, the St. James' soccer team will be playing against other schools for the first time! We hope your child will be part of the excitement. For full details and a copy of the registration form, read on »

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 17!
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