Husky Hits Newsletter for September 26, 2014
Parent Portal

Addressing the Needs of Every Child through the Every Child Campaign

by Ryanne Plaisance, Associate Director of Advancement

Last week, you received information on the Every Child Campaign (formerly known as the Annual Fund). Our campaign initiatives are ambitious and clearly support the school’s mission of creating a diverse, joyful, and inclusive community of learners. We need your support to reach every child at St. James’.

We believe that...

...when we invest in great teachers, faculty are able to focus on the success of every child.
Since Deborah David became our Head of School in 2011, she has made it her mission to ensure that every child is successful at St. James’. Together faculty, staff and administration have embraced the many ways that students learn and have strengthened the schools’ commitment to differentiated instruction. Differentiated instruction allows teachers to challenge students in areas they excel in and support them in areas they find more challenging. In the end, this enables all subject matter to connect seamlessly in a student-centered learning environment.
...when we extend learning beyond the classroom, every child can confront the unknown with courage.

This commitment has provided multiple learning opportunities and services to every student.  Students of all ages at St. James’ travel throughout California, visiting places such as JPL, San Juan Capistrano, Leonis Adobe, the Getty Center...and the list goes on. On campus, students are learning in interactive environments such as the Aquaponics garden, in specialized programs such as the Desert Dome, through active play on St. James’ green spaces, and (thanks to your support) a Makerspace, coming soon!  Through these experiences, students are able to apply their learning to real world situations while becoming stronger critical thinkers and problem solvers.
...when we cultivate a diverse community, every child is better prepared for a global world.

The students that fill our classrooms come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, have different religious beliefs, and live in varied economic households.  Every student is given opportunities to try new foods, hear stories from different cultures, and celebrate holidays that are meaningful to other families. Through these experiences, our students learn to appreciate and respect each other’s differences and gain confidence around intercultural communications. St. James’ provides 20% of its families with tuition assistance and strives to keep tuition costs low in order to cultivate a community that is socioeconomically diverse.

We need your support to reach 100% participation!

To reach every child at St. James', we need our whole community behind us! The full participation of families, faculty, staff, administrators, and board members sends a strong message to organizations reading grant proposals and to others that this community stands as one. 

To make your gift or register your pledge online, please visit

Contact Ryanne Plaisance by email or at 213-233-0133 ext. 306 if you have any questions.

Kindergarten Bake Sale

from Nancy Vermette and Peggy Vodrey, Kindergarten Teachers

Our first Kindergarten Bake Sale will be on Tuesday, September 30, during all recesses. Don't forget to bring 50 cents or $1.00 for a recess treat. The proceeds from our sales will be donated to the Save the Children foundation. The Kindergarten classes have helped to support children in need for many years, and, with your support, will continue to do so.

Our second bake sale will be the following Tuesday, October 6.


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

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Kindergarten Bake Sale


Tues., September 30
9:45–11:00 a.m.


Preschool Back-to-School Night


Tues., September 30
6:00–7:30 p.m.

Please note: the preschool will close early, at 3:00 p.m., so that teachers may prepare.


All-School Chapel


Thurs., October 2
8:45–9:30 a.m.

The Rt. Rev. Catherine Roskam, Bishop-in-Charge of St. James' Church, will preach about St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Regular chapel services for October 1 and 2 have been replaced by this event.


Parent Association School Year Kickoff Party


Thurs., October 2
6:00–7:30 a.m.
St. James' Hall

Join your fellow St. James' parents for a night of wine, cheese, and fellowship. See the invitation and RSVP »


Community Gathering


Fri., October 3
8:15 a.m.


Preschool Ice Cream Social


Fri., October 3
3:30 p.m.


Yom Kippur


Begins at sunset on
Fri., October 3


Ends after nightfall on Sat., October 4

The Jewish holiday known as the Day of Atonement takes place on the tenth day of Tishri.


Korean Welcome Dinner

Sat., October 4
4:30 p.m. 

Kindergarten Bake Sale


Tues., October 7
9:45–11:00 a.m.


All-School Chapel on Oct. 2

from Aidan Koh, Chaplain

As the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi is approaching, we have decided to hold a special All-School Chapel service on Thursday, October 2, at 8:45 a.m. During the service, the Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam, new Bishop-in-Charge of St. James’ Church, will share the stories of Francis with us.

Parents are always welcome to attend the chapel services, which help to develop your child’s spiritual lives. Please consider joining your children at this service. You are also encouraged to sit with your children in the church. Please park your car in the parking lot across from the school and wait in the parking lot between the church and the school for your child until they proceed to the church.

At this service – and at all All-School Chapel services – we collect non-perishable food supplies to support the work of the Parish Food Pantry. Suggested items include peanut butter, pasta, rice, canned meats, beans, canned fruits, and vegetables.

Our next All-School Chapel will be Thursday, October 16, 2014.


Pet Blessing on October 5

from St. James' In-the-City

We'd like to meet you and your pet!

Join us for a neighborhood gathering and pet blessing on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at the 10:30 a.m. Matins in the church. Pet-friendly Coffee Hour to follow, with treats for man and beast alike. Please bring a single-serve portion of cat or dog food to be shared with those in need of food for their pets—which has become an even greater hardship in these difficult times.

Dads' Night Out

from Nicholas Morton and Nero Smeraldo, Parent Volunteers

Thursday, October 23, 2014
7:00 p.m. at Taylor's Steakhouse
3361 W. 8th St., Los Angeles

That's right. You read it correctly. The moms have their night out, and now the dads get one, too!

Dads! Please join us at Taylor's Steakhouse in Koreatown for a very casual evening of steak and cocktails. Get to know some of your fellow St. James' parents while sharing a meal at this totally unique, quintessentially Los Angeles institution.

Look for more details in the coming weeks.


World Peace!

from Chenelle Geoffroy, Physical Education Teacher

This week, our 5th graders celebrated World Peace Day! World Peace Day – or the International Day of Peace – is observed around the world on September 21. According to the United Nations General Assembly, it is “a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.”

In our global health class, each student pledged to help create world peace one small step at a time. We discovered that even one day of nonviolence can make a big difference across the world, especially in areas plagued with chaos on a daily basis. Some of our students pledged “to always care for the earth” or “to spread knowledge about World Peace Day.” Lily Richardson celebrates every year by helping her grandmother knit scarves for soldiers overseas! With the help of our students, World Peace is one step closer to becoming a reality. 


Grandparents & Special Friends Day

from Ryanne Plaisance, Associate Director of Advancement

Save the Date!
Grandparents & Special Friends Day will take place on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. More details about the day will be forthcoming, but for now, please let us know whom you'd like to invite to this year's event:

GPSF Day Contact Form

Please enter the grandparents or other family/friends you'd like us to invite and submit the form above no later than Wednesday, October 1


Hispanic–American Heritage Month

from Maria Casas, World Languages Department Coordinator

Hispanic-American Heritage Month honors the contributions of Hispanics to United States society in the economy, politics, science, art, and culture. This month also celebrates and recognizes the Hispanic heritage and culture passed on generation from generation. The celebration begins September 15 and ends October 15. These dates coincide with the anniversary of independence, from Spain, of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, which all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18 of the same year.

El Mes de la Herencia Hispana-Americana honra las contribuciones de los Hispanos en los Estados Unidos en los diferentes campos de la economía, política, ciencia, arte y cultura. También en este mes se celebra y reconoce la herencia y cultura de los hispanos transmitida de generación en generación.  La celebración comienza el 15 de septiembre y se extiende hasta el 15 de octubre. Estas fechas coinciden con el aniversario de la independencia de cinco países Latinoamericanos: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua.  Todos ellos declararon su independencia de España en 1821.  También México declaró su independencia el 16 de septiembre y Chile el 18 de septiembre del mismo año.


St. James' Kindergarten Girl Scouts

from Christina Kim, Parent Volunteer & Troop Co-leader of Second Grade Brownies

Would you like to form a Kindergarten troop of Daisy Scouts? Please contact Christina Kim if your daughter would like to participate or if you can help by being a troop leader! Once we have an idea of the interest level and how many parent volunteers we have, we can decide on a convenient schedule. We would meet once per month, usually after school at St. James', and occasionally have a weekend activity.

Some things St. James' Girl Scouts have done in the past include building a portable troop garden, visiting Descanso Gardens, ice skating in Pershing Square, making Halloween decorations for and visiting with nursing home residents, and going on an overnight adventure at the Natural History Museum.

This is a terrific way to make friends and have a lot of fun! Here a brief fact sheet about the Girl Scouts and message from First Lady Michelle Obama about the Girl Scouts.

— Christina Kim, mother of Stella Pathak (K–Vermette) and Olivia Pathak (2‐Laffen)


Attendance Reminders

from the Front Office

Parents should notify the office by 7:30 a.m. each day of a student's absence by emailing In the email, please state your child's name, your name, the relation to the student, and the reason for the absence. For a planned absence (e.g. a doctor's appointment), parents should notify the school and teacher ahead of time by emailing, as well. If an absence is not verified by an email from the family, the school nurse will call to confirm.

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.


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.
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