Week at a Glance
Oct 28-Nov 1

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Larchmont Fair: This weekend!
Sunday, October 27 from 12noon-6pm

We hope everyone will turn out to show their Husky Pride. This year, we will be serving Korean Tacos. They will be a delicious blend of Mexican carne asada fused with Korean seasonings and condiments. See you there!

Photo Retakes
October 29, 10-12 

Don't forget that Rachael Sterlin Photography will be on campus this coming week for individual photo retakes. Make sure that if your student is in need of make up photos they should come to school  photo ready on October 29. 

Did someone says...See's Candy? 

Yes, that’s correct!  Just in time for the holiday season.  

The 6th graders are kicking off their fundraising efforts for Graduation by selling delicious, delectable, irresistible, and mouthwatering See’s chocolates and goodies. They need your help!

Sales Forms will be going home via backpack express on Monday and can be downloaded here

Keep Everyone Safe: No More U-Turns!

Parents please note that we have been notified by the traffic officers assigned to St. Andrews Street that they will be issuing tickets tp anyone making a U-turn.  Many U-turns get made by parents, care-givers, grandparents picking up and dropping off at the curb,  and because of the way the street is zoned (and in spite of the fact that there are no signs) U turns are illegal. U-turns will potentially be penalized with a ticket as a moving violation, and most importantly, they are dangerous to drivers and students. Thank you for your cooperation in our efforts to keep our students safe and our parents ticket free.

Grandparents' and Special Friends Day

One of the highlights every year is our Grandparents's and Special Friends' Day event scheduled for Tuesday, November 26th.This is a wonderful opportunity for your kids to show off their school to their grandparents and/or special friends.  

This is the final call for mailing addresses! Please make sure you've logged on to the Parent Portal to submit your mailing addresses for this year's event. If you completed this form during the summer registration process, there is no need to submit those addresses again.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Cook or Ryanne Plaisance.

Annual Hispanic-American heritage Assembly
Wednesday, November 6

St. James’ Episcopal School proudly invites you to attend the Annual Hispanic-American Heritage Assembly on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Saint James’ Hall. We are very excited and looking forward to seeing you there! Nos vemos amigos!

Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child
October 29, 2013

If you're tired of bribing, pleading, punishing, rewarding, yelling and not getting positive results, there is an option that brings you into a more cooperative relationship with challenging children that helps with the difficult-to-manage behaviors.  If you've tried implementing sticker charts, rewards and punishments and the child you are working with still has a hard time regulating behaviors and achieving goals, the Helping the Behaviorally Child class series will educate you on the current status of research for identification of challenging children and on the best practice approach for treatment, accommodations, modifications and interventions.  

This class, taught by Certified THINK:KIDS mentor and parent in the trenches, Debra Ann Afarian, will help your upcoming year be one of Collaboration to solve the unsolved problems.  The goal of this course series is to increase understanding, reduce frustration, expand options and provide a "road map" for helping the behaviorally challenging child, which in turn helps the adults who parent, teach and care for them.

6 Tuesday Mornings
10:00AM – NOON
October 29 – December 10, 2013
(No class 1/26/13)

RSVP to: Debra Ann Afarian (949) 333-6411 or

To reserve your spot Register ASAP by email, class size limited to 20 participants. $125 course fee; $195 for co-parents/caregivers /co-teachers. For more information visit 

Halloween Mask Parades
October 31
Preschool: 10 am
K-6: 1:30 pm

Join us for this St. James' tradition as the Students parade through the yard with their own mask creations that explore their creativity, art history, and our theme, No Place Like Home. Preschool students are invited to wear costumes. 

Wizard of Oz
November 22

The much anticipated Wizard of Oz  performance is coming up on November 22. Tickets will be available through the Parent Portal starting November 1. Look for a link and more information in next week's Husky Hits. 

Parent Association Open Meeting
November 13, 5:00 at St. James' Cafe

The St. James' Parent Association Executive Committee would like to invite all St. James' parents to join them for an Open Meeting Wednesday, November 15 from 5:30 to 7:30. This is an opportunity to get together with other parents interested in volunteering their time and talents in support of our school, and to learn about upcoming opportunities to become involved. 

The Parent Association is thrilled to bring you a unique chance to hear from one of our excellent new faculty member. St. James'  Media Specialist, Christina Olague, will be speaking about her vision for the library.  In addition, the Parent Association will be raffling off a gift card to the winter Book Fair!

This will be a great community event, and we hope to see everyone there. Dinner is provided by St. James' Cafe with a suggested $5 donation per person. Please let us know if you will be attending by emailing
Subscribe to the School Calendar!

You can now subscribe to the school calendar! If you use iCal or Google Calendar, you can subscribe to the SJSLA calendar so that events are automatically added into your calendar. Any updates to the calendar will be made in your phone. Follow this link to find the calendar,  click "Subscribe" and follow the instructions. 
Upcoming Used Uniform Closet
November 1

The Uniform Closet is open every Community Gathering from 8:15-10:00 am and the 3rd Thursday of every month from 3:00-4:30 pm. Make sure to stop by and stock up on uniforms! 
St.James' Cafe is Open!
October 30, 5:00

Everyone is invited to St. James' Cafe open Wednesdays at 5:00 in Parish Hall, conveniently right after Wizard of Oz practice! Dinner is a $5 suggested donation per person, and you are welcome to bring your own beverages. This is a great way to feed the whole family at the end of a long day, spend time with the St.James' community, and support St. James' Church.

Robotics: Ready to Launch

In less than two weeks, our Husky Robotics team will begin their LEGO League competition season. The year will kick off with a practice tournament at Windward School on November 3, followed by a qualifying tournament at La Canada High School on November 24.  The LEGO League competition draws in students from over 60 countries, with about 50,000 students competing worldwide.  I am really excited about our team this year because we have a strong group of Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Graders who have been in the program for a while, and have become great robotics builders and programmers.  This year, I think we have a strong chance of moving beyond the qualifying tournament, to the Robotics World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri, or even the Championship Tournament at Legoland.

These competitions are great for kids because they are based on the idea of using robots to solve real-world problems.  The 2013 competition is called Nature’s Fury, and the challenge missions are all developed around how we can use robots to help people after a natural disaster.  Our team has been working together to build and program robots that can do things such as deliver emergency supplies to people in need, or remove fallen tree branches from power lines.  These competitions allow kids to start thinking like real engineers; they have to think critically and creatively to come up with innovative solutions to real-world challenges.

Robotics has been in the spotlight lately as advances in robotic technology have led to some great inventions, such as PackBots, which are small remote controlled robots designed to survey unstable and damaged buildings after a disaster.  Robots are also being used in the medical industry to help people with disabilities gain greater mobility and quality of life and even perform surgery.  The National Science Foundation (NSF), along with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NASA, recently announced a new investment of roughly $38 million for the development of robots that work collaboratively with people to help in industries like healthcare, the military, and transportation.  

With so much attention on robotics at the national level, local schools are really beginning to see the importance of early exposure to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).    

This year, our local LEGO league region has grown to 280 registered teams, 21 of whom are elementary school teams.  There are 32 teams registered for our qualifying tournament on November 24, with only five of those being elementary school teams.

I am so excited to be a part of this growing movement, and I am really proud of our robotics team for all of the hard work they have put into this year’s competition.  The next time you see Alex Rice, Hank Bauer, Coleman Park, Elias Peter, Luke Riley, Lyon Chung or Collin Mackey, show them some support!  They just might be the next great NASA engineers!

Lauren Rodrigues
Science Teacher

Every Child Party

Thank you to all St. James' families and staff for making the Every Child Party a wonderful event.  We relished in Tina Bryson's stories and enjoyed sweet potato fries and hot waffles with ice cream on the blacktop. It was a great night to connect with friends and family, and a good time was had by all! Please keep your eyes tuned to our yellow brick road as it continues to lead the way through our very own St. James' Hall. 

We thank everyone who made their pledges and gifts to the Every Child Campaign so far. Only 50 more days to to reach 100% participation in 100 days! A special congratulations to the Savagian Family for winning the St. James' Parking Spot at the Every Child Party raffle. 

Math-n-Munch and

October 17 marked the first In-N-Out lunch of the school year in addition the first Math-N-Munch. Kindergarten through 3rd grade students showed off their Singapore Math skills to their parents before chowing down on In-N-Out on the yard with their fellow students. Click here  for photos from the day. 

5th Grade Presentations

The 5th Grade has been working on a great project recently. They divided the present day U.S. into four regions:  the northwest, the southwest, the plains, and the east.  Each region was assigned to a group of five students who researched the geography of their given region and the Native Americans who lived there. They then made a poster and presented the information to the class with the objective of learning how cultures developed based upon their geography and climate, reinforcing the idea of using "local" resources by working with what you had.  Click here to see some photos from their presentation.

Kindergarten Field Trip

The St. James' Kindergartener took a field trip last week to Fire Station 29 where they learned all about what happens at a Fire Station and what it takes to be a firefighter. They met actual firefighters who showed them around and even showed them how to put on the uniform. Click here to see photos from their trip.

Flashback Friday!
The Fire Station trip has been much anticipated for many years. The photo below shows a Kindergarten class visiting the Fire Station with then Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kammula in the early 80's. 

Click to enlarge. 

Service Learning Update

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of taking five sixth grade volunteers to work at St. James’ Soup Kitchen.  Hailey, Amanda, Yoohan, Kaylin, and Lily did an amazing job!  From the very beginning, they jumped right in and got busy, making lemonade, chopping kiwis and dishing out fruit cocktail, and pouring milk and juice.  When it came time to serve, some of our volunteers had jobs on the serving lines while others helped guests in need with their trays.  The other volunteers were very impressed with all of the positive energy and great attitudes from our students.  We can proudly say that these four represented our school very, very well.  The next chance for Sixth Graders to volunteer will be coming up in November.

Our friends at the St. James' Food Pantry offer many thanks for all of the juice boxes (over 1300!).  For our next collection, they have asked for snack crackers and granola bars.  Remember that these should be small packages that are individually wrapped as they will go in “quick bags” for the homeless.  We will be collecting until Friday, December 6.

If you are ready to get into the Halloween spirit while helping our a good cause, check out “Spooky Sunday,” the 4th Annual Halloween Party sponsored by Big Sunday.  They are looking for help as they will be hosting kids from HomeSAFE and Hillsides Home for Children.  Everyone will gather for arts and crafts, a haunted house, food and fun at the  Big Sunday headquarters this Sunday, October 27, 2-4 p.m.  For more info you can check out their website at

Rob Krueger
Service Learning Director

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