St. James' News Update
Friday, September 21, 2012
Dear St. James’ Families,
I am so excited to be part of the St. James’ community as the first full-time Director of Admission! Since the age of 12, I have been involved in the independent school world. I have studied or worked at large and small schools, elementary, middle and high schools, Episcopal and non-religious schools, traditional and progressive schools. In other words, I’ve seen enough to know that St. James’ is a very special place. From the vibrant, warm, and diverse community to the focus on initiating and continuing exceptional programs to the experienced and enthusiastic faculty and staff, I can see that St. James’ is thriving.
And the good news is, it shows in our enrollment. We have 360 excited, engaged children in Preschool through 6th
grades. This means more opportunities for dynamic programs and more families with whom to share those experiences.
Each day I meet exceptional St. James’ families. You and your family represent all that is good about our community. Parents are our best ambassadors. It is exactly the warmth, sense of fun, and perspective on your child’s experiences that prospective families need to hear.
St. James’ has wonderful talking points. Are your friends interested in innovative education? Tell them about our new full-time Math/Learning Specialist who will provide individualized attention to children when and where they need it most, whether it’s a need for remediation or enrichment.
Are your friends curious about what language we teach at St. James’? Tell them about our integration of Rosetta Stone Spanish Language Program to further enrich our Spanish program. Mention that one school who incorporated this program saw a 700% increase in their students’ oral proficiency in one year.
Maybe your friends want to know more about our Episcopal identity. You can describe a philosophy of inclusivity and acceptance. We welcome families of all religions and through our chapel services and religion classes; we help each student feel comfortable in his or her own spirituality.
Share with your friends that at St. James’, we believe that each student is on an artistic journey. Through experiences in art, music, dance, and drama, students discover and nurture the artists within. Our collaboration with the Colburn School of music this year will enhance our existing music program. Our new drama and dance teachers will expand performing arts opportunities and enrich our already stellar physical movement curriculum for expanded creative expression. Don’t forget to mention our Annual Artist in Residence who will assist with creation and implementation of a wide variety of specialized art projects.
These are just a few of the wonderful opportunities I am excited about at St. James’. I’m going to tell all my friends. How about you? Will you tell a friend?
I look forward to meeting every one of you. Feel free to stop by the Admission Office on the 2nd
floor next to the Art Room.
Director of Admission
The Endeavor Shuttle Flies by St. James' School
Save-the-Date…two wonderful events
Preschool Back to School night is scheduled for Monday, September 24th
from 6:00-7:30pm. Please come visit your child’s classroom and hear from our wonderful faculty about the year ahead. The preschool is unable to provide childcare for this event.
Preschool Grand Opening Celebration
Thursday, October 4th
, from 9:00-10:00am. Come join us as we celebrate the opening of our new preschool campus. Continental breakfast will be served plus you won’t want to miss a special performance by our wonderful students.
Contacting the Preschool Staff by Phone
Thanks to everyone for their love and support as we transitioned to our new Preschool Campus. Going forward, if you need to contact the preschool classrooms, please use: 213-738-0919
For Katarina Matolek, please use: 213-738-7871
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Service Learning Update
The other night, while channel surfing, we came across the documentary “Hunger Hits Home.” It was, as cliché as it may sound, a real “eye-opener” for me. Seeing families depicted that did not fit the stereotype I have of someone that is not getting enough to eat was very powerful. It is very disconcerting to think about how many kids are going to bed hungry, as some families just cannot afford enough to eat. You can see this very moving film at Hulu.com. As other service learning projects begin to take shape, we will continue our school wide monthly donations to the St. James’ food pantry, helping to feed the hungry in our neighborhood.
Speaking of monthly food donations, many thanks to those of you that have sent in cans of “pop-tuna.” Right now we have a total of 56 cans. Remember, we will be collecting until October 9!
I have another service opportunity for you and your family. The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition has been “serving the homeless and hungry every day since 1987.” They serve meals nightly and are looking for volunteers to cook, serve, or pick up donated food. You can find them on the web at gwhfc.org
Director of Service Learning
“Sharing when we can. Appreciating what we have.”
Kindergarten through Second Grade Parents: Introductions to Singapore Math
Please join us for our Singapore Math introductory session with Mother Elizabeth Thayer to hear about our wonderful new math program.
September 25th, at 6:00pm
…in St. James’ Hall, a presentation will be made to show parents about the foundations of Singapore Math. Parents will be given a chance to “try out” some of the techniques used, to learn about vocabulary they will be hearing, to hear of plans for further parent training and have an opportunity to ask questions.
We hope you can join us.
Mother Elizabeth Thayer
Student and Class Photos – Monday, Sept. 24-26 with Luminary Photography
Just a reminder that we have student and class photos scheduled for next week. The schedule is as follows:
Monday, September 24
Kindergarten – Mrs. Vodrey and Mrs. Vermette’s Class
Grade One – Mrs. Kammula’s Class
Grade Two – Mr. Dar’s Class
Grade Three – Mrs. Cregan’s Class
Grade Six – Mrs. Dummett’s Class
Tuesday, September 25
All School Picture on Playground
Grade Three – Ms. Kuramoto’s Class
Grade Four – Mr. Duggan and Mrs. Payne’s Class
Grade Five – Mr. Yi’s Class
Grade Six – Ms. Munro’s Class
Wednesday, September 26
Grade One – Mrs. Leonard’s Class
Grade Five – Mr. Krueger’s Class
Grade Two – Ms. Medina’s Class
Campus Kitchen Update
Hot Lunch Program
We hope you children are enjoying our new hot lunch program with Campus Kitchen! Please note that ALL hot lunches must be pre-ordered online at www.campuskitchen.net. Students who do not have a lunch and did not pre-order will NOT be given a lunch from the company but rather a Cup of Noodles prepared by our staff. Families will be billed $8.00 for each noodle lunch their child receives so please order your next month's lunches today!
ERB and ISACS Survey Results Presentation – Thursday, October 4th, 7:00pm.
Please join Debbi David as she present this very important information for our parent community. Last year, parents participated in their first ISACS Parent Satisfaction Survey. This provided great feedback and is helping shape the future of St. James’ School. Come here about the results and the specific plans already underway. We will also be presenting the ERB Test Results from 2011-2012 with our students overall test results and how we compare to other schools.
Hola a Todos!
We are celebrating the Hispanic Heritage Month! This celebration recognizes the many contributions of the Latinos to life in the United States. The month-along observance celebrates the culture and traditions of those who their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spain-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. September 15 was chosen because it marks the independence date of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence September 16 and 18, respectively.
The World Languages Department is putting together great ideas for this month. Just to list a few:
1. Students' Spanish performances for the school assembly on Thursday, October 25.
2. Hispanic speakers to talk about themselves and obstacles they have to overcome to achieve success.
3. Biographies of Hispanic celebrities will be display around the school.
4. Field trips.
5. Latin-American Food Taste and more!
This year 6th graders are presenting a bilingual play. The play will take place in a small town. For that purpose, we need your help with scenery. Anything is welcome! Fake trees, a bench, etc. Please let us know if you have more ideas or if you can volunteer. Thank you for all your support!
Gracias. Nos vemos amigos! :)
Senorita Maria Casas
GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you have a change or update on your carpool and pick-up arrangements, please send all notes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a change in your contact information, phone, email, mailing address, etc., please send contact information updates to Stephanie Kim at email@example.com.
St. James’ Elementary School - Attendance Policies and Procedures
In an effort to be absolutely sure we have accounted for every student every day, the following procedures will be put in place beginning this Monday, September 17th. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!
• Parents will email firstname.lastname@example.org
by 7:30 a.m.
to notify the school of absences. In your e-mail please state your name
and relation to the student
, the student’s name,
and the reason
for the absence
(cold, flu, poison ivy, bad cough, severe headache, etc.)
• Jennifer Sohn will update attendance on Filemaker based on these emails.
• Teachers will input student attendance by 8:45am each morning, indicating the reason for the absence in the notes field on Filemaker.
• At 9:00 a.m., Jennifer Sohn and Nurse Kelly will review the attendance report from Filemaker.
• In the case of the students with no reason listed for their absence, Nurse Kelly will call the parents to request that information and will add it to the database in Filemaker.
• Absences for which parents give no reason will be marked “unexcused absence,” so please be sure to give us the reason for the absence in your e-mail and/or be sure to respond to Nurse Kelly’s call with the information.
• By no later than 10:00 a.m., Filemaker should have up-to-date attendance records, and a printed attendance report for the day will be available for teachers and administrators to view.
For Students who are dismissed early
• Parents must always sign students out at the front desk.
• Jennifer Sohn will go into Filemaker, mark the student as “Dismissed Early” and indicate the reason for the dismissal.
• If the student returns to school, Jennifer will write in the notes field “returned” followed by the time.
Join us after school for a simple supper provided by our parish chef Julia Rhoton at St. James’ Café, located in the Parish Hall on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. All school families are invited. We look forward to seeing you there! Suggested donation $5.