Husky Hits Newsletter for November 14, 2014
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Mary Poppins Tickets Available Now!

St. James' Episcopal School presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS, a musical based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film. One night only – Friday, November 21, 2014 – at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater (4800 Hollywood Boulevard).

Shows at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Get your tickets online now! Seating is limited. 

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Admission Update

from Joan Hester, Director of Admission

The admission season is well under way. Open Houses are filling up, applications are rolling in, and parent interviews are in process. All in all, it is turning out to be another banner year in the Admission Office! 

When we ask prospective families how they heard about St. James’, they most often mention a friend – a current family they know and who speaks highly of our school. You have done a remarkable job at spreading the word about our neighborhood school, letting families know that this special little jewel exists right in their backyards. 
If you have any friends who are interested in St. James’ or if you know of any families who may be a good match, please tell them that we would love for them to see us in action! Our last Open Houses are approaching, and the application deadline is right around the corner:

Kindergarten – Sixth Grade Open Houses
Tuesday, December 2 at 9:00 A.M.
Tuesday, January 13, at 9:00 A.M.

Preschool Open Houses
Tuesday, November 18 at 3:00 P.M.
Tuesday, December 9, 3:00 P.M.
Tuesday, January 20, 3:00 P.M.

Applications are due on Friday, December 12, with supplemental materials due on Friday, January 13.
If your friends are interested in attending an Open House, tell them to visit our website at or to call the Admission Office at (213) 382-2315. We also have some admission postcards you may pick up in the Front Office.

Parents are our best ambassadors. Your warmth, sense of fun, and perspective on your child’s experiences are exactly what prospective parents need to hear. Thank you for being such wonderful representatives of our community!

New Face on Campus!

from Carol Swainson, Assistant Head of School

Please welcome Carla Ferreira, our newest classroom assistant, to Mr. Dar’s class. Ms. Ferreira comes to us with a Masters in in English from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in English from Harvard University. More important, she grew up bilingually in an educator’s household; no doubt, it ignited her interest in teaching and working with young children. Ms. Ferreira has been subbing for us this fall. You may have seen her dressed as a penguin on Halloween. We recognized her talents, and are fortunate to have Ms. Ferreira on the St. James’ team. Please be sure to say hello to her when you see her around campus.


We Need Your Help!

from Ryanne Plaisance, Associate Director of Advancement

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is fast approaching. We have added some exciting activities to this year's schedule, including grandparent & child audiobook recording sessions, science and art stations, and interview tables for all of our future journalists. These activities, coupled with our morning ceremony, special church service, classroom activities, book dedications, and our photo booth mean that we really need a strong group of volunteers. As you already know, this is an extremely special day for all our families, and with over 700 people expected to be on campus that morning, we are reaching out to you for support. If you are able to volunteer on November 25, please email Ryanne Plaisance at


Every Child Campaign Update

from Ryanne Plaisance, Associate Director of Advancement


Let's go fly a St. James' Hall!

As a way to recognize the families who participate in the Every Child Campaign and help us reach our goal of 100% participation, we are adding colorful kites to the delightful, Mary Poppins-inspired mural that Geoff McFetridge created in St. James' Hall. (Thanks again, Geoff!) These kites feature the names of the participating families and a special message. Check out the first batch to go up:

If you've already made your gift or pledge to the Every Child Campaign, you should have received a message telling you how to submit the information for your personalized kite. If that message didn't come through, please contact Liane Smith in the Advancement Office.

If you haven't yet made your gift or pledge, there are only four weeks left! You can pledge or donate online at


Special Friends of St. James' for GPSF Day

from Ryanne Plaisance, Associate Director of Advancement

We often hear from parents wondering what to do for a student who will not have a guest during Grandparents & Special Friends Day. To address that question this year, we are introducing a small-scale pilot program to match these students with some special friends of the school and the church. These folks represent generations of the St. James' extended family. Some are alumni, some are vestry members, and some are previous faculty and staff; they all share a love of the school and the church and an eagerness to reconnect or strengthen their bond with the community. We are hopeful that the children who participate will have the opportunity to represent the school well and to help create great memories for members of the St. James' community. If you are interested in pairing your child with one of these Special Friends of St. James', please contact Ryanne Plaisance at


Honoring Wounded Heroes this Veterans Day

from Rob Krueger, 5th Grade Teacher and Service Learning Coordinator

In honor of Veterans Day, our first and second grade classes made cards for veterans that are a part of UCLAʼs Operation Mend program. Ruthie Sommers, mother of second grader Eloise, visited all four classes to talk about our countryʼs veterans and why they deserve our thanks. The students made cards that showed respect and are sure to put a smile on a veterans face. Ms. Sommers and Eloise then delivered the cards to Operation Mend where, as she reported, they were gratefully received. Many thanks to our first and second graders for taking the time to share in this service project. If you would like more information about Operation Mend, go to


PartyBook Fun Continues with Movemberfest Celebration

from the City of Los Angeles

A thirsty crowd of 30 gathered at Ted and Gretchen Fourticq's haus this past Saturday to celebrate Movemberfest. Those who were really moved by the theme opted for costumes including lederhosen and dirndls. The Fourticqs transformed their home into a quant Austrian village for the occasion, and the party goers were treated to an Austrian feast from chef Bernard from BierBiesel. To top it all off, the main hit was the Brewmaster, Josh Ellis, who paired the Austrian dinner with beers that blew the crowd away! Beer doubters were converted with pumpkin beer and fruit beers, and beer lovers were delighted with smoked beer and of course at Oktoberfest beer! The crowd had a blast and Oom-Pah-Pah-ed the night away!


The Wizard of Oz Video Available Online!

Mary Poppins is set to open next week, but for a blast from the past – and a look at last year's musical production – check out this video of our 2013 production of The Wizard of Oz. Thanks to Jody Rath for submitting this to Husky Hits!


Huskies Soccer Update

from Coach Matthew Wong, JMG Soccer Club


Nov. 9 Good Shepherd

When Good Shepherd arrived at St. James with only 4 players, we asked our 13 St. James players who would like to help our guests out and play on the other team. Immediately hands went up and Nathan Sanchez, Lilly Sanchez, Sateen Edwards, and Joseph and Sean Kim gave it their all for Good Shepherd.

Good Shepherd's Fox Henry Mangham scored early on in the match. Not to be outdone, St. James' Rogan Monaghan answered back...TWICE! Then, a Good Shepherd goal was disallowed because of a handball in the penalty box. Fox scored a penalty kick for Good Shepherd before the end of the first half, leveling the score at 2–2.

The second half proved to be just as active. Nathan Sanchez, playing for GS, scored a goal. Then Rogan scored two more, giving him a hat-trick-plus-one. Solid defense came from Henry Rutherford, Cody Converse, Ethan Rudzinski, Joseph Farnham, and Charlotte Donohue. Supporting our offense in the midfield were Luca Odero and Henry and Ethan Miller. St. James' victory was sealed with a final goal, maintaining the Huskies' undefeated record. The final score was 5–3.


Nov. 12 Temple Israel of Hollywood

The afternoon of Wednesday, November 12, was beautiful – clear and crisp, perfect weather for a soccer game – when the Huskies' first, second, and third graders faced off against Temple Israel of Hollywood. The visiting players and their parents were impressed with St. James' home field, comparing it to a real, professional pitch! And, as always, St. James' players were the perfect hosts.

The still undefeated Huskies were raring to go in this, their second game of the week! Alberto Barzan and Rogan Monaghan scored for St. James', easily navigating the TIOH defensive line. But with a little bit of on-the-field coaching, our opponents tightened up their defense, and TIOH's Ezra Fife scored right before halftime.

The second half saw a marked improvement by TIOH, giving the Huskies a run for their money. Theo Fleischman scored for TIOH, leveling the playing field. But a TIOH own-goal led the Huskies to another hard-won victory and a final score of 3–2.


Road Work Alert

from the City of Los Angeles

The northbound lanes of Highland Avenue, between Melrose and Wishire, will be resurfaced this weekend. More information »


The Hidden Logic of Children

from Deborah David, Head of School

The Center for Early Education is hosting Dr. Mike Riera, one of the country's foremost authorities on understanding children, teens, and their development, on Tuesday, November 18, from 7:00–9:00 p.m., as part of their Parent Education series of lectures. Members of the St. James' community are invited to attend.

Find out more »

RSVP online »


Study Hall in the Library Media Center

from Angelina Arrington, Sixth Grade Teacher, and Christina Olague, Library Media Center Specialist

We are delighted to announce the reopening of Study Hall! Study Hall is the perfect place for students to complete their homework assignments, work on class projects, or read quietly. We are also readily available to help students with any homework questions.

Study Hall is located in the Library Media Center and operates from 3:30–4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students should sign in upon entering and sign out when they exit.

The library is a quiet zone, and all socializing, play, and conversations unrelated to school work should be reserved for the playground. There is no book checkout during this time.

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Olague or Angelina Arrington.


Family Events at LACMA

from Carol A. Swainson, Assistant Head of School

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a calendar full of events for parents and children to enjoy together. I hope you'll check some of them out!


Missed the alumni reunion event on November 1, or just want to relive the program honoring Mrs. Kammula? Check out the YouTube video »

On the topic of that event, weren't the archival shots displayed around campus that day great? Well, now they're posted online!

On Thursday, at All-School Chapel, the sixth graders acted out the story of Joseph as part of this month's lesson, to Mrs. David's narration.

Friday kicked off with the November Community Gathering, where we celebrated the Students of the Month, got a visit from Mary Poppins and her friends, and even sang along with Elsa to "Let It Go."

Also on Friday, our cameras got a look at some of Mrs. Dummett's class presentations and a guest class on Native American heritage led by Ms. Swainson.

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

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Soccer Academy

Sun., November 16
12:00–2:00 p.m. 


In-N-Out Burger Lunch

Thurs., November 20
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 


NAES Biennial Eucharist Service


featuring the St. James' Episcopal School Choir

Thurs., November 20
5:00–6:00 p.m. 


First Grade Feast

Fri., November 22
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 


Soccer Academy

Sun., November 23
12:00–2:00 p.m. 


Kindergarten Soup Day

Mon., November 24
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 


Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Tues., November 25
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

R.S.V.P. online »


Thanksgiving Holiday

Wed., November 26 – Sun., November 30

School resumes on Mon., December 1.


Thanksgiving Day

Thurs., November 27


Fifth Grade AIDS Walk

Mon., December 1
2:30‐3:30 p.m. 


Help us reach 100% participation in the remaining 35 days of the Every Child Campaign

We would like to extend a big thank-you to the families who have already pledged or given to the campaign.

To make your pledge or gift, visit

Donors to the Every Child Campaign

(Through Friday at noon. New additions to the list are in bold.)

Erikson and Melissa Albrecht, Erika Alvarado, Eric Salat and Lisa Ammerman, Daniela Anzueto, Claudia Armendariz, Jeffrey Armour and Michelle Banks Armour, Angelina Arrington, Robin Ashbrook, Raquel Ayala, Rafael and Gina Barrientos, Xandy and Alison Barry, Kelly Basham, Kelli Beard, Dave and Stefanie Bennett, Jessica Bern, David and Fiona Blankenship, William Hooke and Kristin Bountress–Hooke, James Jacks and Helen Breitwieser, Kevin and Belinda Brent, Gary and Brenda Brown, Jeff Brown and Catherine Hagney Brown, Alex and Kimberly Bulkley, Jere and Leslie Burns, Leigh Dana Jackson and Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, David and Phyllis Cannom, Maria Casas, James Casey, Jennifer Cefaly, Sonny and Young-Min Chang, Kelli Chau, Jay and Jieun Choi, Jae and Mikyeong Rachel Chung, Debra Clark, Chapman Baehler and Angelica Cob-Baehler, Catherine Collins, Michael Converse and Kathryn Price Converse, Erika Cordero, Chris and Kate Corsmeier, John Hoffman and Jennifer Culp, George and Karen Daisa, Thomas Perkins and Meara Daly, Jonathan Dar, Deborah David, Mark Albrecht and Teresa De Castro, Michelle Deiotte, Donald Rice and Christine Demaio, Kraig and Monica DePriest, Geoff McFetridge and Sarah Devincentis, Nick DiPasquale, Thomas Discavage, Devin and Katie Donohue, Brian Duggan, Ruby Dummett, Kerry Emery, Joseph and Michelle Farnham, Gerald and Marketha Floyd, Edward and Gretchen Fourticq, Daniel Freudiger, Joshua Friedman, Chenelle Geoffroy, Emad Ghobrial and Amanda George-Ghobrial, Craig and Jill Gillett, James Cossman and Denise Gocke, Marina Goyer, Joanne Gratiot, Mark Suveg and Dena Green, Steven and Lisa Grossman, Nicefero Guzman, Jeff and Suzanne Hahn, Fred Buescher and Genevieve Haines, Jason and Elisha Hall, Al and Becky Han, Kevin and Gloria Hann, Alenoosh Hartouri, Brian Reitzell and Stephanie Hayman, Chris Cook and Jeff Healy, James Tupper and Anne Heche, Joe and Vanessa Herman, Edward Hermeno, Joan Hester, Jonathan and Brooke Hodge, Young Hong, Youngseon Ok and Chung Hong, Hansin (Scott) Kim and Jihyun Hong, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Bronwyn Jacobs, Kimberly James, Maritza Jimenez, Tom Juda, Jr. and Rosie Juda, Sharon Jun, Wuttipong and Malisa Kaewmanaprasert, David and Michelle Kahng, Paru Kammula, Myung Lee and Ha Kang, Sara Katz, Joe Davidson and Beth Kawaja, Lelamarie Kelly, Adam Benson and Casee Kelly, Je Young and Susan Kim, Jay Yoon and Julie Kim, Yo Chan Song and Myoung A. Kim, Yong Ho and Jin H. Kim, Chul Bae and Joolie Kim, Jason and Chrissy Kim, Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll, Aidan Koh, Robert Krueger, Alice Kuramoto, Alexa Laffen, Michael Lavigne, Jr., Calvin Yongwoo and Esther S. Lee, Roger Kim and Soo Lee, Jeong Gu and Ji Hae Lee, David Bommarito and Margaret Lee, Clint and Nicole Lee, Seung Ju Kong and Kyung Ae Lee, Kyung Su and Kyung Lee, Jung Min Son and Sun Jung Lee, Mei-Ling Leonard, Dawn Lett, Jonathan and Ester Leus, Kevin and Astrid Lew, Matthew Lesher and Katherine Lewis , Glen and Clara Lim, Gregory Lindy and Cindy Ann Bader Lindy, Ricardo Lopez, Rosi Lopez, Gabriel and Cecelia Lopez, Karyn Lovegrove, Najah Lowe, Loyd Bateman and Rachel Luttrell-Bateman, Sanjay Sharma and Tina Lynam, Mike Lyons, Kevin Monaghan and Javier Machado, Christian and Lara Magnusen, Sam Roseme and Catherine Mann, Agnieszka Marchel, Bret and Clara Martin, Jennifer Martinez, Emily Martino, Katarina Matolek, Jody Rath and Shannon Mcintosh, Paul and Dete Meserve, Matthew and Karina Miller, Gavin and Anna Milner, Derek Cotton and Molly Moen, Kevin and April Monroe, Aaron Moore and Hannah Cannom Moore, Roger and Lisa Morrison, Chris O'Connor and Martha Nelems, Joseph and Cassandra Nelson, Eric Green and Sarah Noonan, David and Lucy Norland, Russell and Anita Norman, Jenny Obuchi, Yulie Oh, Christina Olague, Rosemary Osterberg, Nestor Pangan, Julian Pappas, Alex Choi and Ellen Park, Richard and Elizabeth Park, James and Helen Park, Hyoung Tae and Lois Park, Pamela Pasley, Sujatha Periasamy, Richard Chisholm and Lois Perrin, Nicolas and Ida Peter, Tom Nguyen and Tommy Pham, Ryanne Plaisance, Daniel Whitley and Kirsten Poirier-Whitley, Felicia Price, Chad and Sandra Rachild, Mara Raphael, Paul and Nancy Redford, Clare Richardson, Stefan Simchowitz and Rosmarie Riedl, Michael and Laura Riley, Paul Robbins, Lauren Rodrigues, Lourdes Rodriguez, Shawn Simmons and Christine Rosenberry, John Hesling and Simona Rosset, Tara Roth, Theppong Sae-Low, Isabel Salas, Hugo Sanchez, Michael and Michelle Sanchez, Steven and Janet Schoenholz, Tricia Scott, Jason and Valerie Seitz, Gerson and Andrea Shin, Seth Horowitz and Bianca Simchowitz, E. Nero and Ariana Lambert Smeraldo, Liane Smith, Hubert Smith, Jr. and Charmaine Smith, Christopher and Kara Smith, David Lucas McDonough and Ruthie Sommers, Jung Ahn and Yun Song, Danny and Seung Song, Pierpaolo Barzan and Valeria Sorci, Anthony Maranville and Shana Stein, Carol Swainson, Yun (Scott) Kang and Lauren Swaminathan, Laura Tarango, Maurice and Ann Tatton, Blair Tatton, Jacqueline Taylor, Linda Tellez, Veronica Toriz, Olivier and Sachie Vermeiren, Nancy Vermette, Margaret Vodrey, Patrick and Leslie Walling, Stephen Shiao and Erica Wang, David White and Susan Watanabe, Monica Watters, Patrice Westover, Peter and Elizabeth White, James and Lindsay Wilcox, Jason Wolff and Lucy Wild, Rich and Stefania Willens, Lynese Williams, Tommy Williams and Leo W. Williams, II, Susan Woods, Paul and Marianne Yamaguchi, David Lee and Lisa Yang, Scott and Kelly Yang, John and Sherin Ye, Richard Yi, Tim and Jessica Youd, Court and Elizabeth Young, Chris and Erika Younger, Richard Lee and Chan Yu, Chris Zapata, Byron Zapata, Chengyu (Dennis) and Yinglan (Julia) Zhang, Mitch Ziontz
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