Husky Hits Newsletter for January 30, 2015
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Skate Night! Shakey's Pizza Night! African–American Heritage Month! Lots of excitement is on the way!

There is so much in store for the upcoming African–American Heritage Month that it's hard to fit it all in Husky Hits. You'll get an email this weekend with more detail but here are two important notes in the meantime:

Skate Night advance tickets are on sale now and must be purchased no later than February 6! Tickets purchased at the door will be more expensive and may not guarantee a shirt (first-come, first-served). Buy your tickets here!

Our very first Shakey's Pizza Family Fun Night will take place on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. The restaurant is located at 6052 W. Olympic Blvd. The school will receive 25% of food sales to St. James' supporters that night, whether they order dine-in or take-out. Just remember to put your receipt in the bucket – no receipt, no cash back for St. James'! Invite all of your family and friends – the more, the merrier! There will be door prizes all night, face painting from 6:00–7:00 p.m., and BINGO and other games from 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Check Your Email for Your Re-enrollment Contract!

Please check your email for a message sent today titled St. James' Episcopal School Re-enrollment Contract. This email contains directions and a link to help you complete the re-enrollment process. Contracts need to be submitted no later than Thursday, February 12, 2015. Please contact the Admission Office with any questions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Families receiving tution assistance will not receive a contract at this time. Please complete your FAST application by Thursday, February 12. Shortly after your application is complete, you will receive communication from the Business Office.


Please Welcome Our New Science Teacher, Mark Chitjian!

from Deborah David, Head of School

Words like “dynamic” and “brilliant” are hackneyed and often hyperbolic adjectives applied to elicit awe in the reader. Such is not the case with Mark Chitjian. Mr. Chitjian holds his degree from Caltech with specializations in engineering and applied science. His knowledge of all areas of science, however, is comprehensive if not encyclopedic, and his passion for every facet of the field is inspiring and galvanizing. And, yes, Mark Chitjian is truly both brilliant and dynamic. And as of Monday, February 2, 2015, Mr. Chitjian will be St. James’ new Science Specialist.

The father of two charming and nearly grown daughters, Mark began his instructional career in the high school sciences but was lured into professional work that eventually left him very little time for teaching. Mark has served as an environmental scientist with AVES, AeroVironment, Inc. and as a senior development engineer with the Center for Environmental Research and Technology at UC Riverside. Mr. Chitjian has also managed the “Destination Imagination” program at Norma Coombs Alternative School, where he served as administrator and oversaw district-wide coordination of the program. In addition to his recent work as an environmental scientist at Tetra Tech, Mr. Chitjian has, amazingly, also found time to volunteer as a science teacher at Meher Montessori, teach in the Pasadena Unified School District, and serve as a long-term substitute teaching 7th and 10th grade science at Marlborough School for Girls, where he just completed his tenure.

A devoted hiker, gardener, and sports enthusiast who has coached both boys’ and girls’ AYSO soccer, Mr. Chitjian is well acquainted with the needs and abundant energy of our younger children. With his passion for science, love of children, and breadth of scientific knowledge, Mark Chitjian is perfectly positioned to deepen and strengthen our science program and to build on the engaging foundational work of his predecessor, Lauren Rodrigues. Mr. Chitjian radiates a contagious enthusiasm for life wherever he goes. In fact, one of the 6th graders who served on Mr. Chitjian’s interview committee for this position aptly said, “I just love his energy.” Actually, we all do… and are confident you will, too.

Our special thanks to the ever-stalwart Patti Meyers, who held down the fort as we searched for exactly the right teacher to steer our science program into the next decade. Ms. Meyers has agreed to remain with us for the next week, working side-by-side with Mr. Chitjian in the science lab to ensure an elegant transition. Please take the time to thank Patti Meyers and to welcome Mark Chitjian to the St. James’ family!


Theodicy Jazz Collective Peformance on February 3

On Tuesday, February 3, the Theodicy Jazz Collective will lead a session for our students on jazz music and its role in worship from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in St. James' Church. Parents, please join us, if you can, for what is sure to be an amazing performance.

Theodicy Jazz Collective is committed to making justice real through the creative, spiritual power of music. The group believes that music has the power to promote peace and justice in society and that the jazz principles of community, flexibility, and listening can help the church thrive in our rapidly changing world. Inspired by jazz, blues, gospel, traditional hymns, and world music, Theodicy has been featured at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; at Trinity Wall Street; at Canterbury Cathedral; on National Public Radio; at Oberlin Conservatory; at Cambridge, Oxford, and Yale Universities; and in communities across England and the United States from Massachusetts to Mississippi, Los Angeles to London.

Tired of the “traditional vs. contemporary” liturgy debate that so often distracts us from authentic, communal worship, Theodicy seeks to offer a new approach. Far from abandoning tradition, Theodicy expands the poetry of the Church by combining jazz rhythms and harmonies with the rich liturgies found in the Book of Common Prayer, the oral tradition of spirituals, and established hymnody. Bringing voices from the margins of society into the center of tradition and liturgy, Theodicy’s services, workshops, concerts, and conferences explore the theological questions of the twenty-first century with a commitment to musical and academic excellence, responsiveness to the Spirit, and a love of tradition and the liturgical canon.


Big Sunday's 3rd Annual Valentine-Making, BINGO-playing Community Dinner!

from Rob Krueger, Fifth Grade Teacher and Service Learning Coordinator

Sunday, February 8, 2015
4:00–7:00 p.m.

Our friends at Big Sunday want to make sure that no one is forgotten on Valentineʼs Day. Come join hundreds of nice people and help make gift bags for thousands of shut-ins and people who are ailing or facing a tough time. The fun takes place at the Big Sunday offices at 6111 Melrose, just west of Cahuenga. You can get more information at To volunteer, contact


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

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Huskies Volleyball Academy

Sun., February 1
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Huskies Soccer Academy

Sun., February 1
12:00–2:00 p.m.


Theodicy Jazz Performance

Tues., February 3
9:30–10:30 a.m.


Iron John

Arts-in-Motion Assembly

Thurs., February 5
1:30–2:30 p.m.


February Community Gathering

Fri., February 6
8:15–9:00 a.m.


Huskies Volleyball Academy

Sun., February 8
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


School Choir Sunday

at St. James' Episcopal Church

Sun., February 8
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Huskies Soccer Academy

Sun., February 8
12:00–2:00 p.m.


Big Sunday's 3rd Annual Valentine-Making Community Dinner

Sun., February 8
4:00–7:00 p.m.


Fourth Grade Field Trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano

Tues., February 10


Faculty Professional Development

Thurs., February 12


Enrollment Contracts Due

Thurs., February 12


Winter Long Weekend

Fri., February 13


Valentine's Day

Sat., February 14


Presidents Day

Mon., February 16


School Resumes

Tues., February 17


Mardi Gras

Tues., February 17


All-School Chapel for Ash Wednesday

Wed., February 18
8:45–9:30 a.m.


Make Art & Support St. James’

Looking for something fun to do when school is out on Thursday, February 12? Art of Bella is a lovely little ceramic painting studio just a few blocks from St. James’. They have everything from toothbrush holders to piggy banks. Come get creative and help raise money for St. James’! Art of Bella will give St. James’ 20% of the proceeds from all St. James’ families on that day. They are open from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Be sure to mention St. James’!

3881 W. 6th St.
(corner of 6th & Oxford)

Check out Art of Bella's Facebook Page:

State of the School Address

On Tuesday, January 20, Head of School Deborah David addressed parents and faculty to celebrate the triumphs of 2014 and to take a look at the year ahead. If you missed the meeting, you can see the presentation slides on the St. James' website.


It's Juice Box Time!

from Rob Krueger, Fifth Grade Teacher and Service Learning Coordinator

Our friends at the St. James' Food Pantry are asking for juice boxes, which are distributed as part of "quick packages" that are given out each Thursday to the homeless in our community. We are hoping to collect a large amount that can be frozen, stored, and then distributed over the next several months.

Please bring in your juice box donations by Friday, March 5. We will celebrate your gifts at All-School Chapel on Thursday, March 12.

You can drop off your donation in the red bin at the gate or in your classroom.


Donors to the Every Child Campaign

We want to thank the following families for their participation. We are extremely grateful to all of you for supporting our efforts to provide every student at St. James' with the experiences and tools they need to succeed.

Christopher and Simone Adams, Brian Agboh and Courtney Kemp Agboh, David and Paula Agnew, Erikson and Melissa Albrecht, Erika Alvarado, Liza DeVilla Ameen, Eric Salat and Lisa Ammerman, Carl and Betsy Anderson, Toshawa Andrews, Daniela Anzueto, Claudia Armendariz, Jeffrey Armour and Michelle Banks Armour, Angelina Arrington, Robin Ashbrook, Raquel Ayala, JR McGinnis and Jim Bain, Tiffany Baker, Aaron Hartman and Jeannine Balfour, Rafael and Gina Barrientos, Xandy and Alison Barry, Kelly Basham, Brenda Bass, Kelli Beard, Clyde Beffa, III and Kirsten Beffa, 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, Corie Brown, Raymond and Kazon Brown, Alex and Kimberly Bulkley, Jere and Leslie Burns, Faust Jospeh Bustos, III and Kara Bustos, Leigh Dana Jackson and Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Bong Keun Park and Ellie Byun, David and Phyllis Cannom, Patricia Velasquez and Laura Carrillo, Stanford J., Jr. and Ruthie Carter, Maria Casas, James Casey, Aaron McPherson and Challen Cates, Jennifer Cefaly, James and Michelle Chalfant, Sonny and Young-Min Chang, Tae Kim and Heeseung Chang, Eric Bauer and Madison Charap, Kelli Chau, Stephen and Jennifer Cho, Jay and Jieun Choi, Charles and Ashley Choi, Yong Duk and Young Hee Choi, Jae and Mikyeong Rachel Chung, Debra Clark, Garnel and Phelondra Clifford, 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, Carol Davis, 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, Bo Boddie and Jorjie Douglass, Gary and Serena Duff, Brian Duggan, Ruby Dummett, Matthew Cohen and Caitlin Durham, Tremaine Ellis, Steven and Helen Ellis, Kerry Emery, Joseph and Cara Esposito, Justin and Samie Falvey, Joseph and Michelle Farnham, Roy Finch and Susie Landau Finch, Ingrid Finley-Scott, Ronnie Roy and Rachel Fiset, Stephen Yeazell and Ruth Fisher, Gerald and Marketha Floyd, Edward and Gretchen Fourticq, Michael and Janet Fourticq, Natalie Fousekis, Daniel Freudiger, Joshua Friedman, Chenelle Geoffroy, Emad Ghobrial and Amanda George-Ghobrial, Craig and Jill Gillett, Martin and Carmina Glicklich, James Cossman and Denise Gocke, Marina Goyer, Joanne Gratiot, Mark Suveg and Dena Green, Steven and Lisa Grossman, Mark Grotjahn and Jennifer Guidi, Nicefero Guzman, Peter and Jungmin Ha, John Hindman and Jenny Hager, Jeff and Suzanne Hahn, Fred Buescher and Genevieve Haines, Jason and Elisha Hall, Kevin Yoder and Jeffrey Hall, Jackie Pennoyer and Maggie Hamilton, Al and Becky Han, Kevin and Gloria Hann, Jonathan Small and Diana Harlin, Alenoosh Hartouri, Asha Hassan, Barry Smith and Anita Hayden-Smith, Brian Reitzell and Stephanie Hayman, Chris Cook and Jeff Healy, James Tupper and Anne Heche, Steve and Nami Her, Joe and Vanessa Herman, Edward Hermeno, Joan Hester, Jess and A. Chesney Hill, Roland Reynolds and Elizabeth Himelsteinli, Jonathan and Brooke Hodge, Young Hong, Youngseon Ok and Chung Hong, Hansin (Scott) Kim and Jihyun Hong, Robert Mockler and Kelly Howick, Rene Siemens and Carolyn Hull, Mark and Lisa Hutchins, Jun Il and Sung Hi Hwang, Edward D. and Patrice Jackson, Ronda Jackson, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Bronwyn Jacobs, Chris and Margaret Jacquemin, Kimberly James, Dennis J. Kim and Diamantina Jannone-Kim, Lloyd Lee and Sarah Jeong, Maritza Jimenez, Jayeun Kim and Soyon Jin, Tom Juda, Jr. and Rosie Juda, Sharon Jun, Taewook Lee and Soyeon Jung, Wuttipong and Malisa Kaewmanaprasert, David Gardner and Snow Kahn, David and Michelle Kahng, Paru Kammula, Myung Lee and Ha Kang, Sara Katz, Joe Davidson and Beth Kawaja, Steve and Olivia Kazanjian, Ilya and Alexandra Kazhokin, 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, Michael Worthington and Soo Kim, Justin and Julia Kim, Robert and Joanne Kim, Hyung Park and Min Kim, Mark and Jennifer Kim, Apurba Pathak and Christina Kim, David and Jennifer Hye Sung Kim, Jeffrey Rutherford and Dorothy Kim, Hwangsoo and Alexndra Kim, Bruce and Stephanie Kim, Stacey Kim, Max Seongsu Lee and So Hyun Kim, Eugene and Julia Kim, Peter Yu and Nicole Kim, Forrest and Stacy Kirk, Sean and Susan Kneafsey, Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll, Fabrice Odero and Hee Ko, Aidan Koh, Robert Krueger, Stan Kruglyakov, Alice Kuramoto, Kenley and Nekesha Kyle, Alexa Laffen, Michael Lavigne, Jr., Peter Leak, Ted Leary, 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, Jin Ryee and Hyun Ju Lee, Patrick Danaher and Johanna Lee, Jong Suk and Sae Jung Lee, Brian and Stacey Lee, Mei-Ling Leonard, Dawn Lett, Jonathan and Ester Leus, Sa'id Vakili and Hyacinth 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, Mike and Claudia Margolis, Bret and Clara Martin, Jennifer Martinez, Emily Martino, Katarina Matolek, Edward McCaffery, Lynn McCarthy, Jody Rath and Shannon Mcintosh, Thomas Bessant and Anne McIntyre, Clarke De Pastino and Rebecca Meiers-De Pastino, 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, Todd Purdum and Dee Dee Myers, Chris O'Connor and Martha Nelems, Joseph and Cassandra Nelson, Mary Nichols, Eric Green and Sarah Noonan, David and Lucy Norland, Russell and Anita Norman, Chuka and Ada Obijiaku, Jenny Obuchi, Comfort and Levi Ogbunamiri, Yulie Oh, Christina Olague, Maverick Franks and Tonikiaa Orange, Rosemary Osterberg, Nestor Pangan, Julian Pappas, Alex Choi and Ellen Park, Richard and Elizabeth Park, James and Helen Park, Hyoung Tae and Lois Park, James and Lori Park, Chan and Rachel Park, David and Jina Park, Ken and Nicole Park, Kee Won Jung and Kyunghwa Park, Kenny and Jenipher Park, Joo Hyung and Su Young Park, Pamela Pasley, Prentice and Tasha Penny, Sujatha Periasamy, Richard Chisholm and Lois Perrin, Nicolas and Ida Peter, Tom Nguyen and Tommy Pham, Byron and Jeanine Phillips, Ryanne Plaisance, Daniel Whitley and Kirsten Poirier-Whitley, Felicia Price, Ken and Marcy Pullard, Keith and Erika Quinn, Chad and Sandra Rachild, Mara Raphael, Paul and Nancy Redford, Miles and Luanne Regis, Greg and Cristine Reynaert, David and Gina Riberi, Clare Richardson, Stefan Simchowitz and Rosmarie Riedl, Michael and Laura Riley, Paul Robbins, Paul Robbins, Ken Robbins, Lauren Rodrigues, Lourdes Rodriguez, James and Kimberly Rolfe, Shawn Simmons and Christine Rosenberry, John Hesling and Simona Rosset, Tara Roth, Eric and Olga Roth, David Loughran and Melissa Rowe, Alex and Verity Rudzinski, Theppong Sae-Low, Isabel Salas, Hugo Sanchez, Michael and Michelle Sanchez, Nicholas Morton and Marie Schley, John Schlotterbeck, Steven and Janet Schoenholz, Tricia Scott, Jason and Valerie Seitz, Christopher Murphey and Mary Shaifer, Jean Shim, Taos Huskey and Janet Shim, 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, Stanley Stalford, Jr. and Ruth Stalford, Anthony Maranville and Shana Stein, Karen Stevenson, Dawn Suggs, Carol Swainson, Yun (Scott) Kang and Lauren Swaminathan, Kim Swann, Laura Tarango, Maurice and Ann Tatton, Blair Tatton, Jacqueline Taylor, Linda Tellez, James and Jennifer Tennille, John and SaraJane Thies, Veronica Toriz, Marsha Vargas, Olivier and Sachie Vermeiren, Nancy Vermette, Margaret Vodrey, Patrick and Leslie Walling, Stephen Shiao and Erica Wang, Eden and Candy Warner, 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, Tim and Heather Williams, Tommy Williams and Leo W. Williams, II, Michael and Gia Wise, David and Sage Wolf, Susan Woods, Sekou Carter and Sharon Wormley-Carter, Paul and Marianne Yamaguchi, David Lee and Lisa Yang, Scott and Kelly Yang, John and Sherin Ye, Richard Yi, Eric Choi and Sun Mi Yoon, Tim and Jessica Youd, Court and Elizabeth Young, Chris and Erika Younger, Richard Lee and Chan Yu, Paul and Kayci Yun, Chris Zapata, Byron Zapata, Chengyu (Dennis) and Yinglan (Julia) Zhang, Mitch Ziontz, Cary Berger and Lauren Zuckerman

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