Husky Hits Newsletter for December 5, 2014
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7 Days Remain in the Every Child Campaign

We're closing in on 80% participation, with fewer than 50 families remaining, but we'll still need to push to get to our goal of 100% participation in 100 days. The full details are below, but if you haven't yet joined in the campaign, we ask that you go online today and make a meaningful gift or pledge!  If you have questions or would like to make your pledge or gift by phone, contact Liane Smith in the Advancement Office, at 213-233-0133 ext. 306.

Staying Healthy This Cold & Flu Season!

from Kelly Basham, School Nurse

Did you know...

  • ...the flu (or influenza) germ can live on a surface for up to 8 hours.
  • ...the virus-infected droplets from a cough, sneeze, or even a hearty laugh can reach six feet away!

The flu is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract; it affects groups of all ages, but children tend to get it more often than adults. Although flu season runs from October to May, most cases occur between late December and early March.

So what’s a parent to do? Stopping flu germs and other common viruses where they breed is your best defense! "The most important thing that you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands with soap and water," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This helps not only to protect your child's health, but also to prevent the spread of viruses to other children.

If your child should fall victim to one of these nasty bugs, please keep your sick child home. Take a moment to review our health policy in the Parent & Student Handbook (pages 17 & 18); this can serve as a guideline to see if your child is well enough to attend school. When your child comes to school sick (and possibly contagious), it not only exposes other children and staff to the illness, it also increases your child’s healing time.

By keeping our children flu-free, we benefit the whole community. Thank you for your courtesy and cooperation!

For more important details regarding the flu, visit the CDC webpage.

Winter Term Signups for After-School Enrichment Classes

from Jennifer Cefaly, Computer Teacher and After-School Enrichment Coordinator

We are excited to announce the winter lineup of After-School Enrichment courses. Please check out our winter brochure (available as a printable PDF or on the Parent Portal) and then sign up here (Parent Portal login required).


Soup Kitchen Clothing Donations

from Rob Krueger, Fifth Grade Teacher and Service Learning Coordinator

Next Friday, December 12, our friends at the Soup Kitchen will be giving our clothing to the guests they serve that night. They would welcome any donations of gently used clothes that we would like to share. Donations should be brought to school by Wednesday, December 10. Small donations of a few items be taken to your student's classroom. If you have a large donation, please let Mr. Krueger know so that we can get it directly to the Parish Hall. If you have any questions, drop Mr. Krueger an email.


Parent Association Holiday Gift Collection

from Olivia Kazanjian and Clara Martin, St. James' Parent Association

On Tuesday, you should have received a flyer from the Parent Association via Backpack Express. It explains a holiday collection we are making for elementary school specialty teachers and staff to thank them for their important contribution to our children's school experience. The Parent Association is collecting cash contributions in a special marked box in the school office. The full details are in the flyer, a revised version of which is available here.

(Some specialty teachers and staff were omitted, in error, from the printed version of the flyer you received. The version at the link above has been corrected.)


A Peek into our Aquaponics Garden

from Thomas Ye, Sixth Grade Leadership Student

There is a group of ambitious students who hope to achieve their goal. The goal is to become a leader not only in school, but everywhere. I am one of those ambitious students and I would like to tell you about St. James' Leadership Program.

The students in Leadership would like to raise money to help St. James' soup kitchen by selling fresh produce. We have our own method of growing delicious squash, tomatoes, raspberries, peppers, and more. We are able to grow these vegetables and fruits through a system that is very useful and helpful to our environment. That system is called Aquaponics and it is a way of growing crops without wasting water.

The Aquaponics System works like a cycle. We have fish in a tank and lots of water. When the fish do their business, there is a pipe that takes the water and poop and gives it to the crops. We use clay balls as soil and the water is under the clay balls. After the poop is used as fertilizer and is filtered through the plants, the water travels back through another pipe. That pipe takes the excess water and gives it back to the fish tank. We have four tanks with crops growing in front of it on a large table.

The Aquaponics group are students in Leadership that tend to the fish. They check the water a the pH levels, learn to tell if a fish is sick, and feed them. I find the system extremely helpful and an essential method of growing our crops. Us students work hard to help the community and the school.

I love to learn new things in the Leadership Program. I hope that I will be a great leader in the future along with my classmates and continue to learn and grow. I wish leadership will never stop!


Join our Aquaponics Team!

from Ryanne Plaisance, Leadership Program Director

In May 2013, students in the St. James' Leadership Program voted to open a business. The business would use a new gardening technology called an aquapoincs system to establish a community-supported agriculture (CSA) in which all the food would be grown in the aquaponics system. Proceeds from selling the produce would be donated to the church’s soup kitchen and food pantry.

Over the past year-and-a-half, the students and many St. James’ families and staff have built four, 16-foot systems. Student leaders have been immersed in horticulture training, business and finance workshops, water chemistry lessons, and communications and marketing classes. With the help of the environmental team at Pasadena City College, we have learned a great deal and are much closer to reaching our goal.

This year we reached out to the Univeristy of Southern Calfornia’s Wrigley School of Science to see if we could build a partnership with scientists who specialize in the field of sustainable agriculture. They recommended we get in touch with David Rosenstein, a nationally recognized expert in this field who specializes in aquapoincs.

David has graciously offered to partner with our school and work with our team.

On December 13 & 14, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., we are offering a unique opportunity to attend a two-day intensive aquapoincs class at our school. In order to accomplish our goals, we need a strong, knowledgeable team at St. James’. If you are interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture and joining our aquaponics team, please R.S.V.P. to

This is a huge project and we need a community to make it happen. Join us!

Note: This is an intense class. Students in the upper grades are welcome to give it a try but must be accompanied by a parent. This class will be intense even for adults.


Healthy Bake Sale

from Cordelia Reynolds, Sixth Grade Leadership Student

Our school’s Leadership Program is conducting a delicious, but healthy bake sale on Thursday, December 11. There will be all kinds of scrumptious snacks to munch. You may think that healthy foods are not tasty at all, but as the theme for this school year states, anything can happen – specially when it comes to food!


Fifth Grade Walks for AIDS Awareness

from Rob Krueger, Fifth Grade Teacher & Service Learning Coordinator

Monday, December 1, was World AIDS Day. To help raise awareness of this important day, our fifth graders took part in their own AIDS walk. The walk covered five laps around the block for a total of just under three kilometers. The fifth graders covered the distance with great enthusiasm, getting lots of encouragement from passing drivers with honks and waves.

As part of our fifth grade global health curriculum, students have been learning about different diseases, among them HIV/AIDS. We talked about why awareness-raising activities like an AIDS walk were necessary, especially in the early 1980s, to help combat fear and prejudice based on ignorance. While some attitudes have changed since then, the fifth graders know that there are many countries that are still dealing with HIV/AIDS in very difficult situations.

Many thanks to the fifth grade parents that helped out, with extra thanks to my coworkers for their support as well. We are very proud of our fifth graders for kicking off a new service tradition here at St. Jamesʼ!

P.S. – You can check out photos from the event here.


St. James' Robotics: Bigger and Better than Ever!

from Lauren Rodrigues, Science Teacher

Youth robotics has soared in popularity over the last ten years, and nowhere is this more evident than here, at St. James’. Our robotics program has grown from just five students in 2012 to eighteen students in 2014. This year, St. James' had its best competition season yet, sending four teams – including our first-ever all-girls team – to the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) qualifying event on November 23 at La Canada High School, and earning both a Judges Award and 5th Place score out of 31 teams at the event.

This year’s competition theme, "World Class," was based on the idea of using technology to help people learn more effectively. Our team endured a grueling day of robot building and testing, interviewing, and project presentations, all with a positive attitude and great teamwork. Some of our project proposals included innovative ideas like a traveling iPad reading station for impoverished areas and a robotic flash card system.

The big story of the day was the performance of Charles Hwang, who is new to the team this year, but worked alone on competition day because his other teammates couldn’t make it to the event. Charles improved upon the design that was developed with his team and went through the interviewing process all on his own. The judges were so impressed with his display of great character and morale that they presented his team with the Judges Award, in addition to the Fifth Place title.

I am so very proud of all of our robotics students for their hard work and dedication to St. James’ Robotics. Our students have spent countless hours in the lab thinking critically and creatively within the context of STEM and then putting their ideas into motion. So the the next time you see the following students be sure to congratulate them on their success, they deserve it!

Sam Ashbrook, Aaron Cho, Lyon Chung, Haley Colorado, Thea Davidson, Sofia Ellis, Miles Fourticq, Lucas George-Ghobrial, Ava Horowitz, Charles Hwang, Chaerim Kim-Worthington, Coleman Park, Elias Peter, Alex Rice, Roman Rickwood, Luke Riley, Jack Wilcox and Jacky Zhang.


Every Child Campaign Update

from Ryanne Plaisance, Assistant Director of Advancement

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

Thanks to everyone who has submitted a quote for their kite in St. James' Hall.

Made a gift or pledge but haven't submitted your quote yet? Check your gift acknowledgement email or your reminder message for the link, or contact Liane Smith in the Advancement Office.

If you haven't yet made your gift or pledge, there is only one week left! You can pledge or donate online at


Angels and Shepherds and Kings, OH MY!

from St. James' Episcopal Church

Mark your calendars! Our Family Christmas Eve Eucharist will be at 4:00 p.m. on the Wednesday, December 24. Along with the singing of familiar Christmas carols, our children will participate in a Nativity re-enactment. If you have children or grandchildren who would like to participate, please email the Rev. Jenifer Chatfield, or speak to any one of the Sunday School teachers and helpers. All ages and levels of participation welcome.


Athletics Update

from Coach Matthew Wong, JMG Soccer

As the fall season comes to an end, there's much to share and celebrate about Huskies Athletics:

  • On November 23, it was another beautiful afternoon and the Kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders were out in full force. Ever the gracious hosts, St. James' Joseph Kim, Luca Odero, Ethan Miller, and Cody Converse added themselves to the Good Shepherd's ranks to even out the teams. St. James' took the lead early on and held it throughout the first half, with Nathan Sanchez and Ethan Rudzinski scoring the goals. The second half was Good Shepherd's turn: Ruby Dunsworth and St. James' Luca Odero both scored, bringing Good Shepherd nose-to-nose with St. James' and resulting in a 2–2 final score. Throughout the game, the players were working on their throw-ins and positioning on the pitch.
  • On December 4, the Huskies' 4th–6th graders hosted Hollywood Schoolhouse for their last game of the Fall Season. HSH showed up with a small group of younger players, so once again St. James' lent a helping hand. Jackie Zhang scored the first goal, with Sam Ashbrook replying for HSH to even it up. Coleman Park added to the HSH scoreboard, with Sofia Ellis tying it up to end the first half 2-2. During the second half, Ashbrook scored for the Huskies, with Ellis hard on his heels with another goal. HSH scored an own-goal, with Coleman scoring one more goal for HSH. Final score: St. James' 5 – HSH 3. Everyone played an exciting game with much improvement on positioning, passing, defense and offense.
  • As the fall soccer season comes to a close, we're excited to announce that both soccer and volleyball will be offered this winter for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. We will follow the same model as our Soccer Academy; the kids will learn volleyball skills through fun, age-appropriate games. We will prepare them to play games with other schools during the spring while they continue to learn character building and socialization skills, such as sportsmanship and teamwork. To participate in the Soccer Academy, the Volleyball Academy, or both, please complete the registration form and submit it no later than Monday, December 15, 2014. Sessions begin on January 11.

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!


Last Monday, November 24, the St. James' Leadership Program welcomed Shelene Bryan (website, photo gallery) to campus for a presentation on how small actions can have big impacts.

Also on the 24th, the Improv Imps! ASE class capped off a term of work with an improv show for parents.

New photos have been added from Grandparents & Special Friends Day: original gallery, photo booth pictures, and audiobook recordings.

This Monday, the fifth grade commemorated World AIDS Day with a 3K red-ribbon walk.

Today, we came together for the December Community Gathering and honored our Students of the Month.

You don't have to wait for Husky Hits each week to see photos from around school. As they're available, they are posted on our online gallery, where you can find photos from the previous months and years.

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

On the go and want your St. James' events to show on the mobile device of your choice? Subscribe to calendar updates by clicking this link on your phone or tablet.

First Trimester Report Cards Go Home

Fri., December 5

December Community Gathering

Fri., December 5
8:15–9:00 a.m. 


Soccer Academy

Sun., December 7
12:00‐2:00 p.m. 


Preschool Admission Open House

Tues., December 9
3:00–4:30 p.m. 


All-School Chapel

Thurs., December 11
8:45–9:30 a.m. 


Healthy Bake Sale


Sponsored by the Leadership Program

Thurs., December 11
at recess and lunch


Aquaponics Team Training

Sat., December 13 &
Sun., December 14 

Contact Ryanne Plaisance to R.S.V.P. or for more info.


School Choir Sunday


at St. James' Episcopal Church

Sun., December 14
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 


Hanukkah Begins

Tues., December 16

Preschool Holiday Pageant

Wed., December 17
10:00–11:00 a.m. 


Early Dismissal

Wed., December 17
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 


Christmas Pageant

Wed., December 17
7:00–8:30 p.m. 


Christmas Break

Thurs., December 18 –
Mon., January 5

School resumes on Tues., January 6.


Help us reach 100% participation in the remaining 7 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, JR McGinnis and Jim Bain, 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, Faust Jospeh Bustos, III and Kara Bustos, Leigh Dana Jackson and Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, David and Phyllis Cannom, Maria Casas, James Casey, Jennifer Cefaly, Sonny and Young-Min Chang, Eric Bauer and Madison Charap, Kelli Chau, Stephen and Jennifer Cho, Charles and Ashley Choi, 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, Bo Boddie and Jorjie Douglass, Brian Duggan, Ruby Dummett, Matthew Cohen and Caitlin Durham, Kerry Emery, Justin and Samie Falvey, Joseph and Michelle Farnham, Roy Finch and Susie Landau Finch, Ronnie Roy and Rachel Fiset, Stephen Yeazell and Ruth Fisher, Gerald and Marketha Floyd, Edward and Gretchen Fourticq, Natalie Fousekis, 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, Jackie Pennoyer and Maggie Hamilton, Al and Becky Han, Kevin and Gloria Hann, Jonathan Small and Diana Harlin, Alenoosh Hartouri, 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, Jonathan and Brooke Hodge, Hansin (Scott) Kim and Jihyun Hong, Young Hong, Youngseon Ok and Chung Hong, Robert Mockler and Kelly Howick, Jun Il and Sung Hi Hwang, 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, 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, Adam Benson and Casee Kelly, Lelamarie Kelly, Apurba Pathak and Christina Kim, Bruce and Stephanie Kim, Chul Bae and Joolie Kim, David and Jennifer Hye Sung Kim, Hwangsoo and Alexndra Kim, Hyung Park and Min Kim, Jason and Chrissy Kim, Jay Yoon and Julie Kim, Je Young and Susan Kim, Jeffrey Rutherford and Dorothy Kim, Justin and Julia Kim, Mark and Jennifer Kim, Michael Worthington and Soo Kim, Robert and Joanne Kim, Yo Chan Song and Myoung A. Kim, Yong Ho and Jin H. Kim, Forrest and Stacy Kirk, Sean and Susan Kneafsey, Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll, Fabrice Odero and Hee Ko, Aidan Koh, Robert Krueger, Alice Kuramoto, Alexa Laffen, Michael Lavigne, Jr., Calvin Yongwoo and Esther S. Lee, Clint and Nicole Lee, David Bommarito and Margaret Lee, Jeong Gu and Ji Hae Lee, Jin Ryee and Hyun Ju Lee, Jung Min Son and Sun Jung Lee, Kyung Su and Kyung Lee, Patrick Danaher and Johanna Lee, Roger Kim and Soo Lee, Seung Ju Kong and Kyung Ae 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, Gabriel and Cecelia Lopez, Ricardo Lopez, Rosi 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, Jody Rath and Shannon Mcintosh, Thomas Bessant and Anne McIntyre, 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, Maverick Franks and Tonikiaa Orange, Rosemary Osterberg, Nestor Pangan, Julian Pappas, Alex Choi and Ellen Park, Chan and Rachel Park, David and Jina Park, Hyoung Tae and Lois Park, James and Helen Park, James and Lori Park, Richard and Elizabeth 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, 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, Lauren Rodrigues, Lourdes Rodriguez, Shawn Simmons and Christine Rosenberry, John Hesling and Simona Rosset, Eric and Olga Roth, Tara Roth, Theppong Sae-Low, Isabel Salas, Hugo Sanchez, Michael and Michelle Sanchez, Nicholas Morton and Marie Schley, Steven and Janet Schoenholz, Tricia Scott, Jason and Valerie Seitz, Christopher Murphey and Mary Shaifer, Jean Shim, Gerson and Andrea Shin, Seth Horowitz and Bianca Simchowitz, E. Nero and Ariana Lambert Smeraldo, Christopher and Kara Smith, Hubert Smith, Jr. and Charmaine Smith, Liane Smith, David Lucas McDonough and Ruthie Sommers, Danny and Seung Song, Jung Ahn and Yun Song, Pierpaolo Barzan and Valeria Sorci, Stanley Stalford, Jr. and Ruth Stalford, Anthony Maranville and Shana Stein, Carol Swainson, Yun (Scott) Kang and Lauren Swaminathan, Laura Tarango, Blair Tatton, Maurice and Ann Tatton, Jacqueline Taylor, Linda Tellez, 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, 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, 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, Byron Zapata, Chris Zapata, Chengyu (Dennis) and Yinglan (Julia) Zhang, Mitch Ziontz
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