Welcome back from Thanksgiving! Here is the latest news from St. James'. 

St. James' News Update

Friday, November 30, 2012
Dear St. James’ Community,
World AIDS Day is December 1st.  This day was conceived in 1987 by two members of the World Health Organization as a way to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic.  Every year, as part of the Fifth Grade Global Health curriculum, each class creates and implements a project dedicated to that mission.  Past class projects have included passing out red ribbons with information cards, giving out fortune cookies with information messages inside, and an AIDS walk.

This year we will commemorate World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 4th.  Both classes are choosing to wear red which is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS.  Mr. Krueger’s class will individually research information on a variety of topics related to HIV/AIDS and create posters with the phrase, “I am facing AIDS...” as their starting point.  The students will stand at drop-off silently displaying their posters.  Mr. Yi’s class is also researching information relating to various HIV/AIDS topics and then writing the facts in red chalk on the blacktop.  These student-led projects are one of the many avenues that we use to help develop critical thinking, problem solving, cooperation, and empathy in our health curriculum.  

On this World AIDS Day, please take a moment to remember the more than 25 million people who have died of AIDS worldwide since 1981, the 33.4 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS, and the many researchers, health officials, and advocates who are working tirelessly to put an end to this devastating epidemic.  

Tamera Brown


Vote now: Name that Newsletter!

Thank you to all St. James' Students who submitted their ideas for Name that Newsletter!  We received many great responses, but now it's time for the voting to begin.  Please click on the link to vote!  Please just one vote per person, encourage your children to place thier vote, too! Our new newsletter will debut in January!

Click here to vote for your favorite!

Week-At-A-Glance for Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 7, 2012

Click here to download a copy and print for the front of the fridge!

Baptism at Saint James' Episcopal School
On Wednesday, January 9, at 8:45 am

Possible Baptism for St. James’ families?  Never been baptized? You or your child? 

Now is the perfect time. Let's sit down in a cozy room with the clergy of St. James' and talk about God, family, people, church, and so on to consider or prepare for baptism.

The next Baptism of the school year will take place on at our All School Chapel service on Wednesday, January 9 at 8:45 a.m. Please call and let us know you are interested in and contact Fr. Koh at 213-382-2315 ext.250, or Fr. Kim at 213-388-3417 ext. 112 (Korean).

Parents who wish to be baptized are encouraged to be members of the parish but are not required to be members if they wish only to have their child/children baptized.



Grandparent's and Special Friends' Day

We would like to thank all of our Grandparents and Special Friends who joined us for last week's festivities.  Inclusive of students, faculty, staff, and guests, there were 600 people on campus! It was a wonderful segue into Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season.  During the buffet portion of the program, our students delighted us with barnyard songs, interpretive sign language, poetry, and dance.   As a community, we had the opportunity to "dine and contribute" by using Homegirl Cafe and Catering service, an organization committed to giving at-risk adults skills that will allow them to become contributing members of their community.  The salad, fruit, and sandwiches were delicious, made in some cases from produce grown by the organization.  Some of us were hesitant to try the green drink, only to find ourselves surprisingly refreshed by the lemony-mint beverage.  And we can't forget our wonderful parents who tirelessly volunteered their time to produce this memorable event!  This is one of our most special days at St. James', and we look forward to seeing all of our friends next year!

Click here to see more pictures from Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day!


Service Learning Update

Here we are with the 2012 holiday season in full swing!  After returning from Thanksgiving break, we kicked off a new project in our first grade.  The first graders are collecting new and “gently used” books to donate to the residents at the Good Shepherd Shelter.  Good Shepherd is an organization that provides a safe environment for mothers and their children that have been the victims of domestic abuse.  These books will be added to the small school library that they maintain at their facility.  If you have any books that you would like to donate, you may take them to either Ms. Kammula’s or Ms. Leonard’s classrooms, or you can send them up to my classroom as well.

Speaking of books, From the Heart is an organization that distributes books to children living below the poverty line in Los Angeles.  You can lend a hand by helping to sort, count and box books on Sunday, December 9th, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios in Manhattan Beach.  To participate, email and provide the necessary information.  If you have any questions you can contact the organizers at  

Don’t forget, next Monday, 12/3, is the last day for “snack cracker” donations for the St. James’ Food Pantry.  So far we are up to 798 individual packages of cheese crackers and peanut butter crackers, and 527 small packages of cookies.  Let’s see a few more roll in before we share what we have collected at All School Chapel on Wednesday, 12/5.

Rob Krueger
Director of Service Learning
“Sharing when we can. Appreciating what we have.”


Great Job Volleyball Players....Go Huskies!

The Sixth Grade Volleyball Tournament with the Center for Early Education was Tuesday, November 27. This annual tournament consists of 10 teams. As part of the St. James' Physical Education curriculum, all sixth graders get to play in this tournament for a first hand experience in friendly competition. In addition, they get to meet students from the Center for Early Education so they can begin to build friendships before middle school. After the tournament, students from St. James' and the Center for Early Education get a chance to eat lunch and play together. This year, the St. James' sixth graders won 3 of their games. 

For pictures of the volleyball players in action, click here!


Peter Pan Pictures!

St. James' production of Peter Pan on November 16 at the Steve Allen Theatre was an absolute hit. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Peter Pan. It was an outstanding production, and we are very proud of each and every one of you. Special thanks to John Staley, Joe Davidson, and Beth Kawaja for their dedication and support. 

See pictures from St. James' Peter Pan production here!


St. James' Anual Christmas Pageant
On Wednesday, December 12

The Christmas Season is upon us! With it, comes the annual St. James’ Christmas Pageant on December 12 (Note revised date). Our excitement is ramping up for the Kindergartener’s re-enactment of the story of Bethlehem and Christ’s birth. We look forward to an evening of worship and singing of traditional Christmas Carols. Watch for your tickets to come home via the Backpack Express on Thursday, December 6. To read a full explaination of the Christmas Pageant ticketing procedures, see this message from Head of School, Debbi David. 

See you Wednesday evening, December 12th, for the most beautiful Christmas pageant ever!  Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the worship service begins at 7:00. 




The Library/ Media Center had a very successful Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. Over 200 new books were dedicated!   These books will be shared with the students and then placed on the library shelves for everyone to enjoy reading.  Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly and to all of the generous Grandparents and Special Friends who make our library such an amazing place to read and learn. 

Kelly McNamara
Media Center Specialist

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