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Week at a Glance
March 10-14

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Save the Date: Spring Event
May 17, 2014

Mark your calendars! The annual St. James' Spring Event will be held May 17 from 7-11 pm at The Vibiana downtown. Watch your email in the coming weeks for formal save the dates and ticketing information. We cannot wait to come together as a community for this always anticipated St. James' tradition. 

Introducing the St. James' Spring Play

We are pleased to announce that following the success of "The Wizard of Oz", St. James' will be putting on a spring production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". More information is available here and you can sign up on the Parent Portal, click here to register now!

Super Duper Arts Camp
Early bird registration ends March 15

Super Duper Arts Camp will be back at St. James' this summer! Super Early registration prices end March 15! Click here to get more information or register now

Leadership Soil Drive

Help us grow our Aquaponics Garden! The Student Leadership Group is in need of 40 large bags of soil for fruit trees that will be on top of St. James' Hall. If you are able to donate, please drop off bags on the roof or at the front office by March 10. For questions, email leadership@sjsla.org
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! A Spectacular Diversity Event at St. James'
March 12, 6 pm

Orpheus Crutchfield is coming to town!  As anyone on the St. James’ faculty who met and worked with Orpheus last year will tell you, he’s the greatest diversity trainer of all time.  In a school and a parish like ours where diversity is such an obvious characteristic of our population, sometimes the real work of understanding one another gets overlooked because the picture we present to the world is already so perfect.  Orpheus Crutchfield gently helps us peel back the layers of our fears and misunderstandings, our preconceived notions and our hidden dreams.  Any community he touches is richer and more deeply unified as a result of his presence among them. 
 
Founder and CEO of Strategenius in the Bay Area, Orpheus Crutchfield is a delightful human being.  He serves as a trustee of the French/American International School and is a past trustee of the San Francisco School.  He has been the program manager of Summerbridge National as well as the Vice President of the Multicultural Alliance of San Francisco.  His style is quiet, non-threatening, insightful, and compassionate.  He has a notably strong moral compass, an infectious sense of humor, and the ability to see and understand all sides.  He consults to private schools on issues of diversity throughout the United States and quite literally around the world.  And we can’t believe he found time in his busy schedule to visit St. James’ for an evening with parents! 
 
For one night only, Orpheus will meet with us…all of us, whatever race or creed or color…to help us learn how to draw strength and courage from one another and move forward together as one with renewed hope and conviction.  Don’t miss the chance to do the real work of building a stronger and more effective community in our church and school.  Join us Wednesday evening, March 12, at 6:00 p.m. in St. James’ Hall for an hour with Orpheus Crutchfield.  All you need to bring is your heart.

British Choir to Sing at St. James' 
March 30, 4:30 pm

On Sunday, March 30 at 4:30 pm, the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford will sing a concert of English music at St. James' Church.  The choir is a traditional ensemble of men and boys who have toured throughout much of the world and have made many recordings.  Tickets are available to St. James' families at a group rate of $15 for general seating (otherwise $25 with front seating available for $40.)  To order online, visit SaintJamesLA.org and click on "Friends of Great Music" under the GREAT MUSIC tab.  More information can be obtained by emailing GreatMusic@SaintJamesLA.org.

6th Grade Intensive Meeting
March 11, 6 pm

For those with questions and curiosity regarding the Intensive program, we are holding an evening meeting for 6th grade parents (though you can bring the kids along if you wish) at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11th.  It will last no more than one hour and hopefully even less.  We're hoping our activity leaders will all be able to attend and give you a much clearer description of the planned activities that evening.  If you can't make the meeting, you'll be fine and so will our soon-to-be-graduates.  This is a once in a lifetime experience for them and a step out of our traditions into a bold new approach to learning.  

Author Visit: Drew Daywalt
March 10

Please join us for a visit from Drew Daywalt, author of a St. James' favorite "The Day the Crayons Quit." Please click here to see what time he will be visiting your child's classroom. 

Party Book Update

Reserve your spaces for a Party Book party now, register here

"The Preppy Handbook" Complete Guide to Clam Bakes
Details: Friday, April 25, 7 pm, $75 per person
 


Every Princess Loves a Tea Party! (K-2)
Details: Saturday, May 10, 2-4 pm, $40 per person

For more information on how to sign up, click here. Any questions can be sent to sjspartybook@gmail.com.

Around the World Week

Around the World Week is one of our favorite traditions here at St. James'. Click here to read what organizer Brian Duggan had to say about it's history and highlights. 

We are pleased to announce that once again our three-day Around the World event will take place next week on March 12th, 13th, and 14th.  It is our opportunity to share and celebrate the cultural diversity of our school community.  We will celebrate the Americas and Asia on Wednesday, and on Thursday, we celebrate Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific.  On Friday at 1:30 p.m., the three-day celebration will culminate in an All School Assembly with performances from many regions.  

In addition to the work the students are doing, we will celebrate on Wednesday and Thursday (not Friday) with a special FOOD FAIR that will feed students an international buffet "tasting" lunch.  (Note that Hot Lunch will not be served on those two days, but students should bring a light lunch.)  Sponsored by parents through the Parent Association under the guidance of Mrs. Jill Gillett, the food served each day will be themed around the international regions of the day.  Since it is just a tasting, children may wish to bring a light lunch of their own.  You should have received a detailed flyer and sign-up sheet last week. This year, parents will be able to drop off food on Food Fair days between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., and it will not be necessary for parents to serve the food themselves.  We are recruiting serving volunteers!  

Regarding Hot Lunch on Friday, March 14th, there seems to have been some confusion.  Our Around the World Food Fair takes place only on March 12th and 13th, so Hot Lunch will be available on Friday, March 14th.  If you would like to order Hot Lunch for your child on that day, please follow normal procedures.   Otherwise your child should bring his or her own lunch on that day.

Brian Duggan
4th Grade Teacher
 

African American Heritage Month Assembly

As a perfect close to African American Heritage Month, students gathered in St. James' Hall to share songs, recite poetry, an listen to the music of our Bell Choir. We also had special guest, Victoria Burnett, who is a miraculous story teller who shared with everyone stories of the Buffalo Soldiers. Photos of this unique and memorable experience can be seen here

Kindergarten Sewing 

Last week, Kindergarten students became masters of needle and thread as they learned to sew under the guidance of Mrs. Vermette. The students worked diligently to attach a design and then form a pocket. See photos of their hard work here

St. James' Manor

Student Leadership was joined by Mr. Kreuger and 4th Grade volunteers on their trip to St. James' Manor last week. For this trip, they filled out timelines with important events in their lives that students and residents shared with one another. Through this activity, they found things they had in common with one another and used those to create a paper chain showing how we are linked together. The 4th Graders also brought artwork to share with the residents. Click here for photos of the trip. 

The case of the missing library book...

At the first club meeting, the students discovered they have a mystery on their hands. Someone has taken a book from the library without checking it out!!! All that was left behind was a note in its place. The note read...

It is bold and a NEW move for me

To take this book with not even a plea

But the recent slot left open 

Left me with high hopes and

Hearing the musical sound

Left me with no choice but to take the book and run from the library ground

Where will this clue lead them? DUN-DUN-DUUUUUUUN!!!!!

Please follow us on Twitter for the latest developments!

And the James goes to....


Mr. Yi hosted the 2nd Annual James Award for Best Student Writing last week. Students wrote short stories that their peers voted on to determine the winners of awards for categories such as Best Plot, Best Dialogue, and Best Overall Story. Everyone waited with bated breath as the nominees were announced and cheered enthusiastically as the winners gave their acceptance speeches, thanking influences such as friends and, of course, Mr. Yi! 


See what the students had to say in their press conference recounting the project here

St. James' Science at UCLA

This week, Third Grade students visited UCLA’s anechoic chamber as part of a unit of the physics of sound.  An anechoic chamber or anti-echo chamber is a room designed to completely absorb sound reflection.  This special room doesn’t have any shared walls and is completely insulated on all sides to prevent the transfer of sound or vibrations from the building that it is housed in.  The room is so quiet that after sitting inside for several minutes one begins to hear the heartbeat and blood flow quite loudly. It is even said that sitting in the room for long periods of time can drive someone insane! Luckily our St. James’ students didn’t go crazy, but we had a blast doing sound experiments on campus, touring the Court of Sciences and exploring UCLA landmarks such as the Bruin Bear.

Service Learning Update

I recently spent some time working with both fourth grade classes on a small service project.  We spent some time talking about the idea of aging, using the book What Does It Feel Like To Be Old?  We also had class representatives from the Student Leadership Council group (led by Kimberly James) that are involved with St. James’ Manor talk about their experiences when visiting the residents of the Manor.  For our final project, each fourth grader made a piece of art (a drawing) that could be given to the residents to hang in their rooms, something to make them smile and let them know that we are thinking of them.  On Thursday, February 27, two volunteers from fourth grade (Bellamy and Chaerim) went along with the Leadership Council to hand out the art.  We all had the pleasure of seeing the smiles as the girls personally hand delivered the gifts.  Thanks Bellamy and Chaerim!  You represented fourth grade well!

As you may have noticed, many of my volunteering suggestions have been coming from Big Sunday.  They do many “family friendly” activities where children of all ages can get involved.  David Levinson (Founder and Director) has asked me to pass on to you information about a service they provide called “The Big List.”  This list is an “online wish list for people who have things they want to donate, and the nonprofits who need them.”    I’ve spent some time checking it out, and it is very cool.  For more info you can go to thebiglist.bigsunday.org/, or contact them at info@thebiglist.org

Rob Krueger
Service Learning Director
@service_sjs

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