St. James' News Update
February 16, 2012
St. James’ is fertile ground for the seeds of our Core Beliefs to grow into dynamic events! Yesterday’s chapel service is a testament to our Core Belief that “We commit to being good stewards of God’s gifts.” As we move through the month of February in honor and recognition of the gifts our brothers and sisters of the African Diaspora have shared with the world, I am reminded of how vibrant, inclusive, and genuine we are in our walk to become global citizens. The combined efforts of faculty, staff, administrators, church leadership, students, and parents culminated in a chapel service that filled each of us with joy, light, and the spirit of God!
In true St. James fashion, we are planting seeds of inclusivity and global awareness nationwide! At the end of this month, Ms. Rothstein and I will travel to Seattle to present at the NAIS Annual Conference, themed this year “Innovation: Imagine, Invent, Inspire, and Dream”. We will present a one-hour workshop entitled Institutional Citizenship: A New Look at Diversified Leadership
. Our proposal, chosen from over 600 submissions, is based our own outstanding example of a diverse community and on an article entitled “Dynamism, Not Just Diversity”, written by Lani Guinier, Harvard Law Professor, which asserts that diversity should be based on the idea of dynamic citizenship and interconnectedness within an organization and with the world.
This organic act of sharing ourselves with one another comes so naturally for us, and yet other institutions struggle with how to create inclusive communities. What better way to end a month honoring our African ancestors and their sacrifices - a month filled with so much camaraderie, enjoyment, education, and love - than to carry the “good news” of St. James’ to our colleagues at Independent schools across the nation! I am certain that my grandmother, Vera Cole, would wave her hand in the air and say, “Amen!”
FAMILY PANCAKE BREAKFAST - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH
Enjoy a spectacular breakfast prepared by the Dad's of St. James'. This community event will take place on Sunday morning, February 26th at the St. James' Parish Hall starting at 9am. Dad's - it is not too late to volunteer and join in the fun! If you're interested in helping out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
DID YOU SEE THE PRESCHOOL PAINTING PROJECTI IN ACTION?!?
Last Saturday, the St. James’ community came together for the messiest and most wonderful experience. If you haven’t seen the video, please click here to go to our new St. James’ School website to watch the video
. It is one of the top stories in our St. James’ News section.
UPDATE: ST. JAMES' NEW PRESCHOOL CAMPUS
We are about to break ground for the New St. James' Preschool Campus. Don't miss our official Groundbreaking Ceremony scheduled for next Thursday, February 23rd from 9:00-10:00am on the new campus site. Please make sure you RSVP via our new St. James' website by clicking on this link.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH - GOSPEL CHAPEL
The Gospel Chapel Service was incredibly moving and a fantastic reflection of the wonderful cultural diversity we are so blessed to have at St. James' School. Please enjoy some wonderful pictures from Wednesday's Chapel Service. Click here to go to the new St. James' website
and then click on the photo gallery in the lower right hand corner.
PSF Celebration Event -- Save-the-Date:
On Wednesday evening, March 21st from 6:00-7:00pm, the St. James' Parent Community will come together to celebrate the contributions of the PSF Program. This reception event will introduce the new PSF Executive Committee Members as well as profile the volunteer opportunities available with the upcoming schedule of events to complete this current school year as well as start to build committee chair positions and committees for the 2012 / 2013 school year. Come early and join us for dinner at the St. James' Cafe from 5:00-6:00pm.
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
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Wednesday, February 1 thru Wednesday, February 29th
Art Exhibit (all month)
Mondays, Feb 27
"A Day in the Life African American History"
Tuesdays, February 21 and 28
Thursday, February 23
AAHM School Program
Wednesday, February 29 - THE GRAND FINALE!
- This is an early dismissal day
We would like to acknowledge the following donors who have donated since our last publication.
Mr. David Gardner and Mrs. Snow Kahn
PART-TIME JOB OPENING IN KOREATOWN WITH JOHN TRACY CLINIC
Pediatric Hearing Screening – Screener
This is a perfect job opportunity for a member of the St. James’s community who would like a part-time job in the Koreatown community. If you are fluent in Korean and love working with young children
and schools, this could be a great opportunity for you. No previous experience needed
; all training provided by John Tracy Clinic. The job entails working with local preschools in the Koreatown area to schedule hearing screenings and promote young children's ability to hear completely and develop language. The screener will play short listening games with small groups of children at a table to rule out any hearing issues that might impede learning. The screener will be trained and mentored on how to promote participation in the program, provide the screenings, and encourage families to follow up on the results, if needed. The screener will be part of a dynamic team who screened over 21,000 preschoolers in the Southern California area last year. Help your community prepare its youth for school. Apply today! The job will start as soon as a candidate is hired.
To apply please contact Viola Driscoll-Snyder at 213-748-5481., x243.
IT'S AN EVENING TO SHINE.
The St. James' School Spring Event will be held on Saturday evening, April 28, 2012.
We'll be lighting up our community with great food, good friends, and other special surprises. And we'll be spotlighting the things we love about St. James' School — our kids, our creativity, our love of learning. You won't want to miss this special event!
The Spring Event has been a successful fundraiser helping to provide financial resources for our new Science Lab, our Art Room, and more. Details on the event to be announced soon.
Elementary School Announcements
ART INSPIRED BY AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIST HARRIET POWERS
Last year’s 3rd
graders learned about ex-slave Harriet Powers, called the “grandmother of African American quilting.” Her story of personal courage and blend of African and American folk art influences inspired these amazing “story quilt” collage projects now on display in the 1st
floor hallway. Appreciation goes to Stacy Hollister for hanging this exhibit. Special thanks to Ms. Cregan, Ms. Kuramoto, Ms. Loynaz and Ms. Alagh for providing student written “creation myth” stories for these collage projects.
KINDERGARTEN “KANDINSKY” MURAL DISPLAY
Last year’s Kindergartners studied Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, considered by many to be the first abstract painter. Students explored vivid color while creating concentric designs. Thanks goes to Mr. Chris Zapata, Brooke Eastburn, Jean Choi, Clare Kavanagh, Ji Hyun Hong, Avy Eschenasy and Jenny Hager for assembling this wonderful, “tiled” group installation.
H.E.A.R.T PROJECT THANKS
Mr. D. would like to thank parents, staff and students for the inspiring H.E.A.R.T. signage you helped created for our Valentine’s Day assembly. Sincere appreciation goes to Rhea Rachevsky, Olga Roth, Avy Eschenasy, Brooke Eastburn, Mr. Lopez, Mr. Guzman, Mr. Sanchez, Mr. Chris Zapata, Mr. Byron Zapata, August Roth and Sirus Wheaton. Special thanks to Ms. David and the 6th grade for their ideas and enthusiasm.
CONVERSATIONS ON QUESTIONS OF FAITH, LED BY FATHER PAUL
Join other parents for an informal conversation with Fr. Paul Tuesday, Feb. 21, Mar. 6 & 20, April 17, May 1 & 15. Every one of all beliefs is welcome and encouraged to come anytime throughout the year.(2d Floor, Parish Building).
ST. JAMES’ CAFÉ
Join us after school for a simple supper provided by our parish chef Julia Rhoton at St. James’ Café, located in the Parish Hall on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. All school families are invited. Look forward to seeing you there! Suggested donation $5
CHILD CARE NEWS FLASH! ST. JAMES’ CAFE
Chris Zapata from the Saint James' Episcopal School staff will provide childcare from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for families attending the Saint James' Cafe dinner every Wednesday evening. What a fabulous opportunity to have a night out and know that your kids can be involved in healthy, active, supervised play after they eat dinner so you can relax and enjoy each other's company. Thanks, Mr. Z! We love that you're providing this terrific service to our parents!