No school next Friday, October 11 - Monday, October 14. Have a great Family Weekend!

Week at a Glance
October 7-11

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

Admission Update for New Students

The 2014-2015 admission season has under way! The Admission Office is busy planning Open Houses, following up with prospective parents, and conducting parent interviews.

If you are planning to apply for the 2014-2015 school year, you need to do so now, especially if you are applying for the 2-year-old class. To apply, please follow this 
link. We are available to answer any questions or to help guide you through the admission process. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Joan Hester
Director of Admission

Kimberly James
Admission Associate

Book Club: Sign up now!

Calling all 5th and 6th graders! You are invited to join the LMC Book Club! We will meet every other Friday during lunch and explore a different book throughout the year! 

We will also be learning fun and exciting reading strategies (such as unpacking the text, tapping into prior knowledge, synthesizing information vs. summarizing information.)  These amazing strategies are designed to help students grow as readers and writers!  

Sign ups are available now in the library!

Please see Ms. Olague or Ms. Cordero in the library if you have any questions.

Arts in Motion
October 9, 1:30 pm

Join us for our first Arts in Motion assembly of the school year, sounds and rhythms of Japan. We look forward to seeing you all another year of this exciting program. 

6th Grade Secondary School Admissions Meeting
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 pm

6th Grade parents are invited to St. James' Hall to learn more about the Secondary School admission process. You will receive information and have the opportunity to ask questions. 

Pet Blessing
Sunday, October 6, 10:30 am

Join St. James' Church for a neighborhood gathering and pet blessing on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the 10:30am Matins in the church. Pet-friendly Coffee Hour to follow, with treats for man and beasts alike.

Please bring a single-serve portion of cat or dog food to be shared with those in need of food for their pets—which has become an even greater hardship in these difficult times.

Visiting Author Brandon Mull
Thursday, October 24, 1:30

Brandon Mull will be visiting our school and discussing his books and the process of writing books. He is a very gifted author and our 3rd-6th grade students really love his work. Look for pre-order forms via backpack express. 

Larchmont Fair: Call for Volunteers!
October 27

The Larchmont Fair is rapidly approaching and the Parent Association needs your help! Forms to donate to the Bake Sale went home in backpack express and can also be downloaded here. Please return to the front office. 

Volunteers are also needed for day of help. Parents will be assisting in the game booth, bake sale and food sale areas of the event. Please email Hyacinth Leus or Jonathan Leus if you are interested. All help is greatly appreciated! 

Free Money for St. James'!

Ralphs Contribution Program

It's Easy... just shop, swipe your card & earn!
When you register your Ralph's card, St. James' earns money for every dollar you spend through their Community Contribution Program. You will get a bar code in backpack express that you can scan next time you check out at Ralph's to enroll.  

Shop At Vons
Vons offers fundraising all year long, and it doesn't cost you a thing! Register your Vons card now to start saving for St. James'. 

All-School Chapel Service
Wednesday, October 9, 8:45 am

Join us for All-School Chapel Service where Father Tom will give a homily and Children’s Choir will offer an anthem at the service.

Parents are always welcome to attend the chapel services which help to develop your children’s spiritual lives. Please consider joining your children at this service. 

You are also encouraged to sit with your children in the Church. Please park your car across the street from the School and wait for your children around the parking lot between the Church and the School until they process to the Church.

At this service, and at all All-School Chapel services, we collect non-perishable food supplies to support the work of the Hope-Net Food Pantry. Suggested items include peanut butter, pasta, rice, canned meats, beans, canned fruits, and vegetables. 

Our next All-School Chapel will be November 6, 2013. 

St.James' Cafe is Open!
October 9, 5:00

Everyone is invited to St. James' Cafe open Wednesdays at 5:00 in Parish Hall, conveniently right after Wizard of Oz practice! Dinner is a $5 suggested donation per person, and you are welcome to bring your own beverages. This is a great way to feed the whole family at the end of a long day, spend time with the St.James' community, and support St. James' Church.
Upcoming Used Uniform Closet
October 17 and November 1

The Uniform Closet is open every Community Gathering from 8:15-10:00 am and the 3rd Thursday of every month from 3:00-4:30 pm. Make sure to stop by and stock up on uniforms! 
Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept 15-Oct 15

Hispanic Heritage Month honors the contributions of Hispanics to United States society in the economy, politics, science, art, and culture.  This month also celebrates and recognizes the Hispanic heritage and culture passed on generation from generation.  The celebration begins September 15 and ends October 15.  These dates coincide with the anniversary of independence, from Spain, of five Latin-American countries:

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, which all declared independence in 1821.  In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18 of the same year.

We started practicing the Spanish performances for our fifth annual Hispanic Heritage Assembly. We will keep you posted! 

iNos vemos amigos!

Addressing the Needs of Every Child through Differentiated Instruction

Since Deborah David became our Head of School in 2011, she has made it her mission to ensure that every child be successful at St. James’. Mrs. David embraces the many ways that students learn, and with the support and dedication of St. James’ faculty and staff, has been strengthening the schools’ commitment to differentiated instruction.
This commitment will transform St. James’ into an institution that provides multiple learning opportunities and services to set every student up for success. Differentiated instruction allows teachers to challenge students in areas they excel in and support them in areas they find more challenging. In the end, allowing all subject matter to seamlessly connect in a student centered learning environment.
This week you received information on the Every Child Campaign (formally known as the Annual Fund). Our campaign initiatives are ambitious and clearly support the school’s mission of enhancing differentiated instruction at St. James’. We hope Every Family will attend our Every Child Party on October 16th to hear more about our initiatives, and to hear from guest speaker Tina Bryson. A Paperless Post invitation was emailed to each family on Thursday, make sure you RSVP! Reaching 100% participation in our campaign is essential for us to reach our goals. If you pledge on or before October 16th you will be entered into a raffle to win a free parking spot for the 2013-2014 school year. 
Click HERE  to pledge online now!


Ryanne Plaisance
Assistant Director of Advancement

2nd Grade Math

Mr. Dar's students positioned pattern blocks to form elaborate shapes.  Using points assigned to each piece (trapezoids, triangles, squares, diamonds, and rectangles), they calculated the total point value of the shapes that they formed.  It was fun to work with geometric figures and to use mental math to figure out the sums. Click here for pictures of their lesson. 

3rd Grade Chinese Culture Studies

The third grade has been engaged in a study of the Chinese culture and in particular, Angel Island and the Chinese Exclusion Act.  During their work, students have practiced Chinese calligraphy, wrote poetry from the point of view of immigrants that stayed on Angel Island, and worked with tangrams to create animals and wrote original stories about these animals.  The students' work can be viewed in the upstairs hallway beginning at the end of this week. 

St. James' Preschool Playground

Our Preschool students are truly feeling at home in their building, especially with the summer addition of the new playground! Click here to see photos of our students loving their new play structures. 

Kindergarten Bake Sale

Recess was an even more welcome break this Wednesday as students (and teachers!) gathered around the Kindergarten parents to enjoy treats and donuts from the Kindergarten Bake Sale. The students will be able to support 2 children through the Save the Children organization and would like to thank all of the Kindergarten parents who donated money for the purchase of donuts, brought delicious treats to sell, and gave their time and energy to man the Bake Sale tables during our recess.  Our K parents helped to make our first K Bake Sale a huge success.  Join us for the second sale on Wednesday, October 16, and click here for photos. 

Service Learning Update

This past Wednesday was the first Kindergarten Bake Sale.  For their annual project, our kindergartners are raising money to sponsor two children through Save the Children.  Last year the classes sponsored children from Whitley County, in rural southeastern Kentucky.  This area historically has a high percentage of children under 18 living in poverty.  I will visit each class for a quick talk about where the children live and why they need our help.  Kindergarten will hold one more bake sale on Wednesday, October 16.  If you have any questions or would like to help out in any way, feel free to let me know.

Today was the last day of our juice box collection.  While I do not have a final count at this point, it looks like we will break the 1,000 mark with no problem.  Many, many thanks from the volunteers at the Food Pantry for helping out.  Your gifts go a long way!

As I have mentioned before, AIDS Walk L.A. is coming up Sunday, October 13.  One way that you can participate is to sign up as a “virtual walker.”  You can get more info on their websiteAIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) can also use your help at “stock the pantry.”  They are looking for volunteers to “help prepare grocery and nutrition bags for distribution through the Necessities of Life Program, which provides food and other basic necessities to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.”  You can find more information and sign up online

Remember if you would like to follow our service learning program on Twitter, you can find me @service_sjs.

Rob Krueger
Service Learning Director

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