Happy Easter!

Week at a Glance
April 21-25

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

Happy Easter! Remember that school is closed Monday, April 21.

Scholarship Fund for St. James' Families

The Father Rowins Scholarship Fund at the California Community Foundation was created and funded by a group of St. James’ families in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s in honor of the Head of School, Father Chuck Rowins.  The purpose of the fund is to help current St. James’ families who have suffered an unexpected financial hardship during the school year by providing financial support for families.  The founding families valued the close-knit fabric of the St. James’ community and did not want to see students and families have to leave the school. 
In these challenging economic times, some our most treasured St. James’ students and their families have fallen on difficult times financially.  Whether a spouse has lost his/her job, or their business has closed, or a family has suffered other financial hardships, these one-time gifts of financial support help St. James’ families continue attending the school.  Current St. James’ families are encouraged to apply for a gift from the Father Rowins Fund.   If you have received a scholarship gift from the Father Rowins Fund in the past, you are not eligible to apply. 
Gifts range from several hundred dollars to 6,000 each and will be used as tuition remission for the 2014-2015 school year.  For example, a $2,500 scholarship will reduce your tuition by $2,500 for the next school year. 
Families must complete an application before April 30, 2014 to be considered for a scholarship.  
All application information will be kept confidential.   Fund applicants and recipients will be kept confidential and not made public. 
Recipients will be notified by late July 2014.  To download an application, please click here.   Completed applications can be returned to the lock-box in the front administration office, or mailed to Najah Lowe in the Business Office. 
The strength of the St. James’ community today is due in great part to the families that have come before us.   The Father Rowins Fund is such an example of that community spirit.  We are grateful to those many families who helped create that loving and caring environment so long ago.    Today, families continue to support the Father Rowins Fund through their ongoing contributions. 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Debbi David (, or Najah Lowe ( in the Business Office.

Huskies Howl into Soccer!
Introducing the New St. James' Soccer team

We at JMG Soccer are very excited to announce that we are building the first St. James Huskies Soccer Team. We will take our time to build the foundation of the program starting with our Just 4 Kicks Soccer Clinics for grades K-6th.  These will be for Intermediate and Beginner levels starting Sundays at 12:30pm in the beginning of May. 
DATE: Sundays (5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 5/31)
COST: 5 sessions @$129
TIME:  12:30pm –1:30pm (We also have the field from 1:30-2:30 if we need it)
LOCATION:  St. James' Playground/Soccer Field

By Credit Card:  Please sign and email this form including the credit card payment section at the bottom of the waiver for $129 to 
By Check:  Please sign and drop off this form at the St. James' Office and check made payable to JMG Incorporated for $129.

For full program information, click here.

Matthew Wong


SJS STEM Fair: Registration Still Open! 

The SJS STEM Fair is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to register for the May 22 event.  To participate in the fair students must register their project online at  Any questions about the fair should be sent to  Happy experimenting!

National Poetry Month
Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 25, 2014

St. James' Library is celebrating National Poetry Month with Poem in Your Pocket Day. Visit the Library on April 25th and recite a poem from memory to receive a gift! 

For all of those poets, Husky Highlights is calling for poems for the next issue. If you have a poem, submit it to Lucy Norland by email or backpack express. We would love to hear from parents, teachers, and students! 

4th and 5th Grade Middle School Admissions Meeting
April 24,  6-7 pm

April 24, 2014 from 6:00-7:00pm, we will have our annual 4th & 5th Grade Middle School Admissions Meeting. All parents of our 4th and 5th grade classes are encouraged to attend. This meeting will include helpful information on the St. James’ School matriculation process, and explain your role in middle school placement. This will be an informative meeting, assisting parents in understanding the requirements for area middle schools, and providing matriculation information. The goal is to find a middle school that is a good fit for the student, academically, personally and socially. Come out, we will help you to understand the process! Any questions can be directed to Michelle Hurst-Crumpton

Party Book Update
Party Book Parties are sold out! Thank you to everyone who participated in this wonderful community building activity. Here is a wrap up of the most recent party, "Soul" Food Dinner with Ron and Debbi David...

St. James’ parents were once again reminded of the treasure the school has in their Head of School Debbi David and her amazing husband, Ron David.   Gracious as always, the couple volunteered to host a dinner for ten at their home as part of PartyBook to support the school’s literary initiatives.  

A tour of the David’s home was followed by a home-cooked meal in their lovely backyard.  The evening’s food, inspired by the great feasts of literature, was painstakingly re-created down to the smallest detail. Guests were given a list of literary passages describing each dish, which they could then to match with what they were eating.   Delicious!

After dinner, a conversation on spirituality in children ensued that was described as nothing less than magical.   Ron Davis spoke to children’s innate connection to the divine and how that is reflected in their creativity and wonder.   He also spoke to how naturally attuned children are to the environment around them and how they pick-up on what messages we are sending out in the world, whether consciously or unconsciously.  Guests were encouraged to share anecdotes and to reflect on the joys, hopes and challenges of parenting.

The party was an overwhelming success and reflected the unique community of St. James.   Where else in Los Angeles could parents enjoy not just a beautiful dinner hand-made by their Head of School, but experience an intimate evening with thought-provoking conversation.   No matter our diversity in age, nationality, religion or gender, at the end of the day we all want the very best for our children and we share that common commitment.  With Debbi and Ron at the helm, these partygoer’s left feeling we are in capable hands!

30 Days before the Spring Event: Have you bought your tickets yet? 

It is 30 days to the St. James’ annual spring event.  It is the time of year for our entire community to celebrate our graduating families, welcome our incoming families, and enjoy everything we have accomplished together over the past 9 months. We want to emphasize the importance of having every family join us in this year's celebration. Our school community is so very special to all of us, and the spring event is our single largest community event of the year.

The 2012-2013 spring event brought our students amazing arts programming which included dance, drama, and music. This year, the spring event will continue to support these programs and also enhance our technology and science departments.  

With your support we want to launch:

  • 1:1 iPad Program
  • Makers Space
  • St. James’ Sports Program 

This year, we’re moving the festivities to Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.  St. James’ parents and restaurateurs, Neal and Amy Fraser, will be producing the event in the old Catholic Cathedral.  With delicious food, a wonderful atmosphere, great friends, and a outstanding auction, Saturday, May 17th will be a night not to be missed! Our auction, headed by Elisha Hall and Kim Bulkley, is filled with many fantastic experiences for your whole family to enjoy. Here are just a few of our auction items: 

  • Finale Tickets to 'So You Think You Can Dance'
  • Bouchon Restaurant - Dinner for 4
  • 5 Delicious Homemade Pies from Jeff Healey
  • Private Dinner cooked in your home by famed chef and St James' parent Jason Kim, wine curated by Challen Cates, Tantara vineyards
  • Librarian for the Day
  • Facials Scrubs and Massages
  • Handmade Quilt by Kindergarten Teacher Nancy Vermette
  • Palm Springs vacation
  • 14K yellow gold aventurine Budda pendant surrounded by emeralds and rubies
  • Orthodontics package - good for diagnosis and braces or invisilign 
  • Art from many of our very own St James' families of artists
  • And many more!
We would love for anyone and everyone to contribute to our growing list of auction items, so think about what you have to offer! Items small and large are appreciated, and many of you have wonderful and unique talents that would make for a great item. Click here to fill out the online auction donation form or contact our auction chairs, Kim Bulkley or Elisha Hall if you have questions. Everyone can look for all our auction items which will go live 10 days before the event. 

Most importantly, we want to see our whole community at Vibiana celebrating St. James', our students, and all the amazing programs blossoming because of your support. Know that any sponsorship level includes tickets to the event. Purchase your tickets today!

Ryanne Plaisance
Assistant Director of Advancement

SJS Oral History Collection

Last week, several parents and students came into the library to share a special St. James' story. Several of our teachers were mentioned as students talked about their favorite school memories. You can now listen to their stories here

If anyone is interested in adding your SJS story to our collection, please feel free to stop by the library--it wont take more than a few minutes and its a lot of fun! 


Lula Washington Dance Theatre group from the Music Center graced St. James' Hall with a vibrant blend of modern dance, ballet, African, Afro-Caribbean, and street dance that told stories of African-American history and culture. Our students even made their way onstage with the company to show their own moves. Click here for photos. 

We've got Talent!

In the first of two talent shows, St. James' students blew their peers away with vocal and instrumental performances. Our 4th-6th graders took the stage with poise and courage to show the whole school what they could do. Click here for photos. 

1st Grade Cooking

Mrs. Leonard's 1st grade class has a very special tradition of cooking in the classroom. On Fridays throughout the year, students learn how to cook from the best-their moms and dads! Last week, they made delicious and healthy fruit smoothies. Click here for photos. 

Service Learning Update

This week's chance to help out comes from our own Ruth Stalford and Better With Books.  Better With Books does a great job of getting books into the hands of children here in L.A. that wouldn't normally have access, helping to improve their reading skills.  Their volunteer opportunities are great for the whole family!  They would love to have you help.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014
It's the Spring Book Sort and Inventory!
Join us to prepare for the Foster Mother's Day Book Giveaway.  
We're excited to be bringing brand new books to 1800 Foster Care Children and Families at a special day of celebration held just for them by the outstanding organization Foster Care Counts. 
Your time and your generous spirit will make this a event a big success.
When: Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10am to 2pm
Where: Manhattan Beach Studios
             1600 Rosecranz Avenue 
             Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
For more details and to RSVP click here!

Questions? Contact us at

Rob Krueger
Director of Service Learning

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