Planning For Fall

In light of the State of Connecticut’s mandates for schools to resume in-person learning in the fall, we want to assure our families that Saint James School has been, and continues to be, planning for a safe return to in-person learning when school resumes in August.  Today our RIIS Committee  (Return to In-Person Instruction Strategy Committee) formally met for the first time to review the lengthy document put forth by the State as well as the information we have received from the Archdiocese of Hartford.  As part of our planning process, we will be sending a survey to families very early next week to gather your feedback as well.  A big part of this process will be communication and we look forward to sharing information with you throughout the summer as plans continue to unfold.

School Toolbox is Now Live

This summer you again have the option to order your child’s school supplies online and have them delivered directly to your home! In addition, Saint James School receives a percentage of every sale – convenience for you and a great way to support SJS! Plus, if you already have supplies left over from prior years, you can choose not to include those in your purchase. Visit the School Toolbox Website (click to access) and type in St. James School Manchester, CT in the search box.   Please remember to order supplies well in advance to ensure they arrive before the first day of school.  School Toolbox Flyer

2020-2021 K-5 School Supply List
2020-2021 Gr 6-8 School Supply List

Saint James Parish Mass For This Weekend

Here is the link to the Saint James Parish Virtual Mass for this weekend.   It may be viewed at your convenience.

Grab & Go Meals Available All Summer

The town’s Grab-and-Go Meal program will be available throughout the entire summer, and SJS families are welcome to participate!  Here are the Grab-and-Go Menus, locations, and times for next week:

Grab & Go Menu – June 29-July 3

Tips on Social Emotional Learning: Goal Directed Behavior

During the past several weeks, we have been sending out tips on Social Emotional Learning that we thought might be of interest to parents.  Today we wanted to share information on Goal Directed Behavior, another one of the 8 critical areas of importance for well-being.  As noted in our earlier emails, studies show that developing and nurturing important skills in our children can help them become happy, productive, and successful adults as they appreciate how to think and act in stressful or challenging situations.

Here is some information about developing goal directed behavior – a child’s initiation of, and persistence in completing, tasks of varying difficulty:  Goal Directed Behavior

Being able to set and achieve goals is a valuable life skill. Everything that goes into setting and achieving goals (having a clear, specific vision of what we want to learn or accomplish; having a plan that we can actually carry out, if we stay motivated, tracking and measuring our progress along the way; and creating a timeline for reaching our goal so that we are reminded to stay on track) help to prepare us for work life, for higher education, and for contributing to our families and communities in ways that are meaningful for us.

Generally, setting goals is the easy part! It’s following through and accomplishing them that can be tricky. Carrying out our action plan can become difficult or we may start to lose interest. But since setting goals, sticking to our plan, and then achieving our dreams helps build habits for a lifetime, it’s worth it in the long run!  Here are some helpful tips and ideas from


If you want to refer back to any of our prior posts on Social Emotional Learning, links are below:

Optimistic Thinking



Social Awareness

Relationship Skills



Addressing the Social Injustice of Racism

As Catholic school educators and followers of Christ, Saint James School continues to be fully committed to ensuring our students grow to become well-educated, compassionate members of society that consistently seek to make our world a better place for all.  We believe that racism is not only a deep and grave sin, but one that clearly is still rampant in our society.  As Christians, we believe that every human life has inherent worth, as we are all created in the image and likeness of God. Racism in any form is in direct opposition to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our mission as His followers.

The Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis has issued the following statement and resources that we wanted to share as part of our ongoing commitment to building a better tomorrow through Catholic education:

The schools and parishes of the Archdiocese of Hartford share the responsibility to address the injustice of systemic racism in our country and institutions, and we must do so through a lens of our Roman Catholic faith. Simply put, racism is a life issue.

We echo the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) who stated:

“… We must ask God where we are being called to act. As Pope Francis stated, ‘we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.’  We must discern how we can help defend our brothers and sisters in Christ when we witness injustice and racism. And we must ask what discussions we need to have or plans we must put in place to prevent racist acts in the future.”

We must reject the sin of racism, in all its forms, and stand with our brothers and sisters who have felt marginalized inside and outside of our Church. To that end, please take advantage of the resources we have gathered  from many national and local experts. Consider reviewing those in a category most pertinent to your school or parish ministry, and let us know if there are any resources we can add to benefit this important work.

To access the resources, click here.

Pre-Kindergarten Roof Update

As you may recall, last year’s Annual Fund Campaign (2019) was focused on raising money to help offset the cost of replacing one final roof on our school campus – the roof on our Pre-Kindergarten building (the former Saint James School Convent).   We are excited to announce that construction on this project will begin next week.  Thank you again to everyone who supported this important initiative.

Information kicking off our 2020 Annual Fund Campaign will be sent out via postal mail next week.

Athletics Health Form

If your child is interested in participating in any of our competitive sports teams for the 2020-2021 school year, please remember we require an updated Athletics Health Permission Form be signed by their doctor before they can begin practice.  These sports are as follows:

Cross Country (grades 5-8, fall sport)

Basketball (grades 4-8, fall/winter sport)

Soccer (grades 3-8, spring sport)


Reminder: Parish Affiliation Forms & Financial Aid

Please remember that a NEW Parish Affiliation Form must be submitted each year to receive the Catholic tuition rate.  If you have not yet turned yours in, please do so by the end of June: 2020-2021 Parish Affiliation Form

For returning families, please note that FACTS (our tuition management company) will be sending an email with your 2020-2021 tuition information around the second week of July (families new to SJS will receive theirs shortly).  If you are planning to apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year, you may do so now by logging on to your existing FACTS account (please do not wait until you get the email in July).  As a reminder, you must reapply for financial aid each year.

If you have any questions regarding your tuition account, please reach out to Denise Mayo via email at

Saint James Church Weekend Mass

Here is the link to the Saint James Parish Mass for this weekend.   It may be viewed at your convenience.