“Absence” Call Reminder

Please remember if your child is under the weather on any given day to email Mrs. Sager at lsager@saintjamesschool.net.  This information is passed to the teachers so they know who not to expect in their “class” each day.  Thank you.

2019-2020 Yearbooks

Online ordering for 2019-2020 yearbooks will close on Monday, April 6th.  If you have yet to purchase one and would still like to, please visit ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter our yearbook id: 9708620.  Enter your child’s name and grade then continue to payment.  If you have any questions, please reach out to our yearbook coordinator, Mrs. St. Jean, at lstjean@saintjamesschool.net.

As a reminder, SJS 8th grade students automatically receive a yearbook as a gift from the school – you do not need to purchase one for your child.

Praying With Children

The Archdiocese of Hartford has passed along these links that we thought might be helpful for establishing a prayer routine in your home during this time:

Praying with your Children – Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb344uXbeVI

Praying with your Children – Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9wysp3d7Qc

Refund Checks & Soiree Update

As noted in an earlier communication, Saint James School is refunding money from the Munson’s Fundraiser.  Refund checks are being written this week and we anticipate you should be seeing those in your mailbox by the end of next week.  Please keep an eye out.

We have also made the difficult decision not to reschedule the 2020 Soiree.  Although this is such an important fundraiser for our school, we felt there were too many uncertainties surrounding the next several months to plan a new date.  Next week we will be mailing out refunds for tickets that were purchased and returning sponsorship checks.  Please know how grateful we are for your support of this important event and hope we can count on your support again in 2021.

If you sent in cash for the class baskets, many items have already been purchased.  Please know that items that cannot be returned will be used for next year’s event (or perhaps a special raffle in the Fall) and your generous support will not fall by the wayside.  If you personally purchased an item for a basket that you would like back, we will do our best to handle those situations on a case by case basis.  You can email Mrs. Sager at lsager@saintjamesschool.net and she will keep track of that information for us.

In addition, we are refunding the money that families paid for spring soccer and the Father/Son event, the Basketball Banquet, and STEM Club.  You can anticipate a refund in your mailbox by the end of next week for these as well.  If you would like to “donate” these monies to the school instead of receiving a reimbursement, please let Mrs. Sager know know and the school will issue you a tax receipt for your contribution.


3-Minute Retreat

In this morning’s video, Mrs. Zorger mentioned that she has been enjoying 3-Minute Retreat from Loyola Press to take a short break from the stresses of each day and refocus on God’s message.  The website can be found HERE.  There is also an app that can downloaded to your phone, iPad, or other device by searching 3-Minute Retreat in the App store.

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the video from Mrs. Zorger this morning, you can see it here: https://youtu.be/wXJN6ZJlHGo

April Break

A quick reminder that Saint James School will still be observing our April Break:  Friday, April 10th (Good Friday) through Friday, April 17th.  We will resume with Distance Learning on Monday, April 20th.

From Mrs. Carpenter

To our Saint James School Families,

I hope this week is getting easier with our online learning and finds you all doing okay despite our current situation.

During our library time at school a lot of our students love the authors Dav Pilkey with his Dogman books and I miss hearing and seeing the students smiling and laughing while enjoying them.  I also can’t keep on the shelf Lauren Tarshis and her I Survived series.

During this time of Distance Learning, Dav Pilkey will be sharing some activities relating to his Dogman books and Lauren Tarshis is Reading her I Survived series on YouTube.  I have included these links below.  I hope this brings some smiles to your children’s faces and continues the joy of reading while we are at home. Keeping all of you in my family’s prayers and looking forward to seeing all of our students as soon as we can!

Mrs. Carpenter

Saint James School Librarian

Information on Dav Pilkey

I Survived Book Readings

From Mr. Green (K-8 Gym Teacher)

Hello students and families of Saint James School,

I hope everyone is doing well. I am writing to give you some ideas of activities you can do during our time away from school/gym. I encourage you to stay active and eat healthy.

As a family unit, now is the perfect time to take full advantage of being home together;  by interacting, playing games, or even making up your own games (indoors, as well as out). Weather permitting, you can go outside to play, ride bikes, take a hike, do yard work, or take your dog for a walk.

I took my dog for a walk the other day and saw a family of five playing wiffleball in their front yard. Looked like fun! It put a smile on my face. A game of catch with a football/baseball is another activity to do with a family member.

When the weather isn’t cooperating, you can play board games, do a puzzle, listen to music and dance along, or help with projects around the house. Yoga is another form of exercise that will enrich your body, mind  and soul.

I hope that faith and family will help us get through these trying times while we are away from our school, friends, and teachers. Remember to keep moving! “We are all in this together”!

Be well,

Mr. Green

Learning with Pets

Reminder: Easter Cards


To keep our school’s service to the community going during this difficult time, we would like ask that you have your child/ren make a homemade Easter Card (or two) that we can pass along to the residents at a local nursing home or assisted living facility.  Saint James School will have a collection box on our front step all this week (from 9am – 2pm) so you and your child/ren can come by and drop off any cards they have made. (Please remember to have students only use their first name if they chose to sign it.)

The cards will be handled appropriately to ensure they are safe to distribute and then passed along to a couple of area facilities for their residents to enjoy.  Thank you for your consideration of participating in this activity with us!