Please Join Us! SJS Children’s Mass This Sunday

This Sunday, October 13th at 9:00am, Saint James School will host our monthly Children’s Mass with SJS students serving as readers, ushers, and gift bearers.  Our school choir will also be performing and Coffee, Juice & Donuts will be served in the church hall (downstairs) immediately following Mass.

All Saint James School students and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend in a show of support for our school!

Saint James School students are encouraged to wear their school uniforms (all students serving in any capacity must wear their SJS uniform).  This is a great way for the Saint James Church parishioners (many of whom very generously support our school) to see the exceptional students they are investing in.

All Saint James School families are welcome regardless of faith or home church.

This Tuesday: Online Safety Presentation & School Report

Please join us the evening of Tuesday, October 15th as State Police Officer Kate Cummings talks about current social media trends and “challenges” and what we as parents should be aware of as more and more “unrestricted age” offerings hit the Apple/Google Play Store.  Check out the latest list of the Most Dangerous Apps of 2019, some of these might surprise you.

Officer Cummings will present immediately following our 2019 State of the School report, which begins at 6:00pm.

Please note, the HSA will be hosting BINGO in the Cafeteria so parents wishing to attend don’t have to worry about a sitter.


No School This Monday

As a reminder, there is no school this coming Monday, October 14th, for the Columbus Day Holiday.  We also have 12:05pm dismissal days scheduled for October 23rd (parent/teacher conferences), October 24th (parent/teacher conferences), and October 25th (Grandparents’ & Special Persons’ Day).

Middle School Robotics Club


The SJS Middle School Robotics Club will be kicking off another fun year at the end of October. Open to middle school students (grades 6-8), the Robotics Club will meet select Mondays from 2:05pm until 4:00pm starting on October 28th, followed by November 18th, and December 9th (more dates to follow as the weeks progress).

This year, the Club will be led by parent volunteer Mr. Stefan Poth who works in engineering and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with our group!

As in past years, we do have a limited number of spots available for our Robotics Club.  Please fill out the attached permission slip, have your child complete the requested essay information, and return everything to the SJS main office with the Robotics Club fee of $40 (Please make check out to “Saint James School”) to aid in purchasing supplies.

2019-2020 Robotics Club Permission Slip

Support SJS When Purchasing Through Shutterfly

With Lifetouch Pictures, your child’s school portrait can also be used to create fun photo gifts via Shutterfly. 

If you chose to get photo gifts made, or if you are just ordering through Shutterfly in general (Christmas Cards, Memory Books, etc.) please use this special link and 8% of the sale price will be donated back to Saint James School! 

(This link can be used to support SJS on ALL purchases through Shutterfly all year long, not just school-picture related gifts).

Cross Country Update/Saturday’s Meet

Selected members of the SJS country team will be running in the Wickham Invitational this weekend (selected runners will be notified by Coach O’Neill).  Please arrive at Wickham Park in Manchester for 8am to stretch and walk the course with Coach O’Neill.  Boys race at 9am, girls at 9:25am.  Please note there is a $7.00 (cash) fee to park at Wickham Park on the weekends.

Next week, the team will practice on Tuesday, October 15th and will race at VCMS on Wednesday, October 16th.  The team will also participate in the McGee invitational on Saturday, October 19th.

From the Coach: Boys Basketball Schedule Overview

Here is a nice recap of all scheduled Boys Basketball dates from Coach Creamer:

Sunday October 13th Open Gym for Boys 6th grade 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Monday October 14th Open Gym for Boys 7 & 8th grade 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Friday October 18th   Registration payment and forms due for all Basketball players

Sunday October 20th Open Gym for Boys 6th grade 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Monday October 21st Open Gym for Boys 7 & 8th grade 5:00 pm to 6:45 pm

Monday October 21st Parents meeting in Cafeteria 7:00 pm

Saturday October 26th Player evaluation/ team Selection 4th & 5th Grade Boys  10 am to noon

Sunday October 27th  Varsity Blue and Gold Team selections Boys 7th & 8th grade 1 pm to 3 pm

HSA Meeting Tonight

The October HSA evening meeting will be held tonight (10/10) at 7:00pm in the cafeteria.  Please park in the breezeway lot and ring the breezeway buzzer when you arrive.

A morning meeting will be held Friday (10/11) at 8am in the Saint James Church hall/basement (this will be a very informal meeting so please feel free to bring along small children).

We have lots of great events coming up and look forward to sharing details with you! Please attend whichever meeting best suits your schedule.

The HSA – which is similar to a PTA or PTO – is open to all Saint James School Pre-k through 8th Grade parents/ grandparents/guardians.  There is no fee to join and no minimum time commitment required.  It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and help make great memories during our children’s years at Saint James School.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email our HSA president Jodi Talaga at

We hope to see you there!

Bingo! Fun

The State of the School address & Internet/Online Safety Presentation is next Tuesday, October 15th and the HSA will keep your kids busy so you can go!!  We will host a fun time in the cafeteria for any SJS student whose parents are at the presentation.  We plan to play BINGO (there will be prizes!), color, and play some fun word games.  A small snack will be served.  Parents can drop children off as early as 5:45 (please sign them in at the cafeteria entrance) and pick them up at the conclusion of the presentation.

Please sign up by this Friday, Oct 11th using the link below so we will have an estimate of how many kids to expect, but drop-ins are also welcome.  Please contact parent volunteer Kristen Miller at if you have questions.