Week 37

Hello all! One more full week to go!!!

Thank you so much to Mrs. Morton and Mrs. Ochoa for the pizza party, snacks and treacle tart! The kids worked hard to earn a movie/pizza party, and these ladies delivered!

Here are the highlights/due dates for this last week of class (LOTS of due dates, I know):

ELA: Final Writing Projects are due THIS Friday (submit on GC please)

ELA Unit 2 Test THIS Wednesday. Study that List of Skills I posted on GC and go over the corresponding “Identification and Application” sections on StudySync.

HISTORY: Rome Test THIS Wednesday, Binder Check also Wednesday. Study Guide is optional Extra Credit.

RELIGION: Song Journals due THIS Thursday. Ch. 4 Test on Creation also Thurs.

ART: Final Animation YouTube links due THIS Friday at 8am!!! Do not submit it late! Export the project as an .mp4 or .mov file, upload to YouTube (make public or unlisted), and email me the link by 8am.

Other announcements:

Please read this this week's newsletter

IMPORTANT DATES- Link to School Calendar

Monday, June 3rd

8:10 a.m. Parent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast immediately after morning assembly

8th Grade to Disneyland

Tuesday, June 4th

8th Grade Final Exams

11:30 8th Grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game

2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Recycle Uniform Sale near back of school (south end near church)

Wednesday, June 5th

Parents in Prayer

Thursday, June 6th

8:00 a.m. Parent Council Meeting

12:00 Dismissal 8th Grade ONLY

Friday, June 7th

9:00 a.m. 7th Heaven Prayer Service/8th Grade Breakfast

12:00 p.m. Noon Dismissal - Aftercare Available

1:00 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation Mass

SAVE THE DATE

Monday, 6/10 - All School Beach Day - End of Year Party

Tuesday, 6/11 12:00 Dismissal

Wednesday, 6/12 8:00 Mass; 10:00 Dismissal; LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Saturday, 9/21 - 6th Annual SJA Bocce Tournament and Garden Party - register now for early bird pricing!


Week 36

Happy Tuesday!

Congrats to the kids for their amazing Variety Show performance on Friday! They did so well :) I was very proud of them.

PLEASE FOCUS ON YOUR BEHAVIOR GRADES. We only have 2 weeks left, so please be wary of your behavior so that your grade doesn’t drop.

ELA: Final Annotations are due tomorrow for E.C. They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter. Don’t forget to annotate any reference to Greek mythology/culture!

Their Final Writing Project is due 6/7! Unit 2 Test next Wednesday.

HISTORY: Continuing on with Ancient Rome this week, we’re focusing on the rise of the Roman Empire, Julius Caesar, and Christians in the Roman world. Unit 8 Test and BC are next Wednesday.

RELIGION: We are starting our last section, which is Ch. 4—Creation. Keep up on your song journals!

ART: Final Animations due 6/7! Save your iMovie project as a video file, upload it to YouTube, then email the link to that YouTube video to me.

Other announcements:

Parent Volunteer Coffee - Monday, June 3rd

On Monday, June 3rd (immediately following the morning assembly) we will be hosting a coffee on the hall patio for all of our wonderful parent volunteers. We appreciate you and all of the support you provide to our administration, faculty, staff, students, and community. Please join us and RSVP HERE.  We are so grateful for you and all that you do!

Please read this week's newsletter

IMPORTANT DATES- Link to School Calendar

Friday, May 31st

8:00 a.m. Memory Mass led by Kindergarten

SAVE THE DATE(S)

Sunday, 6/2 - SJA Choirs Sing at 9:00 and 11:30 Mass; Student Lectors at 11:30

Monday, 6/3 - Parent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast immediately after morning assembly

Monday, 6/10 - All School Beach Day - End of Year Party

Tuesday, 6/11 12:00 Dismissal

Wednesday, 6/12 8:00 Mass; 10:00 Dismissal; LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Saturday, 9/21 - 6th Annual SJA Bocce Tournament and Garden Party - register now for early bird pricing!

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 35

Happy Tuesday!

Thank you so much for all who helped with teacher appreciation week :) I was definitely moved by what you all did for me, especially since I had a hard time the week before.

ELA: Last LT RG is due Thursday. They need to be keeping up on their annotations and golden lines for each chapter. Whatever pages/chapters we read the previous week are due the following Monday. They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter. Don’t forget to annotate any reference to Greek mythology/culture!

FINAL ANNOTATIONS ARE DUE TUESDAY 5/28!!!

S/V Test Thursday, SOCIO Quiz Thursday.

This week, we’re reading an excerpt the Gospel of Luke about Judas’ betrayal. We’ll discuss betrayal in its many forms and how it relates to our own lives and to other texts we are reading.

HISTORY: And that’s a wrap on the Greek Unit and Simulation! Final Hellaspoints will be scored and awarded, and I’ll announce the winners in due time. For now, we are starting our very last unit—Ancient Rome!

RELIGION: We are starting our last section, which is Ch. 4—Creation. Keep up on your song journals!

ART: KEEP UP ON YOUR ANIMATIONS!!! We are moving onto the editing phase next week!

Other announcements:

Please here is the link to this week's newsletter.

SAVE THE DATE(S)

Thursday, 5/23 SJA attends 8:00 Mass

Friday, 5/24 10:00, 1:00 SJA Variety Show

Sunday, 5/26 - 4:30 p.m. St. James Middle School Youth Group Meeting

Monday, 5/27 NO SCHOOL Memorial Day

Saturday, 9/21 - 6th Annual SJA Bocce Tournament and Garden Party - register now for early bird pricing!

Teacher Appreciation Week THANK YOU!

Wow! Thank you so much for the overt displays of appreciation.  SJA faculty and staff are feeling very spoiled and acknowledged for their hard work and dedication! Thank you, Melissa Mahon, her team, and parents who have made this special week possible!  Our faculty and staff are grateful for all of your efforts!

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 34

Happy Monday!

Our last 6th Grade Mass is this Friday, 5/17. Please come join us!

ELA: Ch. 18-19 RG is due Friday. They need to be keeping up on their annotations and golden lines for each chapter. Whatever pages/chapters we read the previous week are due the following Monday. They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter. Don’t forget to annotate any reference to Greek mythology/culture!

S/V Test Friday, THERM Quiz Thursday.

This week, we’re reading an excerpt from a non-fiction text about Heinrich Schliemann, the “dreamer who dug for Troy.” We’ll discuss author point of view, bias, and use of figurative language. Close Read Essay with Peer and Adult Reviews due Friday.

HISTORY: Our giant Binder Check for the Greek Unit is due this Wednesday! Study Guide also due Wednesday to prepare for the Greek Final (also Wednesday).

STRIVE FOR ARETE IN ALL THAT YOU DO!

RELIGION: Test Corrections due tomorrow! You need the full Q and A written out, page number where you found the answer, and the direct quote that specified it.

ART: KEEP UP ON YOUR ANIMATIONS!!! Full animations should be done by next week. We will then move into the editing phase.

Other announcements:

Please read this week's newsletter.

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, May 13

8:00 a.m. Living Rosary in the Parish Hall - Please join us.

Students take SJA feedback survey in computer lab

Student Council Poster and Speech Drafts Due

Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15

Scholastic Book Fair - Before and After School in the Library

Students take SJA feedback survey during computer class

Wednesday, May 15

8:30 a.m. Parents in Prayer following mass - Please join us!

Students take SJA feedback survey during computer class

Thursday, May 16

Hawaiian Free Dress for $1 in support of 8th Grade Graduation

Friday, May 17

Student Council Speeches and Election

Saturday, May 18

9:05-10:00 a.m. Choirs Sing at Fiesta del Sol

Sunday, May 19

St. James Blood Drive - see details below

7:30-11:30 Meet & Greet for Faith Formation Families in SJA Library


SAVE THE DATE(S)

Friday, 5/24 10:00, 1:00 SJA Variety Show

Monday, 5/27 NO SCHOOL Memorial Day

Friday, 5/31 - Catholic Schools Night with the San Diego Padres

Saturday, 9/21 - 6th Annual SJA Bocce Tournament and Garden Party - register now for early bird pricing!

Thank you!

Miss Phillips


Week 33

Welcome back from Astro Camp!

Thank you SO MUCH to our chaperone dads (Morton, Lang, and Kimberlain)!!!

ELA: NO RG OR SV THIS WEEK. They need to be keeping up on their annotations and golden lines for each chapter. Whatever pages/chapters we read the previous week are due the following Monday. They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter. Don’t forget to annotate any reference to Greek mythology/culture!

Unit 2 Research Presentations due Friday.

HISTORY: Festival Presentations this week!

STRIVE FOR ARETE IN ALL THAT YOU DO!

RELIGION: Ch. 3 - The Trinity Test next Tues!

ART: KEEP UP ON YOUR ANIMATIONS!!! Full animations should be done by 5/17. We will then move into the editing phase.

Other announcements:

IMPORTANT DATES

SAVE THE DATE(S)

Friday, 5/10

8:00 a.m. Mass & May Crowning Led by 2nd & 8th Grade - Preschool attends mass

8th Grade Mother/Daughter Reception following mass

Padre Game Ticket Orders Due

Friday, 5/31 - Catholic Schools Night with the San Diego Padres

Parent  Input/Feedback/Suggestion/SWOT Sessions on May 7th in Parish Office

As part of our accreditation process, SJA is currently conducting and writing a self-study to identify and craft goals, plus a new Strategic Plan that will meet short term needs, in addition to looking toward the future of Catholic education at the Academy. To help us understand and analyze all options, we invite families and parishioners to offer feedback, input and suggestions. Parents’ understanding of our history, wealth of knowledge and commitment to maintaining high standards and viability of SJA is valuable to the decision making process. We have two initial meeting dates, facilitated by Advisory Board members scheduled for parents on May 7th, 8:00-9:30 a.m. and 6:00-7:30 p.m. Please reference this letter for more information and directions to RSVP.

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips


Week 32

Hi all!

Hope you had a restful and relaxing Easter break! This week is the big one—the Olympics, Belmont Park, and ASTRO CAMP!!! Please read below info on each:

Tues 4/30

School starts at 8am. Come in PE clothes for Olympics and bring clothes to change for Belmont Park if needed. Please also bring a sack lunch, sunscreen, and water bottle. You will turn in the following HW:

-Last minute field trip forms for Astro Camp and 2 Liter bottle (if still haven’t turned in)

-Miracle Maker Test Corrections with original test stapled to the back. PLEASE FOLLOW TEST CORRECTION FORMAT!

-Unit 2: Jesus the Christ Take Home Test

After unpacking and doing Editing, we will head to the field for the Olympic Games (fingers crossed it won’t be raining!) There is an all-school recess at 9:30, and then we depart from SJA at 10:15am. We will then return to school by 2:45.

Wed 5/1

Arrive at school at 7:45am with luggage already packed and ready. Please refer to this Packing List!!! Adhere to this list TO A T. Note: if you do not bring the 2 Liter bottle or a swim suit, you will not be able to participate in several activities!

I will collect all medications/epipens/etc that morning. The students cannot hold their own meds, even if it is just Advil or altitude sickness pills. Bring any and all meds in a SEALED, LABELLED, ZIPLOC BAG. I will hold them with me throughout the trip, and can administer them to your child if needed.

*BRING A SACK LUNCH FOR THIS DAY* All other meals will be provided.

We will go to Mass from 8-8:45am. Drivers: we will start loading cars by 9:30am for a 9:45 departure.

Please refer to this map of the route. The routes up from Banning and Hemet remain closed, so Astro Camp sent this map as well to reiterate.

We have a SUPERMEGACOOLAWESOMEFUN time at Astro Camp!

Fri 5/3

Drivers should be at Astro Camp by no later than 12pm. We will depart as soon as we finish lunch (provided). Depending on traffic, we should arrive back at SJA by 2:30pm (3pm at the latest—I will keep you updated if this happens).

Other announcements:

Welcome Back!

  • Grades 5-7: Mandatory 2019-2020 Student Council Meeting 4/30 after school in Mrs. Mott’s Room; Please reference this information sheet for important campaign and election dates.

  • Grades 6-8: Please market the Middle School Picnic (info emailed last week)

  • SJA Ditch Day to Belmont Park: THIS Tuesday, April 30 10:15-2:45 permission slips DUE ASAP

IMPORTANT DATES

SAVE THE DATE(S)

Monday, 4/29 - Friday, 5/10 - Renaissance Testing Window

Tuesday, 4/30 - SJA Skip Day

Mandatory Meeting for 5th-7th graders interested in running for Student Council

Friday, 5/31 - Catholic Schools Night with the San Diego Padres

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 31

Happy Monday!

ASTRO CAMP INFO:

-Health Form (MUST BE COMPLETELY FILLED OUT AND SIGNED) due Thurs

-Field Trip Form due Thurs

-2 Liter plastic soda bottle labelled with name due Thurs—bring extras if you have them!

*Students were sent home with all this info plus a packing list and list of Astro Camp store items. Let me know if you have any questions!*

ELA: LT Ch. 10-11 RG due Wed and S/V Test Wed. They need to be keeping up on their annotations and golden lines for each chapter. Whatever pages/chapters we read the previous week are due the following Monday. They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter. Don’t forget to annotate any reference to Greek mythology/culture!

We also read Robert Hayden’s poem “Perseus”, which details a new perspective on the classic myth of Perseus and Medusa. Perseus reflects on his “thirst to destroy.” CR is EC (due Thurs).

HISTORY: We are in the midst of our Theatre Phase! The city-states were each assigned a different Greek myth, and they have to adapt it, create masks, and perform it for the challenge. Performances are on Wed, with Quiz 4 also on Wed.

FESTIVAL NOTES DUE TOMORROW!

Last week’s stats:

Teams struggled to work together to complete their Greek temples in the allotted time, but Sparta proved victorious once again! Athens came close to placing, but unfortunately their temple fell to an “earthquake” at the last moment :(

STRIVE FOR ARETE IN ALL THAT YOU DO!

RELIGION: Miracle Maker Test Corrections due Thurs. Unit 2 Textbook Test (Take Home) due 4/30.

ART: KEEP UP ON YOUR ANIMATIONS!!! Pencil tests should be done no later than 4/18, and claymation sets and sculptures done no later than 4/8.

Other announcements:

Please read the SJA newsletter:  this week's newsletter.

  • Grades 5-7: Mandatory 2019-2020 Student Council Meeting 4/30 after school in Mrs. Mott’s Room; Please reference this information sheet for important campaign and election dates.

  • Grades 6-8: Please market the Middle School Picnic (info emailed last week)

IMPORTANT DATES

St. James-St. Leo Holy Week Schedule

Tuesday, April 16

5:45 a.m. 8th Grade to Museum of Tolerance

Thursday, April 18

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. All School Retreat

Noon Dismissal - NO AFTERCARE AVAILABLE

Friday, 4/19 - Friday, 4/26 - Easter Break - NO SCHOOL


Fit to Lead Newsletter ~ Communication

https://stjamesphysicaleducation.shutterfly.com

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 30

Happy Monday!

ELA: LT Ch. 8-9 RG due Friday and S/V Test Friday. They need to be keeping up on their annotations and golden lines for each chapter. Whatever pages/chapters we read the previous week are due the following Monday. They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter. Don’t forget to annotate any reference to Greek mythology/culture!

We also read Winston Churchill’s famous speech from May of 1940—”I have nothing left to offer but blood, toil, sweat and tears.” This week, we’ll be discussing how language can be used as a call to action, and how characters throughout history have affected change.

HISTORY: To finish our Acropolis Phase, the kids have one last challenge: to build a Greek temple with limited time and resources! Blueprint Day is tomorrow, with Construction Day on Wednesday. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS AND WORK AS A TEAM!

Last week’s stats:

Megara and Corinth won the Greek Vases Challenge, with impressive artwork and Greek imagery all around! A lot of students obtained arete, so keep up the good work!

STRIVE FOR ARETE IN ALL THAT YOU DO!

RELIGION: Miracle Maker Test this Friday! TAKE GOOD, COPIOUS NOTES!!!

ART: KEEP UP ON YOUR ANIMATIONS!!! Pencil tests should be done no later than 4/18, and claymation sets and sculptures done no later than 4/8.

Other announcements:

Please read the SJA newsletter: week's newsletter

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, April 8th

6:30 p.m. Rock the School participants report to Parish Hall/7:00 p.m. Rock the School Concert

Friday, 4/12

6:00 p.m. SJA Fish Feast benefitting St. James Academy - Please join us!

Thursday, 4/18

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. All School Retreat

Noon Dismissal - NO AFTERCARE AVAILABLE

Friday, 4/19 - Friday, 4/26 - Easter Break - NO SCHOOL


Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 29

Happy Monday!

ELA: LT Ch. 5-7 RG due Friday and S/V Test Friday. They need to be keeping up on their annotations and golden lines for each chapter. Whatever pages/chapters we read the previous week is due the following Monday. They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter. Don’t forget to annotate any reference to Greek mythology/culture!

We also read seven of Aesop’s Fables today. We’ll be discussing their themes/morals and how they continue to be relevant in today’s world. Don’t be like the Grasshopper—work first, then play!

HISTORY: Tomorrow we have Quiz 3, then we’ll be starting the Acropolis Phase. In this phase, we will be focusing on Greek art and architecture. The Hellenes will also get a chance to create a replica of the Parthenon and their own Greek vases!

Last week’s stats:

Argos, Athens, Sparta, and Megara saw victory in the Debates Challenge! Arete for excellent argumentative style and grace under pressure went to Olympia of Sparta (Emma M), Hector of Megara (Ben) and Jason of Athens (Connor). Congrats to all who participated!

Another Fates Roll gave points to Argos and Sparta, as their patron gods Dionysus and Ares showed favor upon them for their talent and poise.

STRIVE FOR ARETE IN ALL THAT YOU DO!

RELIGION: Ch. 14 Test this Tuesday, and then we start the Miracle Maker!

ART: KEEP UP ON YOUR ANIMATIONS!!! Pencil tests should be done no later than 4/18, and claymation sets and sculptures done no later than 4/8.

Other announcements:

Please read the SJA newsletter: this week's newsletter

IMPORTANT DATES

Thursday, 4/4

8:00 a.m. Parent Council Meeting- ALL invited

March Madness Free Dress: for $1 wear a jersey or colors of your favorite team in the tournament; proceeds support 8th grade graduation

1:15 Stations of the Cross Workout- Join your child in their school family and participate!

Friday, 4/5

8:00 Mass- 8th Grade

Spirit Wear Orders Due (see details below)

Noon Dismissal/Student Council Nacho Sale

11:30-1:00 p.m. Recycled Uniform Sale

Sunday, 4/7  SJA lectors at 11:30 a.m. mass

Monday, 4/8 6:00 p.m. Rock the School ****new date****

Friday, 4/12 SJA Fish Feast

Fit to Lead Newsletter ~ Trust

"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the One who will keep you on track."  Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust... It is foundational to any relationship.  Trust is a catalyst so powerful that when it's in place almost anything is possible.  Yet it is something so fragile that in an instant it can be broken, and take a very long time to rebuild.  

Last week students experienced different trust building activities.  During these experiences students were challenged to trust their teammates, especially when they couldn't see, and to be a trustworthy teammate.  We discussed not only the challenges of trusting one another and the power that comes when we do trust.  But also how the little choices we make - intentionally or accidentally - impact our trust with others.  

Trust is crucial not only in our relationships with one another, but also with God.  It can sometimes be difficult to trust God, especially when we can't see or don't understand the why behind things.  Romans 8:28 tells us "We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose."  God is love (1 John 4:8) and is constantly loving us.  He is worthy of our trust at all times - especially when we can't see and we don't understand.   

Check out pics of the action ~ https://stjamesphysicaleducation.shutterfly.com

Family Discussion Questions:

1.  What makes it difficult to trust someone else?

2. Share a time when you accidentally broken someone's trust and the consequences of that action. 

3. Discuss how can you intentionally make little choices to build trust with others, and the impact those choices make.

4.  Why is it sometimes difficult to trust God?

5.  Why is God worthy of our trust at all times?

6.  Share a time when you chose to trust God and you experienced His faithfulness - even if it wasn't the way in which you expected.

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 28

Happy Monday!

ELA: LT Ch. 3-4 RG due Thursday and S/V Test Thursday. They need to be keeping up on their annotations and golden lines for each chapter. Whatever pages/chapters we read the previous week is due the following Monday. They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter. Don’t forget to annotate any reference to Greek mythology/culture!

We also read an excerpt from the non-fiction text, Medusa’s Gaze and the Vampires Bite: The Science of Monsters. The text focuses on our obsession with things that frighten us, and it compares the thrill of watching a scary movie to eating spicy food. We’ll also compare this text to Ch. 4 in The Lightning Thief.

HISTORY: We started the Assembly Phase this week! For this phase, we focus on government in Athens, the democratic assembly, and the Persian Wars. The main challenge for this week is the Assembly Debates, where reps from each polis face off in arguments relating to issues of the ancient Greeks. Debates start tomorrow!

Last week’s stats:

The Hellenes were introduced to Pythia, our resident Oracle at Delphi. She posed a cryptic warning of being out of favor with the gods, so STRIVE FOR ARETE IN ALL THAT YOU DO!

Another Fates Roll proved rough for Athens and Corinth, and Sparta and Megara won the best averages for Quizzes 1 and 2! Argos won extra Arete as well for success in the Greek Alphabet.

RELIGION: We started Ch. 14—Jesus’ Resurrection last week. This is my favorite chapter! Lots of song journal reflections to come!

ART: KEEP UP ON YOUR ANIMATIONS!!! Pencil tests should be done no later than 4/18, and claymation sets and sculptures done no later than 4/8.

Other announcements:

Please read the SJA newsletter: this week's newsletter

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, March 25 - Thursday, March 28

Coin War supporting CRS Rice Bowls - bring in your coins and dollar bills.

Friday, 3/29 - NO SCHOOL - WCEA Work Day for Teachers

Friday,  4/5 - Spirit Wear Orders Due

Monday, 4/8 Rock the School ****new date****

Thank you!

Miss Phillips