Week 27

Happy Monday!

ELA: We started reading The Lightning Thief today! Ch. 1-2 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 an excerpt from the non-fiction text, Hatshepsut: His Majesty, Herself. We are focusing this week on the structure of informational texts and how they can be used to convey/emphasize meaning. Discussions will also focus on the influence of powerful historical figures and their relevance today.

HISTORY: We are still in the Academy Phase this week, with lessons on Greek religion, scholars and thinkers, and the alphabet. Festival requirements and directions will be sent home tomorrow. Quiz 2 is this Friday.

Last week’s stats:

Argos won the Banner Challenge and Athens won the Cheer Challenge, with Sparta placing 2nd in both competitions. Our first Fates Roll proved tumultuous, as Hera was unkind to both Athens and Megara. More competitions to come this week! Some may not be obvious, so STRIVE FOR ARETE IN ALL THAT YOU DO!

RELIGION: Ch. 13 Test tomorrow!

ART: Congrats to all teams on their amazing completed storyboards! We are now venturing into the Animation Phase, the longest and most tedious (yet simultaneously most rewarding) phase of all. Last Friday, we learned about the 12 Principles of Animation and their use in 2D and 3D work. This week, the kids have to choose one principle to focus on and create a short animation that displays that principle. Pose to Pose and Timing MUST be utilized in all animations! Due Friday.

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

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, 3/18 - St. Patrick’s Day GREEN Free Dress Day; Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Installed

Tuesday, 3/19 - 8:30 a.m. - Schoolwide Reconciliation

Wednesday, 3/20 - 8:30 a.m. Parents in Prayer after mass - All are welcome!

Sunday, 3/24, 10:15 -11:15 am Final Day 2 of Altar Server Training (in the Church)

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

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 26

Hi everyone,

*PLEASE READ BELOW REGARDING GREEK UNIT*

Happy Daylight Savings!

ELA: This week is devoted to Teacher Reviews for their Narratives. But BEFORE that, they need to turn in these items TOMORROW:

  • 2nd Draft (perfect and polished)

  • IF WORKSHOP: 1 peer rev, 1 adult rev stapled to the back

  • IF NO WORKSHOP: 2 peer revs, 1 adult rev stapled to the back

  • Voice recording of them reading their entire story aloud (submitted over email or shown on iPad/Phone the next day)

HISTORY: We are starting our Greek Unit today! Please read all the handouts that were given to your child, and sign the GREEKS Simulation paper (due Wed). This is an action-packed, super immersive unit, where the kids basically get to become ancient Greeks! Here is the important part:

*There is a LOT of info and fun activities in this unit, so we move very fast. PLEASE keep up on your assignments, notes, and binder check items—you do NOT want to fall behind. Also, poor behavior will not be tolerated. Because of the fast nature of the unit and lessons, any distractions/misbehavior will be dealt with accordingly and without warning. This is done not to be strict, but because there is simply no time. Throughout the unit, let me know if you have any concerns or feel overwhelmed*

Strive for Arete!

RELIGION: We started Ch. 13—Jesus’ Death this week, perfect for the beginning of Lent. We will continue learning about Jesus’ final hours and how His ultimate sacrifice saved us from true death.

ART: The kids did an AMAZING job on their storyboards and pitch meetings last week! Stop by the classroom to see their boards! Final boards are due this Friday, 3/15.

Other announcements:

Please read the SJA newsletter: week's newsletter.

IMPORTANT DATES

March 12: 3:05 p.m. Day 2 of Altar Server Training for 4th graders and older at SJA. Please note the date change.

March 13: 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Rosary

March 28:  7:00 p.m. Rock the School

March 29: No school for students- WASC teacher in service

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips


Week 25

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday!

ELA: We finished ROT last week!!! Final Annotations and GLs are due tomorrow. We’re continuing with the Unit 3 ELA Writing Project—Writing a Narrative! 1st Drafts are due this Wednesday. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!! Use my resources to help you!

HISTORY: Binder Check and Unit 6 Test on China is this Wednesday! They have also been given a study guide to help them.

RELIGION: We’re starting Ch. 13—Jesus’ Death this week, perfect for the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, and the students will also be joining Parents in Prayer after Mass. Don’t forget to bring a rosary!

ART: We are now officially in the Storyboarding Phase. Pitch Meetings for the first draft board are this Friday, 3/8. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!! This due date will come up fast!

Other announcements:

Please read the SJA newsletter:this week's newsletter

IMPORTANT DATES

March 5: 3:05 p.m. Day 2 of Altar Server Training for 4th graders and older at SJA in 5th grade. See details below

March 6: 8:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday Mass

March 6- 8: Junior High Retreat

March 7: 8:00 a.m. Parent Council Meeting

Deadline to sign up for Rock the School

March 9:  SJA Around the World Gala

March 13: 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Rosary

Gala TO-DO List:

  • Get registered and start bidding!  Gala Silent Auction Goes Live!

  • Class Parties Go Live!

⬜Donate to your Class Basket (Donation of $30 requested per child)  

This includes 5 Free Dress Passes to be used on any given Tuesday in the 2018-2019 school year.

Donate Here

⬜Purchase your Gala Ticket and Golden Ticket!  

Purchase Here


⬜Sponsor a SJA Teacher/Faculty Member!

We want to make it possible for every SJA staff/faculty member to attend.  Consider donating a ticket or two today! Sponsor a Teacher/Staffer here

⬜Register/Buy Now/Family Dinner/Donate/Sponsor Click Here:

2019 Around the World Gala Link

⬜Donate/Solicit Auction Items!

SJA Gala Chairs are asking for every family to donate an item or contact their favorite business for a donation.   For donation form click here

⬜Take Advantage of  Underwriting Opportunities!

It is not too late to sponsor the Gala. Underwriting opportunities still available.  Contact Sherri Daquipa at 858.248.7744 or sherrical@hotmail.com or Susan Hanna at 503.869.6996 or susanshanna@gmail.com.

Raffle Update:

  • Prize $5,000!

  • Tickets are $10 each

  • We are asking every family to sell a minimum of 20 raffle tickets

  • Sign up to sell raffle tickets at weekly masses & at the Friday Fish Feasts: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F49ABA72E5-gala

  • Additional prizes for weekly participation and class participation:  Congratulations to 1st grade who is currently in the lead!  Remember, participation = 20 tickets sold!

  • Need more tickets?  No problem! Just stop by the front office and ask Mrs. Cooper for more tickets!  We need 100% family participation to make this a success! Questions? Contact Lisa Ronco at 858.245.4402 or at Lronco531@gmail.com

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 24

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday!

ELA: In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (ROT), we’re reading Ch. 11-12 this week. There is NO RG THIS WEEK, and NO S/V TEST. 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.

The students had their ELA Unit 3 Test today, and are finished with StudySync for Unit 3!!! This next phase is very exciting because they’re going to start their Unit 3 Writing Project this week—writing a narrative short story! Creative writing is my speciality, and I can’t wait to get started!

HISTORY: This week, they will be assigned a China Travel Brochure Project (info to come on Tues). This culmination of the China Unit is all we are working on in History. Brochures will be due Friday.

RELIGION: Ch. 12 Test tomorrow!

ART: We are now officially in the Storyboarding Phase. Pitch Meetings for the first draft board are on 3/8. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!! This due date will come up fast!

Other announcements:

Please read the SJA newsletter:this week's newsletter

SAVE THE DATE(S)

February 26:

3:05 p.m. - Day 1 of Altar Server Training for 4th graders and older at SJA. See details below

February 28:

Deadline to turn in your 2019-2020 Registration/Commitment Agreement

Deadline to apply for the Bishop Flores Scholarship; This is MANDATORY to be considered for any SJA assistance for the 2019-2020 school year

February 28 and March 1:

Noon Dismissal for Spring Parent/Teacher conferences - Aftercare available

March 1:

End of Second Trimester

Honor Roll and Peacemaker Awards after Mass

SJA’s 1st Annual Kids Gala/Family Dinner - see Gala section for more information

March 5: 3:05 p.m. Day 2 of Altar Server Training for 4th graders and older at SJA.

THE GALA COUNTDOWN IS ON! THE BIG EVENT IS JUST UNDER TWO WEEKS AWAY! PLEASE READ THE UPDATED GALA INFO BELOW AND PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TO CELEBRATE SJA!

AROUND THE WORLD GALA - Weekly Update

JOIN US on March 9th, 2019 for the SJA Around the World Gala at Lomas Santa Fe at 5:00pm

Now…Register/Buy Now/Click Here: 2019 Around the World Gala Link

  • Class Basket donation of $30 requested per child!  

This includes 5 Free Dress Passes to be used on any given Tuesday in the 2018-2019 school year.  CLICK HERE

  • Monday, February 25th - VIVA LA MEXICO! RED, WHITE & GREEN FREE DRESS!

Make sure to join us for the Monday Morning Assembly for a sneak peak of the Kids Gala Free Raffle prizes!

  • March 1st from 5:30pm-8:30pm

Join us for SJA’s 1st Annual Kids Gala/Family Dinner in the St. James Parish Hall.  Cost: $35 per family.  Join us for dinner, games and preview the class baskets and kids art! Fun for the whole family. (Kids Raffle tickets included with price of family dinner.)

o Get registered and start bidding! Gala Silent Auction Goes Live!

o Class Parties Go Live!

REGISTER HERE.

  • Have you purchased your Gala Tickets?  Sponsored a SJA Teacher/Faculty Member?  Bought your Golden Ticket?  CLICK HERE

  • SJA Gala Chairs are asking for every family to donate an item or contact their favorite business for a donation.   For donation form CLICK HERE

  • Underwriting opportunities still available.  Contact Sherri Daquipa at 858.248.7744 or sherrical@hotmail.com or Susan Hanna at 503.869.6996 or susanshanna@gmail.com

Gala Raffle:

  • Prize $5,000!

  • Tickets are $10 each

  • We are asking every family to sell a minimum of 20 raffle tickets

  • Sign up to sell raffle tickets at weekly masses & at the Friday Fish Feasts: Raffle Ticket Sales SignUp

  • Additional prizes for weekly participation and class participation:  Currently 4th Grade is in the Lead!

  • Need more tickets?  No problem! Just stop by the front office and ask Mrs. Cooper for more tickets!  We need 100% family participation to make this a success! Questions? Contact Lisa Ronco at 858.245.4402 or at Lronco531@gmail.com

Thank you!

Miss Phillips

Week 23

Hi everyone,

Hope you had a restful long weekend! This week is super short, but we’re nearing the end of the Trimester, so a lot of due dates are coming up fast!

We have our Mass this Friday, 2/22. Come and join us! Students: practice your readings :)

ELA: In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (ROT), we’re reading Ch. 10 this week. They have a reading guide (RG) due Friday, and 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.

In StudySync, we’re reading an excerpt from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. The scene deals with Jean Valjean, a savage ex-con, experiencing a bishop’s loving generosity. This is the catalyst that sets off his transformation. We’re paying special attention to theme in the novel as well. Extra Credit Close Read Essay due Monday. Students are now also required to get 1 peer and 1 adult review on their drafts, with signatures proving both.

There is also S/V Test Friday, and the root FLECT/FLEX and FLAIL/FRACT/FRAG Review Test Friday.

HISTORY: This week, we’re focusing on the Qin and Han Dynasties: think Great Wall, Terracotta Army, and Silk Road!

RELIGION: We’re starting Ch. 12—Jesus Heals. Emphasis will be placed on how Jesus heals both the Body and the Soul. SONG JOURNALS DUE FRIDAY!

ART: We are now officially in the Storyboarding Phase. Last Friday, the kids learned all about this process, and what it takes to tell a story. The first Pitch meetings will be held 3/8, and the Mulan activity is due Friday. Use the Toy Story Pitch video under my Resources tab to help you.

Other announcements:

Please read the SJA newsletter: this week's newsletter

  • Uniform Change: Please note that due to the cold weather, girls are permitted to wear SOLID navy blue or black leggings under their jumpers and skirts.

AROUND THE WORLD GALA - Weekly Update -IMPORTANT PLEASE READ

JOIN US on March 9th, 2019 for the SJA Around the World Gala at Lomas Santa Fe at 5:00pm

Now…Register/Buy Now/Click Here: 2019 Around the World Gala Link

  • Class Basket donation of $30 requested per child!  This includes 5 Free Dress Passes to be used on any given Tuesday in the 2018-2019 school year.  CLICK HERE

  • Join us on March 1st from 5:30pm-8:30pm for SJA’s 1st Annual Kids Gala/Family Dinner in the St. James Parish Hall.  Cost: $35 per family.  Join us for dinner, games and preview the class baskets and kids art! Fun for the whole family.  REGISTER HERE.

  • President’s Weekend Raffle Ticket Promo:  Earn Free Dress on Wednesday, February 20th…by turning in 20 sold raffle tickets to Mrs. Ronco on Wednesday morning by 8:00 am on the blacktop..  For those that have already sold your 20 raffle tickets, CONGRATS you earned the Wednesday, February 20th Free Dress!

  • Have you purchased your Gala Tickets?  Sponsored a SJA Teacher/Faculty Member?  Bought your Golden Ticket?  CLICK HERE

  • SJA Gala Chairs are asking for every family to donate an item or contact their favorite business for a donation.   For donation form CLICK HERE

  • Underwriting opportunities still available.  Contact Sherri Daquipa at 858.248.7744 or sherrical@hotmail.com or Susan Hanna at 503.869.6996 or susanshanna@gmail.com

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT OF SJA!

SAVE THE DATE(S)

February 21:

Kindergarten Screening for 2019-2020 - email Mrs. Cooper (lcooper@saintjamesacademy.com) to set up your appointment

February 26th:

3:05 Day 1 of Altar Server Training for 4th graders and older at SJA

February 28:

Deadline to turn in your 2019-2020 Registration/Commitment Agreement

Deadline to apply for the Bishop Flores Scholarship; This is MANDATORY to be considered for any SJA assistance for the 2019-2020 school year

February 28 and March 1: Noon Dismissal for Spring Parent/Teacher conferences

March 1 5:30:

First Annual Kids’ Gala and Family Dinner in the Parish Hall

March 5th:

3:05 Day 2 of Altar Server Training for 4th graders and older at SJA


Altar Server Training:

Calling all students & adults 4th grade and older to serve at our Lord's Table!

Training Dates: (You must attend both days)

Day 1:

Tuesday, 2/26, 3:05 pm - 4:05 pm, at St. James Academy (all parishioners welcome)

OR

Sunday, 3/3, 4:30 pm -5:30 pm, at St. James Church (all parishioners & SJA students welcome)

Day 2: 

Tuesday, 3/5, 3:05 pm - 4:05 pm, at St. James Academy (all parishioners welcome)

OR

Sunday, 3/24, 10:15 am 11:15 am, in the Church (all parishioners & SJA students welcome)

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 22

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday!

ELA: In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (ROT), we’re reading Ch. 8-9 this week. They have a reading guide (RG) due Thursday, and 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 (in this case, Wednesday). They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter.

In StudySync, we’re reading two arguments regarding “Bullying in Schools,” and discussing more about what makes a strong argument. Close Read Essay due Thursday. Students are now also required to get 1 peer and 1 adult review on their drafts, with signatures proving both.

There is also S/V Test Thursday, and the root FLECT/FLEX Quiz on Thursday.

HISTORY: Today, we’re starting Unit 6—Ancient China! This is one of my favorite units, and I can’t wait to get started. This week, we’re focusing on the family and ancestor worship, as well as the teachings of Confucius, Taoism, Yin/Yang, and Chinese New Year!

RELIGION: We’re starting Ch. 12—Jesus Heals. Emphasis will be placed on how Jesus heals both the Body and the Soul. Lots of Song Journal entries to come, so make sure you keep up for the end of the Trimester!

ART: We are now officially in the Storyboarding Phase. Last Friday, the kids learned all about this process, and what it takes to tell a story. The first Pitch meetings will be held 3/8, and the Mulan activity is due 2/22. Use the Toy Story Pitch video under my Resources tab to help you.

Other announcements:

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

  • Yearbook Ad Orders Due February 15th

Yearbook ads are a great way to congratulate a student, thank a teacher, send a greeting, advertise your business or wish our graduates well. Please use this order form and place your orders by February 15th. There will be no late orders accepted this year due to production timelines.

SAVE THE DATE(S)

February 10:  St. James Parish Blood Drive (see details below)

February 13: Last day to sign up for sports

February 14: St. James Baby Shower

February 15: Yearbook AD Orders Due, order form  - No Exceptions


GALA INFORMATION

SJA’s Around the World Gala Packets and Raffle Tickets are Coming Home Today

Our annual Gala is in 45 days! A packet of information and raffle tickets were sent home today. Please review and consider sponsoring, underwriting, getting involved and most importantly...attending! This event is a HUGE community builder and CELEBRATION of SJA! Please contact our fabulous chairs, Susan Hanna and Sherri Daquipa for more information.

Gala Raffle:

We are excited to launch the 2019 Gala Raffle and back by popular demand is our cash prize of $5,000 to one winner which will be drawn on Saturday, March 9th at the SJA Gala.  

  • We are asking for every family to sell a minimum of 20 raffle ticket

  • Tickets are $10 each

  • Sign up to sell at weekly masses and fish feast: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f49aba72e5-gala

  • Cash prizes for top 3 selling families

  • Additional prizes for weekly participation and Class Participation

Tickets are being sent home today.  Please check your oldest child's backpack for tickets and more detailed information.  

We need 100% participation to make a success!  Please get out there and start selling those raffle tickets!

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 21

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday!

Please read regarding behavior: I’m sure your child has already told you this, but we’ve started a new way of behavior management last week. It sounds simple, but it’s been very effective—I’ve been sending kids to walk all the way outside and back inside if they talk out of turn or are disruptive in any way—no oops slips, no points taken away, no stress. Thus I have only used Class Dojo to monitor Participation and Missing Homework. In regards to their Responsible Behavior grade, I had them each self-reflect and write down a number out of 10 that they thought they deserved for this week. This helped them reflect on their own behavior, as well as see what grade I actually would have given them.

Also, starting this week, they will be asked to visit Mrs. Lang if I feel that I’ve had to send them out too frequently. They will then call home. Please have a discussion tonight with your child to remind them of what is expected of them.

ELA: In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (ROT), we’re reading Ch. 7 this week. They have a reading guide (RG) due Friday, and 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.

In StudySync, we’re reading an excerpt from Red Scarf Girl, a memoir about the Cultural Revolution in Communist China. We will be discussing the dilemma our protagonist faces of choosing between her parents and her country. Close Read Essay due Friday. Students are now also required to get 1 peer and 1 adult review on their drafts, with signatures proving both.

There is also S/V Test Friday, and the root VIT/VIV Quiz on Thursday.

HISTORY: Today, we’re starting Unit 6—Ancient China! This is one of my favorite units, and I can’t wait to get started. This week, we’re focusing on the geography of China and the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. The Map of China (to be assigned) is due Thurs, and an open-note Quiz is on Friday.

RELIGION: We’re starting Ch. 12—Jesus Heals. Emphasis will be placed on how Jesus heals both the Body and the Soul. Lots of Song Journal entries to come, so make sure you keep up for the end of the Trimester!

ART: We finished the Scriptwriting Phase in their Animation project, and moved into Concept Art and Character Design! Come by to see their creations on the 6th grade bulletin board! We will then move into the next phase—Storyboarding.

Other announcements:

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

  • Yearbook Ad Orders Due February 15th

Yearbook ads are a great way to congratulate a student, thank a teacher, send a greeting, advertise your business or wish our graduates well. Please use this order form and place your orders by February 15th. There will be no late orders accepted this year due to production timelines.


SAVE THE DATE(S)

February 6: Parents in Prayer after 8:00 a.m. Mass

February 7: 8:00 a.m. Parent Council Meeting; 9:30-11:00 a.m. Inclusion Conference

February 8: Junior High Valentine Dance in Parish Hall

February 9: Father/Daughter Dance in Parish Hall

February 10:  St. James Parish Blood Drive (see details below)

February 15: Yearbook AD Orders Due, order form  - No Exceptions


GALA INFORMATION

SJA’s Around the World Gala Packets and Raffle Tickets are Coming Home Today

Our annual Gala is in 45 days! A packet of information and raffle tickets were sent home today. Please review and consider sponsoring, underwriting, getting involved and most importantly...attending! This event is a HUGE community builder and CELEBRATION of SJA! Please contact our fabulous chairs, Susan Hanna and Sherri Daquipa for more information.

Gala Raffle:

We are excited to launch the 2019 Gala Raffle and back by popular demand is our cash prize of $5,000 to one winner which will be drawn on Saturday, March 9th at the SJA Gala.  

  • We are asking for every family to sell a minimum of 20 raffle ticket

  • Tickets are $10 each

  • Sign up to sell at weekly masses and fish feast: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f49aba72e5-gala

  • Cash prizes for top 3 selling families

  • Additional prizes for weekly participation and Class Participation

Tickets are being sent home today.  Please check your oldest child's backpack for tickets and more detailed information.  

We need 100% participation to make a success!  Please get out there and start selling those raffle tickets!

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 20

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday and Catholic Schools Week!

ELA: In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (ROT), we’re reading Ch. 5-6 this week. They have a reading guide (RG) due Friday, and 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.

Last week, we read excerpts from the Twilight Zone teleplay, “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” This week, they have to research the Second Red Scare to help them answer the Close Read prompt: Knowing what you know about the Second Red Scare, what do you think the writers of “Monsters Are Due” were trying to say about human nature? What was the purpose for writing this script?

I really wanted the kids to take their time and focus on writing a good essay, so this CR is the main topic for this week. Expect a lot of discussion on the Second Red Scare and how media can be used to send a message to society.

There is also S/V Test Friday, and the root BIO Quiz on Thursday.

HISTORY: We started Unit 5: India last week, and are finishing it up this week. They’ve learned about the geography of the Indus River Valley, early Harrapan societies, the Aryans and the caste system. Tomorrow we’ll be studying the Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. The short Unit Test is this Wednesday, but the test is OPEN NOTE. The Binder Check for this unit is also due Wednesday.

RELIGION: We continued Ch. 11—Jesus Teaches. The kids were placed into groups and assigned a parable to study. They are also performing a skit for the parable, to be done on Tuesday.

ART: We finished the Scriptwriting Phase in their Animation project, and moved into Concept Art and Character Design! Come by to see their creations on the 6th grade bulletin board! We will then move into the next phase—Storyboarding.

Other announcements:

Please read the SJA newsletter: this week's newsletter

  • Tuesday at 1:15 Spelling Bee in the hall

  • As part of Catholic Schools’ Week, we honor grandparents at a special mass and small reception on Friday, February 1st.  Please use this link to RSVP.

  • Yearbook Ad Orders Due February 15th

Yearbook ads are a great way to congratulate a student, thank a teacher, send a greeting, advertise your business or wish our graduates well. Please use this order form and place your orders by February 15th. There will be no late orders accepted this year due to production timelines.

GALA INFORMATION

SJA’s Around the World Gala Packets and Raffle Tickets are Coming Home Today

Our annual Gala is in 45 days! A packet of information and raffle tickets were sent home today. Please review and consider sponsoring, underwriting, getting involved and most importantly...attending! This event is a HUGE community builder and CELEBRATION of SJA! Please contact our fabulous chairs, Susan Hanna and Sherri Daquipa for more information.

Gala Raffle:

We are excited to launch the 2019 Gala Raffle and back by popular demand is our cash prize of $5,000 to one winner which will be drawn on Saturday, March 9th at the SJA Gala.  

  • We are asking for every family to sell a minimum of 20 raffle ticket

  • Tickets are $10 each

  • Sign up to sell at weekly masses and fish feast: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f49aba72e5-gala

  • Cash prizes for top 3 selling families

  • Additional prizes for weekly participation and Class Participation

Tickets are being sent home today.  Please check your oldest child's backpack for tickets and more detailed information.  

We need 100% participation to make a success!  Please get out there and start selling those raffle tickets!

Photos of students and siblings will be taken tomorrow (January 24).  Please make sure your child(ren) brings his/her smile to school and looks picture ready.  Thanks Erin Perryman!

IMPORTANT DATES

Saturday, February 9:

9th Annual Father Daughter Dance

Thursday, February 14:

Valentine’s Day, St. James Baby Shower

February 15-19:

NO SCHOOL Presidents’ Holiday

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Week 19

Hi everyone,

Happy Thursday!

Please talk with your child tonight about their behavior. I’ve seen a lot of slipping this week. I had them write and sign a promise to be better. Consequences will be harsher as we recalibrate.

ELA: In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (ROT), we read Ch. 4 this week. They have a reading guide (RG) due Friday, and 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.

This week, we’re reading excerpts from the Twilight Zone teleplay, “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” There is no Close Read this week because with the short week and a lot of other engagements, I really wanted the kids to take their time and focus on writing a good essay. The Close Read for “Monsters” will be the main topic for next week. Expect a lot of discussion on the Second Red Scare and how media can be used to send a message to society.

There is also S/V Test Friday, and a Roots Review as well (BEN/BENE/BON and MAL/MALE).

HISTORY: The kids had their Unit 4 Test and Binder Check yesterday. Students who performed 14 or lower on the test will have to do test corrections (due Mon, 1/28). Review with your child their study strategies as well as their strategy for learning/work habits in class as you go through the Test Reflection tonight. Instructions for test corrections can be found on GC.

RELIGION: We continued Ch. 11—Jesus Teaches. The kids were placed into groups and assigned a parable to study. They are also performing a skit for the parable, to be done on Tuesday.

ART: We finished the Scriptwriting Phase in their Animation project, and moved into Concept Art and Character Design! Come by during Open House to see their creations on the 6th grade bulletin board!

Other announcements:

Please read the SJA newsletter: this week's newsletter

  • Erin Perryman will be taking Gala photos this Thursday, 1/24.

  • Deacon Al’s 100th Birthday Celebration - please see the invitation for more details and to RSVP

  • As part of Catholic Schools’ Week, we honor grandparents at a special mass and small reception on Friday, February 1st.  Please use this link to RSVP.

  • Yearbook Ad Orders Due February 15th

Yearbook ads are a great way to congratulate a student, thank a teacher, send a greeting, advertise your business or wish our graduates well. Please use this order form and place your orders by February 15th. There will be no late orders accepted this year due to production timelines.

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, January 22-January 25:

Kindness Week

Friday, January 25:

School Family Activity. Please bring in coins to play Bingo with, which we will donate to St. Jude’s Hospital.

Sunday, January 27:

Open House and CSW kick off - Students are invited to attend Sunday morning 9:00 am Mass and visit their classroom. Students who attend in uniform may wear free dress on Monday, January 28.

Saturday, February 9:

9th Annual Father Daughter Dance

Thanks so much!

Miss Phillips

Weeks 17-18

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year! I’m sure most of you know by now that I was very sick the last couple of weeks. I got an awful stomach bug on my trip to Dublin/London the week before we returned, and I just couldn’t shake it. Thankfully though, after lots of tests and doctor’s appointments, nothing serious was wrong like I originally feared. So now we’re back in the game, back to school!

I know this newsletter is coming rather late in the week (so much work to catch up on after a week of absence!) and I apologize for that. Here are the highlights as well as what to look for concerning our schedule of assignments:

ELA: The students began Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (ROT) last week, and we continued into Ch. 2 and 3 this week. They have a reading guide (RG) due every Friday, and 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 (in this week’s case, it’s Tuesday). They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter.

Last week, they studied plot and character with an excerpt from A Wrinkle in Time, and this week they focusing on comparing and contrasting the events in ROT to a Harlem Renaissance poem called “The Lynching,” a sonnet about the violence enacted on the black community during the Jim Crow era—pretty serious stuff! They had to analyze the poem’s strong word choice/imagery and compare the feelings felt in the poem to the feelings of the characters in ROT, who are also facing violence. The Close Read essay on this was due today because of the short week. If they need to, rewrites are due on Tuesday.

The kids also are returning to their normal schedule of having spelling/vocab tests every Friday, and Greek/Latin roots quizzes on Thursdays.

HISTORY: We started their new unit on the Israelites last week. We continued this week to study the story of Moses and also began to have a greater discussion on the formation of the Bible and the stories within it as well. Please ask your child to share what they’ve learned! It’s an incredibly fascinating unit, and it relates a lot to our Religion curriculum. The Unit Test and BC are Wednesday, 1/23, though it’s quite a short unit.

RELIGION: We started and continued Ch. 11—Jesus Teaches. This unit focuses on Jesus’ teachings, primarily the parables. This links directly to our history curriculum about the Bible this week!

Other announcements:

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

  • Parent Council Meeting is this Thursday, 1/17 at 8:00 a.m. PC representatives are strongly encouraged to attend and ALL moms and dads are invited! Please join us! If you’re not able to make the meeting but would like to assist sign up here.

  • Deacon Al’s 100th Birthday Celebration - please see the invitation for more details and to RSVP

  • As part of Catholic Schools’ Week, we honor grandparents at a special mass and small reception on Friday, February 1st.  Please use this link to RSVP.

  • 1/6-1/20 Interfaith Shelter in parish hall

IMPORTANT DATES

Thursday, January 17: Parent Council Meeting, Please attend

Friday, January 18: NO SCHOOL for students/ Teacher WCEA work day

Monday,  January 21: NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday observed

Tuesday, January 22-January 25: Kindness Week

Friday, January 25: School Family Activity

Deacon Al’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Sunday, January 27: Open House and CSW kick off - Students are invited to attend Sunday morning Mass and visit their classroom. Students who attend may wear free dress on Monday, January 28.

Saturday, February 9: 9th Annual Father Daughter Dance

Fit to Lead Newsletter ~ Teachable

"Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor; it refines the senses and, gives intellectual penetration, and steels the will to endurance." ~ Pope Pius XII's 'Sport at the Service of the Spirit' in July 1945

The foundational pieces that make up a team are: recognizing that each person has a unique and important role on a team, that everyone will be both a leader and follower, and for each team member to be teachable.  Being teachable is key because it means that everyone on your team is humble, willing to learn and grow, listens and is respectful, and always gives their best effort.  Successful teams are teachable teams!!

During PE, students had the opportunity to practice being teachable as we had a special guest come and share his expertise with us - Ray Kelly, our SJA boys varsity soccer coach, as well as a former rugby player from England, came and taught the students rugby!  

There are now some amazing opportunities, particularly for girls to play rugby... tackle, tag and even beach rugby are available!  Please check out the San Diego Girls Rugby club for girls interested in rugby.  http://girlsrugbyinc.com/california/

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

Family Discussion Questions:

1.  Why is it important to be teachable or coachable?

2.  Have you ever been a part of a team where someone is not teachable?  What effect did that have on your team?

3.  Choose one time in particular this week to focus on being teachable - choose a time when it may usually be challenging to do so.  Afterwards, share with the rest of your family the impact your teachable spirit had on others.

Thank you so much!

Miss Phillips