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Wednesday's Words

A Weekly Newsletter for Saint James School Families and Staff
May 24, 2017

Monthly Calendar Updates:

May School Calendar 

May Parish Calendar 

Saint James School Website

From the Principal's Desk:


Dear Parents,


On Tuesday, about 40 students came in after 8:45 AM.  This means that the students who came in at 8:47 AM only had three minutes to prepare for their first class.  The second bell rings at 8:50 AM to begin classes. 

Our Parent/Student Handbook says: “Students should be dropped off no later than 8:40 AM so that they have time to get ready for Prayer and Daily Announcements.”   

I respectfully ask that we all follow the guidelines of our school.

Thank you,

Sr. Joann Marie


News You Can Use: 

  • This Friday, May 26th will be a dress down day to benefit the Falcone family. Please bring $2 and dress in red, white and blue in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.
  • June is a busy month at SJS! Click here for a preview of the June, 2017 calendar.
  • Reminder: If your student in Grades 6-8 is interested in attending the Middle School Semi-Formal Dance on Saturday, June 3rd, please complete and return the attached permission slip as soon as possible. Also, we are looking for parent chaperones for the dance. Please contact Deb Lewis at if you're able to volunteer. 
  • The 2017 SJS yearbook is now on sale! Please send all order forms and payments to the School Office. Yearbooks will be distributed on or after Thursday, June 8th.
  • For the comfort of our students as temperatures increase, the gym uniform may be worn for the rest of the school year. 
  • We are looking for playground volunteers for Monday, June 12th and Tuesday, June 13th. If you're able to give an hour of your time on either of those days, please email Erin Sheehan at
  • “Park and Pray” Rosary has been going strong this school year! It will continue every Wednesday at 2:30 PM in the chapel through the end of the school year. Please join us on Wednesday, May 31st, at 2:30 PM to recite the Rosary for the special intention of Mr. Falcone’s full recovery.
  • We are happy to announce the start of a new tradition at Saint James School for the 8th grade students: Balloons in June! The 7th grade class will put together a bouquet of blue and gold mylar balloons for your special graduate. Click here for more information and a balloon order form. All balloon orders must be received by Friday, May 26th.
  • There will be a 12:45 PM early dismissal next Friday, June 2nd. Our monthly faculty meeting will take place that afternoon. 
  • Please click here for an important public service annoucement from the Bernards Township School District.
  • The Sisters of Christian Charity are celebrating the 200th birthday of their foundress Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt with a special birthday celebration this year. The celebration will be on Saturday, June 3rd, at the Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse on Bernardsville Road in Mendham. The Sisters are inviting a limited number of students from each of the schools where they have a teaching ministry to join them. There will be a barbecue, games, and other activities. SJS students in Grades 1 through 8 are invited to contact Sister Joann directly if they are interested in attending; the first fifteen students to contact her will be invited to attend.
  • Cub Scout Pack 55 welcomes all boys in Kindergarten through Grade 4 to join them for a Somerset Patriots baseball game with fireworks during the 7th inning on Saturday evening, June 3rd. Cost is $12.50 per person. For more information, click here.
  • On Saturday, June 10th, the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church will hold a parade in honor of their 300th Anniversary. They have reached out to other congregations to include them in this celebration. We are looking for some SJS students/families to walk with our school's 50th Anniversary banner in the parade. For more information on the event, click here. If you would like to volunteer your student(s) or family, please contact Mary-Frances Vaccaro at
  • Ridge Rugby will run their Flag Rugby League from June 12th thorough July 22nd. This program is open to all boys and girls Grades K through 9. Click here for more information and to register for this league.
Home School Association (HSA) Happenings:
  • The HSA Spirituality Committee graciously thanks all those who were able to attend the luncheon commemorating the100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. Click here and here for a few photos of the event!
  • This year's Mother & Son Fun Night will take place on Sunday, June 4th from 5 PM - 8 PM in the school gym. All SJS boys and their mom (or grandmother, aunt, etc.) are invited to join us to play games, have dinner, eat ice cream, and participate in the "moms vs. sons" wiffle ball game!  Click here for more information and to share in the fun!
  • A request from the Fall Festival Committee as you make room for your summer wardrobe: The warm weather has finally arrived! Yay! As you begin to clear out winter clothes to make room for summer outfits, please consider donating your old pants, button down long sleeve shirts, and accessories to the Fall Festival Committee. A large bin will be set up at the front of the school. These items will be used to make scarecrows at our annual Fall Festival which will be held Saturday, September 30th. Thank you in advance for your donations. 
  • If you shop online at, use this link to directly support Saint James through their Amazon Smile program: Amazon Smile. 
Counselor's Corner:
Grief and Loss
  • Losing a loved one can be extremely hard for individuals of any age. Below are a few ways you as parents can support your children through this difficult time
  • Understand that children cope with death differently and may have a range of reactions (including emotional shock, regression, acting out and explosive emotions, and questioning) depending on their developmental level
  • Answer your child's questions and help them understand what happened with truthful, developmentally appropriate responses
  • Allow children to grieve and tell their story, listen and validate their feelings, and show extra love and care
  • Understand that grief is a process and allow it to happen as the child needs
  • Realize that as children move into new developmental stages, they begin to understand the loss in a new way and may need extra support
  • Be aware of your own need to grieve as a parent; adults who get help working through their grief are much more able to help their child through the grieving process

    Additional Resources:
    6 Ways Adolescent Grief is Different
    Someone in my friend's family died, what do I do?