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A Weekly Newsletter for Saint James School Families and Staff
September 20, 2017

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Sister Joann's Letter to Parishioners


From the Principal's Desk:

Dear Saint James School Parents, Students, and Friends,

On Tuesday, we practiced our first fire drill of the school year. I was so proud of all of our students as they exited the building and waited until the “all clear” so quietly and calmly. We will continue to practice fire drills once per month and will practice a second security drill such as lock downs, shelter-in-place, reverse evacuations, and bomb threats. Before each new drill, our teachers will discuss the necessity of the drill, the procedures to be followed, and practice those procedures.

On Friday, September 22, we will have a dress down day – thanks to Monsignor Cronin! Please encourage your children to dress in a fashion that respects our school values.
I hope to see you all at Back to School Night tomorrow, Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. This is a chance for you to hear from the administration and Home School Association about plans for the year and from the teachers about classroom events, curriculum, and general information. We hope to see all of our parents and guardians tomorrow night!

Thank you to all of our parents and guardians for your diligence in dropping off our students on a timely basis everyday. We have decided to adjust the tardiness demerit policy to the following:

School starts at 8:30AM. The late bell rings at 8:40 AM. We urge parents to make every effort to drop students off before 8:40 AM so there is time to prepare for classes. Students who arrive in school after 8:40 AM are considered late. Students who are late more than twice in one week (Monday-Friday) will receive a demerit. After the 1st demerit the homeroom teacher will communicate with parents via email, a 2nd demerit will result in a phone call to the parent, and a 3rd demerit will result in morning detention (8:00 AM – 8:30 AM). If parents are delayed due to traffic or an emergency, please call the school office to inform the school that the student will be late. These instances will be considered excused tardiness.

If you have not already, please consider “liking” our Facebook page and sharing the good news that we post. Remember, word-of-mouth advertising is our most powerful tool!

Best Regards,

Sue Florendo


Nurse's Notes: 

  • If it is necessary for the school nurse to administer any medication to your student during the school day, including over the counter medications such as Advil, Tylenol, etc., you must print, complete, and have your student's physician sign the Authorization to Administer Medication in School form (one form per student, as necessary). This form is available here or on our website at>Parents>Other Forms. The medication prescribed must be brought to school by a responsible adult in its original pharmacy-labeled container or non-prescription container and labeled with the student's name.The only medications given will be those for which the school nurse has a written parent and physician order.
  • New Jersey state law requires that every child between the ages of six months and 59 months receive the influenza vaccine by December 31 of the current school year. if your student(s) will be within the noted age range as of December 31, 2017, please provide documentation of your his/her influenza vaccine to our school nurse.

 News You Can Use: 

  • IMPORTANT: Click here for this year's Emergency/Medical Information Form and here for this year's Transportation Form. Both of these forms should be completed, signed, and returned to school at your earliest convenience. You may drop off completed forms in the main office or email them to
  • Attention new parent/guardian volunteers: The required Protecting Gods Children (Virtus) training class for new volunteers has been scheduled at St. James Church on Thursday, October 5 at 7 PM. Sign up here to reserve your spot. In addition to this training class, all volunteers are required to undergo a criminal background check and complete forms required by the Diocese of Metuchen before volunteering their service. See Mrs. Deb Lewis, Administrative Assistant, in the main office for the necessary forms.
  • Library classes have begun for students in PreK through Grade 5 and the students have checked out books. Please remind your student(s) to return his/her library book each week so that he/she will be able to check out a new one for the following week. Below is this year's library schedule:
    • PreK-3: Books will be checked out on Fridays; due the following Friday
    • PreK-4: Books will be checked out on Tuesdays; due the following Tuesday
    • Grades K–5: Books will be checked out on Mondays; due the following Monday
  • How are you Fit With Family? A child growing up in a physically active household will see the value in exercise and will be more likely to continue the habit as an adult. The best way to encourage your child to be physically active right now is to join in! So, how are you Fit With Family? Parents/Guardians: While being active as a family (going for a bike ride, walking the dog, etc.), please snap a photo and send it in to school with your student. You may also include a short description of the photo. Students' pictures and descriptions can be placed in Mrs. Schmidt's mailbox or can be hand delivered to her during Gym class. All pictures submitted will be featured on a bulletin board on the first floor during the month of October for our school community to see. Let's set a good example for our children. Let's get Fit With Family!
  • "Park and Pray” Rosary will resume today, Wednesday, September 20 at 2:30 PM` in the Chapel and will continue every Wednesday throughout the school year. As a school family, we come together to pray for our children, our families, our school and all our special intentions and ask for the intercession of our Blessed Mother as we recite the Rosary. Please join us whenever it fits your schedule. All are welcome.
  • Our SJS school lunch program is in full-swing! Our Food Service Coordinator, Mrs. Kathleen Vogel, prepares home-cooked lunches for purchase each day. Your student(s) may pay $4 cash for the daily lunch entree or you may purchase a pre-paid lunch card for each of your student(s) that contains up to 30 lunches (at $4 each). Minimum lunch card purchase is ten lunches ($40) per student. To purchase a lunch card, please send payment (cash or check payable to 'Saint James School') c/o School Lunch to your child's classroom/homeroom teacher. New this year: packaged ice cream products are now available for $2 each during snack time.
  • A reminder regarding student birthday celebrations: All in-school birthday celebrations must be scheduled in advance with the student(s)’ classroom/homeroom teacher. As all of our classrooms are nut-free, please send only store-bought treats in boxes with affixed ingredient labels. No homemade snacks or donut-shop treats are allowed, and please do not arrange to have any outside food delivered to the cafeteria during the lunch periods. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
  • Registration for the 2017 SJS Cross Country team is now open! If you have run with us before, welcome back. If your student(s) are new to running, feel free to join us and let them try it out in a low-key, fun environment! To register your student(s), print and complete the following linked forms: 1. Registration Form 2. Code of Conduct Form  3. Athletic PreParticipation Form (Note that this is a medical form that requires a doctor’s signature.) All completed forms, accompanied by your particpation fee of $45 per student (cash or check, payable to ‘Saint James School’) must be dropped off or mailed to the main office before your student(s) may practice. Team practices will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 PM at Dunham Park in Basking Ridge beginning today, Wednesday, September 20. More information can be found on our website here.
HSA Happenings:
  • This year's Family Fall Festival date is fast approaching! The event will take place here at Saint James School on Saturday, September 30 from 12 PM to 5 PM, and we need your help with the following:
    • We are looking for volunteers! Click here to sign-up to help before and during the event.
    • As you clean out your closets to get ready for colder weather, the Fall Festival Committee is collecting the following donations. (One box will be set up at the school entrance to collect both of the above items.):
      • 1. Fall colored (orange ,red, brown, yellow, etc.) fabric: (prints and solids)
      • 2. Jeans and flannel-type button shirts. (Adult sizes and children sizes 10 and up).
  • The HSA is launching its 2017-2018 BoxTops for Education campaign! Saint James School earns ten cents for every Box Top redeemed. This is FREE MONEY for our school, so please don't forget to clip and save!  Click here for more information about the campaign. The class that collects the most BoxTops gets a free dress-down day.


Counselor's Corner:

Internet and Social Media Safety Tips for Kids

Sharing photos, posting comments, playing video games -- these are just a few of the ways that kids interact online or via social media. But when sharing goes beyond friends and family, it can be risky. Internet safety goes way beyond protecting kids from strangers or blocking inappropriate content. It's about helping your kids use the Internet productively and practice safe, responsible online behavior -- especially when you're not there to answer their questions or check in on where they've ventured. Keep in mind that what may seem like basic knowledge to parents is new to kids just getting started in the digital world. Having a conversation before your kid embarks online helps set expectations and establish ground rules. Engage in ongoing conversation about internet and social media safety throughout the year. Here are some basic guidelines to share with your kid:• Follow your family's rules about when and where to use the Internet and social media.
• Be polite, kind, and respectful.
• Understand a website's rules, and know how to flag other users for misbehavior.
• Recognize "red flags," including someone asking you personal questions such as your name and address.
• Never share your name, your school's name, your age, your phone number, or your email or home address with strangers.
• Never send pictures to strangers.
• Keep passwords private (except from parents).
• Never open a message from a stranger; it may contain a virus that can harm a computer.
• Immediately tell an adult if something mean or creepy happens.