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A Weekly Newsletter for Saint James School Families and Staff

April 18, 2018



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Weekly Bulletin Letter to Parishioners

From the Principal's Desk:
Dear Saint James School Parents, Guardians, Students, and Friends,
One thing the students at SJS learn, early on, is the responsibility to the needy in our world. On Friday, April 20th, there will be several high school students from Saint James parish traveling with the Bridges Run Organization to feed the homeless.  Our 7th and 8th-grade students will be able to serve those in need by preparing bagged lunches during their specials classes on Friday.  We are also in need of food and supplies for this service opportunity,  Non-perishable items may be left in the basket at the front door; perishable items should be sent to school on Friday.  
The response to this service opportunity has already been so wonderful, and if you haven't had a chance yet, please consider supplying the needs as described on this sign-up:  Thank you so much for your generosity!
Here are a few dates that you may want to add to your home calendars:
     Thursday, May 3:  Middle School Science Fair and Art Fair (Grades PK - 8) - all are welcome!
     Saturday, May 5:  First Communion for our 2nd graders     
     Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12:  Drama Club presents: Oz! - all are welcome!
     Monday, May 21:  Grandparents Day
We are in the middle of the preschool program's marketing initiative!  Thanks to those who have "liked" and "shared" the ad!  We have received an up-tick in phone calls interested in the school, so thank YOU for that!  Please keep liking and sharing our posts, we are so proud of Saint James School and want to "shout from the rooftops" so all can hear and join us.  If you have a family member or friend who you think might be interested in attending SJS, please have them call me or send me their contact information and I'll call them!  
Thanks for all you do to support Saint James School. We couldn't do it without you.
Best Regards,
Sue Florendo
News You Can Use:
  • Please note that all SJS families must go online and register with the FACTS Tuition Management Program for the 2018-2019 school year, regardless of the payment plan that you select. This should be done now. Click here for instructions on setting up your account.
  • Beginning Tuesday, May 1st, students may wear the SJS spring uniform. Please reference the Parent/Student Handbook for our school uniform guidelines.
  • Want to get more involved at Saint James School but don't yet have the required VIRTUS training? Great news!  St. James Church will be offering two VIRTUS classes in the coming months, taking place in the Parish Center as follows: Tuesday, May 8 at 7 PM and Thursday, June 7 at 7 PM. Click here to complete the required online registration.
  • Sacramental Updates:
    • 8th grade families: any Confirmation requirements that have not been submitted are now past due. Please be sure to keep copies of all requirements before submitting them. The Confirmation requirements packet can be found here.
      • Beginning in Grade 7, we ask all students preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to perform 20+ hours of service to others -- a minimum of 10 hours in Grade 7 and 10 hours in Grade 8. Please download and have your child complete this form for each service project. Questions? Contact Christina Duffy at
    • 2nd grade families: Please click here for First Communion Mass DVD and Communion Class Photo order form and here for the Justin Baiter Photography First Communion special offer.
  • The Men of Charity will host their 5K for Katie Run & Fun Walk on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 PM at St. James Church. All proceeds will benefit the Katie King Foundation, which helps 10-year-old Katie and her family offset the expenses associated with her Ewing Sarcoma diagnosis, a rare form of bone cancer. If you can run, walk, or make a donation, please support Katie at Interested race sponsors may contact Glenn Booth at To view the race flyer, click here.
HSA Happenings:
  • We need your help!  On Friday, April 20, there will be several high school students from Saint James Church traveling with the Bridges Run Organization to feed the homeless.  Our school's 7th and 8th grade students will be serving those in need by preparing bagged lunches. We are in need of food and supplies for this service opportunity. If you would like to participate, click here to sign up. There will be a collection box at the school entrance, however, PERISHABLE items should be brought in on Friday morning.  If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact Cary St. Pierre at 973.216.9272 or  Thank you in advance for serving those most in need. It is greatly appreciated.  
  • The Saint James School Spirit Store is officially OPEN! Click here for the order form. Order forms should be returned to the main office, c/o HSA Spirit Store.
Counselors Corner:
10 Routines That Will Strengthen a Parent-Child Relationship
Connection is as essential to parents as it is to children.

We all crave those close moments with our children that melt our hearts. Connection is as essential to us as it is to our children. When our relationship is strong, it's also sweet, so we receive as much as we give. That's what makes parenting worth all the sacrifices.

That connection is also the only reason children willingly follow our rules. Kids who feel strongly connected to their parents want to cooperate, if they can. They'll still act like kids, which means their emotions will sometimes overwhelm their still-growing prefrontal cortex. But when they trust us to understand and to be on their side, they're motivated to follow our lead.

Researchers remind us that we need five positive interactions to each negative interaction to keep a relationship healthy. And since we spend so much time guiding — a.k.a. correcting, reminding, scolding, criticizing, nagging, and yelling — it's important to make sure that we spend five times as much time in positive connection.

But we're only human. There are days when all we can do is meet our children's most basic needs. Some days it's nothing short of heroic simply to feed them, bathe them, keep an encouraging tone, and get them to sleep at a reasonable hour — just so we can do it all over again tomorrow.

So given that parenting is the toughest job we have — and that we often do it in our spare time, after being separated all day — the only way to keep a strong bond with our children is to build in daily habits of connection. Here are 10 that don't add time to your day, but do add connection — and could change your life.