October 6 2023
Friday we honored Canadian Hero Terry Fox by participating in our annual Terry Fox Run for the Cure. Every family has been touched by cancer and we are hopeful that a cure will be found in our lifetime. We thank all those families who raised funds for this very important cause.
HALL OF SAINTS IN SAINT JAMES SCHOOL
This past week we have celebrated two of the saints that are on display in the entry of our school. Saint Teresaof Liseux whose feast day was October 1 and Saint Mother Teresa whose feast day was September 5.
SHORT BIO OF SAINT MOTHER TERESA
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was a Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to serving the poor and destitute around the world. She spent many years in the slums of Calcutta, India where she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation devoted to helping those in great need. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became a symbol of charitable, selfless work. She was canonized in 2016. Some favorite quotes by Saint Mother Teresa:
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
September 29 2023
On Wednesday we recognized National Truth and Reconciliation Day. We wore orange shirts to honor the survivors of residential schools. Thanks to Ms. Witteman for taking on the role of Indigenous Education coordinator and providing us with some high quality lessons to share with our students and families. School families are also invited to a special Truth and Reconciliation Mass on Saturday September 30 at 11am at St. Benedict’s Church.
Volleyball season officially got underway for the girls this week (boys had a BYE) and you might notice our St. James Knights are looking extra flashy in their new jerseys! We have to thank Darris Routley for designing these stunning jerseys. Now both the girls and boys teams are properly equipped for years to come!
We also want to thank Ashley Irving for designing new apparel for the staff! We will enjoy representing our school at the staff retreat in our new sweaters!
September 15 2023
We are so blessed to still be enjoying such beautiful and balmy September weather. We gathered as a school community on Wednesday and celebrated our first school Mass. Even our 24 brand new kindergarten students were in attendance! We had a great turnout at Meet the Teacher night and we must thank our parents for participating.
Next Tuesday September 19, St. James School celebrates 67 years in operation! We will celebrate our anniversary with school picture day! Ordering information will be sent home shortly.
We are celebrating NATIONAL CEA day! Thank you to Mrs. Trepanier, Mrs. Romanovitch, Miss Anderson, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. White, Ms. Sircelj, Ms. Catlin and Mrs. Chipchase for everything you do for the students of SJS!