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Virtual Backpack ~ March 12, 2018

Click on Weekly Flyers on Left to view flyers on items below.



National Geography Bee

Conner Thomassen qualified for

the National Geography Bee. 

The State Geography Bee will be held @ UNO on April 6.

Way to go Conner!!!!


National History Day

Congratulations to Cece Clites, Niamh Corrigan and Emily Kriener.

for competing in the National History Day competition.  History day competition is an opportunity for students to grow skills in critical thinking, research and writing.  Niahm placed 3rd place in the Historical Paper category in the National History Day Competition.  She will go on to compete at state.



Help Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help in the cafeteria.  Volunteers would help with rinsing trays or wiping down tables between lunch shifts.  Check out iVolunteer to get signed up


Knights of Columbus

Have volunteer opportunities available.  Check out their new iVolunteer site to get signed up.



~Annual Dodgeball Tournament Due to lack of interest the tournament has been cancelled. 


~Art Camp Mrs. Smith will be having a summer art camp.  For camp details and how to get signed up check out the flyer


~Book Fair due to the flood in the library the book fair has been postponed until April.  Once dates have been finalized we will update the iVolunteer. 


~SJS Grade 7 Science Project Day will be held Tuesday, March 13 from 1:30-3:00.  All are welcome to come to the parish center and our future scientists projects.


~March Menu


~March Spotlight Skill: This month we will focus on building the skill Accepting 'No' for an Answer

One of the most difficult skills to teach is "Accepting 'No' for an Answer. We all struggle when we can't do the things we would like to do. Many times, students don't think about why someone might tell them 'no', rather they may simply react negatively to the response. Below are the steps to practice this skill with your children at home:

Accepting ‘No’ for an Answer

  1. Look at the person.
  2. Say “Okay,” or nod your understanding.
  3. Stay Calm.
  4. If you disagree, find a time later to discuss your opinion.


~Our Sunday Visitor featured an article on the top ten reasons to send your children to Catholic Schools.  It is a good read


~SJS Athletics Track is open to all 6th, 7th, & 8th grade boys and girls who attend St. James / Seton school.  Practice will start in March and the season will begin in April.  It culminates with a final meet normally at Omaha Skutt Catholic High School.


The registration link is





The football program at St. James / Seton (SJS) is open to all 7th and 8th grade boys (Fall ’18). 


If your son(s) elects to go out for St. James / Seton Football this fall; the registration process including the medical statement and payment of the participation fee will need to be completed online (debit/credit card via PayPal; note, you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay online).  Registration steps are attached.  Note: register and pay the participation fee by May 15th and you save $30!!!


A parent meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 10th; at 7:00 PM at the St. James / Seton school gym.  A reference document (Football Parent Handbook – 2018) is attached

and such items within the document will be discussed during the meeting.


For updated information regarding SJS Football, access SJS Athletics (link) web site and click on the football link in the top center of the screen. 


The direct link to the registration page is


If you have questions, contact TJ Burbridge at 402-689-6922,; or Chris Findall at 402-238-3200,


~Girlscout Masquerade Dance My Guy and I Dance - You are invited to a My Guy and I dance sponsored by the SJS Girl Scouts.  You do not need to be in Girl Scouts to attend. Date is March 18th from 2-4pm. Please see flier for more details.


~Home and School

March Home and School Happenings


Dine out for SJS

Wednesday March 14th Runza (171st and Maple)


Smart Girl Society

Educational opportunity for parents. March 15th at 6:30pm in the school gym. Childcare available in St. James Nursery. iVolunteer opportunities for 6-12th graders.  Parents that attend this event will earn their students an out of uniform day on March 16th


Crafting Day

Saturday, March 17th

SAVE THE DATE!! Join us for our spring Crafting Day sponsored by SJS Home and School. Bring your crafts (scrapbooking, sewing, yarn, or whatever) and come join us for a day of fun, food, and crafting! Saturday, March 17 at the SEA parish center, sessions are all day from 9am to 10pm for $35, or half day either 9am-3pm or 4pm-10pm, each $20. Registration fee includes your own 6’ round table, lunch and/or dinner, snacks and prizes. Receive a $5 discount if registered by March 5. Registration forms available here

, in the kiosk in the narthex of either church, or email Jen at for more information or a registration form.


2nd Grade Eagles Wings Luncheon March 21st   

Lunch for our SJS staff and support staff.

Easy way to volunteer – if you have a student in 2nd grade go to iVolunteer and see what they may need for the lunch they are providing.


Story Time and Cookies

Wednesday March 21st from 6:30-7:15pm at the school gym. Preschool – 4th Grade - Come and listen to a story in your PAJAMAS! Book fair will be open until 8pm this evening in the library. RSVP preferred by March 16th to Kate Kaldenberg Check out the flyer to see what this is about and how to get registered.



Thank you to all those who have been volunteering

to help in the many different ways!

Parents + School = Winning Team!



~HOPE you can use your Plus Shopper’s card and help the HOPE program grow.  By simply scanning your plus shopper’s card every time you shop you help HOPE program earn rewards.  See flyer for details on how to get signed up .


~SJS Super Eagle 5K Training Camp will be held 3/19-4/30.  Plan now to attend the information meeting March 6th @ 3:25 in Library.  See flyer for more details


~Vacation Bible Fun SAVE THE DATE June 25-29th.  Registration opens March 23rd -

Community News





TOTUS TUUS (Totally Yours), is returning to St. Elizabeth Ann from July 22nd through the 27th.  The teaching team is made up of energetic Seminarians and college students who desire to witness their faith to our young people. The day program (M-F) is for students entering 1st-6th grade.  The evening program (Sun-Th) is for Jr. High and High School students. The registration process will begin in May. 


~Wesleyan University will be holding summer reading skills programs this summer.  For information on classes and how to get signed up check out the flyer @


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