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Virtual Backpack ~ April 23, 2018

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



SJS Engineering Club

Our students participated in the year long Student Mentoring Program sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers.  On Monday our students competed against 19 other school teams.  Team members are Sophia Mace, Lucy Hall, Sofia Qumsieh, AJ Atayi, Ben Carpenter, Jackson Smith-Cote, Mizael Rojas, and Zack Swanson.  Club sponsors are Mrs. Laney and Mrs. Neaderhiser.  Student Mentors are Mrs. Rohan and Mr. Neaderhiser.  The team got Gold, which is high honors, in the categories of Applied Science, Innovation, Technology, Proposal, Presentation, Teamwork, and Technology for their presentation.  They also got first place by getting the highest total points out of all the middle schools.  The team was awarded the Post President Award, a beautiful trophy, and a $1500 award check to the club.  Congratulations to all.

Emily Gonzalas, Meleana Boer, Bailey Kollasch, Emily Lamoureaux, Anna Krupka, Karina Rief, and Jake Smith were honored by the Institute for Holocaust Education on Monday night  for their artwork portraying the truth of the Holocaust.



What are you waiting for????

Have you registered for the SJS 2nd Annual 5K yet?  No….well why not?  This is THE EVENT you don’t want to miss.  With your registration you get a great environment to walk/run, a great school community to walk/run with, a t-shirt (that can also be used for spirit days) and a free lunch afterwards.  What are you waiting for? 

Get registered now @ 



Volunteer Opportunities!

There are volunteer opportunities being added daily to iVolunteer.  

Below are just a few opportunities.

Cafeteria volunteers to help wash tables/rinsing trays

Confirmation Reception

5K help make our 2nd annual 5k another huge hit by volunteering @

Grade 8 Graduation Social

SOAR pre-planning/work (these hours will be for 2018/19 school year)


Omaha’s Choice Awards

Omaha World Herald is once again taking votes for favorite businesses in Omaha.  You can log in @ and go to the education section and vote for SJS.  Voting can be done daily until April 22nd.  Not only can SJS win but there are great prizes for voters also!




~April Spotlight Skills: This month we will focus on building the skill 'Accepting Criticism or a Consequence.' Criticism and consequences are a part of everyone's life. Students might hear criticism from others as a result of behavior or work habits. Sometimes students use behaviors that result in consequences. This month we will encourage students to work on positive ways to accept criticism and consequences. Below are the steps to practice this skill with your children at home: 

Accepting Criticism or a Consequence

  1. Look at the person.
  2. Say “Okay.”
  3. Stay calm.


~Cubscouts scout pack 380 would like to invite all boys going to kindergartner through 5th grade in the fall to our April pack meeting.   It will be Friday April 27th at 7:00 in the SJS Gym.  Come see what we do at an average pack meeting, meet our leaders and get information about our 2018-2019 pack year.  Boys do not have to attend SJS to be a member of our pack.   See our flyer  for more details.

~Home and School

April Home and School Happenings

Home & School                

If you would like to be more involved with HSA next year please contact Crystal Anderson as we have some committee spots to fill

Confirmation Receptions

April 20th SEA – April 27th SJ - Receptions are being planned immediately following Confirmation Masses at both St. James and St. Elizabeth Ann. It is our hope that this tradition will continue, with the 6th and 7th grade families planning for the event and then being able to relax and enjoy the evening when their son or daughter is confirmed in 8th grade.

Thank you to all those who have been volunteering to help in the many different ways!

Parents + School = Winning Team!

~Morning Drop Off Just a reminder, there is no adult supervision prior to 7:40 a.m.  Students should not be dropped off earlier than 7:40 a.m. 

~Registration for Vacation Bible Fun (June 25-29) hast started!

The theme for Vacation Bible Fun this year is Shipwrecked: Rescued By Jesus. We will explore how Jesus rescues us when we are worried, lonely, struggling, when we do wrong and when we are powerless.

Vacation Bible Fun 2018:  June 25th - 29th 9:00 am to noon (M-Th)

9:00am to 11am (Fri) at St. James /Seton School

● Any child entering Pre-K-4th grade in the Fall of 2018 are welcome to attend!

● Students entering 5th grade – 8th grade in the Fall of 2018 may apply to be a Student Aide in one of the VBF areas.

● Soon to be graduates, high school students, and adults are also needed as classroom Teachers and Adult Helpers. No experience is necessary…all the materials and plenty of guidance are provided!

● Program will be Thursday at 6:30pm.  All students will decorate a t-shirt (provided by parents) to wear at the program.

● Teachers, adult helpers, coordinators, & aides are asked to attend informational meeting on June 12th at 6:00pm/6:20pm at SEA

All registration forms (including volunteer forms) are available at St. James and St. Elizabeth Ann’s in the foyer of the church or can be found on our website:

All completed forms can be mailed in to Crystal Anderson 7405 N 108th ST, Omaha 68142 or dropped off to the SJS office Attn: VBF Addison Anderson 302.  Please contact Crystal Anderson (402-278-2311), Jen List (402-250-0775) or April Gamelin (402-677-9227) or email at with any questions.  

Registration ends May 18th

~SEA is holding server training for students in grade 5-7th on Saturday, April 21, Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 20th.  See attached form to get signed up. 

~SJS Volleyball Parents, The volleyball program is open to all 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls who attend St. James / Seton (SJS) School or are Home School students in the St. James/St. Elizabeth Ann parishes.  


If your daughter(s) elects to go out for St. James / Seton Volleyball 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).  Note: register and pay the participation fee by May 15th and you save $20!!!


An optional informational meeting for parents only will take place on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 PM at the St. James / Seton school gym.  A reference document (Volleyball Parent Handbook – 2018) is attached and such items within the document will be discussed during the meeting.


Evaluations will be held in May and players will need to supply their own knee pads during evaluations.  For updated information regarding evaluation dates and times for each grade, please go to SJS Athletics (link) web site and click on the volleyball link in the top right hand side of the screen.  Evaluation dates and times for each pertinent grade are listed.  

If you have questions, contact TJ Burbridge at 402-689-6922,


~SJS Summer Art Camp Mrs. Smith will be hosting art camp for students entering grades 4-8 in the fall of 2018.  For all the details regarding the camp and how to get signed up see attached flyer


~TAGG’s Spring into Summer School Contest runs April 15 – May 15.  The TAGG app can be used to support the school year-round, but from 4/15-5/15, you can help the school WIN even more than just donations!  To see how the contest works check out details @



Community News


~Marian Start planning your summer now with Marian’s 2018 Summer Camps. There is something for every age and interest!  Camps include: art, basketball, coding, golf, soccer, softball, speech & acting, and volleyball. For more information, visit

~Prosanctity is sponsoring Camp Fun & Faith for girls.  For details on camp and how to get signed up log into

~Roncalli Jr. Pride is taking registrations see information @  To see summer camps listing go to

~Wesleyan Summer Reading Programs a list of all their programs can be found @


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