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Virtual Backpack ~ 05-15-2017

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


SJS Field Day

Tuesday, May 16th is field day for grades K-7.  THERE WILL BE NO HOT LUNCH.  Students must bring cold lunch.  This will be a dress down day.  Students must wear appropriate length shorts.  Field day rain date is Thursday, May 18th.  


Music Position

We will be looking for someone to play music at school Masses next year.

If you know anyone who would be interested please contact the school office.




SJS altar servers and parents, please note that some school Masses and some weekend Masses at St. James now will have 3 servers instead of 4. Training will be mandatory for new servers and optional for current servers. This applies to SEA parishioners who serve at school Masses and to St. James parishioners who serve at school and/or weekend Masses. New servers are required to attend only one session but are welcome to attend more than one, all held at St. James Church:

Saturday, May 13, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 25, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



Preschool Spots are filling up fast! 

Get your registration in today.



~School Calendar 2017/2018


~Every Kid in the Park See America’s natural and historic sites for free.


~Field day volunteers needed.  Check iVolunteer to help with field day.  We need 3 volunteers from every grade


~Help Needed                     

~                                  May Home and School Happenings


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



Kindergarten Eagles Wings Luncheon May 17th    

Lunch for our SJS staff and support staff.

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


Putt Putt at Putting Plus

Celebrate the end of school – Tuesday May 23rd – Putting Plus 90th and Maple from 1:00-8:00pm – 25% goes back to HSA – See Virtual Backpack for flier


Thank you to all those who have been volunteering

to help in the many different ways!

Parents + School = Winning Team!

Have a great and safe Summer!!!! 


Counselors Corner

Are your kids watching 13 Reasons Why?  READ THIS!
The most recent Netflix series hit, 13 Reasons Why, is creating a buzz among teenagers about teen suicide.  It is also creating a buzz among school professions, mental health professionals, and many who work to prevent suicide and violence. This series is based on the popular book by Jay Asher.  The series follows a group of high school students as they piece together a story left behind for them by their classmate, Hannah Baker, who died by suicide. Though the series creates a buzz about important topics like suicide, according to mental health experts it falls short of talking about mental health issues and support for our teenagers.  Instead it comes increasingly close to romanticizing suicide for some of our most volatile students. This show also depicts scenes of sexual violence and underage drinking.

Many students have become obsessed with the show and hence have obtained an unrealistic example of how tragic suicide really is.  Most importantly the fact that suicide is forever.  It is important for ALL students to know there is help and resources available.  If your child is watching 13 Reasons Why or even if your child isn’t take a moment and talk with them assure them that help is available and suicide is never an answer.   If you or your child needs support, contact your school counselor.  Together we are determined to keep our children safe.


If you want to have a resource for talking with your students about 13 Reasons Why, here is a good talking point resource:


~Home and School Positions for 2017 School Year

We are looking to fill a couple of positions for the new school year. Here is a description of what each position entails. If you are interested please contact HSA President, Crystal Anderson,


Vice President - Duties of the Vice President include, but are not limited to:

1)      Assist the President in overseeing the HSA.

2)      Take the lead at meetings of the HSA in the absence of the President.

3)      Serves as ex-officio member of all standing committees.

4)      Shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or by the Executive Committee.


Fundraiser Delivery Coordinator:  (1 position open, 1 already assigned) -reserve the St Elizabeth Ann Parish Center for the day of delivery once the date is confirmed by the Fundraiser Coordinators, usually in February or March. Requests volunteer slots be posted to iVolunteer via the school.  Inform the school of the pick up times and make sure they are posted to the website and virtual backpack. Communicate with the fundraiser company rep the week before delivery to receive the invoice information needed for pick up day, ie what each student/family owes and number of boxes to be picked up. Make sure all materials for delivery day are ready, note cards, envelopes for each order, invoice sheets copied, numbered signs, outdoor signs for school entrances. On delivery day, put the signs out at the school, be at the sight early to ensure the room is ready, meet the fundraiser rep and volunteers for first shift. Once main delivery is made, coordinate, using the volunteers, the separating of orders by number into the appropriate row. Supervise the pick up process, answer any questions, work with the rep and fundraiser coordinator to solve any issues. Begin doing reminder calls toward the end of the time frame for any orders remaining. Be prepared to find places to store frozen and dry goods not picked up. Notify the office staff of any orders that may need to be sent home with students in the following days.


Educational Parent Speaker CoordinatorAssist with scheduling speakers. Help reserve space for the presentation. Be at the presentation to set up and tear down and assist speaker. Help with getting volunteers for nursery for parents who need it. 


~ HOPE NEWS  Please note that the HOPE OFFICE will be CLOSED from

Monday, May 29th – Wednesday June 21st.  HOPE physical scrip cards can be purchase at the both the Parish Offices (SJ/SEA) during office hours 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.  

Reloads & Scripnow!  Can be purchase if you pay on line with SWS and released immediately.  Otherwise the order will be release after June 21st only.

Please plan ahead and get your cards for the summer.


Thank you,

Renilda M.

HOPE Office                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 



~Jumping into Kindergarten is an opportunity for incoming kindergarten students to work with our two kindergarten teachers to be prepared for a great transition.  See flyer for details on how to get signed up:  Space is limited and signup deadline is by April 23rd


~The SJS Library will close for the school year on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. We will spend the last two weeks of May finding lost books, straightening shelves, repairing worn or ripped books, and doing the massive library inventory of our 23,000 books plus all the other media in the library.




We will be sending notices to students daily to remind them.

If your child cannot find a book, you will need to pay the replacement value of the book. 


Thanks, for your help in bringing all the books back to the library.


The Library Staff


~May lunch menu


~Putt Putt for SJS - Celebrate the end of the school year at Putting Plus on Tuesday, May 23rd - see flier for more details.


~Save the Date the 2017 fall crafting date has been set!!!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 7 to spend the day crafting with friends.  More information is to come.  Please contact Jen List at with any questions.


~SJS Art Camps are now enrolling!  There will be a 4-day Painting Camp and a 4-day Clay Camp.  Visit for camp details and enrollment forms.


~SJS Enrichment and Summer Reading Skills Program SJS will again offer this program to all incoming 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students.  For more information and registration form go to:


~SJS Athletics is now accepting registration for the following:

SJS Football online registration is open now for all 7th and 8th grade boys.  See flyer for more details.


SJS Volleyball online registration is open now for all 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls.  See flyer for more details.


~SJS Summer Science Camps 2017! This year there will be two different science camps for students entering grades 1st-5th.  For all the details see flyer and get signed up today.


~ SJS Vacation Bible Fun Registration is due MONDAY MAY 22nd for Vacation Bible Fun (June 19-23)!  The theme for Vacation Bible Fun this year is Maker Fun Factory: Created by God Built for a Purpose. We will explore how God made you, is for you, is always with you, will always love you, and made you for a reason. Student registration forms are available at St. James and St. Elizabeth Ann’s in the foyer of the church or can be found on our website: Teacher volunteer applications and student aide applications can be found on our website or foyer of the church and mailed in to Crystal Anderson 7405 N 108th ST, Omaha 68142 or dropped off to the SJS office Attn: VBF Addison Anderson 201.  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 forms can be found on our website, For more information, contact:  Crystal Anderson (402-278-2311), April Gamelin (402-677-9227) or Jen List (402-250-0775) or email


Community News


~Creighton Prep Youth Football Camp


~OPS Summer Swimming Lessons schedule


~Pro Sanctity Camp Fun & Faith girls participate in our camp that integrates normal camp activities with our faith.


~The 19th annual Remembrance Walk will be held Saturday, May 27th.  Plan now to attend.  See flyer for details on how to get signed up.


~Roncalli Catholic High School summer camp opportunities can be found @


Registration for camps


~Skutt will host a Vivace Summer Camp (Show Choir) on Thursday, June 1st.  Registrations due by May 24.  Get signed up today!


~ TOTUS TUUS at SEA - July 17-21

Totus Tuus is a Latin expression meaning "totally yours." It is also the name of a fun and energetic parish-based summer catechetical program for both grade school age children and junior and senior high school youth.  College students and seminarians form teams of four and sent out to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha.  Registrations forms can be found in the church foyers and are attached here:


~UNO will be having a creative writing summer camp June 19-23.  For details see flyer

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