14 October Virtual Backpack

SOAR. An Auction You Can’t Resist.
Click on the links to explore all the ways you can support our school during our largest fundraiser of the year!

Attend the Development Dinner: We would love for you to join us on November 20th at Creighton Prep High School. Purchase your tickets today. The ticket includes dinner and an open bar!

Make a Monetary Donation: Help us fill our giving meter and reach our goal of $5,500!

SOAR Cash Raffle: A Chance to win BIG money! You can purchase a ticket online and you will be entered into the raffle. You can also send payment via Venmo and we will fill out the tickets for you (@SJS-Donations). Only $5 per ticket or $45 for a book of ten. Winner will be drawn on November 20th. Need not be present to win.

JoyRide Kayak: Live it up and enjoy the ride! Only $20 for a chance to win a sit-inside kayak suited for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Winner will be drawn on November 20th. Need not be present to win.
Generously donated by Jason & Theresa Kinnison.

SJS Tuition Raffle: Purchase a chance for $20 to win a semester of free tuition for one student at SJS. A value over $1,600! Winner will be drawn on November 20th. Need not be present to win.

Volunteer Opportunities Check out the new volunteer opportunities for SOAR @ https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/event_241.  You can find other opportunities at https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/#1.

Home and School will be providing goodie bags, snacks and a meal for all teachers at Parent/Teacher Conferences.  This year Best Bison will be catering the meal and all monetary donations will go to help cover that cost.  We will need some items donated for the goodie bags, desserts and drinks.  Remember if you purchase items that equals 1 hour of parent volunteer hours.  If you have any questions please contact Crystal Anderson, crystal_anderson05@yahoo.com.  Check out iVolunteer for volunteer opportunities https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/event_240.

Mark your Calendar Friday October 22nd is picture retake day.  If you would like a picture retake you must return your picture package on Friday, October 22nd to the classroom teacher.  If your child was absent contact the school office for an order form.  They must be completed prior to picture day.  This will be a dress up day only for students having pictures taken.

Food for thoughthttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Book Fair It’s that time of year again! Our Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner – October 22nd – 29th. The Scholastic Book Fair is not only fun for our students, but it gets books into hands, allows students to experience a variety of authors and genres, and provides new books for our school library. I am typically able to purchase $1000 worth of books during the fair with proceeds from the fair. I also am able to pay for Scholastic Go and Bookflix, two databases that all students use. It’s a lot of work, but so rewarding.

I am pleased that we will be able to have a somewhat normal Book Fair this year: the fair will be open before and after school, as well as all day during Parent/Teacher Conferences. Remember we are masks encouraged at SJS. We should also try and maintain a three-foot social distance while shopping. The fair will be spread out a little more than usual so that we can all shop safely.

I am in need of volunteers to help make this a success.

The available times are located on iVolunteer @ https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/event_243. I will need two adults before and after school, as well as two during each of the shifts during Parent/Teacher Conferences. I also would like student volunteers (7th and 8th grade only, please) during the same times. Students will help sell the trinkets as well as assist shoppers. I will train the adults on the cash registers (don’t worry – it’s really easy!).

I encourage you to volunteer if you are in need of service hours (or even if you aren’t!). It’s a fun experience and a way to meet other parents and students. The shifts during Parent/Teacher Conferences are for two hours, but you can let me know if you would like to work, but can’t commit to two hours. I really appreciate any time you can give me.

I’m looking forward to a successful fair this year. We were unable to have an in-person fair last fall and we just didn’t have the sales we usually do in the fall. I discovered that we are definitely an in-person school! Our spring fair surpassed my expectations, but again, wasn’t a typical fair since we couldn’t allow parents in the building to shop. I’m hoping everyone will be excited to return and shop in person.

Please let me know if you have any questions (dvamosi@sjsomaha.org).

Thank you so much for all you do!

Mrs. Vamosi

2021 Coat Drive The 4th Grade will sponsor their annual coat drive October 18-25.  Our fourth grade are accepting donations of clean, gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and boots.  See flyer for more details.

SJS Trunk or Treat  Plan to attend our annual Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, October 27 in SEA Parking lot.  See flyer for the details.

October Menu
To simplify things, SJS will put the lunch menu in a single location on the school website from now on.  Look for it on the School Info page (https://sjsomaha.org/school-info/)

BASKETBALL REGISTRATION DEADLINE!  Basketball registration will close at the end of Friday Oct. 15. Registration after closing is not guaranteed. Rosters will be created over the weekend. and IF your child’s grade needs try-outs you will receive an email by Sunday Oct. 17.  Try-outs are mandatory for anyone wanting to make an A level team or above. A $20 late fee is in effect on registration.
Any questions email Sammie Becker at sjsad17@gmail.com

Athletic Association – The Athletic Association is currently seeking new members. Without members and volunteers, we cannot open our gyms to host our PAL games. Without being able to host games we will not be allowed to be a part of PAL.  Gym supervisions are done during SJS games. You can get your volunteer hours in while you watch your child play their sport!  The job is very simple. Please reach out to Sammie Becker if this is something you would be interested helping with. Sjsad17@gmail.com

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Fall Boutique  Mark your calendars!  The SEA Boutique will be held Saturday, November 6th in the SEA Parish Center.  Check out the volunteer opportunities @ https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/event_242

SJS CRAFTING DAY!!  It’s our fall Crafting Day, Sponsored by St. James Seton Home and School!!  Bring your scrapbooking, sewing, yarn project, or whatever craft you have and join us on…
Saturday, December 4th
All Day: 9am – 10pm;  Half Day: 9am – 3pm or 4pm – 10pm
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center/5419 N. 114th St. 68164

Your registration fee includes:
– a 6’ round table to yourself
– lunch, snacks, supper, desserts and water/pop all day long (half day options include either lunch or supper)
– a special treat for all registrants
– an entire day to work on your projects!!!

All day registration = $35
Half-day registration = $20
Early Bird discount = $5 off if registered by November 14th

If interested please email Crystal Anderson at crystal_anderson05@yahoo.com

Little Jays Wrestling  My name is Andrew Fisher.  I am a math teacher and the head wrestling coach at Creighton Prep high school.  If you have a child interested in trying wrestling in our youth program, Little Jays Wrestling.  First day of practice is Nov. 17th.  Check out the sign up link or flyer for details.  It is open for boys and girls with any experience level K-8th grade.

Link: https://forms.gle/HRTny7P5o9U9gCix9
Flyer link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GIeljyaeTzv3G7seu3Q53WLdC45O5Dz7/view?usp=sharing