17 September Virtual Backpack

We need your support to make this year’s SOAR development fundraiser a smashing success! We are still very much in need of donations. Many awesome auction items and gift cards have been donated thus far, but we still have a ways to go! If you need ideas on an auction item to contribute, please check out our Auction Wish List! Your contribution to the auction directly benefits our students and staff. The most popular part of our SOAR dinner is the silent auction, but two other portions have a major impact on the night. They are Eagle’s Nest and the Wine & Spirits Pull. After reading about them below, we hope that you can help us out!

Eagle’s Nest
We are seeking gift cards for the Eagle’s Nest for our SOAR Development event! The Eagle’s Nest is a wall of envelopes where participants will have a chance to match or exceed your $20 donation by choosing from one of the many “eggs” in the “nest” that contain various gift cards. The Eagle’s Nest includes gift cards to a variety of popular places around Omaha. We are hoping that the next time you are out to eat or shopping, you consider purchasing a gift card for any denomination and then donate it to SOAR. There will only be so many “eggs” available at the event, so you will need to act quickly.

Wine & Spirits Pull
Your donation of one or more bottles of wine or liquor that is valued between $20-$100, helps to stock our Wine & Spirits Pull at SOAR. Each bottle will be wrapped and displayed prominently at the event. Attendees purchase chances at $20 each to take home a bottle.

If you would like to contribute to SOAR in some way or have any questions, please contact the school office or e-mail thoward@sjsomaha.org. You can also forward any donations to the office marked “SOAR.” The deadline for donations is November 1st. Thanks for all the support!

JOB OPPORTUNITY!!!  Do you like children???  Do you like food???  If you answered yes to these questions do we have a job for you!  SJS Catholic School is currently hiring a Cafeteria Specialist for 3-4 days a week from 9:30-1:30.  Duties include minimal food prep, serving lunches, cleanup.  Positive flexible attitude a must.  For information on this paid position contact Karen Wilmes @ 402-572-0339 or kwilmes@sjsomaha.org.

Help Needed ~ Home and School is currently looking for some help with some of our committees. We are looking for a coordinator for our Fall Boutique Marketing and Parents Night Out, also helpers for our Nest Fest committee. If you are interested in any of these please email Crystal at stjamessetonhomeandschool@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities can be found at our Sycamore homepage under links/iVolunteer.

H.O.P.E. (Help Our Parish Excel) is a national script  program wherein gift cards are purchased at a discount from vendors and resold to school parents at full face value.  This program costs parishioners nothing extra.  See flyer for all the details on how you can start using H.O.P.E.  A BIG Thanks to the H.O.P.E. for their recent donation to our school!

Spirit Day Apparel is available for purchase all year!  Check out all the SJS gear at Evans Custom Apparel.  Mark your calendar ~ next spirit dress down day is Monday, October 11. **Spirit Wear Delivery will be next week. It has been delayed due to Covid/Manufacturing delays.

Engineering Team Students in grades 6-8 who are interested in STEAM programs may want to apply to the Engineering Team. Applications due Sept. 27.

From the Counselor  Rainbows – Guiding Kids Through Life’s Storms  Rainbows is a peer support group for children who have suffered from a significant loss in their lives, whether by death, divorce or another painful transition.  The groups are facilitated by the school counselor.  To learn more and sign up see flyer.

SJS Life Runners ~ All 5th-8th grade students are welcome to join the SJS Life Runners club.  Life Runners at SJS love all people, take action to help others, have fun and are student-led.  We meet and wear our shirts to school (with uniform bottoms) every first Wednesday of the month starting at 7:10 a.m. to huddle up, pray, and take action. There is also an optional run after school on the first Wednesday of the month from 3:30-3:45 (members meet in 602 after school). To sign up, look at the attached flyer. We would like shirt orders in by Thursday, September 16th so we can (hopefully) get shirts in for the first Wednesday in October. (You are welcome to join anytime! Your shirt will just arrive later if you miss the deadline!)

Food for Thought– https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7032e3.htm

Further info to help this winter-

BINGO St. James KOC will be hosting BINGO in the St. James Parish Center for the whole family.  Sunday, September 19th.  Doors open @ 12:30. See flyer for all the details and plan to attend now!