18 November Virtual Backpack

We are looking forward to our SOAR Development Dinner this coming Saturday. The outpouring of support from the community has been a blessing. We appreciate your prayers as we get ready for this major event!

The silent auction will close on Saturday at 8:30 PM. Again, you can bid on items and purchase raffles online, regardless of whether or not you attend the dinner. Pick up of your winnings can be arranged at a later date if you are not present at SOAR.

Please check out all of the fun experiences our staff members host for the students.

If you plan to attend the dinner, please review the details below.

  • The doors will open at 5:30 PM on Saturday at Creighton Prep (west entrance), and we will be seated at 6:30 PM for dinner and the program presentation.
  • Please register your credit card ahead of time by creating an account at bidpal/net/soar2021. Pre-registering will allow you to bypass the registration table when you arrive at Prep. If pre-registered, all you will need to do is pick up your name tag, find your table, and start having fun!
  • If you don’t create an account and register your credit card prior to the event, please check-in at the registration table when you arrive.
We are excited to celebrate as a community this weekend! Thank you ahead of time for your generosity and support.
Click on the links to explore more ways you can support our school!

Make a Monetary Donation: You can make a donation in honor of a SJS staff member, our Spirit of SJS winners. Your donation will go to benefit our SOAR Dinner which directly supports our teachers in their future endeavors and classroom activities. Any amount is appreciated!

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. The 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. The 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! The winner will be drawn on November 20th. Need not be present to win.

Ornament Contest
The Student Council is doing an ornament contest this year. Students will create their best homemade ornament which will be judged by the student council. There will be a winner in each class, and they will go on the Christmas tree in the lobby. See flyer for details.

Volunteers Needed!  
Looking for a way to get your volunteer hours in?  Cafeteria volunteer responsibilities include scraping, rinsing, washing, and restocking the trays.

Parent Participation Hours The Parent Participation program is back again for this school year.  Essentially, we want every family to volunteer to help the school or church.  This helps both you and the school.  Most every activity will count for your participation hours.  20 hours for a 2 parent family and 10 hours for a single parent are the expectations.  See more details in the attachment.

Have you started your Christmas Shopping yet???
If you’re doing any shopping on your Amazon Prime account, be sure to turn on AmazonSmile in order for SJS to get a kickback on eligible items!!

Activate AmazonSmile on the ALL the different devices you shop on, because it does not “sync” with your account automatically!

Already using AmazonSmile?? Great!! But DOUBLE CHECK that it is CURRENTLY ACTIVE and set for SJS! AmazonSmile “renews” twice a year, which means you have to reassign the organization you wish to support every six months.

1) Go to the main menu
2) Find “Settings”
3) Tap on AmazonSmile
4) follow on screen instructions
5) search for “St. James Catholic Church and St. James/Seton School of Omaha” and choose as charity
On the web…
1) Go to, smile.amazon.com
2) search for “St. James Catholic Church and St. James/Seton School of Omaha” and choose as charity
3) create a bookmark to keep this as your shopping option!

Thanks for supporting SJS!  HAPPY SHOPPING!!

H&S Paint & Sip 
Give your family a fun activity to do together over Winter break! We are partnering again this year with Ms. Jenny at Heart & Soul Art Studio to offer a virtual paint class complete with a paint kit! Each kit includes the supplies needed to complete the project including one canvas, acrylic paints, brushes, palette and paper towel. You’ll also receive a packet of cocoa to sip while you work. Step by step instruction is provided on the video tutorials. This is a great way to support our school and a fun activity to pass the time on our long break. It’s also a unique gift idea, great for a family night, mom’s night or for a group of friends to do together. Go to www.heartandsoulartstudio.com to register and select which painting option you would like. A portion of the funds raised will go back to Home & School, so spread the word to friends and family members to join in the fun! Registration will open November 21st and close on December 3rd. Pick up will be December 13th after school. More information will follow with pick up details. Video links will be emailed on the day of pick-up.

Food for Thought:  https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/evalwebs.htm

US Conference of Catholic Bishops  Tell Congress not to exclude schools from Federal Childcare and Pre-K Programs.  See flyer for details.

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

Creighton University Athletics
Check out the link https://am.ticketmaster.com/creighton/promotional-page?filterType=MTU3 for the future Bluejay ticket offer for this season’s soccer matches. The link is Redeemable for Six (4) Free Admission.