21 April Virtual Backpack

Congratulations to
Dylan Sullivan & Mary Bahle!
We’re excited to again participate in Joy of Giving Day on April 26! Joy of Giving is a 24-hour period of giving to benefit schools, parishes, ministries, and organizations of the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Your generous support of St. James/Seton Catholic School has a direct and positive impact on our staff and students. Your gift will help us raise funds to replace classroom carpet, restroom sinks, and order instructional reading workbooks.

To donate, visit our giving website. You are also welcome to submit a donation via Venmo – @SJS-Donations. Please identify on Venmo what the donation is for (for example: Joy of Giving). If you prefer to give in the form of cash/check, please forward the donation to the school office (ATTN: Tiffany Howard).

You can wait to join in the fun on the 26th or you can also make a gift in advance! Thanks for sharing this opportunity to support the school with family and friends. You can even make a donation in memory of a loved one.

Please consider joining in our efforts to make this a fantastic day of Catholic giving in our community!


  • April 24:  NestFest Dress Down Day.
  • April 26:  Joy of Giving Day
  • April 27:  Gr. 2 fieldtrip, Gr. 5-6 Program, 7:00, Gym.
  • April 28:  Gr. 3 field trip.
  • May 1:  No School/Teacher School of Faith.
  • May 3:  Gr. 4 field trip.
  • May 5:  NestFest Day.
  • May 8:  Spirit Dress Down Day.
  • May 9:  Grade 8 Last Day.  Grades K-6 Field Day.
  • May 12:  Grade 8 Honor’s Mass.  Kdg. Mother’s Day Program.
  • May 13:  8th Grade Graduation.
  • May 17:  PS/PK Graduation/Last Day.
  • May 18:  Last Day/10:30 dismissal.

MCS Saturday, April 15th, Music in Catholic Schools hosted our annual Solo/Ensemble Festival.  There were 94 events and 21 of our 28 schools participated!  The students showed off their talent and hard work at this event and received ratings based on their performances.  Congratulations to EVERYONE on a job well done!

SJS Students and rankings:  Marin Rohan ~ Clarinet ~ Superior, Elana Peklo ~ Trumpet ~ Superior Plus, Cecilia Lamoureux ~ Flute ~ Superior Plus, Bethany Tunink ~ Flute ~ Superior, Jack Davis ~ Alto Sax ~ Excellent, Charlie Morrison ~ Bari Sax ~ Superior Plus, Jackson Ryba ~ Percussion ~ Superior, Callie McGowan ~ Flute ~ Superior.  Way to make SJS proud.

Spread the Word!  We are always looking to create new disciples. So, any family that refers a new preschool, pre-kindergarten, or kindergarten family (who registers for next year) will receive $100 off of their 2023-24 tuition! So please spread the word!

Volleyball Registration is now open to all 2023-2024, 4th-8th grade girls. Registration closes May 1. Tryouts will be scheduled based on need only. Your grade only requires tryouts if there is enough interest to make 2 teams for your grade. Tryouts will take place before the end of the year. New uniforms are being purchased this year. The size uniform you order at registration will be the size your daughter has for her season. We will not have any to trade. We will have a uniform try on event after school before May 1. Please watch VB and the parents FB page for information on when that is. If you are concerned about the size please wait to register until after the try on event.
Registration Link: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/368372

Teacher Appreciation Week:  Correction is May 8th-12th this year. Sorry for the miscommunication. 

It is a great time for us to thank our teachers and paras for all their hard work.  This year Home & School has something planned for each day.  We would greatly appreciate any donation you can provide.   


Thank you so much for your help.  All donations can be left in the school office by May 1st Attn: Lauren Currier or Elliana Foster and monetary donations can be sent in an envelope to attention: Elliana Foster, Room 601, by Friday April 28th.

38 needed – $10 Walmart Gift Card
34 needed – $10 Target Gift Card
37 needed – $10 Starbucks 
44 needed – $10 Popeyes Gift Card
43 needed- $10 McDonald’s Gift Card

46 needed – Monetary donations for a coffee cart one day and treats throughout the week.

Cub Scouts  Interested in Cub Scouts?  Pack 380 wants to invite any interested boys and their families to our April pack meeting.  Any boy entering Kindergarten through 5th grade in the fall can join our pack, you don’t have to attend St. James/Seton school or have been in scouts previously to join. The meeting is Friday, April 21st starting at 7pm in the St. James/Seton Gym.  We are going to have the Omaha Percussion Group put on a live performance so please come and enjoy the show!  Come meet our leaders and see how much fun scouting can be!  If you have any questions, please contact Robert Klein at rklein18@cox.net or (402) 616-2087.

NestFest  More SWEET success (https://www.sjshsa.org/nest-fest-2023)

  • $20,500 in pledges across the whole school = “Games & Popcorn Bar” afternoon brain break (to be scheduled)
  • Mural design REVEAL was this afternoon. Check out what artist Cait Irwin (http://www.irwinartworks.com/) has planned for our breeze way.
  • 10 more students were celebrated this week as our top Grade Level earners and they each received some Nest Fest swag.
  • 1st Grade is the FIRST GRADE to reach $3,000 in pledges received and they will get a GRADE LEVEL party (to be scheduled)

What’s Next

  • Dress Down Day on Monday, April 24. Wear your favorite shirt with jeans, wind pants, or school shorts. All regular dress down rules apply.
  • ONLY $4,500 more and at least ONE of these SJS celebrities will be Ice Cream Sundae’d during our LIVE CandyLand game during NestFest:
  • ONLY TWO more WEEKS until our NEST FEST Celebration and we couldn’t be more excited.  We hope to see you there.

Uniform Shorts  The only shorts allowed on an out of uniform day are uniform shorts.

Volunteers Needed!  Cafeteria needs help with Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in April/May. If you can help please go to iVolunteer @ https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/cafehelp_2023 to get signed up.  

Parent Participation  See the attached flyer for a reminder of the guidelines and how to log your hours.

Home and School  WE NEED YOUR HELP! Lend a hand below.
Tonight at Confirmation: Decorate, serve cake or clean up
Nest Fest: Donate bottled water, t-shirt pick up, take pictures and more

Yard Signs  There are still SJS yard signs available. If your yard has a good space to advertise for SJS, please contact the school office.

*The navy cardigan must have the embroidered logo on the left chest.
*New for 2023-24 is a navy quarter zip sweatshirt with the SJS logo. This must also be worn with a uniform polo underneath.
*The school sweatshirt should not be oversized; it must fit at the waist.
Faith. Family. Future.