25 February Virtual Backpack

Free Will Dress Down Day There will be a free will donation dress down day on Monday, March 7th to help Afghan refugees. We will be donating all money raised to the Refugee Empowerment Center who helps Afghan refugee families with housing and job training to start a new life in Nebraska.

Congratulations To Tristan Grove.  Tristan placed 3rd place in the VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest!  He will be awarded a medal and cash for his work.  We are proud of you!

Wits Clash The competition was at Norris Middle School, and we competed against 25 teams from public and private schools. After several close games, we ended up taking 4th place overall. The team members competing that day were: Lochlann Noble, Mike Kluthe, Shelby Willis, Sarah Yiel, and Drew Hayford.

Covid Clinc  We will be hosting a vaccine/booster clinic on Friday, March 11th in our school Library from 12:00-4:00 p.m.  Bring completed form.

Covid at home tests  If you are experiencing COVID symptoms and an at home test would be beneficial, contact the office.  We have secured a limited number of tests we can distribute for free for families.  This is for any SJS family who is experiencing COVID type symptoms.

SJS Book Fair  It’s that time of year again! Our Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner – March 11th – 18th. 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 with proceeds from the fair. I am also able to pay for Scholastic Go and Bookflix, two databases that all students use.

The fair will be open before and after school, as well as the evening of March 15th during our annual Story Time. Remember we are mask-encouraged at SJS and should try and maintain a three-foot social distance while shopping. The fair will be spread out like it was in the fall so that we can all shop safely.

I am in need of volunteers to help make this a success.  See iVolunteer @ https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/event_252

The available times are located on iVolunteer. I will need two adults before and after school (7:30 – 8:00 and 3:15 – 4:00). I would also like student volunteers (7th and 8th grade only, please) during the same times. They 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.

A couple of notes from Scholastic:
● The online fair runs simultaneously with the in person fair, but is slightly longer (about 14 days). Orders will be shipped directly to your home. Shipping is free for book-only orders. Our book fair website is listed below.
● Some of the advertised books (from the flier or book trailers) may not be available at the fair, though you might be able to purchase them online. Please remind your child to be prepared to choose something else just in case the book they want is not in stock.  I’m hearing mixed things about restocking during the fair.
● Be aware also that online deliveries might take longer than normal to arrive. Scholastic advised against ordering something that must be received in a timely manner (i.e. for a birthday). Just like most companies, they’re having supply chain issues.
● eWallet is a great way for your child to purchase books without you being present or sending cash. You can go to our Scholastic website Scholastic.com/bf/stjamessetonschool1 for more information on signing up for eWallet as well as other information regarding our fair.
● Please note: if you used eWallet during previous fairs and had leftover money, that money can be used during this fair. You simply have to go back into eWallet and allocate the funds for this fair. Those instructions are included in the eWallet information.

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

Thank you so much for all you do! Mrs. VamosiHere’s a great new way to earn some $$ for SJS!!
Casey’s General Stores has a rewards program where you can earn points for everyday purchases (fuel, snacks, pizza) and then convert those POINTS into CASH!!

Every $1 spent at Casey’s store or online gets you 10 pts, and every gallon of gas gets you 5 pts. Once you hit as few as 250 pts, you can redeem them for a $1 donation to SJS!

EXAMPLES…Purchase some delicious Casey’s pizza & wings for $25. That’s earns you 250 pts = $1 for SJS!

Fill up with 13 gal of fuel = 65 pts.
Filling up 2 cars, 2x a month = 260 pts = $1 for SJS!

Visit the link for more info, download the app, and start earning $$ for SJS today!!  https://www.caseys.com/rewards

Box Tops  Turn in all box tops to the school office.

iVolunteer  Still need to complete your volunteer hours?  There are many volunteer opportunities.
Cafeteria Help https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/cafehelp_2021
Home and School crafting day and Eagles Wings https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/#3
Check out iVolunteer to see what works best for you.

March Home and School (PTO) Happenings

Crafting Day March 5th ~ Whatever craft you have, come and join us at the SEA parish center 9am-10pm.  Or there are half day options to accommodate your busy schedule.  Email Crystal at crystal_anderson05@yahoo.com for more information or a registration form.

Home & School Meeting ~ March 9th at 7:30pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Parish Center.  ALL are welcome!

Dine out for SJS ~ Villagios in Cherry Hills, March 23rd

2nd Grade Eagles Wings Luncheon ~ March 10th.  Lunch for our SJS staff and support staff.  Easy way to volunteer – if you have a student in 2nd grade go to iVolunteer and see what they may need for the lunch they are providing.

Story Time ~ Thursday March 15th from 6:30-7:15pm at the school library. More details to come.

Save the Date – NEST FEST 2022 – April 11(Kick off), May 6th (Live Event)

Thank you to all those who have been volunteering to help in the many different ways! Parents + School = Winning Team!

Registration Current family/student registration will open soon.  Timely turnaround is appreciated.  Watch for more details to come.

Student Pickup Just a reminder, we don’t have the staff to provide supervision after school in the office, so if you are running late to pick up, your student will be sent to Kidscare.

Athletic Scholarship  Now accepting applications for the 2022 Rick Gilbride Memorial High School Scholarship.  Eighth graders who will be going to an Omaha-area Catholic high school in the fall can apply for the 2022 Rick Gilbride Memorial High School Scholarship.  We will present a one-time $500 scholarship to one boy and one girl in this year’s 8th grade class.  To apply, go to https://www.sjsahtletics.com/

Food for thought-https://www.csfomaha.org/parents-family/

**Don’t forget to follow SJS on social media to check out all of the awesome things our students and staff are up to!
Facebook & Instagram**


Marian Summer Camps

Father-Daughter Dance
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $30 per father/daughter duo, $15 per additional daughter
Location: Marian High School
Open to: 1st-5th grade daughters and their fathers, special fathers, uncles, grandfathers, etc.

Marian’s show choir is hosting a Princess Ball fundraiser for dads and daughters. There will be music, cookies, a cupcake walk, and an exclusive Marian Momentum Show Choir performance. Registration will also include a tiara and keepsake T-Shirt for your daughter. Registration closes Monday, March 7.

Questions? Contact Michelle Delisi at delisi@omahamarian.org.

Summer Sports Camps at Marian
Registration for Marian athletic camps is now open! Experience Marian’s winning athletic tradition. Fundamentals, sportsmanship, work ethic and technique – you’ll get it all this summer at a Marian athletic camp.

Explore our camps and register at marianhighschool.net/choosing-marian/camps/.

Junior Crusader Basketball Tryouts
Marian’s Junior Crusaders is a competitive basketball program for girls in third through eighth grade who are interested in attending Marian. The program places a strong emphasis on skill development and preparing girls to compete at the high school level. The teams play in the Conqueror Basketball League and in four to eight local  regional tournaments. Players are placed on teams and compete at a level that will provide them with the best opportunities to succeed and develop as a player.

Tryouts for the upcoming 2022-2023 season will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, and Sunday, March 20, at the following times:

  • 3rd & 4th grade | 3-4 p.m.
  • 5th & 6th grade | 4-5 p.m.
  • 7th & 8th grade | 5-6 p.m.
  • Grade levels are for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Parent informational meeting will be held during your daughter’s tryout time

All current 2nd grade to 7th grade girls can register online at go.teamsnap.com/forms/295669.  Registration is also available the day of tryouts.  There is not cost to tryout.  Contact Chris Wagner at cwagner@omahamarian.org with questions.SJS CRAFTING DAY!!
It’s our spring 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, March 5th.  All Day: 9am – 10pm;  Half Day: 9am – 3pm or 4pm – 10pm.  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center, (5419 N. 114th St. 68164).  Complete form for registration.

Hillside Little League 2022 Registration is now open – www.hillsidelittleleague.org

Faith. Family. Future.