5 March Virtual Backpack

VBackpack/VBHeader.jpg VBackpack/SJS New Logo.jpg



Congratulations to our 8th grade students Diane Koumaka and McKinlee Schneckenberger who were awarded scholarships recently from Marian High School.  McKinlee won the “Power of One” scholarship, and Diane won the “Sister Ginny Silvestri” Scholarship.  Both scholarships required the student to apply and go through a rigorous selection process.  It is indeed an honor to have both scholarships go to SJS students.  We are very proud of McKinlee and Diane and are appreciative for the generosity of Marian and its benefactors.  Way to go!


It’s that time again!

The Spring Book Fair is just around the corner.

COVID has forced us to make some changes you should note:


  • The Book Fair will be held in the library from March 11th through March 19th.

  • Because of COVID concerns and our wish to avoid large crowds, we will not have sales before or after school. Students will purchase books during their library class time. There may be other opportunities for them to shop during the day as well.

  • Also because of COVID concerns, we will have a “Case Only” fair, which means we will not sell novelties (pencils, markers, erasers, etc.) or have books available on tables. I did request posters, so we should have those. Essentially, the fair will be about the same size, just directed more toward books rather than games, puzzles, and novelties. There should be something for everyone!

  • Money can be sent with students or parents may sign up for eWallet (information is available at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stjamessetonschool1).

  • eWallet is a safe, convenient, and easy way for you to control what your child spends without sending money with them to school. Please email me with questions (dvamosi@sjsomaha.org)

  • Teachers of students that do not have library class this semester (6th and 7th grades) will arrange for their classes to come during one of my free times.

  • Beginning March 6th, you may also shop online by following the above link. Online sales will count toward SJS profits.

  • Please discuss the books in the flier or online with your child so they know what they are allowed to purchase.

  • Parents who wish to have the book fair experience with their child can go through the flier or view the virtual fair at the above link and either purchase online or send me an email or note with their child’s order. You may send cash, a check, or use eWallet for payment. We are tax exempt so you don’t need to worry about adding sales tax. I will pull the books, bag them up, and get them to your child. I will follow COVID protocol when pulling books.

  • Because of COVID and the need to quarantine books, I cannot allow returns this year. Our fair runs only one week and that’s the amount of time I quarantine our books. Returned books could not be sold during our fair and other students may miss out on purchases.

  • I know many parents look as forward to the Book Fair as their children do and I apologize that circumstances are such that we can’t be open before or after school.

  • This is not my preferred way of running a Book Fair, but there really isn’t any other option at this time. We did an online fair in the fall and it just didn’t work for us.

  • I’m hopeful that our fall Book Fair can be back to normal next October. We have such great readers at SJS!

  • Please contact me with questions.


Happy Shopping!

Mrs. Vamosi




School News

DHHS ~ When to self-quarantine and self-monitor for travelers:

  • International travelers will need to get tested (PCR or Antigen test) no more than 3 days before they travel by air into the United States (US), and show a negative result to the airline before they board the flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from a healthcare provider or a public health official stating that they were cleared to travel).
  • Returning international travelers will need to be tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
    • If the test is positive, individuals need to isolate themselves to protects others from getting infected
    • If an individual is not tested after returning from international travel, they need to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel into the US.
  • International travelers need to avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether they are tested or not. However, several countries are seeing increasing cases of COVID-19 and we continue to recommend that travelers practice strict social distancing and self-monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, individuals should isolate immediately.

When to practice strict social distancing and self-monitor for travelers:

  • Out-of-state travelers and others traveling within Nebraska (e.g., commuters) should practice strict social distancing and self-monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Individuals that develop symptoms should immediately self-isolate.
Saint James / Seton Athletic Association

The Saint James / Seton Athletic Association is now accepting applications for the second annual Rick Gilbride Memorial High School Scholarship. Applicants must be 8th grade students of Saint James/Seton school who have participated in Saint James / Seton Athletic Association- or Saint Elizabeth Ann Youth Soccer Club-sponsored programs and will be entering an Omaha-area Catholic high school in the Fall of 2021. Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021.


For more information, or to apply, visit http://www.sjsathletics.com.


If you have any questions, please contact Sammie at sjsad17@gmail.com.

SJEA Micro Soccer-There are still a few spots left for Kindergarteners and Preschoolers in our Spring Micro Soccer league.  Contact our registrar at registrar@sjeaysc.org to sign up. Games are Wednesday from 6-7pm starting March 31 and going until May 12th.  All games are played at the field at St. Elizabeth Ann Church.
Nebraska’s Opportunity Scholarship Act/LB364.  Here is a link to an informational video –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nWAYXU3GK8&feature=youtu.be
LINK NCEA Parent News has an interesting article on the value of a Catholic Education.  See link for this interesting read.


Community News

Marian Junior Golf Program:  Marian Junior Golf is a development program for 6th to 8th grade girls who may be interested in playing high school golf – at any school, not just Marian.  The program will meet on four Saturday afternoons starting April 3rd at Indian Creek Golf Course for fun instructional sessions covering full swing, chipping, and putting.  Robert Davis (Marian Coach), Kyle Bullerman (Indian Creek Head Pro) and several Marian varsity golfers will assist with the instruction.  For more information and registration please go to: https://www.marianhighschool.net/choosing-marian/camps/
LINK Marian High School is having Jr. Crusader basketball tryouts.  See flyer for details.