8 October Virtual Backpack

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Volunteer Opportunities Check out the new volunteer opportunities for SOAR @ https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/event_241.  You can find other opportunities at https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/#1.

Home and School will be providing goodie bags, snacks and a meal for all teachers at Parent/Teacher Conferences.  This year Best Bison will be catering the meal and all monetary donations will go to help cover that cost.  We will need some items donated for the goodie bags, desserts and drinks.  Remember if you purchase items that equals 1 hour of parent volunteer hours.  If you have any questions please contact Crystal Anderson, crystal_anderson05@yahoo.com.  Check out iVolunteer for volunteer opportunities https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/event_240.

Spirit Dress Down Day  Monday, October 11

Book Fair It’s that time of year again! Our Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner – October 22nd – 29th. 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 during the fair with proceeds from the fair. I also am able to pay for Scholastic Go and Bookflix, two databases that all students use. It’s a lot of work, but so rewarding.

I am pleased that we will be able to have a somewhat normal Book Fair this year: the fair will be open before and after school, as well as all day during Parent/Teacher Conferences. Remember we are masks encouraged at SJS. We should also try and maintain a three-foot social distance while shopping. The fair will be spread out a little more than usual so that we can all shop safely.

I am in need of volunteers to help make this a success.

The available times are located on iVolunteer @ https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/event_243. I will need two adults before and after school, as well as two during each of the shifts during Parent/Teacher Conferences. I also would like student volunteers (7th and 8th grade only, please) during the same times. Students 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. The shifts during Parent/Teacher Conferences are for two hours, but you can let me know if you would like to work, but can’t commit to two hours. I really appreciate any time you can give me.

I’m looking forward to a successful fair this year. We were unable to have an in-person fair last fall and we just didn’t have the sales we usually do in the fall. I discovered that we are definitely an in-person school! Our spring fair surpassed my expectations, but again, wasn’t a typical fair since we couldn’t allow parents in the building to shop. I’m hoping everyone will be excited to return and shop in person.

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

Thank you so much for all you do!

Mrs. Vamosi

Specials Grades Just a reminder, Specials grades are semester only.  You can use Sycamore to monitor your student’s progress.

2021 Coat Drive The 4th Grade will sponsor their annual coat drive October 18-25.  Our fourth grade are accepting donations of clean, gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and boots.  See flyer for more details.

SJS Trunk or Treat  Plan to attend our annual Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, October 27 in SEA Parking lot.  See flyer for the details.

October Menu
To simplify things, SJS will put the lunch menu in a single location on the school website from now on.  Look for it on the School Info page (https://sjsomaha.org/school-info/)

TAGG is excited to welcome 12 new businesses!  Check them out.

BASKETBALL REGISTRATION DEADLINE!  Families, to avoid a late fee on the basketball registration fee you must register by the end of evening tonight! Late fees go into effect by the morning of Oct. 11. Registration will only remain active until Oct. 15 in order to roster teams, get coaches, and organized needed tryouts. Please get this done! We are very excited to get the season going! Practices will start the first week of Nov. Games begin Dec. 2 and the season runs through Feb. 24. Any questions, email Sammie Becker at sjsad17@gmail.com  Registration link: https://www.sjsathletics.com/registration/

Athletic Association – The Athletic Association is currently seeking new members. Without members and volunteers, we cannot open our gyms to host our PAL games. Without being able to host games we will not be allowed to be a part of PAL.  Gym supervisions are done during SJS games. You can get your volunteer hours in while you watch your child play their sport!  The job is very simple. Please reach out to Sammie Becker if this is something you would be interested helping with. Sjsad17@gmail.com

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Fall Boutique  Mark your calendars!  The SEA Boutique will be held Saturday, November 6th in the SEA Parish Center.  Check out the volunteer opportunities @ https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/event_242

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

Duchesne High School upcoming events
Discover Duchesne!
These are one-hour events held at Duchesne for both 7th and 8th graders and parents.  You will hear from the admissions director as well as other faculty and staff members and current students about the current state of the school, enrollment, the admissions process, curriculum, athletics, activities and day to day student life.  We have a number of different dates and times available that you can select from.
Tuesday, October 12 from 7-8 pm
Wednesday, October 13 from 4-5 pm
Wednesday, October 20 from 7-8 pm
Thursday, October 21 from 4-5 pm

College Counseling Information Night– Thursday, October 21 from 7-8:15 pm
You will hear from our college counselor, Frances Swanson, as she discusses standardized test scores, the application process, tuition/cost/paying for college, and so much more.  She is a wealth of knowledge and you will learn so much from this event.  If you already have an high school aged student, that is a total bonus, regardless of where that student goes to school.

Harvest Party for 8th Grade Girls– Saturday, October 30 from 7:30-10:00 pm
This FUN event is just for 8th grade girls.  They will enjoy activities, games, food and a haunted tour of Duchesne.  It’s a total blast and a great way to meet other 8th graders interested in Duchesne as well as current students.

Open House for 5th-8th Graders and Parents– Sunday, November 7 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm https://www.duchesneacademy.org/apps/pages/event-registration
Open House is a wonderful opportunity to get a student led tour of the school, meet our amazing faculty and staff, and learn about all of the offerings at Duchesne from academic, to faith life to athletics.  Pre-registration is required to ensure proper physical distancing.

In addition to these events, we are also offering shadowing to 6th-8th grade girls.  We have had many students shadow this fall and would love to have your daughter spend a day with us as well!
Please contact Lauren Mueller, Admissions Director: