September 19th Virtual Backpack

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We are in need of alumni high school students to sell raffles or serve at our SOAR Development Dinner on November 23rd at Creighton Prep High School. Please help spread the word to your children or SJS grads that you may know. Please sign up on iVolunteer: or contact Mrs. Howard in the school office: Thanks for the help!


SOAR Needs:  Sponsors, gift cards of any amount, and auction items. Auction item examples include: firewood, eggnog, sporting event tickets, electronics, wine/craft beer, Legos, camping gear, and grilling items. Auction items are needed by October 1st. If you have any leads on live auction items, such as small trips, etc. please let us know! You can volunteer to help at: Thanks for the support!


Volunteer Opportunities can be found at:

Kitchen needs someone to help with dishes on Wednesdays.  If you can help out please go to to sign up.

Check out all the opportunities available!



School News

Source Parents, We’re excited to share that our school is part of the Coca-Cola Give Program.  This opens SJS up to new funding opportunities.  The best part funding comes when you make Coca-Cola purchases, you simply enter/scan the product codes to:  https://us.coca-cola/give/schools/ and our school receives donation.  Learn more about the program by visiting
Don’t Forget! Save those HyVee receipts dated 9/1/19-12/31/19.  We get $1.00 for every $200.00 spent at HyVee.  Turn in to school office or at the H&S containers at both parishes.
LINK Parents,

The basketball program is open to all 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls who attend St. James / Seton (SJS) School or are Home School students in the St. James/St. Elizabeth Ann parishes.

If your child elects to go out for St. James / Seton Basketball this fall/winter; the registration process including the medical statement and payment of the participation fee will need to be completed online (debit/credit card via PayPal; note, you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay online).  Note: register and pay the participation fee by September 25th and you save $30!!!

Evaluations will be held on September 22nd & 29th at Roncalli High School. For updated information regarding evaluation dates and times for each grade, please go to SJS Athletics (link) web site and click on the basketball link in the top right hand side of the screen.  Evaluation dates and times for each pertinent grade will be listed soon.

We will again have 2 evaluations for each grade (boys and/or girls) as long as we have at least 12-14 players registered.  Please try to have your son attend both evaluations if possible, but this hopefully will give everyone a chance to get to at least one evaluation.

If you have questions, contact TJ Burbridge at 402-689-6922,

LINK Don’t forget to get signed up to TAGG!  Tell your friends and family.  Its an easy way to get funds for SJS without anything out of pocket.  You can TAGG at your favorite businesses.  See link on how to get signed up.
Million Word Challenge

We’re going to try something new at SJS. It’s the Million-Word Challenge. Students in grades 3-8 are challenged to read at least one million words this school year. Studies show that students who read 20 minutes each night will average 1,800,00 words during the school year (this doesn’t count vacations and weekends). This can help them be successful in all subject areas.

A million words sounds like a lot, right? Well, last year, we had 27 students reach one million or more words. Two eighth graders reached even higher – one read over five million words and one read over twelve million words! Out of that 27, we had four read over two million and four read over three million.  Here’s the interesting thing: seven of those 27 students were fourth graders!! Though it sounds like a lot, we believe this is a goal you can achieve.

Here’s how it works:  You’ll read your books and take your AR quizzes as you normally do. You’ll be able to see the number of words in your book after successfully passing the quiz. You’ll keep track of and graph your word count on a log. If you have trouble finding the word count or forget to log it, you can ask Mrs. Vamosi. She will be able to tell you your current word count. Remember, the words only count once you pass the quiz (and no, you can’t read the dictionary!).

The challenge is going to be a little different for Pre-K through second grade. Students in these grades usually read shorter books and may not take AR quizzes. These students will participate in the 100-book challenge. Each student will receive a log that that they can put a sticker or stamp each time they read a book.

There will be incentives along the way for each challenge to encourage students to keep going.

We are off to a great start – five students have already passed one million words – one even passed two million. Many students are almost halfway there.

See Mrs. Vamosi with any questions.

Happy Reading!

LINK Little Women Hospitality Program is a program centered on the virtue of hospitality for girls 5th – 8th grade.  For more information about the program and registration see link.


Little Flowers is a girls club bringing Catholic faith alive and inspiring girls to become authentic Catholic young women.  See flyer for details and registration form.



Community News

LINK Our 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly is hosting a night of Bingo Sunday September 29th at 7pm in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center.  Bring the whole family and try to take home some cash and prizes.  Bingo Cards for all 25 games start at just $6.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project.

SEA Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a Soccer Challenge Sunday, September 22 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.  The challenge is open to all boys & girls ages 9-14 (age as of September 1st).  The challenge will be held at SEA Soccer field.  For more information contact Tim Brust, SEA Grand Knight @ 402-884-5965.