Sister Mary Sue Carwile, IHM

Principal, St. James Catholic School

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September 16, 2022

Friday, September 16, 2022

Dear Saint James Families, 

At Saint James Catholic School, Jesus is the center and Mary is the model. This line from our mission statement grounds us each day and reminds us who we are and who we strive to be. Throughout the day, we pray together as a school community which helps us to grow in faith, devotion, and community. My favorite time of day, however, is 1:05pm. At that time, everything stops at Saint James, and we pray the Angelus prayer as a school community. 

The Angelus prayer calls to mind the Annunciation. The Angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her that she would be the mother of Jesus. Mary, as a human, had a choice and she said “Yes!” Her “Yes” was the most important yes in history! In this prayer, we ask Mary to show us the way to perfect discipleship and say “Yes!” to God, especially when it is difficult to do so.  May we follow her example and say “Yes” to all the big and small things God calls us to do. Just as Mary brought Jesus into the world, we are called to bring Jesus to all we meet at school, at home, and wherever we go. 

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary…
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Your word.
Hail Mary...
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary…
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Looking to next week…

Formation in Christian Charity Lessons - you should have received an email from your child’s teacher

Students will continue NWEA testing

Peace and Blessings, 

Sister Kathryn Teresa Clemmer, IHM 


“HOLINESS consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be.” -Therese of Lisieux

September 9, 2022

Friday, Spetember 9, 2022

Dear Parents,

On Sunday, we remember in our hearts and prayers the tragic events of September 11, 2001. I am sure that all of us remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news of the terrorists’ attacks on our nation. As we did last year, on Monday morning, we will gather as a school in B Lot to honor with prayer and remembrance those who lost their loved ones and those heroes, many giving their lives, who rushed in to assist those in need. Our fifth grade has the honor of raising our flag each day. After the B Lot ceremony, they will process to the flagpole on Broad Street and stand at attention as the flag is raised. We will then proudly recite our Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.

This week we also celebrated our opening School Mass on the feast of the Birthday of Mary. Father Heisler reminded us that we are all children of God and of our Lady, and so we need to treat each with love and kindness.  As Sister Kathryn shared last week, we strive to instill this in our children through the teachings of the Gospel and our virtues every day, as do you at home. 


Next week we will bring NWEA/Map testing for Grades 3 through 7.  Your child’s teacher will let you know each grade’s schedule. The testing runs through September 29.

Band will begin this coming week.

Tonight is Family Fun Night in B Lot! Have a great time!


Sister Mary Sue

September 2, 2022

Friday, September 2, 2022

Dear Saint James Families, 

Congratulations on getting through the first full week of the 2022-2023 school year! Your children continue to amaze me as they jump right into the daily routine of school.  Walking through school, I see their eagerness and joy radiating from their classrooms. It fills my heart with gratitude that you entrust your children to our care each day. 

At Saint James School we strive to inspire, lead and challenge our students to fully develop their God-given abilities. One way we do that is through our Virtue of the Month program.  A virtue is a habit of doing the right thing for the right reasons. Virtues give us the strength to do amazing things for the God who created us. Each month we will focus on a virtue that helps our students to grow in character and holiness. Our R.O.C.K.E.T.S. virtues are:  


I invite you to practice these virtues in your homes using our Virtue of the Month poster. Together we can form disciples who ignite the world with God’s love!   

Next week, there are many activities happening here at Saint James School. Our yearly Read a Thon begins on Monday. Students read, read, read, to raise funds for our PTO. The PTO supports our school in many ways, so please take part in the Read a Thon. Family Fun night on Friday, September 9th from 5:30pm -8:00pm. It is a night of fun to bring us closer as a community. All are welcome!  Lastly, our new parent welcome is on September 7th at 7:00pm. If you are new to our school, come meet other new and returning families.  

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend, and we will see you on Tuesday! Happy Labor Day! 

With a Grateful Heart,
Sister Kathryn Clemmer, IHM
Assistant Principal

August 29, 2022

Friday, August 26, 2022

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new year in school! I am so grateful for the many people who have made our school the welcoming and safe environment that it is. We are truly blessed here with all those who come together to ensure that we have what we need for the coming year.

I would like to extend my gratitude to:

 Father Scalia and our priests for their wholehearted support of Saint James School

Teresa Ivanauskas, Sarah McGarvey, David Ott, Deb Patrick, Kathleen Stirling, and Ishmael Thomas who worked throughout the summer getting us updated for the year ahead who continue to keep us updated and patiently sort out all of the technological glitches that befall us

 All of the teachers and aides for their dedication and passion that they bring to the classroom each day

 Vince and our maintenance crew who work endlessly to keep our school safe and clean

Our office, nursing, cafeteria and daycare staff who never stop looking after all of the hidden needs that arise for everyone

 Our Saint James PTO for all they do for the school community of Saint James

 Our students who volunteered their time to come early and help us get ready

This coming week is a busy week for us. Back to School Nights will be on Tuesday (Grades 1 – 5), and Wednesday (Middle School). As in the past, we will gather at 7 PM in Heller Hall.  There will be an important meeting in Heller Hall before you visit your child’s classroom. One last reminder: School pictures are on Thursday, September 1. NO PE UNIFORMS, but please wear sneakers if you have PE on Thursday! Thank you!

Know that you are remembered daily in the prayers of all the Sisters.


Sister Mary Sue

P.S Below is the link to the Fox 5 interview with Dr. Vorbach, Superintendent of Schools, held here at SJS the first day of school if you'd like to watch.

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