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October 31, 2017

PARENT NEWSLETTER

AP Biology at the Bai Yuka
 

Happy Halloween from the Dean's Office

 

We had a campus full of creative and colorful costumes (view the media gallery) assemble in the chapel this morning to hear Sid Huguenin '01 tell one of the more famous Saint James ghost stories. I encourage you to ask your son or daughter to re-tell the story. All in all, today was a spirited capstone to the Halloween season, which included Hershey Park in the Dark, Chemoween, and the Mattingly Hall Haunted House. The picture above, taken by sixth-form prefect Andrew Shen, is the result of one the experiments that Dr. Brauner, Dr. Weibel, and Ms. Holmes performed as part of Chemoween last weekend.

 

We also had a really exciting Monday.  Our second form went on a field trip to the Baltimore Fab Lab, where they designed their own key chains and cut them out of wood using a laser cutter.  Our third, fourth and fifth form students went to D.C. to go the Newseum and learn about the First Amendment, and the strength of the news over the years.  Our sixth form stayed on campus and worked on finalizing their college applications with Mr. Harry and much of our English Department.  Cumulatively, it has been fantastic start to the week.

  

Sincerely,


Steve Lachut
Dean of Students

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Reminder to day students that they are welcome to participate in any weekend activity!

 

Duty Captains: Mr. Camp & Mr. Yergey
Notes: Open Weekend

 

Friday:
6:00 – Dinner (Required)*
6:30 – Movie Run
7-9 – Trivia Night in Kemp
10:00 – Check-in at Kemp Hall (Required)*
10:30-11 – Check-in on dorm (Required)*
 
Saturday:
6:30 – Model UN departs for American University
8:00 – Breakfast (Optional)
8:30 – Work Squad
8:30 – Fountaindale 5K Community Service Trip
11:00 – Day Trip to Olde Town Alexandria
12:00 – Lunch (Required)*
2:00 – Varsity Football vs Avalon
6:00 – Dinner (Required)*
6:45 – Sweet Frog (Chipotle, Five Guys, Starbucks)
7:30 – Depart for Hagerstown Ice Rink
8:00 – Movie Night in Kemp
10:00 – Check-in at Kemp Hall (Required)*
10:30-11 – Check-in on dorm (Required)*
 
Sunday:
8:00 – Breakfast (Optional)
8:30 – Work Squad
11:00 – Chapel (Required)*
12:15 – Brunch (Required)*
1:00 – Depart for local shopping
1:00-5:00 – Library Open
3:00-5:00 – Fine Arts Open
2:30-4:30 Open Gym
5:00 – Varsity Banquet (Kerfoot Refectory)
6:00 – Dinner (in Kemp Hall)
7:45 – Check-in on Dorm (Required)*
9:45 – Compline

IMPORTANT NOTES

From the Parents' Association:

All parents should have received their Annual Fund letter in the mail.  Thank you so much to those of you who helped make calls, those of you who emailed to ask where to donate in advance of the call, AND those of you who answered the phone and donated!  We had a great first night and are one step closer to our 100% participation goal.  If you are able and willing to help with the phonathon, we would love to have you!  Please contact Tim Almany (tdalmany@yahoo.com) or Jan Welty (janelwelty@hotmail.com) if you would like to help for the next one.

 

We are still in need of volunteers at a few school events coming from now until the end of 2017.

Sign up to volunteer.

 

The Parents' Association is looking for new committee leadership!  Leadership positions are available in the following areas:

 

Concessions Co-chair:  Well-established system and a very capable chairperson.  We just need one more family to help manage the events and co-chair with Jack Shaw.

Cocktail Party Chair:  Well established system, almost plans itself, capable committee members, simply needs new chairperson starting for next year.

Chapel Decorations Chair:  Only occurs twice a year (Christmas and Easter), not very time consuming, capable committee members already on board.

 

If you are interested in any of the above, or just curious of details, please contact Sabina Spicher at sspicher@spichers.com to discuss.  We would love to have new families involved in the committees!

 

Blackbaud Reminder:

 

Have you logged in to Blackbaud yet?  Blackbaud is where you can access students assignments and grades, directory information, calendars and schedules, and more. Be sure to bookmark the Blackbaud website.  You may also access Blackbaud from the "Login" button at the top of the Saint James website. If you have questions or need assistance logging in, please contact Jennifer Martirano at jmartirano@stjames.edu or 301-733-9330 x3038.

 

From Fine Arts:

 

Saint James School presents the annual Fall Play, Twelve Angry Jurors by Reginald Rose. Join us for a contemporary take on this modern classic on the evenings of November 10 and 11, with a matinee on Sunday, November 12. Seating is limited, so be sure to make a reservation! Tickets will be available for purchase on the Saint James website starting Friday, November 3. 

 

Please join us for the Fall Recital in the Chapel this Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. The program will be about 45 minutes long and will feature voice, piano, classical guitar and saxophone solos as well as the a cappella groups.

 

On Sunday, November 12, the choir will sing at St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown.

The service begins at 10:15 a.m. The church is located at 101 S Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740, with parking off Walnut Street on the west side of the church.

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From the Athletic Department:

 

Team and individual fall sports photos are now available for purchase here.

 

From the Nurse's Office

 

Flu vaccines are still available for students this season.  View the Vaccine Information Statement as well as the permission form, which should be emailed to Aimee DeWeese at adeweese@stjames.edu or faxed to 301-671-2591.

 

From the Financial Aid Office:

 

The online application for financial aid is now available here.  When entering in your financial information, please use data from your 2016 tax returns and W-2's.  The deadline for submitting your financial aid application and uploading the supporting documents (2016 1040 with associated schedules and all 2016 W-2's for your household) is December 1.  Please contact the admission office if you have any questions.

QUICK LINKS

VIEW THE SJS CALENDAR

VIEW THE SJS MEDIA GALLERY

LOGIN TO BLACKBAUD

VIEW THE STUDENT HANDBOOK

SJS FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY

NAVIANCE COLLEGE SOFTWARE

VOLUNTEER INFO FOR PARENTS 

SJS WEBSITE 

 
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