A Message from the Principal
Catholic Schools Week
Even though our Catholic Schools Week was cut short, we had many exciting activities for our school students and staff. On Monday, we celebrated the Middle School Great Mass at Our Lady of Peace with our Erie Catholic sister schools and Mother Teresa Academy. Many of our priests and pastors attended and the students did a great job leading the various parts of the Mass. The following 8th graders represented St. James at the Mass: Brady Meyer was an altar server, Matt McHenry read the intercessions, and Sophia Karney and Brendan Burch were cantors. It was a beautiful celebration led by Bishop Persico. His homily was about unity – being one with God.
In the afternoon, grades K – 5 had their own special Mass with Father Ferrick from St. Peter Cathedral. The teachers were the special participants doing the readings, carrying up the gifts and cantoring. Fr. Ferrick was very impressed with our students’ singing and participation. He told us that he would love to be at St. James in the future.
On Tuesday, we celebrated our Rainbow of Colors. The students wore a class-chosen colored shirt. When we met in the gym, the effect was amazing. We had grade level Spelling Bees and focused on performing and observing acts of kindness. Each class made a mailbox for notes that were written by our students and staff recognizing the acts of kindness we have observed within our school.
In the evening, we had our annual Family Night. About 400 parents and children attended. The children really enjoyed the games. Our dinner was delicious. Thanks to our cooks who baked the cakes! The talent show was a big hit – with a flutist, dancers, singers, a martial arts demonstration, a comedian, and even a magician! Thank you to our entire faculty and staff for all of their help and for donating all of the door prize items.
Due to the weather, we did not have school on Wednesday or Thursday. When we returned on Friday, we celebrated our Volleyball for Veterans. Our families have been so generous bringing in items for the needy and homeless veterans. The students and staff enjoyed our Faculty vs 8th Grade volleyball game. Before the game, we had a Pep Rally led by our JV and Varsity cheerleaders. Our 4th graders won the Spirit Award this year for being the loudest cheering section. Peter Parker (Mr. Blais) made an appearance as Spiderman before the games began. Even though the Evil Villain (Mrs. Brennan) tried to thwart the teachers’ team, Spiderman saved the day and his co-worker (Mrs. Kern).
The games were very exciting and close. The teachers ended up winning with a total score difference of 5.
We held the rest of our Spelling Bees and Academic Challenges this week. The following students were the winners and runner-ups for the Spelling Bees:
Grade Winner Runner-Up
1 Buay Pur Ella Grabowski
2 Jacob McMahon Lilly Portenier
3 Georgina Zavada DeAndre Aukett
4 Laurel Brisson Layla Vandervort
5 Christopher Ramos Kaleb Danowski
6 Payton Hyman Noah Wagner
7 Collin Harris Dominick Scarpino
8 Brendan Burch Samuel Praetzel
The winners and runner-ups for the Academic Challenges were:
Grade Winner Runner-Up
KA Gabriel Rodriguez Zadell Silva
KB Jeanna Reynolds Charley Hamilton
1 Allison Becerra Kyleigh Scutella
2A Jorge Barrios Samuel Otto
2B Caleb Sidelinger Shaffer Fallon
3A Dupreem Coleman Georgina Zavada
3B Jillian Hlifka Kaycee Roward
4 Sophia Swanseger Leah Taylor
5 Max Benes Gavin Lane
6A (Eng) Payton Hyman Morgan Sigler
(Soc St) Payton Hyman Morgan Sigler
6B (Eng) Jasmine Boring Cayden Miller
(Soc St) Cayden Miller Noah Wagner
7 (Eng) Collin Harris Joseph Althof
(Soc St) Collin Harris Sara Chase
8 (Eng) Jacob Eastbourn Samuel Praetzel
(Soc St) Alivia Pasierb Dipen Khadka
8 (Acad) Samuel Praetzel
Overall, it was a wonderful celebration for Catholic Schools and St. James. It is what Catholic Schools are all about – building strong moral character, promoting academic success and performing service for others!
With faith in our future and God’s blessings,
Mrs. Lisa Norton