Monday, September 30, 2013


On Friday September 27th, 2013 we kicked off the school year for our new Jimmies:  the grade 9s.  Students were led by staff and a group of approximately 20 mentors through a fun-filled evening of team building activities and fun.

Sessions included a juggling performance, a magic show, an early BBQ dinner, a late dinner of pizza, motivational video sessions, a gym blast and a rock concert performance by staff and students--followed by late-night dodge ball.  The evening was filled with smiles, laughs and the result was an improved sense of school spirit among participants.  

Friday, September 20, 2013

Meet the Teacher

Parents and students are invited to come out and visit with teachers from 5 to 6:30pm in the school cafeteria on Monday September 23rd.  Hope to see you there.

A Parent Advisory meeting will be held that same evening at 6:30 pm in room 100.

Daughter of Holocaust Survivors Visits SJC

Our Europe 2014 group of students had the opportunity to hear the daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Bau speak on Wednesday. The Bau's survived the Holocaust and their lives were depicted as characters in the movie  Schindler's List, an amazing story of courage and love.

For more information check out the website

Monday, September 16, 2013

Terry Fox Walk/Run

St. James Collegiate went for a community walk/run at 11am today in honour of Terry Fox today.  Donations were collected for cancer research and we topped the event off with a Student Council BBQ!  A great way to start the week.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Europe 2014 Meeting and Gr 9 Human Rights Program Information

Europe 2014 Parent and Student Information Evening - September 23 - 7:00 - Theatre
(for all students that have already signed up to be part of this travel experience!)

Human Rights and Holocaust Education Program information was sent home with all Grade 9 students.  Forms to be returned to your son or daughter's English teacher.

Please call Ms. Kopetsky or Mr. Halbert if you require more information.

SJC Jazz and Concert Band News

Dear SJC Band Students and Parents, September 10, 2013

Welcome new musicians and returning members! My name is Mr. Johnson and I am excited to be
teaching Band and Jazz Band at St. James Collegiate again this year. I hope you have enjoyed your
summer and are ready to get back into the swing of things.

The Band room is busy every period 3 for Concert Band (Days 1, 3, 5) and Jazz Band (Days 2, 4, 6).
Occasionally, sectional rehearsals may be held at noon hour and students will be asked to improve their
All students will need to bring a pencil to Band. We have started playing our instruments already but
will be spending time with organizational issues and reinforcing theory and rhythm concepts to set us up
for the year. Students who are new to Band this year will have the opportunity to try out the flute,
clarinet, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and tuba during class to give them an idea which instrument
suits them best. When students bring back a signed “Instrument Rental Agreement” form, they will be
allowed to take their instrument home to practice.

Many families at St. James choose to rent their instrument from the school as it is more convenient and
less expensive than making arrangements with a music store. Instrument rental is $120 for the year. I
realize September is a financially difficult month, so if paying for the rental fee in instalments works
better for your family, that’s fine. Concert Band students will also have the choice to purchase a method
book for $10. Please make your cheque out to St. James Collegiate and either drop it off at the office or
have your child bring it to me.

Uniform for concerts will continue to be a white tuxedo shirt, bowtie, cumberbund, black pants and
black shoes. Students who need a new/larger tuxedo shirt are recommended to go to Mallabar Apparels
(931 Wall St.) as a student price of $25 is available if you mention you are from St. James Collegiate.
The school will supply the bowtie and cumberbund for the year.

See the back of this letter for upcoming events, how to find out more about the Band Program and some
easy ways to be kept up-to-date on things happening throughout the year. I am looking forward to a
great year. Thank you for your support.

Finn Johnson, Band Director

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Workshop for Parents

Tuesday September 17, 2013
School Refusal

Presented by: Christopher A. Kearney, Ph.D. is distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also the Director of the UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Dr. Kearney received his B.A. in psychology and sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. He completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center before moving to Las Vegas.

Dr. Kearney’s research interests include school refusal behavior, selective mutism, post -traumatic stress disorder in maltreated youth, perfectionism, and other anxiety-related conditions in children and adolescents, as well as issues of quality of life in persons with severe handicaps. He has published several books, numerous book chapters and journal articles on these topics.  Dr. Kearney also conducts workshops for school districts and mental health and other agencies regarding school refusal behavior and selective mutism.

 Workshops will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at Educational Support Services – Jameswood School, 1 Braintree Crescent (off Olive & Ness).  Free pizza supper will be offered from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. and session will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  To register, please call Liz Mattis at 885-9555 or email