Through Saint Faustina, Jesus has requested for us to precede the Feast of Divine Mercy, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, with a Novena. St. James Regional a Catholic elementary in Ridley Park, PA, invites you to pray this Novena as a family this year.
Not only will these signs and symbols evoke curiosity, they’re also all very accessible and can be found around the house or in the yard! These paired with the story telling of the Gospels make for a fruitful Holy Week experience for the entire family.
This week Saint James Regional elementary school is administering TerraNova tests. TerraNova Assessments are a series of standardized tests that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia uses to measure student achievement in math, reading, and other core subjects.
Effective Monday, February 28th, the use of masks will be optional for all students and staff in suburban high schools operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as well as all suburban parish and regional elementary schools. This afternoon all elementary and secondary school families and staff are receiving a joint letter from administrators of the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education’s elementary and secondary divisions as well as Faith in the Future. The letter is an update regarding COVID-19 mitigation procedures in schools located in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. Click the title to view the letter.
Cardinal O'Hara High School President Mr. Michael Conner presented 3rd grade teacher Miss Kathy Laverty with the Excelsior Award for Excellence in Teaching on February 11, 2022. The Excelsior Award recognizes grade school teachers who have made a meaningful impact on the lives of their students and for their love of the teaching profession. O'Hara students are invited to nominate their former teachers. Miss Laverty was nominated by SJR alumna, Molly MacManus. Congrats to Miss Laverty!
The grand finale to Catholic Schools Week 2022 was seeing the winners of the 2nd annual Pie Your Teacher fundraiser! 8th grade teacher Miss Colfer, 3rd grade teacher Miss Laverty, and kindergarten teacher and PYT mastermind Miss Everett received their just "desserts." Click the title to view the video!
Looking for tangible, concrete ways for your family to celebrate Black History Month at home? In our Catholic School, it’s critical that our students learn about the importance of Black History and celebrate different cultural traditions this month and always. What better an opportunity than Black History Month to share some resources with our families?
St. James Regional mourns the sudden loss of faculty member Mr. Maurice Hamel. Mr. Hamel joined our faculty this year as a 7th grade teacher. Our students and faculty were blessed to have him as part of our community. This Friday's school Mass will be offered in his name. We pray for the repose of Mr. Hamel's soul and for the peace and comfort of his loved ones. Eternal rest grant unto Maurice, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen.
St. James Regional spent the last afternoon before Christmas break celebrating the Nativity! It was a beautiful tribute in which all of our students in grades 1-8 participated. Miss Laverty headed up the organization with support from Mrs. Keenan, Mrs. Dooley, and Miss Everett. Music teacher Mrs. Dunn guided our students through beautiful caroling! To view the Nativity Celebration, click the title!
6th grade student Nolen Mea won first place at the Post level in the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen annual essay contest. He now advances to the District level competition! His essay answered the question “How to be a good a good American?” Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. We wish Nolen the best of luck at the next level of competition!
The Office for Catholic Education named St. James Regional a 2021 "School of Distinguished Instruction." This award requires schools to exceed academic potential as measured by actual results on standardized achievement tests compared to a schools' anticipated scores. The recognition demonstrates the commitment to excellence and rigorous academic standards that define a St. James Regional education.
Last fall, Mr. Kane's 6th grade class drafted letters to the White House expressing their views on issues that were important to them. Students wrote about how they would like to see the country united, how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted them and their families, and the importance of preserving the environment. Some students even expressed their thoughts on how vital protecting their Constitutional rights as United States citizens is. This fall, the White House wrote back! Our students' voices were heard and acknowledged by the Executive Office. We are proud of our students for making their voices heard and learning about how to be an active citizen!
From September 15th through October 15th, St. James Regional celebrated Hispanic Heritage month in Spanish classes! Spanish teacher, Mrs. McGuire, led students from grades Kindergarten through 8th grades through different lessons and activities to learn more about Hispanic cultures.
October is Fire Prevention Safety month! St. James Regional partnered with our friends from the Ridley Park Fire Department to help our students learn about fire safety throughout the week of October 2nd!
On Monday, October 4th, the 2021-2022 Home & School Executive Board kicked off the school year with its first general body meeting of the year. Families were welcomed to the school gym and a virtual option was also available for families tuning in from home. Home & School announced their events and fundraisers for the year, invited guest speakers to share information about CYO sports and the Scrip program. Check out more information about Scrip, CYO, and Home and School events on the school website!