NOTE: Our 2020 Roaring into the 20's auction has been postponed until the fall. Stay tuned!
Dear Saint James Friends and Family:
COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on all our daily lives. For our school, the pandemic has transformed our everyday routines and changed how Saint James School delivers its academic and spiritual curriculum to our students. The school has adjusted well to our “new normal,” but we are facing many long-term financial ramifications from this pandemic.
Over the last few weeks, I have heard from several families about their financial challenges. I am sure I will hear from even more people in the days ahead as unemployment continues to rise. In addition to lost tuition revenue, Saint James has lost revenue from other sources, including the lunch program, extended day services, and anticipated fundraising events. Saint James School operates on a lean budget without margin for the drastic reduction in revenue we face. I have been thinking about ways we can come together as a community to help those Saint James families who cannot cover their remaining tuition payments or pay the registration fee for the 2020/2021 school year while at the same time protecting the financial health of the school.
Here is what I am proposing. For every family that is able, I am asking you to make a one-time donation of $250 to help our friends in need and your beloved Parish school. Your donation will be used to cover tuition costs for those families who are unable to make their regular payments or pay their re-enrollment fee for next year. If 100 people help, we will have $25,000 to cover the tuition balances and registration fees for those families in need. If there are funds remaining, those dollars would be used to further supplement the loss of revenue and balance the budget. If $250 is too much for your family to spare, please donate what you can. I can’t think of a better way to show our love for one another. If you agree and would like to help, please mail a donation to:
Saint James School
Attention: Spring Tuition Drive
25 Graham Street
Biddeford, ME 04005
All funds raised through this spring tuition drive will first go toward covering balances and enrollment fees for Saint James families in need. Supporting this effort also is a great way to use some of your government stimulus money.
I can’t thank everyone enough for your ongoing support of Saint James School. May God bless you and your family.
Saint James School is a small Catholic school where every child thrives! Saint James School (SJS) has just celebrated our twenty fifth anniversary! It was founded in 1992, by combining three local Catholic schools into one: Saint Joseph's, Saint Andre's and Saint Mary's. The first letter of each school was used which created the name James and Saint James School was named after Saint James the Greater. In 2010, Notre Dame de Lourdes School also joined Saint James to create the only local Catholic preschool, elementary school and high school in the area. We recognize that all these alumni are part of Saint James School! Saint James builds its branches on the roots of these schools and the religious brothers and sisters that started Catholic education in the area. Thank you!
SJS provides a quality educational experience that teaches the whole child. It integrates faith, service and learning in a value based education that ensures every child that graduates from Saint James School will have the fundamentals needed to succeed in any path that they choose. When you read the names on the honor roll at the area high schools, you will recognize former Saint James students.
Saint James School is fully licensed from the State of Maine and is accredited through New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Check out this article about our accreditation.
Check out this link to an article on our Students to Sisters program that appeared in Harvest magazine. Or this link that highlights our STREAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) program. These articles and the mission statement truly reflects who we are as a school. We teach the whole child, we do not just teach academics but we teach our students to be caring and respectful and that is woven into all aspects of the school. Our mission is who we are-
Saint James is a Catholic school within Good Shepherd Parish committed to fostering spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth in a S.A.F.E.* and collaborative family environment while empowering students of all faiths to be creative, to think critically, to act responsibly, and to serve with integrity.
Saint James School is S.A.F.E.
Most importantly, SJS has a warm, friendly environment where all students succeed and grow into respectful, faith-filled young men and women. Saint James isn't just a school, we're a family!