Welcome to St. James School

Welcome to the virtual home of St. James School. Located within the borough of Danielson, Connecticut, we provide a dynamic place of learning for children in preschool through eighth grade. Within these walls, we mix Catholic values and high academic standards to create a holistic education experience. St. James School is affiliated with the St. James Parish and Norwich Diocese.

Foremost, we are a community of learners with an enduring commitment to Catholic values. We joyfully engage in service-oriented activities as a vehicle to strengthen our ties to the Catholic Church and the families we serve. We are clear in purpose as we strive to carry out our role providing compassionate service within our greater community.

We invite you to explore what St. James School has to offer.


A Message from Our Principal

Dear St. James Families,

Historically, St. James School has raised significant funds through the bazaar and its other development events. Families were required to raise $500 each year and serve five hours staffing the bazaar each summer season. If you did not meet these requirements, then we sent you a bill in the spring for whatever monies you did not raise and scholarship could hinge on whether or not someone participated in the bazaar. The process of fundraising took precious time and energy away from the family structures we say that we so value as a Catholic community. It also took time and resources on the school side to administer.

We often heard that families would just prefer to write a check and be done; no more hassles or guilt. So, this is the tradeoff. The hard part of my message today is to tell you that tuition is going up.

How are families who are already struggling and sacrificing going to be able to make up the difference to cover the jump in monthly payments? Well, the answer is still fundraising and scholarship. The structuring of it will simply be a little different. On page two of our recent newsletter, is an outline that describes the process in detail.

So what does all of this mean going forward?

  • No family needs to do fundraising, though the opportunities to lower your tuition will still be there.
  • The bazaar will not disappear completely. However, it will evolve in new directions.
  • There WILL still be fundraising events in which families can participate to meet the criteria for financial aid, but all are voluntary.
  • We will put an activity fee structure in place for middle school students to offset the need for nonstop fundraising and dues for the eighth grade year.
  • The best strategy for lowering tuition costs is still to attend Mass and use your contribution envelopes to show your attendance. (It’s also a great way to say thank you to God for the blessing of a beautiful, safe place that your children go to school and to model the faith for them!)
  • Registration fees for new families will stay the same, but those for current families will actually go down.
  • Registration forms will go out in hard copy during Catholic Schools Week, but they will also be available online.

These changes are big, but really, the new structure will give financial strength and hopefully leave families feeling less hampered by the need to fundraise.

Peace and Blessings,

Monique Almquist

Monique Almquist
Principal


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