Daily Announcements

Pray for Peace

To All New Students and Families!

Join us for an Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, August 27th
 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
 on the SSPJ School Playground! 

For further information,
 please contact the School Office

New Family Mentoring Program

We are looking for families to take part in our "New Family Mentoring Program".  The purpose of this program is to welcome and assist our new families for a smooth transition into the Sts.Philip and James School family.

  If interested, please contact Mrs. Ewald.

Thank you!

2014 - 2015

School Supplies

Click the link below for individual class supply lists.

2014-2015 Class Supply Lists.pdf

A special message to all SSPJ families,
 past and present.

It is said that when your job is something you love, you never work a day.  This is certainly true for me!  I was so blessed when I started teaching at SSPJ.  You made me feel loved, respected, and "embraced" me with  open arms.  Your children gave me so much joy, for which I will be forever grateful.  They touched my life in ways they will never know.  They "carried" me through all the difficult losses I had to deal with.  Thank you for entrusting your children's care to me.  Teaching was a lifelong dream and you all helped me realize that dream.  I am truly thankful. 

May God always bless you and smile down upon you and your children.

With much love and appreciation,

Mrs. Kathie Pasieka

A Message from Fr. Tom -

Dear Friends,

Good news! I am happy to announce that Mrs. Ruth Testa, a recipient of the Diocesan Distinguished Educator Award, long-time faculty member at SSPJ School and present Assistant Principal, has accepted the position as Principal of SSPJ School.  I look forward to formally installing her as Principal in September and have already welcomed her as part of our parish Pastoral Team.  She looks forward to sharing her vision with us, of moving a great place to an even greater one, and keeping with the vision Jesus set for us - for at SSPJ, "we teach Jesus".

Congratulations Mrs. Testa!


Fr. Tom

Summer Vacation

Even as we travel and relax during these summer months we need to continue to celebrate our Catholic faith and honor our Sunday Mass commitment .  It is fun to worship while traveling because you are able to experience the Universal Church.  While the essence of the Mass is the same, there are always the customs or traditions which make the Mass "home" for the locals.  Share your experiences with your class in September.  Save and share church bulletins, too!  To check Mass locations and times where you will be traveling, go to Mass Times

May your summer vacation be holy and fun-filled with the beauty and blessings from God!

Attention Parents:

All families are requested to visit FACTS Online to create tuition payment accounts.  Search for our school by zip code (11780) or city (St. James) then click onto the school's name to learn about the options available to you.  From there you can create a username and password and set up a payment plan.  You will receive confirmation once your plan has been set up. 

For questions, please contact FACTS Customer Service at 1-866-441-4637.

Thank you!



Immunization requirements for school attendance have changed for the 2014-2015 school year.  Please contact your health care provider ASAP to make sure all required vaccines have been administered.  Important paperwork in this regard has been sent home.  Attached please find the New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance

Health Office Immunization Guidelines

Prayers are requested for

Thomas Miloscia

SSPJ Class of 2012

  "Team Miloscia"

Please continue to pray for Thomas Miloscia (Class of 2012)!

Attention Parents - Middle States Update

Sts. Philip and James School was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 2009.  Accreditation is designed to assist educational institutions enhance their ongoing performance efforts for the benefit of their students.  Sts. Philip and James School is now entering the process of re-accreditation which will take place in the Spring of 2016.  This two-year process will include a thorough examination of many areas including our mission, beliefs, instruction, and curriculum.  As part of this evaluation, we will affirm our strengths and propose action plans for improvement and growth.  We will keep our families advised as we move through this process and will be asking for assistance from parents along the way.  Sts. Philip and James School invites this process and believes accreditation to be important because our students deserve the highest level of educational excellence possible.

  Ruth Ellen Testa, Principal

This year, in addition to our "Online Gallery", SSPJ has started a Student Art Gallery, "The MGM Gallery"  (Made by God's Masterpieces).  The Gallery will contain work from some of our most talented students.    

Our first piece is a watercolor painting entitled, "Rose" by 6th grader, Julia.

SSPJ is happy to welcome 7th grader, Brian, into our MGM Art Gallery.  The art work Brian created is a One Point Perspective in pencil.  Please stop by to see his work.


To apply for financial aid through the Tomorrow's Hope Foundation, click here to go to Tomorrow's Hope for the online application.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!  - Psalm 95:1-2

The Saints Philip and James Parish Music Ministry
is inviting all children in grades 3 - 6 to join the Parish Children's Choir!

If interested, please contact Mrs. Margaret Adams at
584-5454, Ext. 235 or sspjmusicministry@gmail.com

Sts. Philip and James School
Library Gift Club

The Sts. Philip and James School Library Gift Club provides an opportunity for anyone interested to commemorate a special occasion in someone's name (i.e. birthday, sacrament, birth, etc.) or in memory of a deceased loved one.  A book plate with the date, occasion, and name of the person being honored as well as the donor will be affixed to a book.  A reminder will be added for each child to say a prayer for the persons mentioned.

Click the link below for further information and book memorial request form.

Library Gift Club.pdf

School Lunch Program

Coming soon!

Bring all your old cell phones and used ink cartridges to Mrs. B so we can do our part in going GREEN as well as earn points for our school to get cool stuff 

We are pleased to once again offer a Before and After School Program for children in Pre-K through Grade 8.

Click the link below for further information and registration forms.
Before and After Care Programs.pdf

Sunday's Readings

Sunday, August 31st   
22nd Sunday
 in Ordinary Time

  Jeremiah 10:7-9
  Romans 12:1-2
Matthew 16:21-27

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.....For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct."

Click below for the changes in the Mass Prayers and Responses.
Changes in Roman Missal.pdf
Sts. Philip and James School
Tuition Policy

Tuition Policy.pdf
Uniform Bank Update

The SSPJ Uniform Bank is stocked up and ready for use by all SSPJ families - free of charge!  Get your Winter uniform items now!  (Winter uniforms begin November 1st.)

Also available:  Limited supply of SSPJ sports uniforms in various sizes.

Gently used, laundered donations gratefully accepted.  Also, the Uniform Bank is in need of girls' skirt hangers.  Please send any donations in or drop off at the School Office.

Thank you!

Common Core State Standards:  Shifts for Students and Parents
Shifts for Students and Parents.pdf
Attention Parents!

Please be advised that there is to be NO parking at any time, for any reason in front of the school building along Clinton Avenue. Whether you are dropping your child off, signing him/her out or dropping something off to the office, you must park in the parking lot!

Inclement weather is no exception.

The street must be kept clear for buses and students crossing from building to building throughout the day.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

Attention All Parents!

In addition to submitting an Application for Volunteer Service (which includes a background check) all parent/volunteers are required to attend a Virtus training session in order to volunteer at the school.   Go onto drvc.org and click into Virtus Online to view sessions offered and to register.  You may attend a session held at another parish..

Parents -

If you are not receiving SSPJ School News or Guild updates via e-mail, please send your e-mail address to cewald@sspjschool.net and  jracca@sspjschool.net.

Thank you!


Once a week, beginning Monday, September 29th, a student from each grade will be selected to place a special intention in our Sts. Philip and James School Prayer Intention Book located in the school lobby by the statute of the Blessed Mother...


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Diocesan News

Tuesday, September 2
School Opens
First Day of School - Grades K - 8

Morning Care Begins


New Family Reception
7:00 p.m. Foreign Language Room

Wednesday, September 3
Grades K - 8: 12:00 Dismissal
Pre-K Orientation (Parents only) 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Orientation Night - 7:30 p.m., Auditorium
Grades K - 5 (Parents only)

Thursday, September 4
Grades K - 8: 12:00 Noon Dismissal
Pre-K parents with Child
  9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. (A-L)
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (M-Z)


Orientation Night, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium Grades 6, 7, 8 (Parents only)

Friday, September 5
Full Day of School - Pre-K begins
Opening School Liturgy at 9:15 a.m.
Monday, September 8
After Care Begins

Today, 8/28/2014
High: 83 Low: 58
Mostly sunny
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/29/2014
High: 78 Low: 61
Mostly sunny
0% chance of precipitation.