May 23, 2022


Spiritual Formation

More to the Story!

I often say that if the students forget nearly every word I ever preach, I at least hope that they will always remember two truths: they are loved by the God that created them always, and they are never alone for God is there with them always. Father Chris Duncan What is it about the […]

April 5, 2022


4th and 5th Grade Iditarod Experience

As our year-long PE unit comes to a close, 4th and 5th grade students celebrated with an Iditarod Experience Party!  Throughout the year, students learned the true meaning of self-sacrifice, commitment, survival and endurance.   At the beginning of the unit, students watched the Disney movie, Togo, which told the story of Leonhard Seppala and his dog, […]

January 4, 2022

Enrichment Highlights: St. James and Meaningful Art

St James is incredibly fortunate to have 9 different enrichment programs that stimulate and motivate the school’s curious and creative minds. Each enrichment program is led by a subject matter expert who helps make the topic meaningful and memorable. Today we highlight Catherine Russell and the dynamic arts experience at St. James. From digital art, […]

December 10, 2021

Mentoring Mathematicians

Mentoring Mathematicians In order to prepare children for 21st century challenges, the views of what is important in teaching math have shifted.  It is not enough for students to memorize math facts and algorithms and find correct answers.  We now recognize that students need to be able to do math, to understand the math they […]

November 8, 2021

The Power of Play at St. James

An incredible strength of the St. James program is the importance of developing the whole child. While it is typical for schools to focus on core academics, St. James prides itself on attending to each child’s academic, emotional, social, and spiritual growth. One of the ways we do this is through play! Gary Landreth, widely […]

October 19, 2021


Mindfulness is a powerful tool. Often misunderstood, mindfulness has been misconceived in the past as a “kumbaya,” crunchy practice, when in reality, it has so many benefits for children and adults alike.  Dating back many centuries, mindfulness is the simple practice of bringing your attention to the present moment. Mindfulness is primarily used for addressing […]

October 12, 2021

PreK-3 Magical Nursery Rhyme Unit

Click HERE for the Nursery Rhyme Parade Video.​ Nursery Rhyme ParadeWe recently celebrated the culmination of a three week PreK-3 unit on nursery rhymes with a magical parade of students dressed in costume as their favorite nursery rhyme character.  What a sight to behold – the entire school, from our 18 month old students to our 5th grade […]

July 21, 2021

Preparing for Back to School Season

Summer always seems to fly by, and now it is time to start setting our children up for a successful transition back to school. So what are some things we can do for a smooth transition? 1. Get a grip on sleep- The value of sleep for children is endless. Research shows that children who […]

May 25, 2021

Summer 2021 Campus Updates and Reorganization

Next year, you’ll still find joyful and inspiring classroom spaces for students ages 18 months through 5th grade at St. James, but the order in which everything is arranged on campus will be a little different.  The expansion of our early childhood program over the past five years called for a reorganization of all classrooms […]

May 13, 2021


4th Graders Promote Tourism through Annual State Fair

Last Friday, May 7th, Mrs. Nikolaus and Mrs. Patterson’s 4th Grade fourth grade classes hosted their parents in Bishop’s Hall for the 2021 State Fair, a presentation of their year’s worth of work in English Language Arts and Social Studies.  The fourth grade social studies curriculum focuses on the five regions of the United States. […]

May 12, 2021


Math is on the Move!

We are excited to announce that St. James will be implementing think!Mathematics in our K-5 classrooms next year.  Think!Mathematics is a Singapore math curriculum designed to  “deliver meaningful math instruction that allows ALL learners to explore and link concepts together.”  In our yearlong search for a new math curriculum, we researched and reviewed programs that would […]

April 12, 2021


K-2 Students Buy & Sell at Marketplace Event

Last week, second graders from Mrs. Robbins and Mrs. McDowell’s classes walked down the hallways wearing nametags labeled “Inventory,” “Cashier,” “Sales,” and “Manager.” They set out handmade merchandise on desks and tables, propped up poster boards, and placed pricing list signs on their cash registers.  They waited in anticipation to see what customers would think […]

March 19, 2021


5th Grade Digital Art Transforms the Campus

​St. James Art Teacher Catherine Russell joins us this week on the blog for a report on our fifth graders’ recent study of Digital Art! Mrs. Russell earned her degree in Elementary Education from LSU and was named Teacher of the Year at Bains Elementary in 2012.  This is her 6th year teaching art at St. […]

March 6, 2021


St. James Parents Learn about Early Literacy

On Thursday, February 25th, parents of our PreKindergarten and Kindergarten students attended an Early Literacy coffee led by Assistant Head of School Donna Lamonte.  With appropriate COVID protocols in place, parents gathered in the Coleman Hall to learn about the school’s guided reading program for beginning readers and how to support their children learning to […]

February 24, 2021


​Building Love and Learning in PreK-4

In the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras break, you might have seen our PreK-4 students outside Atkinson Hall in pig masks, throwing straw and sticks around, laughing and playing. While this might seem more like a scene from Lord of the Flies, we will assure you that these young students were engaged in purposeful […]

December 19, 2020


Traditions Take Flight this Holiday Season

At the close of the semester, third grade teacher Kathleen Shahla reminds our community of who we are: “If you were to peek in an SJEDS classroom, you would first notice the modern design and furniture, children working on iPads or reporting from the Broadcast studio. While cutting-edge technology, best practices and innovative learning have […]

November 20, 2020


Vote 2020! St. James Elects Student Council Leaders on November 3rd

Over the past few weeks, members of the St. James 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes have been preparing for an election for the St. James Student Council, a group of student leaders elected by peers to represent their school. Student Council sponsors Kellye Carville, Shelby Miller, and Julia Spaht gathered all 3rd through 5th […]

July 15, 2020

Back to School



Preparing for August 5th Reopening: We Will Be Ready!

Click the buttons below for our Head of School and COVID Task Force’s July 13th update about our COVID-19 Protocols and reopening plans.

July 9, 2020


The Joy That Comes Back: Celebrating the Ministry and Teaching of Ralph Howe

On a typical school day, you might see Ralph Howe seated with his guitar at the front of a group of one-year-olds as they grin and clap their tiny hands or dance on the carpet. You’d see him preaching to elementary students and their parents, asking them questions about the Bible and speaking with wide, […]

July 7, 2020

Back to School



COVID-19 Update and Adjusted 2020-2021 Calendar

Click the buttons below for our Head of School’s June 25th letter about reopening on August 5th and our Adjusted Academic Calendar for 2020-2021.  

June 9, 2020



A Message from the Head of School

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Dear Saint James Community,                                          We are deeply saddened by recent events around our nation. We grieve with you for every person who has experienced racial injustice. St. James Episcopal Day School […]

May 28, 2020



Celebrating 5th Graders with a Digital, Drive-by Graduation

“Send us now into the world in peace; and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart.” – The Book of Common Prayer On Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 10am, St. James held a special graduation ceremony for its fifth graders. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the […]

May 17, 2020


Senior Spotlights Celebrate St. James Alums in the Class of 2020

Congratulations to St. James alumni graduates in the class of 2013!  We are proud of all of these college-bound seniors for their accomplishments and future plans.  Check out their Senior Spotlights below: 

April 8, 2020

Back to School


Virtual Preschool: How Does it Work and Why is it Worth the Effort?

For parents with children in preschool, school closures bring about a unique set of challenges. Without new places to visit or new friends to interact with, young children can grow restless and irritable, and so can their parents! Many parents are also trying to work from home, so they need plans for keeping their toddlers […]

April 2, 2020



St. James Episcopal Day School COVID-19 Response

With care in mind for our students, faculty, staff, and all our families, St. James Episcopal Day School is following the recommendations of our Diocesan Bishop and the Louisiana Governor’s Office to close our buildings until we are directed otherwise. In response to this, we have shifted our learning into our students’ homes, giving instruction […]

March 3, 2020


Students Vote for Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Favorites

    St. James Episcopal Day School third through fifth graders have been busy reading the Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Books for 2019-2020.  The book list includes 15 outstanding books that are age appropriate for our young readers.  The students participate by reading at least three of these books.  In January students vote for a favorite […]

February 21, 2020


America and Its People

First graders learned about America and its people in an integrated social studies unit this month, culminating in a Famous Americans Day on February 20th. The unit began with students reading several biographies about different Famous Americans, through which they learned how to take notes on their reading. They then turned their notes into an […]

February 11, 2020



Learning to Love Our Neighbor

I believe in God above.I believe in Jesus’ love.I believe the spirit too, comes to teach us what to do.I believe that I should beKind and loving Lord like thee.​    In PreK-3, we recite the above prayer every morning. The underlined verse is posted in our classroom with handmade crosses lovingly created and tenderly glued […]

January 30, 2020



What caused the American Revolution? 4th Graders Write Newspaper Articles to Relive the Boston Tea Party

       Our fourth graders have been busy learning all about America’s history this month with their teacher, Ms. Brooke Patterson. After beginning the year studying early explorers and the impact they had on our country, students studied the early colonists and the events leading to the American Revolution. They spent time learning about the French […]

January 18, 2020


5th Graders Create News Broadcast Entirely on their Own

     Step into the Green Room on a Thursday morning, and you’ll find fifth grade boys and girls hard at work preparing for Bayou St. James, our daily news broadcast. With guidance from Broadcast enrichment teacher Emma Achorn, our fifth grade students are responsible for much of the content that appears in the six […]

December 23, 2019


The Light of the World

     I will never understand the rationale behind what some see as a great divide between science and religion. Science is linked to learning about this world; religion is about connecting to this world through our belief. The more I understand or do not understand of this world, the closer I am to embracing […]

December 23, 2019



Fourth Graders Focus on Elf Esteem in Guidance

In Guidance this December, the fourth graders learned about self esteem, and three ways to improve “elf esteem”. The E represents feeling empowered. Students explored ways they could build confidence to feel prepared and empowered for upcoming tasks or events. The L represents things that the student like about themselves. Students engaged in self-reflection to […]

December 14, 2019



Kindergarteners Participate in Gingerbread Pen Pal Exchange

The kindergarten classes are really getting in the spirit of Christmas. On Friday, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Hume’s classes made ornaments and participated in a gingerbread exchange with a class in Minnesota! This gave our classes an opportunity to learn about what kindergarten was like in the northern part of the country and to share […]

December 13, 2019


Students Play Ostinatos Using New Orff Instruments

While our 3rd-5th students are preparing for the Christmas program next week, our K-2nd classes have been making use of new Orff instruments in music class. Through a generous donation, St. James was able to purchase 2 sets of instruments for the music classroom. Developed by German composer Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, the Orff Approach […]

December 13, 2019


Second Graders Study Westward Expansion and Life in Pioneer Days

      Right before the start of the holiday travel season, our second grade finished up a study on Westward Expansion and Pioneers. They began their journey by packing bags for a mystery trip in wagons. They soon realized the year was 1849 and most of the possessions they packed had not even been […]

December 7, 2019


Third Graders Learn from Parent Experts through Master Chats

Third Grade has had an amazing quarter! It all began with a comment on Conference Day that parents would enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with the class. We created an online signup dedicated solely to this, in essence a partnership between teachers and parents to work together to build a learning community for our […]

November 25, 2019


Giving Thanks at St. James

    Each Friday, the school gathers in the church for a weekly eucharist, also referred to as Holy Communion, Mass, or the Lord’s Supper in many other Christian denominations. The term “eucharist” comes to us from the Greek word “eucharistia” which simply means “giving thanks”. This service is a time for the people of […]

November 12, 2019


Why Does St. James Episcopal Day School End in 5th Grade?

 Schools are typically asked to speak to the reasoning behind the scope of grade levels included in their school. Parents and educators alike talk about Prek-8 or K-12 schools; sometimes they wish that we spanned more grade levels. Yet St. James Episcopal Day School is clearly an elementary school. We end our program in fifth […]

November 8, 2019


Fifth Graders Study Native Americans through Research, Essays, and Tweets

   If you were lost in the woods, what would you need to survive? A fifth grade student would tell you to call upon an early Native American tribe, whose members were experts in using natural resources to meet their needs.    What better way to start the season of Thanksgiving than with a unit on […]

November 1, 2019


STEM Enrichment Update from Ms. Wood

The beginning of the 2019-20 school year has been an exciting and engaging time for students in the STEM Lab, in the St. James’ garden, and at the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum. Students have studied chemistry through hands-on investigations while learning about matter and its properties and physical and chemical changes. “Bubbles,” “Mystery Substances and […]

October 24, 2019


A Wide Range de Sentimientos in Spanish Class

During the first quarter, our second and third graders learned about emotions and feelings in Spanish class, and they used their new vocabulary to recite poems or tell jokes in Spanish. To learn the different sentimientos, the students first used iPads to take photos of their classmates making faces with their assigned emotions, which they uploaded […]

October 22, 2019


Dressing Up the Campus

When I was young, I loved “dress-up” time. In my childhood, students in my classes loved to dress up as astronauts, cowboys, ballerinas, bakers, and heroes. The possibilities seemed endless, but what this playtime did was to help us to imagine ourselves as someone else, to see ourselves as capable of doing things other than […]

October 18, 2019


Teachers Collaborate on BUST Breast Cancer Design

St. James Art Teacher Catherine Russell worked with St. Joseph’s Academy sewing teacher, Amy Neck, to design and create a costume for the BUST Breast Cancer Fashion Show last month. Both teachers worked together to honor teacher and cancer survivor Joy Lonibos from St. Alphonsus Catholic School with their design.   Catherine explained, “After meeting Joy, […]

October 16, 2019


James McCrary Wins Google Innovator Award

Please join us in congratulating James McCrary, our Director of Technology and Innovation, for winning a Google Innovator Award! James joins only 41 other educators who were given the honor for this school year. James traveled to New York City recently to participate in a three day Innovation Academy with the program.    Google Innovators are made […]

September 27, 2019


St. James Selfies Created in the Studio

Our Art classes are off to a busy start this year, and our walls are proof! All students PreK-3 through 5th started the year with the element of line and created different types of art showing their mastery in producing line variety with many different tools. Next they moved to shape with St. James Selfies. […]

September 19, 2019


Kindergarten Math: Spatial Concepts

In the month of September, kindergarten math is all about getting familiar with vocabulary! During the month of September, kindergarteners in Mrs. Hume’s and Mrs. Miller’s classes are studying math by learning new vocabulary. For their spatial awareness unit, students used positional words to define the relationships of objects to each other such as “below,” “above,” […]

September 14, 2019

Our Give Back Night at Mellow Mushroom – Thank you!

September 6, 2019


St. James Family Tailgate

The Dads Club is excited to host the St. James Family Tailgate on Saturday October 5th for the LSU vs. Utah State game! We hope you and your family will be able to join us. There will be great food and fun for all!A few important details: Tailgate begins 4 hours before kickoff (game time […]

September 6, 2019

Hey, Hey, Goodbye!

Hey, Hey, Goodbye! Mrs. Daigre’s PreKindergarten students released the monarch last week that they observed growing and changing from a caterpillar to a chrysalis and finally to a beautiful butterfly. The children suggested singing their daily goodbye song as the butterfly made its first flight from St. James!

September 6, 2019

“If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” Extension Activity

In Pre-K 3, we focus on an author a month. This month we are reading Laura Numeroff books. After reading “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” the children participated in an extension activity which focused on counting, numeral recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and eye-hand coordination. For this activity, the children choose a numbered cookie card […]

September 6, 2019

Spirit Week

Spirit Week Update

Our first annual Spirit Week is coming up soon- September 9th-13th. We will have a different theme for each day.​ Monday, September 9th – St James Traditions Tuesday, September 10th – St James Throwback – wear your old carnival shirts or spirit shirts (with uniform bottoms!) Wednesday, September 11th – Pelican Pride! Deck out in […]

September 6, 2019


Cane’s Chicken Finger Reading Stars!

These students chose to participate in the Cane’s Chicken Finger Challenge. Each child read over 100 pages and logged their reading into Biblionasium! They were awarded a bookmark and free kid’s meal from Cane’s. Keep up the great reading and look for more challenges to come! 2nd grade: Alston McConell, James Hollis Holliday, Thomas Delahaye, […]

September 5, 2019


Pre- Kindergarten Mascot Celebration

Last week, St. James’ Pre-Kindergarten students shared their school spirit and their classrooms as they celebrated their mascots – Clifford the Big Red Dog, Pete the Cat, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Children and their parents began in their own classrooms and rotated until they created a caterpillar painting with Ms. Daigre, played Pin the […]

August 24, 2019

Pelican Pacers

Pelican Pacers starts September 12th

School has started and it’s time to start running! Come join the Pelican Pacers, a running/walking club designed to promote self-esteem, self confidence, and improve health.  The goal for every student is to run 26.2 miles— the distance of a marathon.  Students keep track of their mileage with a personal barcode that they scan every […]

August 22, 2019

Meet Father Michael

St. James is excited to welcome Father Michael as the Interim Head of School for 2019. Father Michael has been a strong, positive presence and is determined to continue this year’s amazing start. With a focus on the students, his goal is to make sure they have an excellent experience filled with love and care […]

August 17, 2019


Calling All Scouts!

Dear Parents – We are looking forward to starting Scouts this fall! Scouting has a long history at St. James and we hope you will join us.  There are a few changes this year! See below. Is Scouts only for boys? No! Our Scout pack is open to boys and girls. This is a welcome […]

August 17, 2019


Thank you from the ECDC!

The ECDC says, “Thank You” to the Haydels for the playground equipment and toys they donated to our newly renovated facility.  The students love playing in the house, riding in the cozy coupe, and using the balls and toys donated. If you would like to donate new equipment to the ECDC, reach out to Janine […]

August 16, 2019

Back to School

Pep Rally

2019 Back-to-School Pep Rally

Students in PreK-4 through 5th grade joined the faculty and staff for a fun-filled pep rally to start the day on Friday. Ms. Carter introduced new teachers and administrators to the students. Then Fr. Michael played his guitar and led students in singing “The Whole World in His Hands.” After that, students were surprised by […]

August 10, 2019


2019 Fall Choir Schedule

August 23rd – 5th grade August 30th – 4th grade September 6th – 3rd grade September 13th – 2nd grade September 20th – 1st grade September 27th – Kindergarten September 30th (Monday) – 5th Grade October 4th – Blessing of the Animals October 11th – Fall Holiday October 18th – 4th grade October 25th – 3rd grade November 1st – 2nd grade November 8th – 1st grade November 15th –  Kindergarten​November 22nd – 2nd Grade December 6th – Pre-K December 13th – ​3rd,4th […]