The students of St. James Day School have the honor of performing at the Candlelight service at the St. James church every year during Christmas. The students have worked hard with the music teacher for about 6 weeks prior to the performance. They loved dressing up in their dresses and suits! They sang several songs during the service, and a few  of the second graders had the honor of reading from the scriptures. The families and staff at St. James Day School look forward to this event every year, as it helps our students remember the true meaning of the season.

Katelyn Gunter

The second grade chose to collect donations for the Texarkana Animal League as part of our community service project. Along with collecting the donations, we did a hands-on activity that involved the making of homemade organic dog treats. The students worked collaboratively to create the treats. They were organized in their groups as to who would do each task equally. They had a lot of fun doing this project and were so excited to be able to do something special for the fur babies in our town who are in need of their "furever" home!

Katelyn Gunter

The 2nd graders will be doing their service project for the Texarkana Animal League. This local organization pulls adoptable animals from the shelter, offers a low cost spay & neuter program, and helps to foster out many animals who other wise would not have homes. They have given me a list of needed items that I have listed below. Along with collecting items, I would like to have the students make homemade dog treats. If a mom or dad would like to help with this, that would be GREAT!!! We can do this next week if possible. Feel free to share the needed items with others. I will also be looking for about 3-4 LARGE boxes for collection items!!


TIDY CAT clumping cat litter

PURINA kitten chow or Purina One Health kitten food

Simply Nourish Salmon Recipe Adult Cat Food

Catnip cat toys

**Extra Large Potty/Dog Pads (30’ x 36”)

Small bath mats 20” x 30”

Dog Toys

Pro Plan Focus Dog Food – Toy Breed

Royal Canin Chihuahua Adult (dog food)

True Chews Premium Jerky Cuts Dog Treats, Chicken Tenders

**ALL Liquid Laundry Detergent

**Dryer Sheets

Baking Soda – Bulk, 15 lb. at Sam’s

Automatic Air Freshener refills – Clean Linen or Citrus Scent

Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap


**OdoBan Disinfectant and All Purpose Cleaner

**Paper Towels (full thickness) = Bounty or Member Mark’s at Sam’s

**Tall Kitchen Trash Bags (13 gal. at least .9 mil thickness)

Disinfecting Wipes

All purpose cleaner (409 or Spic & Span)



Broom and Dust Pan

Garden Tools – Rake, Hoe, Clippers

Letter Copy Paper

Letter hanging files and racks for filing cabinets

Forever Stamps

** Most needed Items

Adoption Center Location, 5820 Richmond Rd, Texarkana, TX 75503 877-525-4825 / Open Saturdays 10am – 3pm

Katelyn Gunter

St. James has a special celebration for Veterans Day. After our regular chapel, we participated in a recognition ceremony for special veterans we invited to the service. The second grade students recited a poem they learned to honor veterans during the chapel service this week. The students studied about the meaning of the poppy flower, and proudly wore one on their uniform. The second graders also wrote thank you letters to military members serving overseas. We talked a lot about what it means to be a veteran and the importance of this holiday.

Katelyn Gunter

The second graders have been doing a unit study in Science over solids, liquids, and gases. We celebrated with a final experiment of making root beer floats. We discussed the 3 stages of matter as we created our floats. The kids were excited to use their knowledge from our lesson while enjoying a delicious treat as well!

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Katelyn Gunter