Summer is over and school is in full swing. The families of St. James Holy Redeemer Catholic School met on Sunday, Aug. 29 for a family style get together at Dunsmore Park. The day was bright and there was an excitement in the air
as students renewed friendships and made new ones. As the kids played relay games and heard about each other’s summer adventures parents shared stories and talked with some of the teachers of both campuses.
The merging of the St. James and Holy Redeemer has been a common topic of discussion this past year, but with the new school year comes a spirit of moving forward. Both schools, which have become one, still stand as top Catholic schools in the foothill area.
St. James Elementary holds classes for grades kindergarten through fourth and has expanded its curriculum, now including Spanish, orchestra, science and art.
Holy Redeemer Middle School has also grown and is considered strong in academics and athletics. The students at Holy Redeemer have already been on campus most of the summer. The girls’ volleyball team has been practicing twice a week for two hours and the boys’ football team has been working equally hard. The Cheer Squad is in the middle of its cheer camp, practicing every day to get ready for the new school year.
The students on both campuses are eager to get back to school. Barbecue organizers felt Sunday’s gathering was a great way to start the year off by having fun, eating and enjoying each other’s company.
Susan Romero, principal, and Father Ed Dover, pastor for both parishes, attended the barbecue, taking time to meet new parents and saying hello to returning ones.
The school is still accepting applications. Call (818) 248-7778 to arrange an appointment to tour the campuses and pick up an application.
Contributed by Tricia FLYNN