Information for New Families

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to St. James Lutheran School! We are excited for you to enjoy all the benefits our community has to offer.  On this page please find information that will be helpful as your child begins at St. James.

St. James Family Mentor Program

The Family Mentor Program was developed to help introduce new parents and students to St. James Lutheran School. The program is intended to give each incoming family a point of contact for questions and information to make them as comfortable and knowledgeable as possible as they transition to a new school.  To help make your experience of transitioning to St. James as smooth as possible, you will be contacted by an existing family, or Mentor Family, who can serve as a point of contact for your general questions.

We have families who have been at St. James for a few years, which means they have been here long enough to be familiar but still remember those first year uncertainties. They are willing to share their knowledge and make new parents and their children feel welcome.  Mentor families are asked to call new families on a regular basis to touch base, answer questions that arise and invite you to attend our school events throughout the year.  You might make new, lifelong friends, and of course, you will share the wonderful warmth of the St. James family.

If you have questions regarding the Family Mentor Program, please e-mail Sue Lichner at or call 773-525-4990.


New Family Welcome Event

New families are invited to join us for food and beverages while getting to know teachers and others in the community on Monday, August 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the playground behind the school. This is a family event – children are welcome and encouraged to attend! 

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a day camp for children that takes place at the beginning of June (gr. 1-8) and the end of August (early childhood). This year’s theme is Let Your Light Shine! Each day features a new adventure in this fun, exploration of our faith in Christ. 

Early Childhood students are invited August 20-22 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Register online.

Home Visits

If you have a student in our Early Childhood Program, your child’s teacher will contact you in August to schedule a home visit. This 15-20 minute visit is a great opportunity for you and your child to get to know the teacher.

School Supply Drop-Off

Students in grades K-8 are invited to meet their teacher and drop-off school supplies on Monday, August 27 anytime from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Class specific supply lists are available here:

PreSchool & Jr Kindergarten,  Kindergarten

1st grade,  2nd grade,  3rd grade,  4th grade

Middle School

Have questions or want to learn more about St. James?

We look forward to meeting you and showing you all that St. James has to offer your family.

Funding a quality education requires more than just tuition; it requires the support and generosity of the whole community.

St. James Lutheran School

2101 N Fremont St Chicago, IL 60614   |   Phone : 773-525-4990     Fax : 773-326-3645

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