Spirit Week Information

Monday, April 1 – No School

Tuesday, April 2 – College Day

  • Dress up to salute a college or university.  If a jersey is worn, it must have a sleeved shirt on underneath it

Wednesday, April 3 – Monochrome

  • Wear all one color/Crazy Hat Day

Thursday, April 4 – Space Day

  • “Fly Me to the Moon” and dress as an astronaut, NASA worker, solar system, alien, sparkle like a star, or wear black or purple to imitate space

Friday, April 5 – Thunder Day

  • Wear your Community Color with shorts with modest, athletic shorts or loose-fitting sweatpants; No tank tops, cut-outs, or midriffs.

*Shorts (with at least a 5 inch inseam) are only allowed on Friday for Thunder Day.  One other Spirit Days, jeans or loose-fitting sweatpants may be worn. No leggings. No references to drugs, alcohol, or violence. Please look at the expectations in our Student Handbook.

Thunder Day Information

8:00am

  • Mass

8:35am – 8:45am

  • Morning Offering, Attendance in Houses, and Announcements

8:45am – 8:55am

  • All Houses move to the Gym

8:55am – 9:25am

  • Assembly to honor Prom Court in the Gym

9:30am – 11:55am

  • Thunder Day Rotations

11:55am – 12:00pm

  • All Communities move back to the Gym

12:00pm – 12:30pm

  • Thunder Day Pep Assembly, announcement of Apostolic Action results from the Spring semester, and awarding of Thunder Cup

Dear St. James Academy Junior and Senior parents and students:

We are so excited to share with you the details for our 2024 junior/senior prom hosted at the Olathe Conference Center at the Embassy Suites!

Our prom committee and faculty have a great night planned. The 2024 St. James Prom is on Saturday, April 6th, and the theme is “Fly Me to the Moon!” Details for the evening can be found below.

The purpose of every school event is to live out our school mission. At prom, that is done by allowing students to pray, eat, dance, and celebrate together in a fun and safe environment. We aim to do this in a way that upholds the dignity of all attendees before, during, and after the event. This, in part, means working together to ensure that attire for the evening follows our guidelines and that students are not given opportunities to drink alcohol or do drugs before or after the dance. We know that the virtues of modesty and temperance are not always the easiest to live, nor the most culturally popular,  but we are committed as a school to do our part in helping our students see their value and importance.

Please see our Student Handbook (p. 46) for dance policies and guidelines.

We want to partner with students and parents to uphold these guidelines. Any student who would like to check if their prom attire meets the expectations of the Student Handbook prior to the dance can do so during the following times. Students who wish to have their attire checked should bring their outfits with them to see Mrs. Steinlage in the front office. 

  • Tuesday, April 2nd: 7:30 – 8:00 AM
  • Thursday, April 4th: 7:30 – 8:00 AM OR During Thunderblock

*Note: This is a preliminary courtesy check; chaperones on the night of the dance have the final say regarding the appropriateness of attire.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS FOR THE EVENING:

  • Students bringing outside guests must pick up a guest form from Mrs. Bomhoff in the front office and return it by Wednesday, April 3rd. They should have completed this when the ticket was purchased. 
  • The administration has the final approval on all guests from outside schools attending Prom.
  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Parents are invited to photograph their children on the red carpet outdoors from 6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
  • Sit down dinner is served at 7:15 p.m.  Dancing will begin at approximately 8:00 p.m. and continue until 11:30 p.m.
  • Students may not enter prom after 8:00 p.m.  The earliest anyone may leave is 10:30 p.m. without prior approval.
  • Once a student leaves, they will not be allowed back in.
  • There will be 9 adult chaperones.  We reserve the right to test for alcohol and/or drugs.  We reserve the right to search purses and bags.
  • For Young Ladies
    • No excessively tight dresses/clothes
    • No visible cleavage or low-cut dresses
    • Midriff must be fully covered (no mesh or sheer material), and no crop-top or two-piece dresses.
    • Solid material must extend from the front to the back, with at least two inches showing on both sides of the back.
    • The length of the dress should be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee, and any slits in the skirt should not extend above 4 inches above the knee.
  • Gentlemen should dress in standard tuxedos or dress suits with dress shoes.
  • Students not dressed appropriately may be asked to change or leave the event.
  • Dancing: We ask all students to cooperate in upholding the dignity and formality of a prom by avoiding inappropriate or openly suggestive dancing. Students who dance inappropriately will be asked to leave the dance floor and may be asked to leave the prom as well.

WHAT PARENTS CAN DO TO HELP THIS BE A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL NIGHT:

  • Set reasonable limits.  Let your child know you care enough to want him/her to be safe.
  • Make sure they understand that teenage drinking and drug use is against the law.
  • Possible natural consequences may include loss of life, severe injury, legal problems, or removal from school.
  • School rules and policies regarding alcohol and drug use will be strictly enforced.
  • Check on the specific activities your children will be involved in before and after the dance.  You need to know where they are going, when they will be home, and whom they will be with.  Trust, but verify!
  • Do not allow students to rent motel or hotel rooms for parties.
  • Do not allow your home to be a place for a party that will provide alcohol for students.  It is against the law.

PROM DESSERT TABLE

  • For our Fly Me to the Moon Prom this year, we are bringing back the dessert table as it was an absolute success last year. We are asking you to volunteer to make or buy items for the dessert table listed in the Sign Up Genius below. All desserts must be dropped off at the hotel between 10am-2pm and all containers must be DISPOSABLE! Please sign up for a dessert, prep it for Prom, and bring it the day of the event for all to enjoy!
  • Prom Dessert Table Sign Up

We want all events at St. James Academy to be positive and in line with our mission. Jesus Christ guides us to give witness to our faith through lived experiences and look forward to a Prom dance that is filled with the joys of the Christian life.  For questions, concerns or exceptions for personal circumstances, please get in touch with Ms. Brancato (lbrancato@sjakeepingfaith.org) or Dr. Rapp at (913) 254-4289 or email at srapp@sjakeepingfaith.org.

In Christ,

St. James Academy Administration