St. James Episcopal
We hold many of our important occasions in St. James'
Episcopal Church. We begin the first day of elementary school with Convocation Service in the Church Sanctuary to welcome
new and returning families to the Saint James' community.
We open the school day for elementary students with
prayer and song during morning assembly in the Side
Chapel of the Church. Elementary students also attend Wednesday service
every week at the Church. We hold a special Thanksgiving Service for all to attend, along with a service dedicated to the School on a Sunday in January.
We hold our annual preschool Thanksgiving Program in
the Parish Hall before Thanksgiving break. The story
of the first Thanksgiving is narrated by the Head of
School, and each preschool class performs a song, poem
or scripture piece. Students dress as pilgrims, native
Americans, turkeys, and more. After the performance, a special
Thanksgiving luncheon is served. Tables are decorated
by the students.
We hold our annual Christmas Program in St. James' Episcopal
Church. There are two performances - one by preschool
students and one by elementary students. In each performance,
students re-enact the nativity of Jesus Christ in costume
and sing Christmas carols. Parents and families are invited
Mother's Day Tea
One of our longest standing traditions in the Preschool is Mother's Day
Tea. In the Parish Hall, mothers are seated at tables
adorned with handmade crafts by the students while each
class performs a special song or poem on the stage.
The performance is followed by tea, lemonade, finger
sandwiches and sweets for mothers and their children.
Breakfast with Dad
In 2011, we introduced a new event that is now a cherished Preschool tradition, Breakfast with Dad. Fathers
accompany students to the Parish Hall for a continental
breakfast and one-on-one time with Dad. Fathers later
receive a special gift made by the children during class
Some of our other traditions in the Preschool are Oktoberfest, Family
Day, Field Day, Beach Day, and Prekindergarten Graduation. The Elementary students enjoy such traditions as Fall Festival, Elementary Moving Up ceremony, and community service projects.
We believe such traditions add vibrancy to the Saint James' community.