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September 22, 2016
Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day on Monday, Sept. 26th!

We invite all of our grandparents and special friends to spend the morning with our wonderful students on Monday, September 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day!

Grandparents and friends may RSVP to the school office at (904) 246-2466 so that we can prepare accordingly.

Students should come to school at the regular time, and guests should arrive at 9:30 a.m. A reception will be held for our guests at 9:30 a.m. in Stormes Hall. An all-school chapel service will take place at the sanctuary of St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church at 10:00 a.m., and then guests will be able to accompany their students at 10:45 a.m. to the classrooms. Photo areas will be available at both McCormick Hall and Stormes Hall to capture photos of families together. Again, this event is for students, grandparents, and special friends only.

Dismissal will take place at 11:30 a.m. that day, and Extended Day will be available for those who need it. There will be no After-school Activities available on this day.

Click here for the full Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day schedule.

Book Writing and Illustrating Presentation Coming on September 30th

Beaches Episcopal School is proud to offer a Book Writing and Illustrating Presentation for students in grades PreK4 through sixth grade in late September. Two wonderful authors and an illustrator will speak to our students during this special event on Friday, Sept. 30th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Hope Hall.

This presentation ties in perfectly with our theme this year of "Readers are Leaders!" We hope it will engage our students to discover how writing skills they are learning in school apply to the real world. The goal of this event is to awaken a desire in our students to not only love reading, but to also ignite a passion to utilize language and art to express themselves.

Guests will include Jane R. Wood, an author who uses mystery, adventure, and kids' natural love of animals to capture the imagination of young readers while also teaching them about history of places such as St. Augustine, Amelia Island, the St. Johns River, Savannah, and Boston. She will share photographs and personal anecdotes about the people, places, and animals featured in her books.

Also presenting to the children will be Mark W. Adams, illustrator, and Linda Smigaj, author, whose "Fly on the Wall Series" brings history to life in a third person perspective that captures the attention of children and helps them feel as though they are part of the story.

Parents, we encourage you to partner with us in fostering a love of reading in your family. Books take us places, move us, and inform our hearts and minds. Elementary school is where that foundation is established, and we are excited to stand with you so that our young readers become leaders in and out of the classroom.

Denim Day on Sept. 30th to Benefit "Unravel Pediatric Cancer"

We ask that all of our families support "Unravel Pediatric Cancer" during Denim Day on Friday, Sept. 30th. Two years ago, a friend of one of Niki Philip's best friends lost her seven year old daughter Jennifer to DIPG, which is a type of terminal brain cancer.  After her death, her family created "Unravel Pediatric Cancer."  Mrs. Philips, who is a BES parent, has always wanted to help this organization in whatever way she could, and so she approached us about supporting it through Denim Day proceeds.

The month of September is also "Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month." Mrs. Philips placed 10 beautiful dragon flies on garden stakes in the McCormick courtyard one Friday in September, as part of what the organization calls "fluttering." We enthusaiastic ask all of our families to give to this worthwhile organization that directly impacts kids' lives.

BES students may bring in $1 or more on Friday, Sept. 30th, and they will be able to wear jeans and uniform tops.

Thank you for your generosity.

Learn more about "Unravel Pediatric Cancer" here.

Admissions Open House for Prospective Families on Tuesday, October 4th

If you know of a neighbor or family member that is looking for an independent school with over 60 years of academic excellence and a loving, Christian environment, please let them know that we would enjoy getting to meet them at an Admissions Open House on Tuesday, October 4th at 9:00 a.m. 

During the Open House, BES will provide refreshments, a guided campus tour, a question and answer session with our administration, faculty, and parents, and a packet of information to take home. Guests will also be able to check out our new 3D printer and laser cutter!

Interested parents may contact the school's Director of Admissions, Ashley Davis, at 246-2466 ext. 137 or by email at adavis@beachesepiscopalschool.org for more information or to RSVP for the Admissions Open House. If they prefer, parents may schedule a private school tour at a time more convenient to their schedule.

As always, remember to share your BES story with neighbors and friends. Thank you for letting others know about the incredible ways your students are learning with ambition, loving with purpose, and leading with courage!

Mark Your Calendars: Important Dates to Remember

Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day
Monday, Sept. 26th from 9:30 -11:30 a.m.; Early dismissal for guests and students at 11:30 a.m. (Extended Day Available)

See You at the Pole Prayer Time - McCormick Hall Flag Pole
Wed., Sept. 28th at 7:30 a.m. (students, faculty, and families welcome)

Birthday Book Chapel (July, August, September Birthdays)
Wed., Sept. 28th at 8:10 a.m. in the church

Book Writing and Illustrating Presentation for PreK4 through Sixth Grade
Friday, Sept. 30th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Denim Day (Unravel Pediatric Cancer)
Friday, Sept. 30th

Picture Day for Students
Monday, Oct. 3rd

Admissions Open House for Prospective Families
Tuesday, Oct. 4th at 9:00 a.m.

SPBTS Alhambra Dinner Theatre (Sister Act) to benefit BES Scholarship Night
Tuesday, Oct. 4th at 6:00 p.m.

Blessing of the Pets
Friday, Oct. 7th on the church lawn at 8:10 a.m.

World Book Encyclopedia Available Online to BES Students and Families

We are pleased to offer our students and families complimentary access to World Book Encyclopedia Online. World Book is committed to creating educational products that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence and ignite and inspire a lifelong love of learning.

The following categories are available within the BES subscription to World Book.

  • World Book Student
  • Early World of Learning
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
  • World Book Mobile
  • World Book Timelines
  • World Book Kids

​Check out our BES World Book Encyclopedia experience now!

Athletics Update


Rays JV Basketball had a good game against JCDS on Monday! Our Girls team against St. Marks’s last Thursday came down to the last few seconds. Their top shooter scored the winning basketball at the buzzer. It was a great game by all our players. The Rays will play at JCDS this Thursday with a game time of 5:00pm. Come support your Girls Basketball team. Go Rays!

2016 Basketball Schedule for 2016

Running Club

The Running Club is supporting the Avondale 5K and 1 Mile Classic. Make plans to join us on September 24th to run a 5k or 1 mile run. The school with the most students will be recognized. Come show your school spirit and join the run. All runners are welcome. 

RSVP to tnovak@beachesepiscopalschool.org if you will be running so we can coordinate a large group. Our Running Club will be at this event.

Click here for more info about the Avondale 5K and 1 Mile Classic!

Go Rays!