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December 1, 2016
New School Videos Highlight One Family's Story and Why Our Students Love BES

We are thrilled to release two new school videos this week you are bound to enjoy!

The first is a poignant video about the Philips' family as they share the touching story of how they came to Beaches Episcopal School and the compelling reasons why they choose to invest in a private elementary school for their four children.

The second video shows BES students of all ages sharing what they love about Beaches Episcopal School. Their honest answers are refreshing, and we hope it puts a smile on your face. We celebrate the uniqueness of every student and are committed to setting them on a trajectory towards success and significance.

These videos will be posted on our website as well as on social media for current and prospective families to watch and share.

Mark Your Calendars: Important Dates to Remember

Computer Science Education Week (Hour of Code)
Monday, Dec. 5th - Friday, Dec. 9th

Lessons and Carols Service (students may wear BES uniforms or dress clothes on this day)
Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 8:30 a.m. in the church

Denim Day (proceeds to Angels of Fashion, in honor of Kate Amato)
Thursday, Dec. 15th

School Store
Thursday, Dec. 15th from 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. in Stormes Hall and McCormick Hall

Pajama Day/Class Parties/Early Dismissal
Friday, Dec. 16th
- Pajama Day: 9:30 a.m. in Parish Hall
- Class Parties at 10:30 a.m. in classrooms
- Early Dismissal at 11:30 a.m. - No Extended Day

Christmas Break (School Closed, No Extended Day)
Monday, Dec. 19th - Monday, Jan. 2, 2017

Classes Resume
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017

Make a Child's Christmas Merry! Be a Partner in the Salvation Army's 2016 Toy Drive!

BES will be holding a Christmas Toy Drive this year instead of the traditional stockings that we have done previously. Large Christmas donation bins will be located in Stormes Hall and McCormick for you to place unwrapped new toys. All items must fit into the bins provided.

Please bring in your item donations by Tuesday, December 6th. We invite all parents to attend a special blessing of the toys at the All-School Chapel on Wednesday, December 7th.

Here is a list of suggested items:

Girls: baby dolls, interactive stuffed animals (learning) toys, kitchen play sets, tea sets, Barbie dolls, baby alive dolls, leap frog learning toys, "Frozen" items, Sophia, Dora, play make up kits, puzzles, toy radios, fishing poles, skates, etc. 

Boys: toy cars and trucks, train sets, drum sets, toy instruments, skates, skateboard, inexpensive video games, learning toys, action figures, Lego’s, remote controlled cars, drawing kits, art kits, paint kits, electronic toys, etc.

Sign Up Now for After-school Activities in Session #2!

Even though we just began Session #2 of After-school Activities, It's not too late to register your students!

Session #2 will run through February 16, 2017. (no programs will be offered Dec.19 – Jan. 2, 2017 or January 16, 2017).

Follow this link to the After-school Activities page of our school's website and return the completed flyers to the school office or contact Gretchen Henson, Director of After-school Activities, to register your students!

Parents will be billed by the FACTS system for BES teacher run offerings, including sports league programs (Flag Football and Volleyball).

If your child is being registered for an offering being led through an outside vendor (F.A.C.E., Fencing, Young Rembrandts, Piano, Cooking, and Tennis), please make a check out to the vendor attached to the registration form and return to the school office.

Pictures/Picture Money Due by December 9th


Please make sure your students' pictures or picture money is turned in to the school office by Friday, December 9th. Thank you!

Athletics Update

Flag football and volleyball are the next athletic teams that will begin in January 2017! Flag football is open to all students in 4th-6th grade, while volleyball is open to all students in 3rd-6th grade. We hope your students can participate, so register them now!

Return completed both the registration form and the Parent Waiver and Consent Form by Friday, December 16th to the school office in order for the student to participate.

In order to compete in Flag Football, parents must return both a Flag Football Registration Form for 4th-6th Grade Students and Parent Waiver and Consent Form.

  • Open to Boys and Girls: 4th, 5th, and 6th grade
  • Practices: January 12th through March 9th (Thusdays 3:15-4:15 p.m.)
  • Games begin January 24th on Tuesday nights
  • Volleyball Tournament (Second Trimester - 2017)

In order to participate in Volleyball, parents must return both a Volleyball Registration Form for 3rd-6th Grade Students and a Parent Waiver and Consent Form.

  • Open to Boys and Girls: 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders
  • January 10th through February 28th (Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 p.m.)
  • Jamborees: February 23rd and March 9th at JCDS
ChurchChat: News from St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea is excited to invite you to our Advent Program for this year! For the next four weeks, we will offer programs that lend themselves to our theme of “Wellness Wednesday.” Looking for a Bible study? Our Adult Bible Study meets at 9:00 a.m. in the Christopher Lobby with Eucharist immediately afterward.

For youth in 6th through 12th grade, we offer dinner and Bible Study from 6:00 p m.– 7:00 p.m. in the Youth House! While that is going on, we invite you to join us for our Book Study of “Breathing Underwater.” In this book written by Franciscan priest Richard Rohr, we will be using the 12 Steps to Spirituality to prepare for Christ’s coming in Advent through the season of Lent. Books are $12, but scholarships are available for those who need them. We sincerely hope that you will join us for Wellness Wednesdays!