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November 17, 2016

Martha's Message

Dear Parents,

After a very busy November, we are into the home stretch to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you didn’t attend the Spaghetti Dinner, you missed an awesome event! This is a beloved tradition here at BES when all the sixth graders and their parents come together to provide a delicious and entertaining evening for our community. Every year I leave thinking it can never be topped, but then the next year comes and the parents and students make it even better!

I want to extend a special thank you to Laura Sklenicka and Suzannah Holway for their vision in leading the event and their committee of sixth grade parents who worked so hard to make everything happen. Also, a huge thank you to Scott Sklenicka of North Florida Oral and Facial Surgery for the generous donation of underwriting the cost of the food. It looks like we are close to netting $6,000, which will be used toward a new sign for the school as requested by the students.

Our first band concert was held today as our fifth and sixth students were able to show off their musical talent. We are so thankful for Mrs. Glass who does such a beautiful job with the children and brings out the best in them musically.

We celebrate with St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, which has installed its new rector, The Reverend Louanne Loch. We welcome her to our school community!

I am always thankful that you have chosen to trust the faculty and staff at BES with the gift of your children. We take our jobs very seriously and strive daily to make a positive difference in their lives.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Martha Milton

Mark Your Calendars: Important Dates to Remember

Denim Day - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Friday, Nov. 18th

Thanksgiving Holiday (School Closed) - No Extended Day
Monday, Nov. 21st through Friday, Nov. 25th

Coffee and Conversation with Martha
Wednesday, Nov. 30th after Birthday Book Chapel in Christopher Lobby of the church

Lessons and Carols Service
Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 8:30 a.m. in the church

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

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

Another session of After-school Activities begins after Thanksgiving Break, so register your students now!

Session #2 will run from November 28, 2016 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.

Support BES Through the Starfish Fund!

There are only 6 more weeks left in our Beaches Episcopal School Starfish Fund Campaign! As a reminder, all donations are tax deductible and must be received or post marked by December 31st to be included for 2016 tax returns. Want us to bill your school FACTS account for your pledge? To do so, please send Stacy Nash, Director of Development, an email at SNash@BeachesEpiscopalschool.org and include the amount,  how you would like your name listed in the Starfish News annual report, and if the gift is in memory or honor of someone special.

Please help BES finish the campaign strong!

Donate Now to the Starfish Fund!

Sweet Frog Party with Martha Milton Update

Third grade is still in the lead with 69% participation!

Total parent participation: 40%

  • PK3- Marshall: 36%
  • Pk4- Harding: 33%
  • PK4- Palmer: 50%
  • K- Peters: 33%
  • 1A-Lamm:36%
  • 1B-McGhee:30%
  • 2nd- Mrs.T:44%
  • 3rd- Mrs. Jones:69%
  • 4A- Bittengle:0%
  • 4B-Glasser:50%
  • 5th -Hartman:35%
  • 6th- Wellman:40%
Fall Pottery Auction Underway: Bid Now on Christmas Themed Platters!

Our Fall Pottery auction kicked off on Saturday, November 5th! This year, we are featuring Christmas themed platters. You can access the bidding site at the link below from your computer or mobile phone. You can bid anywhere, anytime before the close of the auction. You will also receive an update if you are outbid! 

Here are the details:

Click here to register to bid on Fall Pottery!

Register now through Friday, November 18th at 10:00 a.m.

* Once you register you can access the item and begin your bidding.

* After you register you will get a welcome text message.

There are 3 ways to bid:

* By Smartphone

Click the link in your registration text. It will take you to a personal bidding page. Click on an item and place a bid, it’s that simple.

* By Text

Text the 3-digit item number and amount to the welcome message you receive, (i.e. 101 500), no dollar signs or decimals are needed.

* By Computer

Click on an item and place a bid.

Pottery will be on display during the 6th Grade Spaghetti Dinner and during parent/teacher conferences as well as in McCormick and Stormes.

Please contact Stacy Nash, Director of Development at 904-246-2466 ext.112 or snash@beachesepiscopalschool.org with any questions.

Classroom Basket Donations for Parent Social Due on Wednesday, November 30th!

Thank you to all who have given toward the classroom themed baskets for the Parent Social. If you have not yet donated, it’s not too late!

Checks and cash can be handed into the front desk at both Stormes and McCormick. Please make sure you include your name and homebase class on the envelope. There is also the option of having the school bill you through the FACTS payment system. If you choose to be billed please email Stacy Nash at Snash@BeachesEpiscopalSchool.org or at 246-2466 ext.112 and include which homebase class.

The success of these baskets depends on the support of all our families. If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Nash at the email above. Thank you for your support, and remember that your donation is tax deductible!

Stacy Nash
Director of Development

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 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

Incredible Edibles on Nov. 19th
Bring your coolers to Stormes Hall on Saturday, November 19th and stock up on homemade casseroles, soups and holiday goodies of all kinds! Incredible Edibles is the largest single fund raiser at St. Paul’s by the Sea. 

There will also be clever crafts, beautiful handmade ornaments and collectables, not to mention the French Café serving coffee and beignets. Come early, bring your friends. We’ve go something for everyone.

Youth Wreath-Making Event
The St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Youth Group is glad to welcome everyone to our advent wreath-making event! Come by Christopher Lobby (at the back of the church sanctuary), and our youth would be happy to help your children make a wreath for the Advent season. This will take place after the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, November 20th. We hope to see all of you there!