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August 25, 2016

Martha's Message

Dear Parents,

Weeks one and two are under our belts and everyone is finally into a good routine. The Fro-Yo Social was an enjoyable time to meet families in our school community!

We are getting ready for you to return next week for the annual Parent/Faculty Night on Thursday, September 1st. The times for visiting the classrooms and full meeting are staggered, so you can get to multiple classrooms if needed. Be sure to check the News and Event page of our website or scroll down in this e-news for more information.

Parent/Faculty Night is an important evening as you meet with your child’s teachers to hear about the year ahead. They will go over classwork, homework, classroom routines, field trips, class parties, etc. You don’t want to miss this adult only event! You may use BES for childcare by calling the school office and reserving a space.

BES has so many wonderful activities in store for you this year, and we want you to be well informed. One change that is taking place early this fall is moving our traditional BES Sunday to a Wednesday Chapel Service. The commissioning of the teachers and staff will take place at 8:10 a.m. on September 14th instead of Sunday, October 9th.

As you know, Father Reed Freeman has been the Interim Rector of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea for the past few months. His last Sunday with us will be September 25th. Our new Rector, The Reverend Louanne Loch from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, will be joining us October 30th, which fell right in between those dates for the October BES Sunday. We look forward to celebrating with Reverend Loch after she gets settled in her new home.

Finally, you have until Sept. 13th to purchase your tickets to Alhambra Dinner Theatre for the production of Sister Act on Tuesday, October 4th. This is a church sponsored event that benefits the BES Scholarship Fund. Please call the church or school office to purchase your tickets now.


Martha Milton

Mark Your Calendars: Important Dates to Remember

Denim Day (American Cancer Society) - bring $1 or more to school and students may wear jeans and uniform tops
Friday, August 26th

Parent-Faculty Night
Thursday, Sept. 1st (Adults Only) - Childcare available with reservation. Please call the school office to request this free service. More information can be found later in this e-news.

Eucharist Chapel (commissioning of faculty and staff)
Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 8:10 a.m. in church

Parent-Faculty Night Coming on Thursday, Sept. 1st!

Join us for Parent-Faculty Night on Thursday, Sept. 1st! Parents will have the opportunity to hear directly from your students' teachers in the classroom and ask questions. This evening is only for parents, but childcare will be available with a reservation. Please call the school office at (904) 246-2466 to request this free service.

Note: This is a staggered event where PreK3-1st grade parents will come at 6:00 p.m. and stay until 7:30 p.m. while 2nd-6th grade parents will arrive at 7:00 p.m. and stay until around 8:20 p.m. The General Meeting from 7:00-7:30 p.m. is for all grade level parents and will take place in the St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church sanctuary.

BES Parent/Faculty Night Schedule

PreK3-1st Grade Parents
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Classroom Meeting               

General Meeting (for all parents)
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church sanctuary
2nd Grade–6th Grade Parents

7:35 - 8:20 p.m. - Classroom Meeting

Invest in Your Students and Have Fun by Volunteering at BES This Year!

Beaches Episcopal School has a full calendar of events and programs designed to make our school the best it can be. Our parents and grandparents are so generous with their time and energy - but we always have room for more helping hands. The Parent Support Organization (PSO) is a great way to become involved in your children's school and meet other BES parents. We invite you to get involved during the 2016-2017 school year. Investing in children is always time well spent!

Click here for a detailed list of volunteer opportunities for our parents this coming school year.

Please complete the Invitation to Participate Form for 2016-2017 to indicate the areas in which you would be interested in helping, and then return it to the Development Office.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Development, Stacy Nash, at 246-2466 ext. 112 or snash@BeachesEpiscopalSchool.org.

We look forward to another great year at BES!

Register for Session #1 of After-school Activities

Beaches Episcopal School has a wide variety of paid After-school Activities available for our students, and they are offered by trimester. Parents will want to register early to secure their child's spot. The first session of offerings begins next week!

Session/Trimester dates for 2016-2017 school year:

  • Session #1 will run from August 29, 2016 through November 3, 2016. (no programs will be offered the following Mondays: September 5th, or 26th, or October 31st)
  • 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)
  • Session #3 will run from February 27, 2017 through May 16, 2017. (no programs will be offered March 20-24, 2017 or April 17-18, 2017)

Parents should go to the After-school Activities page of our website to view fliers for each activity in Session #1. Fliers for activities taught by BES faculty or staff should be printed and returned to the school office, or you can contact Gretchen Henson, Director of After School Activities, by email.

Parents will be billed by the FACTS system for BES teacher run offerings, including sports league programs. If your child is being registered for an offering being led through an outside vendor (F.A.C.E., Fencing, Young Rembrandts, Cooking, and Tennis), please make a check out to the vendor attached to the registration form and return to the school office.

After-school Activities offered for 2016-2017 school year (Session 1):

Battleball with Mrs. Lilly
Piano Lessons with Mrs. Larson

Cheer with Ms. Hardy
Quidditch with Mrs. Glass
F.A.C.E. with Kirk Farber
Piano Lessons with Mrs. Larson

Tennis with Danny Witt
Cooking with Miss Stef
Fencing with Coach Alan
Piano Lessons with Mrs. Larson

Running Club with Mrs. Doughty and Ms. Glasser (7 a.m.)
Flag Football with Mr. Skornia
Minecraft with Mrs. Devers
Young Rembrandts with Mrs. Rice
Piano Lessons with Mrs. Larson

All after-school activities are offered from 3:15-4:15 p.m. on their respective days, unless otherwise stated by the offering instructor.

Click here to be directed to the After-school Activities page of our website for fliers and more details.

BES Students Welcome to Participate in Avondale 5K Classic

Mrs. Novak would like to get a group of BES students to participate in the upcoming Avondale 5K Classic and 1 Mile Fun Run on Sept. 24th. Please email her so that she will know to look out for them the morning of the race. Mrs. Novak asks that students wear BES Rays shirts so we will get recognized as a school. The school with the most support gets recognized!

Click here for more info on the event!

Purchase Alhambra Theatre Tickets to "Sister Act" to Benefit BES Scholarship Fund!

BES families are encouraged to purchase tickets to the October 4th showing of "Sister Act" at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre to benefit St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church's BES Scholarship Fund. The proceeds from this event will go toward future financial scholarships for BES students in need.

Tickets are $55 per person, and you may contact Stacy Nash in the Development Office at (904) 246-2466 to order tickets or for more details. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 13th.

Click on this flyer for more information about the event!

Upload Pics for Yearbook on Lifetouch Website

Lifetouch has given our school a community access code so that parents can drop pics into a special folder.  We love having plenty of photos for our yearbook, and we hope you'll take advantage and upload your photos.

Create an account at community.lifetouch.com by entering the code IFGUIY. Follow the instructions to confirm your account and begin adding pictures. Thank you for your help in making this year's yearbook one to remember!