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November 3, 2016
Invite Friends and Neighbors to the BES Admissions Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 8th!

If you know of family, friends, or neighbors who have students rising into PreK3 through sixth grade, encourage them to attend our next Admissions Open House on Tuesday, November 8th at 9:00 a.m. in Hope Hall. Attendees will be able to talk with parents and administrators, enjoy refreshments, take a personal tour of our incredible school, and even see our new 3D printer in action!

Thank you for spreading the word about how your students are learning with ambition, loving with purpose, and leading with courage!

Parent Social to Feature Classroom Themed Gift Baskets; Donate Today!


We hope you have seen the "Save the Date" for our annual Parent Social to be held on Friday, February 24th at the Atlantic Beach Country Club. It is going to a wonderful event, and we are excited about our theme, "Havana Nights!"

The auction is a very important piece of this event and raises funds for our school. The classroom themed baskets are always a favorite, and this is where we need your help. We are asking each family to donate $25 to help purchase basket items. Monies should be turned in by Wednesday, November 30th.

Checks and cash can be handed into the front desk at both Stormes Hall and McCormick Hall. 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 your student's homebase class.

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

Fall Pottery Auction Bidding Information

Our Fall Pottery auction is officially kicking 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:

Follow the link to register: http://Pottery16.gesture.com

Register from November 5th at 9:00 a.m. through 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.

The Fall Pottery auction will end on Friday, November 18 at 10a.m and you will be notified if you were the highest bidder.

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

Mark Your Calendars: Important Dates to Remember

Admissions Open House for Prospective Families
Tuesday, November 8th at 9:00 a.m. in Hope Hall

PreK and Kindergarten Musical
Wednesday, Nov. 9th after morning chapel in the church

Planning Day (No School) - Extended Day Available 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (call office to RSVP)
Thursday, Nov. 10th

Conference Day (No School) - Report cards given at conferences, Extended Day available during conferences
Friday, Nov. 11th

Vision Screening
Monday, Nov. 14 at 8:15 a.m.

Sixth Grade Spaghetti Dinner (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, Nov. 15th in the Parish Hall

Picture Re-take Day
Wednesday, Nov. 16th

5th and 6th Grade Band Concert
Thursday, Nov. 17th in the Parish Hall at 2 p.m.

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

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

Teacher Planning and Conference Day Information

With Teacher Planning Day and Conference Day coming up next week, here are some important details about our Extended Day offerings on those days.

On Thursday, November 10th (Teacher Planning Day, No School), Extended Day will be available for those families who need this service.

Extended Day Details for Nov. 10th:
Time: 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Place: Parish Hall at Stormes Hall
Cost: Extended Day rates apply

Please call the school office at 246-2466 or send an email to Gretchen Henson at ghenson@beachesepiscopalschool.org to make your reservation.

Note: No hot lunch will be provided. Please send your child with a packed lunch.

On Friday, November 11th, there will be complimentary Extended Day available only during your child’s conference time (located in the Parish Hall at Stormes Hall).

We hope these offerings will help many of our families with child care needs on these days.

Make Up Dates for After-school Activities Cancellations

Today is the official end day for the first trimester of After-school Activities. However, due to serious storms in the past month, we have had two Thursday cancellations and one Wednesday cancellation. 

The make up date for the Wednesday cancellation will be on Wednesday, November 9th for Tennis and Cooking.

Make up dates for the Thursday cancellations will be on Monday, November 7th and Thursday, November 17th for Minecraft, Young Rembrandts, and Running Club.

Please contact the leaders of these particular offerings if you have additional questions.

Thank you!

Gretchen Henson
Director of After-school Activities

Starfish Fund Update!

We are off to an amazing start for our Starfish Fund annual giving campaign!

As of October 25th, we have received $51,793 in gifts and pledges toward our goal of $65,000! Thank you to everyone who has already pledged or donated!

If you have not made your pledge or gift, it is not too late! Our campaign runs through December 31, 2016. All gifts are tax deductible and make an impact on our school and students.

Don’t forget that Mrs. Milton will take each homebase class that reaches 100% parent participation to an ice cream party at Sweet Frog!

Thank you again for your generosity and support of your students and their futures at Beaches Episcopal School. You can still return the pledge card, or if you prefer, you may also donate online.

Donate Now to the Starfish Fund!

Items Being Accepted for Thanksgiving Basket Outreach Through Monday, Nov. 14th

Each year as a part of our Community Outreach, BES students assemble 20 Thanksgiving baskets for families in need in the community who would otherwise not be able to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their family.

As indicated in this Thanksgiving Basket Outreach Flyer, each class is assigned a food item that every student is asked to please donate in order to fill the baskets. The baskets will be assembled on Wednesday, November 16th after chapel by our Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten students. Please turn in your items to school by Monday, November 14th.

Click on the Thanksgiving Basket Outreach Flyer for details on what items are being requested from each BES class.

Thank you so much for your support of this very worthy cause!

Order Hot Lunches for December by November 15th

Hot Lunch ordering for December is now open and will close on Tuesday, November 15th. 

Order Hot Lunches Now!

Results of Box Tops for Education Fall Drive

The Fall Box Tops for Education Drive at BES was a tremendous success!

Our students collected a total of 2,648 Box Tops during the drive and earned $264.80 for the school!

Way to go, everyone! 

Congratulations to Mrs. T's second grade class and Mrs. Wellman's sixth grade classes for being the Week 3 and 4 winners. Each of those classes will receive a special treat during their snack time next week!

Remember, students can continue to bring in Box Tops throughout the school year. Thank you for your continued generosity and support of BES!

Athletics Update

Tonight, our girls basketball team will compete in a playoff game against St. Mark's Episcopal Day School’s Blue Team. This is an opportunity for our team to advance to the final on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at JCDS. Students were allowed to wear a Rays shirt to school today to support our Rays girls team. Game time tonight is 5:30 p.m., so come and support the team! Send prayers of strength for a safe, well-played game tonight!

Lets Go Rays!

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
- Philippians 4:13

Our next athletic season will include flag football and volleyball. The flag football season will have weekly games against other schools in our league. The volleyball team will play in two Jamboree style games in March. Look for information to come out soon!

Go Rays!

Tricia Novak
Athletics Director