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Not only do we honor our Episcopal tradition at Saint James', but we have also established many traditions that have become an integral part of our School.

St. James’ Episcopal Church Services
We hold many of our important occasions in St. James' Episcopal Church. We begin the first day of elementary school with Convocation Service in the Church Sanctuary to welcome new and returning families to the Saint James' community. We open the school day for elementary students with prayer and song during morning assembly in the Side Chapel of the Church. Elementary students also attend Wednesday service every week at the Church. We hold a special Thanksgiving Service for all to attend, along with a service dedicated to the School on a Sunday in January.

Thanksgiving Program
We hold our annual preschool Thanksgiving Program in the Parish Hall before Thanksgiving break. The story of the first Thanksgiving is narrated by the Head of School, and each preschool class performs a song, poem or scripture piece. Students dress as pilgrims, native Americans, turkeys, and more. After the performance, a special Thanksgiving luncheon is served. Tables are decorated by the students.

Christmas Program
We hold our annual Christmas Program in St. James' Episcopal Church. There are two performances - one by preschool students and one by elementary students. In each performance, students re-enact the nativity of Jesus Christ in costume and sing Christmas carols. Parents and families are invited to attend.

Mother's Day Tea
One of our longest standing traditions in the Preschool is Mother's Day Tea. In the Parish Hall, mothers are seated at tables adorned with handmade crafts by the students while each class performs a special song or poem on the stage. The performance is followed by tea, lemonade, finger sandwiches and sweets for mothers and their children.

Breakfast with Dad
In 2011, we introduced a new event that is now a cherished Preschool tradition, Breakfast with Dad. Fathers accompany students to the Parish Hall for a continental breakfast and one-on-one time with Dad. Fathers later receive a special gift made by the children during class that day.

Annual Events
Some of our other traditions in the Preschool are Oktoberfest, Family Day, Field Day, Beach Day, and Prekindergarten Graduation. The Elementary students enjoy such traditions as Fall Festival, Elementary Moving Up ceremony, and community service projects. We believe such traditions add vibrancy to the Saint James' community.

Teacher Kim Knott enters Convocation Service



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