JK-12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, VA

12 Fun Outdoor Learning Activities for Earth Day

Posted by Zoe Hillman on Apr 18, 2018 3:43:44 PM

In preparation of Earth Day, Sunday April 22, I scoured the internet to gather some fun and easy activities perfect for pre-school, kindergarten and elementary school-aged children. With any luck, Mother Nature will cooperate by bringing the beautiful spring weather we're anxiously awaiting. And really, these are amazing nature-inspired family outdoor activities to enjoy any day of the year.


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Topics: Teachers as experts, Kindergarten, PreK, Environmental Stewardship, Recreational Activities, jk

Saints Mission Day

Posted by Mary Via on Apr 3, 2018 3:48:58 PM
We are looking forward to celebrating Saints Mission Day on Friday, April 13th. This Junior Kindergarten through grade 12 event is an opportunity for our community to come together around our school's  mission and explore one particular aspect of what it means to be a Saint. This year we will focus on our commitment to service.
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Topics: become ready, Spiritual Life, service, Goodness as Well as Knowledge

Access to a World Class Education Through Affordable Means

Posted by Jon Kunz on Feb 9, 2018 10:01:47 AM

A few months ago, my family embarked on one of the true adventures in the life of a family - we moved for the first time.  At first, my daughters appeared unfazed.  Rambunctious and stubborn, they continued to bother our neighbors with enthusiastic, unscheduled outdoor performances of “Sing” and “Descendants”.  But, then it happened.  While driving to look at what would eventually become our new home, my older daughter rode in the backseat with a pensive and forlorn look in her eyes.  When we got out of the car I asked her why she was sad.  

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Topics: St. Stephens and St. Agnes, School search, Looking at private schools, Financial Aid

How are Saints changing the world?

Posted by Mary Via on Feb 9, 2018 9:34:04 AM

Saints are changing the world through the power of relationship.

When I think about our service-learning program here at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, I think of our junior kindergarten students making holiday wreaths for our maintenance staff. I think of third grade students playing bingo with the residents at Lincolnia Senior Center. I think of eighth grade students cheering on athletes at a Special Olympics competition. And I think of eleventh grade students sharing a community dinner with refugee families or playing soccer with the kids at our partner school, St. Paul’s, in Haiti.

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Topics: become ready

Elevating Awareness and Empathy in our Children

Posted by KiKi Davis on Jan 16, 2018 7:28:34 PM
For years St. Stephen's and St. Agnes' mission has embraced the celebration of diversity by working towards a greater understanding of one another. It is the imperative to "honor the unique value of each of our members as a child of God in a caring community." Empathy is at the heart of this.

When we talk about “elevating awareness and empathy”, we are actually working to build cultural competency in each child through the following measures:
    • Acknowledging differences
    • Understanding identity
    • Examining multiple perspectives
    • Recognizing interconnectedness
    • Valuing diversity
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Topics: St. Stephens and St. Agnes, Teachers as experts, become ready, choosing a school


Posted by Adrienne Allen on Dec 17, 2017 11:38:32 AM

During this celebratory time of year as we gather with family, as we welcome friends back, or travel to be with those we love, home can hold special meaning.  For many us here at St. Stephen's and St. Agneshome is a place to be comfortable, a setting to be oneself, a space to come as you are.  This holiday season, we hope you enjoy time at home.  Below, our own Adrienne Allen 04, shares her story of home

Winter’s faint sun is setting on 2017. I gleefully welcomed our first snowfall this December and with it, the countdown to Christmas and New Year festivities. What’s special about this holiday season, though, is that it concludes my first full year back in my hometown, Alexandria, Virginia. It’s one thing to sing, “There’s no place like home for the holidays…” and it’s another thing entirely to shift the emphasis, to sing, “There’s no place like home…. What does home mean to me, and why is it so special to live in Alexandria all year and not just for a brief holiday hustle?

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Topics: St. Stephens and St. Agnes, Teachers as experts, become ready

Preparing for advent

Posted by The Reverend Sean Cavanaugh on Dec 7, 2017 9:30:00 AM

I was asked recently by a faculty member about the meaning of advent.  The faculty member was intrigued about Advent and how our school celebrated the season.  I was struck by the yearning of this community member to better understand the significance of this time of year.  As a priest, and a person of faith, this conversation compelled me to provide my own understanding about the meaning of Advent and how it can impact all individuals. 

Recently, I have become a big fan of the Netflix original series,” Stranger Things”. The series explores the dynamic between “things” of this world and “stranger” things that might lie beyond human logic or science’s ability to fully understand those things.

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Topics: St. Stephens and St. Agnes, Spiritual Life

Giving thanks ~ finding goodness through gratitude

Posted by Jon Kunz on Nov 21, 2017 1:58:06 PM

One of the most beautiful things about this time of year is the celebration of thanks.  If you are fortunate enough to work at a school, you have the wonderful opportunity to engage young minds on the importance of giving thanks.  Often, during the elementary school years, the focus is on the simple and tangible things in life - parents, grandparents, friends, pets, etc.  Indeed, one of the highlights of the year for many at our lower school is the annual Blessing of the Animals chapel service.  For many of our youngest students, this is the first time they take part in a celebration of thanks.  It is a moment they meet with joy and excitement.

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Topics: St. Stephens and St. Agnes, become ready, Spiritual Life

Are you going to hold them back or send them to Kindergarten?

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Nov 20, 2017 9:00:46 AM

What do I do about Kindergarten next year?

If your child has a late spring, summer, fall or winter birthday you might have been asked this question. 

“Are you going to hold them back or send them to Kindergarten?”
It is a controversial topic with no easy answer and it seems everyone has an opinion!
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Topics: Kindergarten, PreK, choosing a school, junior kindergarten, jk

Why I teach at an Episcopal School

Posted by Bob Weiman on Nov 20, 2017 8:30:18 AM

When I joined the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes faculty as a sixth grade English teacher in 1993, I had heard from many people that it was a wonderful school and a special place.  What I did not fully comprehend at the time, but what became quite obvious early in my tenure, was that being an Episcopal school was an integral and foundational aspect of the institution and a major reason why I have loved being a teacher and administrator here over the past 25 years.

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Topics: St. Stephens and St. Agnes, Spiritual Life