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

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Practical Advice for Parents of School-Aged Children

Through this blog we intend to share the ways in which our students become ready. We will highlight our faculty, experts in their fields; we will dive into topics such as the joyfulness of learning, the balance of school and home, college readiness, and service. We hope to offer sound advice and guidance, while also sharing what it really means to be a member of our Saints community.

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