INSIDE Our School.........................................4 Our Leadership..................................5 Get Connected..................................6 Get Ready...........................................7 In the Know........................................8 Athletics............................................11 Pre-School......................................12 Grades K - 4......................................13 Grades 5 - 8......................................14 Upper School....................................15 Arrival & Dismissal............................16 Join Us...............................................17
Weâ€™re so excited to welcome you to our School community! We hope you and your family love it here as much as we do. This guide is designed as a broad introduction, and should answer many of your questions. A Back to School email with additional important information will be sent in August.
OUR SCHOOL Our Core Purpose
To inspire and prepare the next generation of exemplary citizens and visionary leaders.
Our Honor Code
A student is not to lie, cheat, or steal.
Our Core Values
• Integrity: Cultivating responsible, honorable, ethical behavior • Curiosity: Fulfilling our desire to question, to know, and to learn for a lifetime • Diversity: Seeking to know, learn from, and value one another • Creativity: Expecting imaginative, critical, and divergent thinking • Agency: Empowering students to own their learning • Impact: Accomplishing meaningful, significant work for the greater good
We at St. Anne’s-Belfield School believe that our students will become exemplary citizens and visionary leaders because of the inspiration of exceptional teachers and the nourishment of every child’s innate curiosity. Our mission is to feed this curiosity through exceptional, innovative teaching and learning in an intentional Pre-School through Grade 12 community in which close relationships provide the foundation for achievement and where every child is known well. Curiosity—that desire to grow, know, ask, create, and solve—is both the fuel of learning and an essential ingredient to success in an ever-changing world; it must be encouraged from the earliest years and throughout life. Our goal is to nourish our students’ curiosity about themselves, their world, and the diverse people around them, in an educational experience that inspires, challenges, and stimulates innovative, empathetic, and creative thought. We pose compelling questions and seek answers through inquiry, application of core skills, development of essential habits, thoughtful reflection, collaboration with others, and the appropriate use of technology. The questions we ask and the answers we seek reflect our commitment to the cultivation of responsible, honorable behavior and to a mindfulness of the needs of others. We strive to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, habits, and attitudes that will allow them to pursue their dreams in a rapidly changing and increasingly technological world, and to be exemplary citizens in life and work. Ours is a challenging yet charitable community distinguished by superior instruction that is cutting edge and student driven; by exceptionally knowledgeable and highly-trained teachers who are the most supportive and dedicated educators in their field; and by an environment that exalts growth over grades by providing a culture of intellectual candor and rich feedback. Our community strives for excellence in all aspects of School life and encourages students to discover and develop empathy, diversity of perspective, adaptability, flexibility, resilience, agency, self-efficacy, and inventiveness. We embrace uncompromisingly high expectations for ethical, selfless behavior and hold firmly our commitment to inclusion, civility, and kindness. 4
David Lourie Head of School
Diane Schmidt Associate Head of School for Operations Chief Financial Officer
Associate Head of School for Academics
Associate Head of School for Advancement
Director of Athletics
Head of the Learning Village
Head of the Upper School
GET CONNECTED The School wants to do everything it can to provide timely and useful communications to families to ensure everyone has the information they need. Below are the majority of ways and times you will hear from the School throughout the year, as well as contact and login information.
After enrolling and before the start of the school year, you will be provided login information for Veracross (which you used in the application process). Your Veracross portal will house your studentâ€™s schedule, grades, messages, and links to many important resources such as directories, athletic calendars, and more. Login at portals.veracross.com/stab/login. Tip: Your Veracross login information is the same as what you will use to login to MagnusHealth and the School website (see below).
Introduced in 2018, MagnusHealth is the Schoolâ€™s system for housing and collecting all paper work, from School Entrance forms to physicals to authorization to give medication. When you visit the portal for the first time, you will fill out some conditional questions that will help you locate the forms you need for your child(ren). All forms will be submitted directly to MagnusHealth. Access the portal here.
Faculty and staff emails and phone numbers can be found on Veracross in the directory and on the School website. Generally, faculty and staff emails will follow this formula: firstname.lastname@example.org. Example: Sally Stannes = email@example.com. Students in Grades 5 - 12 will also be assigned an email address for use throughout their time at the School.
Office Phone Numbers School: (434) 296-5106 Pre-School: (434) 963-4858 Grades K - 4 Office: (434) 295-0106 Grades 5 - 9 Office: (434) 296-2848 Upper School Office: (434) 296-2430 Athletics: (434) 295-5550
Parent alerts may be sent via text message, voicemail, and email during emergency situations. Weather delays and unexpected School closures will be communicated via text message to all parents via our ParentReach notification system (indicated by the number 309-39). Emails are not routinely sent for inclement weather notifications. In the event of a broader emergency situation, parents should expect to receive text messages and/or voicemails in the first instance, with potential follow-up information communicated via email. Parents do not need to sign up for ParentReach, as contact information will be added automatically at the start of each school year.
All current directory information for families, students, and faculty can be found online on Veracross (right sidebar). A printed Student & Family Directory is also provided in the fall.
Website & Portals
The School website is home to many resources, including but not limited to news stories, curriculum guides, and athletic information. The website also houses the parent and student portals, which contains links to handbooks, parent volunteering, opportunities, forms, and more.
Keep up to date with School news, events, and happenings on various web channels, including: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ St.AnnesBelfieldSchool Twitter: www.twitter.com/StAnnesBelfield Instagram: www.instagram.com/st.annesbelfield Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/stab365 SmugMug: www.stabphotos.smugmug.com
Each Sunday afternoon (or Monday, if there are no classes on Monday), families will receive the Learning Village Digest for Pre-School - Grade 8 students and/or the Upper School Digest for Grades 9 - 12 students. These newsletters contain recent announcements, upcoming events, and are a must read every week!
GET READY The first day of school is fast approaching! Check out the resources below to make sure you have all the information you need.
News & Notes
Summer Reading & Course Preparation The School provides various resources for students to help them hone and retain their skills over summer break. Some Upper School classes such as Humanities and AP courses require preparation over the summer as well. All resources and requirements can be found at www.stab.org/summerreading.
You can also follow the summer reading of Librarian Sarah FitzHenry and other faculty and students on the summer reading page and by using #stabsummerreading on social media.
On the last Friday of each month during the school year, our News & Notes newsletter is delivered via email to parents and students in Grades 5 â€“ 12. Take a look for our top news stories, student profiles, moments of the month, and more. Special editions may also be sent throughout the year. The School produces a suite of publications for the community. Major publications include the Perspectives magazine (annual); Impact: Philanthropy in Action (bi-annual); School Profile; and all-School materials such as the Viewbook. Myriad handbooks are also available for families, and others are coming soon: After-School Enrichment Program Handbook Pre-School Curriculum Guide Grades K - 4 Curriculum Guide Grades 5 - 8 Curriculum Guide Upper School Curriculum Guide
LINK is a network of parents who assist new families with integrating into the School community. New parents are introduced to host families who can help answer questions and provide friendly faces at School events. LINK families are assigned during the summer, and new families will be invited to a welcome event for their division.
Back to School Mailings Each family receives a hard copy mailing of all necessary paper forms to be filled out for the school year in the second half of July. Additionally, all families receive an email in August with the information they need for back to school, including class lists, supply lists, information on the Parentsâ€™ Association, major dates, and more. All of the information will be available at www.stab.org/backtoschool. 2018 - 2019 Back to School Dates Residential Life Move-In: Aug. 18 LINK Events: Aug. 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences: Aug. 20 Orientations: Aug. 20 & 21 Consignment Sale: Aug. 20 & 21 First Day of School: Aug. 22 Convocation (Grades 4 - 12): Aug. 31 Pre-School Curriculum Night: Sept. 6 Grades K - 4 Curriculum Night: Sept. 6 Upper School Curriculum Night: Sept. 13 Grades 5 - 8 Curriculum Night: Sept. 20 7
IN THE KNOW Advisory
Advisories are a unique component of a St. Anne’s-Belfield School education. In Grades 5 - 8, Advisories are grouped by grade level. They meet for a short time each day, and Advisors check in with students and relay important School announcements. In the Upper School, Advisories are multi-grade groups that provide an instant set of friends, mentors, and guides from the moment a freshman or new student sets foot on campus. Though Advisories only meet for quick daily check-ins, they provide ample time for relationships to flourish, for students to engage in group activities, and for everyone to remain current on personal and School news.
St. Anne’s-Belfield School is proud to have more than 3,600 alumni/ae across the country and world. Alumni often come back to campus throughout the school year for events such as Alumni Weekend in the spring and to interact with students as guest speakers, internship hosts, trip chaperones, and more. Learn more at www.stab.org/alumni.
The experiences our students enjoy would not be possible without the dedicated support of parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, and friends who make yearly contributions to the School. Our Annual Fund is the School’s most important philanthropic priority, and aims to fill the gap between what tuition covers and the true cost of educating each child. Learn more at www.stab.org/annualfund.
Our weekly, non-denominational Chapel services are a time for quiet reflection for students and faculty. In the Learning Village, parents are always welcome to join. Dates and times will be shared each week in the Learning Village Digest. Students in Grades 4 - 12 should wear Chapel dress on the days it is held, while student in Grades K - 3 wear uniforms. 8
One beloved School tradition is “Chapel Buddies.” Each student in the fourth grade is paired with a Kindergarten student, and attend Chapel and participate in various activities together throughout the year. The older student acts as a friend and role model for the Kindergartener and is a familiar face across grade levels.
Community Service opportunities are offered throughout the year and all students are encouraged to participate and give back to the broader community. Upper School students are required to complete 15 hours of community service each year, and do so through Intensives and Opportunity Block offerings and more. The freshman class also embarks on a week-long service trip, Doug’s Trip, in April.
End of Year Events
The end of the academic year is marked by many joyous occasions and events across every division. All student participate in a Moving-Up Chapel, signifying that the student will be in the next grade the following year. For eighth and twelfth grade students, special ceremonies and events are held to commemorate the transition. The eighth grade participates in exhibitions; each student composes and presents a personal reflection on their years in the Learning Village and a passion, challenge, and/or a defining moment. The grade is then honored at Class Day. Families are invited to attend both events. Upper School students and families are invited to attend Class Night and Commencement during which students and the graduating class are honored. For students only, and dating back to 1914, the traditional Candle Ceremony allows seniors to pass down their legacy to an underclassman. Each senior lights a candle that they then present to a younger sibling or friend.
Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities
A variety of activities are available for students who want to pursue interests. Learning Village students in select grades can participate in SKOLA classes after school, while Grades 5 - 12 can join clubs or organizations such as Destination Imagination, Ski Club, theatre productions, and more. Offerings will be communicated to parents and students as they become available throughout the year. For information on sports offerings, please see page 11.
Interim Reports & Grade Reports
Interim reports will be made available halfway through each term. Grade reports will be made available at the end of each term. Parents will be emailed when they are uploaded in Veracross. Grades will be available under the “Student Classes and Reports” tab beside your child(ren)’s name(s) and picture(s). Not all students receive interim reports for each term.
All parents at the School are members of the Parents’ Association (PA). The board hosts quarterly meetings that are open to all parents, and your input is welcome and encouraged. Meeting dates are shared throughout the year. The PA also hosts several annual events, including faculty and staff appreciation lunches and gatherings. The PA board offers many ways for parents to get involved around campus. To learn more, visit www.stab.org/parents. Additional parent groups include both the Arts
Boosters and Athletics Boosters, which are membership-based and support students in a variety of ways, including equipment purchasing, hosting events, and inviting guests to campus.
Online re-enrollment takes place early in the calendar year. At that time, parents are also asked to review and update any contact information, if necessary.
The School’s Renaissance Reading program is an extra-curricular opportunity that matches Upper School students with faculty sponsors to read and discuss literature outside of the classroom and curriculum. The program motivates students to develop reading habits that produce intellectual growth, as well as rewards those whose reading has generated exceptional insight and understanding. Students who have read a minimum of five works and who have had satisfactory discussions will be named as Renaissance Readers and will receive a certificate noting this accomplishment.
School Delays & Closings
Delayed openings occur in the event of inclement weather or other extenuating circumstances. In the event of a delay, schedules may shift (classes may be shortened or skipped), but dismissal times will remain the same. In the event of a delay or closure, families will be alerted by text and/or voicemail. You may also check local television stations and the School website for more information.
Selling spirit and athletic apparel, gifts, and healthy snacks and drinks, the School Store is located in the Conway Convocation Center on the Belfield Campus. The store is usually open during sports practice time each afternoon during the year.
The School is dedicated to providing a secure and safe environment for students. With a full-time security staff comprised of retired law enforcement, all doors on both campuses are secured throughout the day and may only be opened with a security key fob provided to staff. Upper School students also receive fobs. After school, all doors are locked. Students are not to be in campus buildings after hours unless supervised by faculty or taking part in an approved School-sponsored activity. If visiting the School, parents and other guests must signin at the front desk on either campus. The School is also introducing a new visitor management system that will create name-tags for all guests upon entry.
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (S.T.E.P.) is an optional parenting class that offers a realistic and practical approach to dealing with the challenges families face in today’s world and focuses on relating to your child through encouragement and communication. The director of Pre-School programs and the School psychologist may offer classes to Pre-School and Grades K - 2 families throughout the year.
Students in Grades 5 - 12 may be required to purchase textbooks for use during the school year. Textbooks are available online through the School’s account with MBS Direct. The School hosts a textbook buyback at the end of the school year.
Uniform Consignment Sales
Each year, the Parents’ Association collects and resells gently used School uniforms at very reasonable prices. They typically host a back-toschool sale, as well as additional season specific pop-up sales throughout the year. Donations of uniforms that your children have outgrown are always welcomed, and can be dropped off in the bins at each division’s’ main entrance.
Weekly Community Gatherings
One of the School’s most cherished attributes is its sense of community and the emphasis schedules places on it. In addition to Chapel, students and faculty meet in a variety of ways, including Morning Meeting (Grades K - 4), Monday Meeting (Grades 5 - 8), Community Lunch (Grades K - 8), Advisory (Grades 5 - 12), Community Meetings and Forums (Grades 9 -12), and more. This emphasis promotes both social and emotional learning and utilizes the Responsive Classroom method for Grades K - 4.
The yearbook staff, made up of students and a faculty advisor, produces an all-School yearbook every year. Yearbooks are offered as an optional charge, to be paid at the same time as yearly tuition.
1:1 Program & BYOD
The 1:1 Program provides access to a dedicated personal computing device throughout the school day for students in Grades K - 6, creating opportunities for students to learn at their own pace and ability level, as well to discover the world of experiences available via the Internet and online resources. In Grades 7 - 12, students participate in our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program and use their own laptops at home and at school. Learn more at www.stab.org/onetoone.
ATHLETICS St. Anne’s-Belfield School offers 45 teams for 15 sports across three seasons for students in Grades 7 - 12. View the full offerings and tryout information for 2018 fall sports below. Learn more at www.stab.org/athletics Fall Cross Country Field Hockey Football Soccer (B) Tennis (G) Volleyball
Winter Basketball Diving Squash Swimming
Spring Baseball Golf Lacrosse Soccer (G) Softball Tennis (B) Track
FALL 2018 TRYOUTS* Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Aug. 6 - 9, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Girls’ JV Volleyball Aug. 13, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Boys' Varsity & JV Football Aug. 6 - 10, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Coed Varsity Cross Country Aug. 8 - 10, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Boys’ Varsity & JV Soccer Aug. 9 & 10, 4:15 - 6:15 p.m. Girls' Varsity & JV Field Hockey Aug. 9 - 11, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Girls' Varsity Tennis Aug. 13 - 17, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Girls' JV Tennis Aug. 20, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
*Please note, seventh and eighth grade students must start the season with their Grades 7 & 8 team and can only join a JV or varsity team if invited by that team's coach. However, seventh grade girls may tryout for JV Tennis and eighth grade girls may tryout for JV or Varsity Tennis.
PRE-SCHOOL Important Dates
Aug. 19: Student & Parent LINK Event Aug. 20: Partnership Meetings Aug. 21: Orientation Aug. 22: First Day of School* Aug. 31: Convocation, No Classes Sept. 3: Labor Day, No Classes Sept. 6: Curriculum Night Nov. 28: Trimester 1 Grades Posted Nov. 30: Parent/Teacher Conferences, No Classes March 18: Trimester 2 Grades Posted March 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences No Classes June 10: Trimester 3 Grades Posted *Some Pre-School classes utilize a staggered start for the first few days of school. Please refer to the Back to School packets that will be released in early August to determine your childâ€™s initial schedule and contact Kathy Carpenter with questions.
Names to Know
Kathy Carpenter, Director of Pre-School Programs Jill Mozee, Assistant to the Pre-School Director Director of ASEP Shannon Montague, Head of the Learning Village Stacey Gearhart, Assistant Head of the Learning Village (PS - 4), Director of Admission (PS & K)
Pre-School students are not required to wear uniforms.
Lunch & Snack
All Pre-Schoolers are provided a daily snack, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, or cheese. Only PreSchoolers enrolled in After School Enrichment Programs (ASEP) such as Lunch Bunch eat lunch at school. A nut-free lunch should be provided by parents each day as applicable. Junior Kindergarteners bring nut-free lunches and snacks from home to eat in their classrooms. Specific guidelines will be detailed in the Back to School packet.
GRADES K - 4 Important Dates
Aug. 19: Student & Parent LINK Event Aug. 20: Parent Teacher Conferences Aug. 21: Orientation Aug. 22: First Day of School Aug. 31: Convocation (Grades 4 - 12) No Classes, Chapel dress required Sept. 6: Curriculum Night Nov. 28: Trimester 1 Grades Posted Nov. 30: Parent/Teacher Conferences, No Classes March 18: Trimester 2 Grades Posted March 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences No Classes June 10: Trimester 3 Grades Posted
Names to Know
Shannon Montague, Head of the Learning Village Ashley Morris, K - 4 Office Assistant & Registrar Stacey Gearhart, Assistant Head of the Learning Village (PS - 4), Director of Admission (PS & K) McKenzie Inigo, Director of Admission (1 - 8) Sydney Wicks, Learning Village Academic & Learning Support Specialist Jill Mozee, Director of ASEP Angie McHugh, School Psychologist Kelly Muthiora, School Nurse Phil Stinnie, Director of Student Life, Diversity, and Community Outreach
All students are required to wear items that appear on the Lands’ End custom website. Visit the School website for guidelines and requirements. For Chapel dress in this division, Grades K - 3 students wear normal uniform dress. Grade 4 students are required to dress according to the following rules for Chapel: • Boys must wear uniform dress code pants or
shorts with a tucked in blue or white Oxford shirt and a tie of the students’ choice • Girls must wear a uniform dress code skirt, pants, or jumper with a uniform dress code blouse • No polo shirts
Lunch & Snack
All children in Grades K - 4 should bring a healthy, nut-free, and adequate snack each day. If your child is not participating in the meal plan, please pack them a nut-free lunch each day.
Students choose from one of three graces at lunch each day: Bless this food, Bless this school, Bless these friends. Amen The Lord is good to me And so I thank the Lord. For giving me the things I need, The sun and the rain and the apple seed. The Lord is good to me. Bendice esta comida, Bendice la escuela, Bendice a estos amigos. Amén
Each student in Grades K - 4 has a Physical Education class. These classes may be held outside or in the Tarring Gym or Conway Convocation Center. In order to maintain the high quality of both of these gym floors, each student must bring a pair of sneakers that will be kept at school at all times for use only inside.
GRADES 5 - 8 Important Dates
Aug. 19: Student & Parent LINK Event Aug. 20: Parent Teacher Conferences Aug. 21: Orientation Aug. 22: First Day of School Aug. 31: Convocation (Grades 4 - 12) No Classes, Chapel dress required Sept. 20: Curriculum Night Nov. 28: Trimester 1 Grades Posted Nov. 30: Parent/Teacher Conferences, No Classes March 18: Trimester 2 Grades Posted March 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences No Classes April 16: Mid-Trimester 3 Progress Reports posted June 10: Trimester 3 Grades Posted
Names to Know
Shannon Montague, Head of the Learning Village Ashley Buford, 5 - 8 Office Assistant & Registrar Hunter Price, Assistant Head of the Learning Village (5 - 8) McKenzie Inigo, Director of Admission (1 - 8) Sydney Wicks, Learning Village Academic & Learning Support Specialist Jill Mozee, Director of ASEP Angie McHugh, School Psychologist Kelly Muthiora, School Nurse Phil Stinnie, Director of Student Life, Diversity, and Community Outreach
All students are required to wear items that
appear on the Lands’ End custom website. Visit the School website for guidelines and requirements. Students are required to dress according to the following rules for Chapel: • All clothes are to be clean and in good condition • Girls should wear uniform dresses, skirts, or dress slacks and button-up blouses • Boys must wear uniform dress shirts that are tucked in with a belt and tie • No sweatshirts or outdoor jackets may be worn in Chapel for girls or boys
Grace is student-led at Community Lunch, and students prepare blessings that are special to them or their family’s traditions.
Lunch & Snack
Students can bring their own food to eat or they can buy food at the Dining Hall as a part of the meal plan or a-la-carte. The School enjoys a Community Meal once every rotation, which is served family style. Students should not bring a packed lunch on Community Lunch days unless they have specific food allergies.
Physical Education & Activity
Fifth and sixth graders are required to purchase uniforms from Lands’ End for Physical Education classes. Seventh and eighth graders are required to participate in two sports teams, non-competitive activity, and/or nonSchool sponsored activities. They should wear proper clothing as determined by the coach or supervisor, generally athletic shorts or pants, t-shirts, and sneakers/cleats.
UPPER SCHOOL Important Dates
Aug. 20: Parent Teacher Conferences & Parent Orientation Aug. 20: Student & Parent LINK Event Aug. 21: New Student Orientation Aug. 22: First Day of School Aug. 31: Convocation (Grades 4 - 12) No Classes, Chapel dress required Sept. 13: Curriculum Night Dec. 3: Term 1 Grades Posted Jan. 18: Intensives Grades Posted June 10: Final Grades Posted
Names to Know
Peter Quagliaroli, Head of the Upper School Kelli Cangiano, Academic Secretary Nancy Kovatch, Registrar Blake Ware, Upper School Dean of Students Sandra Sohne-Johnston, Director of College Counseling Bo Perriello, Director of Admission (9 - 12) Alison Ruff, Upper School Academic & Learning Support Specialist Sophie Speidel, Upper School Counselor Kelly Muthiora, School Nurse Phil Stinnie, Director of Student Life, Diversity, and Community Outreach
All Upper School students are required to
participate in physical activities, including School sports, non-competitive activities, and/or nonSchool-sponsored activities.
On school days, the Greenway Rise Campus is a student Cell Phone Free Zone from 8:00 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. In rare instances, a teacher may permit a student to use a cell phone in his or her presence. We recommend that students leave their cell phones at home or in their backpacks, or in another location that will prevent their use.
All students are required to wear items that appear on the Lands’ End custom website. Visit the School website for guidelines and requirements. Students are required to dress according to the following rules for Chapel: • All clothes are to be clean and in good repair • Girls should wear dresses, skirts, or dress slacks that are appropriate for a businesstype or church event • Boys should wear dress shirts that are tucked in with a belt and tie • No sweatshirts or outdoor jackets may be worn in Chapel for girls or boys
Lunch & Snack
All Upper School students are required to participate in the meal plan, which provides a nutritious lunch and snack each day. 15
ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL Level Twoâ€™s Pre-School Junior Kindergarten Grades K - 4 Grades 5 - 8 Upper School
Early Drop Off 8:15 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
Start of Day 8:30 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:20 a.m. 8:00 or 8:45 a.m.
Dismissal 11:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.*^ 3:00 p.m.^ 3:15 p.m.^ 3:35 p.m.+^ 3:35 p.m.+
Please note daily schedules are subject to change due to events, trips, delays, closing, etc.
After School Programs *PS Lunch Bunch 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. *PS Extended Day 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. ^After School Enrichment Program (ASEP): 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. + Does not include athletic practices or theatre rehearsals ASEP offers Pre-School - Grade 8 students supervised activities beyond the regular school day from 3:15 - 5:30 p.m. The activities take place on the Belfield Campus in a fun and safe environment. Fees apply, ASEP may not be available during special events or days without classes. Use the links below to view sample daily schedules for each division. Pre-School Grades K - 4 Grades 5 - 8 Upper School
JOIN US St. Anne’s-Belfield School hosts many events throughout the year for students, families, and friends. We hope to see you at some of them soon!
Convocation - Aug. 31
Convocation is celebrated the second Friday after the first day of school and serves as the opening of the academic year. Students in Grades 4 - 12 are required to attend and the senior class is recognized as they process in, accompanied by their parents. All parents are invited to attend the event with their children, and students in Grades 4 - 12 should wear Chapel dress and Grades K - 3 students in attendance should wear uniforms. Classes are not held on this day and morning care may be available for students not required to attend the ceremony. Families should plan for a late start and 11:15 a.m. dismissal. More details will be sent via email prior to the ceremony.
Fall Family Picnic - Oct. 12
Sponsored by the Athletics Boosters, Fall Family Picnic is a major all-School event that takes place each October. The picnic includes dinner, a variety of fun family activities such as face painting, moon bounces, silent auction, and most varsity fall athletic teams compete at home throughout the evening. Dress is casual, and parents are responsible for supervising their children.
Halloween - Oct. 31
Grades K - 4 and Grade 8 Students may wear costumes to School in conjunction with Halloween celebratory events, including the parade. If they elect not to participate with a costume or are in Grades 5 - 7, they must be in their regular uniform. Students wearing costumes should make sure they are appropriate for young children (not scary, no masks, no crazy clowns, no swords or weapons, etc.). Please choose and/or design your student’s costume with the day’s activities in mind. Costumes must be easily managed in School and class as students must be able to sit at their desks without altering their costume. For example, no inflatable costumes, nothing with feathers or excessive glitter that can molt or shed should be worn. Students should wear School-appropriate shoes, nothing with heels or wheels, and no
flip flops. All families are invited to attend the Halloween Parade. Upper School Seniors are invited to dress up and participate in Trick-or-Treating around the Upper School and join the Learning Village students in their parade. Grades 9 - 11 students are also allowed to dress up. All students must follow the costume guidelines listed in the Learning Village section.
The Inspiration Speaks series brings prominent speakers and thought leaders to campus and the Charlottesville community. These events are scheduled throughout the year, more information is available at www.stab.org/inspiration.
Lessons & Carols - Dec. 14
Each December prior to Winter Break, the School holds a Lessons & Carols service in the Conway Convocation Center. This event, based on the traditional Kings College, Cambridge service, features holiday lessons read by our students and carols performed by our choirs. Students in Grades 1 - 12 are required to attend and families are invited as well. Students in Grades 4 - 12 should wear Chapel dress and Grades K - 3 students in attendance should wear uniforms. There will be no classes that day. Families should plan for a 11:15 a.m. dismissal. More details will be sent via email prior to the ceremony.
Madame Day - Dec. 14
Madame Day is a special tradition for girls in the Upper School. Each female student has the option to draw the name of her “Day Child.” Each Madame keeps her identity from her “Day Child” and writes anonymous notes to her throughout the week before Winter Break. On the Thursday before break, Mesdames give small presents throughout the day. Mesdames reveal themselves and gifts are exchanged on the morning of the Lessons & Carols service. 17
Grandparentsâ€™ & Special Friendsâ€™ Day Other Events - April 12 Lunch Chats & Brown Bags Held in April, this event allows grandparents to see their Grades K - 4 grandchildren in the School setting. Children who do not have a grandparent attending may invite a special friend. Formal invitations are mailed directly to grandparents and special friends. Parents are invited to attend as volunteers.
South African Festival - April 26
The South African Festival is a tradition that takes place every spring for Grades 5 - 8. Led by the fifth grade, students celebrate South African culture through food, music, decoration, and a Chapel service. Parents are invited to attend.
Prom & Senior Figure - April 27
The junior class organizes and sponsors a prom held on a Saturday evening in the spring in the Lee-DuVal Dining Hall. Juniors and seniors and their dates attend, but it is not unusual for students in the ninth and tenth grades to be invited to the prom by the upperclassmen. The Senior Figure, a promenade, is performed by the senior boys and their mothers and the senior girls and their fathers (or a special guest if a parent is unavailable), just before the beginning of prom.
Maroon & White Party - May 4
The annual Maroon & White Party is an opportunity for the School community to gather in support of faculty professional development. This is a must-attend spring event for parents, faculty, and alumni.
Field Day - May 28
Field Day is a time-honored tradition at the School in which the maroon and white teams compete against each other in athletic events one afternoon before the end of the year. Grades K - 12 families are assigned a team (siblings will be on the same team), and students should wear a maroon or white shirt and athletic shoes that day. Sunscreen and water bottles are also encouraged. Parents are invited to attend. If Field Day is canceled due to weather, students should report to school for a normal day in their uniforms. 18
Head of School David Lourie hosts several parent chats throughout the year to engage parents on current activities, announcements, and topics of interest. The division heads also host chats with parents during the year.
Kindergarteners and their families come to School one evening during a full moon wearing pajamas to celebrate the end of their study of the moon. The night includes games, activities, snacks, and a special performance by the students.
There are two poetry festivals each academic year. Every child in Grades K - 4 participates with his/her Reading and Language Arts class at one of the festivals. Guest presenters include parents, grandparents, older students, teachers, staff, and administrators. Parents are invited to attend.
Learning Village Grades 5 - 8 students are invited to participate in Spirit Week in the spring leading up to the student vs. faculty basketball game. Spirit days include representing favorite sports teams, wacky dress, and themes by advisory. Grades K - 4 students may be invited to participate in one or more days of dress, the details of which will be shared through the weekly Learning Village Voice. Upper School Two weeks full of School pride, Spirit Week takes place in the Upper School in the fall and again in the spring. The weeks include themed dress days (Wacky Tacky Day, Decades Day, and Twin Day), Advisory Wars, and more.
The annual Trike-a-Thon is a beloved tradition that engages our Pre-School and Junior Kindergarten students in a morning of biking and play in support of a local charity. Parents are invited to watch.
We canâ€™t wait for the start of the school year, and to see you and your children on campus! If you have any questions before the start of the year, or at any point thereafter, please donâ€™t hesitate to reach out to any of the people listed throughout this book. See you soon! 19
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