News & Views
Generous St. James!
Already, we are seeing and experiencing the extraordinary and gracious generosity of so many parents, grandparents, and friends of St. James. Our "kickoff" was a huge success (see pictures below) with special thanks to Susan and Chip Bonner for breakfast tacos on October 1st. Now, we need everyone to join in the celebration of this great St. James family. Everyone is a part of the invaluable gift we give our children and community. So send your investment card in today! (If you need another investment card, click here to pledge online, or call the Business Office at 361-883-0835, or email email@example.com.)
Annual Giving Campaign "Kicks Off"
October 1st marks the “kickoff” to our Annual Giving Campaign, “Investing in Traditions.” This is our celebration and rally day to support our beloved school in meeting the financial goals to make St. James the finest educational experience in South Texas. Annual Giving campaigns are ventured to help the school reach for the highest standards for our scholars. Every day we see these standards lived out in our many St. James traditions: Pirate Day, Chapel Blazers, Prayer Circles and praying with candles, Mo Ranch, the Halloween Carnival, Pig Races, the St. James School Prayer, Mayflower Pilgrims and Colonial Williamsburg, Volleyball, Basketball, and Safety Patrol… just to name a few. It is also a celebration to commit ourselves together, as a community, to our high standards and to our children. We call this our joint investment.
This year our goal for our campaign is $125,000. This is the amount St. James feels we need to keep pressing forward with our mission goals of growing our children to their fullest potential, spiritually, intellectually and physically. Our goal is about growing forward, not maintaining a status quo. By raising $125,000 in support of the School, we pay for experienced teachers (19 years on average at St. James), the latest technology in the classrooms (new smart boards in the classrooms), new curricula (Core Knowledge and Depth and Complexity) and many more advantages, keeping tuition costs competitive. It is our investment in the future of the school and the building block for our children’s educational future.
All St. James families are asked to make a financial pledge to the School. Please know, that as important as $125,000 is to St. James, your participation is more important. We are asking for 100% participation from all our families. Please, think carefully about what you can contribute to the growth and development of St. James. Every amount will make this campaign a huge success. WE CAN MEET THIS GOAL TOGETHER!
Click here to find an investment card where you can make a pledge to pay over the year or make an immediate donation.
St. James Episcopal School has been a leader in education in the Coastal Bend for almost 70 years. Our traditions and heritage form the firm foundation upon which we build today, but our families and scholars are the heart of the School. Please join us investing in the heart of St. James with your pledge to the Annual Giving Campaign – “Investing in Traditions”. As we ask you to celebrate with us, please know, WE CELEBRATE YOU!
St. James Off to a Great Start!
The numbers are growing every day. New scholars are enrolling weekly! The face of St. James is changing! We are happy to report that St. James is growing for the first time in six years. We have experienced a 20% increase in enrollment over last year at this time, with 58 new scholars from 33 new families. We have opened new classes in the Kindergarten and 2nd Grade levels. There is no doubt - St. James' reputation for academic excellence, training in moral and character development, along side our outstanding outdoor education and athletic programs (to name a few notable qualities!) is spreading throughout the city and region. Our mission to develop each child to his or her fullest potential - spiritually, intellectually and physically - is reaching deep into our community, and having a real impact. Thank you for being a part of this significant time in our St. James life. Keep spreading the good news!
Rachal Foundation Awards St. James Major Grant
In early June, St. James received the news we had been awarded a grant from the Ed Rachal Foundation in the amount of $100,000 to renovate the seven classrooms on the Water Street side of campus. St. James immediately contracted with South Texas Building Partners to significantly update the classrooms, bathrooms, and hallways to create the infrastructure for a state of the art learning environment. In two short months, the classrooms were ready for scholars on August 12, the first day of school. This renovation was essential to accomodate our growth of enrollment, up 20% from last year at the start of school. With the additional space we have increased the number of classes in the Primary, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 2nd grade level.
We are exceptionally grateful to the Ed Rachal Foundation for their generosity. With their gift, St. James is able to create a premier space for scholars to grow in knowledge, wisdom, stature, and grace, becoming the leaders for tomorrow. If you are interested in a guided tour of the classrooms, please call the School Office.