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Episcopal Identity

Episcopal Identity

St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School holds the modeling of God's all-inclusive love and grace as the heartbeat of our existence.  Our purpose as an Episcopal Church School is not to convince individuals to accept specific doctrines. We exist to help one another find the key that unlocks the door to understanding our beliefs about God. We invite all who attend church and all who work and study here—Episcopalians and non-Episcopalians, Christians and non-Christians, people of no faith tradition—both to seek clarity about their own beliefs and religions and to honor those traditions more fully and faithfully in their own lives. Above all, we exist not merely to educate but to demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God.

There are four main visible signs of our Episcopal Identity. They are School Worship, Community Life, Religious Formation and Study, and Social Justice.

1. School Worship

  • 2 Weekly Morning Prayer Services divided by grade level
  • 1 Weekly Holy Eucharist for Grades 1-5
  • Year Opening Eucharist for Faculty and Administrators 
  • Matriculation Service for New School Year
  • Day School Sunday
  • Blessing of Animals
  • All Saints Day Celebration 
  • Creation of classroom Advent Wreaths
  • Yearly Christmas Pageant
  • Ash Wednesday Distribution of Ashes
  • Q and U Wedding for Senior Kindergarten
  • Parents' Day Chapel
  • Baccalaureate Sunday
  • Grade 5 Graduation Ceremony

2. Community Life

  • Grace before lunch and other celebratory meals
  • Flag Salute: Student Covenant, Pledge to the Cross, Flag, and Earth, Community Announcements, and Special Intention Community Prayers and Blessings
  • Chaplain provides pastoral counseling for the entire community as needed
  • Grade 5 Leadership Roles: Daily Safety Patrol, Weekly Acolyte Service, Student Council Officers
  • Ongoing Healthy Peer-Relationship Program
  • Earth Day Celebration 
  • Reading Buddies (older students mentor younger students throughout the school)

3. Religious Formation and Study

  • Godly Play for Grades Pre-K through Grade 2
  • Sacred Studies for Grades 3 through 5
  • Acolyte training for Grade 5 students
  • Character Education with monthly focus on specific Character Traits
  • Integration of religious thought across the curriculum during Godly Play and Sacred Studies classes
  • Informal meetings with students during school day

4. Social Justice

  • Student Council 
  • Community Food Drives
  • Grade 1 Collection of Halloween Costumes for Children’s Home Society
  • Decorate placemats for the church’s Thanksgiving Meal Outreach
  • Christmas Angel Tree Gift Drive
  • Christmas Tree Sales benefiting School Financial Aid and Parish Outreach
  • Sandwich Ministry
  • Best Buddies Program
  • Overtown Youth Center
  • Partnership with St. Etienne in Haiti

Upcoming Events

November 22, 2017

Grandparents Day and Early Release

November 23 - 27, 2017

Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL

November 30, 2017

Open House for Prospective Parents
9:00 am - 11:00 am