Spring Message from Director Suzanne Odom
We are counting the days to our 50th Birthday Bash which will take place on Sunday, April 30, 3-5 pm.
All current and former famillies and staff are invited join us for a celebration of our 50 years of learning through play. There will be a short ceremony in the church at 3:15. We want everyone to have a chance to sing the song "I'm Downright, Upright, Inright, Outright Happy All The Time." We will also recognize some special guests that have been associated with St. Aidan's over the years. After that we will serve cake and ice cream, and the classrooms will be open for visiting between 3:30 and 4:30 with current teachers present. If you are a fan of St. Aidan's, please help us spread the word! We have set up a Facebook page for the event, and have some street and email addresses but we know we don't have contact information for many alums and families. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like your email added to our database.
As of March 1 we have raised $14,000 towards some needed building renovations. If you haven't had a chance to donate we would still love to hear from you. You can donate online at https://celebrating50yearsofplay.causevox.com.
Everyone who has been affiliated with St. Aidan's, no matter how briefly, knows how passionate we are about helping the children of our community learn and grow and have fun. Sunday, April 30 will be a recognition of all the wonderful familes and teachers who have walked through our red doors, made friends in our classroom, and run, climbed and slided on our playground. Make plans to join us!
November Message From Director Suzanne Odom
Are you looking for a preschool or Junior Kindergarten for next year? St. Aidan’s Episcopal Day School is opening its waitlist for the 2017-2018 school year.
To apply, simply fill out the preschool enrollment application form shown below. After saving the filled out PDF to your own computer desktop, you can email it back to us at St. Aidan’s. No fees are required to apply. Current families will be provided registration packets in January 2017 so you need not apply at this time.
After church members and current families register in January, new family registration will begin. It is important to note on your application if a parent or sibling attended St. Aidan’s, because these legacy families are given priority. Families who have submitted an enrollment application will be contacted via email as soon as we are able to confirm that we have a space available for your child. That process begins in late January and may continue into the summer, as enrollment evolves. When you accept a spot at the Day School, you will be provided an enrollment contract.
As part of the application process, we request that you call us to schedule a private tour of the school. Give us a call at 703-360-4160. We want to show you what a special place we have at St. Aidan’s, answer any questions you might have, and help you be certain that St. Aidan’s is a great fit for your family. You should try to schedule your private tour prior to the end of January, because once you get that exciting email notification that we have a space for your child, you will have a limited time period to make the big decision to attend!
New this year: Junior Kindergarten, 5day Threes, and 3day Twos!
Our new 3day Twos and 5day Threes are intended for older twos and threes-- children who have a birthday prior to January 31 will be given priority for these classes.
The new Junior Kindergarten is intended for children who meet the State’s age requirement for Kindergarten, but who would benefit from another year in our nurturing environment. These children receive priority placement in JK. This program may also be offered to students with a fall birthday if there is space available and both the Day School and parents feel that a child is developmentally ready. Applicants to the Junior Kindergarten are required to fill out a Supplemental Parent Questionnaire in addition to the Enrollment Application.
The Junior Kindergarten employs project-based learning to build skills in an engaging manner that is relatable to a child's own life experience. The Junior Kindergarten curriculum is play-based like our other programs but will build skills key to kindergarten success through hands-on learning in the areas of language arts, math, and science exploration. Students will bring a bag lunch and have a longer day, dismissing at 1pm Tuesday-Friday, in order to help build up stamina for the full-day Kindergarten ahead.
Our curriculum includes a drama component to build self-confidence, Spanish to begin exposure to a second language, and drumming/rhythm as an important element of both body awareness (such as crossing the mid-line) and as a building block for mathematical relationships. The Social Studies aspect of Junior Kindergarten will include cultural celebrations and field trips to teach children about the world around us. The Junior Kindergarten will also participate in weekly Music, Chapel, and Movement class. As our "senior" class, students gain confidence from being the leaders of our school and acting as role models for our younger students.
If you have any questions at all, please contact me by email at email@example.com. We look forward to helping your child learn through play, with plenty of Music, Movement, and Mess!
October Message from Director Suzanne Odom
“Since I came to St. Aidan’s I’ve made a lot of friends!” Just like our school song says, we’ve been helping children like yours make friends for the last 50 years. As we prepare to celebrate this milestone anniversary, we are kicking off a capital campaign to fund timely and necessary improvements to our building. Our list includes a bathroom renovation, energy efficient lighting, outdoor seating, and technology for the older classes.
Please consider a donation to our 50th anniversary fund to help us continue our tradition of music, movement, and mess. Any amount is helpful and is completely tax deductible. You can donate online at https://celebrating50yearsofplay.causevox.com.
Our suggested donor levels are:
- Block Builders - $50: Receive a commemorative St. Aidan’s car magnet
- Sandbox Diggers - $100: Receive the commemorative car magnet plus the opportunity to decorate a tile* for our 50th Anniversary legacy tile wall.
- Tire Swingers - $500: Receive a car magnet, decorate a tile, and an invitation to a celebratory dinner hosted by St. Aidan’s staff on Saturday, April 29.
If you are not able to help financially at this time, please help us by spreading the word to others in the community who have been a part of the St. Aidan's family. As St. Aidan’s continues to evolve and grow in our work with children, please keep us in your prayers for another fantastic 50 years!
We proudly introduce our faculty assignments for the 2016-2017 school year.
Librarian and Assistant to the Director: Lynda Dunne
Kindergarten: Mary Anne Hesch assisted by Anne Weikart
Young Fives: Co-Lead Teachers Susan McGraw and Beth Burke
Five-Day Fours: Laura Carbone assisted by Beth McDowell
Bev Jurta assisted by Carrie Leveridge and Amanda Espinola
Four-Day Fours: Co-Lead Teachers Jennifer Forsythe and Eleanor Whitaker
Monday-Wednesday-Friday Fours: Lisa Shannon assisted by Kristen Culver
Monday-Wednesday-Friday Threes: Co-Lead Teachers Becky Kelley and Anna Waters
Mary Olivia MacLeod assisted by Meredith Mulhern
Tuesday-Thursday Threes: Lisa Shannon assisted by Jessica Kidwell
Tuesday-Thursday Young Threes: Co-Lead Teachers Becky Kelley and Meredith Mulhern
Mary Olivia MacLeod assisted by Amanda Espinola
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri Floater Kathryn Cook Graves
Wednesday Floater Sandy Boden
2017-2018 Monthly Tuition Rates
Junior Kindergarten $475 (includes longer days on Tuesday-Friday)
5-Day Programs $435
4-Day Programs $360
3-Day Threes $290
3-Day Twos $300
2-Day Programs $230
ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED WILL REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING:
Enrichment Programs for 2016-2017
Intro to Sports (Wednesdays and Thursdays October This fun and exciting four week class will focus on the basic developmental skills needed to play soccer, basketball and baseball. Each week will focus on a different sport with the last class offering a mix of all three. We will also explore the importance of good sportsmanship and teamwork when playing sports.
Storybook Art with Bev Jurta and Sandy Boden (Wednesdays in November )
Spanish for Young Children with Lynda Dunne and Amanda Espinola (Thursdays in November and December)
Yoga and Movement with Lisa Shannon and Mary Anne Hesch (Wednesdays in January)
Cardboard Camp with Suzanne Odom (Thursdays in January)Books and Cooks with Bev Jurta and Amanda Espinola (Wednesdays in February)
Yoga and Movement with Lisa Shannon and Mary Anne Hesch (Wednesdays in March)Spanish for Young Children with Lynda Dunne and Amanda Espinola (Thursdays in March)
Intro to Sports with Beth Burke and Kristen Culver (Wednesdays and Thursdays in April)
Mini Music Camp (May)