Next Tuesday, January 22, is an in-service day for faculty and staff, but Extended Day will be available to provide care for students in grades Pre-K through Fifth. Students can attend for a half day (8:00am to 1:00pm, $35) or full day (8:00am to 6:00pm, $67.50). The day will feature fun craft projects around the theme of "Decorate Your Space!," including creating unique desk organizers, custom pencil cases, and other fun accessories for school and home! There will also be activities in the gym, reading time, and a movie to close out the day. Sign up here!
Read on for information about the weeks ahead, general parent communications, school-wide happenings and events, philanthropy updates, and EPC communications. Watch your inbox for the ES Weekly, Epiphany School's eNewsletter to our families.
The new year has started, and there is much ahead to be excited about and look forward to. Each day, your children advance in their learning, grow in confidence, and develop as responsible citizens. The work our faculty, staff, and students do together is full of great enjoyment, loads of learning, and most importantly, personal connection. As I make my way through Epiphany School classrooms, I see the dedication and hard work faculty and staff do on behalf of your children, providing them with the well-rounded academic and personal experiences that have been hallmarks of our school to date. Alongside this daily work in classrooms and on Commons, the school’s broader strategic work continues as well. The faculty, staff, board, and strategic planning committee's work in building the strategic plan will ensure Epiphany School continues to thrive into the future. We look forward to sharing more as the plan is finalized.
Growth and change are inevitable in dynamic organizations, and our school is continuously improving. Several events are happening over the next few months that I encourage you to engage in. This week’s EPC meeting (Wednesday at 8:30am) will include an overview of the board’s work and an update by Julian Maynard on our Extended Day program and summer plans.
Danielle's daughter, Lorraine Knutson, is in Ms. Turner’s kindergarten class. She is one of the Inclusion Chairs on the 2019 Auction committee.
Inclusion chair is a new position this year! What are your goals for inclusion for the auction?
My main priority is to reach out to all families that haven’t attended the auction before. Secondly, I will also reach out to families that have previously attended as a friendly reminder.
Post-Holiday re-entry can be hard! Please come commiserate with your fellow parents at a (free) Wine Event benefitting the Epiphany School Auction!
Wednesday January 30th, 6pm - 9pm
Belle Epicurean, 3109 East Madison St.
Wine Lover’s Wine Night - IN SUPPORT OF THE 2019 EPIPHANY SCHOOL AUCTION!
Mothers and fathers alike, come for wine tasting, food, and great conversation with other Epiphany parents.
Please remember to join us in the Great Hall for the EPC General Meeting this Wednesday, January 16 at 8:30am. In addition to EPC updates, we will hear from Julian Maynard, our new Extended Day Manager, and from our Board of Trustees members Andy Baker and Meredith Baty. Hope to see you there! A video will be posted to the Family Portal and shared in the next ES Weekly for those unable to attend.
A big thank you to Michelle and Jeff Woerner for the First Friday Hot Chocolate last Friday and throughout the year! Be sure to mark your calendars for the first Friday of each month for a community-building cup of hot cocoa—with optional marshmallows and whipped cream, of course!
Also please remember to pack or order a lunch this Friday, January 18, as the All-School Lunch has been rescheduled.
Questions? Jessica Barrett, EPC President 2018-19, email@example.com
The Epiphany Fifth Graders are having a coin drive! We have researched and voted to support an organization called Vafa. Vafa is the only dog shelter in Iran, with two branches in Tehran Province. They keep dogs from dying on the streets. Vafa is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO). As well as keeping dogs off the streets, Vafa provides vaccinations and medical care, spays and neuters the dogs, and runs a successful adoption service to provide permanent homes for lost dogs. Please inform your family and friends so we can raise a lot of money. $20 a month will take care of healthcare, food, and shelter for one dog. Our goal this year is $2,019. In addition to coins, bills are also welcome. There are donation buckets in every classroom as well as in the library and front office. Thank you for your time and support.
Safety is one of our top priorities at Epiphany School, and your role in keeping all children safe is critical. I ask for your help in maintaining safe speeds on the streets around campus and in following all traffic rules. Those of us in charge of ensuring the safety of our families witness unsafe and/or questionable driving behaviors regularly. We ask that each of us takes the responsibility of driving around campus very seriously to ensure everyone’s safe travel to and from school. Thank you for your help! Here are a few reminders:
NO PARKING on 36th Street
NO STOPPING on 36th or Howell Streets to let students out
NO PARKING and/or EXITING your vehicle on East Denny Way in the LIVE DROP OFF ZONE (signs are posted, indicating where the live drop off area is, from the crosswalk to beyond the front doors of Epiphany Church)
NO U-TURNS on Denny Way or 37th Street
NO LONG-TERM PARKING in the parking lot by main entrance, especially during drop off and dismissal
NO DOGS on campus between 7:00am and 6:00pm
We are excited to have Jess Carley back with us in Second Grade. She has returned from family leave raring to go and eager to develop relationships with her students and their families. We are grateful to Justina Fitzgerald for so ably manning the helm during Jess’ absence and building such a cohesive classroom community with learning at the center. Jess and Justina will co-teach during this week of transition, and beginning next week Justina will take over for Candice as the Kindergarten assistant while Candice does her student teaching in First and Fourth Grades.
Swing by the Madrona Hall Foyer this Friday, January 11, from 8:00 - 8:30 am for free hot chocolate (with optional whip cream and marshmallows). As a kind reminder, please compost your cups when finished or if you would like to B.Y.O.M (bring your own mug with a lid) we will would happy to fill it.