Thanks to the Musick Family for the beautiful tree and decorations in Brumley Hall. It is very festive and so nice to come back after the Thanksgiving Break and find the Christmas spirit all around us. The students and teachers are incorporating many lessons with stories and traditions of Christmas this month. We look forward to the class parties, Las Posadas and the Christmas Chapel on the last day of the semester. Merry Christmas!
Kindergartens at The Nutcracker
Third graders met the Grinch Who Stole Christmas
EVERYONE! Parents, children of all ages and community members are all welcome to the STAES Enrichment programs. Candace Silcott, Director of Enrichment, has scheduled a wide array of interesting classes. Classes meet for one hour weekly, with two classes being offered each afternoon. Classes are scheduled at 3:30 and 4:30 pm. Children may stay at Fun Factory until 5:30 pm. Those children who attend an Enrichment Class for $175 will not have to pay for Fun Factory.
For more information and registration go to the ENRICHMENT PROGRAM page on this website
For the upcoming 2018 Spring semester STAES will be offering a partial day enrollment for our three year old (Mariners) class. These students may be in the three or five day class and only come to school 67% of the day. Hours would be 8:00 am — 1:00 pm. For more information contact the school at 281-333-1340 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for some holiday cheer? Enter to win the festive Christmas gingerbread houses created and donated by alumni parent, Kristine Samuel. Drawing for the gingerbread will be on Friday, December 15th. Please send your special friends and grandparents to take a look! All tickets are $5.00 each and proceeds help support our 2018 Annual Gala Fundraiser. Thanks in advance for your support! ~The 2018 Gala & Auction Committee
The Voyagers have been traveling the world this school year. On this journey the “fly” on an airplane to different countries where they learn the language, traditions and the cultures of the people. This week they flew to Germany and participated in Oktoberfest this week. Wiener-schnitzel, strudel and apple cider was on the menu.
The story of Christ’s birth has been told and retold so many times it could have lost its luster generations ago. But it hasn’t—not even close. If anything, in this world of war, famine and natural disasters, holding on to something as simple and as singularly important as the Nativity story is a necessity to our faith.
And perhaps nowhere on earth is the Nativity story told with more flourish and faith-based exuberance than in the annual celebration of Las Posadas, a tradition held throughout Mexico and Guatemala.
A holy history lesson: The roots of Las Posadas stretch deeply into Latin culture. It originated in Spain, but it’s been a yearly celebration throughout Mexico for over 400 years. The tradition commemorates Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a warm place to stay the night. (Posadas is Spanish for “lodgings” or “accommodations.”)
To represent this tradition our students and parents will walk to the gazebo in Ward Park carrying candles to light the way. Once at the gazebo there will be a program presented by the 2nd graders. After the group will walk back to Krist Hall where hot chocolate and Christmas goodies will be served. Please join us at 6:00 pm to celebrate Las Posadas.
NEED A FUN PLACE FOR YOUR CHILDREN TO BE WHILE YOU ARE WORKING OR SHOPPING DURING THE HOLIDAYS?
December 21, 22; 26-29, 2017 & January 2-5, 2018
Day Camp or Drop-Ins
$150/week or $35/day
Camp Hours: 9:00 am –3:30 pm
Campers Bring Lunch
Early Drop Off (8 am)/Late Pick Up (5 pm) available for $15/day
Register with Amy* at 832-867-3094
ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE EPISCOPAL CHURCH & SCHOOL
18300 UPPER BAY RD
NASSAU BAY, TX 77058
*Directed by a Certified Texas Educator
Activities include: Crafts, Science, Puzzles, Games (Inside & Outside)
Mary Latulippe, Director of School, is preparing for the coming school year this summer. She is looking forward to working with the students and parents of St. Thomas. Her many years of working in public education brings a wealth of experience to our campus.
Ms. Latulippe encourages a team approach for educating children. She believes in incorporating the school’s core values of compassion, character, creativity and competence in all decisions made for all students. Monthly studies of virtues introduced in Chapel by Father Mike will be incorporated to daily academic, age appropriate lessons.
Born and raised in League City Ms. Latulippe had various roles in her thirty-two years with Clear Creek ISD. During her brief retirement she has traveled, completed her many furniture projects, updated her home and substituted as an administrator. She has two children, Joey and Jenna. She is also the proud mom of her furry children, Addie (boxer) and Lady (cat).
Ms. Latulippe has an open door policy in her office and welcomes students, parents and teachers to stop by any time.
This Saturday night at 6:30 pm begins the festivities for our 50th Anniversary Golden Gala & Auction! We are sold out with over 200 guest expected at Lakewood Yacht Club for dinner, dancing, live and silent auction. If you are unable to join us but would still like to bid, take a look at the offerings here and fill out a credit card registration form. Contact Ashleigh or Carla with the item numbers you are interested in bidding on.
The class basket raffle will be drawn at 10 pm the night of the gala. You may continue to add tickets to your chosen baskets until 2 pm on Friday, Feb. 24th at school and then again at the gala itself. Winners for baskets will be drawn at 10 pm the night of the gala. Check out all the amazing baskets here!
Advent is the Latin word for “coming” and the time during which we prepare for the arrival of the Savior on Christmas. The baby Jesus will not need a crib, a room painted, a car seat, or diapers this year. Instead, we are called to prepare for his arrival by cultivating the virtues of love, hope, joy, and peace so that the Christ child might find a ready welcome and so that there will be adequate space in our hearts for Christmas to be truly holy time. In chapel, we have highlighted practicing love, even and especially when we do not feel like it; hoping for things greater than ourselves, like reconciliation and forgiveness (the wolf shall lie down with the lamb and the child play with the adder); joy, exceeding happiness and rooted in God’s promise to be with us through thick and thin; and peace making, knowing that peace is not the absence of conflict or noise, but the presence of justice and a re-creation. I am convinced that our world needs a Savior again this year and Advent is the time we can prepare to receive what God so deeply desire to give us. Wishing you a holy Advent and a Merry Christmas! – Father Mike