School Traditions at St. Andrew’s

At St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, we take pride in our kind and servant-minded school culture; much of this is guided by the traditions we practice each year as a community. During your child’s years at St. Andrew’s, they will have opportunities to engage in these traditions individually and with their peers—creating memories they will cherish forever.

Pet Blessing:

Each year, St. Andrew’s celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on the chapel service closest to October 4. Parents and students are invited to bring their pets of every and any kind to the courtyard of St. Andrew’s Church for blessing by the clergy of St. Andrew’s church. 

Birthday Blessing:

The school recognizes and blesses children during a weekly chapel service closest to their birthday. To celebrate the age they are turning, teachers assist your child in the counting of their age using coins dropped into a piggy bank. Children normally bring one coin for every year old plus one additional coin “to grow on.” Funds collected are donated to the school library or scholarship program.

Lessons & Carols

Each year before Winter Break, we take part in a beautiful, candle-lit celebration of Lessons and Carols. Lessons and Carols tells the Christmas story and features five Bible readings (or lessons) and choral or orchestral performances between each lesson.

Fine Arts Night

Each year, to honor the hard work of our students and Extension teachers, students and family members gather for an evening of spectatorship, traveling throughout our school to visit art exhibits, view theater and orchestra performances, and celebrate our blooming artists.

Blessing of the graduates

Though our students’ journey at St. Andrew’s ends at 8th grade, we find ways to celebrate our graduates long beyond their years here. When former SAES students reach high school graduation, we invite them back to the St. Andrew’s Church for a Blessing of the Graduates ceremony, where our community honors and prays over them as they begin their adult life.

Book Fair

Each year, our library hosts a Fall and Spring Book Fair, offering a chance for students to connect with high-quality books and support the school. Parents are able and encouraged to attend with their children and assist in the selection process.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

The Friday before Thanksgiving Break is set aside to honor the grandparents and special friends of St. Andrew’s students. Activities include a Grandparents’ tea, tours of student classrooms, art displays and special theater productions, and a closing chapel service in St. Andrew’s Church.