Welcome to St. Anne's Episcopal School!

Since I arrived at this wonderful school in the summer of 2008, I have felt the spirit, warmth, and engagement that make this such a special community. I am pleased to be a part of a talented and dedicated group of educators who believe wholeheartedly in the values and mission of St. Anne’s. They set high expectations for their students and themselves. Our core tenets of respect, responsibility, and compassion are part of our fabric, from the preschool and pre-kindergarten programs all the way through elementary and middle school.

Every day you will see great teaching and joyful learning here. From engaging classrooms, to morning devotions, to community service, to the “Connections” program that pairs our older with our younger students, our children learn to look beyond themselves and to consider the viewpoints and feelings of others.

Through our academic, athletic, and artistic experiences our students learn to take responsibility and work together, to take risks, to explore new approaches, and to strive for their best even when the challenge seems daunting. Our children are growing up in an interconnected world, and we embrace the strength that comes from a community that is inclusive and diverse, and in which all children feel valued, respected, and passionate about learning.

We hope you will explore what makes our school such a great learning environment for children. To the left of our red front doors there is a sign that reads, “May all who enter these doors grow in wisdom and love.” It is a simple but profound statement that captures the story of our Episcopal school community.

I invite you to come see for yourself, to enter through those red doors, to experience the spirit and magic of St. Anne’s.

Sincerely,
Peter C. Thayer
Head of School

Today in our Earth Week outdoor chapel service, our middle schoolers heard Chaplain Hanna offer a lovely message that we are safe, that God loves us unconditionally, and that he has called us to be good stewards of the earth and good caretakers of each other.
As we celebrate St. Anne's 15th year of growing the hearts and minds of young people, I want to share with you why I believe so strongly in the mission and future of our school.
In case you missed them, our concerts last Friday and today are wonderful examples of the ways our children can tell the story of Christmas...
On Monday morning we had an engaging assembly for our students and faculty in grades 1-8 designed to reaffirm the values that we stand for and to frame the conversations that we want to be having in our community following last week's Presidential election and senate races.
We have had a great first day, and I have every expectation that this will be a wonderful school year!
Last Sunday in many churches around the world it was Holy Trinity Sunday, a time when we celebrate the three part understanding of God in the concept and images of the Trinity...it was this last imagery that I was thinking about as I walked with our students to Old St. Anne's Church today.
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Those four words capture what I experience each day -- that St. Anne's is not only an exceptional academic institution, but also a community committed to the growth and development of individual character and compassionate hearts.
Today we begin our five week Heart, Mind & Spirit Fund campaign which helps to support faculty professional development and our teachers' transformative work with students. By making a pledge or gift, you can honor our teachers and celebrate our students as they continue to grow and learn together.
At the opening assembly Mr. Thayer quoted a parent who said that returning for the new year "feels like coming home." As parents and teachers, our challenge as "homemakers" is to provide the structures and supports so that they feel confident to handle what might come their way.
I am very excited for the start of the 2015-16 school year, and I want you to have some important updates about the planning and preparation that is setting the stage for a great year for our St. Anne's community.
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