Traditions & Innovations

The sense of family at St. John’s is one of our most distinguishing characteristics. Parents and siblings are always welcome to attend programs and chapel services.

Welcome Picnic – This is scheduled the Sunday evening before school starts, class lists are posted and the campus is open for students and their parents to acquaint themselves with new teachers and classrooms. Everyone meets for announcements in the chapel and then they are released for a picnic dinner and room viewing.

Curriculum Night Open House – This evening meeting gives parents and teachers a chance to discuss classroom curriculum, policies and rules.

Blessing of the Animals – In observance of St. Francis of Assisi Day, St. John’s hosts a special ceremony celebrating the joy that God’s creatures bring to our lives. Students and parents are encouraged to bring their family pet to the front lawn of the School to be blessed by our Chaplain. In lieu of bringing a pet, photographs and special stuffed animals have been blessed as well.

Halloween Carnival – St. John’s PTO sponsors this annual fundraiser held each October. The gymnasium is transformed into a festive, safe place for your child and their friends to enjoy dinner, game booths, a cakewalk, and other activities.

St. John’s Sunday – St. John’s is affiliated with and supported by Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal here in Abilene. Each year, St. John’s families are invited to attend a special worship service celebrating our relationship with them. Fifth grade students assist with the readings that Sunday and the choir performs during the service.

100th Day – Each year, the students of St. John's celebrate the 100th day of class by doing hundreds of different things throughout the day.

Valentine Post Office (V.P.O.) – The V.P.O. is the place to get everything for your friends, teachers and special someone for Valentine’s Day. Candy, balloons, toys, and gifts are available for purchase and delivery to your friends during classroom parties. This sale is sponsored by the third and fourth grade class as a fundraiser to offset expenses for their annual trip to Mo Ranch.

Ash Wednesday Service – The Lenten season begins at St. John’s with the Imposition of Ashes Service. All students and families are invited to attend.

Spelling Bee – Elementary students participate in the annual Spelling Bee. The fifth grade winner goes on to compete at the Taylor County Spelling Bee.

Science Fair – As part of St. John’s science program, fourth and fifth grade students compete individually by selecting a topic of interest to investigate. Then, using the Scientific Method, they create a project to enter in the fair. Students in early preschool 2’s through the third grade participate with a class project. Additionally, fourth and fifth grade students go on to compete at the regional level at the Southwestern Association of Episcopal School Science Fair.

Economics Fair – This event is held in December. As a part of this program, St. John’s third grade students learn about the four ‘Ps’ of marketing – product, promotion, price, and profit. The marketplace provides a venue for each student to sell a product or service to students at St. John's.

Grandparents Day - This is a special day set aside to honor the grandparents and special friends of St. John’s students. Our special guests enjoy an open house in the classrooms, a music program preformed by the students and then everyone is released early to allow students to enjoy lunch with their grandparents that day.

Week of the Young Child – This week is set aside to celebrate the students in St. John’s Early Pre-Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs through various activities.

Eagle-Up Day and Eagle-Up Night Open House – This event occurs during the spring semester. Its purpose is to acquaint current and prospective students and parents with teachers and curriculum of the coming academic year.

Maundy Thursday/Washing of the Feet Service – Students participate in a special Maundy Thursday chapel service where we celebrate Holy Eucharist and Washing of the Feet. Maundy Thursday is the holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

Coming Home - St. John’s honors its former students who are graduating from high school during this ceremony. Former teachers are invited to attend and share their memories. After a presentation in the chapel the honorees are invited to enjoy a reception and a tour of “their” school.

MO-Ranch – Upper grade students participate in the leadership-training program offered at Mo Ranch near Kerrville, Texas. Training includes exercises in teamwork and leadership through activities in the great outdoors.

Field Day – Students and teachers in kindergarten through the fifth grade are divided into teams and participate in fun games, challenges, and athletic competition on this day.

Fairytale Day – Students in first grade present to their parents and schoolmates a fairy tale that they have written and illustrated as part of their language arts curriculum.

States Fair – This event is hosted by second grade students, as a part of their study of our great country. Each student presents a project culminating the research and study of the regions and states that make up our Nation.

Fifth Grade Commencement – At the end of the school year, a service celebrating the completion of elementary school is held at The Church of the Heavenly Rest. A reception for the honorees and their families follows the ceremony.

Kindergarten Graduation - At the end of the school year, a service celebrating the completion of kindergarten is held in the Jim Price Memorial Chapel.