It is has been our custom for three years now to intentionally celebrate Black History Month in school worship. Typically we choose to focus on the stories of African Americans whose faith influenced and impacted the amazing things they did. In the past, we have honored Harriet Tubman, especially as she herself related the Underground Railroad journey to freedom to the leadership of Moses in setting the Israelites free from slavery in Egypt. We have also celebrated the Reverend Absalom Jones, an abolitionist, and the Episcopal Church’s first black priest. In every case, we have been reminded, as we are every time we worship, of God’s call to justice and the Christians’ obligation to “respect the dignity of every human being.”
This year we began our observance with the story of Deaconess Anna Alexander, a faithful woman from our own Episcopal Diocese of Georgia who dedicated her life and ministry to start a mission church and school for freed slaves after emancipation, believing that all children needed to know both Jesus and their ABC’s. Her legacy is beautifully captured in a short film, viewed by students: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=deaconess+alexander
Also this year we will take a look at African American Spirituals, focusing primarily on the beloved This Little Light of Mine and familiar In Christ there is no East or West, and learn from the powerful stories behind their composition. Finally, we will celebrate the transforming ministries of Edward Thomas Demby and Henry Beard Delany, two early African American Bishops of the Episcopal Church who were pioneers in the church’s social justice struggle.
Last week, fifth grade enjoyed Lion King, Jr. rehearsal with EDS alumnus Russell Joel Brown ’75. Brown has toured the globe as a singer/actor/dancer in various Broadway Musicals including The Lion King. He is a Drama teacher at SAIL.
The season of Lent is upon us! Lent is the most solemn of Church seasons – a time marked by “self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” (From the Invitation to the Observance of a Holy Lent, Book of Common Prayer)n.
Congratulations to all the jumpers in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades that participated in our annual Jump Rope for Heart event that was held on Thursday, February 1st in the EDS gym. Participants were able to fundraise a total of $9,488.00 for the American Heart Association.
What a year!
I’d like to give a special thank you to our top 3 fundraisers: Darby M. and Kelly Jane A. in 3rd grade and Christian K. in 4th grade.
Great job EDS!
The American Red Cross Spring 2018
Elementary School Leadership Conference for 4th and 5th graders
Saturday, February 10th from 10:00am -2:00pm
ELDC is a workshop for elementary school students provided FREE of charge, through funds raised by high school Red Cross volunteers and Episcopal Day School’s generous of their campus and its amenities.
We would like to invite your students to take part in this fun and exciting program!
ELDC is a day of small group activities focusing on leadership, cooperation, diversity and basic first aid, designed to help kids become more effective leaders in their schools, homes, and community. The activities emphasize self-esteem and leadership and promote an interest in community involvement.
Each school is invited to select 6 students to attend. Please coordinate the collection of the attached permission slips and submit them along with the attached “school form” to Lynn Reese or fax to (706)724-8485.
Lunch and materials will be provided.Deadline for registration:
Thursday, February 8th
Click here for permission slip form.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email the Red Cross.
EDS Preschool Outreach Project for January collected old towels and blankets for the Augusta Animal Services and the CSRA Humane Society.
On Wednesday, January 31st, Lucy, a 5th grader in Mrs. Bussey’s class, came and found me in my office and brought me a ziplock bag containing money ($5.79). She said she was saving it for the Book Fair but she LOVES animals and wanted to make a donation to the Animal Shelters that preschool was collecting old blankets and towels for. I told her I would go and purchase several blankets/towels with her donation. She was so pleased!
Thanks Lucy for your kindness and everyone who donated to these two organizations.