1969 Woodside Lane • Virginia Beach, VA 23454
(757) 481-0577 ext 3
History & Goals
In the spring of 1969, when the congregation of All Saints’ Episcopal Church moved from its temporary home at John B. Dey Elementary School into its permanent home at 1969 Woodside Lane, the Rector, The Rev. Joe Pinder, had already asked parishioner Maureen Betterton to open a day school as an outreach to the local community.
So the pitter-patter of little feet and joyful noise of children’s voices was first heard weekday mornings at All Saints’ in September of 1969. For over 45 years, the All Saints’ Day School has served the young children of our community through a play-based program of instruction where two through five-year-olds are actively learning two, three, or five half-days a week September through May.
Four directors have served the Day School faithfully. The first was its founder, Maureen Betterton. She was followed by Odene Copeland who was followed by Deidre (Dee) Dean. Dee retired in the early spring of 2011 after giving nearly two decades of service to the Day School and growing its enrollment to 86 children ages two to five. Our present director is Dianne Islev-Petersen, a highly qualified and visionary leader who has been a parent and a teacher with All Saints’ Day School.
All Saints’ Day School Commission's goals are to:
Serve as a liaison body for communication with the All Saints' Episcopal Church Vestry
Support All Saints’ Day School in its efforts to promote a happy atmosphere for children, parents, and staff
Support the need for optimal environmental / physical conditions in the All Saints’ spaces
Aspire to accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYEC)
Oversee the financial health of All Saints’ Day School through sound fiscal management