What makes All Saints' unique?
After-School Explorations Program
All Saints’ Day School hosts an After-School Explorations program on site most afternoons immediately following the end of the school day.
The program is not an official part of our curriculum, but it does allow parents to extend their child’s day by an hour one or more days each week for multi-week cycles of themed activities. Some of the programs are taught by existing Day School staff and others are presented by outside vendors.
Although ASDS facilitates access to these programs, all arrangements are made directly with the individual program provider and all payments are made separately from ASDS tuition and fee payments. Program costs are set by the provider and vary based of the provider’s overhead. Examples of such programming include, but are not limited to:
The All Saints’ Day School is fortunate to have Mercedes Tarantino on staff. Mercedes has a mastery of the Spanish language tempered by her love for young children and a unique understanding of just how to teach them. Having her on board to teach each class once each week is a real gift to our school.
Parents are given the opportunity to extend their child(ren)’s school year to more closely match the calendar of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools through participation in June DAZE.
This three-week day camp is open only to currently enrolled students. Each week has a different theme which parents can opt to enroll by the day or by the week.
Sandra Bucklew, mother of ASDS graduate Samantha, devotes one session per week to each class as our school’s Librarian. As such, she selects themed books to read to the children in their classrooms and offers additional selections from the theme for them to take home.
The themes may have to do with a particular letter being studied, an animal being featured, or a season being celebrated. The children love her flannel board creations and look forward to ending each library session with an I-Pad app that features one of the stories read. Teacher Sandra has an in-depth knowledge of children’s literature and always has the perfect book or app for the occasion!
Lynnhaven River NOW Pearl School
We are a Pearl School through partnership with Lynnhaven River NOW. This distinction is an honor that recognizes not only our care for Earth, but our instructional programming that teaches our children ways in which they can be good stewards of this our island home.
Although housed in an Episcopal Church, All Saints’ Day School is inclusive and has children of all faiths traditions or no formal tradition enrolled in its program. A weekly chapel service is conducted by the Director, who incorporates topics related to living a life that is based on a love of and respect for God’s Creation and Created. The voluntary coin offering is donated to the SPCA.
OTHER OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to lending support to the SPCA, All Saints’ Day School’s K-Prep class has operated an “Wyatt’s Lemonade Stand” in an effort to raise funding for research into Fanconi Anemia on behalf of former student, Wyatt Klimkiewicz. This same class spent an entire school year doing one such “official” act of charity each month as a means of developing and expanding their individual concepts of giving back.
As a whole, the school also hosts annually a CHKD Trike-A-Thon which raises pledged funds for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
Opportunities are also available to support the church’s food pantry, annual School Supply Drive for those in need, and the Christmas “Giving Tree” that provides gifts to children whose names are provided by The Virginia Beach Department of Social Services, Virginia Beach Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and ACCESS a local entity that supports families affected by the AIDS virus.