Annual Events

Beaches Campus

Annual Events

Ice Cream Social/Orientation

Beaches Campus families are welcomed back to campus for an orientation time with teachers, an opportunity to learn about school life, and enjoy ice cream while catching up with friends.
 

Parent Open House

This parent-only event gives guests parents the opportunity to meet their students' teachers and attend an informative meeting in the church.
 

Blessing of the Pets

This school-wide event on the front lawn of St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church allows families to bring pets and stuffed animals from home to be blessed by vestry of the church.
 

Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day

Our school welcomes grandparents and special friends of our students to spend a half-day with our students. A reception, special chapel service, and classroom visit are included in this annual tradition.
 

Costume Parade

Students and teachers dress up in tasteful costumes and parade around the front lawn of St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church while parents and friends cheer them on. This annual tradition takes place on or close to Halloween.
 

Boo Bash

This school-wide event in late October is open to families and has a carnival-like atmosphere with booths for crafts, fun inflatables, food options, and a dunk tank.
 

Episcopal School Service at St. Johns Cathedral

Fifth and sixth grade students join other Episcopal school students around Northeast Florida for a special Episcopal School Service at St. Johns Cathedral in downtown Jacksonville. Students participate in various ways during the service and ESJ Upper School students contribute choral and drama selections during the service.
 

Thanksgiving Chapel

Students in various grade levels present musical selections based on a Thanksgiving theme during this special All-School Chapel.
 

Lessons and Carols Service

Sixth grade students take attendees on a journey back in time during this all-school musical and dramatic presentation of the Nativity Story. This special service is always a beloved tradition that gets our families ready for the Christmas season.
 

Pajama Day/Christmas Carol Sing-a-long

Students and faculty dress up in pajamas for this special Christmas tradition. Families and students gather in Stormes Hall for hot chocolate, a Christmas-themed book reading from the Head of Lower School, and a Christmas carol sing-a-long with faculty leading students in singing.
 

Art's Night/Open House

Students and parents gather on a special night to showcase framed student artwork and also spend time in the classroom with teachers during an Open House time. Families have an opportunity to purchase their student's artwork during the event as well.
 

Fourth Grade Trip to St. Augustine

Fourth grade students go to St. Augustine to learn about the history of the area, complete with a tour of the Castillo de San Marcos and a scavenger hunt through the historic district on St. George Street.
 

Spring Musical

Students in all grade levels present musical selections they have practiced with their Music teacher during a special service open to families and friends.
 

6th Grade Talent Show

This tradition allows sixth grade students an opportunity to showcase their God-given talents in both individual and group presentations in front of other students, families, and friends.
 

Awards Ceremony

This more formal chapel recognizes the academic accomplishments of students in grades 4-6. Teachers present awards by subject area, and other special awards are given out by guest presenters.
 

Graduation Ceremony

This all-school ceremony is a celebration to honor our sixth grade graduates. Students receive their diploma, sing a special song together, and move on to the next chapter of their educational lives.

St. Mark's Campus

Annual Events

Bible Presentation (3rd grade)

A Vision for Art

Fall Festival

This school-wide event in late October is open to families and has a carnival-like atmosphere with booths for games, fun inflatables, food trucks, face painting, a dunk tank, and shopping hours for the book fair.

Costume Parade

Students in ELP 1 - Kindergarten dress up in costumes and parade around campus while parents and students cheer them on. This annual tradition takes place on or close to Halloween.

Classes Without Quizzes - Family Open House Night

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program

Veterans’ Day Chapel

Christmas Musical (1-3)

Lessons & Carols (4-6)

Christmas Program (Pre-K 4)

Polar Express Day

Swim with the Manatees

Ortega River Run

Spring Musical

Grandparents’ & Special Friend’s Morning

Easter Performance (Pre-K 3)

ELP Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Morning

Mothers’ Chapel

Fathers’ Chapel

Bike Rodeo

Florida Day

Episcopal School Service at St. John’s Cathedral

Fifth and sixth grade students join other Episcopal school students around Northeast Florida for a special Episcopal School Service at St. Johns Cathedral in downtown Jacksonville. Students participate in various ways during the service and ESJ Upper School students contribute choral and drama selections during the service.

Munnerlyn Campus

Annual Events

Sixth Grade Driftwood Trip

Each year sixth graders travel to the natural setting of Cumberland Island, Georgia, to experience marine biology outside of the classroom. Students bond through catching and dissecting fish, swimming, hiking, and learning about the natural habitat.

Freshmen Orientation Adventure

Every fall the freshmen class participates in the Freshmen Orientation Adventure in Unicoi State Park, Helen, Georgia. Counselors encourage the development of new friendships in order to develop a sense of mutual trust, respect, and appreciation among the group. Freshmen participate in white water rafting, hiking, camping, learn about wildlife, and prepare their own meals.

Senior Retreat

Senior Retreat provides the senior class with an opportunity to build class unity through team activities, Chapel, and free time with friends playing games and sports. The retreat takes place at UNF, and has proven to be a unifying, morale-building, and emotionally-binding experience for seniors.

Homecoming

Hundreds of alumni and their families are welcomed back to campus for a special barbeque for Episcopal’s annual homecoming. Parents and students also enjoy special activities during the week leading up to the Homecoming football game.

Cathedral Day

Each year, all students attend a Chapel service at St. John's Cathedral.  It serves to acknowledge and celebrate the school's historic and continued connection with the Cathedral.

Christmas at Episcopal

Christmas at Episcopal includes donuts and hot chocolate, carols and candy canes and sometimes even a visit from Santa. The choral and instrumental music concert in St. John’s Cathedral ushers in the holiday season with a beautiful performance.

Grandparents’ Day

Episcopal welcomes more than 300 grandparents each year for a special performance in the Munnerlyn Center by Fine Arts students. Grandparents and their students then enjoy lunch together in the Buck Student Center.

Annual Bash

This annual event is a fundraiser for the school. The All Things Episcopal auction includes graduation seating and locker and parking spot choices. Parents and friends gather for a beautiful and fun evening in support of the school.

Signing Day

Each year Episcopal celebrates its student athletes who have committed to play their chosen sport at the collegiate level. In 2017, 21 students committed to 20 different colleges and universities in 12 different sports.

Celebrating Service Day

At the heart of an Episcopal education is a life of devotion to and care for others. During Celebrating Service Day, the entire campus focuses on special projects for Jacksonville-area non-profits. Students complete projects on and off campus that help the homeless, the troops and the humane society; they beautiful city parks and campus, and feed the hungry.

Seventh Grade Kennedy Space Center

Each spring, the seventh grade class travels to Kennedy Space Center to make connections to their Earth and Space Science curriculum, with physical experiences, simulators, and veteran astronauts.

Eighth Grade Islands of Adventure

This day trip is a celebration of the conclusion of Middle School for eighth grade students. Students enjoy a day full of fun with their classmates and teachers to celebrate the milestone of moving on to Upper School in the coming year.

Fine Arts Week

Fine Arts Week celebrates the importance and beauty that art, as one of the school’s Four Pillars, brings to student life. Performances, Fine Arts Chapel and the Fine Arts Award Luncheon are held during this special time.

Spring Spirit Week

This week is a week of fun, all school activities to build school spirit and strengthen individual classes.

Senior Athletic Banquet

An annual dinner hosted by Boosters, senior athletes and honored at this awards banquet.

Reunion Weekend

Reunion Weekend each year welcomes back hundreds of alumni for the all class party at the waterfront Walton Boathouse. Individual class parties follow the following evening for those celebrating ten year and up anniversaries. The Alumnus of the Year award is given this weekend as well.

Baccalaureate and Commencement

The end of the academic year is celebrated the third weekend in May with a Baccalaureate service held the Friday evening before graduation. The service is held at St. John’s Cathedral, whose members helped to found the school. Commencement is held the following morning on Saturday on the Acosta House porch on the Munnerlyn Campus. Faculty and staff greet graduates in the courtyard between Parks and Lastinger Halls following the ceremony, and the Alumni Association welcomes them at a reception on the Dale. D. Regan Plaza.