Spiritual development is an integral part of St. Thomas’s Day School. Our goals include remaining loyal to our Episcopal tradition while respecting and understanding the beliefs represented in our community, affirming religious diversity, and encouraging spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional wholeness.
Daily Chapel is the gathering place of the day school community and a time for our students to focus themselves in a positive way before beginning the day! Children sing, celebrate birthdays, and listen to a lesson or story, usually ethical in nature. Chapel reinforces themes from the classroom, with cultural celebrations to explorations of identity and the importance of friendship. Throughout the year there are special Chapel services for Rosh Hashanah, Blessing of the Animals, Veterans Day, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Diwali, Christmas, Hanukkah, The Lunar New Year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, African-American Read-In, Earth Day and Fourth of July. Chapel is different everyday but always musical, creative and fun!
Age-appropriate religious literacy, including comparative religion, is the core of the school’s Religious Studies program. Our goal is to not only provide a foundation for understanding the role of religion in people’s lives, but also to share practices and explore religions around the globe. Multiple perspectives, multicultural themes and issues of equity and justice are incorporated into the curriculum.