Dear Parents of STA Alumni:

Once again, St. Albans’ school year began in the Cathedral, with fresh-faced C Formers and towering seniors processing in side by side. At the Opening Service, Headmaster Vance Wilson reminded the boys of their responsibility to do good in the world: “Given the privilege of being here and St. Albans’ education and the humanity your parents have instilled in you, we charge you to work for the good, whether in business or by-lines, elections or education.” The full text of the Headmaster’s Opening Day Homily is available online.

Back-to-School News

School started on a Wednesday; by Friday morning Mr. Paul Herman successfully remembered all but three Lower Schoolers’ names. Following tradition, each of those boys went home $2 richer.

At the first assembly, Head of Upper School Ben Labaree asked students to strive to be kind, patient, and empathetic. Said Labaree: “The biggest challenges of your lives and the biggest decisions you will face will not, I can almost guarantee, turn on your ability to explain the details of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, paint a still life, or make sense of Faulkner. They are far more likely to turn on matters of the heart and depend on habits of the mind that you begin to develop here and now.”

Students in Forms I through VI are adjusting to a new, 7-day, rotating schedule. The highlight for many boys: earlier lunches! Family-style lunch for hungry Upper Schoolers now begins at least a half hour earlier each day.

It took only 20 minutes to line up 270 Lower Schoolers on the Pilgrim Steps and get them to stand still and smile. This short video’with cameos by Messrs. Herman, Johnsen, Brockway and Wilkerson—captures the behind-the-scenes craziness of the annual Lower School photo.

Last spring, right after the final baseball, tennis, and lacrosse games, work began on the athletic fields. Construction progressed quickly this summer. Thanks to a camera on the Cathedral’s central tower, you can follow progress on the fields project. The renovation of the fields is expected to take one year.

Fall Calendar

Please join us for these upcoming events. For our full calendar, visit fortimes and locations. With the fields under construction, even “home” games will be away.

  • Homecoming Weekend: October 17-18
  • Bulldog Golf Tournament at Musket Ridge:
    October 26, 11:00 a.m.
  • All Saints Day Service in the Little Sanctuary:
    November 1, 10:00 a.m.
  • STA at Landon Football Game: November 8, 2:00 p.m.
    (with a BBQ luncheon before the game).
  • STA-NCS Young Alumni Thanksgiving Party:
    November 28, 8:00 p.m.
  • Christmas House Tour: December 5-6
  • Bishop Walker Invitation Basketball Tournament: December 11-13
  • Service of Lessons and Carols: December 18, 7:00 p.m.

Make Your Gift to this Year's Annual Giving Effort

Alumni parent support of Annual Giving makes a true difference in the lives of every student and every teacher, every day. Last year, parents of alumni played a critical role in Annual Giving’s success, contributing more than 11 percent of the record-setting $2.4 million raised. Simply said, we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you!

We encourage you to take a moment to review the 2013-14 Annual Report of Donors (part of the summer issue of The Bulletin) and join us in celebrating the philanthropic spirit that runs through the St. Albans family.

As we begin year two of STRIVE: A Campaign for St. Albans, our first priority is to sustain Annual Giving (every gift to Annual Giving is a gift to the campaign). So whether you give in gratitude for your son’s time at St. Albans, to help “pay-it-forward” to current students, or both, please consider supporting 2014-2015 Annual Giving today by visiting, or calling the Annual Giving Office at (202) 537-6409. As always, your gift will be put to work immediately for the benefit of the boys and their teachers. Thank you.

Should you have questions, please contact Rebecca Morris, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, by calling 202-537-6409 or sending an e-mail to

Please Volunteer at the Christmas House Tour!

Parents of Alumni, please consider becoming a docent at the Alumni House on the 2014 St. Albans Christmas House Tour on Friday, December 5, and Saturday, December 6.

This year’s Home for the Holidays tour will feature five beautiful homes decorated for the holidays right in St. Albans’ very own neighborhood, Cleveland Park. As the Parents’ Association’s largest fundraiser for the School, with all proceeds benefiting faculty and staff, the Christmas House Tour is a significant event; it also provides an enjoyable way to reconnect with fellow STA parents.

We are looking for seven to eight docents for each of four shifts—morning and afternoon on each day. To sign up or for additional information, please contact the Alumni House Tour manager:

Lucie Patton (mother of James ’13), 301-938-2861

Updating Contact Information

Please send updates to your—or your son’s—address, phone, or email to Alumni may also update their info on our website at

25th Annual Vernon W. Holleman Jr ’54 Bulldog Golf Tournament

The Bulldog Golf Tournament will take place on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at the Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville, Md. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m., lunch will be served at noon, and tee off (shotgun start) is at 12:30 p.m. The tournament is followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. with an awards ceremony and prize drawings. Further details appear at For more information, please contact Don Swagart ’76, Tournament Director, at 202-537-5289.

Tell You Friends About the Admissions Open House

One of the best ways St. Albans attracts wonderful students is through word of mouth. If you have friends or neighbors interested in St. Albans, we hope you’ll let them know about our upcoming Open House.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Open to prospective students and their parents and guardians.

  • Meet Our Teachers, Students, and Coaches
  • Survey Our Academic, Artistic, and Athletic Offerings
  • Tour our Beautiful Campus, on the Grounds of Washington National Cathedral
  • Discuss the Benefits of a Boys School, with Coeducational Opportunities
  • Review the Application and Financial Aid Process
  • Learn About the Financial Aid Process

Click here to download a flier you can share!

Host an Event at STA

Our beautiful school provides a wonderful setting for events. We can provide catering and hosting services as well as indoor and outdoor banquet facilities, meeting rooms, gymnasiums, and rooms for more intimate gatherings. For more information, visit

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