Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:
Lower School: contact the Assistant to the Head of the Lower School (ext. 6448).

Upper School: contact the Administrative Assistant of the Upper School (ext. 6435).

Athletics: contact the individual coaches or the Athletic Department Office (ext. 6460) or the Director of Athletics (ext. 6461).

Please click on any of these headings to go directly to your topic of interest.

Absences or Tardiness

Reporting Absences or Tardiness. When a student is sick, is late, or has to leave the Close before the end of his school day, parents should notify the School by 8:30 a.m.

Parents of Upper School students should call Ms. Spaulding (202-537-6412) in the Upper School Office.

Parents of Lower School students should call Mrs. Murphy (202-537-6448) in the Lower School Office.

If a student is absent during the academic portion of the day, he should not plan to participate in athletics or after-school activities. Ordinarily, a student should be prepared for tests scheduled on the day of his return.

If absent, parents in Forms C, B, and A should request their sons homework be left in front of the faculty mailboxes beside the Lower School Office door for pick up after 3:30 p.m. In Forms I -VI, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the assignments from the teacher, from the website, or from his classmates.

Athletic Department Game Information Line

Call 202-537-5655. Updated daily, this recording lists the interscholastic athletic events, including the team, time and location scheduled for the day. The hotline also includes game cancellations. The STA web-site also contains the information on its calendar, including directions to away games.

St. Albans Bookstore

Located on the ground floor of the Marriott Hall building, the St. Albans Bookstore sells books, school supplies, and athletic clothing. Students do not need cash to purchase items; rather, they can use the five-digit ID number located on their photo ID card and on monthly statements from the School. Charges are billed to parents’ accounts.

Bookstore Hours:

* Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed for lunch 12-12:30 p.m.)

* Friday: 8:30 a.m. - noon

Telephone: 202-537-6422

Cell Phone Usage at STA

St. Albans School students may not use personal cell phones during the academic day. Before and after the school day, students may only use cell phones outside. In case of an emergency, students must go to their division office or to a faculty member’s office to place a telephone call. If a student is caught using a cell phone within any academic building on campus, the student’s cell phone will be retained by the School for one day. The School also encourages parents to refrain from talking on cell phones inside School buildings.

Communicating with the School

Reaching Your Child During the Day. In case of an emergency, Lower School parents should call Mrs. Murphy (202-537-6448) in the Lower School Office. Upper School parents should call Ms. Spaulding (202-537-6412) in the Upper School Office. They will take messages and make every effort to locate the student. Students may not use cell phones during the school day.

Providing the School with Contact Information. The School distributes a School directory in the summer. The directory includes a mailing address (or addresses) for both parents; home, work, and cell phone numbers; and one e-mail address for each family. Many families supply the School with additional phone numbers and e-mail addresses, particularly for use in emergencies. Each spring the School asks parents to update their contact information on a Family Information Sheet that is sent to all families. E-mail is a major vehicle for conveying information such as emergency communications, communications from the Headmaster, the weekly School newsletter (the Bulldog News) and the individual Form newsletters.

Please note that the School nurse uses separate Medical Information Forms to collect telephone numbers (and other contact information) to be used in a medical emergency.

Updating Contact Information. If a family’s home or work address, telephone numbers, or e-mail addresses change during the year, parents should submit the changes in writing to:

  • All family contact information must be updated in the School's database. You can do this by writing to STAaddresses@cathedral.org.
  • The School nurse by writing to jstone@cathedral.org or to Ms. Jeri Stone, School Nurse, St. Albans School, Mount St. Alban, Washington, DC 20016.

Parents are asked to refrain from telephoning the School about changes to contact information; to assure accuracy, it is important that the School receive written notice of these changes sent (to STAaddresses@cathedral.org.) The Development Office is the central repository of mailing addresses for the School. That office will let the Upper and Lower School administration know of address changes. Most mailing labels for School mailings are printed out by the Development Office. The form chairs and the STA Parents’ Association also generally use the Development Office’s mailing labels.

All e-mail addresses will be used during an emergency. If parents do not want their e-mail addresses to be used for communications (such as the Bulldog News) from the Parents’ Association or from form chairs, they should specify this.

Contacting Teachers, School Counselors, Chaplains, etc.

Teachers, counselors and other support personnel may be contacted by email (addresses listed in the STA Directory) or telephone. Teachers are pleased to respond to inquiries from parents whether by email, by telephone, or in a conference, and will also initiate contact themselves, when necessary.

Development Office/Special School Sponsored Events

The Development Office coordinates information, invitations and RSVP’s for specific school-sponsored events such as the Parent Dinners, Grandparent’s Day, Annual Giving, Capital Campaign, and Alumni Affairs. They are also responsible for the STA Directory.

Emergency Communications

During an emergency, parents may get more information by calling into the School hotline, visiting the School Web site, or listening to local media. At the same time, the School will try to contact parents directly via “push” e-mail or the phone tree (and, to some degree, local media).

a. Emergency Hotlines. The School has established an emergency hotline that parents can call to hear prerecorded emergency information. The number is 202-537-5683; parents may also call the main School number (202-537-6435) to obtain the same information.

b. AlertNow.

c. Web Site. Parents should check the School’s Web site (www.stalbansschool.org, on the front page, under “News”) to retrieve emergency information posted there.

d. Push E-mails. The School keeps an emergency list of e-mail addresses for almost all St. Albans families and will send emergency information to each address on record. This list will not be used for routine announcements such as weather closings.

e. Local Media. The School may also notify local radio and television stations of emergency information that it wishes to communicate to parents. The School currently uses local radio station WTOP-FM (103.5) and local television stations NBC-4 (WRC-TV), FOX-5 (WTTG-TV), ABC-7 (WJLA-TV), and CBS-9 (WUSA-TV).

Facilities Usage

To reserve a room at the school for a Form meeting or school-related activity, contact the Administrative Assistant of the Upper School (ext 6435) or submit an online Facilities Request form.

Gifts for Faculty and Staff

Families wishing to express appreciation and support for individual teachers and staff members are asked to respect the following guidelines:

  • Gifts from students or families to teachers, if any, should be modest. Gifts should not be valued at more than $25. Traditionally, the Lower School has requested donations to the holiday toy drive in lieu of gifts. Other gifts or gestures may include personal notes or homemade or perishable items such as food, plants, or flowers.

  • So that students and families can recognize all faculty and staff at year-end in a way that does not impose on employees’ personal time, the Parents’ Association sponsors a Faculty-Staff Appreciation Luncheon on a teacher workday. Parents donate lunch items and staff the event, and the Parents’ Association provides gift bags for each member of the faculty and staff on behalf of the students and families of St. Albans. This way, individual forms will not have to raise additional funds for gifts or yearend events.

  • Parting “class gifts” from forms other than Form VI are not appropriate. The Parents’ Association Faculty/Staff Grant Program will continue to provide funding for equipment, materials, and learning opportunities that contribute to the overall educational goals of the School but do not otherwise fall within the School’s normal budget.

  • Donations of tickets to events should be made through the Development Office, which then advertises the event and holds a raffle among interested teachers and staff members.

  • Students and parents can let teachers and staff members know that they are appreciated daily, through their actions and words.

Note: The Christmas House Tour is the Parents’ Association’s primary vehicle for raising funds to support the St. Albans faculty and staff. Through it, funds are generated for the faculty and staff grant program, annual bonuses, and mortgage assistance. The School also relies heavily on voluntary financial gifts from families and alumni to annual giving and hopes that annual giving will continue to come first.

Read more about the STA Gift-Giving Guidelines for Parents.

Health/Nurse

Staff. The School has a nurse, two athletic trainers, three chaplains, a Lower School counselor, and an educational psychologist to assist with a variety of student health needs. The School also has access to a pediatrician, a psychiatrist, and an orthopedist as consulting physicians. The health team welcomes discussion with parents/guardians about any particular health needs or concerns regarding their son(s).

Location, Hours, and Telephone Number. The School nurse’s office is located adjacent to the lobby in the True-Lucas building, room 203. The School also provides an infirmary for resident students in room 223 of the dormitory on the second floor of the Lane-Johnston building. The nurse’s phone number is 202-537-6433.

The School nurse is on duty during the school day from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. A student who is injured or who feels ill during the course of the school day may request permission from his teacher to see the nurse. The nurse will attend to the student’s concerns and advise the student about class and/or athletic attendance. The nurse will notify the student’s parents/guardians if the student must be sent home. For reasons of safety, the School also asks parents/guardians to notify the nurse promptly if their son calls them and asks to go home because he is feeling ill. The nurse or the trainers must authorize all departures from School due to injury or illness.

The athletic trainers are on duty during sports times. They are available to evaluate injuries, supervise rehabilitation, and coach exercises for injury prevention.

The chaplains, the Lower School counselor, the educational psychologist and the School psychiatrist are available to students and their families, who may contact the chaplains and counselor at the School or the psychiatrist at the office number listed in the directory.

Required Forms. By resolution of the Governing Board, no student may participate in any School activity (academic, athletic, or extracurricular) until his Permission for Emergency Treatment Form, his Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Form, and his Immunization Record for the current academic year are completed and on file at the School.

Communicable Disease Guidelines. In order to maintain a healthy environment, the School asks that families observe the following guidelines:

  • If a boy has strep throat, he should stay home at least twenty-four hours after the first dose of antibiotics has been administered.

  • If a boy has conjunctivitis (pink eye), he should stay home for twenty-four hours after his first dose of medicine has been administered. His eyes should be free of drainage before he returns to School.

  • If a boy has head lice, he must be treated and be louse- and nit-free before returning to School. If the lice are discovered during the school day, the School will call the parent or guardian to come pick him up at School. The School nurse will need to check the child before he returns to the classroom.

  • If a student has nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or an elevated temperature (100° F by thermometer), he should be symptom free for twenty-four hours or without an elevated temperature for twenty-four hours before returning to School.

  • If a student contracts measles, meningococcal meningitis, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), tuberculosis, chicken pox, Lyme disease, hepatitis A, or other communicable diseases or food-borne illnesses, please notify the School nurse (202-537-6433).

Absences or Tardiness. When a student is sick, is late, or has to leave the Close before the end of his school day, parents should notify the School by 8:30 a.m. Parents of Upper School students should call Ms. Spaulding (202-537-6412) in the Upper School Office; parents of Lower School students should call Mrs. Murphy (202-537-6448) in the Lower School Office. If a student is absent during the academic portion of the day, he should not plan to participate in athletics or after-school activities. Ordinarily, a student should be prepared for tests scheduled on the day of his return. (For more on the attendance policy, see Section I-D-1, above.)

Medications to Be Taken During the School Day. Medications taken during school hours must be administered by the School nurse (with the exception of asthma inhalers, which may be carried by the student). If a student requires medication during school hours, please note the following:

  • The St. Albans School Medication Administration Release form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and physician.

  • Medication must be in the original container with the pharmacy label, student’s name, prescribing physician’s name, medication name, dosage, and the time and route of administration.

Backup Medications. Backup medication(s) for a student’s health condition may be kept in the School nurse’s office. Parents who provide the School with backup medication(s) should note the medication expiration date and provide a current medication when necessary.

If a student requires daily medication that is not taken at School, parents should consider consulting with the nurse about storing a three-day supply of the medication at School in case of a lock-down.

Parents and students who have questions should contact the School nurse (202-537-6433).

Lost and Found/Protecting Personal Belongings

All articles of clothing and athletic gear should be plainly marked with the owner’s name. It is a boy’s responsibility to keep track of his personal belongings and not to leave them strewn about or otherwise unsecured. There are several places to check for lost items.

  • Lower School
    Boys who have lost something should report the loss to the Lower School Office and check the Lost and Found closet located in the closet across from the nurse’s office. More valuable items such as keys, glasses, wallets, and cell phones may end up in the Lower School office (202-537-6448).
  • Upper School
    Boys should check for lost items in the Dean of Student’s Office in the New Wing hall. More valuable items such as keys, glasses, wallets, and cell phones may end up in the Upper School office (202-537-6435).
  • Athletic Department
    Boys should check the custodian’s closet on the ground floor of the Activities Building or the office next to the swimming pool.
  • Locker Combinations
    If your son forgets his locker combination, he should contact the Assistant to the Head of the Lower School (ext. 6448).
  • Protecting Personal Belongings in the Lower School
    The Lower School encourages students to limit the amount of money they bring to School to $5.00 and encourages parents to check the amount of money their children are bringing to and from School. If a Lower School student needs a larger sum for an after-school activity or some other specific purpose, he should deliver the money to the Lower School Office, where it will be put in an envelope with his name on it, locked up, and then returned at the end of the day.

The School discourages entrepreneurial schemes that involve students in the buying and selling of cards, candy, magazines, or other items.

All students except those in Form C have a book locker in the Lower School Building and an athletic locker in the Activities Building. (Form C students have an athletic locker but should store books and other belonging in their desks in the classroom.) Students’ belongings are safest when locked in the owners’ lockers. Students may obtain padlocks from the bookstore. Students should not share their locker combinations or leave their lockers unlocked at any time during the day. Furthermore, students must use their lockers—especially during chapel, lunch, sports, and assembly—in spite of the few extra minutes it will take to secure their belongings and then to retrieve them before their next class. Students should own book bags that fit in the lockers. If a student forgets his combination, he should call Mrs. Murphy (202-537-6448) in the Lower School Office.

Parents are encouraged to pay attention to the clothing that their sons bring to or wear home from School. Students often “borrow” items of clothing in a pinch; others sometimes lose items of clothing and fail to retrieve them from the Lost and Found. Parents can help by sewing name tags into all items of clothing, especially sweaters and blazers, and by encouraging their sons to meet the dress code before they leave in the morning.

Mailing Labels

Preprinted mailing labels for School or form mailings may be requested on the School’s Web site under “About St. Albans, Label Requests.” Please submit your request at least two business days in advance and direct any questions to STA_labels@cathedral.org or to the Development Office.

Meals

Lunch is provided by the School. Weekly lunch menus are available on the School’s Web site under the section “Students/Student Menu.” At the end of each lunch, the administration, faculty, and students make important announcements about recent and upcoming events.

Students may occasionally wish to have breakfast in the Refectory. Whenever they do, they should sign the Refectory notebook. Upper School students who are staying for evening meetings should sign up for dinner in the Refectory by lunchtime on the day they wish to stay. The cost of any breakfasts or dinners is charged to the student’s account.

Money Issues

Your son does not need cash to purchase books, school supplies, or athletic clothing at the St. Albans Bookstore ( ext. 6422) located on the ground floor of the Steuart Building. His five-digit school ID number, which appears on your monthly statement and on his school photo ID card, allows him to charge items at the bookstore, as well as purchase drama tickets and yearbooks. These charges are billed to your account. The ID number can also be used to charge items at the NCS bookstore. It is suggested that you discuss the use of this charging privilege with your son before you receive your monthly statement.

Questions regarding billing may be directed to the Bursar (ext. 5591) or the school’s Business Manager (ext. 6425).

Your son will need cash to purchase items at the Student Exchange (ext. 6572) which is also located on the ground floor of the Steuart Building. The Student Exchange also accepts checks but cannot bill items to the student’s school ID number. Lower School students should give large sums of money to the Assistant to the Head of the Lower School for safekeeping.

Financial Assistance for Form Activities
Students receiving financial aid are eligible to receive assistance for any fees associated with form-sponsored activities). Assistance is given on a confidential basis, and parents may contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (ext. 6440) for further information on how to request aid for Parents’ Association activities.

Protecting Personal Belongings in the Lower School
The Lower School encourages students to limit the amount of money they bring to School to $5.00 and encourages parents to check the amount of money their children are bringing to and from School. If a Lower School student needs a larger sum for an after-school activity or some other specific purpose, he should deliver the money to the Lower School Office, where it will be put in an envelope with his name on it, locked up, and then returned at the end of the day.

The School discourages entrepreneurial schemes that involve students in the buying and selling of cards, candy, magazines, or other items.

All students except those in Form C have a book locker in the Lower School Building and an athletic locker in the Activities Building. (Form C students have an athletic locker but should store books and other belonging in their desks in the classroom.) Students’ belongings are safest when locked in the owners’ lockers. Students may obtain padlocks from the bookstore. Students should not share their locker combinations or leave their lockers unlocked at any time during the day. Furthermore, students must use their lockers—especially during chapel, lunch, sports, and assembly—in spite of the few extra minutes it will take to secure their belongings and then to retrieve them before their next class. Students should own book bags that fit in the lockers. If a student forgets his combination, he should call Mrs. Murphy (202-537-6448) in the Lower School Office.

Parents are encouraged to pay attention to the clothing that their sons bring to or wear home from School. Students often “borrow” items of clothing in a pinch; others sometimes lose items of clothing and fail to retrieve them from the Lost and Found. Parents can help by sewing name tags into all items of clothing, especially sweaters and blazers, and by encouraging their sons to meet the dress code before they leave in the morning.

Parents' Association

All parents in the School are automatically members of the St Albans Parents’ Association. Its Board includes its elected officers, Chairs of its Committees, and the Form Chairs, as well as a representative of the School. All St Albans parents are welcome to the monthly Parents’ Association meetings. (Contact your son’s Form Chair or check the calendar on the web site for information about meeting dates)

Parents pay voluntary annual membership dues of $50 per year per family to support the Parents’ Association and its programs. These dues are billed once per school year on the student account. (In addition, each Form annually establishes and collects Form dues specifically to support the Form’s activities. These dues are also voluntary.)

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Lower School Form Advisors have sign-up sheets for parents to schedule their November parent-teacher conferences at Back to School Night/Parent Teas (see below).

There are no formal parent-teacher conferences for students in the Upper School. Parents who wish to discuss their Upper School student’s progress should contact the student’s Form Master or individual teachers via email or telephone.

Parking and Use of Cars

Parking and Use of Cars: St Albans does not provided transportation for students to and from school, or make car-pool arrangements.

Student Parking
St. Albans encourages all students to consider alternatives to driving themselves to School. St. Albans requires all students who do drive to register their vehicles with the School and to display a sticker. Students must agree to park only below the statue of George Washington on Pilgrim Road. If they cannot find a place on the Close, they must park on the north side of Garfield Street or in unrestricted areas on public streets, unless they display a valid Zone 3 Permit, in which case they may park in those restricted areas. Student contracts will include language that acknowledges acceptance of this parking practice as a condition of driving to School. Neighbors will be advised to report parking infractions to the Metropolitan Police Department and to report violations of this policy to the School. Violators of this policy will face progressive penalties.

Visitor Parking
Visitors to St. Albans School, including those attending athletic events, performances, volunteer meetings, parent meetings, or other School activities, should attempt first to park on the Close or in the Cathedral Parking Garage*. If there are no parking places on the Close, visitors should park on the north side of Garfield Street. Only cars displaying a valid Zone 3 Permit may park in restricted areas in the neighborhood. Neighbors have been advised to contact the Metropolitan Police Department to report parking infractions.

Registration

School registration usually is scheduled for the day preceding the first day of classes. The August mailing from the School will indicate the registration time and place for each form. At registration students receive their class schedule, books for classes, and Form Master assignment. Photos for student ID’s are taken and students sign up for sports for the fall quarter. Students who plan to drive to school register their cars.

School Hours / Dismissal times and pick up

Lower School


 
Monday-Thursday 7:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fridays 7:55 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. (see below.)
 
Upper School

 
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - approx. 5:30 p.m.or 6:30 p.m. (see below)

DISMISSAL TIMES:

Lower School
Although the first period does not begin until 7:55 a.m., Lower School students should arrive by 7:50 a.m. to get a good start on the day. This gives students a chance to organize their belongings and work, to talk with friends, and to arrive at class promptly. Dismissal is at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, unless an interscholastic athletic contest changes the dismissal time for students in Forms A, I, or II. We ask that all students leave School grounds by 4:30 p.m. unless they are enrolled in the after-school program.

On Fridays, School dismisses following assembly, usually at 2:15 p.m. During the winter period, between Christmas and spring vacations, Friday dismissal times depend on each student’s club participation.

Lower School students who cannot leave at the end of the regular school day are allowed to participate in the after-school program at the National Cathedral School, which runs Monday to Friday from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m. There is an additional monetary charge for any extra time. Students may participate in this fee-based program on a regular basis either every day or several days a week. They are also welcome to join the program on a drop-in basis.

Upper School
The Upper School academic day runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with many teachers offering extra help beginning at 7:30 a.m. Boys should report directly to their first class. Upper School lunch is from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m., and various activities take place from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Athletics run from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. (although some special events or games may go later).

Absences or Tardiness: If a boy is going to be absent or late for School, the parents must call Mrs. Murphy (202-537-6448) in the Lower School office or Ms. Spaulding (202-537-6412) in the Upper School office bu 8:30 a.m.

SCHOOL PICK-UP:
Dismissal times and locations are not the same for everyone and often change from day to day depending on your son’s activities. Athletics (especially away games), choir and music lessons, and other after-school commitments may alter the time and location of your son’s pick up. The School requests that all Lower School students leave the School grounds by 4:30 p.m. unless they are in the after-school program. Upper School students may be dismissed from sports practice anytime between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. (with some exceptions). The ending time varies depending upon the sport. Parents may check on their sons’ game schedules by calling the Athletic Department Game Information Line (202-537-5655) which has a daily recording of the athletic events (note that it is not updated for delays in return from games.) The school website calendar also has a schedule of the day’s athletic contests.

Lower School Student Pick Up:
1. All Lower School students should be picked up from the curb in front of the Lower School, as close to the Little Sanctuary as possible.
2. No students may be picked up on Garfield Street at any time. Please do not wait for your son on Garfield Street, on the gymnasium service road, or in St. Sophia’s turn-around area.
3. Parents will enter campus via Pilgrim Road off Massachusetts Avenue.
4. Parents may exit campus either by using Pilgrim Road or by turning left on to Church House Lane.

Upper School Student Pick Up:
1. All Upper School students should be picked up either on Senior Circle, on Pilgrim Road by the amphitheater, or on Pilgrim Road by the tennis pavilion.
2. No students may be picked up on Garfield Street at any time. Please do not wait for your son on Garfield Street, on the gymnasium service road, or in St. Sophia’s turn-around area. Boys will be asked to move to the lower end of Grant Meadow on Pilgrim Road to wait for their rides in the evening or to go to Senior Circle.
3. Parents are encouraged to wait for their sons by parking on Pilgrim Road between Senior Circle and the George Washington Statue. In the afternoon there are often many spaces available in this area.
4. If parents pick up their sons at Senior Circle, they may exit campus either by going down Pilgrim Road or by taking Church House Lane to South Road.

Most boys in the Lower School are picked up on Pilgrim Road in front of the Lower School, reached by entering from Massachusetts Avenue. Some boys meet their rides at the Peace Cross.

Snow Delays and Closings

In the event of inclement weather, parents can obtain information about School closings and delays by checking the School’s Web site (www.stalbansschool.org, on the homepage and under “Parents, Weather Delays or Closings”). The information is posted by 7:00 a.m., and usually appears earlier. The School will also alert the following local media: WTOP-FM (103.5) and local television stations NBC-4 (WRC-TV), FOX-5 (WTTG-TV), ABC-7 (WJLA-TV), and CBS-9 (WUSA-TV).

STA Weather Delays and Closings

Please note, St. Albans School does not follow the District of Columbia public school weather closing policy. Further, if St. Albans School is open and operating on a regular schedule, no special announcement will be made; all students should report to the School at the usual time.

Student Exchange

Located on the ground floor of Marriott Hall in the St. Albans Bookstore; the Student Exchange sells donated clothing (blazers, shirts, ties, etc.) and St. Albans gift items. Proceeds benefit the Parents’ Association.

Hours of Operation for 2009 - 2010:

  • Mondays 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesdays 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Stop by, visit online, or call 202-537-6572.

Terms Frequently Heard at St. Albans

Activities Building
Located on Garfield Street, this building houses the older of St. Albans School’s two gyms. It is sometimes used for dances, practices, and events. The Trophy Room, Kellogg Room, and new weight room are located here.

Cathedral Close
The area bounded by Wisconsin Avenue, 34th Street, Garfield Street, and Woodley Road. It includes the Washington National Cathedral, National Cathedral School, St. Albans, Beauvoir, and the College of Preachers. Together, these institutions form the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation (PECF). St. Alban’s Parish Church is also located on the Close, but it is an independent institution.

Cathedral Flower Mart
A spring festival hosted by the Washington National Cathedral’s All Hallows Guild to benefit the Cathedral grounds and gardens. It is generally held on Friday and Saturday in the first weekend in May. This event highlights a different country each year with entertainment and displays. Plants, flowers, crafts, an antique merry-go-round, rides, games, and food make this a beloved spring event for the students of the Cathedral Schools. Traditionally, each of the Cathedral Schools hosts a booth.

Cathedral Pilgrim’s Gallery
The seventh-floor Observation Gallery of the Washington National Cathedral.

Christmas House Tour
This annual event is held on the first Friday and Saturday of December, and combines a tour of several outstanding houses in a nearby neighborhood with a holiday luncheon and the sale of unique holiday boutique gifts. This event is open to the public and is always a great gathering place for generations of Cathedral community members. Sponsored by the St. Albans Parents’ Association, the Christmas House Tour raises funds to support the STA Faculty and Staff.

Field Day
In mid-May, the Lower School hosts a Field Day; all boys belong to either the Blue Team or the White Team. Families who are able to attend this event will enjoy it. For further information, see this Handbook, Section IV-B.

Form
St. Albans follows the English public school tradition of calling its grades forms. St. Albans offers classes for grades 4 through 12 and divides the program into Lower School (grades 4-8 = Forms C-II) and Upper School (grades 9-12 = Forms III-VI). (National Cathedral School offers classes for grades 4 through 12; their program is divided into Lower School [grades 4-6], Middle School [grades 7-8], and Upper School [grades 9-12].) Newcomers may find the list below helpful:

Lower School
Form C = Grade 4
Form B = Grade 5
Form A = Grade 6
Form I = Grade 7
Form II = Grade 8

Upper School
Form III = Grade 9
Form IV = Grade 10
Form V = Grade 11
Form VI = Grade 12

Form Chair
A parent volunteer who serves as the primary liaison between the School, the Parents’ Association, and fellow form parents. A complete description of the form chair’s duties and responsibilities appears as an appendix to the online version of this handbook, available at www.stalbansschool.org, under “Parents.”

Form Master
A faculty member who serves as a student’s advisor in the Upper School. Each form has its own form master.

Grant Meadow
The grassy area on Garfield Street between the Activities Building and the Tennis Courts.

Half-Sheet
At the mid-point in a marking period, a Lower School teacher may send home a short report updating a boy’s parents on that student’s progress during the marking period. A half-sheet is sent when a teacher has concerns about a student’s work or conduct in the class or when a teacher wishes to note particularly strong performance by the student.

Homecoming
A homecoming for alumni and a general celebration of the School’s families, this weekend features fall sport competitions, including a Saturday afternoon football game. Upper School students plan a formal, invitation-only dance.

Junior/Senior Prom and After-Prom
A formal dance for students in Forms V and VI, normally held in late May or early June. Students invite dates. Form V and VI students, working with input from parents, plan the prom and, through fundraisers, finance the prom and after-prom event.

Lane-Johnston Building
Built in 1909, this is the original building of St. Albans School, and is where the School's administration, classrooms, meetings, dining, and Upper School are based.

Lessons and Carols
The National Cathedral School-St. Albans Service of Lessons and Carols is a beautiful Christmas service for the students and families of both Schools. The service consists of nine readings interspersed with traditional carols and liturgical music performed by all of the National Cathedral School-St. Albans School performing arts groups. It is traditionally held on the Thursday evening just before Winter Break and is a not-to-miss occasion that celebrates the School community.

Little Field
A small outdoor practice field that is also used for events. It is bounded by Garfield Street, the Activities Building, and the south side of the True-Lucas Building.

Little Sanctuary
The beloved Little Sanctuary, built in 1901, serves as the St. Albans School chapel and is located between Senior Circle and Pilgrim Road. Both Lower School and Upper School students participate in chapel services throughout the week.

Marriott Hall
Completed in 2009, this Upper School building holds faculty offices, classrooms, Sam's Bar, the College Counseling and Upper School Head's office, the Teaching and Learning Center, and offers panoramic views of the Washington, DC Mall and the National Cathedral.

Martin Gym
Named in honor of Canon Charles Martin, Headmaster from 1949 to 1977, this is the newer and larger of St. Albans School’s two gyms. The facility hosts games for basketball, wrestling, and indoor soccer.

MORP
the end-of-8th grade dance. MORP is PROM backwards

Music Room
Students in the Performing Arts will frequently need access to this room located in the lower levels of the True-Lucas Building.

NCS (National Cathedral School) Athletic Facility
The Agnes Underwood Center contains state-of-the-art athletic facilities. It is located along Woodley Road down the hill from Beauvoir.

NCS Davis Conference Room
the conference room adjacent to the dining room.

NCS Fall Festival/Homecoming
Homecoming events include athletic contests for purple/gold, Junior Varsity, and Varsity fall teams. Food, crafts, and games are available at the Fall Festival. NCS Juniors working along with parents run the Fall Festival component of the day. All proceeds from food, craft, and game sales are traditionally used to finance the NCS Junior-Senior prom. An informal Upper School Homecoming dance is planned by students. St. Albans Upper School students are all invited.

NCS Hearst Auditorium
the larger meeting space in the middle of the first floor of Hearst Hall.

NCS Hearst Hall
The gray Beaux Arts building located at the northwest corner of the Close, near the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Woodley Road. Most NCS Upper School classes are held in this building. Many dances, performances, and meetings take place in this building. The Davis Room (located within the cafeteria on the lower level) and Hearst Parlor are located here.

NCS Hearst Parlor
the meeting space on the first floor of Hearst Hall. It is located just to the right as you enter from the Cathedral side of the building

NCS Junior/Senior Prom
A formal dance for NCS Junior and Senior students that is normally held in late May or early June. In the past, NCS Junior students have planned and financed the prom as a gift for NCS Seniors. Parents, with Parent Association support, separately plan and finance the after-prom activity.

NCS Proctor Gym
old NCS gym, this one in the Middle School building. To enter, use the plaza in front of the NCS Middle and Lower Schools. The entrance to the Middle School is directly across from Woodley Road. Once inside the building, turn right and go up the stairs at the end of the hallway

NCS Winter Formal
A formal, invitation-only dance planned by, and for, all NCS Upper School students.

NCS Whitby Gym
the old gym located in the Lower School (whose formal name is “Whitby Hall” NCS and STA Middle School drama rehearsals and some NCS/STA lower school musical performances are held in Whitby Gym. To enter, use the plaza in front of the NCS lower and middle school buildings on Woodley Road between Wisconsin Avenue and 36th Street. The lower school is on the right-hand side of the plaza – go through the doors and take an immediate left

NCS Whitby Hall
The Lower School building at NCS, where NCS and St. Albans Middle School drama rehearsals and some NCS-St. Albans Lower School musical performances are held. Its entrance can be reached from Woodley Road between Wisconsin Avenue and 36th Street.

NCS Woodley North
The red brick building located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Woodley Road. The Upper School Library and classrooms for language and science are in this building.

Parent Dinners
The School hosts an Upper School dinner and a Lower School dinner for parents in late January or early February of each year. Parents have the chance to enjoy dinner with their son’s teachers, and the Headmaster and the President of the St. Albans Parents’ Association speak to parents. The dinners begin in the library and continue in the Refectory.

Parent Teas
Shortly after the beginning of each school year, the School invites parents to a reception (formerly a tea). These are the School’s back-to-school meetings, held late in the afternoon. Parents follow an abbreviated version of their son’s daily schedule to gain an overview of his course work and to meet his teachers. There are no formal parent-teacher conferences for students in the Upper School. Parents who wish to discuss their Upper School student’s progress should contact the student’s form master or individual teachers by e-mail or telephone.

PECF
The Protestant Episcopal Cathedral is the legal entity of which all institutions on the Close—including St. Albans School, National Cathedral School, Beauvoir, the Washington National Cathedral, and the College of Preachers—are a part.

Pilgrim Road
Pilgrim Road is a one-way road that fronts the Lower School entrance and stretches across the Close past the All Hallows Guild Amphitheater, the Olmsted Woods, and Satterlee-Henderson Athletic Field. The entrance to Pilgrim Road is accessed from Massachusetts Avenue and exits at Garfield Street.

Pilgrim Steps
The name given to the steps leading from the Cathedral's South Transept to Pilgrim Road.

Prefect
A student-elected class officer.

Prison Yard
The name given to the tennis courts directly across Pilgrim Lane from the Lower School entrance.

Prize Day
Prize Day occurs on the day before Commencement. It recognizes outstanding students for academic leadership as well as achievements in citizenship and other areas of School life. The Lower School holds its Prize Day in the morning; the Upper School holds its in the afternoon. All parents are invited to attend.

Refectory
The School’s dining room, located in the Lane-Johnston Building. Many dances, meeting, and events take place here.

Rob’s Rip-off
Located in the lobby of the Martin Gymnasium and is named after former STA basketball coach Bob Brown. Rob’s Rip-off sells snacks and beverages in the afternoon during Lower School athletics and during games.

Sam’s Bar
A gathering place for National Cathedral School and St. Albans students. Located in Marriott Hall and run by St. Albans Food Services, food and beverages are available for purchase at stated times during and after the school day, Monday through Friday. Sam’s Bar operates on a cash basis only. This snack bar was founded by and eventually named after Sam Hoffman, who taught chemistry and coached the track and cross-country teams for twenty-three years.

Satterlee-Henderson Field
The name of the St. Albans football field and track bounded by 34th and Garfield Streets.

Senior Circle
The name of the circular drive by the Little Sanctuary, the Lane-Johnston Building, and the New Wing. The patio here is a frequent gathering place for students.

STA
St. Albans School.

Saint Albans News
The student newspaper issued six times per year with an additional insert at year-end called Close Perspectives.

Trapier Theater
Trapier Theater serves as the stage for the combined National Cathedral School-St. Albans Performing Arts Program. Trapier is located beneath the St. Albans Ellison Library. It can be reached from Senior Circle by entering Marriott Hall, traveling to the first stairwell, and proceeding downstairs.

Trophy Room
Many parent events are held in this room, located on the second floor of the Activities Building.

(For further information about the location of buildings mentioned here, see the map that appears as an appendix to this Handbook.)

Website

St Albans and National Cathedral Web sites:

https://www.stalbansschool.org and http://ncs.cathedral.org

St. Albans School, Mount St. Alban, Washington, DC 20016, 202-537-6435