Support Us

Thank You!

Thank you for being a Saint and considering supporting St. Mary's Episcopal Day School either monetarily or with the gift of your time! Outlined below are ways to donate and volunteer, but more detailed information is available in our Be a Saint: Guide to Giving and Getting Involved.

Donate

St. Mary's is blessed to be a sound financial institution thanks to the hard work of our Administration and Board of Trustees. In addition to support from the Parents' Association, the school relies on donations from our annual appeal, the Heart of Gold Fund, to assist with projects not otherwise covered under the operating budget. You can by making a gift to this important fund, participating in capital campaigns, or choosing to leave a legacy gift. All gifts, no matter the size, are important to our community and make a difference.

Annual Giving

St. Mary's is able to put our "Learn~Love~Lead" motto into action each school year via tuition dollars and money raised through its most important appeal, the Heart of Gold Fund. The Board of Trustees and Administration target specific projects that are not otherwise covered by the operating budget and offer donors a Family of Funds approach to designate their gift to an area that inspires them.
During the 2020-2021 school year, donors designated that their gifts go toward three areas: Navigating 2020 and Beyond, to include STEM and student wellness and growth (SWAG) initiatives; the school Endowment; or wherever St. Mary's needed it most. The success of the campaign brought about meaningful changes to campus, including the creation of a Middle School STEM Lab, a refresh of the Science and Spanish rooms, sun shades to expand outdoor classroom capabilities, and additional intangible enhancements including outside consultation with experts in best practices such as schedules, teaching in extended bloc

The 2021-2022 Heart of Gold Campaign will kick off in early 2022. 
 
For your tax purposes, St. Mary's Episcopal Day School’s tax ID number is 59-1985294. Donations are fully tax-deductible and we will provide a receipt for your records. Thank you!

Volunteer

St. Mary’s simply would not exist without the countless volunteer hours dedicated by our community. While a majority of these hours are coordinated through the selfless work of our Parents’ Association, there are other opportunities that are available throughout the year in your student’s homeroom and beyond. We are grateful for volunteerism big and small. Whether you are a whiz at the Dewey Decimal System, handy with a glue gun, or have other talents, you can by giving your time to efforts that enhance the student experience.

St. Mary's Parents' Association

As a parent at St. Mary’s, you are automatically a member of the Parents’ Association! The PA is an integral part of the St. Mary’s story and most importantly is tasked with making all parents feel connected by building a strong community. Monthly meetings highlight activities of various committees and include important updates from the Head of School and Rector of St. Mary's Church.
Each St. Mary’s family contributes $250 in annual dues in order to streamline financial asks throughout the year. Your dues include:
  • Parents' Association operating expenses for the year, including guest speakers and Parent Education events; social events such as Grandparents' Day and grade level parent sessions; our year-end banquet celebrating our student-athletes; administrative expenses; and more.
  • Birthday cookies for your child/children and their classmates the week of their special day. (Summer and holiday birthdays are celebrated during the school year, too).
  • Contribution to the Christmas and Year-end Teacher Gift Fund.
  • Contribution to class celebrations for teachers' birthdays.
The PA's largest fundraiser is the annual Benefit which occurs in the fall. Through the sale of event tickets and sponsorships, as well as a silent and live auction, the PA is able to fund school projects that are important to our community and enrich the lives of all St. Mary's students.
Whether you are able to give an hour here and there or are looking to serve as a committee chair, the PA welcomes your help in its service to St. Mary’s! To learn more, visit the PA Resource Board on the Saints Portal.
Benefit
This year's Parents' Association Benefit & Auction will be held November 12, 2021 with a theme to signify new beginnings ~ Cheers to a New Year! If you are interested in supporting the exciting event by sponsorship, please visit https://one.bidpal.net/cheerstoanewyear/ticketing

Alumni

As an adult member of the St. Mary’s community, think about your experience as a student. Very few of your successes here happened by chance. A great amount of time and care goes into each student's development. The hard work, dedication, and constant communication by our faculty created a reputation for producing successful graduates like you. SMEDS continues to provide the same academic and nurturing environment for our current students and their families. This is what makes St. Mary’s a success.

You have woven together many educational opportunities and experiences to become the person you are today. We hope that in some significant way your experience at SMEDS helped contribute to your success.

Just as you needed St. Mary’s when you were a student, St. Mary’s needs you. Be a part of the school's long-term success. Your gift to the Heart of Gold Annual Campaign helps to guarantee the school's future. With your philanthropic gift, you ensure that future generations have the opportunity to learn, discover, dream, and succeed at St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School.

If you are interested in making a gift to St. Mary's or have an alumni update to include in an upcoming edition of the Saint, please email shelby.tuttle@smeds.org for information.