156 N. Monroe St.
P.O. Box 507
La Grange, Texas 78945
Father Eric: 979.968.3910
in the Preschool
Tuesday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dear Families and Staff of St. James' Preschool,
During this difficult and uncertain time, I want you to know that your school staff and school board are keeping the faith that God's plans always work out for His purpose and timing. We may not be in control of much right now, but I am deeply rooted in the belief that our great plans for St. James' Preschool will continue under the guidance of our Heavenly Father. With God's help, we will continue to be the best stewards of our school and its people.
As precautions move from recommended to mandatory, more and more restrictions are being placed on churches, schools, and public venues. Today, Governor Abbott announced that all Texas schools must close until April 3, but this was not specific to child care centers. However, Fr. Eric and I also received today a Diocesan bulletin that strongly recommends a conservative approach in regards to Episcopal schools (including our Preschool) and suggests gatherings only of less than 10. In step with our usual practice of following LGISD's lead on health and safety closures, we informed the staff this morning that we would be closing next week at a minimum. As a mission of the church, and in response to the Diocesan directives, our School Board has voted this afternoon to close St. James' Preschool until April 3. Hopefully we will be able to resume our classes on Monday, April 6.
I want all of you to know that these are difficult decisions. We know they greatly impact your lives, your children's lives, and our staff members' families as well. We wish things were different, and want nothing more than to continue to help grow and nurture your precious children. We've come so far this year that it pains us to wait. Our staff made some videos for the children this morning that will be shared on Facebook and emailed to you (if I can figure out my YouTube channel). Look for Preschool Picassos-St. James Preschool on Facebook in the meantime.
As Chairman of the School Board and our Rector and spiritual adviser, Fr. Eric Hungerford would like to invite anyone having questions or seeking prayer time, needing someone to talk to, etc. to feel free and contact him. He is available to talk over the phone, meet in person, or visit with you if you need him. Email email@example.com if you would like to get in touch with Fr. Eric.