Letter to Parents: WPA Dance

January 18, 2019

Dear St. James Academy parents and students:

We look forward to celebrating the WPA (Women Pay All) Dance in a short few weeks! The dance will take place at St. James Academy on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 8-11:00 p.m. in the school commons, and similar to last year, it will be a THEME Dance instead of a formal dance! We look forward to this evening being an opportunity for our students to build community and celebrate together in a way that respects everyone’s dignity. Below is some important information:

  • The theme chosen by our School and Community Captains is “Throwback Throwdown” (Wear attire from 70’s, 80’s and 90’s).
  • Tickets may be purchased online for $15 (or two for $30) by Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m. Link to purchase tickets was emailed to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors soon and will also be posted in a Community Update.
  • Tickets will not be sold at the dance.
  • Students inviting guests who do not attend St. James must complete a form available in the Attendance Office and return it to the Attendance Office by Tuesday, January 29, 2019. The administration makes the final approval of all guests from other schools attending WPA.
  • Students may not enter the dance after 9:30 p.m.
  • The earliest anyone may leave is 10:30 p.m. without prior approval. Once a student leaves, they will not be allowed back in.
  • Student I.D.’s will be required to enter the WPA Dance.
  • We reserve the right to test for alcohol/drugs.
  • We reserve the right to search purses/bags.
  • Announcement of the WPA King and Queen will take place at the assembly on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

ALL COSTUMES AND ATTIRE WILL BE EXPECTED TO ADHERE TO THE POLICIES IN OUR STUDENT HANDBOOK, WHICH CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE 49:

It is also expected that there be no visible undergarments and that if spandex or leggings are worn, that a tunic/long shirt/skirt/shorts be worn over the top to ensure that the rear end is covered. Please help your child and their friends make the best choices possible with regards to their attire and choices for after-dance activities. If you don’t feel comfortable with what they are wearing or what their plans are following the dance, listen to your gut and help them make a change! Young people want firm boundaries and adults who care enough to look out for them in these situations.

What parents can do:

  • Set reasonable limits. Let your child know you care enough to want him/her to be safe.