Village SchoolA TK-6 Independent School

Parent Letter 5/19/17

Dear Village School Parents:

Wow! What an awesome party last Saturday! Everyone entered into the spirit of the eighties! It was so much fun and a great success for Village in terms of camaraderie, friendships, and the outstanding memories that were created. We are grateful to all of you who supported the auction and to our very generous volunteers who really outdid themselves. Many, many thanks to party chairs Sam Firestone and Britten Wadler, to auction chairs Karie Fleischmann and Masha Lichtenberg, and database coordinator Kristyn Romans. We are also enormously grateful to Sue Slotnick, Alison McKee, Chris Gonyaw and Sara Singsank for their leadership in the advancement office. Thank you everyone for your contributions to a perfect event!

On Tuesday, Village hosted an Educators' Preview for teachers, directors and consultants associated with local preschools and it was truly a wonderful experience. Many thanks to our parent volunteers and faculty who welcomed our guests and provided insights into life at Village School. We enjoyed the opportunity to share our Village School philosophy and to remind our guests of our commitment to valuing each student as an individual while preparing them academically and socially for their next steps!

The next evening, we welcomed the parents of new students at the annual New Parent Cocktail party. Thank you to Sheri and Michael Green for opening your beautiful home to everyone, and for your warm and gracious hospitality. Many thanks also to New Family Liaisons Maggie Crosby, Samantha Rufeh, Jennifer Wallace and Lisa Weinberger for reaching out to our incoming families with your warm greetings and good wishes; your leadership of the Buddy Family program serves our community well.

We are looking forward to hosting more than 350 guests at Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day on Thursday morning (the 25th) and, in the evening, we'll gather with all Village School families for Open House! In addition to visiting our classrooms, while you are on campus, be sure to visit the incredible Art Show and Science Fair in the gym, and the Book Fair in the library. Once again, scores of volunteers have been working extremely hard to make these events simply outstanding! Thank you to our hospitality committee, chaired by Selina Boxer Wachler, Wonnie Tagliaferro, Michelle Wolf, Lisa Hernand and Deanna Kripke; to our art liaisons Diana Kassabian, Wonnie Tagliaferro and Miranda Tollman; to our science liaison Masha Lichtenberg; to our Book Fair leaders Lisa Jeffery, Sheri Roberts and Marsha Scimo; and, of course, to all the VSPA volunteers who are always so involved and supportive!

On Monday, May 22nd, The Diversity Committee will be hosting The Music Center's performance of Letters to Harriet Tubman. Through songs and stories of the Civil War era, we'll learn about the courageous Harriet Tubman and her commitment to the Underground Railroad. We are sure to be inspired and look forward to this engaging assembly. Parents are invited to join us at 8:10am in the gym for this special event.

Summer Camp is quickly approaching and classes are already filling up! Our program offers a uniquely customizable summer experience in academics, arts, sports, technology, and enrichment. There are week-by-week options as well as full- and half-day choices. Check out our extensive menu of classes which run from June 19th through September 1st. Reserve your space now at www.SummerAtVillage.org.

Other end-of-year events we are anticipating with great enthusiasm include the Sixth Grade Musical on June 1st, Spring Singers on June 6th, Field Day on June 9th, and Graduation on June 13th. Reminder: there is no After School Care on May 25th, June 9th, or June 13th!

In closing, I want to thank our Technology Department and administration for transitioning Village's student data collection process to an online program. As parents, you will receive an email within the next few days with step-by-step instructions as to filling out the forms – don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions – going forward, you will be entering the data far less frequently, thanks to this upgrade!

Warm Regards,

Nora Malone

Head of School

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