Weekly Update

Message from Head of School

Message from Head of School


Dear Village School Parents:

Graduation is next week! Students and faculty are preparing for the big event taking place on Tuesday, June 12th in the Gym at 5:00 pm. The annual Moving Up Ceremony at 11:00am on Wednesday, June 13th, is also an important rite of passage, as are classroom celebrations, grade level parties, yearbook distribution, and more, marking the end of a particularly significant year for Village School; our 40th anniversary festivities will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We are so grateful to each and every one of you for the part you have played – and continue to play – in making this community the best it can be!

As I contemplate next week’s ceremony, I want to express my tremendous pride for our 6th Graders; your intellectual pursuits, creativity, integrity, sense of justice, and good humor encompass all that we would want for a Village graduate. Each one of you will go on to more adventures, discovering passions and honing skills as you matriculate and transition into secondary school. It has been a great pleasure for us all to share this journey with you. Congratulations Class of 2018!

The Village School Class of 2018

Please remember, there is no After School Care on Tuesday prior to Graduation or on Wednesday after Moving Up—for that reason, it’s necessary to enter information into School Dismissal Manager if your child(ren)’s usual dismissal arrangements will change due to grade level parties/celebrations, or for any other reason.

Thank you Tats Cohen, Deanna Kripke, Stacie Smiley, Cindy Yoon, and all your volunteer caterers for putting together a feast for faculty and staff on Tuesday! This is an incredibly busy time of the year – not to say, emotional! – and your thoughtful generosity and support were very much appreciated!

The Spring Singers Concert on Tuesday evening was a treat! Thank you again to Mr. Whitmore and Ms. Scharf – your talent and dedication create an expectation and an environment in which our performers excel!

A moment from the Spring Singers Concert.

Last weekend’s Hoops for Harmony event was a great success! We look forward to welcoming Lindsay Schwartz, Executive Director of United in Harmony, to our Monday assembly, when she will present VS with a certificate in recognition of all the hard work and generosity our community put forth. Thank you Lisa Humiston, Jacqui Bell, Romaine Orthwein, Shira Kozloff, and all volunteers for leading this project to benefit underprivileged children!

Village students participating at the Hoops for Harmony event.

Also on Monday morning, our fifth graders will put their physics skills to the annual ‘egg drop’ test! We always look forward to the ‘ooohs and aaahs’ brought on by our students’ creative egg cradling contraptions!

Field Day this morning was so much fun; what a fabulous way to start the weekend! It’s wonderful to see the close bonds that have been established in our family circles, and it was uplifting to witness the spirit of healthy competition between teams; lots of good nature and sportsmanship all around! Thank you to our PE and coaching staff and to our hardy volunteers for making Field Day a terrific event for everyone!

A first and second grader "going for it" during a friendly game of "rescue the chicken" at today's Field Day.

It’s reenrollment time! It’s important that you update your family’s information on the Magnus website via VillageNet – you will have received an email with more information but, let us know if you have questions.

In closing, I would like to share some VS trustee news; after three years of service on the Board, focusing very successfully on the school’s advancement program, La Donna Wertlieb has stepped down. When their children attended VS, and now as parents of alumni, La Donna and her husband Neil (also a past Village School trustee) always understood and played active roles in finding ways in which to further the school’s mission. They continue to make a difference to the daily life of the community through their contributions as leaders of the Village School community! As we bid farewell and give heartfelt thanks to La Donna, we are delighted to welcome and congratulate two new trustees.  Current parents Jeff Richardson and Dan Weinberger are wonderful additions to the governance team and we are grateful that they have accepted the invitation to serve in these volunteer leadership positions. Indeed, thank you to every VS trustee for your service to education and, most especially, to our school. Your volunteerism is a precious gift to the community and Village School benefits enormously because of your leadership, caring, and insight.

I also want to take the opportunity in this final 2017-2018 Weekly Update to express our appreciation to Margot Mandel and Joseph Rose as each of them transitions to new adventures. Our art and science programs are truly extraordinary—generations of Village students are the beneficiaries of the creativity and wisdom of these two talented educators. We will miss both of them enormously and I know that their impact on Village School will remain with us forever!

Here’s to next week; we’re looking forward to sharing this very special time with you all!

Warm Regards,
Nora Malone

Head of School

PS: Summer camp classes are filling up! Parkour & Freerunning Camps are now full and we have started a waiting list. Space is still available in other exciting classes; don’t miss out on your first choice activities. Reserve your spot today at www.SummerAtVillage.org
. Camp runs from June 18th-July 27th. Lunch is provided daily.

  • For your advanced planning, Click Here to view the 2018-2019 calendar overview


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