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Message from Head of School

Message from Head of School

September 15, 2017

Dear Village School Parents:

The first full week of 2017-2018 has been terrific! From the excitement of reuniting as a school community at the Picnic, to Back-to-School Night, to our first VSPA open meeting, each gathering has provided an opportunity to celebrate Village!

Thank you again to our wonderful volunteers Dolly Klock Doris, Aimee Rosenbaum, Marsha Scimo, Sara Duran-Singer, Lisa Eddy, Desirae Lantry, Colleen Mintzer and Lia Seabold for your tremendous effort and care; the picnic was the perfect all-school event to launch this special 40th year for VS! It was especially wonderful to welcome back so many alumni this year—the entire event was absolutely outstanding!

Speaking of launching the year, Back-to-School Night was the ideal opportunity to debut the Village School video! We are indebted to VS parent Bryan Cook, Caroline Byfield, Chris Gonyaw, and a talented team of videographers who were sensitive to the campus schedule – and were as unobtrusive as possible while managing to capture the spirit and uniqueness of this wonderful place. Thank you too to Suzanne Ginestro and the marketing committee for shepherding this and many other projects in support of Village School. The video is now available HERE —please enjoy sharing it with friends and family.

After many years in academia, educators still eagerly and joyfully look forward to being back in the classroom; Back-to-School Night is a very special experience that inspires and invigorates us! We thoroughly enjoy sharing the information about our educational philosophy and practical application that informs our programs. I love to hear a parent say, "I want to go to school here!" as they leave campus! Thank you Monica Isaacs and Tanya Memoli for orchestrating the tasty refreshments! Thank you faculty for clearly demonstrating your passion for education and commitment to the wellbeing of Village School students; you are all so appreciated.

We encourage you to take advantage of Village School's robust parent education program; here are upcoming opportunities:

The Ins and Outs of Vidigami Tuesday, September 19th at 8:00am, Innovation Studio. Join our Innovation Team (Christine Eaves and Darin Turpin) for a training session on Vidigami, VS's private resource for photos. Click HERE to RSVP.

Learning to Read at Village School: Tuesday, September 26th at 8:00am, Library. Please join Barbara Ruth-Williams and Caroline Byfield for a discussion for parents of TK-2nd grade about learning to read at Village School – you will learn what we do here, what you can do at home, and how to raise children who love to read. We will talk about decoding, fluency, comprehension, and how they all fit together. Click HERE to RSVP.

VSPA is off to a wonderful start with parents jumping in to volunteer for a wide variety of committees – there's something for everyone, whether you have a great deal of time to offer or simply an hour here and there. Thursday's Welcome Back and Open House was so informative as to the broad range of volunteer opportunities; thank you Sam Firestone, who has begun her tenure as VSPA President with tremendous energy, poise and thoughtfulness; the VS legacy of outstanding volunteer leadership continues! Click here to Sign-Up for a VSPA Committee.

Enrichment clubs start on Monday September, 18th and conclude December 5th. Please contact Gricelda Gamboa ggamboa@village-school.org if you have any questions about our After School Enrichment program.

In closing, I want to thank Cara and Danny Swartz again for hosting a VSPA gathering last Friday for parents new to Village. You are always so thoughtful; we appreciate you and the VSPA for reaching out to families who are just beginning their journey with us.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Best regards,

Nora Malone
Head of School


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