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Message from Head of School

Message from Head of School

March 16, 2018

Dear Village School Parents:

The week began with an inspirational assembly; Paralympic athlete Alma Torres-Rodriquez from the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, her husband Hector and fellow guest Saul Naranjo demonstrated how hard work, tenacity, and the drive to excel are key to overcoming obstacles and achieving great things! Many thanks to the Faculty and Staff Diversity Committee for bringing these remarkable individuals to VS – and well done Alejandra, Alex, Gisele and Leo for your demonstrations!

Alma and Hector speaking to VS students during the assembly.

VS hosted the 4th Annual Empowerment and Engagement Conference earlier this month. This impactful program seeks to provide an empowering space for African American girls who attend independent secondary schools in the region. Students spent the day listening to keynote speakers, attending workshops including Math, Science and the Burden of Representation and I Am My Brother's And Sister's Keeper: Closing the Divide, while creating new friendships along the way. The site of the conference changes every year, and Village was honored to host such an important event for the independent school community. Special thanks to CODI members Antara Jaitly, Lori Stephan, Miranda Tollman and Laura Yoo for volunteering throughout the day and making our guests feel welcome. And thank you Alison McKee for supporting our outstanding conference organizer, Eric Wlasak!

Ralinda Watts and keynote speaker Tamaya Pettiway at the 4th Annual Empowerment and Engagement Conference held at Village.

CODI Chairs Cara Swartz and Miranda Tollman, along with parents Antara Jaitly, Jeff Richardson, Daniel Weinberger, Lori Stephan, Ariela Plata, and a host of volunteers, presented an incredible menu for International Food Week! Once again, CODI reached out and gathered the community for a most positive – and delicious – experience!

A Village parent serving students some delicious paella during International Food Week.

It was great to see so many parents at the VSPA meeting yesterday. When you consider the topics addressed – from updates on VS's exciting continued refinement of departmentalization plans for 5th and 6th grades to community service projects, from fundraising objectives to a day in the life of a 5th grader, from inventive math programs to pilgrim games and animation! – this community is teeming with creativity and innovation! Thank you to Sam Firestone and our VSPA leadership for keeping us all up-to-date, and thank you to Dr. Bergeron for sharing a snippet of life in 5th Grade.

It's always a pleasure to welcome VS grandparents to campus; in writing class this week 5th graders benefitted from the knowledge and experience of CEO, Publisher, and Editor of the Las Vegas Sun, Brian Greenspun. He and his wife Myra joined us to share their stories; students were excited to see the Pulitzer Prize that was awarded to the paper for an investigative piece. Most importantly, Mr. Greenspun is grandfather to Oliver and Julia!

Mr. Greenspun displaying the Pulitzer for the 5th grade class.

Please note a change in the Kaleidoscope schedule
: our March 20th meeting has been postponed until May 15th.

Mark your calendars for: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the ERBs, Tuesday April 10th at 8:00am in the Swarthmore Library. Join Barbara and Caroline and they will answer all of your questions about ERB testing: what the test is, why we use it, and what we do with the results. While most relevant for parents of 3rd and 4th graders, anyone who has questions about our standardized testing program is welcome to attend. Click Here to RSVP.

The temperature's rising with Village Fever! Who doesn't look fabulous in bell bottoms, psychedelic shirts, fringed suede, and platform shoes? It's not too late to donate to the auction – if you have questions please contact Luciana Bienstock or Darcy Sockwell. For questions about the party, please contact Courtney Fawaz or Marsha Scimo. We're looking forward to boogying with everyone on May 12th!

Don't forget to reserve space in Spring Enrichment classes before Spring Break. Contact Gricelda Gamboa for more information ggamboa@village-school.org.

Parents of 5th Graders: Please make sure you have May 1st at 6pm on your calendars! Annie and I will provide an overview of the secondary school application process during this group meeting in the Music Room, and also begin to schedule individual meetings with parents.

Carpool Reminder: Please adhere to our carpool pick-up and drop-off procedures to comply with the traffic rules of our conditional use permit. We have received complaints that some VS parents make illegal u-turns on Swarthmore Avenue and pull out of the carpool lane early. Click Here review our attached carpool policies and help us comply – it is vital that we maintain a healthy, respectful relationship with our neighbors as we continue to be the best role models we can be for our students.

I am delighted to share some wonderful faculty news: Congratulations to Alex Chehebar and Alana Altman who married last weekend; we wish you every good thing in your lives together!

This is my last letter before Spring Break, but we'll see you at the parent-teacher conferences on Thursday or Friday next week; childcare is available for students while parents are meeting with teachers.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Best wishes,

Nora Malone
Head of School

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