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Message from Head of School

Message from Head of School

February 16, 2018

Dear Village School Parents:

Saturday's tile wall project was perfect! Amy Russo, Sheri Green and Darian Jennings – your amazing vision, expertise and energy will beautify and commemorate this important year for Village School. Families, faculty and staff had the best time – and it was so good to see our alumni enter into the spirit of the event! Thank you for bringing this terrific idea to fruition. Thank you also to our Advancement Team for your conscientious attention to detail – it makes all the difference in the world – and thank you for all the time and dedication you employ every day to further the VS mission!

A Village family decorating their tiles at the event.

Last week's barn dance
was a kick! Thank you fourth graders, your teachers, and all VS parents for making this so much fun for everyone! I look forward to it every year!

4th Graders having fun dancing at the VS Barn Dance.

The Kindergarten Bake Sale exceeded goal, raising $1,100 for Pandas International. Proceeds are dedicated to the care of our adopted Tong Tong, as Pandas International continues to support conservation efforts to help introduce pandas into the wild. Last year there were 42 cubs born — more than ever before. Thank you so much to everyone for supporting this event; Click Here for a little reward for your generosity.

The Parent Education program brings you Gender and Children on Tuesday, February 20th, at 7:00pm in the Library. Dr. Jennifer Bryan, author of From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools, will lead a discussion regarding the impact of healthy gender identity development on student success, achievement and self-esteem. Click Here to RSVP for the event.

The Diversity Committee, along with the Kindergarten team, is excited to announce that Taiko Project will be performing at our morning assembly on Tuesday, February 20th, 8:10am-9:00am. Led by Bryan Yamami and Masato Baba, Taiko Project was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles by a group of young, emerging drummers. The group continues to define a modern American style of Taiko blending traditional forms with an innovative and fresh aesthetic. The group has performed and recorded with Stevie Wonder, Usher, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Kanye West, and more! Join us at the assembly on February 20th or watch via live stream: Click Here to watch the LiveStream.

The Food Drive for the Westside Food Bank ends February 21st; you can drop off your items at the Swarthmore entrance. Thank you Community Service for Sharing the Love!

The Healthy Heart Walk was a great success for the third year in a row, thanks to Heather Holguin and volunteer parents who galvanized 1st-3rd Graders into action! In recognition of Healthy Heart Month, this is such a fun way to promote walking and jogging as lifetime exercises.

Enrollment contracts were due yesterday; for information regarding tuition financial assistance, families may contact Manuel Pardo confidentially.

Join us for an exciting week of Spring Break Camp, March 26th – 29th, 9:00am-2:00pm. Days will be filled with Team Games, Art Projects, Scavenger Hunts, Steam Projects, and a giant Water Slide on the last day! Lunch is provided. Click Here to reserve a space.

Come learn about the TotPot Lunch Program and sample some menu items next Wednesday, February 21st, at 8:00am in the Library. Click Here to place lunch orders.

In closing, I will share this faculty news with mixed emotions. While I respect and appreciate the decisions of three long-term and beloved members of the VS faculty to leave after the current academic year, they will surely be missed on our campuses. Joseph Rose, Denell Jacobs, and Margot Mandel, thank you for everything!

Mr. Rose has served VS for 16 years, sharing his joy and zeal for science along with his cheery disposition and good humor. His classroom resonates with the promise of discovery. He has mastered the winning balance of sound pedagogy while creating a safe environment that invites fresh and innovative thinking and ideas, promoting intellectual risk-taking in order to maximize each student's potential. We wish Mr. Rose the most perfect and well-deserved retirement!

For 22 years Ms. Jacobs has run the front office, greeting families and coordinating the daily routine for generations of children – many of whom would have never considered the wonders of the reptile world had it not been for her knowledge and exposure to the likes of any number of scaly critters. While we'll miss Ms. Jacobs on a day-to-day basis, we are pleased to let you know that she will come back to sub for us when needed, so we'll be keeping up with her – and her menagerie!

Since 1993, Ms. Mandel has inspired our students to tap into their creativity; to take risks exploring a vast range of media and genres; to learn about art in different contexts and from various perspectives, from the historical to the social climate of the day; and to consider themselves serious artists – while having a great deal of fun along the way! She has certainly made a difference here and in the lives of the generations of families we have served. As much as the Village community will miss her, we are happy for her as she takes the next thoughtful step in her professional journey – a step she has pondered and envisioned for a long time – to focus on her passion for architecture.

It has been an honor to work alongside these individuals and, after this academic year, we look forward to the times when they will come back to visit. They have established outstanding programs and we are grateful to them. We will keep you posted as the school's plans unfold for the evolution of the arts and sciences at VS, as well as the front office! In the meantime, we will celebrate Joseph Rose, Denell Jacobs and Margot Mandel for the remainder of 2017-2018!

We'll see you back at school on Tuesday the 20th; have a great long weekend!

Best regards,

Nora Malone
Head of School

  • Reminder: Please make any changes for your family's roster information by logging in to Villagenet. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Edwin Pleitez, epleitez@village-school.org.

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