Director's Letter - Winter '07-'08

Dear Friends,

The Winter Holidays remind us of the many things which we are thankful for. Our exceptional staff of talented, dedicated teachers nurtures and inspires the potential of each of their students. Our highly skilled facilities staff works tirelessly behind the scenes to maintain and improve our beautiful building. The outstanding ability of our administrative staff to multi task on so many levels keeps things running smoothly. Our Elementary, Early Childhood and Toddler children are learning incredible academic and life skills in a natural and joyful way. Our amazing community of parents shares their talents in our classrooms, participates in field trips, enthusiastically takes part in social events and fund raisers and, most importantly, entrusts their beautiful children to our care each day. Thank you to each and every one of you. We are truly grateful.

One of our teachers mentioned recently that her family has a holiday tradition of anonymously leaving gifts on the doorstep of a family in need. The beauty of this random act of kindness is that it teaches children that they have the ability to make a positive difference in someone else’s life.

Our service projects show our students how blessed they are and help them to develop an understanding that there are so many others in the world who are in need.

We talk about ways that each of us can contribute to making a positive difference in the lives of others. The seven girls that we sponsor from Ethiopia and Tanzania are able to attend school in their home countries because of the efforts of our students in the Fun Run and their collection of coins throughout the year. Our students provide the three Navajo Grandmothers that we sponsor with food and money to buy yarn so that they can weave the beautiful rugs that earn them a living. Our students also make blankets for homeless families living at the Road Home, rake leaves for our elderly neighbors, spend time with elderly patients at the Sarah Daft Home and take gently used toys to children at the Christmas Box House. Learning to contribute to others at an early age will set a pattern that we hope will continue throughout our students’ lives.

We know that in today’s hectic world, it is often difficult to slow down and truly enjoy some quality time with your family. We encourage you to take some of that time over the next several weeks. What better gift could you give to your family and to yourself than the gift of time? This is a gift that will not be broken or discarded, and it is a gift that is never outgrown and will be treasured by all. On behalf of our faculty and staff, we wish you a joyful holiday season.

- Robyn & Ramira