Our annual Honor Roll of Donors has been mailed and you should have received your copy last month. Nevertheless….
I again wish to thank our many generous donors for contributing over $6M to the school you love in the last school year! This is a one-year fundraising record for All Saints! THANK YOU!
As our Honor Roll of Donors celebrates the generous commitments donors make to All Saints, I wish to update you on the important work done in the 2012 – 2013 school year to ensure your philanthropy is well invested.
- A debt free school! $4.5M in capital gifts were committed over the last eight months to eliminate the school’s $6.1M bond debt associated with construction of athletic facilities. This extraordinary commitment by a small group of donors combined with resources from prior capital efforts will make All Saints debt free as gifts are realized.
- A healthy $1.5M was donated to the school’s various Annual Giving efforts to meet operating needs and achieve a balanced budget.
- Strategic planning for the future. Over 100 parents participated in focus groups or a strategic planning retreat last year to help All Saints chart its course for the next five years. The Board of Trustees is committed to finalizing the plan in 2013, and it promises bold action in the areas of teaching and learning.
- The strategic planning process itself has yielded a much stronger school financially and one with a new Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs who is charting our new course in curriculum.
- The planning process has also revealed areas of need where donors may choose to advance our school. Future capital projects are under consideration, but the school’s All Saints Fund remains the foundation of all giving and is the first and most important gift we ask of our constituents.
Along with expressing sincere thanks for your previous year’s donation, I ask that you join me in our 2013 – 2014 All Saints Fund. The goal this year is 100% parent participation in 100 days for a total goal of $375K by the end of December. Generous donations play a vital role in advancing the school in all areas. Please consider making All Saints one of your top three philanthropies. A special thank you to the All Saints faculty, 100% of whom have given!
It is a pleasure to bring you this good news of our school. We value our partnership with our parents. This is an exciting time to be part of All Saints! As always some interesting education articles are attached for your review.
Randal E. Brown
Head of School
Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids…and How to Correct Them
February 15, 2013 — 824 Comments
Recently, I read about a father, Paul Wallich, who built a camera-mounted drone helicopter to follow his grade-school-aged son to the bus stop. He wants to make sure his son arrives at the bus stop safe and sound. There’s no doubt the gizmo provides an awesome show-and-tell contribution. In my mind, Paul Wallich gives new meaning to the term “helicopter parent.”
While I applaud the engagement of this generation of parents and teachers, it’s important to recognize the unintended consequences of our engagement. We want the best for our students, but research now shows that our “over-protection, over-connection” style has damaged them. Let me suggest three huge mistakes we’ve made leading this generation of kids and how we must correct them – See more at: http://growingleaders.com/blog/3-mistakes-we-make-leading-kids/#sthash.WQM36DzL.dpuf
Measuring What Matters: Student Engagement
By John Chubb, NAIS President’s Corner (from October 3, 2013)
“Anyone? Anyone?” In just a word, repeated over and over, the actor Ben Stein captured the gulf between high school teachers and their students in the teen classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Doesn’t anyone in this class care to respond to my question? Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Breakfast Club, Dead Poet’s Society, even the just-completed cable TV sensation Breaking Bad, with its disaffected chemistry teacher—the image of teens bored in high school and teachers struggling to reach them is a staple of popular culture. ISAS Schools are among the NAIS HSSSE cohort mentioned in this article.