November 9, 2016
All Souls School—building on each child’s
strengths, interests, and experiences
in an intentional, diverse, and nurturing
community that fosters experimentation,
a love of learning, and respect for others.
Dear Parents and Friends,
It’s hard to believe we are heading into the holiday season,
particularly as the weather continues to confound us! With several months already under our belts
at All Souls School, hearing the little voices and laughter in the classrooms
as they bustle with excitement and energy is just wonderful.
All Souls was so pleased to welcome our new director, Dr.
Jennifer Vest, who started in June but kicked into high gear this
September. Her vision and energy for
what comes next for All Souls School is infectious and the next steps of our
strategic plan are keeping our board of trustees quite busy. Some of our
efforts range from implicit bias training to improving our facilities, while
also ensuring that we maintain our reputation as a thought leader in early
As always, our incredible faculty members are engaging our
children in a love of learning, discovery and imagination. The school
constantly encourages faculty to grow in the same way they encourage our
children, and we are appreciative when they take the time to hone and expand
their craft to be the best teachers possible.
Our dedicated administration also takes time for professional
reflection, ensuring we are attracting and retaining families that reflect the
school’s values, as well as building and sustaining relationships with ongoing
Equally important to our philosophy and efforts in the
classroom are the many ways parents and friends support All Souls School. By
helping with the benefit or serving on a committee, from being a class parent
to donating to the School’s annual giving appeal, these activities and more
contribute to our vibrant, supportive community.
All Souls School is a not-for-profit institution and as such we
depend on donations to the Unrestricted Needs Fund to help support the School’s
operating activities. There are also designated funds that support specific
work in the school. The Kefalidis/Johannsen Scholarship Fund makes it possible
for children who would not otherwise be able to attend All Souls benefit from
the School’s caring approach to early childhood education. The Dr. Jean
Mandelbaum Fund for Faculty Development and Enrichment provides special
opportunities for the faculty, and the Director’s Fund for Children’s Special
Needs provides important services for children at All Souls School. Through
your financial contributions, you join a broad base of supporters who
contribute to the continuation of excellence of the All Souls early childhood
I encourage you to join me in making an
annual gift to All Souls School.
You can contribute online by clicking
this link -- DONATE HERE.
Through the link you
can designate your donation to the Unrestricted Needs Fund, or one of our
designated funds. You can also mail your contribution to the school. Any size donation is greatly appreciated and
all gifts make a difference in supporting this special community. Thank you for
Board of Trustees
Note that a contribution
of low basis securities can be an easily administered and efficient form of
donation. For stock transfers: Please transfer stock gifts to Charles Schwab,
account PK 1084-7297 and call them at 800-435-4000. In addition, please mail or fax (212-737-5271) a copy of
the transfer instructions to Jennifer Vest.
Please check if your employer has a matching gift program as you may be
able to double or even triple your gift to All Souls School.