October 17, 2018

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, Alumni and Friends,

It’s amazing how time flies as we are already five weeks into the school year!The children are enjoying their classrooms and having fun with new and old friends, and faculty are focusing on building strong classroom communities.Our teachers are enthusiastic and energized -the new teachers are fully integrated into the All Souls community and new teaching teams are building collaborative relationships to support their work this school year.

All Souls School, like all independent schools and nonprofit organizations, depends on donations to help enhance our programming and to support our students, faculty and facilities.I encourage you to join me in making an annual gift to All Souls School.You can either contribute online via the School website - Giving Page or by mailing a check to 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 experience.You can designate your contribution as follows:

●Our Unrestricted Fund provides school leadership with the flexibility to designate funds where they are needed most.

●The Kefalidis/Johannsen Scholarship Fund supports greater access to All Soul’s unique approach to early childhood education.

●The Dr. Jean Mandelbaum Fund for Faculty Development and Enrichment provides special opportunities for the faculty, including faculty trips to Reggio Emilia, Italy.

● The Director’s Fund for Children’s Special Needs provides important services for children at All Souls School.

I’d like to share with you some of the exciting initiatives at our school.Our successful Afternoon at All Souls program is in its second year and our younger siblings are continuing to enjoy their own special time at All Souls. Our new Lunch Bunch program is underway, offering our second year students in half-day programs an extended day option to enjoy lunch with friends and faculty.At All Souls, we remain thoughtful and intentional in our programming options, to ensure that we can support our families in ways that philosophically align with our current program.

All Souls is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the Board and school administration are preparing for our upcoming NYSAIS accreditation visit.Being part of this organization provides support to All Souls to remain at the forefront of educational practice and professional development.For example, our director, Dr. Jennifer Vest, has been selected to join NYSAIS colleagues in Finland next spring for an educational study tour.Our Board and teachers also benefit from excellent workshops and conferences through NYSAIS.These opportunities allow teachers to strengthen practice, build knowledge and allow reflection to ensure we are continuing to demonstrate thought leadership in early childhood education.The results of this work are reflected in the school’s ability to attract and retain wonderful families who embody the school’s values and share a deep belief in the importance of our school educating their children now and preparing them for their next steps.

Please join me in supporting this special community and its ongoing work - our goal is 100% family participation.All gifts make a difference. Thank you for your generosity.


Marisa Stavenas
Chair, 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.