Headmaster's November Newsletter

November 2, 2017

Dear Parents:


November is here and for me it's time to take stock in the many things that I am so thankful for.

  • Thank you for your most precious possession: your children. Your involvement and caring give meaning to our work and we appreciate the honor to share your children with you.

  • Thank you for keeping your children home when they are ill. Thank you for keeping them home until they are symptom free for twenty-four hours.

  • Thank you for our continued growth. We can track almost every new family enrollment at our school with a current family who has endorsed our school. With 319 students, one would have to go back more than a generation to have such a student population at our school.

  • Thank you to all of the students, coaches and families involved with our interscholastic athletic teams this autumn. Girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys soccer and girls tennis all did their part and just now we're on top of the 1-A schools "heap” in our quest for an unprecedented third consecutive Wells Fargo Cup.

  • Thank you for supervising all of the hard work and effort in the college application process. As of today, more than a third (eleven of thirty-one) of our seniors have at least one college acceptance.

  • Thank you for encouraging your student's best effort and work on the lowa Assessments last month.

  • Thank you for understanding not having classes in grades 1-6 on Thursday, 16 November so that our teachers can collect important information which will help to hone your student's education.

  • Thank you for all your support in our fundraising this year; whether Charger Cards or Spooky Hukilau or both, it makes a huge difference! Thank you to Catherine Tanner and Georgia Gurley and Rick & Susie Sumner who made the fundraising efforts so successful.

  • Thank you for appreciating the faculty and staff of our school by saying you appreciate them. We are so lucky to have such a competent and dedicated faculty and staff here.

  • Thank you to Vickie Covert who lead the transition in our Business Office from Lynda Malpass to today. Her indefatigable efforts and knowledgeable guidance have been invaluable. We are going to miss her.

  • Thank you to Dawn Schappell who has accepted the position of business manager of our school. With her MBA and her experience in accounting and business, we know the transition will be a smooth one.

  • Thank you to Lorre Gifford who will assume the responsibilities of our school's IT director.

  • Thank you to all of us who make our school unique and outstanding. Niche.com’s ranking of us at the seventh best independent K-12 school in the state was great to see, but we already know what we have here is something very special.


Best wishes to all for a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday from Wednesday-Sunday, 22-26 November.




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