It Takes a Village – Get Involved!

March 24, 2017
Ariana West

Dear Parents:

Over the past two and a half months as your Head of School, I have had the pleasure of witnessing some important milestones in the life of our School – IGD, re-enrollment of our current families, the culmination of our admission season, as well as the day-to-day learning, energy, and excitement that travels through our halls and classrooms. I have also had the opportunity of addressing both the short-term and long-term needs of our School. One of the most important areas of focus has been looking at the longevity of our School – taking a strategic approach to the structures, systems, and budget we need to ensure a strong, solid future.

Throughout this strategic process, one concept always rose to the top – it takes a village! It did not take me long to realize how much I needed others during my transition as Head of School – from clergy to administrators, teachers to parents – I could not then and cannot now do any of what I do without every member of our community. I also know that our School is much more than me or my role, and we need to join together to support each other in any and all endeavors, however big or small.

I am thrilled to share that one such endeavor began this past week – the re-institution of a Day School Governing Board. On a macro level, the role of the Board is to support our professional staff in carrying out our School’s mission (for more information, see NAIS‘s Principles of Good Practice). The Day School Governing Board will also consist of committees, such as: Finance, Strategic Planning, Marketing & Communications, Admissions, and Development, to advance our efforts in these specific areas.

The ideal composition of an independent school board is 50% current parents and 50% other members of the community who have vested interests in the institution. On our new Board, we have a strong presence of alumni parents, alumni, and vested community members – and we would like to see more of our current parent body involved. In doing so, you will have the ability to directly contribute to our “village”, and to positively impact our community and your child’s and future children’s education. If you are interested in becoming involved as a lay leader, I invite you to indicate your interest by completing the following Board Interest Form: https://goo.gl/forms/ra1mWD4X3R7yztVk2.

Another meaningful way to become involved is through our Parent Association, which is comprised exclusively of current parents. The PA is an intricate system composed of: a leadership cabinet including Co-Presidents, Treasurer, and Secretary; committees such as Life Cycle, Teacher Appreciation, Intergenerational Day, Social Action Tikkun Olam, New Families; additionally, there are two room representatives per grade. Volunteering on the PA is less of a time commitment than the Board, but no less fruitful or supportive to our School’s mission. If you are interested in volunteering your time toward the day-to-day operations of the school, and care deeply about helping ADAT reach our potential for being a warm, close-knit parent community, please consider volunteering by completing the PA Interest Form: https://goo.gl/forms/kCEQpax0dmsSDNEq2.

We have made tremendous strides since the start of this school year, even over the last two and a half months; and yet, there is still much work to be done. I know first-hand how important our “village” is to the sustainability, success, and vitality of our School. Join me in making this community and our School everything you imagined it could be!

B’Shalom,

Shara