This week and looking forward

Water Issues

First, my thanks for your patience and flexibility as we dealt with our water issue this week. It’s always a daunting challenge when we face environmental issues like this and have to address these through our emergency planning. In this case, our plans and reviews worked efficiently and our staff did a great job of identifying the issue, communicating it, and quickly applying remedies. It’s in these moments that you truly appreciate your support staff who spent countless hours protecting the environment for our students. There were many trips to facilities and offices, phone calls with representative and testing labs, monitoring of reports and results. My thanks go out to our team for all of their wonderful efforts on behalf of all the students in our care!

Recruiting

As you may remember, each year in November, we ask staff to make their decisions about returning for the next school year. We have just completed this project and staff have informed us of their intent. We’ll have detailed information about this out to you after the start of the new calendar year and our return in January. As usual, a majority of staff are returning for next year.

One item of note was the recent announcement by Ms. Jen Munnerlyn, Elementary Principal, that she has accepted a position as the new Director of Lower School at the American School of Madrid starting in August 2020. We are very happy for the Munnerlyns and will plan for opportunities toward the end of the school year for proper farewells as they embark on their next adventure.

A Search Committee has been formed under my direction and we began our work this morning preparing the position announcement for this important role. We are planning a process that will include ample opportunities for all stakeholders to be involved in helping us select the next principal for the Elementary. This will include finalist visits and opportunities to provide feedback to the committee for their deliberations. We’ll provide more details on this in January when we return from the break.

‘Tis the Season

If you have joined us last week for Band or this week for Choir, you have had a wonderful experience of music accomplishment. Our thanks to all the students performing and to the talented directors (Ms. Bechdolt & Ms. Lyons) for their amazing work!! We still have one more remaining and hope that many of you will join us for the Guitar Concert on Tuesday night at 6p in the Theater!

Also, the Arts Department will maintain its displays this week. They were a hit last night at the choir concert when they were unveiled and important that you stop in and take a look!

One Last Reminder

We are about to start reviewing candidate applications, so please be reminded that we are looking for a project manager to serve in an advanced role for the school. The position announcement is HERE. Last chance to apply for this unique role!

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