Board & College Update for May 2018

The school year is fast approaching its conclusion!

 

Below is the latest of our monthly updates in which we update you on the work of the College and Board. We highlight in this email some of the most important things we’ve been working on, though of course we can’t list everything. As always, please feel to reach out to either of us with any questions or concerns—you can catch us around campus or email us at rolson@emersonwaldorf.org ormark@hulbertatings.com.

 

8th grade play

Kudos to the 8th grade for a fascinating and wonderful production earlier this month of the play “Legend of Masereka.” Masereka is a region in the mountainous eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and this story is a re-imagining of a traditional legend from Masereka that is told to young people as they prepare for their initiation rites. The play was written and came to fruition with the generous help of EWS parents Dr. Cherie Ndaliko and Petna Ndaliko Katondolo. We are incredibly grateful to them for all of their support!

Administrative Succession
As previously announced, Harry Kavros is set to succeed Christina Wise as our school’s Director of Administration. He formally joins our staff on June 1, but has already spent much time at our school over the last three weeks meeting with staff, attending committee meetings, and visiting classes. Be sure to introduce yourself if you run into him around campus.

Continued work on diversity issues

We are thrilled that Keelah Hellwig visited us again on May 19—the third of her three visits in the current school year. Keelah, for those of you who don’t know who she is, is a kindergarten teacher at the Waldorf School of Garden City in New York and chair of that school’s early childhood program; she has extensive experience helping Waldorf schools increase their multi-cultural competencies.

We look forward to working with Keelah next school year as well as we continue to work on these issues. In addition to continued workshops for the faculty and staff, the Board will be scheduling training sessions of its own.

One thing that the College has recently done in consultation with Keelah and the Board’s Diversity & Equity Committee is to develop a more robust process for working with diversity concerns that may arise in the future. This process will be rolled out in next year’s parent handbook.

Strategic Plan

The College and Board continue to work on updating our Strategic Plan. Both groups met together last Thursday to review progress, and we’re close to a final draft. We look forward to sharing the updated Strategic Plan in coming days, which will guide our work beginning in the new school year.

Update on key hires

The College continues its searches to fulfill key positions for the 2018-2019 school year, including Athletic Director/movement teacher, nursery lead teacher, and rising 7th grade teacher. We now have strong candidates for all of these positions and numerous interviews and campus visits are scheduled over the next few weeks. We look forward to making announcements in coming weeks.

One nursery class next year

Next year we will have one nursery class that is a combination of 3-day and 5-day students. It will have a total of 12 children and be led by a teacher and an assistant.

Enrollment Update

Thanks to everyone for diligently completing the re-enrollment process and getting contracts in by the end-of-May deadline. Note that our Early Childhood program and some of our grade classes are already at capacity.

Robin Olson (College Chair) and Mark Hulbert (Board President)