Message from the Principal
Dear SFSAS Families and Community,
I hope this letter finds everyone well and excited for another wonderful school year! It has been an incredible summer full of activity on campus. Although students and teachers are off school during the summer, it is a time of continued learning and adventure. We had another successful summer camp this year. I was fortunate to observe many of our camps and see children excited to learn and participate in a variety of activities and explorations. The experienced staff created engaging camps and the students thrived under their guidance. This is all possible because of the amazing direction of our summer camp director Chintan Kess and the steady support of Gina, Elli and Perli in the office.
I want you all to know that I am absolutely thrilled about being your new principal! For me,it has been a summer of growth and learning, and I can’t wait to work with each and every one of you. This summer I have worked closely with teachers and staff, spending time reflecting upon our programs, curriculum, and culture. And at every turn I came away realizing that our school is blessed to have such dedicated, compassionate and professional faculty; the most supportive and caring school community I've ever seen; and amazingly talented, courageous and hardworking students.
Watching the Olympics in Brazil, this summer, I was captivated by the athletes’ camaraderie and compassion. There were many moments where the competition took second place to the level of sportsmanship that these athletes displayed. How inspiring to see people from all over the world, with their many differences, come together and support each other!It helped me reflect on the past 11 years I’ve spent in this beautiful learning community and how we all come together and support each other through our adversity and success. I see it in the way our students continually and courageously reach out to one another, offering guidance or a helping hand. I see it in the way families and community members come together to support our students, our faculty, and even our physical campus (yes, pulling weeds should be an olympic event).
EL Education speaks of collaboration and competition in this way:
“Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear. Students are encouraged to compete, not against each other, but with their own personal best and with rigorous standards of excellence. Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others. In EL Education schools, students investigate and value their different histories and talents as well as those of other communities and cultures.”
As we continue our pursuit for EL Education credentialing, we as teachers are inspired by these affirmations. They provide students the opportunities to work with one another in challenging and engaging ways, while honoring our uniqueness and individuality in an ever changing global community.
As we all embark on this next year of our school’s journey, we begin a new chapter for SFSAS. A new year with new opportunities to strengthen and build our community through our challenges and triumphs. The beauty of our school is in our sense of community and the kindness we create here. This is our anchor as we continue to grow together. Our school is a dynamic learning environment with many voices and abundant expertise. And, as we tell the students, every voice is important and every voice should be heard as we discover new territory and grow together. I look forward to the learning that lies ahead, and our deepening connection as a school community.
I’ll see you all on campus next week!
Updates and Reminders:
First Day of School
As the first day of school approaches, we hope that you are getting ready by slowly adjusting evening and morning routines. There’s nothing worse than having to get up for that first day of school if you have been sleeping in all summer. Remember to bring all of your school supplies on the first day and follow the instructions of your teacher and classroom on how to distribute those materials. Every class has a different method.
Here at SFSAS, we are fortunate to have dedicated teachers that have been contributing their passions and experience with our community for many years, and this year we are fortunate to introduce some amazing new faculty who will be joining our team this fall! If you’d like to know more about these talented teachers, please see our website for their bios or simply say “hello” to them when you get a chance.
Andrew Lescht: Centaur (3rd-4th) Teacher
Amy Anderson: Unicorn (Preschool) Assistant
Ronny Beeman: Stargazer (1st -2nd) Assistant
Harmony West: K-6th Art Teacher
Austin Stockwell: 5th-8th Aftercare Teacher
- Community Work Day: August 27th
- 7th Grade Orientation: August 30th
- First Day of School for all students: August 31st
- Coffee Mornings in the Gazebo: August 31st and September 1st
- New Parent Orientation, September 1st
- No School: September 5th
- Back To School Picnic: September 10th