Dear Collective Families,

I hope you are enjoying the month of August.

I am writing to let you know that although I was saddened by Manyi’s resignation as Executive Director, I am gearing up for what promises to be another wonderful year at the Collective. The Executive Committee of the Board (President Damond – Ailey Bear dad, Treasurer AJ – Rohan Rainbow dad, and Secretary Jess – Billy Rainbow mom) has met with me several times over the past week, and we have been poring over our to-do lists and making sure all is set for the new school year. The full Board is showing tremendous support as well and making thoughtful plans to guide us through the transition. Manyi is also making herself available to help, for which I am grateful as she was a knowledgeable and supportive colleague to me this past year. And I have been in contact with Lauren and our fabulous teachers, who are excited and eager to have the Collective off and running come September.

Some dates for you to remember:

August 27 – teachers and staff return to prepare for the new school year, including making arrangements with new families for children’s home visits.

September 3 – first day of school and Orientation (5:00 PM – Orientation for Little Stars families; 6:00 PM – Orientation for Bears/Rainbows families).

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Enjoy the rest of the summer break, and I look forward to seeing you all in September.