2020-2021 Annual Report

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Our Mission

At The Island School we educate each of our children; we nourish their innate curiosity, inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for learning, and foster respect and appreciation for themselves and others.

Dear Families and Friends of The Island School,

The 2020-21 school year is one I will never forget. Without question many faced a crisis in education as so many children were left to learn at home, feeling isolated and disconnected from peers and teachers. In contrast, our dedicated teachers offered in-person outdoor learning, focusing on our strengths and values as a school.

We believe that children learn best in a small community focused on experiential learning and developing social emotional skills. While school certainly looked different in tents, wearing rain gear and absorbing the daily changes and constantly changing nature of the outdoors, our students didn’t just survive, they thrived.

Together they created an online field guide for the local food forest, they developed as writers and readers and mathematicians and they developed friendships. Our 5th graders even started a new tradition of camping out on campus!

While many educators could only see the limitations of the pandemic, our teachers saw opportunity and used their creativity to continue providing students with exceptional learning experiences.

Thank you for continuing to support The Island School through the “typical times” and challenging ones. Our mission continues to flourish in this generation of children - the future leaders of our community.

Gratefully,

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Amanda Ward
Head of School

2020-2021 Success Story

Students Create Field Guide for the Island Community

Island Schoolers contributed their muscle, intellect and heart as active citizens of our community and our planet.

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The Island School began a partnership with Friends of the Farms a few months prior to the start of the pandemic. Our learning centered on the Bainbridge Island Native Food Forest, a publicly-owned former tree farm practically in the school’s backyard. When school began fully outdoors in the fall of 2020, the timing was perfect to learn there together.

Friends of the Farms staff shared the history of the land and the plants with the children. The students assisted with removing invasive species such as English ivy, Scotch broom and Himalayan blackberries. They planted native species of Osoberry, cascara, and Evergreen Huckleberry.

Kids and teachers visited the forest regularly. They wrote poetry, reflected in journals, made observations and collected data about the native species. “The food forest became a classroom away from our classroom where we loved playing, exploring and learning together in nature,” said teacher Shannon Boss.

The children’s curiosity and creativity led them to publish an online field guide about the native birds, insects and plants who live in the Food Forest. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade contributed illustrations as well as detailed descriptions of the plants and animals. Now any visitor can access the online field guide whenever they explore the Food Forest.

“What a delight it has been to work with these students and their teachers! Bright, inquisitive minds powered by care and supported by one another - a perfect learning environment that swept me into their circle of sharing,” said Becca Hanson, Friends of the Farms Board Chair.

The Food Forest held surprises too. One student remarked, “One of my favorite memories of The Island School is when we saw the barred owl in the Food Forest. That is one of my favorite memories because I love all animals. I also liked it because no one expected it.”

Preparing and publishing the field guide boosted students’ resourcefulness, creativity and care for the environment. They learned how to partner with another organization to develop solutions for real-world problems. At the Island School we have all made a years-long commitment to improving this habitat.

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Board of Trustees - Faculty and Staff - Tutors

Board of Trustees
2020-2021

Rainey Scott, President

Alice Hunting, Vice President

Kathleen Smith, Secretary

Kim Wilson, Treasurer

Amanda Ward, Head of School

Bill Baxter

Brian Carlson

Lynn LaSof

Jenny Morber

Kate O’Brien

 

Faculty & Staff
2020-2021

Dee Bennett

Shannon Boss

Cindy Brickley

Molly Carlson

Jessica Christianson

Jessie Dameron

Mike Derzon

Lana Fuller

Taya Hall

Joan Henderson

Drew Keller

Robin Miller

Loretta Morgan

Christine Newkirk

Michael Pontieri

Ursula Pontieri

Katey Rissi

Aleta Schuelke

George Shannon

Amanda Walker

Amanda Ward

 

Tutors 2020-2021

Leslie Adams

Kristine Velisaris

2020-2021 Contributions

We gratefully acknowledge all donors who contributed to The Island School during the 2020-2021 school year.

Annual Fund Donors

Alumni

Alice Hunting

Anna McAlvanah

Angela Vokolek

Avery Wilson

 

Alumni Parents

Lynn & Bill Agnew

Sue and Steve Anderson

Anne & Geof Barker

Jane R. Carpenter

Ann Cheng

Marlene Beran Connolly

Roger Coulter & Katy Mathias

Jim Cutler & Beth Wheeler

Eileen & Dick Duncan

Ann & John Ellis

Carmen & Greg Epstein

Barbara & Allan Ferrin

Karolynn Flynn & Roger Katz

Alison & Matt Freeman-Gleason

Amy Goldthwaite & David Browning

Chris Gutsche & Kathleen Smith

Cate Hempton

Barrie & Mark Hillman

Tim Holsapple & April Cattell

Cami Holtmeier & Peter Korytko

David Hunting

Jenny & John Lange

Lynn & Marc LaSof

Nancy Leedy

Amy & Teaque Lenahan

Shan Lin & Yitong Hu

Ellie & Dave Low

Anna & Bill McClain

Ken & Laurie McEwan

Greg McNutt & Allyson Brown

Kate & Michael O'Brien

Steve Prentice & Martha Makosky

Kris Rogers

Kathy & Bob Schott

Sue Somers

Carol & Dale Sperling

Angela & Kurt Van Wyck

Helen Withers

 

Friends

Leslie Adams

Anonymous

Betsy & Paul Carroll

Dezhang Chu

Barbara Clinton & Ray Wheeler

Candace Coe

Lesley Collins

Helen Dunbar

Jennifer & Dennis Glasier

Lisa & David Glaze

Karen Hiden

David Jones

Trish & Paul King

Carolyn & Sherwin Van Mersbergen

Kristine Velisaris

Walter Vogdes

Carol & Tom Ward

Sheri Worth & Bart Berg

 

Grandparents and Relatives

Anonymous

Jody Burnham

Laura Phypers

Cynthia Chung

Jill & Jamie Coffrin

Bonny Danielson

Jane & David Danielson

Keith (Benjamin) & Lee Harrison

Katherine Johnson

Pat & Don Kallaus

Cindy Law

Takani McIntyre

Sandra & Bill McIver

Thomas Munyer

Fay & Nat Page

Carita Polin

Sandra & Roger Sater

Kathy & Pat Scanlan

Ken Smith

Dave Steiner

Margie Storch

Robin Tremper

Kelly Webster

Connie & Robert Weiss

Nancy & Harry Wetzler

 

Parents

Stacy & Bill Austin

Anonymous

Anonymous

Amy & Matt Baker

Thomas Banman & Alison Miller

Scott Bass & Cynthia Rossi

Lynda & Bill Baxter

Dee Bennett & Kendra Field

Lauretta & Sean Blyth

Becky Branting & Jim Poss

Matthew Bullemer & Katherine Weston

Lindsey & Dan Camarena

Molly & Brian Carlson

Kelsey & Seth Coffrin

Tina & Travis Crawford

Brett Daniel & Sarah Archibald

Berg Danielson & Chaitee Sengupta

Emma & Brian Dressler

Greer & Chris Dunn

Topher Eatinger & Carrington Quinn Lannon

Ann Yzuel-Fite & David Fite

Megan & Bre Ganne

Patrick Garcia & Amber Beck-Garcia

Cortney & Sam George

Gregory Glynn

Amy Grappone

Matt Helmer & Beth Novak

Cynthia Hall

Lauren & Chris Henry

Marc Hoecker & Cathy Weber

Adam Holtz & Joya Pettegrew

Sarah & Jim Hopper

Justin Huguet & Emily Kroman

Jocelyn & Timm Kempe

Tanya & Alex Kushner

Kate & Andrew Lovejoy

Jana & Todd MacCulloch

Meghan & Mac Martin

Jenna McDonald

Jenny & Shaun Morber

Karin & Kirk Moughamer

Stephanie & Ben Page

Max Polin

John Roberts & Sally Forutan-Roberts

Jeffrey Roger & Joanna Garritano-Roger

Tim Scearce & Laurie McConnachie

Rainey & Brian Scott

Lauren & Joan Scout

Narendra & Vanathi Siddaiah

Jayme & Mike Stuntz

Taylor Tan

Jason Uitvlugt & Megan Cramer

Alisha & Josh Weiss

Kari & Brian Wetzler

Kim & Ches Wilson

 

Staff

Shannon & Dimitri Boss

Molly & Brian Carlson

Jessie Dameron & Geoff Vigneron

Mike Derzon & Robin Supplee

Lana Fuller & Ted Siebert

Taya & Porter Hall

Joan & Jeff Henderson

Robin & Dan Miller

Loretta Morgan

Christine Newkirk

Ursula & Michael Pontieri

Aleta & Chris Schuelke

George Shannon

Amanda & Adam Ward

 

Corporations/Foundations

Amazon Pandemic Community Grant

Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Crawford Family Charitable Fund

Fidelity Charitable

HBD Holdings, LLC

Microsoft

Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust

One Call For All

 

Annual Fund in Honor of Joan Henderson

Candace Coe

Annual Fund in Honor of Nat Lange

Walter Vogdes

Annual Fund in Honor of Alina and Avery Wilson

Thomas Munyer

Annual Fund in Memory of Kristen Brelsford

Karen Hiden

Annual Fund in Memory of Norine Gann

Megan & Bre Ganne

Financial Aid Donors

Lynn & Bill Agnew

Tamiko & Lionel Bailey

Amy & Matt Baker

Scott Bass & Cynthia Rossi

Lynda & Bill Baxter

Amber Beck- Garcia & Patrick Garcia

Dee Bennett & Kendra Field

Carrie & Kyle Beyer

Lauretta & Sean Blyth

John Bonow & Carol Ann Davidson

Shannon & Dimitri Boss

Matthew Bullemer & Katherine Weston

Cristy Caldwell

Lindsey & Dan Camarena

Liz & Suha Can

Heather & Jerry Carleton

Nora Carlson

Betsy & Paul Carroll

Caiti & Robby Carver

Barbara Clinton & Ray Wheeler

Lesley Collins

Jessie Dameron & Geoff Vigneron

Brett Daniel & Sarah Archibald

Berg Danielson & Chaitee Sengupta

Bonny Danielson

Jane & David Danielson

Mike Derzon & Robin Supplee

Barb & Allan Ferrin

Dan Gebow & Hazel Tudryn

Cortney & Sam George

Maureen Gilbert

Kathryn Gilles-Petit

Eun-Sook & Scott Goidel

Amy Goldthwaite & David Browning

Amy Grappone

Jon Green & Brenda Berry

Cynthia Hall

Taya & Porter Hall

Matt Helmer & Elizabeth Novak

Christine Henderson

Joan & Jeff Henderson

Marc Hoecker & Cathy Weber

Eric Hoffman

Cami Holtmeier & Peter Korytko

Sarah & Jim Hopper

Justin Huguet & Emily Kroman

Alice Hunting

David Hunting

Katherine Johnson

Emily & Matt Jones

Trish & Paul King

Kitsap Community Foundation

Alissa Kozuh & Ian Saunders

Jenny & John Lange

Lynn & Marc LaSof

Mac & Meghan Martin

Katy Mathias & Roger Coulter

Anna & Bill McClain

Sandra & Bill McIver

Robin & Dan Miller

Jenny & Shaun Morber

Loretta Morgan

Dolores Munyer

Lauren Noon

Kate & Michael O’Brien

Courtney & Arthur Peterson

Carita Polin

Ursula & Michael Pontieri

Julia Richards

Rebecca & Daniel Roberts

Tim Scearce & Laurie McConnachie

Aleta Schuelke

Rainey & Brian Scott

Lauren & Joan Scout

Sumedha Sengupta

Brian Simmons & Valerie Randall

Kathleen Smith & Chris Gutsche

Sue Somers

Pauline & Edgar Stern Foundation

Margie Storch

Gibby Stratton

Jamye & Mike Stuntz

Robin Tremper

Jason Uitvlugt & Megan Cramer

Kristine Velisaris

Paco & Alison Vinoly

Amanda & Adam Ward

Kelly Webster

Kari & Brian Wetzler

Kim & Ches Wilson

 

In Honor of Trish King

Robin & Dan Miller

In Honor of Calder Lange

Walter Vogdes

In Honor of Loretta Morgan

Debra Alsberge

Kathy & Joel Matulys

Ursula & Michael Pontieri

Tim Scearce & Laurie McConnachie

Sue Somers

Elsa Trail

In Honor of Jayne Sandberg

Dianah Jackson

Other Gifts 2020-2021

Other Contributions

AmazonSmile Foundation

Anonymous

Michelle & Todd Linquist

Jenny & Shaun Morber

Julia Richards

PayPal Giving Fund

Skyhawk Press, LLC

Kelly Webster

 

In Kind Contributions 

Jeanette Alexander Graphic Design

Stacy Austin

Shannon & Dimitri Boss

Matthew Bullemer & Katherine Weston

Dave Carley

Brian Carlson

Candace Coe

Jessie Dameron

Bonny Danielson

Lana Fuller

Eun-Sook Goidel

Taya Hall

In Kind Contributions (cont.)

Bernard Hansen

Lily & Cameron Karsten

Jocelyn & Timm Kempe

Cindy Law

Jane Martin

Meghan & Mac Martin

Joy & Brian McCallister

Jenny Morber

Kate O'Brien

Taylor Tan

Kathy Schott

Aleta Schuelke

Lauren & Joan Scout

Skyhawk Press, LLC

Sue Somers

Jayme & Mike Stuntz

Jan van Fredenberg

Elise Wright

 

Victoria Somers Endowment for the Library

Candace Coe

Sue Somers

Revenue & Expenses

Revenue
Tuition & Fees 76%
Annual Fund 4%
Other Fundraising 7%
Rental/Interest 4%
PPP Loan Forgiveness 9%
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Expenses
Program Expenses 69%
Financial Aid 18%
Operations 13%
100%
revenue 3
expenses 3

Thank You

We gratefully acknowledge all donors who contributed to The Island School during the 2020-2021 school year. We have tried to ensure that this report is accurate and that names are spelled correctly. We apologize for any errors and ask that you let us know of any mistakes.

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The Island School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national or ethnic origin, or other legally protected status in admission of otherwise qualified students or in providing access to the rights, privileges, programs, or activities generally available to all students and their families, including educational policies, scholarship and other financial aid programs, or athletic, extra-curricular, and other school-administered programs and activities.

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