2022-2023 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,

All my life’s a circle; sunrise and sundown . . .

When I reflect on the 2022-2023 school year, this song comes to mind. I can picture the many memorable moments we have experienced together from sunrise until sundown. Whether an unforgettable event like the all-school musical to conclude the Cultural Study or the everyday joy of seeing children support each other as reading buddies, I am consistently impressed by the kindness and acceptance our community demonstrates every day.

One of the many aspects of The Island School that I love is our size. I have the chance to truly get to know each and every child and students have the opportunity to make meaningful connections with each other. I am consistently impressed with our collective appreciation of differences, willingness to help each other to shine brightly, ability to embrace each member of our community for who they are, and the courage to stand up for what is right.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to The Island School. Your dedication helped us to continue to grow the next generation of compassionate leaders.

Gratefully,

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Amanda Ward
Head of School

2022-2023 Success Story

Rediscovering The Joy of Reading Together

The Great Island School Read-Along

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During COVID, many of us turned to screens for learning, connection and entertainment. By the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, Island School teachers and administrators had already noticed that students weren’t turning to books as much as they had previously. Screens had become a bigger part of their lives. During social distancing and outdoor learning because of the pandemic, teachers found it challenging to teach beginning reading strategies to our youngest children while we were all wearing masks; children and teachers couldn’t see each other's faces to observe how letters and words were sounded out. Once we were together and indoors again at The Island School, students returned to reading at school for the same lengths of time, but our faculty wondered, how could we motivate and inspire more reading at home?

And so we launched the Great Island School Read-Along. Teachers announced the challenge in September at the parents’ Back to School Night with the motto “Read Every Day to 500K!” The challenge required cooperation from the children, their teachers and grown-ups to reach the lofty goal. Was everyone up to it?

Breaking a large goal into smaller steps is always a good strategy. The reading challenge was no different. We knew that everyone’s minutes counted, so it was necessary to make the recording of those minutes very simple. Students colored sections of reading bookmarks for every increment of an hour spent reading. In third grade, students tallied their minutes for the week in Friday’s math class. Then they added the totals from the other grades. Then at Monday Morning Sing, their teacher, Christine Newkirk, would announce the total as motivation for the coming week.

Christine created a colorful, giant bookmark in the living room for everyone to see as they arrived each morning. To keep readers motivated, teachers found fun ways to describe the collective progress:  If every minute read were one mile, it would take 24,901 minutes of reading to circumnavigate the earth.  At each 100,000 milestone, one class would choose a small school-wide celebration. Fifth graders chose Pajama Day. Fourth graders chose movie shorts and popcorn. Third Grade decided on a Dance Party in Webster Hall. Only the teachers knew the final prize, a celebration including pizza.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing. As we entered June, some wondered whether we could reach the 500K mark. Teachers stepped up their encouragement, dividing the remaining gap into how much reading each student needed to complete by the last week of school. And in the end, the students surpassed the goal and read for 549,149 minutes, circumnavigating our planet 22 times! The children were thrilled to learn that they exceeded their goal of 500K. We celebrated with music, a pizza lunch, a mentos-soda "explosion" science demo and an active, mixed-grade team scavenger hunt.

The Great Island School Read-Along was a success in many ways. We built community. We demonstrated that cooperating in a group effort makes success easier and more enjoyable. Teachers and families joined together to make reading fun at school and at home. (Reading to a grown-up, sibling or pet counted.) Children rediscovered the joy of reading; the 3rd graders wanted to continue the reading challenge the following year. As teacher Christine says, “To get better at reading, you need to practice A LOT. The Great Island School Read-Along brought us closer as a community of readers. We had fun reading together to reach our goal.”

Board of Trustees - Faculty and Staff

Board of Trustees
2022-2023

Jenny Morber, President

Brian Carlson, Vice President

Kathleen Smith, Secretary

Kim Wilson, Treasurer

Amanda Ward, Head of School

Bill Baxter

Lindsey Camarena

Kate O’Brien

Courtney Peterson

Chaitee Sengupta

 

Faculty & Staff
2022-2023

Dee Bennett

Shannon Boss

Megan Cramer

Jessie Dameron

Mike Derzon

Lana Fuller

Betsy Griggs

Henry Guterson

Taya Hall

Joan Henderson

Rebecca Larson

Rebecca Marchand

Robin Miller

Christine Newkirk

Ursula Pontieri

Matthew Reimer

Kathy Schott

Aleta Schuelke

George Shannon

Marcia Short

Margie Storch

Amanda Ward

2022-2023 Contributions

We gratefully acknowledge all donors who contributed to The Island School during the 2022-2023 school year.

Annual Fund Donors

Alumni

Christine Henderson

Alice Hunting

Andrew Sperling

 

Alumni Parents

Lynn & Bill Agnew

Stephen & Laurie Arnold

Amber Beck-Garcia & Patrick Garcia

John Bonow & Carol Ann Davidson

David Browning & Amy Goldthwaite

Molly & Brian Carlson

Ann Cheng

Marlene Beran Connolly

Roger Coulter & Katy Mathias

Suellen & Tom Cunningham

Ralph Derrickson

Rebecca Donley

Eileen & Richard Duncan

Carmen & Greg Epstein

Barbara & Allan Ferrin

Karolynn Flynn & Roger Katz

Chris Gutsche & Kathleen Smith

Cynthia Hall

Cami Holtmeier & Peter Korytko

David Hunting

Barb & John Kittell

Jenny & John Lange

Lynn & Marc LaSof

Nancy Leedy

Ellie Linen Low & Dave Low

Anna & Bill McClain

Jack Nunn & Susan Swannack-Nunn

Kate & Michael O'Brien

John Roberts & Sally Forutan-Roberts

Sue Somers

Angela & Kurt Van Wyck

Kelly Webster

Kim & Ches Wilson

Helen Withers

 

Parents

Anonymous (6)

Eran Barak & Natalie Namer-Waldenstrom

Lynda & Bill Baxter

Lauretta & Sean Blyth

Leandri & Allen Brown

Lindsey & Dan Camarena

Jorge Carrillo-Gonzalez & Claire Willeford-Carrillo

Tamara Connie

Heather & Casey Cook

Tina & Travis Crawford

Berg Danielson & Chaitee Sengupta

Greer & Chris Dunn

Dan Gebow & Hazel Tudryn

Matt Helmer & Beth Novak

Jenny & Shaun Morber

Bridget & Lucas Pearl

Courtney & Arthur Peterson

Paul Robinson & Sarah Webster

Rainey & Brian Scott

Lauren & Joan Scout

Miranda & Ryan Smallwood

Peter Stoddard & Sophie deLignerolles

Alisha & Josh Weiss

 

Grandparents and Relatives

Connie & Jim Aurand

Linda Bergeron

Jody Burnham

Bonny Danielson

Micaela Delignerolles

Jodee & Larry Erickson

Benjamin Keith & Lee Harrison

Peggy & Tim Koivu

Cindy Law

Sandra & Bill McIver

Laura Phypers

Sandi & Roger Sater

Deborah & Proctor Schenk

David Steiner

Hilary Swain

Robin Tremper

 

Friends

Betsy & Paul Carroll

Barbara Clinton & Ray Wheeler

Lisa Giles & David Mitchell

Lisa & David Glaze

Diane Hooper

Carita Polin

William & Sandra Shopes

Carolyn & Sherwin Van Mersbergen

Kristine Velisaris

 

Staff

Shannon & Dimitri Boss

Megan Cramer & Jason Uitvlugt

Mike Derzon & Robin Supplee

Lana Fuller & Ted Siebert

Joan & Jeff Henderson

Robin & Dan Miller

Kathy & Bob Schott

George Shannon

Amanda & Adam Ward

 

Corporations/Foundations

AmazonSmile

Cauze Charitable Fund

Crawford Family Charitable Fund

Givinga Foundation, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

HBD Holdings, LLC

Kittell Family Donor-Advised Fund

Mightycause Charitable Foundation

One Call For All

 

Annual Fund in Honor of Amanda Ward

John Roberts & Sally Forutan-Roberts

 

Annual Fund in Memory of Graham Derzon-Supplee

Chris Gutsche & Kathleen Smith

Financial Aid Donors

Chris & Kori Abbott

Anonymous

Connie & Jim Aurand

Eran Barak & Natalie Namer-Waldenstrom

Scott Bass & Cynthia Rossi

Lynda & Bill Baxter

Penny Blankenship

Lauretta & Sean Blyth

Johnny  Bregar & Maura Ahearne

Leandri & Allen Brown

Cristy Caldwell

Theresa Camarena

Lindsey & Dan Camarena

Liz & Suha Can

Carol & Dave Carley

Mary & Bob Carlson

Jorge Carrillo-Gonzalez & Claire Willeford-Carrillo

Betsy & Paul Carroll

Barbara Clinton & Ray Wheeler

Lauren & Glenn Coates

Page Coulter

Josh Covey & Monica Rodriguez

Mary Cowie

Berg Danielson & Chaitee Sengupta

Derzon/Supplee Family Giving Fund

Narinder & Sukhdeep Dhaliwal

Barb & Allan Ferrin

Lana Fuller & Ted Siebert

Cory Gann

Eun-Sook & Scott Goidel

Betsy & Kyle Griggs

Jenna Hall

Cate Hempton

Joan & Jeff Henderson

Alice Hunting

Lily & Cameron Karsten

Trish & Paul King

Julia Knight

Rebecca Larson

Cindy Law

Anna McAlvanah

Anna & Bill McClain

Sandra & Bill McIver

Jenny & Shaun Morber

Christine Newkirk

Jack & Susan Nunn

Jennifer & Todd Osburn

Stephanie & Ben Page

Pauline and Edgar Stern Foundation

Bridget & Lucas Pearl

Courtney & Arthur Peterson

Matthew Reimer

Rebecca & Daniel Roberts

Paul Robinson & Sarah Webster

Kris Rogers

Jennifer & Mike Saia

Lauren & Joan Scout

Vanathi & Naren Siddaiah

Miranda & Ryan Smallwood

Steven Soltar

Peter Stoddard & Sophie DeLignerolles

Margie Storch

Connar Walik

Amanda & Adam Ward

Watson Furniture Group

Kelly Webster

Kim Wilson

 

Apple Alley Alliance

Greer & Chris Dunn

Ann & David Fite

Lauri Gregg

Lily & Cameron Karsten

Chris Knight

Matt Kuntz & Megan Sater

Robin & Dan Miller

Bridget & Lucas Pearl

Ursula Pontieri

Aleta Schuelke

Rainey & Brian Scott

Leo Sooter & Anna Choi

 

Mini Woods Multipliers

Liz & Suha Can

Mike Derzon & Robin Supplee

Kendra Field & Dee Bennett

Trish King

Christine Newkirk

Tim Scearce & Laurie McConnachie

Peter Stoddard & Sophie deLignerolles

 

In Honor of Calder Lange

Walter Vogdes

 

In Honor of Nat Lange

Walter Vogdes

 

In Honor of George Shannon’s Retirement

Leandri & Allen Brown

Betsy & Paul Carroll

Sherie, Richard & Max Dodson

Greer & Chris Dunn

Joan & Jeff Henderson

Shan Lin & Yitong Hu

Kathy Matulys

Jenny & Shaun Morber

Paul Robinson & Sarah Webster

Jessica Starr Rockers & William Flitter

Miranda & Ryan Smallwood

Sue Somers

Kelly Webster

Kari & Brian Wetzler

 

In Memory of Sailes K. Sengupta

Sumedha Sengupta

 

Class of 2023 Legacy Gift

Jorge Carrillo-Gonzalez & Claire Willeford-Carrillo

Topher Eatinger & Carrington Quinn Lannon

Jenny & Shaun Morber

Maria Rue & Nathan Segerson

Other Gifts 2022-2023

In Kind Contributions 

Lana Fuller

Jeanette Alexander Graphic Design

George Shannon

Jan van Fredenberg

Other Contributions

Mike Derzon & Robin Supplee

Barb Ferrin

Jon Green & Brenda Berry

PayPal Giving Fund

Paul Robinson & Sarah Webster

Kelly Webster

 

Victoria Somers Endowment for the Library

Sue Somers

Revenue & Expenses

Revenue
Tuition & Fees 81.4%
Annual Fund 3.6%
Other Fundraising 12.3%
Rental/Interest 1.7%
Grant Income
1%
100%
Expenses
Program Expenses 60.9%
Financial Aid 26.6%
Operations 12.5%
100%
Revenue 2022-2023
Expenses 2022-2023

Thank You

We gratefully acknowledge all donors who contributed to The Island School during the 2022-2023 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, creed, religion, gender, disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship or immigration status, gender identity or expression, genetic information 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, tuition assistance programs, other school-administered programs and activities.

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