A note from Mark Jackson, a member of our New Amsterdam School Board of Directors
What a year 2016 has been. First Brexit and now Trump!
What concerns me most is how quickly uniting principles, previously held by the majority, have been eroded under the persistent influence of a deeply divisive narrative. It’s led many of us to search for answers as to how exactly this has been able to happen.
My own search has motivated me to think more deeply about how I can personally help counter the current political and cultural climate in which we find ourselves in. With this in mind, I have decided to join the New Amsterdam School Board.
Simply put, I believe that if more families know about and are given the opportunity to send their children to schools like New Amsterdam, the world would be more resistant to corrosive narratives that seek to separate and isolate. Our School builds confidence, emotional and social intelligence in our children and seeks to equip them with tolerance, empathy and the ability to engage positively with others. It’s now a very personal mission to do whatever it takes to help New Amsterdam thrive.
Many tremendously exciting things are beginning to happen at the School and I’d like to share a few of them with you. Firstly, the School has recognized that it needs to significantly improve its Administration, Admissions and Marketing functions. Consequently, there are major changes underway to rapidly increase the effectiveness of these areas, some of which have already begun to deliver extremely encouraging results. For example, at our most recent Open Day on November 19th, close to 50 children attended. Secondly, there are two new Board members; Nathan Laffin and I. We are both current parents of children at our School and we have passion, energy and a commitment to see our School succeed.
Maxwell Ryan (a fellow Board Member) recognizes this as a pivotal time for our School and is extremely encouraged by the changes that are both planned and underway. For these reasons, he has very generously offered to match the total funds raised during our Annual Fund drive (between now and December 31st 2016) up to the amount of $50,000.
At this crucial time and with such exciting plans in place, as fellow New Amsterdam community members and parents, please take some time to consider how you can help ensure our School’s success. One such way is to make a tax-deductible contribution for whatever amount is right for your family. We have already received some very generous gifts from members of our parent community, which total $25,000. If together we can increase this total to $50,000, then with Maxwell’s kind offer to match this, we could make $100,000 by year-end for our School. This would be remarkable and tremendously helpful at this important time.
I very much hope that every family will give something to show solidarity to a cause that serves us all; helping children to become empathetic, engaged and tolerant human beings.
Please donate online via the “donate” button below.
Let’s help our School grow, flourish and achieve its potential.
The New Amsterdam School is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Our tax I.D. number is 26-2407285. We admit students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Our community fortifies us, making it possible for us to inspire and educate a new generation of thoughtful, socially responsible students, who will one day make our world a better place to live.
The New Amsterdam School, like virtually all non-profit independent schools, relies on a combination of tuition and fundraising revenue to support its daily operations. Our school relies heavily on the success of our community’s annual development efforts to achieve a balanced budget each year.
Charitable, tax-deductible gifts help us to minimize tuition increases, contribute to our tuition assistance program, support faculty professional development, and enable the school to thrive.
Please take a moment to reflect upon what this education means to you and your family and consider making a gift to New Amsterdam School. Your investment in Waldorf education is a demonstration of your belief in our children and your hope for our future. How can you give?
We welcome your tax-deductible donations throughout the year. Checks can be made out to “New Amsterdam School.” You may also give to the school directly with Paypal or by credit card using the link above.
The New Amsterdam School raises money in several ways:
- Annual Fund gifts, which are meant to be expended the year in which they are given, help support the general operating budget including our tuition assistance program.
- Special events such as our annual holiday auction, spring fair and winter fair also support our general operating budget.
- The Campaign for the New Amsterdam School – in support of our growth into a pre-K through 5th grade school.
Our successful fundraising program is all possible due to our incredible community. Faculty, parents, alumni families, and friends come together to make amazing things happen for our school. Generous donation of time, talent and financial resources enable us to provide a Waldorf–inspired curriculum and remain accessible to families of many different economic circumstances. Please consider joining our Development Committee, and bring your talents and ideas to this important work.
The New Amsterdam School is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity with tax ID 26-2407285. We admit students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.
Community Building Opportunities
We also hope that parents feel held and supported by the school in return. To that end, there are many ways in addition to the Development Committee through which parents can get involved to help grow our community and to learn, have fun and grow themselves!
“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.”
General Community Meetings Our school community gathers twice a year to share in a conversation about our past, present and future. These meetings helped shape our pre-school, inspired the creation of our first benefit concert and fortified our commitment to growing a grade school. Join us and learn about all the exciting work of building a school!
Garden Committee We are fortunate to have access to one of the neighborhoods best kept secrets, the El Jardin del Paraíso community garden. Each day, rain or shine in cold and warm weather, the children spend part of their day playing in this wonderful community greenspace. Sprawling over almost an entire city block, it currently includes a grassy meadow, thriving community vegetable and flower plots, a turtle pond surrounded by native wetlands, a Native Berry Patch, and a children’s digging plot.
Numerous awards and achievements have been bestowed upon El Jardin del Paraiso, including The National Wildlife Award and the Molly Parnis Dress Up Your Neighborhood Award. A goal of El Jardin del Paraiso is to be a model eco park for all ages, teaching Sustainabilty and Earth Stewardship. We will include permaculture principles, diverse habitats, stormwater resource usage and water purification, soil restoration, renewable energy, preservation of endangered plants, seed saving, cold climate growing techniques, and composting.
The garden is entirely volunteer run and there is always need for extra hands and supplies! Every season brings maintenance needs in turning soil, planting, composting and clearing debris. If you are interested in volunteering on weekends with the family, or during the weekdays please give us a call, stop by or email: Anne.Elliott@newamsterdamchildhood.org.
If you have any extra supplies such as topsoil, compost bins, shovels, flower bulbs, etc. or would like to financial support the purchase of these items, please contact us and pick-up may be possible to arrange! Thank you and hope to see you around the garden soon.
Workshops & Parent Lectures. Parents are one of the school’s greatest resources, and we are all on this journey together. New Amsterdam is proud to offer workshops and parent lectures presented by our own faculty and notable Waldorf teachers and lecturers who travel the world visiting schools, offering workshops and lectures, from workshops on plant dyeing and Eurythmy to lectures about handling behavior, daily life and developmental milestones. There is also a parent lounge available for parents to have a cup of coffee or tea and talk, exchange knowledge and support each other while children are in class. Please introduce yourself and come join us if you are available, we’d love to see you.