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Advisory Committee Update

Posted by: J Pick on Fri, Sep 26, 2008

September 26, 2008

Aloha Friends and Parents of Calvary by the Sea Montessori School,

I hope that this letter finds you all enjoying a fantastic fall season.  I wanted to take the opportunity to update you on some of the initiatives that the Advisory Committee undertook last school year and some that we are looking forward to this year.

During this, our first year as a group, we focused our efforts on three main areas for development; Fundraising (both active and passive), Teacher and Staff development, and comprehensive budgeting and planning for our school's future.

We were very fortunate during this school year to have had Tricia Kunihiro working with us, focusing on fundraising activities.  Over the course of the year, our three primary active fundraising events (the Walk-a-thon, Christmas tree sale and the Taste of East Oahu) were great successes; the kids had a blast, and we raised over $18,469.04 dollars for the school.  With these funds, we have been able to support scholarships, additional materials for the classrooms, support teachers salaries; we look forward to besting these numbers in the year to come.  On the passive side, we have begun the process of writing grant requests and anticipate capitalizing on available funds as the time progresses.

Over the past nine (9) years, Denise Acklin, School Director, has assembled a top notch staff.  Under her leadership, CBTSMS has become the only AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) school in the Islands.  In order to maintain our momentum, we felt it very important to address the needs of our faculty.  Through the generous contribution of the LUDWICK FAMILY FOUNDATION we were again able to send our faculty to continuing Montessori training and education on the Mainland.  Further, we have begun the process of attaining additional benefits such as 401k etc. to ensure that we can continue to meet their needs in the future.

During the school year, we began to establish a detailed budget and projection for future needs as the school continues to grow.  Looking forward, we intend to utilize increased revenue from our fundraising activities as well as our tuition and capital donations to meet the growth needs of the school.

With an increased demand for high quality pre-school education, especially Montessori education, there are a number of variables that we are faced with as we look forward; including the possibility of additional staff needs, additional space requirements; additional revenue streams and the pending increase in fees associated with our current location.

Thank you for all of your support throughout the years.  We invite your feedback as we plan for the future of our school.  Please feel free to attend our meetings (schedule will be posted on the school internet) to share your thoughts.  We look forward to your continued support as we pass these unchartered waters with our focus on developing the school not only for our children's development, but for the development of those to come as well.

Warmest Aloha,

Mark R. Hollander
CBTSMS Advisory Committee Chair