Brown Memorial Weekday Preschool May Newsletter

From the Director’s Office

The end of the year is always filled with mixed emotions. The prospect of summer on the horizon is exciting, but as teachers we become very attached to the children and families – some of whom will return to Brown, and some of whom are ready to move on to the next stage of their educational journey. These emotions are only magnified by our transition out of our current location.

A 50 year history of the school at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church evokes many memories. For those of us who have had a long history at the school, the transition will cause great nostalgia. It has been our pleasure to serve the children and families of the Towson, Rogers Forge, Stoneleigh, and Roland Park neighborhoods, as well as many others. These families and friends have donated their time to our classrooms and special events. Many of these volunteers helped us build our nature playground and program which is paralleled by few others.

Our current group of families are no exception to this showing of support. Many of you have donated your time and talents to make this year a very special one at Brown. I would like to give all of you a very heartfelt thank you. I would also like to extend a special thanks to our incredible Parent Association Leaders – Mary Byers, Lindsay Mariaca, Jennifer Balzano, Ashley Chipperelli, and Bethany Pominek. These woman have all worked so hard to make this an eventful year by organizing a wide range of activities for our children and families. This includes the “Spring Fling,” which I hope that many of our parents will be able to attend this year. Based on last year’s event, our P.A. Officers have a real talent for throwing a great party.

The Brown Memorial School has support from many directions. The School Board has been instrumental in overseeing both the mission of the school and its transition to its next stage of operation. This dedicated group of people has given many long hours to ensuring the survival of our school and has helped shepherd the move to St. Thomas. I cannot imagine working with a more capable, thoughtful, and committed group of people through this process. They recognize that Brown Memorial is a unique program and the important role it plays in the Baltimore Community. I would like to give this committee a very heartfelt thank you for their unwavering support. Thank you Peggy West, Kate Sinclair, Andrew Mcloughlin, Kathy Mountcastle, Judy Lagator, Gilly Babb, Ann Stieff, Jenny Lijoi, Hadley Feiss, and Joan Fessler.

This letter would not be complete without recognizing the most talented, kind and dedicated group of teachers that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. The love, kindness, and respect shown to each child in their class is something that comes so naturally to this group of teachers. Their love of teaching drives them to spend many additional hours after school and on weekends preparing for classroom activities. It is not unusual to drive by the parking lot on a weekend and see teacher cars parked in the lot. I have worked in other schools, but I have never worked with teachers who put so much time, thought, and effort into everything that they do. I feel very fortunate that many of them will transition with us to St. Thomas’.

I am very confident in saying that the future of the school is very bright. The enthusiasm shown by both the St. Thomas’ Community and the ministers, Malcolm Ellis and Nathan Erdman makes the reality of the move more exciting. The St. Thomas’ community is so supportive of our program and has gone above and beyond to make sure that we thrive in our new home. This incredible display of support enables many more generations of children the opportunity to experience a BMWS education.

With that said, we extend a huge welcome to all of the families and children who are able to transition with us to St. Thomas’ next year. This group of families will play a large role in setting the stage for the next 50 years of the school. The teachers and I look forward to working closely with you over the upcoming year. For those families who are unable to come to St. Thomas, we hope that you keep in touch and visit whenever possible. We hope that you take a bit of Brown in your hearts and know that you will always be in ours.

Lastly, we have added a few extra activities to our “End of Year Celebration” this year. This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate as a group, all the wonderful experiences we have had together at school.

Have a wonderful summer,
Allison Bond