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School | Camp | Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies

Academic and personal excellence Social, emotional, and physical well-being Respect for self, others, and the environment Collaboration and teamwork Diversity of thought and culture Community outreach

School | Camp | Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies

Annual Report | 2012-2013

Reflections on School’s student-centered environment and to foster lifelong learning in their students. This enhancement was well received and liked by our students. ●● The Lower School Intern Program. As part of our Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies (IAMS), we provided top-flight training for aspiring Montessori teachers. I am proud of our quality teachers who take on the responsibility of mentoring the interns. ●● Safe, modern, and green playgrounds. Our students and summer campers now have an improved array of playground equipment in two locations, adding to our campus experience for their health and fitness. Their constant use proved their value. ●● Partnerships with our surrounding community. Whether it’s existing collaborations with the Wat Thai Temple, Olney Theatre, or the University of Maryland, Barrie continues our outreach that makes us a community asset and provides our students opportunities to benefit.

Bob Roberts As I reflect at the end of another academic year, I sense that once again, Barrie’s faculty, staff, parents, Board, and students have distinguished themselves as a community that values learning and its ability to improve lives and our world. Our plan and commitment to NAIS 21st Century Education goals allows us to be a leading independent school in the Washington area, shaping the meaning of excellence in independent education. Our 2012-2013 accomplishments include:  pening the Learning Studio and Research O Learning Lab for the Middle and Upper School. These two flexible, imaginative, and environmentally friendly buildings move Barrie toward greater collaborative learning, integrative thinking, and interdisciplinary education. In addition to winning two architectural and design awards and being the subject of several articles, being prominently featured in the Green Schools exhibit at the National Building Museum for a year further affirms the significance of these facilities. ●● The Teaching Fellows Program. Four aspiring educators experienced a year-long opportunity to develop their craft in the Middle/Upper ●●

Numerous people deserve credit for these achievements. Head of School Charlie Abelmann collaborated with the Barrie community on every improvement we sought. Our faculty responded to the high expectations placed on them, and our staff consistently provided them with crucial support. The Board of Trustees deepened its commitment to growing our school, and worked tirelessly to promote Barrie in the community. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to work with everyone so committed to our students and our mission. I also know that our work to improve is never finished. In the 20-year span my three children attended Barrie, I saw them and their friends thrive and have experiences due in large part to the support and commitment from donors and volunteers. For this reason, I encourage everyone to become actively involved in Barrie’s and your child’s future with your gifts of time, talent, and donations. With our whole community’s support we will be able to provide the enriching educational experiences we value so highly as an independent school. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank everyone who helped to make the past year a successful year for Barrie. I look forward to everyone continuing to be part of the excitement creating even richer educational experiences for Barrie students. Bob Roberts Chair, Board of Trustees

2012-2013 I want to use this Annual Report to celebrate some of our accomplishments. We served over 1,100 campers and students, as well as 45 adult learners in the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. We welcomed Interns in the Lower School and Teaching Fellows in the Middle/Upper School. Most importantly, we provided a place for our students to grow in every way. We adopted our new mission and core values, and used them to guide all that we do (this report revolves around our six core values). We created a safe environment for students to take risks, try new things, find the power of their own voices, and explore a world of ideas. We encouraged our students to perform service projects, both locally and abroad. Through our school, students gain critical skills, global knowledge, and habits to succeed in college and beyond. As such, we continue to be at the forefront of progressive education. In 2012-13, the Lower School shined as an example of Montessori education. We also said goodbye to a Barrie legend. Kenna Armstrong retired as Head of the Lower School, after 30 years with us. Nikki Moody, a veteran Montessori teacher and leader, joined us as the new Head of Lower School to start the 2013-2014 year. Given Nikki’s passion, leadership talent, and seemingly boundless energy, I have every confidence that our Lower School will continue to be an exemplar of Montessori education. We enhanced our Middle/Upper School through the launch of Project-Based Learning (PBL), and nothing distills the essence of the Barrie education so well. In PBL, our 6th graders devised and played musical instruments fashioned from discarded materials. Our 8th graders created an animated video about human rights. Our 12th graders developed a policy to guide hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on our campus. These and numerous other PBL projects document what happens when Barrie students collaborate and use their intrinsic love of learning to solve real-world problems. We also look ahead to having Kristin Arndt join us for the 2013-14 school year to share MUS leadership duties with Joanna, before taking over as MUS Head in 2014-15. For all of our students, we collaborated with the Benson-Henry Institute in Boston to launch a mindfulness program. Three decades of research into mindfulness show it to be uniquely effective in fostering openness to learning, empathy, optimism, working memory, and conflict resolution. All of these are vital skills for our students, and we will continue to make mindfulness a major part of daily life at Barrie. Because of these achievements, I am so grateful to our families. Not only have you entrusted Barrie with such a major role in your child’s development, you have also

Charlie Abelmann forged a real community that supports us through your time, energy, volunteerism, and donations. Your efforts are a big reason we were able to open our new Learning Studio and Research Learning Lab. Both buildings have garnered attention from those who want to learn how we did it. If you have not been on campus or been in the buildings, please let us give you a tour to see the buildings. More importantly, you can observe the classes inside. People, programs, and facilities embody what Barrie offers. We have a remarkable staff, whose profiles are available on our web site at Our Master Plan (that Montgomery County recently approved) includes additional campus improvements for our Lower School. However, these parts of the whole don’t tell the whole story, but our families do. Every year, new families visit our school and become part of our community. After seeing what we offer that other schools don’t, and then seeing their children thrive at Barrie, I am reminded of what Barrie stands for, and what we accomplish. And it’s only going to continue… Charlie Abelmann Head of School

Annual Fund Contributions Millennium Club $50,000+ Michael & Michelle Fannon* Bob & Eveline Roberts* Nautilus Society $5,000 - $9,999 Jeffrey & Carolyn Kramer* Zekeria Mokhtarzada Robert & Stacey Page* Dorothy & Jay Weinstein* Head of School’s Circle $2,500 - $4,999 Anthony & Ann King Barbara Benson Harry Bigham & Anne Savarese Kevin Creamer & Cynthia Shields* Draycott Family Foundation, Inc Kenneth Rehfuss & Redonna Chandler Robert & Mary Richardson Scott & Deborah Silverman* Daniel Woubishet & Betelihem Damte* (MedImmune, LCC) Leadership Circle $1,500 - $2,499 Norman Fortenberry & Janet Rutledge Gary Gilbert & Diana Blithe Cynthia Gingalewski & Dana Andersen* Glenn & Janet Horenberg* Kimberly & Saul Moskowitz* Benefactors $750 - $1,499 Charlie Abelmann Harold Alderman Sudhir & Kamni Arora Eugene Canjels & Gauri Prakash-Canjels Christopher & Dorothy Castelino John & Cristeta Comerford Patricia Grooss-Getzfred Winslow & Francine Hayward Jonathan Justi Shreenivas Narayanan & Suzanna Pereira

Lillian Potter Marina Vernalis* Patrons, $350 - $749 Benjamin Bederson* Sonya J. Bruton* Kim Coletta Harold Collins & Bridgette Roux-Collins* Jason Fisher James Fortney Giant Food Stores Joanna Gidrewicz Lois & Christopher Hendrickson Joanna A. A. Hoad Neil & Angela Jaffee Gene Liang Hanh Nguyen* John Nilsson Robert Olling Matthew Owings Kenneth L. Pollack Andrei Povodyrev Jason Schiller (Google Matching Gifts Prog.) Richard Seabrook Darwin Sellers Brad Siegel Lisa Stewart Chandrashekhar Tamasker & Bernadine Karunnaratne Roberto & Eva Vilarrubi Christina L. Zuazua Friends, up to $349 Rebecca Adam Rachelle L. Adams Ian Andrews Michael D. Arabe Amanda L. Archer Kenna & Mitchell Armstrong Dae Sung Batoff Ernest Beyard & Jacqueline Gillan John Binford Barbara Bisceglia Melvin Blackwell Philip Blatt Patrick Bond Melissa Bordenski Chris Brandolini

Martine Burkel Catherine & Terry Carpenter David & Linda Carter Richard Chin Thomas E. Chrisler Lisa & Tim Clarke Connections Education LLC Karen & Jeffery Cronin Jeffrey Dearth Elizabeth Duman Ronald Dziengiel & Elaine Povich Judith Egbarin Robert & Susan Esty Fannie Mae Audra N. Fannon Martin Felsen James Fortney James Gaglione Paula Gallagher Iris Gilbert Anna Gilcher Colleen Gillespie Virgilla Gist James Graham Hope Grandel Hilary Green Alan Gregerman Sara Grossman James Groves Patricia A. Hannon Joseph D. Hendery Sarah Hill Joanna A. Hoad Chhaya Kapilashrami Kaitlin Kehl Caitlin (James) E. Keller Walaiporn (Nong) Kingpuwarak Kimberly Kirkman William Lauck Paul Leistra Felice Levine Michael Marks Nancy Martino Mark McLaughlin Frances Merenda John Nilsson Jessica North Macie Selcuk Ozturk

Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Estela Pascale Irene Pfefferman Julia Roberts Malikkah Rollins Anne & Richard Rolls Paula N. Rubin Mark Sachs Timothy Schaffer Patricia H. Schaible Jayme Schomann Jill Schorr John C. Scroggins Ernest Shanaman Michael Shumann Christopher Sibiski Patricia E. Simon Sylvia Z. Slater William C. Smith Paul & Maria Stagnitto Paul J. Stagnitto Tyrone Stanley Barbara L. Stephenson Judy Stern Kathleen A. Suydam Bryan D. Taylor Gary Thompson Darrin Thompson Marcus Tomlin Phillip A. Torrez Colleen M. Tully Barbara Vazquez Verizon Foundation Marina Vernalis Ma’ati Wafford Timothy Webb Riki Weeks Susan E. Wentzel Arlene Wilson Anne Wise Valaida Wise Frances E. Woodburn Michelle Woolfolk Lucy Wyatt Huijin Yan Judith A. Yormick Carl A. Young Ingrid Yuryev *Contributed to the MUS Modular Building Fund as well

REVENUE Tuition and Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,811,832 Annual Giving & BCA . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,513,476 Other Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,433,559 Investment & Other Income . . . . . . . . . . $61,410 Total Revenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11,820,277 Tuition and Fees: 58%

Annual Giving & BCA: 21%

Other Programs: 21% Investment & Other: 0.5%

EXPENSES Teaching & Materials . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,279,740 Financial Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,676,587 Other Program Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,521,546 Administration & General . . . . . . . . . .$1,359,914 Plant Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,077,759 Depreciation & Amortization . . . . . . . . .$588,719 Interest/Bond Interest Swap/Bond Fees . . . $75,902 Total Expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,580,167 Other Programs: 14% Teaching & Materials: 41%

Administration & General: 13%

Plant Operations: 10%

Financial Aid: 16% Interest: 0.7%%

Depreciation & Amortization: 6%

NOTE: Administration & General includes Head of School, Admission, Institutional Advancement, and the Business Office. Other Programs includes Technology, Camp, Institute, Equestrian, Extended Day, Transportation, and Misc. Programs.

At Barrie, we believe that all individuals possess an innate curiosity about the world and that the best education transforms that curiosity into passionate and sustained intellectual pursuit. We also believe that our society is best served by confident, creative, and independent learners who demonstrate a commitment to community through respect for self, others, and the environment.


The key thing for the Lower School is that we pursue excellence for each child, not for a class. Every child is a universe of one is a Montessori mainstay, so we take each student as far as they can go, starting where they are.


Academic and personal excellence are deeply intertwined. Characteristics associated with personal excellence such as grit, resilience and resourcefulness enable academic excellence and encourage overall growth and success.





Emphasis on well-being is continuous throughout our curriculum. We want students to think, constantly ask good questions, contemplate cause and effect, and consider better alternatives and solutions for the challenges they face.





As a primary educator, I’m not just a teacher – I am also a nurturer, mentor, and care-giver. I help to empower young children with the tools they need to construct their intelligences as they grow into and fulfill the greatest potential of their developing personalities.


From the summer reading list to the grade level themes, the Middle School is designed around respect for self, others, and the environment while Upper School students build on this foundation, operating with selfawareness as they affect change in their various communities.



In the Lower Elementary, respect for others often means learning to take turns and to work in groups. These practices help develop skills necessary in working collaboratively with others later in life.



At the toddler level, teamwork and collaboration with the parents is extremely important. We work together as a team to help their child reach their fullest potential.





Effective collaboration occurs when individual achievement directly correlates to the success of a common goal. Aware that the contributions of each individual will inform their own learning and growth, students embrace the collective effort and work as a team.




We have students from all over, so we put diversity in the curriculum, but we also live it. We consciously reach out to world cultures and work on our peace curriculum, which is not political pacifism, but rather asks, How do we get along with everybody? How do we respect differences?



Helping to prepare food for patients with HIV/ AIDS at Food and Friends, recording oral histories from Holocaust survivors at local nursing homes, and creating a multisensory mural for the Rock Creek Nature Center are just a handful of ways that community outreach lives at Barrie.



Barrie Annual Report 2012-2013