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Annual Report 2011-2012

Mission, Core Values, Portrait of Our Graduates The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes is true to the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. We create an environment that cultivates the child’s intellect, instills responsibility, fosters respect and inspires care for the community.

Core Values Academic Excellence Diversity Integrity Independence Leadership Gracious Community

Portrait of Our Graduates • • • • •

Confident, independent and intrinsically motivated Respectful, responsible and socially collaborative Critical, creative and abstract thinkers Academic achievers who manage time & work efficiently Compassionate leaders who are prepared for future success They have a passion for learning, cultural awareness, and a commitment to service.

From the Head of School and Board President The 2011-2012 year at the Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes was one of renewal, reconnection and growth. Building on a newly strengthened foundation of Montessori principles and an outstanding teaching staff, our expanded marketing campaign begun last year – reaching out to our business and residential neighbors in Edison Lakes, networking with the University of Notre Dame and rekindling the fire of the founders of the school – bore remarkable fruit. Enrollment increased 23% from August to February surpassing projected numbers. Our outside auditor remarked she had not seen such positive signs for many years and seldom such a dramatic turnaround in a nonprofit organization in such a short time. The Mustang Match of $50,000 donated to TMA by some of those founders, was designed to run through the calendar year. It was fulfilled by mid-March and the offer has been duplicated. The Annual Fall Frolic Race and Windfall Gala fundraisers brought record high revenues to TMA. Student growth and achievement has always been the focus of what we do. In the nationwide Terra Nova standardized tests given primarily to private schools, our junior high students scored at the 90th percentile, upper elementary at 79th percentile. Besides continuing our students’ peer teaching within the Academy’s classes at Edison Lakes and work at the Center for the Homeless, our junior high students attended and presented at the area’s first Human Rights Conference hosted by Good Shepherd Montessori School. Our Upper elementary continued their weekly visits to Emeritus Senior Living at Arborwood, taking preschool materials and working with the Alzheimers patients, and all levels- Lower Elementary through Junior High- were given the opportunity of a Farm experience through the generous offer of the Ludwick family. But school isn’t all work, even at such an excellent school as ours. Noteworthy events in our family included the Ice Cream Social, with a 9/11 tribute flag-raising ceremony led by Boy Scout students and a peace quote ready by an 8th grader; the first annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day; an International Festival that brought our gymnasium alive with the sounds and flavors of music, dance, food of more than 30 different countries and cultures. The community within The Montessori Academy remains steadfast in offering an exemplary educational experience in a safe environment to your child. We pride ourselves in being diligent stewards of The Montessori Academy’s resources. We appreciate the investment you make in your child by choosing TMA and we treasure your trust in us. At The Montessori Academy, we understand that it takes all of us working together to prepare your child for a great future. We do this knowing that those who learn today will lead tomorrow.

Deborah Drendall, Head of School

Becky Ludwick, Board President

Board of Directors 2011-2012 Becky Ludwick, President Ed Yang, President-Elect Deborah Drendall, Head of School

Kiernan Anzelc Tracy Brennan Melanie Como-Dits Emilie Hartland Leigh Hayden Dan Lindley Jacob Mark Bob Schell Sophie White

Parent Network Two goals in Parent Network this year were: 1.) to support and develop leadership through “Room Parents” and 2.) to increase parent participation in school activities and events Monthly meetings were well-attended, especially by room parents, with more parents attending toward the end of the school year. For this first year with designated room parents we were still fine-tuning our system. Initially, they were designated to provide leadership in the following areas: • Assisting in organizing all-school events • Serving as liaison between class families and school sponsored events • Initiating and coordinating with the classroom teacher to plan family-friendly • Helping the classroom teacher secure parent volunteers for special class projects, etc. • Representing the classroom and providing leadership at Parent Network meetings • Facilitating Parent Network fundraising

Our events could not exist without the many parents and teachers who cheerfully volunteer. The following is a list of the school events sponsored by Parent Network last year, and the parents who generously offered their time to organize: •Fall All-School Hay Ride- Jen Williamson and Kathryn Scarlett •Winter Tubing- Jen Loudin (unfortunately canceled due to our dry winter.) •Bowling Night- Jen Williamson •Sleepover- Jen Williamson and Rachel Morgan •Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon- Amy Heintzelman-Dee and Amy Cousins •Spring Flower Sale- Tracy Brennan •Fun Fair- Barb and Israel Demeulenaere •Box Tops- Kelly Foley •Scrip- Shelby Smyryl and Melissa Baldwin The classroom baskets and projects for our Windfall event were outstanding this year, contributing to one of our most well-attended and successful Windfall events in years! Thank you to all of the parents who coordinated, donated, or helped facilitate the children’s projects in the classroom. We welcome ALL parents to join us in our efforts to grow our sense of community and fun at TMA! If you are interested, or just want to learn more, please come to a PN meeting. If meetings don’t work into your schedule, please contact Kathryn at or Jen at and they will help you get involved in whatever capacity suits your time interests. All parents are welcome all the time!

Room Parents Huge thanks to all of our Room Parents for last year! Because of their energy and contributions our school events were fun and successful. We are especially grateful for all they do to foster a sense of community in our wonderful school. Toddlers Kathryn Scarlett EC Room 3 Francie Schmuhl-Wagner EC Room 4 Amy Cousins

EC Room 5-6 Shelby Smyrl & Kelly Foley Lower El Room 106 Jen Williamson, Shahla Pouya & Amy Cousins Lower El Room 107 Sungita Chung, Jeanne Yoder & Claire DeLano Upper El Room 102 Barb DeMeulenaere & Rachel Morgan Upper El Room 104 Dulcie Martin & Fonda Blocker-Suarez Junior High Amy Heintzelman-Dee & Melinda Romanetz

Financials Income and Expenses

Revenue 2009-2010

Revenue 2011-2012 Tuition Fundraising Other

$1,417,389 $198,927 $1,323

Fundraising 12%

% 88 12 0


Other 0%

Tuition 88% Tuition



Expenses 2009-2010 Expenses 2011-2012 Salary,Benefits,Taxes Classroom/Student Support Building/Maintenance Other

$1,065,014 $358,220 $141,423 $73,827 $1,638,484

65 22 9 4

Building/Maintenance 9%

Other 4%

Classroom/Student Support 22% Salary,Benefits,Taxes 65%


Salary,Benefits,Taxes Building/Maintenance

Classroom/Student Support Other


Annual Giving Chairs Drs. Doug & Julie Morris Donors

Mustang Match

Fall Frolic Sponsors

Windfall Gala 2012 “Legends” - A Sports Extravaganza Windfall 2012 was hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn on the campus at St. Mary’s College. Under the leadership of Melanie Como-Dits, Suzette Hudak, Paige Como-Howard and Katy Troester, the event featured sports themed tables and décor with over 195 in attendance. For the first time “cell phone” bidding was introduced for the over 98 silent auction items, increasing revenue for the silent auction by 73%. The Parent Network organized the creation of “class baskets” featuring a tailgating basket, coffee and tea baskets, ski packages, animal and beach baskets to name a few. These baskets were an amazing success and wild bidding ensued in pursuit of these prized items. The live auction of 22 items included “priceless” class projects created by the students of The Montessori Academy as well as a signed guitar by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, autographed footballs and trips to Las Vegas and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After the lively evening was concluded Windfall 2012 raised over $72,000 exceeding the goal of $50,000! In true Montessori fashion, the event was supported throughout the TMA community with 21 families providing sponsorship for the staff and faculty to attend the auction. Program sponsors included the Gurley Leep Automotive Family, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, 1st Source Bank, Advanced Dental, Manuchehr Derakhshani, Home Comfort Experts, La Lumiere School and Martin’s Pharmacy. Kiernan Anzelc Melissa Baldwin Mary Bishop Tracy Brennan Julie Bussan Amy Cousins Sungita Chung Claire Delano Barb Demeulenaere Kelly Foley Emilia Hartland Amy Heintzelman-Dee Suzette Hudak Amy Jamieson Becky Ludwick

Windfall Committee Sophie Mark Dulcie Martin Rachel Morgan Amy O’Day Shahla Pouya Melinda Romanetz Francie Schmuhl -Wagner Shelby Smyrl Sue Stangebye Fonda Suarez Jen Williamson Mari Linn Wise Celia Yang Jeanne Yoder


An Endowment Fund for The Montessori Academy was established with the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County in 1995. The fund originated with $25,000 seed money and has been added to over the years by donations from private parties as well as from TMA itself. Currently the total amount held in the TMA Endowment is $70, 029.97 which gave TMA a 5% return of $3,500 this past school year. The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County is an organization that pools and invests funds for various nonprofit organizations. These funds are invested for the long term, and there are strict limits on the amount that can be withdrawn. CFSJC is the administrator of the funds, aggregates all the money (there is no separate investment of TMA funds), makes all the investment decisions, and keeps a separate accounting of TMA's share of the funds – including all donations. Every year, the CFSJC offers the 5% earnings back to TMA a.) in the form of a check, b.) to be set aside for later distribution; or c.) to reinvest the amount back into the fund to accelerate its growth.

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