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2011-12 Annual Report

Table of Contents Letter From the Head of School and Board Chair .......... 3 1970’s A School is Born .......................................................... 4 1980’s Understanding Learning Disabilities and ADHD .. 5 1990’s A Decade of Growth .................................................. 6 2000’s Growth in Outreach................................................... 7 Financials .................................................................................... 8 Contributors ............................................................................. 9 Volunteers ................................................................................15


Dear Friends, Another school year has come and gone, and we can look back at the 2011-12 academic year with a great deal of pride. Through both the day school and all of the various outreach activities, including tutoring, diagnostics, summer school, workshops, conferences, and teacher training, Groves Academy will have reached over 4,000 families in a record 40+ outreach events! We know from the families we assist that we are an incredible community asset, and we are deeply committed to continue to serve students and families who deserve better. Groves Academy began with twenty-one new families in the fall of 1972 at what was formerly Oak Hill Elementary, a Hopkins elementary school on Hopkins Crossroad. Forty years later, almost to the day, more than seventy new families started the school year, along with the 160 families who returned for another year. We are not sure anyone could have predicted this type of growth in the early

days of the school. Thanks to the careful and thoughtful planning over the years by the school’s board of trustees, Groves has an extremely solid foundation that will allow the school to flourish and will bring a multitude of benefits to future generations of students. John was recently speaking to a mother of a dyslexic child in Florida who wanted to start a Groves-like school in her community. She asked what the most important ingredient is in starting such a school. It didn’t take long to answer. It really all starts with passion and commitment. If a group of people have these qualities, anything is possible. After all, Groves is here today because of the passion and commitment of many people over the years.

share this passion and commitment. With this passion and commitment, who knows where Groves will be in another forty years from now? Best wishes,

John Alexander Head of School

Jason Williams 2011-12 Board of Trustees Chair

We thank these people – both past and present – who created such a treasure in Minnesota, and we look forward to working with others in the future who

Mission The mission of Groves Academy is to enable people with learning, attention and language disorders to achieve success in school and in life.

As an outreach center, we contribute to the understanding of learning difficulties through programs and services for families, educators and other professionals.

As a school, we provide small classes and specialized staff to teach students the skills needed to learn independently, engage in self-advocacy, and develop social competence.

As a learning community, we value our differences and provide a responsive and respectful environment. 3

1970’s A School Is Born

by Margie Zats, Groves Founding Family Member

The world may have been created in seven days but the gestation period of a school took infinitely longer. From conception through development, it was nearly three years before the joyful arrival could be announced — to the astonishment of the skeptics who said it could never be done. The beginning is a good place to start. Over forty years ago, about a dozen disheartened parents, unknown to each other, were struggling with a similar problem: their child was failing in school. Learning by established methods of the day simply did not work — resulting in agonizing frustration. The experts, qualified in education at the time, couldn’t offer a clear solution. The overused “Your child isn’t trying” or “He’s just lazy” were said repeatedly. But these excuses were unacceptable. Each parent knew their child possessed a locked potential deep inside. But where was that elusive key?

1972 The dedication of the Groves Learning ng Center, located at 2000 Hopkins Crossroads in Minnetonka, was held on September 11.



Raleigh J. Huizinga, Ph.D., was named 2nd Executive Director.

Options were limited. Tutoring proved inadequate, confining the families to only one choice: packing up the kids and sending them to a special education school in Florida. But the price of separation, year after year, proved too painful. The challenge became obvious. A resource, here in Minneapolis, was a necessity. With a driving tenacity, this handful of unhappy parents, along with a few technical advisors, formed a committee to explore possibilities. Please remember the internet did not yet exist so instant information wasn’t available. Networking, that dependable method of asking someone who might know something, was their primary tool. School, however, costs money, and the problem of fundraising became an immediate and perpetual goal. A donor had to believe in an idea, a concept yet to be developed. “We’re creating a school for special needs,” a potential benefactor was told. Yet he could not touch it or see

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with special learning needs were just beginning to

students and was vided a facility for dedicated by physician, and pro educators and a cerned parents, ble to learn in una re we o Senator Hubert H. group of 15 con wh a is/St. Paul are in the Minneapol capable children Humphrey. s. oom ssr cla al convention school for educational day The school, nt, nonprofit, cog d as an independe the term “learnin ugh tho Groves was founde n renamed Groves eve s, learning disabilitie ms for students 5, children ages 7-17 who have gra pro 198 al in y ion cat dem Aca and edu d of at the time, a disability” was virtually unhear was founded by

it or be assured of its worthwhile results. “Please write a generous check and trust us” was all the committee could offer. Media packets were delivered to television and radio stations, pleading for airtime. Any print publicity, any exposure was imperative for informing area families there now was help available. Again, trust us! Slowly, as information was generated and word got out, more students wanted to come. An old unused school building on Hopkins Crossroads was purchased and a team of special educators from the east coast was brought to Minnesota. In September, 1972, Groves Academy

1977 Groves Learning Center offered a summer program for the first time. The first dinner and auction fundraiser for Groves was held; keynote speaker was Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.

emerge. Groves was the s first, and remain the only established, private school in Minnesota of its kind.

opened its doors to a few dozen students. Its continuing success is evident. As for that small entourage of parents so many memories ago, they knew within their hearts that this school had to happen. Regardless of the effort involved, they needed to make life better for the future. Assuredly, Grovess Academy was born from a lengthy labor Margie Zats and — of love. Raleigh J. Huizinga

1980’s Understanding Learning Disabilities and ADHD In your 34 years in diagnostics at Groves Academy, how have you seen the understanding of learning disabilities and ADHD change? From the perspective of a diagnostician, the concept of a learning disability or a learning disorder has become less vague and more sophisticated, especially with regard to identifying strengths and weaknesses, and the interventions that may be needed. For example, identifying weaknesses in the area of working memory can help explain why a student has difficulty efficiently comprehending what he/she reads or taking notes in the classroom, and can result in determining practical interventions. One of the most important findings over the years has been identifying the causes of dyslexia and the most appropriate interventions needed. Rather than perceiving dyslexia as a visualperceptual difficulty, in which people tend to see things backward or reversed, it has become evident that dyslexia is due to weaknesses in phonological processing abilities (i.e. understanding sound-symbol relationships). The fields of neurology and neuropsychology have provided a great deal of information of how reading disorders or dyslexia are often the result of neurological differences.

1982 Groves Learning Center was relocated to the former Ethel Baston School in St. Louis Park, located at 3200 Highway 100 South. Enrollment was 115 students.

Ray Boyd, Licensed Psychologist, Director of Diagnostic Services

Another important finding that has emerged over the years is the interplay of learning disabilities and ADHD. Often, students who have dyslexia or a learning disorder also have attention issues or other issues which need to be addressed.

Groves to serve students with learning, language and attention issues. Because of the emphasis on learning specific skills and being able to apply those skills for more advanced problem-solving, there has been a need to make certain that students have few externalizing problem behaviors.

How did this additional knowledge impact students, their families and the classroom?

The school also began to develop a school-wide measurement system for evaluating progress, with new students assessed (if needed) upon enrollment, and all students assessed in the spring to evaluate progress in specific academic areas. We also saw the early beginnings of integrating technology into the curriculum to facilitate achievement and to help students compensate for weaknesses in both reading and writing. And during the nineties we adopted a school-wide reading curriculum based on research.

Additional knowledge about learning disabilities, and especially dyslexia, has resulted in more appropriate interventions for addressing a student’s needs for instruction. While this is certainly true at Groves, increasingly regular schools have begun to train their teachers or learning specialists so that they have knowledge of the best strategies for teaching reading or written language. Also, increased knowledge of the impact ADHD has on organizational or executive functioning has resulted in teachers and parents becoming more sensitive and practical about a student’s needs in those areas.

How was Groves growing and changing its approach to teaching during this time? During the early years of Groves, the students had a broader range of disorders or learning issues. Since the eighties, the student population has become more aligned with the mission of

1983-84 4 Groves Learning Center er was honored as an Exemplary Private School hooll by the U.S. Department of Education.

Tell us about Groves Diagnostics today The diagnostic team has expanded and we are beginning to introduce a neuropsychological perspective so that there is an increased understanding of brain-behavior relationships and adoption of additional interventions to meet a student’s individual needs. Thus, more in depth measurement of such areas as long and short term memory, working memory, executive functioning, abstract thinking

and processing speed will result in a greater understanding of a student’s difficulties and accommodations or interventions that will provide further support while also assisting the student in becoming more independent. Over the years we have seen an increasing number of students who have milder forms of learning or attention issues. There is also an increase in parental awareness of learning differences and interest in diagnostic assessment as a tool to help their child.

You have seen quite a few changes in 34 years. What is your favorite part about working at Groves Academy? The most enjoyable part of working at Groves is having a building full of professionals with whom I can consult and seek additional information about the best interventions, from specific materials for improving vocabulary to the best applications for improving math fact knowledge. I also continue to enjoy the daily challenge of determining why a student is having difficulty in school and what the best interventions might be. And, of course, working directly with students in the testing situation is the most fun part of my day.

1988 A new library was completed and the computer room was expanded. Groves students adopted the Griffin (winner of a school art contest) as the school mascot.

1989 Sue Kirchhoff, former err Groves teacher andd administrator, was named Head of School. 5

1990’s A Decade of Growth How did the community view Groves in the 1990’s? How did it change or evolve? In the nineties, the community saw Groves as a school for kids with cognitive and learning problems. Today, I think the perception is that Groves is an excellent school, but the community at large is still unclear about exactly what we do. Our mission is to serve kids with average to above average intelligence who have learning differences and attention disorders.

What were some of the challenges facing Groves? One of the biggest needs in the 1990’s was to improve the school facilities. There was not much work done on making the elementary school we moved to in 1982 a place that served preschool to upper school students. For example, the toilets were sized knee high for elementary age kids, the lunch tables and benches were also the height for elementary school students and the gym was half the size of a basketball court. The school was showing its age! Groves’ teachers made do with the facilities and delivered a tremendous education. In fact, several staff that started teaching in the 1990’s are still at Groves today. The environment created



Groves Learning Center err was named a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education for excellence in education. n..

Karen Sanger, Alumni Parent and Board of Trustees Member and nurtured by an outstanding faculty made students feel safe, respected and appreciated as individuals. My son, who started at Groves in 1994, said, “Other schools may be better for parents, but Groves is better for kids.” I joined the Groves Academy Board of Trustees in 1994. We recognized we needed to do something about the building. Our small board transitioned focus from day-to-day operations

What are your thoughts on the 1990’s as a decade of growth for Groves Academy? We realized we had special skills for serving students with learning disabilities and attention disorders to help maximize their potential. We focused on further developing those skills and expanding our impact. Last year, Groves reached over 4,000 children, parents and educators from across the Twin Cities community.

“One of the biggest needs in the 1990’s was to improve the school facilities.” — Karen Sanger

to a larger vision of what the school could accomplish. We had a product that could help more kids at a time when public schools were cutting services due to budget cuts. Thanks to the leadership and energy of Jud Dayton, Kathy Kowalchyk and Nancy Woodrow, our fundraising success created new facilities and new opportunities.

1996 Twins Day brought Kirby Puckett, Bert Blyleven and Tony Oliva to Groves. Governor Arne Carlson proclaimed Groves Academy Day.

1997 Groves Academy celebratedd its 25th anniversary.


The Groves Annual Gala raised $86,000 for scholarships.

Envisioning a new Groves Academy September 19 97

By 1997, over 600 students had gradua ted or mainstreame number of familie d from Groves, and s were applying. a record Space was once again becoming school was operat a scarce commo ing in a 1950’s elemen dity. The tary school design was limited for specia ed for young childre lized services such n, and space as diagnostic testing or community events and counseling. had to be held off-site Many all-school . Parents, public and private school teache rs and other profess Academy to provide ionals looked to resources and suppor Groves t services for childre attention disorde n with learning disabil rs. With a lengthe ities or ning waiting list for for services from enrollment, and families and profess with increased deman ionals outside the d expand its facilitie school, Groves had s to meet the need. to improve and In response to the plea from parents and the community, important and well-pla the Board of Trustee nned decision—to s made an remodel existing and to add new space facilities to make them up-to-date, to meet the growin g demand. In 2000, $9 million Think. Groves Academy ..of the Possibilities! launched the capital campaign. Construction began in Summer 2001.

1999 1999-2000 2000 A new industrial kitchen and teaching kitchen were completed. Joan Mondale visited Groves and the Stepping Stones Preschool Program.

2000’s Growth In Outreach Fourteen years ago, during the planning phase of the construction that would double the physical footprint of the school, we had discussions with community foundations and corporations about giving to the ten million dollar building project. Most foundation and corporation development officers knew of Groves and the good work that happens here, but they couldn’t justify a major capital gift for a school that worked with just over a hundred students. It was understandable why these philanthropists took this position.

spent eight months creating a threeyear strategic plan that focused on our outreach services. The strategic plan committee members felt that a welldeveloped outreach program featuring a growing diagnostics program, tutoring, summer school, parent education, teacher workshops, conferences and an extensive teacher training program would have four

We are very pleased to say that our outreach program has realized these benefits and more! During the 2011-12 school year, Groves outreach services reached more than 4,000 families; the number of day school inquiries has tripled since the 2005-06 school year; we had gross revenues of over $500,000; and our director of teacher training spent at

“Outreach for me is about providing programs that lead to hope and change lives.” — Suanne Orenstein

Groves board members and Groves staff and teachers realized that Groves had some core competencies that could benefit the community, and the idea of providing outreach services was born. We already were serving the community through our diagnostics department, and there was much more to come. In 2006, a committed group of board ers members, teachers, and staff members

By John Alexander, Head of School

distinct benefits for the school including: increasing inquiries and applications for the day school; growing fundraising opportunities; developing ancillary revenue streams through new fee-based services; and increasing professional development opportunities for Groves teachers.

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least half of her time working with Groves teachers and students. This focus on professional development was in part a reason that Groves students (with reading disabilities) improved almost one full year in their reading scores from the 2010-11 school year (from 1.6 years of growth in 2010-11 to 2.4 years growth in 2011-12).

Suanne Orenstein, Board of Trustees member and Chair of the Outreach Committee

Groves outreach services have certainly made a significant impact in both the community and within the school. We are very fortunate to have such a strong outreach program, and the outreach team looks forward to continuing to make an impact in our community and in our school.


Main entrance stairways

2000 Groves Academy launched a $10 million capital campaign called “Think…of the Possibilities!” for expansion and renovation. on.


Groves Academy began a project to remodel and expand existing facilities to accommodate growing enrollment.

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Groves Academ y... under constru ction June 2001


Art room Middle School classroom

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Lower School hallway

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Floor being laid in the new gymnasium

2001 Michael Mongeau became Head of School.



Soccer and basketball co-ed teams were introduced at Groves; College Conference First Year.


The Laptop Program for middle and upper school students began.

First year of the Grovess College Fair. John Alexander was named Head of School. ol.


2010 Construction was completed on a $7 million expansion and renovation. Enrollment was 207 students.


Groves Academy celebrated 40 years of service to the Minnesota community. 7

The Impact of Your Dollar In 2011-12, Groves Academy: • Reached a record enrollment of 223 Day School students, a 40% increase from 2005. • Awarded a record $813,550 of financial aid for the 2011-2012 school year. • Served over 4,000 families through Outreach services in 2011-2012 compared to 1,000 in 2005, a growth of over 300%. • Grew to 160 students in our 2012 Summer School Program, 167% growth since 2005. • Celebrated our 35th annual Groves Gala with keynote speaker Henry Winkler and a record breaking 729 guests. Over $700,000 was raised for scholarships, the highest in the Gala’s 35 year history. • Raised over $1,055,000 for scholarships and annual operating needs, an increase of nearly 100% from $534,797 in 2005-2006. • Completed 335 assessments and delivered nearly $500,000 in assessment services to Groves families and the community.

Revenue By Source

Financial Statement Revenues

4% 1%

● Tuition & Fees.................................... 80%


● Give Groves Contributions ........... 15% ● Restricted Contributions ................. 4% ● Other Income ..................................... 1% 80%

Tuition & Fees Financial Aid

$5,831,044 $(813,550)

Net Tuition & Fees


Give Groves Restricted Gifts Other Income

$1,055,099 $266,625 $84,169 $6,423,387

Expense By Source 11%

Program Expenses Management & General Fundraising

$4,816,202 $1,413,305 $639,130 $6,868,637

● Program Expenses ........................... 63%


● Management & General .................. 18% ● Fundraising........................................... 8% ● Financial Aid....................................... 11%





Net Loss


Thank You for Supporting our Mission Generous Contributors CORPORATIONS AND FOUNDATIONS Visionary ($25,000) Cleveland Foundation Groves Foundation Rohn Industries The Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation Sustainer ($15,000-$24,999) The McKnight Foundation Guardian ($10,000 to $14,999) The Sanger Family Foundation Benefactor ($5,000-$9,999) Anonymous Ecolab J.A Wedum Foundation Oppidan Investment Company Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Solutran Leader ($2,500-$4,999) Best Buy Gage Family Foundation Hultgren, Hoxie & Waki Orthodontics Interstate Companies Kyle Pumpkin Foundation RBC Wealth Management-Cinda Collins Group Skyway Dental Target Corporation The Schwan Food Company

Leader ($2,500-$4,999), cont. The Stonebridge Group-Thrivent Financial The Wayzata Children’s Clinic Walter and Leona Schmitt Family Foundation Wells Fargo


Patron ($1,500 to $2,499) Hoffman Enclosures Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign


Scholar ($1,000 to $1,499) Beverly Foundation Caliber Foundation Fabricon Foundation Financial Dimensions Group Greystone Foundation IBM Twin Cities Friend ($500-$999) General Mills, Inc. Contributor (Up to $250) Kemps Alerus Financial CAPITAL Visionary ($25,000) Tom and Angie Wicka Associate (up to $499) Mark and Kris Marshall

Rosalee and Wayne MacFarlane Chip Perry and Beth Miller Walter and Elizabeth Ringer

Scholarship Albert W. Cherne Scholarship Fund The Sanger Family Scholarship Fund Unrestricted The Bednarczyk Family GIVE GROVES ANNUAL GIVING Give Groves encompasses all of Groves Academy’s operating and scholarship fundraising dollars into one. Visionary ($25,000) Mark and Anne Donahoe Emery and Karen Koenig Karen and Steve Sanger Thomas and Jeanne Schnack Ted and Noa Staryk Sustainer ($15,000-$24,999) Craig Bentdahl and Stephanie Simon Kim and Carol Culp Michael and Karmen Hoxie Dean Jorgenson Mike and Carrie Madison Mark Sanger Gary and Sue Schiess

Guardian ($10,000 to $14,999) David and Debbie Andreas Deb Hamilton and Fredrick Schilling Greg and Gail Kenton Bard and Erin Knudsen Timothy Mulcahy Darlene Stillpass Wayne and Kathie Volland Benefactor ($5,000-$9,999) Russell and Lori Anderson Peter and Joan Bliss TC and Dick Bruckner Joel and Alex Cannon Julia W. Dayton Kay Fredericks Mike and Karen Kelly Kathy and Al Kowalchyk Brian and Shelly Murray Dr. Robert and Ms. Susan Ostrow Stephen and Leanne Pontius Sara and Peter Ribbens Daniel Rischall and Karen Blumberg Craig and Karen Scofield Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Charles and Judith Vavrus John and Lisa Wagner Charles Weil Jason and Kelly Williams


Generous Contributors Leader ($2,500-$4,999) Michael and Lorie Afremov Bill Bluhm Judy Brink John and Gretchen Corkrean Dan and Mary Crear Mark and Becky Doyscher John Fontecchio and Kelly McCaffrey Scott and Gina Gage Gerald and Ellen Gallagher Jim and Jean Jorgenson Michelle Klein-Swanson and Scott Swanson Ed and Maxine McCarthy Jim and Julie Meinen Debbie and Larry Moran Suanne and David Orenstein Katherine Piehl and Richard Knowlton Jim Pinckaers and Dr. Nancy Ott Pinckaers Thomas and Janet Sass Kenneth and Nancy Woodrow Patron ($1,500 to $2,499) Keith Abrahamson & Karlene Johnson Bill Bednarczyk John Brenden Matthew and Jacqueline Haughey Deborah Herrera and Douglas Clancey Mark Hodder and Xunyu Qian Mel and Jo Koenig Chip Perry and Beth Miller Anne and Scott Quinlan

Patron ($1,500 to $2,499), cont. Peter Weissmann and Gretchen Van Hauer Susan and Bill Westbrook Scholar ($1,000 to $1,499) Vance and Mary Baran Mike Barry Nate Berglund Joan Bond David Brink J. Martin Carlson Dave Cmiel David and Kathy Crosby Skip Groves David and Marilyn Hoffman Mark Hooley Doug Johnson Dr. Martin Kaplan and Ms. Carole Kaplan Mike and Gina Kazmerski Russ Kennedy Bruce and Deb Kierstead Sue Kirchhoff Michael and Linda Laak Scott and Jennifer Lang Daniel Libman Ryan and Denise Mallery Mike and Susan Martiny Sean E. McCauley and Joselyn Raymundo David and Nancy Nordmeyer John Romans Rick Smith and Kathy Fuller

Eric Stich and Mae Rukavina Virginia Tombers Gail and Hans Tronnes Upper Midwest Branch of International Dyslexia Association Darrell VanLoenen Jeffery Weber and Judy Kilian-Weber Anthony and Toby Yankauskas Mark and Janette Youker Friend ($500 to $999) John and Cheryl Alexander Randy Ban and Sally Gilchrist Mary and Bruce Bean Dan and Sarah Beaty Jeanne Berg Kathy and John Boone Kathleen Brockmeier Kofi Bruce Philip Campbell and Stephanie Steel Steve and Sue Chirhart Michael and Mary Cleary Carole Cuthbertson Judson Dayton Mark Dunham Rachel Erickson Dave and Wendy Huml Scott and Rose Husaby Robyn and Scott Ingalls Patricia Kenton and Phil Politz Lawrence and Susan King

George Kinkead Richard and Sherron Konecki Deb Kotcher and Deb Bushway Gerald and Leslie Kral Tim and Nette Kuch Mickey and Mark Levinger Mary Pat and Michael Litwin Kris and Mark Marshall Cindee and Mike McCarthy Neil McGraw Gayle McJunkin Greg and Marge Meader Robert and Lisa Netzer Michael and Kristen Nicklawske Donna Piehl Marcy Pohlman Pat Rosenberg Steve and Marilyn Rothschild David and Peggy Schultz Krista Schwartz Mary Pat Sigurdson and Denis Rider Chris Sipe Darrell Sykes Sara and James Thompson Dr. Steve Tsai and Dr. Margaret Simpson Don and Jan Voight Thomas and Nancy Wanvig David and Mary Anne Weninger Scott and Julie Yager Marjorie Zats

Groves Academy awarded a record $813,550 in ďŹ nancial aid for the 2011-2012 school year. 10

Generous Contributors Associate ($250 to $499) Floyd and Andrea Adelman Ernest and Marcia Andberg Julie Anderson Brad and Kathleen Begley Jim Beran Mark R. Berg and Renee A. Beltrand Christopher Boynton Dennis and Emilie Branca Mike and Maggie Brown David Carroll Terence Check and Andrea Shaker Don and Alberta Childs Steve and Amy Clay Ella Crosby Christopher and Kristin Curtis Keenen and Kerstin Dammen Amy and Derek Diesen Meghan Donnelly Ellen Engstrom Bette Erickson John Fangman Doug and Wende Farrow Steven and Mimi Fisher Darrin and Nancy Francis Tim Gabrielsen and Julie Gilbertson Kim and Sean Gallant Sam and Del Garretson Barry and Susan Graceman Bernadette Gron

Colleen and Brandon Guest Ellen Hertz Mark and Lynn Hochhauser Dave and Julie Jorgenson Dwain and Mary Kasel Kendra Kecker Bob Kennedy Garrett Kolar Rob and Jennifer Koontz Lisa Larson Lucy Larson Sadie Lawton Mark and Jennifer Lindberg Jillian Link Susan Martinson Joseph and Susannah McHugh Jim Murdakes Michael and Marilyn Myers Dan and Bridget Nassif Thomas and Elinor Nicklawske Jean Oseko Stephanie and Paul Pederson Robert Plourde Charles and Angela Schiess Birgit Schold Elizabeth Schultz Lynn and Tom Sedlack Mary Jo and Galen Severson Pat Sienko Tim Smith

Meagan and Eric Sundstrom Mark and Sue Tambornino Robert and Christine Tennessen William and Marla Tipping Chuck and Maureen Vavrus Kris Vick Charlotte Voight and Nasreen Mohamed Dar Voltin Patrick and Sheila Walsh Bradley and Lisa Warner Linda and Todd Wilke Steve and Susan Wilson Contributor (up to $249) Harry and Leslie Adler, Ph.D. Don and Linda Ahlstrom Willie Allen Chris Anderson Glenn and Cathy Anderson Heather and Matt Anderson Ruth and Bruce Anderson Julia and John Arnold Tim Asgrimson Larry and Wendy Auers Kimberly and Daniel Aune Patricia and Bill Baillie David and Auguste Bannard Anne Bartels Colee and John Bean Barbara Beltrand Ann Bensen

Doug and Krista Bergert Greg and Lisa Bill Zintka Bilyeu Bonnie Blair Michelle Bloom Wendy and Ed Bowers Ray Boyd Dana Boyle Dana Brown Sophie Brown Jonathan and Elizabeth Bruntjen Richard Bruzek and JoAnn Strachan Cathy Bryson Kristin Burger Bill and Kathy Campion Jayne Carey-Peterson Jim Carter Jeanne Cassin Roland and Judy Catherall Collins Cavender Dominick Colasanti Cinda Collins John Comstock Eric Crear Catherine Cullen Lieu Cuttino and Rodney Hawkins Elmer and Dorraine Czech Uma Czech Jessica Dahlheimer Barbara Daniels


Generous Contributors Contributor (up to $249), cont. Kristina and John Delaundreau Robert and Tricia DeVries Doralyn Dibble Erica and Eric Dolesy Don Drupeau Margaret Dykstra Allan and Judy Elias Teri Engelgau Mel Enger Richard and Joyce Filippone Leo Flaten Jenny and Chris Forrest Heidi and Jason Freisinger Annamarie French Steve and Susie Fry Kathy Fuller Brian and Allison Gahlon Robert Gerloff and Lynette Lamb Alan Gould Judy Graceman Todd and Jennifer Graham Eric and Virginia Green Jennifer Green Rick Green Jana Greenfield Jan Hagedorn Howard and Joyce Hall Judith Hall Chuck Hansen


Todd and Lisa Hanson Milton Harrison Marian and Loren Hart, M.D. Rick Hartfiel and Kate Heegaard Hartfiel Andrew and Elisabeth Hastings Jean Hayward Hank Henney Jan Hoffman Kyle Hofmann and Perry Moriearty Aaron and Rebecca Holscher Lisa Holter Marianne Houlihan Dick and Dobie Hunegs Diana Idelkope Paul and Sandy Jacobs Kelly Johns Frank S. Johns II Christopher Johnson Donetta Johnson Michelle and Jon Jonas Andrew and Marcy Joseph David Karon Nancy Knight Elizabeth Koenig Scott Kolar and Denise Walser-Kolar Michelle and David Krelic Orlando Krueger Doug and Anna Mae Lambert Leslie Laub Michelle LeBlanc

Michael and Karen Leeming Gloria Leon Michael Libman Greg Lincoln Doug and Nora Livesay Nancy Lothenbach Sean and Anne Loughrey Leslie Lundgren Bob and Naomi Lynn Tom and Pat Madison John and Nancy Madson Gary Maher and Marcia Kull Margaret Mahoney Craig Mandery Wendy and Steve Mathistad Paula McClung Kathy McCuskey Brenna McHugh James McLeod Mark and Marta Middleton Julie Miller Helen Morrison Tia Muchulas Ken and Karin Munroe Jeanie Munsterman Alicia and Dan Myers Tiffany Myrmel Dan Naumann James and Jeannine Nayes Sallie Neall

Elizabeth and Peter Nelson Jeff and Sheila Nelson Jane Newman Karen and John Newman Dave and Susan Nordquist Paul and Patricia Olsen Dana and Chrysa Olson Curtis Olufson Maxwell Orenstein Dick and Carol Owens David and Kimberly Peeples Jodi Perelman John and Karen Peters Lynn Peterson Ron and Diane Peterson Tegan Peterson Mitchell and Kristin Petrie Meghan Pfeifer Eric Pfieifer Kate Piper Pam and Brian Pittenger Mary and Doug Platt Mike and Sue Popovich Jim Poradek Paula Powell Marilyn and Stan Rakieten Robert Rayfield Kandi Retzlaff Mike Rivard and Vivian Johnson Cindy and Mark Rodahl

Generous Contributors Contributor (up to $249), cont. Mike Romens Colin Roney and Clare Cole Marc and Delinda Rood Karl and Barbara Roos Dee Rotering Brent Routman Jean Ryan Kate Ryan Natalie and Todd Salden Pat and Jane Salden Katie and Timothy Schiebe Dieter Schilling Eric Schilling Abby and Zach Schnedler Kay L. Schoenwetter Kitty Segal Craig and Kathleen Shankwitz Maggie Shea Theresa Shelton Peter Shutte Ann and Jeremy Sinon Edward and Dorothy Slonim Benjamin Smith Teresa and Brad Smith Wayne Smith Jeff Stangler Nathan and Carisa Stangler Doug Stone Stephanie Stowell David and Heidi Stulberg

Pat Sullivan Paula and Paul Sundberg Bill and Vicki Swanson Cathy Swope Chuck and Mary Tambornino Douglas and Brita Taracks Ann Tesler Ken and JoAnn Thaden Helen Torrens Rita and Terry Towey Stephanie Tracy John and Kristen Turcotte Jeff Vannelli and Theresa Bourdage Franklyn and Caprice Waller Darlene Walser Dr. Adolf and Ms. Helen Walser Kathryn Walth Dan Wankum Larry and Maureen Ward Andrew and Kathy Washburn Mary and Eric Wilfahrt Jo Willegalle Betty and Guy Williams Gloria Williamson Peter Wilson Dallas Wolford Dan and Shelley Woodbury Randall and Ellen Zats Gladys Zeidler Dominic and Barbara Zweber

HONORARIUMS Dr. Adolf Walser In Honor of Garrett Kolar MEMORIALS Karen and Steve Sanger In memory of Peter Clark Tom and Janet Sass In memory of Peter Clark Marjorie Zats In memory of Benjamin Segal Marjorie Zats The Kaufman Family in memory of dear Clayton If your name has been omitted, misspelled or misplaced, we apologize. Please contact us so we can update our records.

The names included in this report reflect gifts made to Groves Academy in our last fiscal year from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. If you would like to support Groves, please contact a member of the Advancement Team at or 952-915-4258. Thank you! 13

In Kind A Gentle Touch by Sandra Accolades Salon/Spa Afton Alps John Alexander Annunciation Literacy Awareness Project Anonymous Arthur Murray Dance Studio Ben & Jerry’s Calhoun Commons Craig Bentdahl & Stephanie Simon Black Forest Inn Kathy Boone Brave New Workshop Julia Brauer Breadsmith Judd Brink owner of MN Backyard Birds Bryant Lake Bowl Buffalo Billfold Company Canvas On Demand Centerspace, Pilates Chef Ted Catering Cities 97 Steven & Sherrie Consoer Dale Studios D’Amico Osteria Kitchen and Bar Jud & Shelly Dayton Anne and Mark Donahoe Mark & Becky Doyscher Diversified Security, Inc. Mr. Jay Dudding Len Druskin

Edina Country Club Elequent Jewelry Inc. Elianora Lynch Groves Academy Board of Trustees Groves Academy Project Based Learning Groves Parent Ambassadors Guthrie Theater Debra Hamilton Hammer Made Mandy Hassler-Gartner Heaven on Earth Therapeutic Massage HOM Furniture J. Novachis J.S. Fitness Mr. James Jennings Jessica Barker Photography Joe’s Garage Dave & Julie Jorgenson Judd Frost Clothiers Jungle Theatre Kraus Anderson Lakewinds Natural Foods Laser Link Golf Mark & Mickey Levinger Lindamood Bell Learning Processes Michael & Mary Pat Litwin Livesay Law Office, LLC James & Lynda Mader Manny’s Steakhouse Kelly McCaffrey & John Fontecchio

McCoy’s Public House Medtronic Foundation Julie Miller Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Minnesota Orchestra Minnesota Renaissance Festival Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation Minnesota Vikings Coach Bill Musgrave Minnesota Vikings Minnetonka Center for the Arts Debbie & Larry Moran moto i Sake Brewery Bar & Restaurant Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Oceanaire Seafood Room Old Log Theater Paradise Pen Company Physician Skin Services Dave & Deb Pothen Punch Neapolitan Pizza Rice Paper Restaurant Riverside Dental Care RJ Amann Company Rocco Altobelli Roller Garden Room & Board Rudolphs Kimberly Rynders Dr. Eike D. Schmidt & The Groves Foundation Tom and Jeanne Schnack Skin Rejuvenation Clinic

Skip Groves Tim Smith Michael S.Sudit, DDS St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Stages Theatre Company Sunsets Wayzata/Woodbury Sweet Soul Boots Taher, Inc. The Bakken Museum The Depot Hotel The Ellen Degeneres Show The Groves Foundation The Little Gym The Madson Consulting Group, LLC ~ Life Coaching The Minnesota Zoo The Park Tavern Thompson Academy of Gymnastics (TAGS) Three Rivers Park District Toro Jacob Uttich Vino in the Valley Wellspring Health Center Wild Birds Unlimited Wild Mountain and Taylors Falls Recreation Wild Rumpus Wilderness Inquiry Betty Williams Henry Winkler

Jim Meinen Nancy Nordmeyer Suanne Orenstein Karen Sanger Tom Sass

Thomas Schnack Gail Tronnes Wayne Volland Chuck Weil Jason Williams, Chair

Board of Trustees 2011-12 John Alexander, Head of School Dr. Peter Brown Judson Dayton Mark Donahoe, Treasurer Franklin Groves 14

Deb Hamilton, M.D., J.D. Deborah Herrera Bard Knudsen Karen Koenig Susan Martinson, Faculty Liaison

Volunteers Rose Ackerman Cathy Anderson Glenn Anderson Sarah Anderson Larry Auers Wendy Auers* Jenifer Berg Doug Bergert Krista Bergert Theresa Bourdage Emilie Branca* Gala Co-Chair Judy Brink Nancy Brown Elizabeth Bruntjen Jamie Bundul Sue Buettgen Lindsey Carlson Kerin Chase Amy Clay Andrea Check Terry Check Gretchen Corkrean Floyd Cuttino Anne Donahoe* Becky Doyscher Elizabeth Farrow John Fontecchio Rita Forte Sam Francis Amie Garretson

Mat Garretson* Molly Gabriele Susie George David Gratz Karen Gratz Ginny Green Rick Green Deb Hamilton Andrew Hastings Lissie Hastings Lisa Hanson Dan Heiar Gay Herzberg Karen Hillen Karmen Hoxie Richard Isaacson Peter Jacobs Chris Johnson Shelley Johnson Lisa Kato Carole Kaplan Lisa Keitel Judy Killian-Weber Bard Knudsen Erin Knudsen Andrew Lane Tatiana Lange Emma Lincoln Greg Lincoln Vicky Lincoln

Jennifer Lindberg Nora Livesay Wendy Lulavy Elianora Lynch Nancy Madson Taylor Mallory Kris Marshall Craig Martin Deb Martin Jacqui Mason* Kelly McCaffrey* Gala Co-Chair Megan McCaffrey Dan McCollar Marta Middleton Julie Miller Theresa Mock David Neall Sallie Neall Kristen Nicklawske* Sue O’Reilly Lauren Osman Linda Osman Suanne Orenstein Connie Pearson Ron Pearson Michael Pederson Leanne Pontius Deb Pothen Jill Riley Jason Rivera*

Lisa Rivera Cindy Rodahl Sam Ryan Bev Sartain Chad Schaschl Krista Schwartz Elizabeth Shaw Dan Shelton Teresa Shelton Stephanie Simon Betsy Smith Callie Smith Dan Smith Jan Smith Jim Smith Jonna Synder Tracy Spring Meredith Strom Kathy Swanson Mark Tambornino Sue Tambornino* Lori Taylor Mallory Taylor Helen Torrens Jeff Vanelli Lisa Wagner Rand Weninger Vivienne Williamson Margie Zats * Denotes Groves Gala Steering Committee

Groves Parent Ambassadors Leadership 2011-12 Wendy Auers, Upper School Co-Chair Jenny Lindberg, Middle School Co-Chair Jacqui Mason, Middle School Co-Chair

Deb Pothen, Lower School Co-Chair Jill Riley, Lower School Co-Chair Betsy Smith, Upper School Co-Chair 15

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Groves Academy 2013 Annual Report  
Groves Academy 2013 Annual Report  

Groves Academy 2013 Annual Report