2017-2018 Richmond Montessori School Annual Report

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2017-2018 Annual Report

School Mission Richmond Montessori School is a premier Montessori community inspiring academic excellence and nurturing human potential. School Values Community of diversity, dynamic learning, and service Character through personal empowerment, integrity, and accountability Authenticity of Montessori curriculum, philosophy, and method Respect for self, others, and the environment Excellence in academics, leadership and accreditation

Richmond Montessori School Annual Report 2017-2018 School Leadership Volunteer Leadership Annual Fund Recap and Donors Financial Overview Endowments Spring Fling Richmond Montessori Parents Association Grandparents and Great Friends Day Graduates

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The Annual Report is a publication of the Advancement Office of Richmond Montessori School. This report honors parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, alumni, and friends who have helped to make the 2017 - 2018 school year a success. We are truly grateful for the outpouring of generous community support. To better steward your gifts and reduce the impact on our environment, we present the Annual Report in an online format. This format eliminates the production and mailing of nearly 60,000 printed pages and allows us to highlight our RMS community in much more detail. This report recognizes gifts received between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this annual report is accurate. If we have made a mistake, please accept our sincerest apologies and contact the Office of Advancement at 804-741-0040. 3

2017-2018 Richmond Montessori Team Administrative Team

Grainne Murray, Head of School Nimila Banerjee, Registrar Jenni Booker Baker, Director of Advancement Lane Burgess, Director of Marketing and Communications Dug Campbell, Building and Grounds Technician Michelle Fojtik, Elementary Education Coordinator Kristin Giacco, Early Childhood Education Coordinator Alaké Hinton, Administrative Assistant Darlene Marschak, Director of Montessori Enrichment Jerry Rodriguez, IT Coordinator Mary Harvard Nolde, Advancement Coordinator Tracy Wilburn, Director of Finance and Operations Jill Williams, Director of Advancement Maureen Williams, Director of Admission & Enrollment Mgmt.

Faculty Toddler Program Teacher: Felecia Jefferson Assistant: Lavell Brown Teacher: Melody Parker Assistant: Becca Rosas Primary Program Teacher: Dawn Oefelein Assistant: Meredith Bailey Teacher: Mita Gupta Assistant: Javeria Mir Teacher: Taryn Prior Assistant: Alicia Mitsch Teacher: Erin Almquist Assistant: Claire Leake Teacher: Kim Sutton Assistant: Jamie Robinson Lower Elementary Program Teacher: Sasha Altizer Assistant: Susan Kelly Teacher: Stacy O’Shea Assistant: Katie Houston Teacher: Maria Rodriguez Assistant: Sudipa Mitra Teacher: Julisa Robinson Assistant: Laura Canady Upper Elementary Program Teacher: Bree Linton Assistant: Lisa Rowh Teacher: Kalyn Gerrity Assistant: Mui Barron Teacher: Brad Hamilton Assistant: Shanthi Wickramasinghe Middle School Program Teacher: Mary Simpson, Humanities / Language / Latin Teacher: Parham Neal-Pishko, STEM / High School Guidance Teacher: Cassidy Houston, Math Spanish Teacher: Melanie Ruggieri

Specialty Teachers Art Mo Bennett Library Lili Boyd Technology Ann Dedek Music Gaelyn Elliot & Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia Physical Education Page Brookshier Spanish Nelly Tapia & Melanie Ruggieri

Montessori Enrichment Team Meredith Bailey Lavell Brown Casey Dillon Gary Flake Felecia Jefferson Claire Leake Darlene Marschak Becky Nuckols Melody Parker Trisha Potter Jamie Robinson Becca Rosas Maryangela Rubin Shanthi Wickramasinghe Zoe Williamson

Athletic Coaches Boys Varsity Basketball Nilay Patel Girls Varsity Basketball Felicia Jefferson JV and Varsity Soccer Gianni Baldini, Peter Turkaly


Dear RMS Family,

Once again, I am delighted to share that 2017 – 2018 was another banner year for Richmond Montessori School. We exceeded both our enrollment and fundraising goals and achieved record participation in our annual fund. This Annual Report recognizes and celebrates those who have given time, talent and treasure to our school. Your investment in Richmond Montessori School directly supports our incredible faculty and enriches the experience of all of our students, from our youngest learners to our eighth grade community leaders. Most importantly, we were able to offer the kind of education that Maria Montessori envisioned, to more than 280 students - nurturing the natural curiosity of children, honoring the diversity of our community, and preparing our graduates to successfully navigate life and contribute to their world in a meaningful way. We could not have done so without the support of our wonderful community of volunteers; parents, grandparents, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends of the school working together to sustain our flourishing school culture. “Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.� -Maria Montessori I feel truly fortunate to be connected to such an incredible and inspiring community. Your engagement continues to make a true and lasting difference in the lives of our students, and we are deeply grateful for all that you do to support the mission of Richmond Montessori School. Sincerely yours,

Grainne Murray Head of School

Dear Friends, We have so much to be proud of at RMS this year. As a community, we have many successes to celebrate, most notably: An overwhelmingly generous donation by the Wise family to the Wise endowment, which will provide tuition assistance for families for many years to come. We treasure their support of our community.

The creation of an Alumni Board, which has helped to foster relationships among RMS graduates while bringing more alums back to campus for special events. A successful Spring Fling event which brought so many families to campus for a fun night as we raised funds to send our teachers to the American Montessori Society conference in Washington, DC next year. Continued strong growth in enrollment and an increased interest in our Lower and Upper Elementary classes, which enabled us to open a new class in each of those programs this year. Achievement of our Annual Fund goal, which is crucial for RMS and allows us to provide everything necessary so that our students can excel in an authentic Montessori environment. As a parent, I am eternally grateful for all that RMS has provided my children. From igniting their academic and personal growth, to creating a supportive and inspiring community for them to develop into caring, compassionate and globally-minded citizens. I am truly thankful for our Head of School, Grainne Murray, and our dedicated Board of Trustees who lead our school with compassion and integrity, ensuring our continued success as a preeminent Montessori school in our region. While we are fortunate to have a strong financial foundation, tuition revenue from each student is not enough to maintain the high quality of materials, instruction and learning environments that make our school prosper. Contributions to the Annual Fund are necessary to sustain and enhance the academic experience that RMS provides. Sincere thanks to those listed in this Annual Report who donated to the school this year. I personally encourage each RMS family to consider making a meaningful gift (whether it’s $25 or $2500) to the 2018-2019 Annual Fund. With a goal of 100% parent participation, a gift of any amount helps our community grow even stronger. It is what makes our great school an exceptional one, and we cannot do it without your help. Finally, I want you to know that I am inspired daily by our entire school community – faculty, staff, parents, alumni and students – who dedicate their time and talents to finding ways to continually enhance the lives of our children and families. It is because of all of you that RMS is truly a special place. Thank you! Sincerely,

Allison Held Chair, RMS Board of Trustees


2017-2018 Board of Trustees Executive Committee Executive Committee Allison Held, Chair Tara Casey, Vice Chair Jerry Larkin, Treasurer Chris Campbell, Secretary Grainne Murray, Ex-officio Rob Davenport

C.F. Sauer Co., Business Development

Kelly del Campo Merricks Sheltering Arms Foundation, Vice President of Philanthropy Sonny Gupta

Daybreak IT Solutions, Co-Owner

Amy Paisley

Capital One, Audit Manager

Erin Peterson

Gain Inc., CEO & Partner

Falcon Rankins

PRISSEM Academic Services, Owner

Shannon Sinclair

University of Richmond, Vice President and General Counsel

Brie Starke

GBW Systems Inc., President

Tami Toms

Carreras Jewelers, General Manager and Certified Gemologist Appraiser

Jenn Walker

Riverside School, Language Fundamentals Teacher

John Wick

Wells Fargo Private Bank, Senior Private Banker & Senior VP for Greater Virginia

Tom Woodward

Virginia Commonwealth University, Associate Director of Online Learning Programs

2017-2018 Volunteer Members of Board Committees Committee on Trustees

Head Support & Evaluation Committee

Tara Casey, Chair Chris Campbell Allison Held Tami Toms

Shannon Sinclair, Chair Falcon Rankins Tom Woodward

Finance Committee Brie Starke, Chair Darius Johnson Bill Lane Jerry Larkin Amy Paisley

Enrollment & Marketing Jenn Walker, Chair Erin Campbell Bill Farrar Sonny Gupta Christine Hunt Gabriella Kaszala Julie Larkin Erin Peterson Jen Pike Ami Sethi

Advancement Committee Rob Davenport, Chair Craig Anderson Martha Callaghan Stefan Cametas Krista Cametas Jones Erin Campbell Aekta Chawla Kelly del Campo Merricks Peter Henderer Parham Neal-Pishko Carli Nelson P2 Sandhu Whitney Van Der Hyde John Wick Lauren Wright '02

Parent Ambassadors 2017-2018 Aekta Chawla Esther Choi Gabriella Kaszala Shealyn Milesh Erin Peterson David Peterson Maryangela Rubin Ed Trageser Meghan Woodward

Host Parents 2017-2018 Heather and Robert Caputo Esther and Philip Choi Stephanie and Brian Ford Katie and Mark Houston Ann and Jon Hubbard Sudha Jayaraman and Ed Trageser Gabriella and Karoly Kaszala Carli and Garrett Nelson

Melissa and Matt Nelson Amy and Brian Paisley Erin and David Peterson Sujatha Ramamurthy Irina and Nico Verlinden Megan and Tom Woodward Ashley and Brian Warren


Annual Fund Recap All About the Annual Fund The Annual Fund is RMS’s most essential fundraising effort and involves all members of the community. It provides the vital difference between what is ordinary and what is extraordinary about the RMS experience. Its impact touches all aspects of our exceptional program, providing resources and opportunities that would not otherwise be possible. We ask our school community to consider RMS a top philanthropic priority by giving loyally and generously to the School. Support of the Annual Fund ensures that our programs continue to enrich the lives of our students and faculty.

The Annual Fund ensures that our school has the resources it needs to provide an authentic Montessori experience from the classroom to the library, from technology instruction to the playing field, from the theatre stage to the art studio, from toddlers to the eighth grade. The Annual Fund supports the resources essential to the RMS program and has a direct impact on every student, faculty and staff member. The annual fund provides funding to projects and programs that are beyond the scope of our tuition income and support the mission and strategic plan of Richmond Montessori School. Pledges and gifts can be made to RMS during our fiscal year, which runs from July 1- June 30. Gifts to the annual fund are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. RMS Annual Fund Giving Levels & Donor Recognition Clubs 1965 Society Maria Montessori Circle International Circle Falcon Club Blue and Green Club Wishing Woods Circle RMS Circle

$10,000 + $5,000 + $2,500-$4,999 $1,000-$2,499 $500-$999 $250-$499 up to $249


Richmond Montessori School Annual Fund Donors 2017-2018 Corporate and Foundation Supporters Altria Amazon Smile Anonymous Benevity Broadwood LLC Capital One Carreras Jewelers Central Virginia Land and Timber LLC Emily S. and Coleman Hunter Charitable Trust Kroger Massey Foundation Newfound Corporation Northwestern Mutual Moses D. Nunnally Charitable Trust B Ratepro Mortgage Skybridge Americas, Inc. Sneed’s Nursey The Kula Foundation 1965 Society: $10,000 + Hugh and Lucy Boyd Edmunds John and Krista Jones Jim and Judy Reid Maria Montessori Circle: $5,000 -$9,999 Brett Carreras ‘88 Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Family Foundation Massey Foundation International Circle: $2,500-$4,999 Central Virginia Land and Timber LLC Rob and Susan Davenport Chris Dudding and Antonija Kovac Tom and Connie Paisley P2 and Henna Sandhu

Falcon Club: $1,000-$2,499 Christopher Bossola and Allison Held Carter and Sheila Burkey Stefan and Jody Cametas Steve and Erin Campbell Rejena Carreras Ron and Jannina Gahagan Arnab Gupta and Harshna Patel-Gupta Peter and Armistead Henderer Jason Merricks and Kelly del Campo Merricks Grainne Murray Northwestern Mutual Foundation Philip and Dawn Oefelein Brian and Amy Paisley Jennifer Pike Alan and Maryangela Rubin Larry and Emily Scarborough Douglas and Heidi Shurtleff Shannon Sinclair and Christine Lowry Rhett and Brie Starke Barbara J. Thalhimer & William B. Thalhimer, Jr. Family Fund Clyde and Tami Toms Brian and Jennifer Walker John and Susanne Wick John and Martha Wolf Blue & Green Club: $500-$999 James and Ann Astrove Stephen and Jenni Baker John and Peggy Borgard Jim and Estelle Brodeur Gaurav and Aekta Chawla Jose and Alyssa Huizar Ben and Amy Humphreys Gerald and Julie Larkin Thokozeni Lipato and Jori Carter

Deb and Sudipa Mitra Newfound Corporation Jake and Margaret O’Shea David and Erin Peterson Jay Raju Falcon and Nicole Rankins Chris and Debra Saneda Jonathon Silverman and Elizabeth Wolf Mary Simpson


Richmond Montessori School Annual Fund Donors 2017-2018 Wishing Woods Circle $250-$499 Amazon Smile Craig and Lori Anderson Shelby and Beverly Barnes Ryan and Amanda Browning Brian and Martha Callaghan Jeff and Phuong Chulick Robert and Jeanmarie Ciucci Alan ’00 and Sherise Cluverius Martin Conn and Heather Riley Gail Courville Casey Dillon Alan Dow and Tara Casey Alake Hinton JoAnn Jones Karoly and Gabriella Kaszala Kroger Christopher and Bree Linton Matt and Melissa Nelson Joseph and Ruby Tan Joseph and Suzanne Toler Nicholas Trachter and Augustina Levy Celal Varol and Ghada Kessouh-Varol Eric and Jennifer Watson Tracy Wilburn Lauren Wright ‘02 RMS Circle up to $249 Todd and Dian Adams Andrew and Erin Almquist Anonymous Altria Charlie and Annie Arnest Michael and Kara Augone Matthew Avitable Diane Bader Meredith Bailey Gianni Baldini Juan Diego Baltodano and Raquel Montoya Soumitra and Nimila Banerjee

Mui Barron Benevity Charlie and Mo Bennett Jeanne Bluford Derwin and Mary Booker Todd and Page Brookshier Lavell Brown Lane Burgess Kerry Burke ‘99 Dirk and Carolyn Burruss Tom and Joyce Callaghan Dug Campbell Chris Campbell Jim and Laura Canady Capital One Anthony and Heather Caputo Rob and Alison Chesson Philip and Esther Choi Adrian ’01 and Shannon Ciucci Wayne and Lisa-Jane Clark Jared and Natalie Conca Larry and Patricia Constantine Ryan and Christen Courville Peter Coutlakis and Wei-Ming Hsu Jabria Craft ‘07 Joshua and Hilary Czarda Marie DeLong Steve Dubuque Lael Edmunds Brian and Janne Erbe Biali Espinosa and Cecilia Andaya Kathryn Finley-Parker ‘09 Gary Flake Andrew and Mosca Flint Jay and Michelle Fojtik Philippe and Rebecca Franco James Frazier R. Terrell and Michelle Frey William and Meenoo Fugate Sanjay and Sohini Garg

Chris and Kalyn Gerrity Tony and Kristin Giacco ‘84 James Goalder Glenn and Amanda Goring Christopher Grab and Kari Lou Frank Ash and Mita Gupta Brad and Tracy Hamilton Wade and Kathleen Harrington Mary Henderer Cassidy Houston Mark and Katie Houston Diane Hurwitz Thomas and Jamie Ivey Felecia Jefferson Darius and Monique Johnson Niraj and Anjali Kalore Raymond and Mary Kane Barry Katchinoff and Dorothy Lester Tim and Erin Kelly Susan and J. Kelly Dorothy Kinney Daniel Komorowski and Britta Petersson Santhosh Kumar and Shruthi Chandrashekhar William and Kristi Lane Julemar Augusto Silva and Claire Leake Bill Mowry and Darlene Marschak Mary Maxwell Christopher and Alison McCabe Aaron and Christina McClung Eric and Rebekah McKay Danny and Shealyn Milesh Samer and Ferha Mirdawi Alicia Mitsch Hassan and Jane Nawaz Maureen Neal Parham Neal-Pishko Garrett and Carli Nelson Boyan and Andrea Nikolov Mary Harvard Nolde 12 Joel and Becky Nuckols

Richmond Montessori School Annual Fund Donors 2017-2018 RMS Circle up to $249, continued Tom and Stacy O’Shea Gerald Oefelein Jake and Sheila Olesen Melody Parker Marcelus Perry and Jasmine Turner ‘07 Johan and Rajanya Petersson Sujatha Ramamurthy Ratepro Mortgage Gretchen Reynolds Jamie Robinson Jesse and Julisa Robinson Jerry and Yamira Rodriguez Maria Rodriguez Rebecca Rosas-Eterovic

Lisa Rowh Narinder and Ami Sethi Neemit and Pinki Shah Ronald and Elaine Shamaskin Rick and Rachna Sharma Yogesh Sharma and Rekha Bian Skybridge Americas, Inc. Ryan and Elizabeth Smartt Lance and Karen Smith Eddie and Lara Smith Charles Staples and Kristi Bass Kimberley Sutton Nelly Tapia The Kula Foundation Will Toms ‘09

Edward Trageser and Sudha Jayaraman Eric and Whitney Van Der Hyde Jon and Kimberly Waite Bing Wang and Yuhong Cheng Brian and Ashley Warren Ley and Merideth Watson John Wick, Sr. Shanthi Wickramasinghe Jessica Wilburn ‘11 Jill Williams Maureen Williams Chase Wolfe Fisher and Ulani Fisher Tom and Meghan Woodward


Generous Gifts madeDonors in honor of and memory of Gifts made in memory of:

Gifts made in honor of: Brie Starke Anonymous

Lelia Richardson Newfound Corporation

Fern Campbell Dug Campbell

Max and Caroline Campbell Jennifer Pike

Melody’s Garden Rob and Alison Chesson Bernard and Emily Fuemmeler Boyan and Andrea Nikolov Andrew and Jessica Proffit Sai Putrevu and Sireesha Srishti Jason and Chelsea Tinsley Brian and Ashley Warren Manuel Zafra Solas and Cecilia Madero Henry

James Jefferson Anonymous Stephen and Jenni Baker Andrew and Mosca Flint

Dawn Oefelein Boyan and Andrea Nikolov Todd and Dian Adams Wade and Kathleen Harrington Philippe and Rebecca Franco Barry Katchinoff and Dorothy Lester Danny and Shealyn Milesh Garrett and Carli Nelson Eddie and Lara Smith Eric and Whitney Van Der Hyde John and Zan Wick Meredith Bailey Boyan and Andrea Nikolov Philippe and Rebecca Franco Barry Katchinoff and Dorothy Lester Danny and Shealyn Milesh Garrett and Carli Nelson Eddie and Lara Smith Eric and Whitney Van Der Hyde John and Zan Wick

Merritt and Alex Peterson Charlie and Annie Arnest RMS Faculty Ronald and Elaine Shamaskin Sasha Altizer Peter and Armistead Henderer Taryn Prior Peter and Armistead Henderer Bree Linton Peter and Armistead Henderer

Felecia Jefferson Anonymous Andrew and Mosca Flint

Sutton Olesen and The Olesen Family Douglas and Heidi Shurtleff

Jimmy Bennett Casey Dillon

Will Toms ‘09 Marie DeLong

Johanna Schneck Larry and Patricia Constantine

William Courville Gail Courville

Marsha Shands Anonymous Stephen and Jenni Baker Andrew and Mosca Flint Joyce Fleming Tiffany Kremsreiter Lynn C. Humphreys Ben Humphreys Mary Oefelein Philip and Dawn Oefelein

Restricted and In-Kind Gifts Gifts In-Kind Carreras Jewelers Joshua and Melissa Watson Stefan and Jody Cametas Sneed’s Nursery Thomas and Jamie Ivey Mary Harvard Nolde

Center for Education, Exploration and Discovery (CEED) Hugh and Lucy Boyd Edmunds Hunter Charitable Trust Moses Nunnally Charitable Trust B Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Family Foundation Eric and Whitney Van Der Hyde

Happy Occasion Book Club Christopher Ashman and Sandy To Matthew and Michelle Avitable Matthew and Ruba Borgard Stephen and Missy Chiles Philip and Esther Choi Diego Cerutti and Lucia Crippa Alan Dow and Tara Casey Jim and Hale Edwards Ed and Janica Farren Philippe and Rebecca Franco John and Maggie Houston Mark and Katie Houston Jose and Alyssa Huizar David and Caroline Keys Gerald and Julie Larkin Thokozeni Lipato and Jori Carter Nikhil Menon and Shilpa Sridhar Gul Ahmed and Javeria Mir Deb and Sudipa Mitra Hassan and Jane Nawaz Tom and Connie Paisley Rupal Patel Alan and Maryangela Rubin Larry and Emily Scarborough Narinder and Ami Sethi Ryan and Elizabeth Smartt Nicholas Trachter and Agustina Levy Celal Varol and Ghada Kessouh-Varol Brian and Jennifer Walker Brian and Ashley Warren

Restricted Giving Anonymous David Alvarez and Heidi Field-Alvarez Dug Campbell Brian and Stephanie Ford Jonathon and Ann Hubbard Karoly and Gabriella Kaszala Tiffany Kremsreiter Philip and Dawn Oefelein Jennifer Pike Eric and Jennifer Watson


Della Mae Reese Jefferson Endowment Anonymous Stephen and Jenni Baker Brian and Martha Callaghan Andrew and Mosca Flint Eric and Whitney Van Der Hyde Rose Williams Davie and Barbara Wyche General Endowment Anonymous Brett Carreras ‘88 Martha Mabey Endowment Clara San Soucie Wise Family Endowment Marc and Laurel Wise

Annual Fund Allocations 2017-2018 Annual Fund Allocations Curriculum 19%

Financial Aid 26%

School Spirit 1% Visiting Scholar 5%

General End. 14%

Professional Dev. 18%

Campus & Fac. 17%


Unfold our Future Donors The Unfold Our Future capital campaign raised funds to support our campus expansion. It was an investment in our future -- a promise to our families that there will be a seat for their child if they wish to pursue a Montessori education through Middle School. We are grateful to those who continue to honor their commitment to the Unfold Our Future campaign. Jim and Estelle Brodeur Stanley and Jessica Czajkowski Charles and Susanne Gregory Steve Grossman and Cheryl Miller Ben Humphreys Karoly and Gabriella Kaszala


Financials Financial Overview The Board of Trustees is pleased to report a strong financial picture for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. The school’s independent auditors, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP, gave an unqualified audit opinion, indicating that Richmond Montessori School adheres to sound fiscal policies and strict U.S. accounting standards. The Board and Administration are committed to fiscally responsible planning. The school’s operations are funded entirely by tuition and school fees. Additional funds are raised each year to provide innovative programming and resources to enhance Montessori experiences for our students.

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2018 Graduates Financials Operating Expenses Capital Exp. 4%

Other 4%

General Op. 19%

Earned Income Interest/Misc. 1% Summer Programs 1%

Faculty & Staff 73%

Fundraising Revenues Auction 9%

Annual Fund 48%

Tuition/ME 98%

Endowments 42%



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Endowments In order to provide essential qualities of a Richmond Montessori School education – diversity and excellence in teaching, the Board has established several endowments. The yield from the various endowments support programs and projects, while the principal, prudently managed, ensures a solid foundation for the future of the school. Endowments available for contributions include the Della Mae Reese Jefferson Scholarship Fund, the Wise Family Endowed Fund, the Martha Mabey Endowment for the Arts, the Training Educators and More (TEAM) Endowment, the Capital Facility Endowment and the school’s general endowment fund. For donors wishing to make a gift to RMS to establish a named endowment, a $100,000 gift is required. If, however, the purpose of the named endowment is scholarship, a new endowment may be created at a $50,000 minimum threshold. For donors wishing to make a gift to RMS to start a new unnamed endowment, a gift of $50,000 is required. For gifts below these minimum values, Board approval will be required to create a new endowment. In these situations, efforts will be made by the Advancement Office to direct the gift into an existing endowment prior to bringing any proposals to the Board of Trustees. For more information on contributing to an established endowment fund or to learn more about creating a new one, please contact the Advancement Office at 804.741.0040 ext. 49. Della Mae Reese Jefferson Scholarship Fund The Della Mae Reese Jefferson Scholarship Fund (DMRJ) was established in 2003 in honor of the mother of former RMS teacher, coach and mentor, Felecia Jefferson. Because Della Mae would often tell her children to “care about others,” the fund was created by an initial gift from Felecia and her siblings. It was fully funded in 2008. Interest from the principal is awarded annually by the Financial Aid Team to current RMS students who have demonstrated financial need. Martha Mabey Endowment for the Arts The Martha Mabey Endowment for the Arts was established in 1996 to honor former three-time Head of School, Dr. Martha Mabey, Emeritus. Part of this endowment fund includes a $500 scholarship that is awarded at graduation to a current RMS Middle School student for pursuit of visual, literary and performing arts study. In addition, approximately 5% of this endowment fund is utilized each year towards the arts component of the RMS Visiting Scholars program. Training Educators and More (TEAM) Endowment Established in 2004 through a major gift from RMS parents, Jim and Estelle Broduer, this endowment funds professional development opportunities for RMS staff and faculty. Capital Facility Endowment Established in 2012 through a major gift from RMS grandparent Ben Humphreys, Sr., this fund will help to ensure the upkeep of our facilities. The Wise Family Endowment Established in 2015 through a major gift from RMS parents, Marc and Laurel Wise, this endowment is to fund financial aid for students. 23




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Martha Mabey Endowment for the Arts Scholar Mia Tan Godwin High School Center for Medical Sciences


Special Thanks to our Spring Fling Supporters & Sponsors Spring Fling Supporters Sasha Altizer Michael and Kara Augone Stephen and Jenni Baker Soumitra and Nimila Banerjee Zachary Bir and Amber Smirnow Christopher Bossola and Allison Held Ryan and Amanda Browning Lane Burgess Kerry Burke ’99 Brian and Martha Callaghan Stefan and Jody Cametas Steve and Erin Campbell Anthony and Heather Caputo Gaurav and Aekta Chawla Rob and Alison Chesson Philip and Esther Choi Martin Conn and Heather Riley Ryan and Christen Courville Joshua and Hilary Czarda Rob and Susan Davenport Alan Dow and Tara Casey Brent LoVerde and Cora Dixon Chris Dudding and Antonija Kovac Hugh and Lucy Boyd Edmunds Andrew and Mosca Flint Jay and Michelle Fojtik Brian and Stephanie Ford James Frazier Chris and Kalyn Gerrity Christopher Grab and Kari Lou Frank Arnab Gupta and Harshna Patel-Gupta Michael Havranek and Asha Kays Peter and Armistead Henderer Mark and Mary Houston Thomas and Jamie Ivey Karoly and Gabriella Kaszala Daniel Komorowski and Britta Petersson Stephanie Lewis Thokozeni Lipato and Jori Carter

Bill Mowry and Darlene Marschak Aaron and Christina McClung Eric and Rebekah McKay Jason Merricks and Kelly del Campo Merricks Deb and Sudipa Mitra Grainne Murray Jay Narayanaswamy and Sudha Muthusamy Maureen Neal Parham Neal-Pishko Garrett and Carli Nelson Matt and Melissa Nelson Boyan and Andrea Nikolov Philip and Dawn Oefelein Marcelus Perry and Jasmine Turner ‘07 David and Erin Peterson Johan and Rajanya Petersson Michael and Taryn Prior Jay Raju Bharath Rengasamy and Thilaga Subramaniam Maria Rodriguez Alan and Maryangela Rubin Walter and Melanie Ruggieri Neder P2 and Henna Sandhu Robert and Lori Schneck Neemit and Pinki Shah Rick and Rachna Sharma Jamie Shewan Shannon Sinclair and Christine Lowry Dan and Jerry Smartt Ryan and Elizabeth Smartt Lance and Karen Smith Rhett and Brie Starke Kimberley Sutton Azi and Allison Talibi Clyde and Tami Toms Will Toms ‘09 Peter Turkaly and Kim Panzarella

Eric and Whitney Van Der Hyde Celal Varol and Ghada Kessouh-Varol Jon and Kimberley Waite John and Susanne Wick Tracy Wilburn Jill Williams Chase Wolfe Fisher and Ulani Fisher Lauren Wright ‘02

Spring Fling Sponsors Carytown Burgers & Fries, Inc. Rob and Susan Davenport Alan Dow and Tara Casey Elliott Automotive James River Orthodontics Linear Rotary Bearings, Inc. Jason Merricks and Kelly del Campo Merricks Monumental Consulting NewMarket Corporation Tom and Connie Paisley Philosophie Ratepro Mortgage Richmond Montessori Parents Association Leslie Roberts – Dixon Hughes Goodman Sandhu Group LLC Jonathon Silverman and Elizabeth Wolf Eric Van Der Hyde – CFP V Financial Group Ley and Merideth Watson

Hello, RMS Families, I would like to thank you all for another amazing year at Richmond Montessori School. We could not have done this without your time, energy and commitment. I am happy to share the community building events the RMPA sponsored throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Our first event of the year was Harvest Fest. A big thank you to Andrea Nikolov and Jana Smith for making this such a fun event for the entire family. Our RMS Alumni Association volunteered that day. It was awesome to have them back on campus. In November, we had our second roller skating party with a taco dinner and dessert. Parson’s Hall was changed into a sweet puppy-themed Bingo Hall in February. Kathleen Bobbio made this event so special. We “Walked like Egyptians” into our dance in March. Aekta Chawla and her committee hosted an amazing evening with dinner and Rice Krispy pyramids for dessert. Our last event of the year was the fun family picnic, chaired by Kara Augone. We had a traditional picnic with families pitching in to grill and children playing yard games. Emily Scarborough chaired our Hospitality Committee this year. She showed our teachers and faculty how much we appreciate them throughout the year. Jenni Booker Baker and Jessica Berdichevsky continued this effort chairing our “We Think the World of You” themed Teacher Appreciation Week. We had a very successful fundraising year. Michael Augone ran “Pizza Fridays” again this year. We also introduced Ellwood Thompson’s Mondays and later in the year Moe’s on Wednesdays. We are very thankful we had several dedicated parents onboard helping with our new lunch program. We continued our partnership with local bookstore, bbgb, to host another successful book fair organized by Vicki Browne. Pinki Shah coordinated our school pictures and family sittings with Freed Spirit. Shealyn Milesh did an amazing job reaching out to families to collect Box Tops. Thank you so much to the RMPA executive leaders. Their guidance is so valuable to the success of our events. Thank you so much to all of the parents for your support. RMS is an amazing school with a very special community. Sincerely,

Erin Campbell RMPA President

Richmond Montessori Parents Association 2017-2018 RMPA Leadership

Erin Campbell, President Maryangela Rubin, Vice President Kari Lou Frank, Secretary Ryan Browning, Treasurer

RMPA Committee Chairs Harvest Fest – Andrea Nikolov and Jana Smith Picture Day – Pinki Shah Conference Day Lunches – Emily Scarborough Conference Day Childcare – Maryangela Rubin Book Fair – Vicki Browne Staff Holiday Gifts – Adrienne Cleveland Bingo Night – Kathleen Bobbio Teacher Appreciation Week – Jenni Booker Baker and Jessica Berdichevsky Dance – Aekta Chawla End of Year Family Picnic – Kara Augone Pizza Fridays – Michael Augone Box Tops – Shealyn Milesh

Conference Day

Family Social Family Social fu Functions

Conference Day L Lunches 13%



Teacher Apprecia Appreciation 7%

Staff Holiday

Staff Holiday Gifts go 11%

Winterfest Winterfest 12%

Harvestfest Harvestfest 17%

RMPA Dues Every year, as part of your child’s enrollment contract, $60 in dues are paid to the RMPA. Dues cover all RMPA family and friendbuilding events including Harvestfest, the Family Picnic, Conference Day Child Care and other special events. All activities are provided free of charge and are designed to build a stronger RMS community. All parents are members of the RMPA and are encouraged to join us for these activities.

Family Picnic Family Pic 18%


Generous Donors Grandparents & Great Friends Day 2017 RMS opened its doors to our students' grandparents and great friends on November 21, 2017. Over 200 guests visited both campuses. They enjoyed classroom visits, professional photos, a soup kitchen, and a book fair presented by the RMPA. We look forward to welcoming everyone back again soon!


2018 Graduates

Top row from left to right: Maya Alvarez, Trinity Episcopal School; Will Burkey, Clover Hill High School Math & Science Center; Maggie Edwards, Trinity Episcopal School

Bottom row from left to right: Mia Tan, Godwin High School Center for Medical Sciences John Woodward, Trinity Episcopal School International Baccalaureate Program Arthur Zagorodnyy, Benedictine College Preparatory


Richmond Montessori School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. 499 N. Parham Road Henrico, VA 23229