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Princeton Montessori School Princeton Center for Teacher Education

Annual Fund 2016-17

Dear Princeton Montessori School Parents, Faculty and Friends, On behalf of the Princeton Montessori Trustees, we extend our sincerest gratitude to all of you who donated to the 2015-16 campaign. Because of your generosity and continued commitment to the school, we were able to fulfill so many of the teachers’ wishes, from new materials and a classroom makeover for Upper Elementary, to individual items by program like a new water play station for the Toddlers, additional materials for our new ‘Tune In’ and ‘Eco Binding’ classes, a Gaga Pit play arena for Elementary and Middle School, and new Chromebooks for Upper Elementary. These would not have been possible without your generous donations to Wants-n-Wishes. Your gifts also enabled us to meet our goal of $150,000! We were delighted to see so many families among the list of our caring contributors as participation by all of the community is our main goal. Do take a look through this Annual Report attachment to see the impact our school community’s generosity has made on Princeton Montessori School. As we look to the 2016-17 school year, we hope to focus our annual campaign on supporting educational enhancements, campus and facility renovations, professional development for faculty and staff, and more community wide events. Each of these focus areas will benefit the current and future community of Princeton Montessori Society. Save the Date! We want to kick off the campaign in a big way and cannot do it without you. Tuesday, November 29th is now known as ‘Giving Tuesday’ nationwide, and we hope you will make it a priority to pledge online on or before this date so that our Princeton Montessori School students, current and future, can benefit. In order to make this year’s campaign a success, we need to surpass $150,000. Can we count on you to chip in? Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to our 2016-17 Campaign Volunteers (listed on page 5). In January, one of them will be reaching out to each of you to ask for your support if you miss Giving Tuesday. The campaign would not be possible without their gifts of time and energy! As with other independent schools, tuition alone does not cover the actual cost of providing this quality education to children. Unlike tuition, the benefit to you is that your donation is tax deductible. Thank you so much for considering a donation to our school. We are confident that we can count on you to support our beloved school community. We are thrilled to have you as part of the Princeton Montessori School family! Sincerely,

Peter Egbert

Rita Zetterberg

Trustees and Co-Chairs of the Princeton Montessori School Annual Fund


Annual Fund stats


donations received New initiatives & enhancements • Professional development opportunities for faculty • MS IB certification continuation • SSAT prep course for MS • Farm to School field trips • Soccer, tennis, golf & basketball • Gaga Pit for Elementary & MS • Curriculum, technology & classroom updates • Playground playset for Primary • Sand and water table for Toddlers Labyrinth for outside reflection • Tune In Time & Eco Binding • Marsha Stencel SummerQuest scholarships for four students


campaign donors trustees.............100% parents...............53% faculty/staff....... 60%


of our faculty & staff attended one or more professional development workshops

Thanks to the generosity of our community, the 2015-16 Wants-n-Wishes campaign was a great success! You should take much pride in knowing that YOU have helped make a difference in the lives of our students.



Founders Club $20,000+

Pacesetters Club $5,000-9,999

Innovators Club $500-999

Lee & Marjorie Maschler

Alex To & Anthony Chell

The Bai Family

Ugur & Ayse Koyluoglu

Sadie & Eva Betz

Rita Zetterberg & James D. Kaplan

Jon & Patricia Hlafter

Leaders Club $10,000-19,999 Urvish & Sunanda Bidkar Peter & Mary Ellen Egbert Sean & Ana Fieler Joe Hargrove & Carla Servin Joshua Kulkin & Christina Kirby Jim & Deborah Peters James & Nili Schnitzer

The Jacob Family Anton & Sally Kuppek

Cornerstone Club $2,500-4,999

The Mendham Family

Nigel & Lee Gardner

The O’Brian Family

Michelle & Rick Morrison

Princeton Area Community Foundation

The Peng Family Gary & Jill Turndorf

Patrons Club $1,000-2,499 The Betz Family The Gregov Family The Karande Family The Saltarelli Family The Song Family The Weihe Family

The Mecray Family

The Scriven Family The Shields Family Joe & Marsha Stencel The Undavia Family The Wilmers Family The Zhu Family

Creators Club $300-499 The Castillejos Family Lu Fan & Ang Liu The Ruszala Family The Soccio Family Zhiyong Lin & Wenjun Wu Qi Yan & Li Ye Wei Sun & Jennifer Ni

Our sincerest thanks to everyone who donated to the 2015-16 Wants-n-Wishes Campaign Sustainers Club up to-$299

The Bartlett Family The Baskin Family The Benedetti Family The Berness Family Elizabeth Szpiek Bremser The Bouchet family The Burnfield Family The Cannon Family Anita Canzano The Chambers Family The Cho/Chung Family The Clarke Family The Fang Family The Giblin Family The Green/Matlock Family Jane Green The Gu/Song Family The Hanstveit Family Dave & Barbara Hart The Hayes Family The Hendricks/Kinsey Family The Hindes/O’Donnell Family The Huang Family Corey & Bea Hwong The Leon/Forero Family The Liu Family The Khorsandi Family The McLaughlin Family The Mehrota/Prasad Family The Moskowitz Family The Peters-Manning Family The Petry-Reitknecht Family Curt & Dezra Richmond The Rossitto Family The Sadhu Family The Sarkar Family

The Scherer Family The Shaffner Family Laura Shepherd The Soccio Family The Surti Family The Takeuchi Family The Trotman Family The Wasch Family The Weber/Lin Family The Weiler Family

Current Students & Young Alumni

Brigit Bruning Charles Evans Aryn Gabai Celeste Gabai Andrew Gardner Christopher Gardner Kelly Hart Tessa Marmion Hessmiller Anne Marie Cusack Hinrichs Taylor Hwong Amna Kazmi Sami Kazmi Austin Kuppek Valerie Kuppek Matthew Lynch Daniel Marmion Gerard & Mia Monteiro Xan Nowakowski Evelyn Russo Emily Shangle Lindsay Spring Justin Yi Emma Zetterberg Paul Zetterberg


Missy Bowman-Leonard Anita Chatterjee Jennifer Christiano Kathy Chrzan Ursula Connors Banu Eser Mary Beth Evans Kelly Glenfield Eliza Hammer Michelle Jacob Maria Johnson Toyoko Kitade Elena Kurnov Derry Light Wills Sally Luke Leslie Magliaro Kathy Marmion Lisa Meisenbacher Alex Mitnick Vandana Monteiro Andrea O’Brian Nuria Perez Alona Procaccini Marina Pocino Mary Reuter-May Mary Robinson Shazah Sabuhi Kathy Sellers Gwen Shangle Rimma Skvortskova Clara Soto Lisa Stolzer Peggy Thompson Xiaoxi Zhang

welcome Say hello to our 2016-17 Campaign Leaders Trustee Co-Chairs: Peter Egbert Rita Zetterberg Parent & Alumni Leaders: Bing Bai Tracey Baskin Cindy Betz Nicole Cannon Patti Cucci Sarah Fratangelo Matt Lynch Jennifer Ni Victor Peng Chandrika Sadhu Nili Schnitzer Caroline Scriven Kate Sullivan

2016-17 Annual Fund Our Annual Fund supports enhancements and improvements to both educational programs and administrative functioning beyond what is budgeted for each school year. We rely on donations from Trustees, Parents, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Grandparents and Friends to support these enhancements that make our school a very special place for children to thrive. Your gift to the Annual Fund will have a direct impact on the everyday lives of students, teachers, and those who support them in their work.

Please help us reach our goal of $150,000!

2016-17 Annual Fund

Donations will support: • Educational enhancements • Classroom redesigns • Professional development for teachers and administrators • New technology initiatives • Community Service events • Expansion of enrichment programs (art, music, sports, theater) • Additional community building activities • Continued playground & outdoor additions • Operations support in all areas • Care and maintenance of facility & campus • Added conveniences to support parents

Learn more about the Annual Fund at

Why Give? Why are you asking me to give? The Annual Fund is the school’s single most important source of much-needed unrestricted revenue. It is a vital part of each year’s operating budget, contributing to every part of Princeton Montessori School’s operations. Gifts to the Annual Fund allow us to attract and retain the very best teachers, provide quality materials, and provide our students with a wide variety of diverse experiences - all of these are over and above what tuition fees cover. In brief, the Annual Fund donations benefit all aspects of our school. How can my family contribute? Gifts of every size are gratefully appreciated. Please give as generously as you can. Consistent participation is just as important as the donation amount. An investment in the present and future of Princeton Montessori School is one that will pay life-time dividends for your children and for future generations. In addition, your donation, unlike tuition, is 100% tax-deductible. When should I give? The Annual Fund kicks off on Giving Tuesday, November 29. Between January and March, a campaign volunteer will reach out to you via email to seek your participation. Donations are gratefully accepted up to July 30th, but the best gift of all is an early commitment. Why don’t you just raise the tuition? A full tuition at Princeton Montessori School does not cover the complete cost of providing this quality education to children. In addition, gifts to the Annual Fund are 100% tax-deductible while tuition is not. Who supports the Annual Fund? Each family, past and present, plays an active role in the school community. Our current parents, former parents, grandparents, alumni, trustees, friends, and faculty share the responsibility of meeting the school’s educational goals and ensuring a soundly governed and financially healthy institution. Do other schools ask for donations to their annual campaign? Every independent school and university in this country and abroad has an annual campaign. It is an important tool that helps keep tuition affordable and enhances the children’s educational experience. A common goal of 100% participation builds community and inspires others to give. “We donated to the annual fund because we knew the proceeds would be put to good use to improve the educational and playing environment for all students, and would allow the teachers to keep up their professional development. Besides, the donations are tax deductible, so it makes sense to donate to PMonts as the school is more appreciative than the government. After all, when was the last time you received a ‘Thank You’ note from Uncle Sam for your taxes?” - Victor Peng, parent of Jaylen and Lucinda, elementary students

Ways to Give Gifts to Princeton Montessori School can be made in a variety of ways. All gifts provide immediate benefits to the school and are tax deductible. Credit Cards Online contributions can be made by credit card using VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. Note: we cannot accept American Express. Visit and click the Giving tab to donate online. Gifts of Cash or Check A cash or check gift entitles the donor to an income cash deduction in the year in which the gift is made. Please make checks payable to Princeton Montessori Society and deliver or mail to: Princeton Montessori School, 487 Cherry Valley Road, Princeton, NJ 08540, Attn: Development Office. Gifts of Securities Princeton Montessori Society accepts gifts of marketable stocks or securities in any amount. Appreciable tax savings may be realized by making your gift via stocks or other capital assets. How to Double your Gift Does your employer have a Matching Gifts program? You may be able to double your gift by taking advantage of your corporate matching gift program. Check with your Human Resource Department to find out if your company participates in a Matching Gifts program to possibly double the amount of your donation. Please contact Kathy Marmion with further questions at

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2016 17 Annual Fund  
2016 17 Annual Fund