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Ten years ago, Sabot School welcomed its first kindergarten class. These children and their teachers led the way for the future school, Sabot at Stony Point.







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LEADERSHIP 2015–2016 Administrative Staff Irene Carney, Ph.D. Head of School

Board of Directors

Mac Purrington President Owner, Apple Spice Junction Adam Rose Vice President Director of Americas Operations & Consulting, Deloitte Katherine Brakman Secretary Senior Producer, The Martin Agency Brenda Daglish Treasurer Owner, House to Home Renovations, LLC Courtney Beamon President, Parents Association President, Delta Airport Consultants, Inc.


Maggie Barrett Director of Admissions & Enrollment

Susan Barstow, Ph.D. Lower School Director

Erin O’Regan Director of Development

Dan Daglish Middle School Director

Christine Webb Director of Finance & Operations

Marty Gravett Director of Early Childhood Education & Outreach

Jon Becker, J.D., Ph.D. Director of Learning Innovation and Online Academic Programs; Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, VCU

George Milton Principal, Targeted Performance Group

Jason Forsyth Professional Engineer, Moseley Architects Caroline Hoover Writer Mark Householder Regional Vice President, Life Brokerage at Principal Financial Group

R. Gaillard Owen First Vice President, Investments, Davenport & Company Tom Shields, Ph.D. Director, Center for Leadership in Education, University of Richmond Vineeta Shah Co-Director and Owner, GoFar Snacks

This annual report celebrates, as it does each year, the activities and accomplishments of our last year. Our feature article focuses on what we have learned over the course of the first decade of Sabot at Stony Point. It is compelling to recognize the richness of what has come into being through the work of, “a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens.”

Wouldn’t it be amazing if ...

It is equally compelling to look back on our founding and early years from a vantage point of security, stability, and growth. The birth of Sabot at Stony Point coincided with a growing recognition that it was time for a paradigm shift in American education. Educators and pundits alike were proclaiming the primacy of “the C’s” including collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. But paradigm shifts are neither automatic nor easily achieved. In the early years of our lower school and middle school, we struggled with the language that would both accurately describe our work and make the case for choosing our school. We used a variety of terms: progressive, innovative, alternative, cutting edge to suggest our niche.

Imagine these conversations between groups of parents over the past ten years. The school we love so much grew from a preschool to an accredited preschool - 8th grade independent school as a result of discussions like these. Imagine their dreams, commitments, risks, and ultimately, rewards.

Today, we proudly claim the practices that make us unique, including our history of studying and practicing the Reggio Emilia Approach and articulating our Five R’s (see Glossary of Terms on p. 4). We enthusiastically invite prospective students and parents to learn about “the Sabot difference.” We enjoy sharing our work with the hundreds of educators who have visited our school through our Sabot Institute and outreach activities. At this 10th birthday juncture, we take great pride and pleasure in the knowledge that we have grown from a “little preschool that could,” as we used to call ourselves, to a Small School for Big Change. Thank you to all of our readers for enjoying this re-counting of the year and the decade past and for pitching in and cheering us along the way.


“Our kids could go to a school where…” “We could have a community of parents who…” “We could attract the best teachers that…” “We could build our dream school which…”

As we embark on our second decade, the Board of Directors and administration are proud that our early dreams have become reality and that the state of our school is strong. Thanks to years of committed parents, administrators, and Boards, we have a thriving community and financial health, anchored by the best teachers focused on cutting-edge practices that help our children become lifelong learners and contributors to the larger community. And it is in our backyard! How lucky is that? This amazing school, a nationally and internationallyknown inspiration for educators focused on the child, is in our backyard! Also, how rewarding it is to see article after article on the future of education and know that we are already doing many of the items featured and have been for a while! Sabot is in a position of strong finances, programs, and reputation because those before us dreamed big and invested themselves in making this an exceptional place for their families. Please enjoy this recap of the work done during the 2015-2016 school year to assess all we have learned — our strengths and our opportunities — as we paint the canvas for our next decade.



THE FEEDBACK LOOP The life of a school naturally and necessarily involves ongoing feedback, reflection, and revision. Sabot has always engaged parents in crafting the vision and experience of the school. In 2015-2016, we continued this tradition through our annual Town Hall conversations. And, we amplified efforts to hear from our community related to two of our strategic priorities, enrollment and facilities, by engaging two separate professional consultants.

Facilities Background:

Since the founding of Sabot at Stony Point in 2007, the school has adopted an initial Campus Master Plan; renovated the mansion to accommodate classrooms and administrative offices; renovated both cottages and the poolhouse; connected the campus to city utilities; built Founders Hall — our community commons with two lower school classrooms; hired a landscape architect to create a plan and implemented several components; and installed 6 trailers/modular classrooms to house our growing lower and middle school population.


In the 2014/15 school year, preschool applications and enrollment contracts dropped off for the first time in many years. While this change in enrollment numbers could be explained in part by a post-recession dip in the birth rate, the administration and Board determined that this change and its implications warranted further and closer study. In 2015/16, Sabot hired consultant Erin Bishop of EAB Research. Erin conducted focus groups including current Sabot families as well as parents who had inquired about a Sabot education but did not enroll. As a result of those guided discussions, we learned the importance of creating a stronger, more accessible online presence, ensuring that current families are engaged to serve as ambassadors, being more responsive to the needs of working parents, pursuing our goal to become a more diverse and inclusive school, and internal communications. All of these will further our goal to deliver the confidence expressed by one of the focus group participants: “...we chose Sabot for our child. Our child was known, loved, and respected. Friendships were made and maintained and there was so much learning, and creativity, happiness, joy...”


In 2015/16, the administration and the facilities and finance committees began to examine our need for permanent classroom space. To that end, an architecture firm was selected to partner on this project, and a new master site plan was drafted. (see p. 12) An important initial step was to hire development consultant Lisa Freeman to test the feasibility for raising funds for new infrastructure. She engaged families through interviews and small groups to ensure that we were hearing many perspectives about our plans.

Facilities Expansion:

Lisa summarized in her report, “Sabot was often described as innovative, progressive, and inspiring. There is a strong belief that Sabot will be increasingly recognized as a thought leader and champion of educational change — locally and beyond.” Currently the administration and facilities and finance committees are working together to formulate a capital improvements plan that is consistent with the findings of the study and the vision of Sabot’s current parent body and extended community — a comprehensive staged effort to meet many of our facility needs for the next decade.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS what we talk about when we talk about a Sabot at Stony Point education

Reggio-Inspired Education

Social Constructivism

Inspired by educational practices in Reggio Emilia, Italy, we believe that children’s spirit of inquiry, as well as their investment in and ownership of work, are sustained when adults treat their capabilities, interests, and questions with seriousness and respect. As expressed in the words of a Sabot student, “If everyone adds their little bits of knowledge together, it creates a much more solid body of knowledge,” social constructivism is a practice of collaborative learning where deep understanding is constructed through interaction between learners. The philosophical and pedagogical throughline for students and faculty, from preschool through 8th grade, the Five R’s articulate interconnected elements essential to deep learning: Relationship: Connections ignite the passion to collaborate, sustain individuals within the group, and foster co-construction of knowledge.

The Five R’s

Research: Learning through the continual search for knowledge, deeper understanding, and new questions. Representation: Thinking, knowledge, and understanding expressed through many media, materials, and modes. Reflection: Transforming new ideas and perspectives into learning through meta-cognition, curiosity, creativity, and imagination. Reach: Taking responsible personal and intellectual risks, sustaining effort, and embracing challenge and struggle.

Habits of Mind

The Hundred Languages

Originally proposed by researchers Arthur Costa and Ben Kallick, these are strategies by which effective thinkers approach questions and problems when answers aren’t already known. These habits are: Persisting • Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision • Managing impulsivity • Gathering data through all senses • Listening with understanding and empathy • Creating, imagining, innovating • Thinking flexibly • Responding with wonderment and awe • Thinking about thinking (metacognition) • Taking responsible risks • Striving for accuracy • Finding humor • Questioning and posing problems • Thinking interdependently • Applying past knowledge to new situations • Remaining open to continuous learning A concept borrowed from the Reggio Emilia schools, emphasizing that children can express ideas and convey meaning through many visual, kinetic, musical, artistic, written, oral, and other representational media and modes. Expressing the same idea in more than one medium helps learners view and synthesize many perspectives. (4)

Kids like being challenged. They like having more expected of them than they expect of themselves. They like discovering they can do more, especially more than they thought they could.

I learned to not be afraid of a challenge. Izzy Schuler, ‘16

photo by Jess Lucia

Bruce Coffey, Middle School Social Studies


BY C AROLINE K E T TLEWELL , Middle School Language Arts

LEARNING ABOUT LEARNING How does a small school shape a big change for 21st-century learning when there’s no blueprint to follow?


f there is a phrase to best describe the founding of Sabot at Stony Point, it is this: leap of faith.

The Sabot School had a deep and well-established preschool program inspired by the approach of preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Central to the Reggio approach is a profound respect for and belief in the capabilities of all children to be “protagonists in their own learning,” — that they can take ownership of their learning and actively seek, construct, and represent knowledge and understanding through a broad and rich variety of means. Sabot at Stony Point was born, says Marty Gravett, Director of Early Childhood Education and Outreach, because “parents could see the possibility that the work and the projects were so rich and the learning so powerful — and there wasn’t any reason why children couldn’t just go on learning in this way.” But there was no model, no guidebook, no recipe for making this belief a reality. As Gravett stresses, Reggio is an approach. “They are very clear that what they are doing can’t be lifted out of context,” she says. Even more significantly, it was an approach that, while it enjoyed an enthusiastic international following, had remained focused on early childhood education. When Sabot at Stony Point was founded, “We were one of the first schools internationally to take the Reggio approach and go on with it,” says Mary Driebe, who was hired to help launch and to teach the first kindergarten class. “We did not have a lot of places to look to as we developed a program through 8th grade, and today we are still one of the few Reggio-inspired schools internationally to have a program through 8th grade.”


The amount of energy and effort the faculty put into knowing the kids — we have learned the significance of that. They will not do the things we ask them to do until they realize we actually care what they say. Dan Daglish, Middle School Science

Adds Head of School Irene Carney, “Progressive educators have been saying for 100 years that a child-led experience, where children have more agency in their learning, is a legitimate and solid paradigm. But the progressive view has been very much in the minority.

“There has long been a belief that

“Everyone was jumping off the ledge and hoping that we would fly.”

Today, as Sabot at Stony Point prepares to celebrate its 10th year, that leap of faith has been rewarded far children can’t be happy at school more than perhaps anyone could have imagined or anticipated. Did we fly with no turbulence? Not and also be learning.” always. Fifth-grade teacher Marla Wilson notes that with no model to follow, it wasn’t possible simply to throw out every practice and start fresh. It was, she There were many questions, then, for which no reliable says, a “constant tension” discerning what worked, answers existed. Could children indeed “go on what should be discarded, and what was imperfect learning this way,” even as the expectations for more but provided a necessary scaffold. Mary Driebe says formal, discipline-specific content increased? What “What proved more challenging than I thought it would third-grade history look like then? Fifth-grade would be is the amount of structure it takes to create reading and writing? An eighth-grade math class? an environment that allows for a lot of freedom and Could teachers and parents step into and give their flexibility in thinking and constructing knowledge.” trust to a paradigm and a practice wholly different from the one in which most of them had themselves And perhaps the most difficult challenge has been been educated? And could students graduate from exactly the work we ask of our children every day, Sabot and succeed in more conventional academic observes Irene Carney. “The hardest part of our work settings where they would face an entirely different has been letting go of what each of us believes to be set of demands and norms? true and really listening to one another for understanding and really opening ourselves to what we “It was a huge leap of faith and trust,” says Kara Page, have to teach each other. The work we are asking the middle school science and health teacher, who was a children to do — co-constructing understanding Sabot parent and board member at the time, and — is probably the hardest thing for us to do as adults.” whose daughter would enter that first kindergarten class. “It involved families willing to take it, teachers Adds Mary Driebe, “We were trying to co-construct willing to try it, a school willing to commit to it. a school, to get everyone that was sitting at the table — parents, faculty, administration — to have intersubjectivity as to what this was going to be, and then to design and implement it all at the same time, with high expectations. And with the children’s needs in the midst.”


At Sabot I always felt that the teachers actually wanted me to do well and actually understand the information.

When I was visiting high schools, what I noticed most were the teachers. None of them taught like the teachers here. Mathilde Gammino ‘15

Lilac Rudolph ‘15

Yet, though it would be impossible to sum up in a few hundred words everything that has been learned over these ten years, a common theme you’ll hear from all the educators at Sabot is a genuine sense of awe and wonder and deep respect for the extraordinary things that we see every day — what happens when children are truly given the freedom to be the protagonists of their own learning. “Giving students the opportunity to investigate something that is of specific interest to them is difficult to do and difficult to manage from a teaching perspective and difficult to do as a kid,” says Director of Middle School Dan Daglish. “But providing the environment where they can take risks is the best way to improve learning and to help them become active learners. And we get them to do it all the time.”

“Our kids leave with a courage to try to seize the opportunities at hand for them,” says Irene. Of course, there is so much yet to be learned, understood, refined, improved. Continued change is at the heart of the Reggio approach, as it is with Sabot’s approach. “Central to it is that it is not static,” says preschool teacher Sara Ferguson. “It grows, it is progressive, it is research based. We are always reflecting, always looking, always tweaking. That is second nature to us.”

And when there are questions, when we are uncertain, And what is the result? First graders bringing art to we continue to look to the experts to guide us. “It the community by creating the Free Kids Studio. has always been our motto: ‘let the children show us,” Second-graders exploring native American and says Mary Driebe. colonial history by building a Powhatan yehakin, or dwelling. Third graders constructing bridges to study “To watch the children learning together,” says Lower physics and engineering. Award-winning science and School Director Susan Barstow, “when you’ve lived it writing projects in the middle school and the annual and experienced it — then there is no leap of faith 8th-grade “civinomics” play, conceived, written, and anymore.” performed by the entire class to explore a complex contemporary sociopolitical issue. Preschoolers finding the body of a bird and inviting a parent to help them study anatomy by dissecting the bird. Fourth graders as authors, writing, revising, and editing stories then publishing them complete with cover art, book blurbs, and an author’s note, and finally sharing them with an audience of visiting family. Kindergarteners learning to be researchers as they explore the concept of civic life through documenting in words and pictures interviews with city residents. Fifth graders evaluating different modes of government and leadership, from theocracy to anarchy, in the quest to create their own classroom governance. And graduates returning to affirm that what they learned at Sabot stays with them and continues to serve them. (8)


THE CLASSES PAST Preschool grads in the news

MARCO DE LEON was a preschool student in 1995; St. Christopher’s School, 2008; Brown University, 2012. He is the co-founder of Rip van Wafels and a FORBES Class of 2016 30 Under 30. CHARLIE SWANSON attended

Sabot School in 2002-2003, was a member of St. Christopher’s class of 2016 and is now a freshman at University of Michigan. Charlie competed in the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in June 2016; in August 2016, he swam in the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii, finishing 2nd in the 400-meter IM and 3rd in the 200 IM; both races were personal bests that set new Virginia records for the 17-18 year-old division.



from Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in 2015. He is currently a sophomore at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He was awarded an undergraduate fellowship grant for sculpture from VMFA (2014); he was awarded three National Gold Medals in the Scholastic Art Awards while at ARGS.


2016. She was the 2016 Times Dispatch Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and the March 2015 RTD Scholar Athlete of the Month. She is a freshman at University of Virginia, where she was recruited to run winter and spring track. SHANTI COLEMAN graduated from Douglas Freeman Center for Leadership in 2016 and now studies in the honors programs at Oregon State University in the pre-vet track. She is also a DJ intern with the local radio station, hoping to have her own radio show. GAVIN COLEMAN graduated from Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in 2016. In the summer following graduation, he sang in Germany with Greater Richmond Children’s Choir, he attended summer school with Interharmony in Tuscany, Italy, and he interned with VCUarts Global Summer Institute of Music. Now he is a piano major at Boston University.

SAM KETTLEWELL-SITES graduated from Trinity Episcopal School in 2016. He is majoring in Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University. He was one of six recent high school graduates who won a Michael J. Stott Scholarship Award ($1,000) for scholastic performance, citizenship, community contributions and service to JRAC (James River Aquatic Club).


SABRINA DAGLISH is a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. As a junior, she signed with Loyola University in Baltimore to play soccer. This year she is doing a Maggie Walker Mentorship with Dr. Annie Ready Coffey, adjunct theater teacher at Sabot.

JAMES FLOWERS graduated from Trinity Episcopal School in 2016 and is now studying sports broadcasting at Texas Christian University.

graduated from Open High School in 2016 and is attending Mary Washington University. GEORGIA RUDOLPH

graduated from Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in EMMA CALL

Congrats to the grads of 2016!


Please send your alumni news and photographs for upcoming issues of our newsletter by email to: When sending photographs please include a full caption that identifies everyone in the photo. High resolution (300 dpi) digital images are encouraged.


THE SABOT BABY BOOM In the spring of 2016, a whopping 12% of the Sabot faculty and staff were expecting a new baby. Welcome to this future class of 2029!


Lower school teacher and tutor Allison Mecadon and Thomas Mecadon welcomed Emily Grace on April 29, 2016. 2

Second grade teacher Alissa Ashton and Dave Ashton welcomed their first child, Baylor, born on May 7, 2016.



P.E. teacher Renee Kunnen and Dave Kunnen welcomed their second daughter, Adelaide “Addy” Rose on May 8, 2016. She joins big sister Emma. 4




Middle school math teacher Pete Santos, Morgan Santos, and big sisters Sydney and Tessa welcomed Mayla Green on May 26, 2016. 5

Spanish teacher Claudia Fencer, Neil Fencer, and brother Nico welcomed Clara “Elena” on July 26, 2016. 6



Director of Finance and Operations Christine Webb and Kyle Webb welcomed Henry David on September 25, 2016.

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Enrollment: Our lower school and middle school have doubled in size in the 9 years since we merged to become Sabot at Stony Point.

The 2016/17 admissions season also brought an increase in the number of preschools and elementary schools whose students transitioned into our lower and middle school classrooms.



Students enrolled in 2015-2016

Preschool (ages 2.5-5)


Lower School (K-5)


Middle School (6-8)

Early Childhood Education: In the summer of 2016, for the first time in over four decades, Sabot offered full-day programs throughout the summer with the exception of two weeks. The program reached enrollment targets within a month and our first summer proved a great success.


Several members of the faculty and staff participated in research and professional development to inform our efforts, particularly in admissions and faculty recruitment.

We succeeded in increasing the number of children of color in our applicant pool and candidates of color in our searches for faculty and administration.

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True North 2.0

We have recently embarked on a new strategic plan, True North 2.0, building on our goals from the last 3-year plan. We are pleased to share early accomplishments in the plan’s four objective areas: Diversity/Inclusion, Early Childhood Education, Facilities, and Enrollment.


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Facilities Expansion: We have reached the point that we are unable to add or expand programs because of limitations of space. We worked last year with Enteros Architects to lay the foundation for future facilities planning with a Master Site Plan. This plan, which envisions roadways and parking as well as buildings, will be our point of reference for all facilities-related decisions and initiatives as we work to create purpose-built learning spaces for all of our students and programs.

True North 2.0 You can read a full descripton of each initiative in the True North 2.0 plan at www. ( 12 )

Annual Fund The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of the school’s fundraising efforts. Gifts provide a direct benefit to each student and faculty member, while also enhancing the quality and range of all school programming. Annual gifts are a direct investment in the excellence and breadth of Sabot.

Founders Circle

Dragon Circle

Anonymous (2) Kim & Jon Hahn Jennifer & Wes Kaufman The Alan Kirshner and Deborah Mihaloff Charitable Fund Sally and Rick Meyers Dale & Mac Purrington Anastasia, Mary Stewart, Robbie, Cheryl, & Scott Redmond Vineeta & Jay Shah

Anonymous (2) Susan Barstow & Nick Frankel Courtney Beamon & Spencer Waddell Katherine & Eric Brakman Martha & Bruce Coffey Mary & Joe Driebe Jon Dudding Dorothy Dunfee Kathryn & David Gammino Jill & Michael Gasper Deborah & Thomas Hanger Shannon & Ethan Lindbloom Mary Susan Martin & Ken McGee Peggy & Ted Mastroianni Laura & Eric Meyers Jane & Rick Myers Melanie Nan & Cliff Barcliff Erin & Dan O’Regan Frances & Ernie Padden Ann Reavey & Peter Gilbert Sarah Anne & Charles Reed Kristy & Adam Rose Lisa Smith Linda & Alan Thompson

gifts of $2,500+

Leadership Circle gifts of $1,000 – $2,499

Maureen & Ben Ackerly Anonymous (3) Kim Baker Pam & Bruce Belleman Zoe & Ben Bunnell Irene Carney & Fred Orelove Amy Chenoweth & Andrew Woltman Brenda & Dan Daglish Karen Fischer Caroline & Kevin Hoover Suzanne & Bob Lindbloom LeAnn & Frank Mazzeo Theresa & Jeff Murray Carol & Gaillard Owen Harriet Schanzer & David L. Raine, Jr. Alice Reed & Hunter McGuire Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia Anna & Scott Reed Kelli & John Sexton Meredith & Rob Shields Kristin & Matt Switzer ( 13 15 )

gifts of $500 – $999

Grow Circle

Recognizing gifts of $250 to $499 Alison & Creighton Anders Anonymous Maggie & Tim Barrett Mary & Tim Baxter Jacqui & Jon Becker Ginna & Sam Dalton Christina & Hal Dowdy

Simone Frantz Valerie Hardy Patti & Cabell Harris Sandy & Steve Henderson Raidah Hudson & Mitch Lee Dr. & Mrs. Franklin Jones Jo Bowman Kennedy Rachael Lape & Dennis Smith Jess Lucia & Dan Hardy Jeanine & Michael Maruca Mabrey & Scott Matherly Heather & Hunter McGuire Jill & Frank Mountcastle Ann P. Page Heather & Chris Paoloni Denise & Michael Powers Nicole Sackley & Eric Yellin Kim & Joe Vellozzi Christine & Kyle Webb

Gifts up to $249

Anonymous (9) Mr. & Mrs. William B. Armstrong Alissa & David Ashton Lori & Frank Bagli Ellen Ball Patricia & Bob Becker Lauren & Cameron Bishop Edith & John Bleattler Mary Boodell & Evan Davis Mary Boyes & Dennis Rodriguez Laura Browder & Allan Rosenbaum Terry & David Burton Mauren Campbell Christy & Micah Dalton Denise Daly-Konrad & Otto Konrad Elena Cavillo & Ross Decker Helen & Greg Cassidy Annie & Bruce Coffey Amy Corning & Ben Broening Kris & Brian Curtis Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Decker Vanessa & Egidio Del Fabbro Shelby Driskell & Doug Broome Kim Eubank & Will Armstrong Claudia & Neil Fencer Sara Ferguson & Richard Fine Jennifer & Christopher Finn Shannon & Danny Fisher Erin & Jason Forsyth Elizabeth L. & Kenneth Freeman Amy Ford & John J. Hessian, III Lisa & Allan Funk Anna & Mark Golden Cheryl & Richard Goldschmidt

Danielle & Brad Goldschmidt Betty & Richard Gookin Marty Gravett & Mark Campbell Adrienne Green Helena Gromosaik Jasper Gunn Gwyneth & Leigh Hagan Amy & Bob Halbruner Nikki & Nate Hanger Dr. Elizabeth & Commander Doug Hanson Renay & Rodger Hardy Catherine Henney & Michael Raff Donna Joyce & Laurence Hill Ann Hillsman Lisa & Sean Kelly Theresa & Jed Kennedy Caroline Kettlewell & Joe Sites Tina Kierzek & Nick Wright Lindsey & Tim Kluender Stephanie Kuecken Julie & Bill Langan Shannon & Barry Lauer Jennifer Lauranzon Thomas Lee Sara Lovelace & Rob Paige Virginia & Ross Mackenzie Joan & Bill Maher

Sally Maruca Christina Mastrioanni & George Milton Jane & Thomas Meacham Sarah & Scott Meacham Allison & Thomas Mecadon Pamela Mickell & Niels Petersen Kerry Mills & Pippin Barnett Christine & John Mingus Courtney Morano & Bill Lawson Melissa & John Oliver Grace & Andrew Olsen Alisa & Jace Padden Kara Page Dona Parker & Robert Myers Lee Parker Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Parker Nicki & Mike Peasley Mr. & Mrs. Tom Pelnik Margo Perretz Elaine & Emil Phillips Andrea & Gian Pierotti Charlotte Hope Poindexter Ashley & Gavin Raphael Jen & Matt Rho Amy & Bill Rider Ann & John Rule Gale & William Roberts

Memorial & Honor Gifts to the Annual Fund In Honor of Avery & Max Hanger Mr. and Mrs. Timothy M. Hanger In Memory of Edward Fischer Karen Fischer In Honor of the work and impact of Fran Withrow & Sarah Anne Reed Jill & Michael Gasper Esa Sferra-Bonistalli & Ryan Bonstalli In Honor of Louise Reed & Joan Oates Virginia & Ross Mackenzie In Honor of the incredible Irene Carney Anonymous In Honor of Stephanie Kuecken & Christine Mingus Danielle & Brad Goldschmidt In Honor of Mary Baxter & Kate Driebe Mary & Joe Driebe

In Honor of Mary Baxter, Mary Driebe, & Cheri Wolff Kindergarten Class of 2016 In Honor of Melanie Nan & Allison Mecadon Elena Calvillo & Ross Decker In Honor of Melanie Nan Cliff Barcliff In Honor of Pippin Kathleen Sams & Catherine Flippen In Honor of Evan Goldschmidt Cheryl & Richard Goldschmidt

Nicole Sackley & Eric Yellin Kathleen Sams J.M. Scagnelli & S.W. Bricker Angie & Jeff Schuler Esa Sferra-Bonistalli & Ryan Bonistalli Anne & Tom Shields Charlotte & John Robert Shields, Jr. Margaret & Grant Shivelight Karolyn & Keith Silliman Julie & Vincent Slack Mr. & Mrs. Alan Smith Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Landry Smith Patricia Smith Lynn & Mark Stevens Elizabeth & Tom Sundberg Betsy & David Vest Carol & John Wagner Ryann Wayne Scott Wayne Austin & Wendell Welder Brooks & Harrison Whitten Suzanne & Harold Williams Marla & Craig Wilson Fran & Jay Withrow Beth P. Witt Cheri Wolff Dr. & Ms. Joel Yellin

special thanks! to Kim & Jon Hahn for their leadership as Annual Giving Chairs for the past two campaigns. Kim and Jon are generous volunteers, donors, and advocates for the school — both on campus and off. Under their leadership, we raised over $200,000 in two years for Sabot!

In Honor of Betty Gookin Amy Ford & John J. Hessian, III In Honor of Erin O’Regan Irene Carney

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Corporate Donors Apple Spice Junction bbgb tales for kids Health Offerings, Inc. Kroger Markel Corporation Martin’s

Meghan McSweeney Photography Simply Circle Sneed’s Target TerraCycle

2015-2016 Annual Fund Giving


Board of Directors


Administration & Faculty/Staff

Nine Years of Philanthropy

The following donors have been loyal supporters of Sabot at Stony Point since its inception in 2007. We are very grateful for their unfailing generosity and abiding support. Maggie & Tim Barrett Susan Barstow & Nick Frankel Liz & Bob Blue Katherine & Eric Brakman Zoe & Ben Bunnell Irene Carney & Fred Orelove Brenda & Dan Daglish Mary & Joe Driebe Shannon & Danny Fisher Erin & Jason Forsyth Kathryn & David Gammino Anna & Mark Golden Marty Gravett & Mark Campbell Sandy & Steve Henderson Jeanine & Mike Maruca Heather & Hunter McGuire Jane & Rick Myers Charlotte Hope Poindexter Denise & Michael Powers Dale & Mac Purrington Harriet Schanzer & David Raine Sarah Anne & Charles Reed Amy & Bill Rider

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Corporate Matching Donors Altria Capital One Services, LLC Dominion The Frontier Project Genworth Google Markel Corporation Symantec


Current Families

Capital Gifts

Our buildings and grounds represent a critical resource. This wondrous and varied setting of new and historic buildings, gardens, woods, playgrounds, and fields requires constant attention and care. Our campus also needs to grow with new, purpose-built spaces for teaching and learning. These donors have given gifts in support of and towards expansion of our facilities. Anonymous Maggie & Tim Barrett Courtney Beamon & Spencer Waddell Claudia Fencer Sarah & Scott Meacham Cliff Miller Family Endowment of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia Erin & Dan O’Regan Sarah Anne & Charles Reed Lynn & Mark Stevens Christine & Kyle Webb

Directed Gifts Anonymous Julie & Todd Ranson

In-Kind Gifts

Kim Baker Mary Bohrer & David Douthit Katherine Brakman Tom Brickman Laura & Ron Broman Anthony Cerone Ginna & Sam Dalton Hal Dowdy

Mary and Joe Driebe Karl Elchinger Kathryn Gammino Kim & Jon Hahn Nikki Hanger Jess Lucia & Dan Hardy Melanie & Mark Householder Jen & Wes Kaufman April Kimmel Zane Mingus Heather & Chris Paoloni Dee & John Pearman Ann Reavey & Peter Gilbert David Raine Jen & Matt Rho Kathleen Sams Lisa Smith Melissa & Neil Zemmel

Total financial aid distributed in 2015-2016:

$225,120 23%

of students received aid in 2015-2016


Fund-A-Cause Donors

Every year, an exciting part of the live auction is when donors raise money for a special project selected by the school. This year donors raised over $20,000 to fund renovations and purchasing for a research library located in the Tudor house. Every year, volunteers work for months to put on an evening of community and fun that benefits our school. Over the years, the auction has grown from a small event to one that provides over $100,000 annually to the school. Thank you to the many volunteers, sponsors, artists, and attendees that made this year’s event the most successful to date!

Auction Committee, Volunteers, & Artists Chair: Jess Lucia

Will Armstrong Ashley Bawol Courtney Beamon Jacqui Becker Christina Dowdy Leigh Dudding Constance Eisele Kim Eubank Allan Funk Lisa Funk Kim Hahn Dan Hardy Renay Hardy Hal Imburg Donna Joyce Jennifer Kaufman Herschel Kassel-Rach Shannon Lauer Matt Lee Susan Martin LeAnn Mazzeo Theresa Murray Dan O’Regan Erin O’Regan Lee Parker Shannon Parker Meredith Shields Rob Shields Elizabeth Sundberg Tom Sundberg Ed Trask Kelly Trask Crawford Turner Melissa Turner Kat Zarfas Melissa Zemmel

Event Sponsors

Allen, Allen, Allen, & Allen Apple Spice Junction Bankers Insurance Capital One Davenport & Company Judy Davis Defazio Law Dorothy Dunfee Patti & Cabell Harris Harris Financial Group Heartwood Wealth Advisors Hotel Cape Charles House to Home Renovations, LLC The Interpretation Room Jones Lang LaSalle Keiter Patricia Lawson Richard & Mary Ann Leatherwood Rona & Rich O’Regan Outpost Richmond Frances & Ernest Padden Ann P. Page John & Alice Panneton Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Parker, Jr Patient First Shamin Hotels Bob & Charlotte Shields Wells Fargo Whitten Brothers

Maggie & Tim Barrett Susan Barstow & Nick Frankel Courtney Beamon & Spencer Waddell Katherine & Eric Brakman Terry & David Burton Elena Calvillo & Ross Decker Irene Carney & Fred Orelove Brenda & Dan Daglish Christy & Micah Dalton Leigh Dudding Jennifer & Christopher Finn Sarah & Max Fischer Kathryn & David Gammino Natalie Garramone & Eric Spivack Jasper Gunn Laura Hinkle Caroline & Kevin Hoover Donna Joyce & Laurence Hill Jennifer & Wes Kaufman Tina Kierzek & Nick Wright Sarah & Donald Larmee Matt Lee Shannon & Ethan Lindbloom Jessica Lucia & Dan Hardy LeAnn & Frank Mazzeo Pam Mickell & Niels Petersen Kerry Mills & Pippin Barnett Jane & Rick Myers Melanie Nan & Clifford Barcliff Carol & Gaillard Owen Kara Page Andrea & Gian Pierotti Cheryl & Scott Redmond Jen & Matt Rho Kristy & Adam Rose Nicole Sackley & Eric Yellin Esa Sferra-Bonistalli & Ryan Bonistalli Meredith & Rob Shields Kristin & Matt Switzer Melissa & Crawford Turner Kim & Joe Vellozzi Christine & Kyle Webb Brooks & Harrison Whitten Cheri Wolff Melissa & Neil Zemmel

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Of the 67% of current families that contributed to the annual fund in 2015-2016, 98% also gave significant gifts of time.

Gifts of Time & Talent

Much of the richness of our program comes from invaluable contributions of time and talent. Our community brings many forms of genius and expertise to Sabot. Thanks to their generosity, we have been able to tap into the considerable talents of artists, athletes, business and finance experts, carpenters, educators, event planners, filmmakers, gardeners, graphic designers, interior designers, marketers, musicians, seamstresses, writers, and volunteer “wranglers” just to name a few! Will Armstrong Ashley Bawol Courtney Beamon Jacqui Becker Jon Becker Mary Bohrer Mary Boyes Eric Brakman Katherine Brakman Zoe Bunnell Amy Chenoweth Amy Corning Brenda Daglish Vanessa Del Fabbro Corey Delaney Christina Dowdy Hal Dowdy Leigh Dudding Constance Eisele Kim Eubank Jason Forsyth David Gammino Kathryn Gammino Brad Goldschmidt Sarah Fischer

Allan Funk Lisa Funk Danielle Goldschmidt Gwyneth Hagan Kim Hahn Jon Hahn Nate Hanger Nikki Hanger Dan Hardy Renay Hardy Laura Hinkle Caroline Hoover Mark Householder Melanie Householder Raidah Hudson Matt Hyatt Shannon Hyatt Hal Imburg Donna Joyce Jennifer Kaufman Wes Kaufman Tina Kierzek John Larkins Shannon Lauer Matt Lee

Shannon Lindbloom Sara Lovelace Jess Lucia Deanna Manton Susan Martin Michael Maruca Christina Mastroianni LeAnn Mazzeo Laura Meyers George Milton Theresa Murray Jane Myers Dan O’Regan Carol Owen Gaillard Owen Rob Paige Lee Parker Shannon Parker Heather Paoloni Dale Purrington Mac Purrington David Raine Todd Ranson Kacie Reid Stan Roberts

Adam Rose Kristy Rose Esa Sferra-Bonistalli Vineeta Shah Anne Shields Meredith Shields Rob Shields Tom Shields Meg Shivelight Dennis Smith Lisa Smith Elizabeth Sundberg Tom Sundberg Kristin Switzer Ed Trask Kelly Trask Crawford Turner Melissa Turner Kim Vellozzi Spencer Waddell Brooks Whitten Kat Zarfas Melissa Zemmel

From Field Day to field trips to Campus Beautification Day, Sabot parents – and grandparents – pitch in! We greatly appreciate each gift given in support of Sabot at Stony Point; we have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this listing. Please notify Julie Slack of any inaccuracies or omissions by contacting her at 804-272-1341 or We regret any errors.

2015–2016 Financial Overview

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This year our expenses exceeded our revenue.

Each year, we expect to expend all revenues received in furthering the mission of our school. From year to year we may show a small net revenue or a small net expense, evening out over time. Our net expense this year simply reflects the usage of prior year net revenues. ( 18 )

Save the Date A s we make note of the end of Sabot at Stony Point’s first

decade, we must also make note of Mary Driebe’s retirement. Mary was the first teacher hired to develop a kindergarten program that would build on the philosophy of the preschool and forge new paths and paradigms for teaching elementaryschool-aged children. Mary’s role in our school cannot be overstated. In addition to supporting kindergarten students in their learning each day, Mary also played a significant role in developing our curriculum and pedagogy. We would not be where we are today without Mary’s considerable wisdom and skill. For most of Mary’s tenure on the Sabot faculty, she partnered with Mary Baxter, who has also retired this year. “The Marys” became inextricably linked and Sabot was all the richer (and more fun) for their partnership. Mary Baxter also served as our Athletics Coordinator and expanded and strengthened our athletics programs considerably. We miss their lively presence. We are forever in their debt. Six of those first 11 kindergartners graduated in 2015. Here, on that day, with their teacher, Mary Driebe.

MONDAY, JANUARY 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Day (Alumni invited to participate) SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Sabot at Stony Point’s 10th Birthday Party SATURDAY, MARCH 18 Flourish, Sabot’s annual auction Hippodrome Theatre THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Sabot hosts a public forum presenting, Voices of Richmond’s Youth THURSDAY – SATURDAY, APRIL 20 – 22 Sabot’s 3rd biennial Institute for Teachers: Wonder, Play, and Inquiry: The Research of Children

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Sabot at Stony Point 2015 2016 Annual Report  
Sabot at Stony Point 2015 2016 Annual Report