Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year

Yellow the bracken, golden the sheaves
Rosy the apples, crimson the leaves.
Mist on the hillside, clouds grey and white
Autumn good morning,
Summer good night.
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

The adventures of summer are now precious memories and the start of the school year is here! Based on the bustle of activity, thoughtful planning, teacher preparation, and an excellent week of professional development, I am excited about what has all the makings of a very rewarding, positive and forward looking year.I, like so many, love this time of year. Autumn is beginning to make its arrival; little bursts of color can be seen among the lush greenery of the trees. A light sweater is required for an evening walk and cool, dewy mornings but, by midday, the summer sun is so prevalent it warms the children as they gather acorns on the playground and prepare the gardens for the cooler weather.

As I do every year, when we are preparing for the children to arrive, I take a walk through each classroom. Silently, I trace a path through the office, into the classrooms, playgrounds, and gardens. On this quiet journey, I see cradled babies tucked in gently, books lovingly displayed in the library, the yellow silks adorning the windows to capture the last of the summer sun, the comfortable corners and toys carefully arranged to inspire play, the bread baking ingredients are ready to be kneaded, plants waiting to be tended and the names of each child waiting eagerly to be found the next morning. As I move through the space I can see the love and the intention for each and every detail and know that the classroom teachers have also taken this silent walk to assure that every child is welcomed into a warm, loving and meaningful classroom that is filled with wonder, curiosity and opportunities for the year to come.

All of this planning and attention to detail have helped us create an amazing start to the school year. The children walked through our doors on that first day into the wonder of the classroom and quickly adopted the space as their own. Warm teacher interactions, stories, songs, art and handwork activities, games and carefully selected materials are woven throughout the rhythm of the day to foster a wonderful sense of community, which will be carried throughout the year and beyond.

Mariposa relies on the generous donations of time, talent, and financial resources from our community to fulfill our mission and close the gap between tuition and the full cost of an education at The Mariposa Center. The generosity of our community has allowed the school to be accessible to families of many economic circumstances and increases our capacity to serve more children and families.The Annual Giving Fund is a critical part of everything we do. Our goal this year is $130,000. Every dollar goes to work immediately, helping to cover the daily expenses of running our school.

Since 2007, Mariposa has laid amazing groundwork for the lives our children will create. The integrity of their childhood has been protected, their imaginations have been fed, beauty has been presented to them time and time again, and their bodies have spent countless hours stretching, moving, and playing.

Then, as now, our priorities remain the same; funding our programs, providing scholarships to families in need and giving children a strong early foundation for life long learning, are at the heart of all that we do.

We hope you will consider joining others in your community in supporting our important work and make a tax-deductible gift today to help us continue providing quality early childhood education and support to the children and families in our program.

We are grateful for your gift, and genuinely appreciate every dollar we receive.

With warm wishes,