We hope you are all having a wonderful summer. Just a few weeks and we will be back to school for a new year. Such an exciting time for our children as they eagerly await their class assignments and the start of a new school year. The Rhoades Foundation team is hard at work this summer too, getting ready to greet the new year with wonderful events for the Rhoades School community!
Here is a quick update on some of our summer-time activities and some new changes for the Fall.
We have recently completed our new water fountain and bottle filling station project. This Fall the children will find new water fountains and bottle filling stations around the campus. The stations all provide filtered water for a cleaner and better tasting water. Three of the four stations are also refrigerated so the children can enjoy a cool refreshing drink. This is the first of many Health and Wellness related projects we will support in the new school year.
The renovation of the Art Studio and adjoining outdoor space is underway. The project will wrap up just prior to the new school year and will more than double the space available for our creative art programs. The new outdoor space and open indoor space will provide a great new learning environment for our children. Please come and see the new studio when the school year begins.
The Foundation website will have a new look this Fall as well. Our website development team is creating a new place for the Rhoades School families to visit and to find Foundation news, programs and more. We will provide more information about the website launch as we get closer to the school year.
As part of our annual review of Foundation programs, we have decided to move the sharing of family information amongst the school community away from our website and to the school website. In an evolving online world of security breaches and hackers, we would not be able to guarantee the security and protection of the personal information and identities of our school community. Creating a system with higher levels of security would be costly and we did not feel this was the best way to invest the limited resources of your Foundation. The school will provide the classroom email lists that parents use for reaching out to other class parents for parties and events. Classroom parents can also create a list of parent names and phone numbers if people want to share that amongst themselves. Teachers will have a directory of families and children made available to them from the school.
In addition to these projects, we are also getting some programs ready for the new school year. To kick-off the year, and bring our community back together quickly, we will be hosting a Welcome Back to School Coffee for our parents in the Kittle Auditorium on the first day of school right after flag salute. We will also have an All School Social hosted at the school on September 16th to bring all our families back together for the new year. The event will have with food, snacks, a DJ and ice cream! Please mark the dates on your calendar now and watch for details on our new website!
We are looking forward to an exciting new school year and seeing all of you on campus soon.
Thank you for your support,
The Rhoades Foundation Team