Dear Redeemer Community,
 
With the support of the Vestry of the Church of Redeemer, we are thrilled to announce that Redeemer Parish Day School will add a first-grade option for the 2021-2022 program year.
 
A Visioning Committee was convened last fall to gauge the impact of adding several elementary grades to RPDS, looking particularly at how such growth would affect the School, the parish, and the Baltimore community. Our discernment about long-term growth continues, but a broad and clear call invited immediate action: to add a first-grade class next year, responding to the pandemic’s effect on families and their children’s learning.
 
We are grateful to our Visioning Committee (Matt Buck, Sara Engram, Beverly Griffith, Sarah Marinacci, and Ted Winstead), who have worked alongside us, as well as the voices of current and prospective parents, the Redeemer faculty and staff, and the Vestry. Ideas and insights from every corner have informed this decision.
 
Priority for the 2021-2022 first grade class will be given to current Day School students, siblings, and parishioners, but we hope that you will share this news with anyone who might be interested in our program. An increased investment in financial aid parallels our commitment to growth. All inquiries can be directed to Katie Poe at kpoe@redeemerbaltimore.org.
 
In the months ahead we will continue our discernment about growth, exploring the value that RPDS might add to elementary education in our greater community. A well-informed decision will take time, imagination, hard work, and capital resources. We look forward to the learning journey that lies ahead and will communicate updates as they become available.
 
In the fall of 1951, Redeemer Parish Day School opened its doors for the first time. It seems fitting that on our 70th anniversary, we consider a new and exciting chapter for our School. This past year has revealed what is possible within a faith-based community that is passionate about education, committed to inclusivity, and dedicated to inspiring young learners.
 
We are excited about what lies ahead and appreciate your support and prayers!
 
Warm regards,
 
Mary and David
 
Mary Knott                                                         The Rev. David Ware
Director                                                               Rector
Redeemer Parish Day School                           The Church of the Redeemer
410-435-9510                                                       410-435-9510
mknott@redeemerbaltimore.org                     dware@redeemerbaltimore.org
www.redeemerpds.org                                     www.redeemerbaltimore.org