SAES NOTES - JANUARY 2020
Dear Friends:

Today is the feast of Epiphany! As we end the Christmas season, we celebrate the arrival of the visitors from the East who came to pay homage to the King of Kings. Lest there be any question, this is a reminder that the birth of Jesus is not a "local" event"--the movement is about to go global and transcend cultural differences.

In the scripture readings appointed for this day, we hear words from Isaiah telling us to, "Arise; shine" as well as a reminder that, "your light has come!" I immediately think of the children's hymn, "Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!" (We'll focus on the "arky-arky" in a future newsletter...)

My point is, that it is dependent upon all of us in our schools...regardless of our personal heritage...to embrace the Epiphany work of coming face to face with Christ and then sharing the good news with others. I don't suspect that the "wise men" kept their trip to a different land secret and we aren't supposed to, either. Rather, they heeded the advice to "rise and shine."

Our schools are places where we are able to share what it means to come face to face with the living, loving, liberating Jesus Christ! While the message may look a bit different from family to family, we do this work of "rising and shining" in the care and concern we show for our students and fellow colleagues each and every day (even when it would be easier to be indifferent). We do this every time we worship in chapel together as a community (even when it seems to make more sense to use that time to return one more e-mail or grade one more paper). We do this when we celebrate the similarities we have in our personal faith stories (even when focusing on the differences that separate us sometime feels more comfortable).

As we begin the new semester, please know of my prayers for the Epiphany work taking place in your community. Thank you for your continued dedication to working with families in Episcopal schools.

Now, arise and shine!

With blessings,
David+
SAES EVENTS
Marketing for Re-Enrollment
January 9, 2020
12:00 pm (CST)
 
Re-enrollment is a critical time of the year in the life of a school. Developing an intentional and focused marketing calendar will ensure that your external and internal marketing is both cost effective and helpful in building enrollment! This webinar will focus on re-enrollment marketing strategies and best practices.

The Strategic Planning Process: A Roadmap for Success
January 23, 2020
6:00 pm (CST)
 
Strategic Planning is necessary for a high performing board to meet its governance role effectively. If it’s time to craft a new strategic plan in your community, don’t miss this webinar. We will discuss the best way to set the stage for a dynamic process. We will also explore the entire process from selecting the strategic planning committee, to collecting data to inform the process, to hosting a strategic planning event with stakeholders, to crafting the final plan for board adoption. This webinar is a “must see” for board members!

Newly Appointed
Heads of School Webinar
January 9, 2020
4:00 pm (CST)
This Webinar, sponsored by SAES and The Education Group and conducted by The Education Group Executive Coaches who have “been there and done that,” will address your questions and raise others, all in an effort to support and empower newly appointed school heads to make the most of the months before you “officially” start to work next summer. Please join us and fellow “new heads” by registering now for a free hour-long Webinar.
David Dougherty
Director, Executive Coaching
The Education Group
Susan Lair
Consultant, Executive Coach
The Education Group
Bob Kirkpatrick
Consultant, Executive Coach
The Education Group
If you’d like more information about the coaches, The Education Group, and the Executive Coaching Program, visit www.educationgroup.com .

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EARLY LEARNING CONFERENCE
JUNE 25, 2020
ALL SAINTS' EPISCOPAL SCHOOL, FORT WORTH, TX

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2021 SAES BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 21-22, 2021
THE WESTIN GALLERIA, HOUSTON, TX
Father David's Blog
Bishop Eugene Sutton on Racial Reconciliation
This blog entry explores ideas from the Bishop of Maryland on race relations presented in a recent meeting of the Diocese of Fort Worth.

LEADERS FOR THE FUTURE 2020
February 5-7, 2020
Hyatt Regency, DFW Airport, Fort Worth, TX

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Dallas Job Fair 2020
February 22, 2020
DoubleTree Dallas Near the Galleria
Great jobs for private school teachers in Texas and around the South!
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ACCREDITATION NEWS

The SAES Standards Committee and the Board of Directors voted in June of 2017 to change the finance standard (F.3) regarding audits and reviews. The announcement about the change was made to all Heads of School in August 2017, published as pending each year in the  Standards of the Association, and due to take effect with the coming 2020-2021 school and budget year.  
 
As you finalize the budgeting process for 20-21, be aware that your school may be affected. The new standard reads:
 
(Beginning 2020-2021) Every year, the school’s Board of Trustees will engage an independent certified public accounting firm to perform an audit with an accompanying management letter. A school with an annual revenue of less than $1,000,000 may alternate annually between an audit and a review.  

Schools are required to comply with the new standard beginning EOY 2021. Please contact Jeanie Stark ( jstark@swaes.org ) for further information.

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