Dear Concord Hill Families,
Congratulations on the completion of our final day of classes! We have crossed the finish line and now it is time for the victory lap. It’s been an incredible year of learning, on so many levels. We are excited to take a victory lap together as we finish the year CHS Strong! Please review the details below about Field Day and the other special programs we have planned for CHS Strong Week. We particularly look forward to joining together as a full Concord Hill community for our closing meeting and graduation next Friday, June 5, at 9:00 AM. It will be a special morning as we celebrate our Class of 2020 and officially pronounce the school year complete.
As we look to next week, parents please make sure that you have signed up for an end of the year parent–teacher conference. The teachers look forward to connecting and sharing all that they have learned about your child this year as well as hearing your observations and insights as you have been on the front lines at home with your child for the past two and a half months. Teachers will share strengths and areas of growth and any individual recommendations for the summer. We will also be working over the next couple weeks on grade level recommendations and resources for summer learning. A communication with this information will be sent home accompanying the end of year report cards the week of June 15.
I want to close by expressing my deep gratitude again to our teachers, our students, and to all of our families. You have all shown such strength and resilience throughout the past months. You have demonstrated time and again the character of the Concord Hill community as you have risen to the challenges of a global crisis. I am so proud of all that we have accomplished under these extremely difficult circumstances. While the crisis is far from over, I know that the Concord Hill community will remain strong and is ready for the challenges that lie ahead.
We hope to see many of you tomorrow night at our Family Bingo Night! Details and sign up below.
Best Wishes to Our Departing Faculty
As this school year comes to an end, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate and thank our departing faculty. I want to personally thank Cheryl Crain, Donna Sturtevant, Rachel Holzer, and Marni Kehler for their dedication and contributions to Concord Hill. You have each left a special mark on Concord Hill and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
Cheryl Crain came to Concord Hill in 1999 as a First Grade teacher and has remained in that role ever since. Hundreds and hundreds of children gained the foundations of reading, writing, and math because of Cheryl’s thoughtful and engaging approach to teaching. She enabled each of her First Grade students to become worldwide travelers and they never even left their classroom! She is a dedicated professional who has always found great pleasure in mentoring the minds of six and seven year olds and how fortunate we are to have had her with us all those years. She is a marathon runner and a marathon teacher who has touched so many of us in a positive way. We wish her all the best and will miss her.
Donna Sturtevant joined the Concord Hill staff in 2015 during a very busy year – the celebration of the School’s 50th Anniversary. As the Director of Communications and Assistant Director of Advancement, Donna stepped right up and kept the community informed with her creative writing and artistic approach. She’s been instrumental in helping with our Auctions, Celebrations, Children’s Fairs, and many other Advancement events. She’s a talented photographer, artist, website manager, and yearbook editor, to name a few. She has truly kept us connected over the years and has also kept us smiling, as she has a super sense of humor. We will miss her and wish her well.
We welcomed Rachel Holzer to Concord Hill in 2013 as a Second Grade teacher. Her kind, gentle character has had a lasting effect on the many students that she has taught over the years. She is a dedicated teacher who truly cares about and loves her students. She is extremely creative and incorporates her artistic talent in a variety of her lessons, resulting in very engaged, happy students. She has guided so many fortunate students to become more confident readers and mathematicians. Her students gained an in depth appreciation of Native American History as well as the joys of learning about the “Fifty Nifty United States” all while wearing a creative hat. We wish Rachel much happiness and we will certainly miss her.
We welcomed Marni Kehler to Concord Hill and the Primary classroom in January of this year to team with Sandy Vogelman. Her warmth, creativity, and positive spirit were immediately felt. She connected beautifully with the children and she and Mrs. Vogelman became a dynamic teaching duo. She rose to the challenge of Home Learning where her creativity was on full display. While Marni’s stay at Concord Hill has been brief, it has been a true pleasure, and we hope to see her back at Concord Hill in the future.