It is almost time for those magical first moments of the school year – when the campus comes alive again and is filled with the laughter of children, along with the aspirations and optimism of a new year. This is Laurence's 65th year, and as a school, we have so much to celebrate – and so much to look forward to.
It is an honor to be writing to you for the first time as Chair of the Board of Trustees. I'm excited to be working with our dedicated Board and our inspirational Head of School, Laurie Wolke. I am also happy to be welcoming our new trustees, Channing Dungey Power, Edgar Khalatian, and Kelly Lynch, as well as all of our new incoming families.
The first thing you might notice when you return to school is the renovation work that has been done in the 5th and 6th grade classrooms, the Administration Building, and the Arts Room. One of the Board's priorities is to maintain the highest standards for our facilities and to ensure that they meet the needs of Laurence students of today and tomorrow.
We are also pleased to tell you that over the summer, we received the longest possible re-accreditation of seven years from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The visiting committee's report praises the school's strengths in the areas of the school's mission, faculty, curriculum, community, finances, admissions, facilities, and security. This was the culmination of a year's-long collaborative effort among the Board, administrators, teachers, faculty, staff, and parents. We are proud of the results, but we are never content to rest on our laurels.
The school has achieved its success through the visionary leadership of its founders, Marvin and Lynn Jacobson, Laurie Wolke, and the forward-looking work of previous Boards. That is something the current Board seeks to continue. This fall, we will be rolling out our Strategic Plan for the next five years, including goals and initiatives in the areas of teaching and learning, character education and leadership, innovation and technology, community, campus, and financial sustainability. This joint effort was also a year's-long project, and we are thrilled to be sharing all of the details with you once school begins. In addition, we will be starting the Master Planning process this year, through which we will envision the Laurence campus of the future.
Finally, as we begin the new school year, I ask you to take a moment to reflect on our special school community – and how you can help to make it even better. In so many ways, the school, past and present, is what we collectively make of it. Let's continue working together to make Laurence the most inclusive, joyful, and supportive learning environment possible for our children. This is all for them.