Re-enrollment for 2020/2021 Opens February 3rd!


Re-enrollment

Re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will begin February 3rd with a late enrollment fee after April 17th.

In case you missed the 1/17/2020 email:

A Word From Our Board President, Matt Myren

To the Da Vinci Waldorf community:

As promised, this letter contains additional information regarding the re-enrollment process (beginning February 3rd through TADS) and the strides we are making in strengthening our school.

As we move forward, a focus for our expanded Board will be communicating more frequently and with greater transparency around the budget. We will look for and cultivate more opportunities for community members to provide vital feedback and input to support strong decision-making.

There is much to be proud of and excited about at Da Vinci Waldorf. Re-enrollment is an important next step in our ongoing journey together, and we are proud and humbled by the opportunity to share that journey with you.

A Word From Our Board Treasurer, Christian Canga

To the Da Vinci Waldorf community:

As Matt mentioned, there is much to be proud of as community members with Da Vinci Waldorf School. I wish to take this opportunity to recognize a few of the key 2019 accomplishments and celebrate our collective success with the anticipation of more to come in 2020.

Community Engagement:

At Da Vinci Waldorf, Community Engagement is a top priority. That is, the ability to create lasting relationships with and between members of our school community as well as the wider community at large.   

During the calendar year 2019 we held more than 20 events.

Some Highlights include:

  • Waldorf 100 Celebration on September 19th
  • Community Conversations
  • Food Drive for the Wauconda Food Pantry 
  • Pancake Breakfasts
  • Parent Eurythmy Evening with guest Sarah Weber
  • Re-introduction and development of Kindermarket as an annual event

Teacher Training

Our committed faculty and staff are engaged in ongoing professional development and training. Below is a list of programs and courses undergone by our faculty.

  • Center for Anthroposophy
  • Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program
  • Great Lakes Waldorf Institute
  • Farm-to-School training program
  • Shoemaking Workshop
  • Juniper Tree Nature Story program

Building and Grounds Maintenance:

  • New bathrooms remodel funded through a community member donation
  • Parking lot resurfacing
  • Inner office and classroom repainting
  • Facilities work days to spruce up inside and out

Developing Sources of Non-Tuition Revenue:

  • Giving Circle
  • Spring Event
  • Raffle
  • Scrip Program
  • Boxtops for Education
  • All-Community Festivals

New Families

15 new families have enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year.

These accomplishments, of course, would not have been possible without the continued financial and volunteer support of our community and staff members. Our school is fortunate to have such talented and dedicated resources that provide the fuel that keeps us operating smoothly. At the same time as this good news, in the interest of full transparency, it is important to recognize that we are still far from financial prosperity, and in an effort to continue to place the “right people on the right bus”, our school greatly benefits from a strong volunteer base with different skills and unique perspectives. As such, I would like to initiate a “call to action” for anyone who is interested in finding “your seat on the bus” or getting more involved in the life of our school, please reach out to Matt Myren, President of the Board or our Administrator, Marianne Fieber.

Re-enrollment

Re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will begin February 3rd with a late enrollment fee after April 17th.

2020-2021 Tuition and Fee Schedule

Changes to Financial Aid Policies

  • Financial Aid is applied to Tuition only. Fees are not reduced. Additional services for Before Care and Aftercare are not included; they are eligible for a Child Tax Credit.
  • Family Cap is for Kindergarten and Grades tuition only. Pre-K and additional services are eligible for Child Tax Credit.

Important Dates:

  • February 3: TADS opens for re-enrollment
  • March 2: OPEN ENROLLMENT for new families begins 
  • April 17: Re-enrollment deadline to avoid late fee of $200.00
  • April 17: Financial Aid Applications due
  • May 8: Financial Aid decisions will be determined
  • by May 22: Notifications regarding Financial Aid will be made

Online re-enrollment will be open in TADS beginning February 3rd. Be sure to read the agreements and supplementary questions as there have been some changes.

If you’d like to schedule a conversation with the Administrator, Treasurer, or a Board member, please ask. We are happy to speak with you regarding any questions you may have regarding the re-enrollment process or the school.

I welcome all DVWS community members to take a proactive step and re-enroll as early as possible to help make our 2020/2021 budget as strong and predictive as it can be.

Matt Myren, President
Board of Trustees
Da Vinci Waldorf School

Christian Canga, Treasurer
Board of Trustees
Da Vinci Waldorf School


In case you missed the 1/10/2020 email:


Re-enrollment for 2020/2021 Opens February 3rd!

A Word From Our Board President, Matt Myren

To the Da Vinci Waldorf community:

I am thrilled to be writing to the Da Vinci Waldorf community for the first time as the newly elected President of the Board of Trustees. A letter on re-enrollment, from our new Treasurer Christian Canga, will follow my letter. Christian and I have both seen the school through similar lenses-as parents, supporters, and spouses of dedicated teachers. Each of these experiences has deepened our respect for the value that this educational method brings to our children, our families, our communities and our world.

Every member of the Da Vinci community brings a unique set of skills, interests and values that blend together to create our unique Waldorf family. It is the people: teachers, students, staff and parents, that together make our school what it is. We want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your continued support of Da Vinci through enrollment, as well as through your volunteer efforts, which are important in our efforts to create and deepen our community.

As parents of Da Vinci students current, past and future, we are keenly aware of, and excited about, the benefits of a Waldorf Education for your child. Waldorf offers a unique developmental curriculum, providing the right lessons at the right time to allow your children to thrive while feeding their love of learning. Waldorf education puts a focus on building a long lasting and meaningful relationship between the students and their teachers, and uses an artistic method of teaching to cultivate creativity and creative problem-solving.

At Da Vinci, our dedicated and passionate teachers are not “teaching to the test”, they are teaching and understanding the whole human being that makes up your child, with respect for each individual child on display every day. In short, Da Vinci Waldorf offers a unique way to bring out the best in your child, in an environment where they feel safe, secure, and where they love to come everyday to co-create their learning experience. The result is confident, prepared students that are ready to take the next step in their education, to be leaders and creative thinkers, and where needed and desired, to change the world for the better.

Like everything in life, we are experiencing change at Da Vinci, including on the Board of Trustees. After many years of dedicated service, Joe Anderson has stepped down as President and I have stepped into that role. Bill Jones has accepted the Vice President slot vacated by me, and as stated above Christian has joined as our new Treasurer. Further additions to the Board include Chad Bantner as our new Development Chair, Kristin Floress as the PTO Board representative, and Maurice Safavi as a new member at large. The Board is expanding and adding expertise to help us grow-and we are excited to be a part of that growth.

We will soon be talking with you, the school community, about our vision for the future of Da Vinci. We are kicking off a new strategic planning process which will begin later this month, January 2020, with a goal of bringing a series of strategic plan options to the school community over the next few months. Our goal is to refresh and recalibrate the current multi-year plan, with a focus on listening and incorporating input from the community as to what priorities you want to see included in our new strategic plan.

We will also be sharing additional information around our budget in the near future. As we move forward, a focus for our expanded Board will be communicating more frequently and with greater transparency around the budget. We will also provide more opportunities for community members to provide feedback and input.

Towards that goal, I will now turn this over to Christian to discuss re-enrollment and tuition rates for next year and how that all fits into our budget and future goals.


A Word From Our Board Treasurer, Christian Canga

To the Da Vinci Waldorf community:

As Matt stated in his closing remarks, Da Vinci Waldorf is currently going through exciting changes in leadership as it relates to both our newly elected Board of Trustees as well as a number of community members now filling critical roles across various governance committees. Please rest assured that these changes are being carefully planned with the main objective of “getting the right people on the right bus, and more importantly, having these people occupy the right seats” in an effort to steer our school in the right direction.

At the onset of these recent changes, and during my short tenure as the new Treasurer, I’ve already begun witnessing an overwhelming level of engagement from our new committee members bringing fresh ideas that will ultimately contribute towards the development of an effective Strategic Planning process.

As a community, we have much to be proud of and I would be remiss not to take this opportunity to recognize key areas where we have seen success and growth. Next week, look for more details regarding these areas for which we may feel proud as members of the Da Vinci Waldorf family:

Community Engagement
Teacher Training
Building and Grounds Maintenance

Growth of new Sources of Revenue
New Enrolling Families 
Community Outreach and Inquiries

These accomplishments, of course, would not have been possible without the continued financial and volunteer support of our community and staff members. Our school is fortunate to have such talented and dedicated resources that provide the fuel that keeps us operating smoothly. At the same time, in the interest of full transparency, it is important to recognize that we are still far from financial prosperity which is why the board and community members are working tirelessly to find creative ways to increase revenue.

Further, in order to support DVWS’ commitment to faculty and administration and deliver competitive wages, the Board Executive Committee has approved a nominal 1% increase in Tuition and Fees for the 2020/2021 school year. Please note that this increase will be applied towards salary increases in its entirety.

Lastly, our commitment to develop a strong and predictive budget for the 2020/2021 school year depends entirely on the ability to confirm re-enrollment on or before the end of the school year. Understanding the total expected revenue coming from Tuition and Fees coupled with adjustments for Financial Aid, Family Caps and Tuition Remission allows the DVWS Finance Committee to develop appropriate recommendations and help guide decisions regarding our upcoming Strategic Initiatives.

Re-enrollment

Re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will begin February 3rd with a late enrollment fee after April 17th.

Next week we will share more complete reenrollment process instructions, the Tuition and Fee Schedule along with an outline of our Financial Aid policies and various timelines.

With that said, I would like to welcome all DVWS community members to take a proactive step and re-enroll as early as possible to help make our 2020/2021 budget as strong and predictive as it can be.

Matt Myren, President
Board of Trustees
Da Vinci Waldorf School

Christian Canga, Treasurer
Board of Trustees
Da Vinci Waldorf School