Thanksgiving Letter from Marianne Fieber

Dear Da Vinci Waldorf School Community,

We are heading into our first major break of this school year and I know it will be deeply appreciated by most everyone. I hope all of you find just the right way to celebrate this festive season of giving thanks. We receive many gifts from our Earth’s bounty as well as from the generosity of our friends and family. My wish is for everyone to find a place of peace and joy while spending time with loved ones.

For me, personally, I wish to thank you as a whole community, for these first months of service to the mission of Da Vinci Waldorf School. It is almost hard to believe I have been in this seat for just three months. What a whirlwind! I am learning so much and have been impressed by the Spirit of Community that has been on display through participation in and volunteering for meetings, conversations and festival celebrations. The days may be taking a chilling turn, but I am indeed warmed by the hugs and smiles I receive daily from the children and even some of the adults.

One sure thing in life, as we know, is change and so I will take this opportunity to share with you some exciting changes heading our way from out of Board of Trustees. On Wednesday, November 20th, the Board of Trustees met with several candidates who have expressed an interest and willingness to serve on the Board of Da Vinci Waldorf School. This is a welcome change indeed, to expand this leadership body and invite a renewal through new impulses.

We also wish to announce that after having served for nine years as President and on the Board, as a parent, and amazing parking lot attendant, Joe Anderson has determined it was time to hand over the reins due to personal and family reasons. We are grateful for Joe’s many years of selfless service, passionate dedication and loving commitment to the intentions and goals of Da Vinci Waldorf School. Joe has given so much to the school and he is a true blessing for our community. We are delighted to report that he won’t be completely disappearing. We would miss his kind, humble and quiet presence too much. He will be supporting Matt Myren who will be transitioning from Vice President to President. We are lucky to have another dedicated person in Matt to step into this role. Joe’s are big shoes to fill and we have confidence that Matt will grow into them with ease.

We are delighted to announce that Bill Jones will be stepping into the Vice President role and that Christian Canga has been voted in as Treasurer to complete the Board Executive Committee with Miriam Swann remaining as Secretary. Other new Board of Trustees members, newly minted, include Kristin Floress as the PTO Chair, Chad Bantner as Development Chair, and Maurice Savafi as a Member-at-large. Look for more information about these new leaders when we return from break but in the meantime, if you see them, welcome them.

With this new configuration of the Board we are also saying good-bye with gratitude to Anita Zagraniczny who began as the Development Chair but stepped into a paid position as a key figure in our business office. Anita will remain in her staff role and will also continue serving as a key member of the Finance Committee, supporting our new Treasurer and me. Anita has been a solid presence in the business office during times of significant transition within our organization and we are grateful she will remain and bring her enthusiasm for keeping the numbers accounted for!

When we return from Thanksgiving, we will be in December! Though December brings with it increasing darkness, there are many ways we will be celebrating LIGHT; our inner light ray-ing out to brighten and warm our fellow travellers on our journey.

Marianne L. Fieber
Da Vinci Waldorf School

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