The Parents Association hosted the Winter Luncheon last week, and the turnout was great! Many parents gathered at grade level tables, and others shared a meal with parents from other grades and divisions. In line with this year’s theme of well-being, expressions of gratitude were shared, new relationships were developed, and old friendships were cherished. Senior parents reminisced on their years at MICDS, while JK parents eagerly mingled with new friends.
Jill Gould, President of the Parents Association, addressed the crowd with her own expressions of gratitude. She recognized and thanked dozens of leaders throughout the Parents Association, while also noting that “every single parent is involved at some level — maybe by donating to a faculty appreciation breakfast, leading a girl scout troop, being a mystery reader, cheering for a JV or varsity team, roller skating in Beasley, attending a band concert, signing up for an eScrip card, donating outgrown spirit wear or simply reading the Weekly News each week and staying in the know at your school… opportunities to be involved are everywhere and we truly appreciate every single parent for how they positively impact our community.”
Michelle Leith Cohen `88, Chair of the Board of Trustees, provided an informative and engaging “State of the School” address. She shared, “Our School is performing at the highest levels across almost every measure used to evaluate independent schools.” Then she gave specific examples of various academic results, admission metrics, college matriculation data, extracurricular successes, and financial performance measures. She both thanked Lisa Lyle for her transformational leadership and dedicated service to MICDS and also shared information and excitement about Jay Rainey, the newly appointed Head of School starting this summer. She closed with an expression of gratitude for the many teachers, administrators and MICDS community members who support the students in all that they do. “For me, when I think about what makes MICDS special, it’s the people—it’s our teachers and administrators. I am always amazed and truly inspired by their level of commitment and dedication to our children and School. They always go the extra mile, and they do it with excellence and warmth.”
Other speakers included Lisa Lyle, Head of School, who shared heartfelt gratitude for the MICDS community as she savors her last year at MICDS, and Traci Short, Past President of the Parents Association, who announced the call for nominations for Parents Association leadership and class chair positions.
A special thank you to the Parents Association volunteers that made this event happen: Goska Cherrick, Liz Baisch, Agnes Ivers and Dee Patel.