Season Greetings Friends and Family,
Each year around this time, I try to find a quiet spot to sit and listen to the kaleidoscope of thoughts and feelings I have running through my mind and heart. Foremost is a sense of gratitude for all that each and every one of you do to make LAMB an educational home that not only provides high quality academics, but builds a community of learners that celebrates the uniqueness of the individual child and his/her ability to develop their whole selves.
When I walk around LAMB with visitors, without exception, the consensus is LAMB is a special place. There are lots of smiles and quiet and raucous activity. When you walk into an elementary classroom, frequently a student comes over and introduces him or herself and offers you something to drink. Other students are working on chromebooks, involved in animated conversations, or working with their teacher guides individually and/or in small groups. In a primary classroom, there are children snacking, teachers and students working on mats on the floor or small tables, an easel being splattered with paint by the next great artist or a student comforting a peer in crisis.
You may not know that the headphones are really noise cancelers for the child who is better able to concentrate with fewer audio distractions. The adult and student in the corner are a wonderful example of how inclusion works well for some students with special needs; and the lunch bunch is both a reward and motivation for students who need it.
One hears Spanish and English and students demonstrate through their actions that they understand what is being said. You can see diversity in height, gender, color, and weight; but you cannot see at-risk, special needs, socio-economic status, single or coupled parents, homeless or homeowners. There are no labels nor price tags giving visual cues for the cost of learning.
But imagine, two teachers in every classroom, clean safe facilities, high quality staff, music and art, summer school, extended learning day, year-round professional development, camping trips and field trips all around the DC metropolitan area, ALL come at a premium cost.
More than 800 families entered LAMB’s lottery this year. We had fewer than 50 new slots available. We need to increase our enrollment to educate more District children. We must address the persistent gap in academic achievement among those with few to no risk factors and those who struggle with multiple risks. We must replace the loss of District support of summer school with donor dollars, in order to lessen the “brain-drain” that occurs when children are not enrolled in school; and we must strengthen our core programming and support services.
We are proud of our accomplishments and YOU ARE KEY TO OUR STUDENTS’ SUCCESS. We are grateful and thank you for all you have done with and for us in the past. We still need your help. Por favor, remember LAMB for your year-end tax-deductible giving. You may give any many ways. You can send us a check made out to LAMB PCS or click here to make a tax-deductible donation. LAMB’s tax identification number is 52-2356681. And, please make time to embrace loved ones and share a smile with a stranger. Small and large acts of kindness are the greatest gifts we can share with humanity.
Peace and Happy New Year!