Head of School Weekly Notes

Parents Impacting our School Community

At NIS, we understand that our goals as a community are achieved only when we are in partnership with our wider community. Indeed, it is our parent community that sets NIS apart  — an amazing group of families, friends and businesses continually working together toward helping our school deliver the mission to our students. NIS parents play an important role in making our community as supportive and nurturing as possible, and this has a huge impact on the learning.

Involvement from our "Parent Partners" is an important part of that collaborative effort. This week, for example, we were fortunate to have a number of "Parent Partners" on hand to speak about their experiences as an NIS parent at one of our Admissions Open Houses for prospective students. We also had groups of parents gather off campus for lunches and dinners, and the PTA also held their New Year lunch. Activities like these are so important to provide a way for parents to make connections and nurture our collective school culture.

Also this week, we saw the start of the NIS Community Raffle, a joint NIS and PTA activity to raise funds for the project in a fun way so that we can re-do the sports field and create a magical space for drama and the arts with new stage equipment and seating. While the building is currently being built, it is only a shell, and we are still short of the funds needed to complete the project in full.

NIS would not be as special as we are were it not for the support of our parents, and for that, I am thankful. Please join other parents and make the school even more special by jumping in, lending a hand, and nurturing an NIS school culture that enables our students to inquire, inspire and impact in the biggest ways possible!

- - Matthew Parr, Head of School