Dear Members of The Long Ridge School Community,
As I reflect on the 2016-2017 school year at Long Ridge I am once again struck by the bittersweet pang that comes when your last child graduates from this magical school. My son, though happily engaged and thriving in middle school thanks to the foundation he got at LRS, didn’t want to leave this wonderful community. Neither did I, which is why I am especially grateful to be writing to you, ever dedicated and joyfully engaged, as President of the Board of Trustees.
It is a tremendous honor to serve in this capacity and to offer my thanks and appreciation to all of you for your contributions to the school. Your philanthropic support allows our exceptional faculty to create a learning environment for our children where they are both physically and emotionally safe to take chances and explore ideas, which sets the foundation on which they will build the rest of their lives.
It’s incredible to think about the impact that early education has on one’s life trajectory. As the mother of two graduates, I see the unmatched benefits from their early education at Long Ridge payout almost daily. Without question, our investment at Long Ridge, both through tuition and philanthropy, has been one of our best. But of course, our tuition and philanthropic contributions alone aren’t enough to sustain a school – it takes all of us.
I am always amazed by how authentic, caring, and generous our community is. From current parents and faculty to alumni, alumni families, alumni faculty, grandparent, and friends, we are all committed to sustaining and advancing our school’s purpose. This commitment and community doesn’t happen by chance. It has to be fostered and developed and for 29-years we have all benefited beyond words that Kris Bria has been leading that charge.
As we move through the upcoming leadership transition, three main directives guide your Board of Trustees: Preserve, Prepare Propel. In honor of Kris’s legacy and all of your commitment we will:
- Preserve the sacred nature of childhood, the ability of teacher to address individual student needs, and the inclusivity of parents and the wider community;
- Prepare our community for a new chapter after the 29-year tenure of our Head of School; and
- Propel the school we all love forward with a clear and defined value proposition that is aligned with our core values.
I am extremely grateful for the steadfast service of our Board of Trustees, our committed parent volunteers, and everyone who invests their time, talent and treasure in our school. Thank you.
President, Board of Trustees