The Children’s Fair – Thank you!

Dear Brick Families and Friends,

What a wonderful Children’s Fair on Friday! Thanks to all who attended and helped to organize the event – it was a smashing success! I enjoyed seeing all of the students, families, caregivers, grandparents, and alum return to join in the fun. From spin art and candy necklaces to magic shows and bounce houses, a good time was had by all!

I want to give special thanks to those who made it all possible. Our Co-Chairs Lauren Gilchrist, Esther Lee, Eliza McLaughlin, Lindsey Peers, Jennifer Siegert, and Martha Tedesco were masterful! They were supported by our ever creative Art Studio Teacher Caren Shayne, our class reps, and over 80 parent volunteers and faculty members, who staffed the class booths. 2South families also deserve a special callout for providing over 200 cupcakes for the cupcake booth!

Thank you again! We are so grateful to all of you for making the day a joyful success!

Warmly,

Amy

Associate Director Announcement

Dear Brick Church School Community,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Elena Jaime as the new Associate Director of The Brick Church School. She will begin her duties on August 1, 2019.

Ms. Jaime is a passionate early childhood educator who is committed to the development of children’s intellectual, social and emotional needs through a child-centered approach to curriculum development. She believes that teaching is both an art and a science. She feels that effective educators are those whose practice is grounded in understanding the science of learning and the brain with the art of teaching that comes when teachers are able to engage their passions as they develop curriculum.  She also believes that school communities function at their best when there exists a strong partnership between the school and its families. She is an antibias educator and leader who seeks to create reflective learning communities in which the needs of all members are met. 

Ms. Jaime was most recently the Lower School Principal at Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School in Manhattan. She was previously the Lower School Dean at The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine and has also taught at The Chapin School and The Town School.  

She graduated from The Dalton School in Manhattan and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT., and her Masters in Early Childhood Special and General Education from Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan.

She and her spouse Kristina are the parents of Zoë, Luna and Juno.

Ms. Jaime replaces Amy Warden, who was elevated to the position of Director of The Brick Church School beginning August 1, 2019.

The Brick Church School provides early childhood education in a joyful, supportive and inclusive environment. The school is known for an approach that balances project work and skill development while instilling positive values and a love of lifelong learning. We hope that you will all join us in welcoming Ms. Jaime to this work.

Sincerely,

Lydia Spinelli, EdD

Director, The Brick Church School

Amy Warden, MS MSEd

Associate Director, The Brick Church School

Elizabeth Philipp

Chair, The Brick Church Day School Committee

Member and Elder, The Brick Presbyterian Church

Reverend Kim Clayton

Transitional Senior Minister, The Brick Presbyterian Church

Day School Director Announcement!

Dear Members of the Brick Church School Community:

The Director Nominating Committee is delighted to announce that Amy Warden has accepted the position of Director of the Brick Church School, effective August 1, 2019.

This announcement caps a six-month comprehensive search process that began in April when Lydia Spinelli announced her intention to retire at the end of the 2018-2019 academic calendar year.  As part of this process, Amy submitted an in-depth application package, interviewed with the eight-person Nominating Committee and with educational consultants, Carney Sandoe.  Informed by the shared values and voices of all Brick constituents, the Nominating Committee received numerous letters of recommendation from current and former parents, faculty and staff, and other educators in support of Amy’s candidacy for the director position.  The community highlighted Amy’s expertise and consistent passion for early childhood education during her five-year tenure as Associate Director as well as in prior roles.  Amy’s knowledge, experience and vision align with the core values of the school and key areas for evolution; hence, she was the enthusiastic and unanimous choice for our next director.

As Associate Director, Amy has prioritized curriculum and professional development.  She has skillfully led a revision of the pre-literacy program, the school’s equity and inclusion initiatives, and focused on the social/emotional development of children.  Amy has collaborated with faculty to integrate more inquiry-based learning in the classroom.  In addition, Amy directed the June Program and was instrumental in developing the new Two’s Program.  Most importantly, Amy has remained steadfast in her dedication to knowing each child individually, partnering with parents on educational growth at Brick and beyond.

Prior to joining Brick, Amy was Head of Schools at Williamsburg Northside Schools in Brooklyn, New York.  In her role, Amy was responsible for all facets of the school’s operation, which included programming for over 300 children ages three months to seven years across 18 classrooms and 80 staff members.  Under Amy’s leadership, Northside implemented the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education from infancy through the elementary school years, resulting in a highly innovative, successful program.

Amy has a bachelor’s degree from William Smith College with a major in dance therapy and a minor in education.  She has two graduate degrees from Hunter College: a master’s degree in dance and movement therapy and a MSEd in special education.  Amy and her husband, Doug, have two children, son Henry (age 10) and daughter Audrey (age 5), and reside in Tarrytown, New York.

Thank you to every member of our school community for your investment in Brick and your engagement and participation in our Director search.  A thoughtful transition process in partnership with Lydia Spinelli is underway, and we will soon schedule opportunities for members of the Brick community to get to know Amy even better.  We look forward to Amy’s leadership at the Brick Church School!

Sincerely,

The Brick Church School Director Nominating Committee

Children’s Fair Fun!

Our 2018 Children’s Fair was a blast!  We want to give special thanks to the many parent volunteers that helped coordinate and run this incredible event.  Joy and laughter filled 92nd Street and our school garden.  Thank you to all!