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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!
Thursday, May 23
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
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.
Lydia Spinelli, EdD
Director, The Brick Church School
Amy Warden, MS MSEd
Associate Director, The Brick Church School
Chair, The Brick Church Day School Committee
Member and Elder, The Brick Presbyterian Church
Reverend Kim Clayton
Transitional Senior Minister, The Brick Presbyterian Church