October 1, 2015
Dear Parents and Friends of The Orchard School,
It is with great joy that I am writing to you to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director for The Orchard School & Community Center. We were fortunate to receive several applications from highly qualified candidates. This allowed us to choose the best candidate to fill this position: Jocelyn Goldblatt, who is well known as a parent at The Orchard School, and comes to us with a wealth of relevant experience. Her expertise will serve us well. In addition to her business background, Jocelyn’s greatest asset is her love for TOS as a parent. She has a strong heart connection to the school and a brilliant mind to bring TOS into the future. Please say hello, and welcome Jocelyn when you see her around the school.
Jocelyn’s official starting date is October 19 after a two-week training period with Sonia, the current Executive Director. Jocelyn demonstrated during her interview that she has actively started to think about how she can best bring TOS into the future. We are very fortunate to have Jocelyn joining TOS!
While Jocelyn is preparing to start, Sonia is still hard at work every day doing what she can to leave things in ship-shape for Jocelyn. So much needs to be done this time of the year to secure grants, start fundraisers, and do the day-to-day administrative work, which never slows down. Sonia is working overtime to get all these things done with the same love and commitment we have seen during this past year. It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Sonia. We can only do this if she promises to come visit us often in the summer! As many of you already know, Sonia and Matt are returning to Maryland to be closer to family and friends. Sonia will be sorely missed. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank Sonia for all she has done for TOS, and I know I speak for the entire community as well.
It is with confidence that we move forward. School enrollment is encouraging. Teachers and children are wonderful, as always. The Board is proud to serve this organization.
Thank you all for being part of this nurturing place for families and children.
Hanneke van Riel
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The Orchard School