Wolcott School Fall 2012 Newsletter
An Update from Wolcott School
Exciting New Developments

Wolcott School Introduces
The James Tyree Community Resource Center

In June, Wolcott School was the beneficiary of a gift from the newly formed James Tyree Foundation. This gift, in addition to generous support from many of Jim’s family members and friends, allows Wolcott School to establish the James Tyree Community Resource Center. Jim was an outstanding Chicagoan who valued knowledge and innovation and focused a great many of his volunteer efforts on children and education. Scheduled to open in February 2013, The Tyree Center will share the strategies and best practices developed by Wolcott School through professional development opportunities, parent workshops, student seminars and after school and summer school programs.

To contribute to the James Tyree Community Resource Center at Wolcott School or learn about other naming opportunities, please contact Judy Gadiel at judy@givingtreeassociates.com

Now Accepting Admissions Applications!
We are now accepting applications for spots in our 9th and 10th grades for the 2013/2014 academic year. To request an application please contact info@wolcottschool.org

An Inside Look

Construction is in full swing at 524 N Wolcott Avenue! Exterior walls have been knocked down, classrooms are being framed and concrete is being poured in the outdoor learning space. It's exciting to watch Wolcott take shape; come witness the transformation! Please contact info@wolcottschool.org to arrange for a tour with Jennifer Levine, Wolcott co-founder.

Head of School Happenings-
Dr. Miriam Pike

Since assuming my role as Head of School in August, things have been moving quickly. Whether I am meeting with potential parents, students, educators, specialists, consultants or other Chicagoans, the overwhelming response is an enthusiastic, positive outpouring of support and a desire to be connected to the school. One of the most exciting aspects is working with a team of experts to build the Wolcott curriculum. Working backwards, we are asking ourselves questions such as, "What do we want Wolcott students to look like upon graduation?" "What do they need to be armed with when they walk out the doors?" This is transition programming, an integral component of the Wolcott curriculum, which will be woven into all subject areas. For more on Wolcott's approach to curriculum development, please click here.

Recent Wolcott Events

2nd Annual Golf Outing 
Twenty lucky golfers spent a glorious Tuesday together on August 7 for a day of golf, gambling, food and fun. The day began with a chartered luxury bus to Lost Dunes Golf Club in Michigan, followed by swimming and BBQ at The Blue Door Farm, home of Fred Latsko, and former home of Oprah Winfrey.  The day was a great success for Wolcott School. Thanks to participants and generous sponsors, almost $200,000 was raised in support of Wolcott School’s Capital Campaign. A special thank you to Jim Letchinger and Fred Latsko (shown here with the Curly Trophy!) for underwriting the event. For a complete list of 2012 Golf Outing donors and sponsors, please click here.

Wolcott Informational Event
at Green Acres Country Club

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend the Wolcott School Informational Event.  I enjoyed meeting so many people involved with making this wonderful school a reality.  It sounds like an ideal fit for my son who is currently a 7th grader at Hyde Park Day School in Northfield.~ Lauren H. 

Thank you to Ceil and Gary Rothbart for hosting a Wolcott School Informational Event at Green Acres Country Club in Northbrook on October 3. Over 60 people attended, including professionals, prospective parents and members of Wolcott’s Professional Advisory Council. Attendees had an opportunity to hear personal testimonials from young women with learning differences, such as an 8th grade student currently in private school in Chicago hoping to attend Wolcott in the fall; and a 24 year old who shared stories of her learning struggles throughout the years and the success she finally achieved after attending a boarding school dedicated to students who learn differently. Pearl Rieger described her experiences with the countless families and students who struggle to succeed in traditional school settings and her excitement at bringing this much needed resource to Chicago.  Last, Dr. Miriam Pike provided an update on curriculum, admissions and facility renovations. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

In This Newsletter...

James Tyree Center
Admissions Applications
An Inside Look
Head of School
2nd Annual Golf Outing
Green Acres Event
Links From the Web
Thank You To All of Our Generous Donors!

School Leadership

Dr. Miriam Pike
Founding Head of School

Pearl Rieger
Psychoeducational Diagnostician

Board of Trustees 

George Gaines, President
Jeff Aeder
Heidi Albert
Sheryl Bellick
Bruce Halbeck
Eric Henschel
Jennifer Levine
Don Monroe
Conor O'Neil
Jamie Diamond Schwartz
Howard Sharfman
Nancia Shawver
Eve Tyree

Professional Advisory Council 

Dr. Pam Adelman
Former Executive Director
Hyde Park Day School

Dr. Mary Ellen Caron
Chief Executive Officer
After School Matters

Jane Herron
Educational Consultant
Former Head of School
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

Ghita Lapidus
Speech and Language Pathologist

Dr. Josh Price
School Psychologist 

Dr. Peter Rastrelli
School Psychologist

Pearl Rieger
Psychoeducational Diagnostician

Dr. Warren Rosen
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Joe Ruggiero
Head of Upper School
Francis W. Parker School

Alyse Siegel
Private Learning Specialist

Carol Sonnenschein
School Psychologist
Psychoeducational Diagnostician

Joanne Steinbeck
Former LD Teacher
Board Member
Hyde Park Day School

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