November 1, 2013

posted Nov 1, 2013, 2:40 AM by

Thank you, PTO

It is hard not to take our PTO for granted as they consistently provide us with outstanding events. The Halloween Party was another great success! Laura Neal and Jo Chan were overseeing the whole event, and did a marvelous job of organizing, coordinating and delegating. Joanie Sullivan was in charge of the Middle School “Fear Factor” experience and had great insight into what would make that event ‘scarry’.

I want to also thank all the parents who played major roles in making the Halloween Party a happening event. We had a surprising number of volunteers in the Halloween Tents who do not have children in school. Special thanks to you folks for your tremendous contribution:

Michael and Emily Morale Petrus and Dasha Van Der Walt Dwight and Karen Meaux Malti Thakkar

One final recognition to Sam Lavery, who as PTO President is always in there working along side of the organizers of the events.


Our upcoming school holidays are in honor of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, and one of four sacred months of the year. This year Muharram begins on November 5. Our school calendar was designed to have an extended long weekend for the convenience of parents and our National Staff. We hope everyone will enjoy peace and relaxation during this time.

Professional Development

I want to thank Aroma Pannu and Tam Truong for representing the Rumbai and Duri teachers as professional development coordinators. Aroma and Tam worked together to bring Cathryn Berger Kaye to Rumbai to work with the Language Arts and Social Studies teachers on curriculum innovation and refinement. Cathryn worked with teachers in small groups on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. On the following page, Aroma’s article gives us an idea of the great work that Cathy does as a teacher of teachers.