By Dan Wille
Our school is celebrating its 25th year of working to help kids grow up right and provide an exceptional education to our students. We are proud of our 2,600+ alumni and know how important you ALL are to our D’Evelyn community. As we commence our 25th school year, we are excited to begin building an alumni network. We would like to identify alumni interested in supporting D’Evelyn help current and future students understand and appreciate the value of D’Evelyn. One D’Evelyn alumni commented that “D’Evelyn served to help catapult me and my friends into future success. Graduating from D’Evelyn was hard but extraordinarily worthwhile.” If you are interested in sharing your contact information, please complete our Alumni Survey.
By Lisa Baird, Auction Chair
Your invitation is in the mail for the best party in a Quarter Century, Cheers to 25 Years! There is no need to wait for you invitation to arrive, you can reserve your place now at our website. All seats are reserved – we will introduce you to new friends, or you can be your own social secretary and fill a table of 10.
Help continue D’Evelyn’s Strong Tradition by Sponsoring, Donating Items or Services, Volunteering and Attending! We are proud all proceeds will benefit the D’Evelyn Quarter Century, Quarter Million campaign.
Some of our dedicated parent volunteers held Smoothie Day for D'Evelyn Teachers and Staff on Friday, September 21st. In addition to providing made-to-order smoothies, teachers enjoyed a myriad of treats in the staff lounge. The next opportunity to help appreciate our teachers will be Parent Teacher Conference meals on October 3 and 4. These are long days and evenings for our teachers and staff, so we provide a dinner to keep them going. In addition to contributing food, assistance is needed setting up and cleaning up. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054da8ad2aa46-autumn
By Josh Griffin, Principal
In my role as principal, it is a privilege to serve as a member of the D’Evelyn Education Foundation (DEF) Board of Directors, and I am grateful for the remarkable support the Foundation provides D’Evelyn students, faculty, and staff.
Within the framework of my role as a member of the board, I am happy to present our “Quarter Century, Quarter Million” campaign on behalf of the D’Evelyn Education Foundation. In celebration of our 25th year of excellence in liberal arts education, and the plethora of achievements D’Evelyn students have met both inside and outside the classroom during the school’s history, the Board is committed to ensuring that our excellent program will continue to be strong for many years to come.
In the spirit of that commitment from DEF, the Board of Directors has launched its “Quarter Century, Quarter Million” campaign, with a stated goal of raising $250,000 throughout the 2018-2019 school year. DEF already raised over $10,000 in its successful D’Evelyn Dash last month and will continue with its fundraising through the Annual D’Evelyn Dinner Auction and the Annual Giving Campaign. Additionally, plans are underway to expand our reach with the 1st Annual D’Evelyn Education Foundation golf tournament in the late spring or early summer of 2019.
The “Quarter Century, Quarter Million” campaign is designed to satisfy not just the $80,000 annual DEF budget, but also address our 2018 Special Appeal. When the goal of $250,000 raised is met, DEF will be able to fully fund our 2019-2020 budget, our 2018 Special Appeal, as well as additional needed projects that support D’Evelyn students.
The Foundation will use a 50/50 fundraising model, where 50% of all money raised throughout the course of the year will be dedicated to the Special Appeal, and 50% to the DEF general fund to be allocated to the myriad of programs supported by DEF.
The 2018-2019 Special Appeal for the D’Evelyn Education Foundation is the renovation of the D’Evelyn Main Gymnasium. As a community hub within our school, the Main Gym serves the needs of the D’Evelyn community in a multitude of ways. Over 400 students per day participate in PE class throughout the year, utilizing the Main Gym each day. The gym serves all members of the D’Evelyn High School volleyball, girls basketball, and boys basketball programs, as well as the junior high feeder teams for each program. We also utilize the Main Gym for numerous important community events, including Back to School Night, Prep School, New Student Orientation, and Pep Rallies. Finally, due to unpredictable fall and spring weather, the Main Gym is frequently an indoor practice facility for both fall and spring sports.
Both the gym floor and the bleachers are original to the construction of the “new” campus for D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, which opened in August 2001. After 18 years of frequent, consistent use, on a year-round basis, both need updates for reasons of functionality and style. Because of the broad base of students impacted by their access to and usage of the Main Gymnasium, we hope to engage the full D’Evelyn community in their support for this important project.
The D’Evelyn faculty, staff, and administration are in the early planning stages of the potential design concepts for the Main Gymnasium renovation. However, we can share that as part of this renovation, we plan for the following work:
· A full refinish of the gymnasium floor, including updated court design and artwork
· Installation of modern stadium bleachers, with the potential to add elements of D’Evelyn-themed designs; additionally, these new bleachers will allow D’Evelyn to comply with ADA standards for gymnasium seating
· Installation of new wall pads with custom D’Evelyn-themed designs
· Additional improvements to gymnasium dividers and basketball hoops
· Incorporation of new artwork for walls around the gym
Renovation efforts would occur over the summer of 2019 for students to enjoy beginning next school year. In the upcoming weeks and months, we will share additional details about the campaign, and will engage the D’Evelyn community for input on design possibilities for both the gym floor and the bleachers.
The first way D’Evelyn families - past, present, and future - can support this campaign is by attending or supporting the D’Evelyn Dinner Auction on Friday, November 9th. Volunteers are planning a great evening to celebrate 25 years of excellence at D’Evelyn with dinner, dessert, door prizes, and a silent and live auction.
On behalf of the D’Evelyn Education Foundation, please accept my most heartfelt thank you for your support of this important community initiative. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting all D’Evelyn students in academics, athletics, the fine and performing arts, and an array of other activities. Your support of this campaign will support the success of current and future D’Evelyn students.
From the D'Evelyn Administration
One great way for D’Evelyn students, parents, families, faculty, and staff to keep up with important news and updates from the school is by way of the official social media platforms. The D’Evelyn faculty, staff, and administration use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share great achievements, cool stories, and important informational updates with interested community members. Because the style and substance of posts on each platform may vary, we encourage D’Evelyn community members to follow the school on all three - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. By following D’Evelyn on social media, you will be able to keep up with all the great things going on in the school.
A New School Year – Off and Running!
Molly Stensland and Barb Haerbig, DASH Event Directors
The 18th annual D’Evelyn DASH was a terrific kickoff for the school year. 24 student groups and sponsors set up activity and information booths and 329 walkers and runners in the 5K and the 2K enjoyed a beautiful morning. Thank you to all who registered for the 5K or 2K, bought a T-shirt, donated items, volunteered, sponsored, hosted a booth, bought a door prize ticket, or gave your time or talent in any way. You made the DASH a great day! Proceeds are managed by the D’Evelyn Education Foundation and are distributed throughout the year to benefit arts, academics, activities and athletics.
The Dash Crew would like to especially thank the following groups:
The Dash could not have happened without these clubs going above and beyond to help! We so appreciate you!
Check out the Dash Day photo album and race results.
To volunteer to help with planning for the 2019 D’Evelyn DASH, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DASH brought in a record amount in sponsorships this year! The overwhelming majority of these sponsors have a direct connection to D’Evelyn, whether they are D’Evelyn parents, D’Evelyn alumni, or friends and family of parents at the school. These sponsorship numbers are a reflection of the immense pride we as a D’Evelyn community have for our school, students, and staff. Please support those that support our efforts at D’Evelyn!
By Lisa Baird, Auction Chair
Cheers to 25 Years! Planning is underway for the Foundation’s Annual Auction. This year is extra special - we are celebrating a quarter century of academic excellence! We will toast our success with a craft beer garden, courtesy of Bierstadt Lagerhaus, cocktails, a strolling buffet dinner and even gelato. Watch for more details in the coming weeks.
Help us plan. We are hosting an auction volunteer meeting on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:00 pm. Contact us at DEFauction@gmail.com to RSVP and get involved!
We Need Sponsors and Donations. The Auction is attended by more than 250 community and business leaders, as well as D’Evelyn staff, alumni and friends who share a commitment to ensuring the success of D’Evelyn and its’ students. Please consider supporting our school by donating auction items and/or making a cash donation. Details about both sponsorships and item donations are on our auction website. Or contact our auction team at DEFauction@gmail.com and we’ll get in touch!
We want YOU (and your plus 1 if you choose) to attend! Make a note on your calendar for Friday, November 9th at the Baldoria on the Water in Lakewood. The fun begins at 6:00 pm.
Cheers to 25 Years!
D'Evelyn Education Foundation Working Groups