BRF NEWS & NOTES

Exciting New Things for The Blue Ribbon Foundation!

Monday, October 29, 2018 ~ BRONXVILLE, NY.  Last Thursday evening, long-time Bronxville residents Kristin and Doug Londal hosted a cocktail party to raise awareness and funds for The Blue Ribbon Foundation (BRF), a supporting organization of The Chapel School (TCS).  Kristin, who serves as the BRF Board President, welcomed her guests, shared a little bit about initiatives the board supports and introduced current directors in attendance, including: Dr. Urania Poulis-Avery (Vice President), Mr. Steven Nordahl, Mrs. Tiffany Tinson and TCS Principal Mr. Michael Schultz.  She also mentioned directors who were unable to attend, including Mr. James Condolff (Treasurer), Mrs. Yasmeen Livingston and Ms. Laurie Meehan (Secretary), before she  proudly announced the unanimous approval of the foundation's newest director, Elisa Shevlin Rizzo.  Elisa is an accomplished attorney; and, she and her husband Bill (also a TCS Preschool Alum) are lifelong Bronxville residents.  Their older four children (Lucy, Billy, John and Sara) all attended TCS Preschool, and their youngest (Danny) is currently in TCS's Junior K Program for 4-year-olds.  

"We are so excited to have Elisa join the Blue Ribbon Foundation Board of Directors," commented President Kristin Londal.  "Her  impressive professional background, deep roots in the local community and love for The Chapel School--and the foundation it has provided all of her children--make her a perfect fit."

Mrs. Londal then introduced the director of The Chapel School Select Choir, Mr. George Heath, who led a small ensemble of choristers through some beautiful musical offerings of thanks, as the BRF recently helped to underwrite an opportunity for the choir to perform at Radio City Music Hall at the end of November.  "We are proud to have been able to support STEM initiatives, Tuition Assistance and Fine Arts Programs like TCS's Select Choir," commented BRF Board Vice President, Dr. Urania Poulis-Avery.  "The long-term benefits to these children are immeasurable!"

When the choir was done singing, TCS's Director of Technology, Mr. Matthew Martinez, shared a student-produced "thank you" video highlighting recent technology upgrades supported by the foundation and the new Blue Ribbon Foundation Logo which was inspired by the design work of TCS 6th Grader Aidan Olivari.  TCS Principal Michael Schultz then spoke briefly about how critical the Blue Ribbon Foundation is to the innovative future of The Chapel School.  "For 72 years, we have provided academic excellence in small, wonderfully diverse classes, a wide array of extra-curricular offerings and a safe, nurturing, Christian environment," Schultz said.  "But, we are preparing our students for the ever-changing faces of high school, college and a job market that will be virtually brand new by 2030.  We rely on investment and support from the Blue Ribbon Foundation to help us develop today's learners into the globally-minded leaders of tomorrow."

Blue Ribbon Foundation Secretary Laurie Meehan (left) with NEW President Kristin Londal, poised to lead the Blue Ribbon Foundation in support of The Chapel School in Bronxville.

Blue Ribbon Foundation Secretary Laurie Meehan (left) with NEW President Kristin Londal, poised to lead the Blue Ribbon Foundation in support of The Chapel School in Bronxville.

Blue Ribbon Foundation Excited About NEW Leadership!

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Blue Ribbon Foundation's annual closing meeting, long time Bronxville resident and parent at The Chapel School (TCS), Mrs. Kristin Londal, officially took her place as President of the Board.  As part of Executive Committee restructuring, Dr. Urania T. Poulis-Avery was named Vice President, with Laurie Meehan and Jim Condolff retaining their positions as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.  According to TCS Principal Michael Schultz, "Kristin has already implemented some exciting initiatives to help the community to better understand what the Blue Ribbon Foundation does as a supporting organization of The Chapel School.  A logo contest, a summer newsletter, a fall cocktail party and preliminary planning for hiring a professional grant writer will all create visibility and awareness; and, they will better enable the BRF to support STEM initiatives and upgrades, Tuition Assistance and the enhancement of thriving Arts and Language Programs at TCS.  This is an exciting time for us." 

Mrs. Londal's excited response, "The Chapel School has been a blessing to this community for over 70 years.  The leadership here is always looking to achieve and improve upon excellence, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help in any way I can."  

Blue Ribbon Foundation Awards 2018-2019 Scholarships!

On Sunday, June 3, 2018, during Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School's annual Baccalaureate Service, 5th Graders Sasha Thorne and Claire Story will be awarded Blue Ribbon Foundation Scholarships for 2018-2019.  Claire was chosen for the Sharon Peterson Librarian Scholarship for excellence in reading and literacy, and Sasha was chosen for the Carol and Chrisopher Kinghan GIVING HEARTS Memorial Scholarship for exhibiting a love of giving and helping others.

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Congrats to Chapel School 5th Graders Claire Story and Sasha Thorne on being awarded Blue Ribbon Foundation Scholarships.

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Blue Ribbon Foundation Invests in The Chapel School!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 ~ BRONXVILLE, NY. The Blue Ribbon Foundation (BRF) proudly announces its financial support of specific initiatives at The Chapel School (TCS), including: $10,000 toward the installation of 5 NEW Smart Flat Panels and 1 NEW Portable Smart Flat Panel; $5,000 toward Energy & Motion and Life Science Lab Kits from Carolina Biological; and, $10,000 toward Tuition Assistance. 

"I am truly appreciative to the Blue Ribbon Foundation," stated TCS Principal Michael Schultz. "Advances in Science and Technology are critical to my vision for the future at TCS. All TCS's K-8 classrooms can now enhance all areas of the curriculum with interactive Smart Technology; and, the new kits will enable us to broaden opportunities for hands-on exploration in The Chapel Middle School Science Lab. And, BRF scholarships enable us to provide an excellent Christian education to students who could not otherwise afford it. This is a fantastic day at TCS!" 

TCS Select Choir serenades guests at Blue Ribbon Foundation Fundraiser on May 18 in Bronxville.

TCS Select Choir serenades guests at Blue Ribbon Foundation Fundraiser on May 18 in Bronxville.

Blue Ribbon Foundation Hosts Evening Fundraiser in Bronxville!

Thursday, May 18, 2017 ~ BRONXVILLE, NY. The Blue Ribbon Foundation (BRF) hosted a cocktail party for Bronxville residents and friends at the lovely home of TCS Parents Sean and A.J. Murphy.  The evening's program included a serenade by TCS's Select Choir, a video filmed, edited and produced by TCS's NEW Tech Club and a brief presentation by TCS Principal Michael Schultz ... all, of course, enhanced by some delicious wine and hors douvres courtesy of the Murphys.

"I am just so impressed," said long-time Bronxville resident Lauren Toal.  "The choir was amazing and this evening gave me the opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation for a wonderful school that has been serving our community for the past 70 years.  I am really so glad that I was invited and able to attend.  I expect more great things from The Chapel School in the years to come."