Sustaining our Vision Re-imagining Space for our Youngest Learners

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Chiaravalle Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the recent Board approval of a strategic investment in our facilities that furthers our use of sustainable practices and enhances the Montessori experience for our youngest learners.

The approved project, which will take place during the summer of 2020, will address capital replacement needs and energy efficiency improvements in the Burnham building, better aligning it with the North Wing. On a parallel track, we are seizing the opportunity to undergo an exciting renovation of our historic first floor, where our youngest learners in the Toddler and Parent-Child programs are beginning their educational journey. The re-imagination of the first floor will add space and a new classroom, resulting in five equalized Toddler classrooms with individual bathrooms, more observation possibilities, alterations to the hallway, additional light, and more.

The investment represents our last step in completing a visionary plan for our campus that was outlined a decade ago and funded through the Campaign for Chiaravalle Phase 1: Foundation and Phase 2: Transformation. We are now culminating with a final phase: Integration.

The Board has approved this Integration stage by leveraging funds set aside in our capital reserves. That means we are not launching an additional capital campaign to make these improvements. Rather, the school is responsibly and efficiently using its savings to make long-term investments in our facilities to best meet the needs of current and future Chiaravalle families.

In approving the project, the Board furthered the following multi-year strategic goals, including:

  • Green School: Continuing to model best practices in energy efficiency by replacing the old systems with LEED standard, environmentally friendly systems and materials.
  • Enhanced parent and student experience: Introducing our youngest learners and their families to Chiaravalle in a re-imagined space, more consistent in layout and appearance to the rest of school.
  • Enhancing Montessori differentiated instruction for our youngest learners: Creating equalized, flowing spaces that are designed for small children and allowing for greater flexibility in programming.
  • Maintaining a resilient and financially sustainable size and shape of school: Allowing Chiaravalle to be more agile in meeting the shifting needs of families and future toddler programming.

Please know that construction will not begin until after the school year is complete to ensure there is no disruption to school year programming. In the upcoming weeks, school administrators will follow up with more of the nitty gritty, including additional details for our current Toddler and Early Childhood families, who will be offered continued access to childcare for the summer.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out directly. In the meantime, I want to thank members of the Board’s Master Planning and Finance Committees, whose thoughtful and fiscally responsible planning have brought us to this exciting point. I would also like to express gratitude for the spirit of philanthropy within the Chiaravalle community that has allowed us to meet our ongoing fiscal obligations while saving for these important investments into our future.


Becca Groothuis, President, Board of Trustees