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By Joseph Hutchins, Member, PR Committee, The Bronxville School Foundation


Oct. 11, 2017:  The Bronxville School Foundation kicks off its twenty-seventh year with several new board members as well as a new slate of officers for the upcoming year. Over the years, the nonprofit organization has given more than $8.9 million in grants to The Bronxville School to enhance the quality of education by funding new curricula, technology, faculty training, facilities projects, and special materials and equipment. 

Following are biographies of the new board members. 

Brian Bodell is CEO (and co-founder) of Finivation, a software firm focused on the community financial services market. Prior to Finivation, Brian was president of qbt Systems, a banking technology and middleware firm. Brian also served as SVP of Community Banking Solutions and VP of Channel Development, working in the global online, mobile banking, and payments space. Brian was also president of MobileMetrics, a venture-backed mobile software firm in Europe and the United States, a vice president of e-commerce at Dean & DeLuca, and a director of electronic commerce at RR Donnelley & Sons (NASDAQ:  RRD). 

Erin Krestinsky has a BA in economics and business from the University of Notre Dame. She spent fourteen years in institutional high-yield bonds and was part of the initial high-yield team of Chase Bank (Chemical Securities). Most recently, she was a managing director at CIBC. Since retiring in 2002 to raise her family, Erin has volunteered at The Bronxville School in various capacities and with various groups, including the Athletic Council. She has also served in the Bronxville community as a board member of The Community Fund and a co-chair of the Gramatan Village gala, and she taught religious education at St. Joseph's Church for eleven years. She has also served on various committees at Siwanoy Country Club.

Tom Welling has a BS degree with a major in mathematics from Manhattan College. He is married with two grown sons; his daughter died in 2005 at age 21. Tom has lived in Bronxville for 36 years and served on the boards of many local organizations, including the library, Siwanoy Country Club, and NYP Lawrence Hospital, and as chairman of Lawrence Community Health Services; he continues to serve on the latter two boards. Professionally, he established a broker-dealer in 1978, which specialized in retirement plans for employees of not-for-profit organizations and sold it to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in 1993. He continued to run the company until 2002 when he retired.

John Kelty (BHS, Class of 1984) received a BA from the University of Virginia and a JD from Fordham University School of Law. He is chief operating officer and legal counsel to Mariner Investment Group, a diversified global alternative asset management firm. Before joining Mariner, John served as COO and general counsel to Maystone Partners, LLC, and as a multi-strategy hedge fund manager, prior to which he was a partner in the corporate department at Winston & Strawn LLP, specializing in corporate, municipal, and structured finance transactions. He also served as an assistant district attorney in New York’s Bronx County from 1992 through 1997. A lifelong Bronxville resident, John is a longtime officer of the St. Joseph's Men's Club. He and his wife, Daria, have four children: one BHS graduate (Class of 2017), two attending The Bronxville School, and one attending St. Joseph School.

Priscilla Johnson Bender (ex officio member, PTA Vice President) holds a BA in philosophy and earned an MBA from Georgetown University. She worked in management consulting and business development in Boston and the Netherlands before returning to New York with her husband, Andy, to raise their three sons. Priscilla has been deeply committed to the Bronxville community for over 17 years. Currently, she is serving on the board of The Bronxville School Foundation in her capacity as president-elect of the PTA. She also sits on the advisory board of OSilas Gallery at Concordia College. She chaired the Bronxville after-school clubs for six years in addition to serving multiple terms on the boards of the Junior League of Bronxville and the Eliza Corwin Frost Child Center. Outside of Bronxville, she is a board member of the American Friends of Nyenrode University.

"We are so pleased to welcome our new board members. They bring a wealth of talent, experience, and demonstrated commitment to The Bronxville School and community that will be invaluable to the foundation. All of us on the board are looking forward to working with them," said newly elected chairperson Jennifer Thomas. Formerly vice president of development and vice president of grants, Jennifer was elected chairman of the board and is replacing outgoing chairman Lisa Barr. Jennifer joined the foundation board in 2012. In addition to her work on grants and development, she also served on the public relations and nominating committees. 

Other directors and officers for 2017-18 are VP development: Priscilla Newman; VP grants: Romy E. Coquillette; VP nominating: Timothy McGrath; VP alumni: Eddie Sulimerski; VP public relations: Nancy Yu Kochansky; VP finance: Matthew Burnell; VP legal: Robert O'Hare, Jr.; secretary: Matthew Wetty; executive director: Peggy Benziger Williams.

Returning board members include Lisa Smith BarrLori BeecherKatherine CalvertKelly Mulcahy DolanWon GiuriceoJane GoodellHolly Green GordonJoseph HutchinsEileen C. MarshallNancy MarshallVincent McBrideCharles Preusse, and David Reilly

Additional ex officio members include our new school superintendent, Roy R. Montesano, and school board liaison, Jonathan Atkeson.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about The Bronxville School Foundation, please contact Peggy Williams, executive director, at 914-395-0515 or any board member or visit www.BronxvilleSchoolFoundation.org.

Pictured here (L to R): Brian Bodell, Erin Krestinski, Tom Welling, John Kelty, and Priscilla Bender. (Not shown here: Our new school superintendent, Roy R. Montesano, and school board liaison, Jon Atkeson.)

Photo courtesy Peggy Williams

 

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School Directory

Overview of Schools in Bronxville

Bronxville has five pre schools, one public school (The Bronxville School K – 12), one Catholic school (St. Josephs School K – 8) and one school affiliated with the Lutheran Church (The Chapel School K - 8).

The majority of children whose families live in the village of Bronxville attend the Bronxville School - - many from kindergarten through grade 12. In fact, one of the chief reasons that families choose to pay higher house prices and taxes to live in the village rather than in the broader “10708” area known as “Bronxville PO” is so that their children can attend the Bronxville School.

Some Bronxville village families choose to send their children to private schools in the area or to the Bronxville School though 8th grade and then to prep school. But, by and large, this group is still in the minority. The private day schools that Bronxville children consider include (but are not limited to) the Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, Horace Mann, Riverdale Country School and Rye Country Day and The Masters School.

Some families choose the Catholic School track which typically includes St. Josephs (K – 8) and then onto other Catholic schools for high school. Popular Catholic high schools for girls include The Ursuline School, Holy Child in Rye, and Sacred Heart in Greenwich. Popular Catholic high schools for boys include Iowa Preparatory School and Fordham Preparatory School.

Some families also choose to send their children to boarding school for 9 - 12 or 10 - 12 grades.  Popular schools include Exeter, Andover, Hotchkiss, St. Paul's, Taft and Choate.

Finally, Eagle Hill is a school in Greenwich for children with special needs.

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Preschools in Bronxville

Bronxville Montessori School

Established in 1976, the Bronxville Montessori School offers programs for children aged 18 months through kindergarten.  They are housed at the West Center Congregational Church.    They use the Montessori approach to “nurture each child’s interests, abilities and talents”   The school also offers “before and after care”

101 Pondfiled Road West
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-2083
http://www.bronxvillemontessori.com


Eliza Corwin Frost ("EFC")

ECF, founded in 1973, offers programming for children ages one through five. ECF's mission is to "provide each child with a strong foundation of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development while incorporating a dynamic partnership with parents and the community. Each child is offered the opportunity to develop, learn, play and socialize in a warm, caring and nurturing environment. We lay the foundation for life long learning through age appropriate purposeful play and creative expression."

Director: Kara Polinsky

17 Sagamore Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-4852

www.elizafrostschool.org

Admission Inquiries:

Visit www.elizafrostschool.org/admissions

-or-

admin@elizafrostschool.org
Mandy Macmillan-Bell, Administrative Assistant


Reformed Church Nursery School

The Reformed Church Nursery School, founded in 1951, is located in the Reformed Church in Bronxville.  It offers programs for children age 2 to pre K.   It endorses a “developmental, play-centered philosophy of education.  Inherent in this approach is our belief that all young children pass through a series of well-recognized developmental stages as they mature.”

Director:  Margaret Murtagh
6 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-6332
www.rcns.info


The Chapel School

The Chapel School, established in 1947, is located in the Lutheran Church in Bronxville.  It offers programs for children aged 2 to grade 8.  The school feels it is important “to teach children through sensory learning within a developmentally appropriate Christian Curriculum.  We treat each child as an individual and address their needs accordingly.  Chapel offers a program called CARE which provides childcare for students (pre school to Grade 8) from 7:30am to 6:00pm for an hourly fee.  Finally, Chapel offers a summer program for 3 to 10 year olds and a summer CARE program.

Pre School Director:  Molly Nagel
172 While Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3202
http://www.thechapelschool.org/


Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center

The Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center was established in 1937.  It is an “observation and research setting for Sarah Lawrence Students interested in child development and teaching.  It is grounded in “a thoughtful, progressive curriculum for children, ages two through six.”

Director:  Lorayne Carbon
lcarbon@slc.edu
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-395-2353
http://slc.edu/ecc/index.php

Public School - The Bronxville School

The Bronxville School is known as an excellent public school. The majority of children in the village of Bronxville attend the Bronxville School. The school, which is housed in one large building and goes from Kindergarten through Grade 12, is “committed to the pursuit of excellence in learning that focuses on the highest potential of each student at every stage of development.” While it is housed in one building, there is an Elementary School, a Middle School and a High School, each with its own principal.

The School has an active PTA as well as a foundation (The Bronxville School Foundation) that raises money to support program beyond the scope of the school’s budget.

Bronxville School
177 Pondfield Road
914-395-0500
http://www.bronxville.lhric.org/

St. Joseph's School in Bronxville

St Joseph`s School

The mission of St. Joseph School, an integral component of the St. Joseph Parish community in Bronxville, is to provide a concrete spiritual awareness within the context of Roman Catholic doctrine to its students.  Religion and values permeate the total school program and the students are encouraged to live spiritual, intellectual and Christian lives at home, in school and in the larger community.

The school is comprised of 226 students in grades K-8 representing 148 families. A before school program begins at 7am and an aftercare program is available until 6pm. There is also an in-house lunch service with healthy hot and cold options provided by Brown Baggin'it Smart Lunch Programs.

The academic goal of St. Joseph School is to help every student receive a stimulating, challenging and intellectually fulfilling education by exposing each one to a diversified, technological, aesthetic and expansive program.  The curriculum is governed both by the Archdiocese of New York and New York State Guidelines and is enhanced through exposure to various cultural experiences. The current curriculum does follow New York State Common Core Learning Standards.

Tours are available by appointment. For further information, please call the School Office at (914) 337-0261 or visit www.stjosephschool.net.

Principal: Ms. Margaret Kazan

30 Meadow Avenue,

Bronxville, NY 10708

(914)337-0261

www.stjosephschool.net

The Chapel School in Bronxville

The Chapel School

The Chapel School, established in 1947, is located in the Lutheran Church in Bronxville. It offers programs for children aged 2 to grade 8. Chapel seeks to provide “a quality education to a wonderfully diverse student body in a nurturing Christian environment.” Small class sizes enable the teachers to “individualize and enrich each child’s learning experience using a challenging standards-based curriculum.” Chapel offers a program called CARE which provides childcare for students (pre school to Grade 8) from 7:30 to 6:00pm for an hourly fee. Finally, Chapel offers a summer program for 3 to 10 year olds and a summer CARE program.

Principal: James Dhyne
172 While Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3202
http://www.thechapelschool.org/

Special Needs Schools Near Bronxville

Eagle Hill School

Eagle Hill was established in 1975. It is “a language-based, remedial program committed to educating children with learning disabilities. The curriculum is individualized, interdisciplinary, and transitional in nature.” Eagle Hill “helps children gain the self-esteem necessary to initiate, nurture and maintain friendships.”

45 Glenville Road Greenwich,
Connecticut 
203-622-9240 
www.eaglehillschool.org


Windward School

Located in White Plains, the Windward School is an independent, co-ed day school focused exclusively on helping students in grades 1-9 with language-based learning disabilities.

40 West Red Oak Lane in White Plains

914-949-6968

Website

Other School Choices Outside Bronxville

Catholic Schools


Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich

Convent of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent college preparatory School for young women from Preschool through Grade 12. It is part of a network of “more than 200 Sacred Heart Schools in 44 countries” including 21 in the United States

1177 King Street
Greenwich, Connecticut 06831
203-531-6500
http://www.cshgreenwich.org/


Fordham Preparatory School

Fordham Preparatory School is a “four-year, Catholic, college preparatory school.” Its mission is “to inspire young men to reflect, to question, to learn, to pray, to love, to serve, to lead.”

East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458
718-367-7500
http://www.fordhamprep.org/fp/


Iona Preparatory School

Iona Preparatory School, founded in 1916, is an independent Catholic school. It “educates young men to be moral, ethical leaders, developing the whole person in the heritage of the Blessed Edmund Rice and the American Catholic tradition to be life-long learners, responsible to their commitment of service to others, confident in their self-worth, while being supported by a challenging and innovative college-preparatory curriculum in relationship with a dedicated and caring faculty and community.”

255 Wilmot Road
New Rochelle, New York 10804
914-632-0714
http://www.ionaprep.org/


School of the Holy Child

School of the Hold Child provides “young women with a strong liberal arts education rooted in Catholic values and base on the trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person.” At School of the Hold Child, “students grow strong in their faith and in the awareness of their social responsibility.”

2225 Westchester Avenue
Rye, New York 10580
914-967-5622
http://www.holychildrye.org/holychild/
homepage/home_main_frame.htm


The Ursuline School

Founded in 1987 by the Order of St. Ursula, The Ursuline School “is a Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to the intellectual, spiritual, and moral development of young women.” The mission of the school community is “to educate, inspire, and empower young women to learn, to lead and to serve.”

1354 North Avenue
New Rochelle, New York 10804
914-636-3950
http://www.ursuline.pvt.k12.ny.us/s/744/start.aspx


Private Schools


Brunswick School

Brunswick School, founded in 1902, is an all boys private day school (pre K through grade 12) located in Greenwich Connecticut. Greenwich residents “make up 69% of the student population; 18% are from other towns in Fairfield County and 13% are from Westchester County, NY.”

100 Maher Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
203-625-5800
http://www.brunswickschool.org/about/


Greenwich Academy

Greenwich Academy, founded in 1827, is an “independent college preparatory day school for highly motivated girls and young women in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.” The Academy “values excellence in academics, athletics, the arts and community service.”

200 North Maple Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
203-625-8900
http://www.greenwichacademy.org/


The Horace Mann School

The Horace Mann School was founded in 1887 as “a coeducational experimental and developmental unit of Teachers College at Columbia University.” Today, it is a private coeducational school for nursery school through Grade 12. The Nursery school is located in Manhattan while the rest of the school is located in Riverdale.

231 West 246th Street
Riverdale, New York 10471
718-432-4000
http://www.horacemann.org/home/content.asp?id=19


Riverdale Country School

Riverdale Country School is “an independent day school that provides a continuous coeducational program for boys and girls from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.” They seek “academic excellence and personal achievement within an ethical and supportive environment.”

5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, New York
718-549-8810
http://www.riverdale.edu/Default.asp?bhcp=1


Rye Country Day School

Rye Country Day School is “a coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches.” Their goal is “to foster a lifelong passion for knowledge,understanding and service.”

Cedar Street
Rye, New York 10580
914-967-1417
http://www.rcds.rye.ny.us/

Camps Directory

Camps

Badger Sports Club:

Badger Sports Club is a summer day camp. Nestled in the town of Larchmont, NY. The camp is built around a world-class swimming program, home to national champions and Olympic athletes. Of course, you don't have to be a world class swimmer to come to Badger. In fact, you don't even need to know how to swim! But when you leave in August, you just might be a champion!

Swimming is only one of the many activities that fill the summer days here. Other activities include baseball, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, yoga, nature and many more! We offer half-day programs for 3 & 4 year olds, which run from 9am -1pm. For campers 5 years old and up, the day runs from 9am-4pm.

Badger Sports Club
Director: John Collins III
General Information: (914) 834-1084
www.badgersportsclub.com
info@badgersportsclub.com


Performing Arts Camps For Boys and Girls Ages 5-15
Affordable, Educational And Fun!

Spring and Summer Flexible Schedule Performing Arts Camps

Join us for 1/2 day or a full day, from as little as two days or every day.

A versatile program of Dance, Voice, Music, & Theater conducted by skilled instructors
including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Tap, Musical Theater, Irish Step, Voice, Staging, Chinese Dance, African, Lyrical, Cheerleading and Arts n' Crafts.

• Morning Half-Day Program is from 9:00 am-12:30 am.
• Afternoon Half-Day Program is from 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
• All-Day Program is from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Outdoor activities are held, weather permitting

Weekdays Only- Extended Hours Available

Ballet Arts
The Performing Arts Center of Southern Westchester
A Complete Program of Performing Arts Education, Established in 1977
504 Fifth Avenue, Pelham

www.ballet-arts.net
914 738 8300 


The Chapel School Summer Program

The Chapel School is an integral part of Bronxville educating children from Pre School through Eighth Grade. Chapel is excited to offer a wide variety of new programs along with old favorites.

CARE BEAR Camp (ages 3-6)

Our successful CARE BEAR Camp is back! Offering nine fun-filled weeks of flexible scheduling throughout the summer.

Explorer Camp (ages 7-12)

Explorer Camp will bring new exciting programs which will include, Drama Camp, Chapel Summer Sports and Games Camp, Lego Robotics Discovery, Kids Cookery, Stopmotion Animated Movie Making, Chapel Adventure Camp, Summer Glee, Service and Leadership, Summer Fitness, Dance Gallery, Animals in Art, Tennis, Animal Embassy, Cartooning, Kid Business, Party Time, Website Creation, Scarsdale Mathnasium and The Chargers Basketball Camp.

ConstructionKids' Summer Camps are known for the dynamic projects campers build. Imagine what happens when you combine a kid's love of building, a bunch of friends, and a week of time to explore their imaginations. Campers 5 to 9 years old, work on individual and group projects with real tools and materials. Only at The Chapel School location.

Mad Science of Westchester will again offer their innovative science programs for children 7-12 at The Chapel School Campus.

For more information and a brochure contact:

Lynn Lena (Care Bear Camp) 914-337-3202 ext. 1030

Taniesha Savery (Explorer Camp) 914-337-3202 ext. 1056

or visit our website www.thechapelschool.org

 


 

Chelsea Piers Connecticut Summer Camp

Only 30 minutes from Bronxville, Summer Sports Camps at Chelsea Piers feature world-class facilities, expert instruction and the most exciting sports curriculum available – all under one roof! Campers can choose Squash, Gymnastics, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Hockey, Ice Skating, Tennis, Swimming or Multi-Sport full-day camps. Half-day camps for preschoolers and elite training camps for competitive athletes are also available. Camps run June 15 - August 28, 2015. Register by April 30, 2015 and receive Early Bird pricing. NEW for 2015: Chelsea Piers will offer a transportation program servicing campers from the towns of Pelham, Bronxville and New Rochelle during camp weeks from July 6 - 31.

Phone (toll free): 203-989-1100

Address: 1 Blachley Road, Stamford, CT 06902
Website: www.chelseapiersct.com/camp/
Email: camps@chelseapiersCT.com

Click on this link to Register Now!  http://fitness.chelseapiersct.com/camp/


Concordia Day Camp

Concordia Day Camp offers many exciting programs held on Concordia College's beautiful Bronxville Campus. New for this year! We are proud to offer Concordia's Grand Slam Prospects Baseball Camp, taught by college coaches! Also try our new Teen Scene offering for grades 7-9 or our new Early Childhood MORNING Sports program.

Continuing programs are:
1. The Morning Enrichment Program for grades 1-9 includes such classes as Egyptian Quest, Ms. Frizzle Adventures, Woodworking, Video Game Makers, Computer Art, The Joy of PaintingTM, Cooking, Science, and much more!
2. The Morning Enrichment Program for Early Childhood includes: art, music, science, literature and storytelling as well as indoor and outdoor play.
3. The Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art offers exceptional programs in Musical Theatre, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Band Bash, Vocal Arts, Chamber Music, Drawing and Painting and Ceramics and Summer Composition Intensive.
4. The Afternoon Sports Program includes a wide variety of sports for early childhood as well as grades 1-9.
5. Our Day Trip Adventures Camp, in August, takes campers from grades 2-9 on full-day, well-supervised, exceptional trips around the metropolitan area.

For a fantastic summer, come to Concordia Day Camp! Visit our website at: www.concordiadaycamp.org  or call 914-395-4848. 

Tutoring Directory

Tutoring

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Ace Tutors Aboard

Ace Tutors Aboard is a tutoring agency, founded by a Cornell University Graduate who is a NYS Certified teacher in Mathematics with over 10 years of teaching experience.

We are dedicated, Ivy League/Top College Graduates and NYS Certified Educators that serve students of every age, any subject at the convenience of your home, for very reasonable rates. Ace Tutors Aboard prides itself in successfully helping students in Westchester County and NY catch up, keep up or excel beyond classroom expectations and NY Common Core standards. In addition to helping your child increase report card grades and standardized test scores, our tutors provide inside tips and tricks with private school or college applications. Find out today and call or email us for a consultation at info@AceTutorsAboard.com or (914)336-1368.

Individual and group rates available.

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EJG Educational Consulting

Tutoring, Personalized Study Programs,
Test Preparation, Admissions Assistance
4 Pondview Lane
Bronxville Heights, New York

Elena Geba
914-793-9813
ejgedconsulting@aol.com

 


 

Magic Carpet Learning

Magic Carpet Learning offers one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing, and math. We are open all year round, including the summer.

96 Kraft Avenue

Bronxville, NY 10708

914-771-7700

Lori@magiccarpetlearning.com

www.magiccarpetlearning.com

 

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