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2013-14 Annual Campaign

Dear Pine Hill Families, Friends and Alumni,

Mark, Sasha, Daniel, Nathan and Jakov SchwartzbergTransitions provide an opportunity for reflection and gratitude.  After eleven years of active involvement in the Pine Hill community, our family will shift to “alumni” status this coming June when Jakov graduates with the class of 2014.  Until recently that seemed a long time in the future; now, the reality is taking hold and providing the impetus for us to share our passion and commitment with all of you.  We do this to ensure that Pine Hill is here for other children and families for many years to come.   

When we reflect on what it has meant to be part of this community, we naturally call up memories of many beautiful Rose Ceremonies, Michaelmas pageants, Thanksgiving assemblies, Holiday Fairs and Hilltop Circus performances.  What those all have in common are a strong sense of community and a devotion to instilling in the students a sense of beauty and wonder about the world.  In addition, the students gain a sense of personal responsibility and competence.  Of course, there is also the invitation, perhaps even the expectation, that once the students graduate, they will share those attributes with the next educational community in which they find themselves and with the larger communities in which they ultimately live and work.

Our three sons have benefitted directly from Pine Hill, and we, too, have participated and grown through our experiences in this community.  Mark was sparked to learn to play cello after the “Hilltop Swings” circus several years ago so that he could be part of the circus orchestra this past spring when Jakov performed in the circus for the first time.  And Sasha still hasn’t lost hope that she will someday learn to juggle!

When we asked the boys to reflect on their experiences, they remarked on the way the teachers encourage creative thinking and working cooperatively with others.  They also noted their appreciation for the relationships they formed with their class teachers.  We hope you will join our family and support Pine Hill’s annual fund so that this community will thrive and grow for years to come.

With warmth and gratitude,  

Sasha Kuftinec and Mark Schwartzberg

Nathan (2008), Daniel (2009), and Jakov (2014)