November 19, 2020
November 25 – All-school Zoom, see details below
November 26 to 29 – Thanksgiving break
November 30 to December 11 – All classes online
December 23 – Report cards emailed to families
December 12 to January 4 – Winter break
January 5 – Winter term begins
January 5 to 8 – All classes online
We are proud to announce the opening of the
Explorations Academy Endowment!
The establishment of an endowment is a huge turning point in the life of an independent school. While fundraising efforts and enrollment will inevitably shift at various points in time, an endowed fund ensures an additional revenue stream that grows over time. The seeding of this fund was generously provided by Sita Amba-Rao, a long-time supporter of Explorations. She initially became involved with the school during my first year as a teacher here thirteen years ago when she met with students before they departed for her nation of birth: India. Since that time, she has given regularly to the school with a focus on our financial aid efforts and our international expeditions. She is proud to be able to open up a new chapter for the school.
While this fund will be huge to the future of the school, we must also recognize that our fundraising efforts for this year must continue, even with the peculiarities of 2020. That is why I am happy to announce that another generous supporter of the school is offering a matching challenge. For each dollar donated to Explorations Academy, a dollar will be added to the endowment, up to $10,000. Most years, we operate a fundraising goal in conjunction with Giving Tuesday (December 1st this year); however, this year the matching challenge will last from today until the end of the school year. Now is your chance to give for the present, knowing that it will also ensure the future of the school.
For those individuals who are able to give, please remember that there are unique tax advantages for this year associated with the CARES Act. Individuals who itemize may deduct 100% of their adjusted gross income (up from 60%). C-Corporations may deduct up to 25% of taxable income (up from 10%), and those individuals who do not itemize deductions are eligible for a $300 above the line deduction for charitable giving. Please consult your tax advisor for specific information.
Once again, I am ecstatic that we are able to open this endowment. With all the uncertainty of this year, there has never been a better time to know that there is additional security for our future.
Thanks to all those who have gotten us to this point and to those who will take the organization into its next chapter.
J. Bacchus Taylor
Head of School
Day Before Thanksgiving
Meeting ID: 813 5015 7765
Thanks Adopt-a-Family Giving
Explorations Academy works hard to foster the spirit of giving throughout the year. 2020 has thrown a few monkey wrenches in our ability to have students partner with other local non-profits; however, we are excited to announce a great way for students and their families to give back during this critical time of need.
The items will be delivered to the family on Tuesday at 3:30pm, so please bring items you sign-up for before then.
Thanks for helping us bring joy to a family in need this season.
Any questions, please contact Elizabeth.