Parents' Newsletter December 13th, 2018

Message from
The Head of School,
Julie Faulstich



Dear Parents, 

The Edward E. Ford Foundation has enthusiastically approved our $75,000 grant application (to be matched dollar for dollar) to support women's empowerment programming at Westover. This grant will support a part-time scholar in residence to enhance our programming to specifically develop girls' leadership skills. It will also support general programming such as our first Women in Leadership conference this January. Additionally, it will provide funding to evaluate our archives so we can better understand how to highlight and link Westover's past and present women's leadership efforts.

This has been a specific vision of mine and I was extremely pleased to have such positive support from John Gulla, executive director, and the Edward E. Ford Foundation board - and that board includes our own Nancy Kavanaugh, class of 1971 and a past trustee.



Julie Faulstich

Head of School

Glimpse of the Week


Dear Parents,

We are excited to celebrate a treasured Westover tradition this weekend, the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols. I hope to see you on campus this weekend! While you are here, I welcome you to visit the Schumacher Gallery in the Louise B. Dillingham Performing Arts Center for the Faculty Art Show.

We are planning for an exciting kickoff to 2019 at Westover. Rachel Simmons, author of Enough as She Is, Odd Girl Out, and The Curse of the Good Girl will offer several presentations on January 8th including a presentation for current and prospective parents. Our visiting artist, Mohamad Hafez, will complete the installation of his exhibit, Homeland InSecurity, in early January as well. We invite you to attend his gallery reception on Friday, January 18. For both of these events, please stay tuned for additional information.  

Happy Holidays!


Ben Hildebrand
Assistant Head of School

Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols Reservations this weekend!



A Westover School Holiday tradition, The Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, December 15th, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 16th at 3:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and entertainment in Red Hall.

Reservations  can be made on the Parent Portal. If you cannot attend in person, we will be broadcasting the sessions via our Livestream.


The Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols is a cherished Westover tradition. At the heart of the service is nine lessons read by students, each followed by the lighting of a candle and a carol sung by the Glee Club, a small ensemble, or the entire congregation. At the end of the service, all sing Silent Night in a Chapel lit only by candles. Following the service is a festive reception for all in Red Hall, with more songs and a short performance by the Dance Ensemble, a cappella singing groups and Gospel Choir.


A remindner for parents, seating is first come first served. When the doors open 15 minutes before, please go in and find a seat and put your coat down to save it. Then proceed to Red Hall where you will watch the Handbell performance. After Handbells, we will have a procession line from Red Hall back to Chapel.

Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols: Volunteers Needed

Ushers and greeters are needed for The Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols to be held in the Westover Chapel on Saturday, December 15th at 8 pm and Sunday December 16th at 3:30 pm. See below for volunteer information. Please email Samantha Peterson to volunteer:

Ushers: 3 needed/night; will assist families in finding seating in both the main Chapel and the balcony.  Checks tickets.

Greeters: 2-4 needed/night; greet arriving families; assist with checking tickets; directing families into appropriate lines.

From the Development Office



Many thanks to parents who joined more than 100 donors during our Light the Lantern Giving Day on Monday! We are so proud to be able to honor Mr. Havery's dedication to generations of students and Westover's tradition of Candlelight!

The student winners of the Lantern T-Shirts are: Maddie-Claire Norris '19, Meredith Diamond '19 and Rin Sakakibara '21. Congratulations!


Whether you attend Candlelight in person or view on Livestream, we wish everyone Happy Holidays!

Letterpress Collective Holiday Cards for Sale



This year's card from the Westover Letterpress Collective is here! Adapted from a traditional Nordic knitting pattern, this snowflake design comes in two different colors, red and sliver-blue. Look for them for sale in the Westover School Store and at Candlelight this weekend! A five pack of cards and envelopes is $20.

From the Financial Aid Office


Greetings from the Westover School Financial Aid Office:

This is an important reminder that Schools and Student Services (SSS) opened in October for families planning to apply for financial aid in 2019-2020. The deadline for application submission is set for February 1, 2019. The SSS code for Westover School is 8152.

We understand the sacrifice and commitment made by families and guardians, in order to make an independent school education possible, and we want to assure you that we do everything possible to support your individual needs. Your commitment to completing the application process in a timely (or early) manner is appreciated. We are dedicated to partnering with you to provide awards when need is demonstrated in order to make an education at Westover School more affordable.

Please be aware there are new tax regulations, laws and schedules, based on the changes made by the federal government. It is important you understand them fully. For some direction, please refer to the resources provided on SSS or discuss these changes with your personal tax advisor.

If you need more detailed information on the application process you can visit our website. Of course, I am more than happy to meet with you in person or via email or phone at or at 203.577.4503.

We value you, as members of the Westover School community and look forward to working with you throughout the re-enrollment process.


Treda C.Collier Dickenman
Director of Financial Aid/Admission Associate

From the Rasin Center for Global Justice: Spring Break Trip to the DR!


We are excited to announce a new opportunity in collaboration with Trinity-Pawling, an all-boys partner school in New York, for a service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic! After considerable research, T-P has decided on a location and organization with whom to partner and is sending a group of students and teachers through the nonprofit organization, Bridges to Community. Since 1993, this organization has been bringing volunteers "to impoverished communities to work, learn, and reflect." They focus on health, education, housing, and economic development in their service, done in partnership with local community leaders, to alleviate poverty. The experience will include active, hands-on work, in addition to cultural  exploration; an added benefit for those studying Spanish will be the language immersion.

Please see here for the detailed volunteer handbook and also here for the itinerary. The dates are: Monday, March 4 to Monday, March 11, 2019. The cost of the program is $2,500, which includes all meals, lodging, in-country transportation, activities, travel insurance, entry fees, and airfare. There may be limited financial aid available; please see Kate Taylor, director of the Rasin Center for further information ( We need a minimum of 5 students and the maximum number of Westover participants is 10.

We hope you can join and make the most of this unique opportunity!

Students should complete this interest form and submit to the Rasin Center or mailbox 17 by Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Save the Date: Dorcas Fair Sunday, January 13th



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