Parents' Newsletter December 20th, 2018

Message from
The Head of School,
Julie Faulstich



Dear Parents, 

Happy Holidays to you and your families during this festive season! I wish you and your student a wonderful, restful break and a very happy new year.

The year 2018 was transformative for Westover School. The opening of the Student Commons and the implementation of our new daily schedule highlight our commitment to our core values of community and passion for learning. We remain focused on fostering students who are kind, brave, and resilient as they engage in this ever-changing world. And we work each day to ensure that Westover is a place where smart, motivated girls can become confident, connected women.

We will start 2019 strong by welcoming author Rachel Simmons to campus on January 8, 2019. Rachel is the author of the book Enough as She Is, an enlightening work faculty read and discussed this summer. Rachel will be offering a session just for Westover parents at 6:00 pm on January 8, 2019. Please use this form to RSVP to this free event. I encourage you to come to hear Rachel's presentation. You do not need to read her book prior to attending.

As I reflect on 2018 and look ahead to 2019, I am reminded of how important it is to empower those around us. We at Westover work to empower your student to discover her voice, her passion, and her awareness. Sessions such as Rachel Simmons aim to empower you as parents to understand this complicated world our girls are growing up in today. It is much different than the one many of us grew up in and I want you to view Westover as a resource as we navigate the world around us. We are grateful you entrusted Westover with your daughter's education and we are empowered by your support in the season of gratitude and throughout the year.


Julie Faulstich

Head of School

Westover Parent Event with Author Rachel Simmons



Westover is proud to welcome author Rachel Simmons to campus on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Faculty and staff read her book Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives over the summer of 2018 to help us understand the pressures our students face in today's ever-changing world. We've found the insights in Rachel's book helpful as we assist our students with their lives at Westover and prepare them for the world beyond our campus.


We invite you to attend a presentation by Rachel Simmons on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at 6:00 pm on Westover's campus. Rachel will cover many of the topics in the book Enough as She Is, however you do not need to have read the book in order to participate in this session. Please RSVP by using this form. Books will be available for purchase on the night of the presentation.


Please contact the Head of School's office with questions by calling 203.577.4501 or emailing Lauren Castagnola, director of communications, at We look forward to seeing you on January 8!

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 five 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


The junior class is inviting you to the Dorcas Fair which is completely put together by the junior class to raise money for charities that our class chooses. It will be on Sunday the 13th 2019, 2:15 pm-4:15 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!


Dorcas shirts for sale!
Short sleeve shirts with nice quality fabric, and designs related to our surprise Dorcas fair theme. If you'd like to purchase one and help support, please email one of the three Dorcas heads, Katarina Sauter, Marianella Salinas, Julia Mariano or Dorcas Advisor, Maggie Nunez with the size you would like. Thank you in advance for all your support for Dorcas!


Happy Holidays from the Dorcas Heads!


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