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The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of funding for TMS, which supports our school and the academic excellence for which we are known. The Annual Fund provides for a wide variety of academic programming, Montessori materials for our classrooms, professional development for our staff, and all aspects to running a healthy school especially vital during the COVID pandemic. 

Last year, we named our Annual Fund the "Haines-Zaharchuk Annual Education Fund" in honor of alumni parent, Sue Zaharchuk. Your gifts will memorialize her wish to perpetuate The Montessori School for years to come. Gifts made to this fund will directly impact the children of TMS through scholarships, enriched Montessori programs and a financially stable school. In this historic year, your generosity is needed now more than ever. 

We invite you to join other donors to this year’s Annual Education Fund. Contact for more information or to learn more about donating.

Thank You from Head of School

Dear TMS Families and Friends,
In this issue of Making an Impact we include our Annual Report for 2020-21. While presenting the school’s financial overview, we also want to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to everyone in our TMS community who has given in some way to TMS. In a year, unlike any we have previously experienced, we have been able to sustain our financial health and have seen inspiring gifts from our families and friends.

Through a combination of staff reductions, grants, loans and significant Annual Fund contributions, TMS was able to successfully weather a 30% reduction in enrollment and an increase in COVID-related expenses in this first year of the pandemic. In order to prepare a comprehensive Health & Safety plan for the 2020-21 school year, difficult decisions had to be made and executed before the school year began. Individual class cohorts that allowed for 6-foot distancing at all times not only limited class sizes, but also precluded the movement of children from room to room for specials. As a result, it was necessary to lay off non-Montessori staff, a reduction in personnel of about 35%. On the plus side, we applied for and received COVID-related grants, and a PPP loan, which was forgiven. Also, of significant impact on the 2020-21 operating budget, was the generous giving by so many past and present families and friends of The Montessori School.

Alumni parents were leaders in giving during the past year. It was gratifying to feel the support of families whose children have graduated and moved on from TMS, but who still hold dear the education that their children received. In our time of need, alumni families stepped up with generous gifts and even a challenge gift to lead Annual Giving during the pandemic year. Our families and friends participated in EITC to provide scholarships to TMS children, gave generously to the Annual Fund and provided an endless supply of much-needed supplies for cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing. This is what I have come to call the “silver lining of the pandemic”—TMS families coming together to support the school in every way imaginable and keep their children coming in-person for learning the entire year. The staff was especially grateful for the incredible giving spirit that they felt from TMS families.    

I feel honored to be part of this community, that through giving, models for our children how to connect with something greater than the individual.

With gratitude for all the gifts we have received,
Laurie on behalf of the TMS Board of Trustees, staff and children

“Let us give the child a vision of the whole universe... for all things are part of the universe and connected to each other to form one whole.”  ~ Maria Montessori

Donor Honor Roll

Julia Levin (TRUSTEE) ' 02

Cecilia & Michael Beck
Ann & Chris Breen
Kimberly (TRUSTEE) & Douglas Burke
Dr Michael & Maureen Caulfield
Stephen & Riza Cebula
Tai & Ruth Chang
Dawn Fastiggi & Kenneth Doroski
Chip & Susan Goodman
Linda Hart & Nick Sippl
Elena & Ted Janeczko
Glenn & Jovitita Eiger
Bil Kasenchar & Nanci Kulig
Seema & Vinod Khetarpal
Jim & Joan Levin
Lynne & Scott Pierce
Cindy & Kurt Robinson
Tracey & Rodney Sandmeyer
Sara Shay & John McCauley
Naveen Todi
Karen Walsh (TRUSTEE) & Jay Lipschultz
Linda & Jay White
Susan (TRUSTEE) & John Zaharchuk

Dean Avgiris & Krystin Kopen / Kadan & Yianni Avgiris
The Battista Family
Amy Brickman & Ivan Maddock
Dareus Conover / Dareus '21 and Noemi '23 Conover
Nima & Jigar Desai
The Elsey Family
Barb & Andy Gorman
Gregory & Misty Harth
Dr Rutvi Kapadia and Mr Sanket Kapadia
The Malone Family
Meredith Matone & Ray Cross
Sam & Christine Miller
Sarah Moffatt & David La Salle
Sophie & Simon Oh
Jim & Teri Quigley
Ken & Cassandra Ruff
The Schein Family
Ravi Shaheed & Gurbir Sandhu
Rachel (TRUSTEE) & Matt Shearon
Anastasiia & Igor Statiukha
Alicia & Jack Stoddard
Lisa & Keith Tietjen
Meihua Wang & M Domingo Tubio
Rashida (TRUSTEE) & Timothy Welbeck
Laura & John Zhu


AmazonSmile Foundation
Bank of America
Box Tops for Education
Caulfield Charitable Fund
CyberGrants SPV, LLC
Equitable Foundation
Merck Foundation
MontcoStrong Non-Profit Resiliency & Restoration Grant
PayPal Giving Fund
Rodney & Tracey Sandmeyer Family Fund
Sandmeyer Steel Company Foundation

Michael A Johnson
Brittany (TRUSTEE) & Zach Shearon

Keri Kelly
Sam & Christine Miller
Janet Nuessle
Matt & Rachel Shearon
Alemji Taku & Matt Sherman
Tammy Tran & Matt Brinker

And all our TMS parents who help provide PPE supplies!

Jed & Beth Margolis, grandparents of Sophie Taylor '22
Rob & Roberta English, grandparents of Chase Richardson '25
Laura & Ed Stulb, grandparents of Saylor Butler '26 and Colin Magowan
Ngoc Tran (TRUSTEE) & Tuyet Truong, grandparents of Molly '23, Miles '27, and Lucy Brinker 

Sutapa Bakshi
Megan Belinsky
Erin Burke
Jackie Cooper
Janet Easlea
Dawn Fastiggi
Elena Janeczko
Keri Kelly
Seema Khetarpal
Helen Ly
Lara Magge
Taylor Myers
Amy Robinson
Cindy Robinson
Julia Robinson
Gail Roth
Cathy Struck
Laurie Stulb
Liz Telliard

Thank you to these individuals and businesses who gave to TMS via the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. This extraordinary program helps children to attend TMS and saves financial aid dollars from coming out of the school's operating budget.

Matt Brinker & Tammy Tran
Kimberly & Douglas Burke
Jim & Joan Levin
Jay Lipschutz & Karen Walsh
Mark & Colleen Mele
Rod & Tracey Sandmeyer
Jason & Sarah Schein
Matt & Rachel Shearon
Guangkai Shi & Yuzhen Chen
Ali & Oya Yuksel
Utica National Insurance
John & Sue Zaharchuk

Teacher Wish List Donations

Children's House Sandboxes
• Kadan & Yianni Avgiris
• Sarah Moffatt & David La Salle

Lower Elementary Charging Stations
• Amy Brickman & Ivan Maddock
• Rob & Roberta English
• Gregory & Misty Harth

Makerspace Shelving
• Kadan & Yianni Avgiris
• Nima & Jigar Desai

Outdoor Picnic Table
• Kadan & Yianni Avgiris

Outdoor Play Equipment
• The Elsey Family

Toddler Sandboxes
• Kadan & Yianni Avgiris
• Lisa & Keith Tietjen

Tribute Gifts

In honor of the Robinsons, Sutapa Bakshi, Miss Belinsky, Elena Janeczko, Mrs Roth, Miss Katie
• The Battistas

In honor of Ms Amy Robinson
• The Elsey Family
• Greg & Misty Harth

In honor of Mrs Bakshi and Miss Belinsky
• Sarah Moffat & David La Salle

In honor of Mrs Bakshi
• Ken & Cassandra Ruff

In honor of Mrs Kelly
• Meredith Matone & Ray Cross

In honor of Mrs Fastiggi
• Meihua Wang & M Domingo Tubio

In honor of Jackson and Lilly's teachers over the years
• Schein Family

In honor of Grace '18 and Jesse Sippl '18
• Nick Sippl & Linda Hart

In honor of Jackson Stoddard '21
• Alicia & Jack Stoddard

In honor of the Class of 2021
• Karen Walsh & Jay Lipschutz

In memory of Dorothy Roberts and Dorothy Ross
• Rashida & Timothy Welbeck

Sixth Grade Class Gift / Outdoor Classroom
• Dareus Conover
• Nima & Jigar Desai
• Sarah & Jason Schein
• Alicia & Jack Stoddard

How Can I Donate to TMS?

Gifts to TMS can be made in the following ways:

CASH / CREDIT CARD GIFTS  The easiest way to make a gift to TMS is to write a check and mail it to TMS, 1701 Jarrettown Rd, Dresher, PA 19025. Or, donate from our website using your preferred credit card.

CORPORATE MATCHING GIFTS  Many companies match employees’ charitable giving. Check with the human resources department of your employer for more information, and double your gift!

GIFTS-IN-KIND  These donations may consist of furnishings, art, musical instruments, books, etc. TMS will provide a gift receipt as your tax acknowledgment. 

BEQUESTS  A bequest is donation of cash, personal property or real estate provided in the donor’s will to a non-profit institution. Consult your tax advisor for assistance.

GIFTS OF STOCK  A gift of appreciated securities can bring the donor greater tax savings than a gift of cash. Check with your financial advisor for assistance.

UNITED WAY  Look for “The Montessori School Association” (or our former name, “New Horizons Montessori School Assoc”). For UW of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ, look for Code #3568: The Montessori School Association.

EITC  The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) provides greater access to education through public/private collaboration. Pennsylvania offers a unique opportunity for businesses as well as individuals to reduce tax liability by contributing to registered scholarship organizations like TMS. 

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