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May 14, 2010 Ms. Julie Beers Principal The International School 3000 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115 Re: Julie: Thank you indeed for your time today at On the Rise to learn about the International School and the potential fit for our five year old Son, Collin. Further to our conversation, I believe that the International School is fundamental to the vitality of Cleveland and its ability to be a 21st Century City for all citizens…making your job one of the most important jobs in Cleveland. Moreover, I strongly believe that the International School cannot be successful without (a) investments in the current building that establish the bar for the new building while ensuring a world-class learning environment for the students of the NOW; (b) using world-class public and private schools throughout the country as the role model for the International School; (c) actively integrating the amazing, world-renowned assets of Cleveland into the curriculum and learning environment as done successfully in other parts of the country; and (d) the active financial support of the NGO and private sector thru restricted funds to improve the current building and ensure professional development of the highest mark. The International School will be located in the United Methodist Church Building for a minimum of two years and perhaps as long as four-to-five years. Two years will be required to raise the $22 million or more for the new building. Site selection and design may take another year, followed by a minimum of one year for construction and commissioning of the new building to ensure that all systems are operating in accordance with the design intent and all standards, particularly if the building is to be LEED-certified. For example, CWRU recently announced a $20 million gift to build a new student center on a designated site overlooking Wade Lagoon. The building is not anticipated to be ready for occupancy until the end of 2012 or later. The existing building will serve no less than three purposes. First, the building will provide the learning, playing and socialization environment for students, teachers and parents. Second, the building will provide the ability to showcase the commitment of all parties to the project while also providing valuable opportunities to experiment with different design decisions over the next several years. Third, the building will be the “proof of concept” for potential students, parents and “investors” in the school’s leadership, vision and sustainable future. Collin, our oldest Son, begins Kindergarten in the 2010-2011 academic year. We believe it’s important for Collin to enjoy a learning, play and socialization environment equal to US, Ruffing or Shaker Heights. Each school has varying resources but the common baseline for each school, public or private, is easy to identify and share with you:
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the DeYoung Museum and others. heavy weather gear and school projects to store for show-and-tell or take home. 7) Bulletin board and/or folders for parents to receive flyers about school activities. 2010 Page 2 of 4 1) Clean. University School in San Francisco. including the ability 1589 East 118 Street – Cleveland. 9) Common areas that are clean. University School and Wheeler School also provide examples of reusing old buildings while minimizing any unnecessary sunk costs. The urban playground and parks at Wheeler School are amongst the best in the country. We believe it’s a mistake if the School and its supporters do not make the level of investment that’s required for the School to serve as the permanent home for the first several classes of students. lights and other design features that convey a sense of safety. security and community. Wheeler School shares facilities with Brown University and other organizations within Providence. Each of the schools provides you with the additional example of how to best use shared facilities and minimize sunk costs. music. centralized facilities for a variety of classes and ages. Ruffing Montessori recently completed a complete. while also sharing athletic facilities with Beaumont School. 8) Meal preparation and eating area that’s specific to early childhood students and clean or cleaner than our own kitchen. science. 6) Special classrooms specific to art. toys and learning tools. RI. the United Methodist Church playground can benefit from a complete renovation. while also providing the flexibility to be moved and used at a future location. For example. 5) Indoor play area(s) with a large variety of activities for group and quiet play. permission slips and so forth. Wheeler School in Providence. using the bathroom. particularly if the equipment is thoughtfully chosen to meet the needs of an urban location. University School shares facilities with the San Francisco Parks Commission. shelves and storage areas for spare clothes. For example. 4) Outdoor play area with a large variety of activities for group and quiet play.com – (216) 650-6211 . The burden will be on the Design Team to identify best practices and role models in the country for schools that have used temporary facilities before or during the construction of new facilities. theater and special learning opportunities. where the facilities are as current as possible and his experience is not limited by the promise of better to come for future students. 3) Cubbies. teachers and parents. Ruffing Montessori in Cleveland Heights. I cannot overemphasize how important it is that Collin attends a school that is a school for the now. Julie Beers May 14. reading. OH. local art and the occasional bench or small sitting area. sustainable design upgrade of its entire campus without disruption to classes or enrollment. CA. well lit classrooms that are well stocked with books. well lit and well supervised decorated with student art. 10) Landscaped areas. CA. before meal time and after any outdoor play. 2) The opportunity to wash hands when arriving for school. several schools come to mind: Piedmont Public Schools in San Francisco.Donald Holmes Gest Ms. Piedmont Public Schools use common. special events. OH 44106 – dgest@doanbrook.
Julie Beers May 14. Sandy Cutler and Al Rankin may do back flips when given the opportunity to participate and perhaps “adopt” a classroom or common area at a school that’s focused on Mandarin and the global experience. The Chicago Public Schools recently went to bid to improve their foods 1589 East 118 Street – Cleveland. I believe it’s critical for your team to consider reaching out to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Corporate sponsorships may be another opportunity for you to explore. The school is considered to be amongst the best in Atlanta. I’m also not familiar with the partnerships that the school has established with The High Museum or other cultural. For example. 2010 Page 3 of 4 The Atlanta International School may also consideration by your team. Old Trail School. Moreover. The University School in San Francisco and its feeder schools appears to lead the charge in this area. A roof top garden may be a great opportunity. a collaboration between UCSF Children’s Hospital. For example. not overhead. the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and other community assets that can leverage existing programs within their respective organizations to establish “low hanging fruit” collaborative learning experiences to advance the IB Curriculum while also reinforcing the importance of the school to Cleveland and its socioeconomic relevance in the 21st Century.Donald Holmes Gest for the playground to be moved and expanded. too. a very easy first step might be to work with CMA to identity pieces of art in its collection that are relevant to the International School mission and curriculum. Further to our conversation. 1001 Journals Project. OH 44106 – dgest@doanbrook. all of these people are sophisticated business and philanthropic leaders that may want to be ensured that any investment by their companies will be used as effectively and efficiently as possible. Ms. Alice Waters and others to create an urban garden or CSA service that provides food specifically to the International School at the same or lower cost basis as the existing CMSD schools.com – (216) 650-6211 . and certainly not on par with Ruffing Montessori or University School. Wallenberg School and the San Francisco Arts Commission. while a neighboring green area and outdoor basketball court has won several awards for green design. Of course. particularly the 100 Journals Project. CWRU then centered the design of seven dormitory lobbies upon a respective work of art. Chicago and other urban cities. especially if there’s a focus on sustainable design and the need for interior and exterior paints or painting supplies. NACCO and several other large companies in Cleveland enjoy extensive operations in China. Eaton. I’m not familiar with the school’s physical plant. We have been told that the quality of the food in the Cleveland Public Schools is not on par with Shaker Public Schools. University School. Perhaps the opportunity exists for you to work with the Ohio State Extension. The Cleveland International School enjoys many of the same underlying resources as San Francisco. I have already sent an email to the person responsible for the dormitories to arrange a tour for you. the school has proven a large draw for Asian and Central African immigrants. Boston. CWRU worked with CMA to identify seven art works that were representative of the international student body at CWRU. the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. both manufacturing and distribution. Student food and service is another important consideration. medical or higher education resources such as Emory University. Urban School. The list is endless and I believe that a minimum of ten opportunities exist that can be implemented before the new school year. Chris Connor may be another business leader to bear in mind. They may want to make restricted gifts where the monies can only be used for the International School and only for direct costs.
Julie Beers May 14. provided that your team agrees the Collin and our Family are a fit for the school.Donald Holmes Gest while lowering their costs basis. Finally.com – (216) 650-6211 . It provides the additional benefit of tying into several on-going initiatives sponsored by The Cleveland Foundation and the City of Cleveland. secure and second to none relative to inspiring health. curiosity and socialization. Gest Ward 8 Resident 1589 East 118 Street – Cleveland. Sincerely yours. Thank you again for your time today. OH 44106 – dgest@doanbrook. particularly north of the square. while recognizing that there are many students that eat better at school than they do at home. I believe they achieved their goal. Donald H. A sound body is a sound mind…taking me back to our uncompromising interest in being assured that the indoor and outdoor play areas are safe. We look forward to learning more about your work and the opportunity for the International School to be a realistic option for Collin. And I’m confident that there are many other organizations and City Councilpeople that may have additional thoughts on ensuring the socioeconomic and racial diversity of The Cleveland International School. I have always been led to believe that the rental apartments near Shaker Square. And I assure you that we do not want our Son to eat less well at school than he does at home. 2010 Page 4 of 4 reducing costs while improving quality. we spoke today about engaging the diverse Family and student population at the Clinic. UH and other leading institutions in Cleveland. We take Collin’s diet and eating habits very seriously. The Confucius Institute and other organizations may be able to help you access the diversity of Families living in Cleveland at the top of Fairhill Boulevard. It might provide you with the opportunity to test a different food delivery model for CMSD and provide the proof of concept of Ms. have a large foreign national population who send their children to the Shaker Public Schools.