Sunday, August 26, 2012


With THE DAY finally upon us, I am writing to thank each of you for your significant contributions to get us to this point, and I am writing to thank you in advance for the important work in front of us.  Our first days of school (tomorrow and again on Tuesday) will set the tone in so many ways for the success of the 2012-2013 school year.  I urge each of you to do your very best - this is the most that we can possibly ask of one another!  As John Wooden wrote, "Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming."  We ask this of our scholars, and we ask this of one another.

Over these first few days, and in each day of this coming year, challenge yourself to be joyful and rigorous, to be warm and strict, to be your very best and to always be yourself.  Remember, all eyes are on you at all times - and your classroom IS a mirror.  As James Baldwin wrote, "children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."  YOU set the example, YOU set the bar.

Getting BVP to this point is a team effort.  From our board members to our partners, from our scholars to every staff member. It is with that in mind, that I would like to take this moment to "shout-out" the network team for their efforts to get us to this point:
  • Jen LoPiccolo for leading the recruitment and selection of an amazing team
  • Mike DeMatteo for working like crazy to ensure that we have three buildings ready for prime time - including a major addition at ES1, a beautiful new playground at ES2, and a six-figure renovation at our new MS
  • Lori McEwen for heading up our August Professional Development highlighted by welcoming and preparing over 30 new team members for success at BVP
  • Jess Bunnell for ensuring that everything data-wise is up and ready to go with RIDE - from student information to teacher certification records...and 10,000,000 other things...
  • Steve Corrales for enrolling 250+ scholars and sharing exciting news with families and showing extraordinary patience with those still on our waiting list clamoring for updates...sometimes calling hourly!
  • Silvia Cuello for fighting with Verizon to get 98.6% of our team members have working phones, keeping me sane when the world around appears to be insane, and, perhaps most importantly, ensuring we are all paid and have benefits on time!
  • And, shout-outs in advance to Kate Crowe who is leading our charter renewal efforts and David Lauck who has personally committed to help raise $10,000,000 for the capital campaign we will launch this fall!
BVP is staffed by an incredible team of educators, and it is with Lindsey leading ES1, Colleen at ES2, and Joy at the MS that I am as confident as ever that our schools are in great hands and that everyone on our team will have the support that they need to be successful. 

As we know Joy loves to say, "Get your mirrors out - uh huh, oh yeah, looking good!"  We are ready!  Have an awesome year and know that I am here to support each of you to be your very best - do not hesitate to call me (maybe) at (401-871-5183), email, or gchat!


Jeremy Chiappetta

P.S. For those who might be wondering why we work so hard, look no further than Hannah Bishop who joined the BVP Team and Family on Thursday! Congrats to Beth and her family!

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