Editor’s Note: About an hour before going to press for this issue of the Land Park News, the following letter was sent to the newsroom via email. It is being reprinted in its entirety.
Dear Camellia Families and Friends,
This past March, during the Camelliapalooza Fund A Need, I stood before you and asked for your support in Building Our Future. That vision included strengthening our Middle School Math and Science program, and thanks to your generosity we have now added a Math Specialist and Algebra offering to our community. That vision also included increasing our savings so that Camellia Waldorf School could one day purchase property, and plan for the next 25 years and beyond.
In early June, we received an opportunity to make this dream of property ownership a reality. We were invited to tour the vacated Merryhill School campus at 7450 Pocket Road and to begin to imagine the potential of moving Camellia Waldorf School to this new location. This location on Pocket Road is approximately 10 minutes from our current site and allows for easy access from the freeway.
This location provides our community with two significant advantages. Having our school nestled in a safe residential neighborhood is truly ideal. This location of almost three acres allows access to the levee and the Sacramento River, and is only a few blocks from Garcia Bend Park. In addition, this location places us within a few miles and directly in between Bergamo, a highly regarded private Montessori school, and Brookfield, a highly regarded private college preparatory school. This location, in a safe neighborhood that already supports educational excellence and educational choice, will bring new children and families into our community.
Needless to say, it has been a busy summer for the Board of Trustees, Administrative Staff, and Faculty. After countless meetings and hours spent reviewing our finances, Camellia Waldorf School is creating history by purchasing property at 7450 Pocket Road and will begin the new school year in September at this location.
As many of you know, we have spent the past two years building a relationship with the Sacramento City Unified School District and exploring the possibility of moving our school to the C.P. Huntington campus. While this arrangement would provide many benefits, it would not present the opportunity for ownership.
Although this decision is being made quickly, many substantial hours have been spent in preparation for this moment. When Camellia Waldorf School started at the current Freeport Boulevard location, there was never the intent to remain for this many years. We are currently on a month-to-month lease and face many challenges with increasing rent, the lack of a safe and dedicated parking lot, and the surrounding transient population. In addition, this spring we were notified by the city of Sacramento that our property line is in violation and will need to be adjusted within the year. This adjustment will significantly reduce the available play areas for our lower grade, kindergarten, and preschool play areas.
It has long been the dream of our leadership to own a permanent home for Camellia Waldorf School. The entire faculty, staff, and board of trustees recognize the value of this opportunity and are in full support of this move. Plans are already underway concerning moving preparations, repairs, and upgrades at our new location. Jennifer Mason and I are already working on the necessary transfer of our California preschool license with expected ease and success.
We look forward to hosting an open house on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and inviting our Camellia families and friends to tour our new location! More information will follow soon. We also look forward to your involvement in making this move a successful community effort. Although the timeline is short, we are a community with many talents and with your help, we will make great things happen quickly!
We are currently in need of volunteers to provide packing supplies, assist with packing of classroom materials, begin preparing our outdoor structures for transport, and to assist with repairs and landscaping work at the new site. If you are able to help with any of these tasks, please contact Ardyth Sokoler at firstname.lastname@example.org about your resources and availability. We are in the process of creating a Sign-Up Genius and will send the link early next week.
As always, we welcome your questions and comments. We recognize that unexpected change can be disruptive, and look forward to working together to make this transition as smooth as possible for our children. Thank you for your commitment to Camellia Waldorf School and for your support. We look forward to Building Our Future together!
Ardyth Sokoler, Administrator
Betsey Monnot, Board President
Jenny Stewart, Early Childhood
Amanda Mutrux, Elementary School
Jacky Cox, Middle School