A Message from Sue: April 2017

Dear Step One Friends and Family,

Spring has sprung! Flowers are everywhere; the children are playing with water and gardening on the hillside. It’s a time of renewal: a time to recommit to our values and refresh our traditions. In that spirit, we welcome our 2nd annual school-wide Peace March, focusing on love, fairness, and taking action for change in our everyday lives. The Peace March is held in the spirit of peace and justice that has animated Step One since its founding. So it feels especially meaningful to embrace this new tradition as we celebrate our history…we will be feteing our 35th Anniversary on Sunday June 4th, 1:00 – 4:00pm!

You are all invited for joyful festivities featuring our current teachers and a slew of wonderful alum faculty: Khadijah Bradshaw, Hazelle Fortich, Keiko Lightner, Jane Lin, Heather Mitchell, Lori Moraca, Alison Paskal, Judi Radiloff, Eva Swope, Jane Timberlake, Charlie Vincent, Kim Wong, and others TBA. We are asking that families register for free tickets: follow the link to sign up. We can’t wait to see you!

This April’s Step One Connect appropriately focuses on carrying our dearest and most meaningful legacies into the future. We interviewed our beloved Step One founding teacher Gege Manolis about her work with the Sam Vincent Foundation, which she began in 2011 after the tragic loss of her son. The Foundation brings Sam’s great heart and love of cooking forward to touch the lives of at-risk youth in the East Bay.

We also spoke with Step One alum Emerson Donnelly about his work as an education volunteer with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. I could not be prouder that Emerson says he was inspired by Step One teachers to work with youth. As you’ll see in the interview, this kind, thoughtful, stalwart and patient young person does his role models proud.

You’ll also enjoy Teachers Zeena Cameron and Steve Egawa on the ‘secret sauce’ that makes Step One’s TK so special, Teacher Alexis Walters on one of her favorite books to explore with little ones, a very Berkeley “How Step One Can You Be?”, and more!

Thank you for being part of our Step One family. It’s a connection that fills our hearts as we watch your children grow, whether they’re playing on the yard or we’re hearing news of the caring and talented individuals they’re growing up to be. Can’t wait to see you all on the 35th!

Wishing you a Spring of renewal and peace –

Sue Britson