Letter from the President
Kirk Walker, Ph.D.
All I Want for Christmas is ... A College Rec Letter

By Christina Mimms, SAIS
For many teachers, the holiday season will be filled with the usual activities of grading exams, enjoying staff parties, and one extra endeavor -  college applications. 'Tis the season for writing the time-consuming recommendation letters, but there are many ways to manage the process to avoid overwhelming teachers who are already juggling busy schedules at a naturally hectic time of year. >>Read more. 
Congratulations, Lori!

SAIS Executive Vice President Lori K. Spear was honored by the Georgia Society of Association Executives with the Clifford M. Clarke Award on Dec. 9. This is GSAE's highest recognition, bestowed upon a Georgia association executive who has demonstrated exemplary personal leadership, service, and outstanding accomplishments in association management. 
She has been recognized in the past with the Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader and Alan R. Johnson Awards, Affiniscape's Most Valuable Partner Award, and two design awards from ASAE. She was named one of GSAE's 90 Movers & Shakers in 2007, served on the board of directors and then as president of the association in 2009, and served on multiple committees. "She is a mentor to so many in the industry," wrote an association member. "She leads by example and seems to live with a philosophy of 'let's find a way.'" 
Holiday Reading Roundup 

FastStats: Annual Funds

The annual fund is a cornerstone of most, if not all, independent school giving programs. For most schools, the annual fund 
bridges the gap between hard income (tuition, fees, and endowment draw) and operating expenses. For some schools, the annual fund is not needed to bridge the gap and is used more productively, e.g., capital projects, endowment, financial aid. Offering about 5% of total income for most schools, the annual fund is a very welcome contributor, regardless of function. >>Read more. 
2016 SAIS Athletic Directors Conference
SAIS is hosting an Athletic Directors Conference, January 14-15, 2016, in Atlanta. Topics will include strategic leadership, marketing and social media, legal issues, and operational excellence in the athletic offerings at the school. >>More information.  >>Register here.   
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2016 Calendar of Events
The Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grants 
On-Site Board Workshops
SAIS President Dr. Kirk Walker and Vice President Damian Kavanagh are available to visit your campus and conduct on-site governance workshops.
  • Trusteeship for Independent Schools
  • New Trustee Orientation
  • Becoming an Outstanding Board
  • The Changing Landscape of Independent School Governance 
Your School's Logo 
Does your school's logo appear in the SAIS Online Member Directory?  If not, please send your school's logo to [email protected].
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If you are a head of school who will be retiring at the end of the 2015-16 school year, please let us know so we can induct you into the SAIS Legacy Club, a group of retired heads of school who gather twice a year. Please complete our Legacy Club bio form.
Benchmarking Data Collection
It's time to enter your data into DASL by NAIS. We are not collecting this important statistical information and encourage all schools, regardless of NAIS membership to enter data. When you need a benchmark on salary or student ratios or operational expenditures, you will need it. Don't delay - data entry has already started. Visit http://dasl.nais.org for more information and to get started. 

All I Want for Christmas is...
Congratulations, Lori!
Holiday Reading Roundup
Athletic Directors Conference
Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grants
On-Site Board Workshops
WANTED: Your School's Logo
Tweets of Note
Blogs of Note
Tweets of Note
The Hour of Code, highlights from NAIS PoCC, and holiday service projects and celebrations. 

Just Say Cheese: 
Your Photos Wanted!