I have been sitting watching the
service in Boston today and feel the
need to write. At SOLA there are three
rules that we teach to our students.
Be Kind, Be Gentle, and Be respectful.
Quite simple we believe. So when things
like Colorado, Newtown and Boston
have been in the forefront of "news"
in America, I wonder what has happen
to some humans beings? Why do we Hate?
What has gone wrong with some individuals?
Why do wait until something bad happens,
to "promote" the heroes?
Why don't we talk about heroes all
the time? Why do these beautiful children
grow up to do the things they do?
What went wrong in their life to create
I am saddened for any familiy that
is affected by violence and will keep
them in my thoughts and prayers. I
will also be more resolved in teaching
our students about kindness, the elimination
of the word "hate" from
their vocabulary, and for SOLA to
be a part of giving them the strength
to grow up to be confident, compassionate
human beings, that believe in themselves
and the greatness that surrounds us
every day of our lives.
I am amazed how, what I believe is
the worst four letter word in our
language, hate is said throughout
our days (I even catch my parents
saying it from time to time ;)). As
we talk with the students at SOLA,
it takes an incredible amout of internal
energy to hate something(think about
it). We teach that it's ok to dislike
something, but if we choose to hate
something, we rob our souls, our being,
of love and compassion.
ELIMINATE HATE..... this starts one
human being at a time. I hope that
you will be one them.
Well, it has
been a long time. Alot has happened
in three years! Three years! I am
getting ready to celebrate 7 years
as owner of SOLA, and I have to say
it has been the best 7 years of my
life. I have former students getting
ready to drive a car! Whew!
Thank you to
all the families that have supported
my vision at SOLA, and thank you to
all of the teachers that have dedicated
themselves to my students at SOLA.
I am excited for the future of SOLA,
and look forward to starting the next
7 years on March 31st, 2013.
back full day summer camps this year
after a 1 year hiatus. It should be
a great summer once again.
So what is Mr. Steve's view?
Let's start this out at a point where it all began. It was late 2004, and
I was introduced to SOLA and my future. Kathy needed a van driver and after-school
person. The rest, well, as they say, is history! I have found what my passion
and purpose in life is. Motivating, teaching, and inspiring our children to
find their greatest potential in life, and to live a compassionate and enriched
life! I would like to thank my Grandmother, Hilda, for the encouragement to
find what I love, what doesn't feel like work, and what my true passion is in
life, and everything else in life will make sense. It does Mom-Mom!!
From this date forward I will continue update our experiences, lessons, falls,
and just plain silly moments we experience at SOLA. We, the staff, at SOLA truly
appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your "village" as we all
grow together and learn about life and ourselves. Let's build a beautiful house
together! Find YOUR passion today.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope that
you had a rebounded 2009, and are
excited and hopeful for a calm and
prosperous 2010. can you believe it's
been 10 years since the Y2K and Prince
had us fearful of the new Century?
The past 10 years have brought wonderful
changes for me. I'm grateful for all
of the amazing experiences I've enjoyed
here at SOLA. Kids are quite the creative
I also have finally become engaged
to Jennifer(I think she said yes),
my soul mate, and biggest supporter
of SOLA and my desire to build the
best school in Wilmington that encourages
and inspires kids to learn about our
world, its people, and life's experiences.
Thank you to all of the families that
have trusted in me and my staff to
provide the best early education experience
for your children.
I wish you all a great year ahead,
and here's to warm weather.
(My resolution is to write more!!)
July 7th, 2010
I can't believe that another school year is closed.
Unbelievably we are half way through this summer. The students attending Summer
Camp are breaking records for attendance and so breaking records for the heat!
way to hang in there kids and teachers!! As we approach my 5th school year,
I have been reflecting on where we started, the goals I set and where we are
headed. I started with about 35 families in 1 building, I had a goal to build
a strong and creative school in 4 to 6 years, we are now headed towards breaking
100 families, adding another preschool classroom, and funny, my dreams and goals
are becoming a reality as we start year 5!!
I am incredibly excited for the new school year as we add new teachers, new
facilities, and eventually a really nice landscape to compliment what we do
at SOLA. I believe more today that the arts at the ages we work with is about
understanding and enjoying the process of being creative and learning
a few things along the way(they might even create some keepers, so be ready!).
The end result of their projects are their end results, not ours. As a SOLA
student develops the confidence in their ideas, their mind, and themselves,
then we have done our job, and look out, because they will become an amazing
human being! Kudos to my teachers who believe in this and practice this every
day with the kids!! You guys are awesome!! Today is a wonderful day in that
Ms. Melanie welcomes the first child in to Liam and her life. Welcome Mckenna!!
Well, back to work! I want to welcome all the new families
this summer and all the new families that have chosen SOLA for their child's
life!! We will work even harder and well, smarter( I think we get smarter each
year ;)) this year! Have a wonderful rest of the summer, don't forget the sunscreen!
February 2nd, 2011
Well, today Punxsutawney Phil says we are headed to an
early Spring. I can say that for me, I CAN"T WAIT!! So, I am headed towards
an anniversary this March 31st, as I complete 5 years as owner of SOLA. A few
thoughts come to my mind....
1.Wow, time fly's by really fast" despite my encouragement
to our kids to develop a time machine that slows things down.
2. There are a lot of kids in our ever expanding programs!
My wish for them is that they all go on to shape our world in a positive light.
3. I am now TRULY a Director. I have had to shed my "Van
Driver" hat. But I still wear too many hats on most days.
4. I worked with and work with truly amazing people each
and every day.
5. I haven't had one bad day at work in 5 years!!!!!!!
6. I can't wait to get to work each day to inspire, encourage,
and dust off(the dirt and paint) the kids each and every day.
So today, as we are preparing for the "next"
5 years at SOLA, I am encouraged and open to the amazing experiences that are
in front of us at SOLA. I also want to thank the over 500 families that have
chosen SOLA as a place to send their children to be inspired and encouraged
on their path to becoming an amazing human being during these 5 years. I look
forward to meeting the next 500!! Happy Spring!!