Happy Holidays from SLLIS!

We wish you a lovely and relaxing Winter Break with your friends and family!  If you didn’t have  chance to watch yet, here’s our 2014 Holiday greeting via YouTube:


Happy Holidays! We’ll see you again in 2015!

Notes from the December Board of Directors Meeting

Thank you to the Dorner/Meyer (TSS), Dodson (TFS), and Carter/Dramain (TFS) families for joining us on the Board of Directors meeting via conference call this morning.  There were no public comments.
The December meeting is typically brief and this year was no exception.  The Board approved the updates to our Seclusion and Restraint policy via the consent agenda.  Our independent auditor from Daniel Jones presented the results of our annual financial audit.  SLLIS received an unmodified opinion, the highest opinion possible.  Attached please find our 2013-14 audit and management letter.
The Board discussed the UMSL annual review from 2013-14 and acknowledged that they will spend the spring semester composing a full response to UMSL by April 2015.  The Governance Committee spent considerable time reviewing the recommendations and will align the Board response to our strategic operating plans.
The Finance Committee presented the December budget amendment and explained the budget process.  The Board approves the first budget projection in June and submits budget amendments throughout the school year (often December and April) to adjust our projections with our actuals for both revenue (decrease in enrollment, increase in fundraising revenue to reflect grants received from CSP and Monsanto) and expenditures (increased needs for Special Education staffing, Highly Qualified Teacher salary increases, real costs of operating third campus (facilities, transportation)).  Attached please find the budget amendment overview and the December amendment.
We have several transitions in our Board composition that were acknowledged or voted on during this meetings.  We are thankful for the service of founding Board member Marti Cortez who resigned this fall after seven years of heavy lifting and community championship for our mission.  We are equally appreciative of the Board leadership and chair investment from Steve Sanchez.  Steve presided over his final Board meeting and will step down from the Board but remain on the Academic Excellence committee.  The Board voted to appoint Vince Schoemehl as interim Board Chair effective January 1st and David Luckes as Vice Chair.
Our next Board meeting will be held in person, Wednesday, February 25th at 6pm at our Papin campus.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year.
Have a wonderful winter break!

Reminder: Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday, December 17

The SLLIS Board of Directors Meeting Conference Call will be from 9am-11am on Wednesday, December 17.

Dial in 605.562.3000

Access Code 532577

Weekly Overview: 12/15-12/19

‘Tis the season for holiday giving – make your tax-deductible gift to the SLLIS Annual Appeal on or before December 31st!

Monday, December 15:

Tuesday, December 16:

  • Enrollment Tour: The French School, 8am (contact whitney.sewell to register)

Wednesday, December 17:

  • Board of Directors Conference Call, 9am-11am  (Dial 605-562-3000; access code 532577

Thursday, December 18:

  • TFS Fete d’Hiver: 3rd-5th grades will perform at 6:00 pm.Each class will perform a Winter/Holiday themed song in French.  Students should WEAR FORMAL UNIFORM DRESS.  Bring your cameras!

Friday, December 19:

  • Last Day of School before Winter break

Winter Break: December 20 – January 4

School Resumes Monday, January 5

Other Announcements:

The Music Immersion Program through the St Louis Music Academy has now new applications available for the Spring Semester. The program offers quality music training in violin, viola, cello, piano, voice, and guitar. If you would like to enroll your child in one or more of these programs, please fill out an application with complete information and submit it via email or mail to Mariana Wood (Music Program Director) at mawood84@icloud.com or 8008 Grand Vista Ave – Affton, MO 63123.
Open Enrollment ends on December 23rd. However, time slots are limited, so do not wait until the last minute to apply!
See below to view applications which contain detail information regarding dates, amount of lessons per session, prices, and payment method.





Regular Trivia Night Tables ON SALE Today!!!

It’s finally time – Regular Trivia Night Tables can be purchased here:


VIP Tables can be purchased here:


Trivia Night Registration Form

Please Give: SLLIS Annual Appeal

By now, you should have received our 2014 Annual Appeal Letter. We hope you consider making an annual gift to St. Louis Language Immersion Schools this year. AND, if you join our ATLAS Monthly Giving Program by January 30, you will receive a special token of our appreciation.

Annual Appeal

Posada – This week at The Spanish School!

TSS December Newsletter

The Annual TSS Posada is this Friday, December 12th!

The schedule will run as follows:

10 AM-12PM – Performances by Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades.

1 PM-3PM- Performances by 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.

All presentations will be followed by a meal in your child’s classroom. You should have already received information with all the details. If you did not, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you at La Posada!