Dear Parents and Friends, 

I am excited to announce MSD’s One Family Campaign and tell you all about this new initiative.  If your family has been part of MSD for more than a year or two, you may be familiar with requests to donate to our Annual Fund.  In the past, MSD has used the money raised by the Annual Fund to purchase campus improvements, like playground equipment, sidewalk awnings, and classroom items on teachers’ wishlists. In light of the unforeseen and often overwhelming changes and challenges that many among us have endured this year, we are shifting our fundraising focus from campus improvements to direct community support in the form of financial aid.  MSD’s Board of Trustees has called for the largest distribution of financial aid in MSD’s history, totaling $298,000.   

Here is the incredible news: we have already reached 71% of that goal!  We are only $86,550 away from fully funding our financial aid.  To meet the remaining need, we are launching the MSD One Family Campaign. 

We as a community are One Family and we seek to demonstrate our values by offering care for one another through seasons of joy and seasons of difficulty. In this campaign, we are asking you to consider how your family can financially support one family at MSD. Can you donate the equivalent of a day’s tuition?  A week’s? Maybe two months’ tuition? The average annual tuition at MSD is $14,000.  Breaking it down further, that means:

  • One year’s tuition: $14,000
  • One month’s tuition: $1400
  • One week’s tuition: $350
  • One day’s tuition: $70

As an example, the Board of Trustees has committed to funding the equivalent of a full year’s tuition for two families plus another seven months’ tuition for a third family. 

Let me be transparent here - this campaign does not determine the specific amount of aid that some families will receive. Instead, we are framing donations as tuition equivalents to give you a sense of how powerful and necessary your donations are to the actual families among you in carline and in your child’s class.  This campaign is raising money to fund the pool of financial aid available to all MSD families who qualify for support. The financial aid pool of $298,000, is the equivalent of just over 21 families’ tuition.  To date, the remaining need we are trying to fund is the equivalent of about 6 families’ tuition

2020 has proven to be a year of unprecedented stress and strain for many among us, and we often hear folks ask, “How can I help?  What can I do?”  Consider donating the equivalent of tuition that is within your family’s means. If you're ready to commit, let us know on this google form, and we'll remind you of your commitment prior to the closing of the campaign on December 18.  Ready to donate now?  Donations can be made on the MSD website or dropped off in person at the lock boxes located in the office and the exit driveway now through December. 

On behalf of all the families at MSD, I want to thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity, and I invite you to reach out with any questions or thoughts you may have. In the meantime, trust that your choices make a significant difference in the lives of those around you. Take care of yourself, and take care of each other. We wish you well.

In gratitude,
Lyn Dickinson

Development Chair, 
MSD Board of Trustees