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Technology Grant awarded by Nima’s Wish Foundation & NextStep Recycling!

Eliman Gibba, President of Nima’s Wish Foundation

These two groups are working together to provide up to 7 refurbished laptops, 15 refurbished tablets, and 1 projector for Wellsprings! What a wonderful educational gift. Thank you!

The laptops will be utilized as workstations in each classroom and the teacher’s office and the tablets will be available for one whole class as well as for students with visual impairment and other specific barriers to learning. The projector will be used in the lab room.

Nima’s Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established in honor of Alexandra Sianis-Gibba and Eliman Gibba’s daughter, Nima Gibba. Nima died at only 11-years-old in a tragic drunk driver car accident on January 21st, 2009 that also claimed the lives of her dance teacher Heather Mulgrave, as well as Connie Vermilyea and her 10-year-old son, Josiah. Eliman was a teacher at Wellsprings for five years in the early 2000's. He and longtime teacher Bob Schlicting have stayed in close touch.

Over the past several years, Nima’s Wish Foundation has been collaborating with NextStep Recycling to help schools in Gambia (Eliman’s native country), Kenya (the Maasai region in the African Great Rift Valley), Jamaica, and the eastern island of St. Lucia.

Once again, the Wellsprings community thanks the Nima’s Wish Foundation and NextStep Recycling for their generous help!


...this term! Check out this impressive selection of classes brought to you by the dedicated teachers and staff of Wellsprings!

  • Math (Bob)
  • Guitar (Paul)
  • Reading Circle (Brad)
  • Creative Writing (Chanci)
  • Transitions (Paul)
  • Global Studies Through Literature (Chanci)
  • Essay Writing (Chanci)
  • Roll Playing (Bob/Brad)
  • Government (Paul)
  • Conservation Science (Steve)
  • Short Stories (Brad)
  • Drawing (Chanci)
  • Jam Class (Paul)
  • Team Sports (Paul)
  • Modern Dance (Jay)
  • Environmental Science (Joe)
  • Literature - Frankenstein (Brad)
  • Cooking (Chanci)
  • Human Sexuality (Bob)
  • Earth Science (Steve)
  • Native American Studies (Bob)
  • Drama (Kari)
  • Biodiversity (Joe)
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me (Brad)
  • Arts and Crafts (Gen)
  • History of Superheroes (Brad)


Student Art

Below are some amazing drawings students are creating in Chanci’s comic book art class!

By Skyler

By Adam

By Santiago

Did you know....
there is a “Word of the Day” in the school lobby each day? Seen in February...

Update from the Head of School Search Committee
by Lisette Ewing, Chair, WFS Board of Trustees

We received a very healthy number of applications for the Head of School position!  The Search Committee had the task of reviewing 33 applicants and selecting six to participate in the first round of interviews.  The interview team is ready and waiting to meet these folks. After the initial interviews, the Search Committee will determine which of the six will be invited to a second interview and site visit.  This process involves many people from all parts of the Wellsprings Community, I thank them all for their time and energy!  Any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me, Lisette Ewing, .

March 12th
4 - 6:30pm
Open House at Wellsprings
This is an outreach event for prospective students and their parents/guardians. Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in learning more about Wellsprings.

March 23rd - 27th
Spring Break

March 31st
Dine out at Cafe Soriah!
Mention Wellsprings and 25% of sales that night will go to Wellsprings Friends School!

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Wellsprings Way Newsletter Group: Chris Meeker & Erika Leaf (Ben LM’s parents), Dawn Meckelson, Dennis Hoerner, Gen Schaack.

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