Edition 2 – December 2017


Dear Castilleja Families and Friends,

We want to wish you all Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year. Inevitably these last couple of weeks of December are full of activity as you wrap up your obligations and gather with your loved ones for what I hope will be a time of rest and celebration.

The end of the year is also a time for reflection. As the administrator overseeing Castilleja’s Conditional Use Permit and Master Planning process, I come to the close of 2017 aware of the challenges ahead, but also feeling a tremendous sense of hope and gratitude — hope and gratitude inspired by the overwhelming support we have received from so many of you.

I cannot help but be grateful when I see the nearly 300 (and growing) “We Support Women’s Education” lawn signs around town. As I review the list of public supporters and read the many letters and postcards you have sent to the City Council, I become hopeful not just that our mission to modernize our campus and make our education available to more deserving girls and young women will be fulfilled, but also hopeful for a brighter future for girls and women in all aspects of society.

I am reminded of the saying:
“If you are more fortunate than others, build a longer table not a taller fence.”

Like you, we believe that Castilleja students are fortunate. Our desire to gradually add more students and modernize our campus is about building our proverbial longer table.  It is about allowing more young women to attend our school and have access to a life-changing education. It is about expanding opportunities to a diverse universe of students to ensure the next generation of female leaders is a reflection of our community.  

In short, our gratitude for your support and for the opportunity to be a part of this school and its legacy is best expressed when we work to extend the table.  I am thankful to be able to do this work and to end the year with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment.

Happy Holidays!  

Kathy Layendecker
Associate Head of School
Finance and Operations






Previous Editions:

November 2017