Writing the next chapter of The Peck School’s history

Message from our Head of School, Andy Delinsky

Dear Friends,

At this crucial time for our school, I’m thrilled with the progress we've made with The Peck Promise: The Campaign for Excellence | Elevated. Especially at this moment in time and in my tenure as Head of School, this phrase truly strikes a chord with me. In many ways, I see the fulfillment of our ambitious campaign goals as a promise to current Peck students and families, as well as to future generations to ensure Peck retains and only builds upon its commitment to excellence.

This journey actually began several years ago, when we engaged in a strategic planning process that focused on improving what is happening in the classroom – truly engaging our students, bolstering our math and science programs, strengthening the arts program, and underlying everything we do, enhancing community.

The resulting Strategic Plan then served as the blueprint as we embarked on a Master Planning process. We gave our architects the direction to create spaces for design thinking and complex problem solving, and to fully leverage every square foot of existing space before even thinking of building anything new. Perhaps most importantly, we needed to ensure that everything we did was rooted in the academic program. They came up with a plan to completely reinvent our campus while remaining true to our time-honored traditions, and we were thrilled to get started on that work this past summer.

Which brings us to where we are today – well on our way to making the vision of the Master Plan into a reality. With five new or reimagined spaces up and running – the Kindergarten, the Robotics Lab, the 7th and 8th Grade Commons, the Upper and Lower School Idea & Design Lab, and the Higgins Library – and so much more to come, we are greatly indebted to our community and its leaders who believed in the vision from the start.  We are not only enhancing the learning experiences of each and every Peck student today, but also we are in the midst of creating a legacy that will benefit the Peck community for generations to come.

And so our promise to you is that as we continue along this exciting path, we will keep our students at the center of everything we do while only elevating the sense of excellence for which Peck stands. While we embrace change and look forward to our great future, the heart of Peck remains the same.

With deepest gratitude,

Update from our Campaign Co-Chairs, Carrie Kurtzman and David Welsh

Dear Friends,
We could not be more proud to lead The Peck Promise, a campaign that is taking everything we love about Peck to the next level. From new academic spaces that inspire collaborative learning, to a state-of-the-art performing arts venue, to a home base for our character education program, to bigger and better space for family dining, this campaign is about strengthening all aspects of the Peck experience. And as members of the Peck community, we feel an obligation to ensure its success – for our children and for future generations of Peck students.
Over the past two years since the Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the campaign, we’ve achieved a number of important milestones. Our plans were approved by the town zoning board in June 2017 and construction quickly commenced on a series of projects that have had a tremendous impact on our program across all grades. In the fall of that year, our renovated Kindergarten welcomed a full class of new students, the new 7th & 8th Grade Commons and the Robotics lab opened to a great deal of fanfare on the first day of school, and the Idea & Design Lab has become a bustling hub of our STEAM program for Upper and Lower school students alike. We broke ground on the exciting Peck Commons building in March of 2018, and after a summer of renovations, a reimagined Higgins Library opened in September 2018 and was quickly embraced as a flexible and collaborative learning space.

We’re now coming down the homestretch, with the completion of the Peck Commons and campus sitework slated for this summer. Within a matter of months, we will have made it through a marathon of campus changes that will greatly impact the student experience at Peck, now and for generations to come.  

We’ve adopted an ambitious $12 million goal to bring the vision to life and make our Master Plan a reality. Thanks to the generous support of each of our donors, we continue to make great progress. The commitments we’ve received thus far have only solidified our belief that the transformation of our facilities, and the success of this campaign, are essential to Peck’s future.
Thank you for believing in the Peck Promise!

Campaign Co-Chairs

Carrie Kurtzman
David Welsh

Committee Members

Melissa and Jeffrey Bartoli
Holly and Norman Brown, Jr.
Andrew Delinsky, Head of School
Kristen and Joseph DiPasquale
Edward J. Foley IV ‘85, President, Board of Trustees
Kimberly and Daniel Honeker
Bradley Kurtzman
Meghan Lyon
Janet and J.D. Pearce
Elizabeth Pryma
Alison and Charles Sorrentino

Grandparent Chair

Betty Marsh (P ’85, ’89 GP ’18, ’21, ’21, ’23)

Past Parent Co-Chairs

Janet Simon (P ‘00, ‘03, ‘05, ‘08)
Lisa Thebault (P ‘01, ‘03, ‘06, ‘10)

Questions?  To find out how you can be part of The Peck Promise Campaign, contact Lauren Spirig, Campaign Director, at 973-539-8660 x135 or lspirig@peckschool.org.

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