Letters

Read the Arlington Advocate letters supporting Jennifer Susse

* March 20th – Sue Leone Linder
* March 20th – Jeff Thielman
* March 20th – Joan Axelrod, Lynn Bishop, Heather Fowles, Lisa Pedulla, and Hannah Simon
* March 13th – Julie Rackliffe Lucey, George Lucey, Cathy Conrade, Maf Terry,
    Nili Perlmutter, Todd Bearson
* March 6th – Sharon & Irwin Grossman, Carol Band, Josh Lobel, and Brian Rehrig
* March 6th – Hillary Rappaport
* February 27th – Alex Hoffinger
* February 27th – Angela Alton

Support Susse

To the Editor:
I am writing in enthusiastic support of Jennifer Susse for Arlington School Committee.  I first met Jennifer six years ago when her children first attended Thompson School, where my children were also students.  A member of the Thompson PTO Board at the time, I was immediately impressed with her strong desire to jump in and become a contributing member to the group.  Jennifer recognized the inherent needs unique to the Thompson community and worked tirelessly with others in the PTO to implement creative ideas and solutions, such as the Arlington Community Card.  Her drive, vision and collaborative skills were a driving force in the success of this program, thus enabling the PTO to further its goal of providing educational enrichment opportunities to the entire Thompson student body.
Since that time I have seen Jennifer put the same amount of enthusiasm and dedication into all of her endeavors.  Whether it be her commitment as a Town Meeting member, an activist in local and national political campaigns, a producer and volunteer with Arlington Children’s Theatre, or her obligations as a Girl Scout volunteer, Jennifer can always be counted on to work tirelessly and competently.
Through her extensive volunteer work, Jennifer has had the opportunity to converse with a wide array of people and groups in town.  She has gained a keen insight into the concerns held by members of our community, and has an understanding of the complex issues facing our schools. With her educational background, strength of character, and ability to analyze, listen and reflect, Jennifer is superbly qualified to serve as a member of the School Committee.
I am thrilled that Jennifer is running for this position, she is smart, committed and insightful.  Please join me in voting for Jennifer Susse for School Committee on April 5th.
Sue Leone Linder
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Support Susse

To the Editor:
Jennifer Susse has a keen understanding of complex issues, a passion for Arlington’s children, and a long term commitment to our schools. She is an ideal candidate for the Arlington School Committee, and I urge friends and neighbors to vote for her on Saturday, April 5th.
Jennifer already serves Arlington by volunteering in our schools, serving on Town Meeting and leading a Girl Scout troop. A graduate of public schools, she has a Ph.D. in philosophy and taught at the university level for many years. Her resume is top notch, and we would be lucky to have someone of Jennifer’s caliber serving on the School Committee.
School Committee members need to challenge one another, listen respectfully and keep open minds. We must also be willing to change course when presented with new information, master financial issues, and understand educational nuances.  In addition to regular School Committee meetings, members put in hours of service on subcommittees, meetings with constituents, and researching complex educational issues.
Jennifer Susse has an ideal background for the work done on a board that oversees the largest budget of any department in Arlington. Jennifer will help the Arlington School Committee to continue doing great work serving the students of our town’s public schools.
Jeff Thielman
Member, Arlington School Committee
2003 to present
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Vote for Susse

To the Editor:

Please join us in supporting Jennifer Susse for School Committee on April 5th

We have had the good fortune to work with Jennifer on a number of campaigns for national, state and local candidates as well as the Override Campaign in 2011. Over the years that we have known Jennifer, she has gained our respect through her hard work, dedication and follow-through. We have found Jennifer to be conscientious and thoughtful.   Jennifer is the person in the room that you can always count on to take on a major role, the one who you know will do a tremendous job at whatever she takes on, who needs little guidance and who will see the task through to the end.

Jennifer is the type of person the Arlington School Committee needs: someone who respects others, works well as part of a team, and brings a high level of intelligence to the work she takes on.  Please cast one of your votes for Jennifer Susse for School Committee.

Joan Axelrod, Lynn Bishop, Heather Fowles, Lisa Pedulla and Hannah Simon

 

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Vote for Susse for School Committee

To the Editor:

We hope you will join us in supporting Jennifer Susse as a new School Committee member at the Town election on April 5. Jennifer’s tireless work as founder and on all aspects of the Community Card created a vital new revenue stream for the Thompson PTO, providing Thompson’s students with countless enrichment opportunities that simply wouldn’t be possible without the funds provided by the win-win solution she initiated. (Not to mention the free popcorn at the Capitol!) When Jennifer produced the Thompson play, she handled the difficult task of organizing the schedules of more than 60 students, parents and families seamlessly, always on top of where they were, and where they needed to be on an almost daily basis. In addition, she helped sort out all aspects of production, including sets, costumes, and volunteers. (The Thompson Play is an entirely volunteer endeavor—under Jennifer’s keen eye, we had more volunteers that year than ever before.) Jennifer is an active member of Town Meeting and has been active in both the Thompson and then Hardy PTO’s. In addition, Jennifer has taken a leading role in the organization and implementation of several state and local political campaigns. If you don’t know her by name, you’ve almost certainly seen her around Town—Jennifer does it all!

We have seen Jennifer in action for years now and know that she will make an outstanding contribution to the School Committee. She is dedicated, smart, and an incredibly hard worker. She is an effective leader and, perhaps more importantly, an expert collaborator. She analyzes all parts of a job and never hesitates to do whatever it takes to make sure the job is done well. We hope you will join us in voting for her on April 5.

Sincerely,

Julie Rackliffe Lucey, George Lucey, Cathy Conrade, Maf Terry, Nili Perlmutter, Todd Bearson

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Support for Susse

To the Editor:

We are writing in strong support of Jennifer Susse for Arlington’s School Committee. Jennifer has impressed us with her activism, belief in the public schools, and sharp understanding of the issues that Arlington’s public schools face. As long-time supporters of our schools, even though all of our children are well beyond graduating from them, we are heartened that Jennifer has chosen to take this path.

Jennifer has a stake in our schools with children in elementary and middle school.  She knows the system from the inside out as a member of the community.  As an educator, she also has professional experience to contribute to the School Committee.

Jennifer has been active in local and state-level politics by being elected as a Town Meeting member and volunteering for many, many campaigns. She has shown initiative, organization, a sense of humor, and a strong understanding of the issues in every campaign.  Jennifer’s parents were public school educators and she has gone to public schools all of her life – from elementary school to her graduate work to teaching at the university level. Her children attend Arlington Public Schools and she has been active in the schools through fundraising and as treasurer of the Thompson School PTO.  Jennifer’s sharp intellect  and commitment to listening and learning is easy to see through her quick grasp of the issues the schools face as she has met with various stakeholders.

What more could we want in a candidate for School Committee? In Jennifer Susse, we have someone who will work tirelessly for our schools, faculty, and community. Please join us in voting for Jennifer on Saturday April 5th.

Sincerely,

Sharon & Irwin Grossman, Carol Band, Josh Lobel, and Brian Rehrig

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Supports Susse for School Committee

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of the election of Jennifer Susse to the Arlington School Committee.  I met Jennifer at the Thompson School almost six years ago when she first began volunteering with the PTO at the school.  Here is what impressed me:  Jennifer immediately looked for ways she could put her skills to use. She was as comfortable rolling up her sleeves to run a bake sale as she was working on a team to develop big ideas like the Arlington Schools Community Card.  Jennifer listens to others’ points of view, but also stands up for what she believes even when it may cut against the grain.  Time and again, Jennifer demonstrates her values—putting our children first—through her actions.  She is smart, creative, and committed to our community.  Please join me in voting for Jennifer Susse for School Committee on April 5th.

Sincerely,

Hilary Rappaport

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Urges Vote for Susse

To the Editor:

Jennifer Susse’s intelligence, commitment, and energy are just what the School Committee needs to help move Arlington’s public schools to the next level.

Jennifer brings an extraordinary set of skills and strengths to School Committee, drawing from her academic training, experience as an educator, and accomplishments as a volunteer in multiple capacities across town.  From her roles with the Thompson and then the Hardy PTO’s, as a field captain in the last override campaign, as a board member of the Friends of Waldo Park, and as a Town Meeting member from my precinct, I know Jennifer as an exceptional problem-solver, a highly organized person, a tireless worker, and thoughtful colleague. Put simply, Jennifer is both a strong leader and someone who’s just terrific to work with.

I’m very happy that Jennifer has decided to take the leap and run for School Committee.  Arlington will greatly benefit from her ideas, talents, smarts, and judgment as we address current challenges and think strategically about the future of Arlington’s schools.  Please join me in voting for Jennifer Susse for School Committee on Saturday, April 5th.

Sincerely,

Alex Hoffinger

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Supports Susse

To the Editor:

Please join me in voting for Jennifer Susse for School Committee on April 5th.  I have worked with Jennifer in a variety of capacities, and I know she will be as dedicated and thoughtful serving on the School Committee as she was when working with me on the many projects we completed together.  With her can-do attitude, her background and experience as an educator and parent, as well as her exceptional ability to motivate, organize and collaborate with others, Jennifer will be a significant asset to the School Committee.

Jennifer is always prepared to roll up her sleeves and do whatever it takes to accomplish the task at hand with careful planning and effective leadership.  I watched her do this firsthand in her role as a founder of the Arlington Community Card, and as a community and school organizer – specifically as a dedicated parent advocate for rebuilding Thompson, a talented producer of local children’s plays, an extraordinary PTO leader, and a committed activist with local and statewide political campaigns.

Through her school and community involvement, Jennifer has formed relationships with a wide range of people throughout Arlington.  Through her Town Meeting service and as a PTO and community leader, Jennifer recognizes the power of a well-formed budget and strategic thinking.   Through her academic training and experience as an educator, Jennifer understands the challenges and rewards of education.  Through meetings with school, town and community leaders and through research as well as her own experience as a parent, Jennifer has a solid understanding of the Arlington Public Schools.

I am grateful that Jennifer has decided to run for School Committee, and feel strongly that she is ready to serve.  I urge you to join me in casting one of your three School Committee votes on April 5th for Jennifer Susse.

Sincerely,

Angela Alton