It was wonderful to see our families gather together last night for Back-to-School night. We began the evening in the Labowe outdoor chapel, adorned with twinkling lights, and heard from the leadership of our community on a variety of topics before heading to the classrooms for a deeper look at what our students will accomplish this year.
Our wonderful new president of the Day School Governing Board, Kristin Weiss, welcomed our parents and shared a desire to get to know each of our families more deeply. The Synagogue Executive Director, Eric Nicastro, described the connection between our school and the greater community of Adat Ari El, and reminded us that we are not only a part of a Day School community, but of a larger community, as well. The lovely PA presidents, Leora Smith and Natalie Sirin, shared a picture of the exciting upcoming events and described ways for our families to get more involved. Eric Chafetz, our new Judaic Studies Director, led our parents in a “prayer for our students”.
Our Head of School, Shara Peters, discussed the state of our School, including how we welcomed 22 new families into the Day School this year. Shara introduced the concept of Giving at ADAT and a timeline for fundraising throughout the year. She also presented this year’s theme determined by our faculty, based on our vision statement: “I am a difference maker.” In our earliest days of school, each grade has spent time discussing what it means to make a difference for themselves, their classroom, school, city, nation, and global community. Then, as parents went to their children’s classrooms, our General and Judaic Studies teachers shared how their class interpreted the idea of being a difference maker and how that would guide their curriculum throughout the year:
“In TK, we are difference makers because we take care of our...