L’Shanah tova u’metukah (for a good and sweet year)

We have now successfully completed the first two weeks of school, and we are finally settling in and getting to know each other.  What a great group of kids!  We have 25 new students this year – all of them are terrific and welcome additions to our Religious School family.

Now, we are entering the holidays.  Although this is always a somewhat chaotic time for all of us (to say the least!), I’ve always thought that the fact that our “High Holy Days” coming right at the beginning of the school year is actually amazing timing.  We have a few weeks to get to know each other, review and get up-to-speed, and then we are all ready to begin by celebrating a fresh new year together!

Our main goal this year is to improve our communication between school and parents.   I’m so proud of my teaching staff; they are working very hard to learn to blog so that they can keep in touch with parents on a more timely basis this year.  Our website is up and running for your convenience, with a listing of upcoming programs, PTA schedule, and synagogue events.   When available, I have ordered chapter booklets rather than entire books, so that we can send home materials as we finish each section.  This will allow parents to see what your children have done in class throughout the year.

Now I will ask for you, as parents, to also make a new year’s resolution.   Communication by definition must be a two way street!  Please do your best to check newsletters, events, and class blogs often.  Search your child’s backpack for materials sent home.  Contact your child’s teacher if there is a concern or question – before a minor situation unnecessarily escalates into something bigger!  We all need to team up to make sure that your child has a positive experience in Religious School this year.

My family and I personally wish all of you a sweet and healthy new year.

L’shanah tovah,

Lois

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