We have an incredible school! When you walk our halls, attend a milestone event, and take stock of how successful our graduates have been, you can feel pride in all that we accomplish on a daily basis.
Over the past few years, our school has moved to a state of the art facility, set the standard for leadership transition to our new Head of School, Marc Medwed, and dealt with a severe economic downturn. As a Board, we support the vision and commitment of our school to provide the highest quality education for so many students in our community. We have continued to serve our increasingly diverse population with excellence throughout this period, now with our new name, reflective of the community we strive to maintain at Kehillah Schechter Academy.
Even as we maintain an excellent school, our board is faced with the reality that running a premier day school in down economic times poses great challenges. Our tuition assistance program has been extended to over sixty percent of our student body. We have come together with the school's professional leadership to make sure that all children who want a Kehillah Schechter experience can receive it. We have done this despite the financial hardships created by our active, but still unsuccessful, efforts to sell our former building in Stoughton in this difficult market. However, as things stand, the current economic model is simply not sustainable and we need to make plans in order to address our needs now and in the future.
Change is hard. Marc, with the full support and encouragement of our Board of Trustees, in collaboration with Russ Lavoie, our new Director of Finance and Operations, is mapping out strategies to ensure our ability to deliver the best in education while maintaining our economic viability. This work is difficult and real and takes incredible vision and courage. We are grateful that Marc possesses both of these traits and is able to lead our school through these times without impacting the daily experience of quality learning our children deserve and parents have come to trust the school to provide.
Over the coming months and years we will need to work together to make sure that our school thrives, grows, and remains the transformational institution it has always been. You can help us by referring the school to potential new students, by making charitable contributions to the Annual Campaign, and by helping us secure new donors. We have a great new Director of Institutional Advancement, Fran Kantor, who we can already see making a real difference. Tuition does not cover the full costs of educating our children- other sources of income are vital.
Along with Marc, every board member is available to talk with you about our school's future, solicit ideas, and act upon leads. Please engage with us as we open a new chapter in our school's history.
We have so much for which to be thankful--a wonderful school, an incredibly talented and committed family, parents who care deeply about their children and work hard to give them the gift of a KSA education, and children who come to school each day with smiles, an eagerness to learn and an enthusiasm for life! We are all so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community.
Although it is a rainy day and will surely be a challenging day for travel, I am glad that the forecast is looking good for the weekend.
I wish everyone a wonderful long weekend...enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday...and travel safely!
We look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday!
Kol tuv and Shabbat Shalom,
Marc Medwed Head of School
The last day of Fall FastTRACK is next Friday, December 2nd. Extended Day and Homework Club will be held during the week of December 5th-9th.
The following Fall FastTRACK classes will hold make-up sessions (regular Fall FastTRACK class times) during that week as well: Monday-Sheer Arts
Tuesday-Cooks and Books & Cartooning
Winter FastTRACK classes will be begin on Monday, December 12th. The Winter FastTRACK program book will be sent out by e-mail on Monday, November 28th. Please note that the deadline for registration will be Friday, December 9th.
Thank you for your support of the FastTRACK program. Any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifth Grade Used Book Sale for Children in Grades 1-4
KSA's Fifth grade has embarked on a tzedakah project on behalf of American soldiers. They are raising funds by selling used books.
The book fair will run from Nov. 28-Dec. 2, the week after Thanksgiving, every day before school, from 7:45 to 8:00 and Tues and Fri until 8:15. Classes will come with their teachers during the week.
So the weather finally seems to be appropriate for the time of year! While it is getting colder outside, things are definitely staying warm inside!
In my blog post this week, I shared thoughts and reflections on a conference I attended recently. One of the sessions I talked about was on social networking and community. While walking around the school this week, I happened upon a lovely example of social networking and building community KSA style. As I was walking down the hall near the third grade classrooms, the smell of pizza was in the air. Not unusual since it was pizza day for lunch; what was unusual was the aroma in that part of the building, as lunch is eaten in the gym.
As I turned the corner to see what was going on, imagine my delight when I saw all of the fourth grade girls sitting on the floor in the third grade classroom with one of their teachers from last year, having lunch together. This relationship between students and their teacher is not unusual--in fact is the norm in our school, as relationships between teachers and students have a profound impact on everyone. What was unique here was that it was all of the girls--even those who only came to the school this year. What a wonderful testament to our students and their current teachers for building such a strong classroom community where each child feels as though she has been here since the beginning.
How special is our community!
Mazal Tov to:
Sharon Jacobs and family on the birth of their granddaughter Eva Shoshana
The Cooper family on Lauren's upcoming Bat Mitzvah
The Lichtman family on Eli's upcoming Bar Mitzvah
The Paskin family on the loss of Heather's father, Milton Levin
6th Grade Parents,
We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 6th Grade parent meeting on Thursday, December 1st at 7:30 PM. Please click here for more information.
Thank you to Beth Kassup for delivering our November collection to Family Table. Our 7th Graders did a great job this month! Next up: 1st Grade!!
KSA ONLINE AUCTION
Mark your calendar for
Spend a night with celebs Great seats for the SOX!
on the Red Carpet!
Enjoy a hot air balloon ride! Feel the wind on the
Go to www.ksa-ne.org on Nov. 28th for all your holiday shopping and help us raise funds for our Annual Campaign.
Peri Smilow Concert
Temple Israel of Sharon and the Sandra Gamm Memorial Fund for Music and Cultural Arts proudly present Peri Smilow, live in concert on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm at Temple Israel, 125 Pond Street, Sharon. Click here for more information.
Jewish Multiracial Hanukkah Party
The Boston area chapter of the Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN) is hosting a Hanukkah party for Jews of color and their families on Sunday December 11 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Temple Israel, Boston.Click here for more information.
Thank you to all who supported our school book fair. I will be able to add many new books of interest to our library. Last day to turn in Book Fair orders is Monday, November 21st. We are hoping to distribute the first batch of books before Thanksgiving.
Thank you to Vivian Rubenstein Podrid (cousin of Marilyn Sandperl) for donating copies of her mother's books, After the Holocaust and The Survivor In Us All to our school library. Feel free to drop in and check them out!
KSO HORNETS BASKETBALL
All forms and the $118 fee are NOW DUE! Practices are starting, please keep an eye out for updates.