As we close out the calendar year, I want to wish you all a wonderful vacation. Whether you will be traveling or at home, I hope that you will have the opportunity to enjoy some quality family time. Vacations from school are also a chance for our students to recharge their batteries and gear up for the second half of the year. We are so excited for everything that is to come and we look forward to sharing it with you as our children continue to learn and grow.
Read a good book, enjoy some outdoor activities, take in a museum, and most of all, enjoy!
See you in 2012!
Mazal Tov to:
Hana Berman and family on the birth of her first grandchild
Miriam Klausner & family on the upcoming marriage of her daughter, Ellie, to Ezra Pinsky
Todah Rabbah to:
KSPO for providing school wide sufganyot for Hanukkah this year
The Bernstein, Smirnov & Friedberg-Weil families for hosting our fabulous in-home Hanukkah parties
Nancy Hait & family on the loss of her mother, Carole Charney-Herman, grandmother of Emma in Gan Bet
Shabbaton 2012 Are you looking for a way to get involved in the KSA community? Do you want to become involved in one of the most fun events of the entire year? We are forming a committee to plan the Shabbaton which will take place at Camp Ramah New England from June 1 - 3. Please contact Marla Olsbergto get more information on this wonderful opportunity!!We would love to have your ideas and energy!
Calling all KSA Siblings & Friends...
If you have a sibling or a friend who will be eligible for next year's Gan Aleph, Gan Bet, or any other grade, please contact Sandi Morgan Dunn. Kindergarten and 1st Grade screening letters have been sent out so please submit applications right away. Any questions about Recruitment and/or Admissions please contact Sandi Morgan Dunn or call 781-769-5555 ext. 204.
The CHABAD IN MANSFIELD
is hosting "Chanukah on Ice" @ Patriots Place on December 25th. Click on their website for more info: www.chanukahonicema.com.
PARENTING YOUR TEEN...THROUGH A JEWISH LENS
This eight-session program, offered at multiple convenient locations, fosters thoughtful discussion with a skilled facilitator. Click here for more information.
CAMP RAMAH IN NEW ENGLAND
Prospective Families Meeting Come join us for a special opportunity to learn about all that Camp Ramah in New England has to offer! Hear directly from parents and staff members about the Ramah experience, and the impact it can have. Please join us for an informational meeting at the home of Lena and Cantor Gastón Bogomolni: 15 Richard Road, Needham, MA 02494, at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012. For more information and to RSVP, please contact: Josh Edelglass, Assistant Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org OR Cantor Gastón Bogomolni, at email@example.com. Parents and children are welcome!
Take advantage right now with an end of year charitable gift contribution. Please help us to achieve 100% parent participation by making your gift today!
Every gift counts and is important, no matter how small or large.
Click here to donate online or call the Institutional Advancement Office at (781)769-9400.
Thank you to all who participated in the auction, whether you helped in donating items, made bids on items, referred people to the auction or won an item or two, your support to KSA is most appreciated.
For those who have won an auction item: If you have not yet made arrangements to pick up your item, call the Institutional Advancement Office at 781-769-9400 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. The school will be closed from Friday 2pm, 12/23 until Tuesday 1/3.
Going on a cruise, visiting grandparents, or staying local? Please send photos of your child(ren) reading over the vacation, in any locale, for display on the board in the hallway outside the library. No names will be displayed, just the photos. Send pictures to Carol Bell.
For your Birthday Parties and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Rentals
Incredibly enough, as this calendar year winds down and we get ready to light the first candle of Chanukah tonight, we at the school are winding up for another great school year starting September 2012. The KSA Board of Trustees met last week and, after careful consideration of the financial state of affairs of the school and the community, we have set the new tuition and reaffirmed related policies for 2012-13.
GIVE OR GET - GONE
In line with our decision this past year to have more clarity around the historically required $613 "Give or Get" fee, the fee was added to each family's account for 2011-12. For the 2012-13 school year, instead of listing it as a separate item, we will be incorporating the fee directly into each student's tuition.
After careful consideration and deliberation, we have also increased the tuition for 2012-13 by 5% for two critical reasons:(1) to provide for a modest increase in teacher salaries, the first such increase in 5 years, and (2) to come closer to covering the actual cost of educating our children. Please be aware that this increase is at the midpoint among reported planned increases in other Jewish Day Schools in the Greater Boston region.Overall, we continue to be an incredible value compared to our peers.
The new tuition for KSA for the coming year, 2012-13, incorporating "Give or Get" and the 5% tuition increase, will be:
Gan Aleph: $14,040
FINANCIAL AID PROCESS
At KSA, we will continue to work as diligently as possible to carry out our school's founding philosophy to allow any child to receive a Jewish Day School education at our incredible school. With that in mind, in our role as Trustees, we must also take steps to safeguard and ensure the school's survival for this and future generations. To further both of these important goals, we want to clarify our financial aid process and policies. Our goal in this communication is to be transparent, consistent, and to adhere to a defined budget of support through which KSA can provide financial aidto those who need it, and maintain the financial security of the school. Please note the following principles of our program.
Financial Aid at KSA is:
·Available to assist families needing help to afford the excellent Jewish and secular education available at our school.
·A fair and equitable process vetted through an outside third party evaluation company (step 1) and through a non-parent committee (step 2).
·Dependent upon families prioritizing the value of a KSA education over certain other discretionary household expenditures.
·Reliant upon deadlines being met. Applications to FAST (our third party evaluation company) are due no later than 4 weeks from today, January 17, 2012. Priority in allocating assistance from the budgeted pool is given to those who apply on time and send their 2010 tax returns to FAST by the January 17, 2012 deadline.
·Awarded each year based on the current ability of the student's parents (and/or other family members) to pay tuition and of the school to provide assistance. Current awards cannot be reserved or expected to be based on past years' awards.
·Awards are limited to a maximum of 50% of tuition according to policies set forth by the Board of Trustees. This criterion is the result of careful consideration by the Trustees as important to uphold and balance the financial well-being of both our school's families and our school. Extenuating circumstances will continue to be taken into account to the extent possible.
TRANSPARENCY AND OPENNESS
In order to ensure that all questions can be asked and answered, members of the KSA administration stand ready to address your questions in private. Please email Director of Finance Russ Lavoie at email@example.com Sandy Spector, Business Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org with any personal questions.
We are also pleased to announce parlor meetings where more open discussion can take place. Parents are encouraged to attend and ask questions of members of the KSA administration as well as members of the Board of Trustees. These meetings will be scheduled and announced within coming days.
Please look in your child's backpack tomorrow afternoon for the hard copies of this letter, Enrollment Contracts, Financial Aid and Tuition Refund Insurance information, and if you were on FACTS this year, your FACTS Preference Letter.
In closing, let me acknowledge what an incredible financial commitment we all make to send our children to a school with the ability to teach every one of them.We see KSA for the jewel that it is in our community -- a place of learning with an extraordinary faculty led by an outstanding team of Assistant Heads of School, and a wonderful Head of School at the helm.
Happy Chanukah, Chag urim sameach,
President, and on behalf of, the entire KSA Board of Trustees