Filled with Gratitude for You

November 21, 2017

Dear Parents,

It has been an amazing week at ADAT! Last week, our 6th Graders had an incredibly immersive experience at Pali Camp, and returned home taller (maybe), with great memories, and having grown from being fully engaged in ropes courses, squid dissections, archery, and bonding – together! A few days after that, I received a beautiful e-mail from Amy George (3rd grade teacher) to her students’ parents. In reference to the time of year and taking stock of her blessings, she writes:

“So far this year has exceeded expectations in every regard, and mine were very high. The class is not just a class; we are a family … They are eager learners, avid participants, good helpers, and friends. They are a tightly knit group, and we have all bonded together in a way that is deep, real and heartwarming to see. Due to the gift of our smaller numbers, we are able to move through the material at a quicker pace, while making sure the kids understand what they are learning … We are ahead of where we should be for this time in the school year. I know the kids are challenged … I also know they like coming here; many are the days when I have to remind them they have to leave school–over a chorus protesting, ‘We want to stay.’  For me, that is a first…”

This is just a glimpse (in just a couple of days) of what happens every single day at Adat Ari El Day School. To say that these examples make me burst with pride is a complete understatement. But, what it does remind me – time and again – is how grateful I am to experience these and other moments, both big and small, every day.

I am so thankful to be in a position to witness, much less have a hand in shaping the kind of school where students are learning in hands-on, meaningful, and deep ways, alongside peers who support, challenge, and show love and compassion for each other. I am honored, humbled, and appreciative to work alongside an administrative team that helps me tremendously, while doing distinct and significant jobs that make this school run so smoothly. Then, there’s our teachers from whom I learn and for whom I am thankful. From the teacher who has been here just a few months, to the ones who have been here for decades, and everyone in between, we have much to gain from them as teachers and as people.

To you, our parents, I am thankful to you for entrusting me and our team with your most precious gifts. I am grateful that you have chosen ADAT as your day school, as your community, and as your home away from home. Most of all, thank you for creating these beautiful children who make me laugh, help me focus on what matters, teach me to look at various issues through their uniquely innocent and innovative lenses, and allow me to do what I love everyday!

This Thanksgiving, I have so much for which to be thankful – and so much of it comes from you and this wonderfully vibrant community. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving and a weekend full of gratitude and blessing.

B’Shalom,

Shara

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