Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future

March 22, 2018

Dear Parents,

In only a week’s time, I traveled to Chicago as part of the Day School Leadership Institute retreat, returned home to ADAT, where our classrooms were buzzing with excitement at our s’darim and Pesach celebrations, and everyday, we are adding more students to our community as newly-accepted families enroll at ADAT. Each of these activities holds special significance for me, as they represent the past, present, and future.

In Chicago, I participated in DSLTI, a program of which I have been a part for almost two years. Heads of School in Jewish day schools are guided by mentors to provide engaging experiential learning opportunities, cutting-edge leadership development, ongoing mentoring, and the chance to collaboratively problem-solve with cohort colleagues. While I certainly miss my family during these trips away, what I gain is immeasurable. I have the chance to work with peers, learn all day long, and be truly present in this important work of developing myself for the betterment of ADAT.

Upon arriving to school on Wednesday, I was transported to the past and the honoring of our tradition as our students celebrated Passover in a variety of ways. Morah Solomon led Kindergarten & 6th Buddies and their parents in a festive celebration with songs and skits for everyone, while TK hosted their 5th grade Buddies for a special Pesach experience, discussing and singing the 4 Questions, playing Bingo, creating buildings and puzzles, reading Pesach stories, and sharing the symbolism of Seder foods before eating them! It is one of the greatest joys to watch our students celebrate our holidays and customs in unique and developmentally appropriate ways.

Lastly, I am particularly excited about our future. We have been through a lot together, and to have an admissions season that brought in record numbers of applicants, and to now witness the fruits of that labor in students who enroll is so exciting – for all of us. It shows me that the great work we are doing is getting noticed, so thank you for the role you play as parent ambassadors, and I know you will join me in welcoming our newest contingent of ADAT families when the time comes.

In the meantime, I want to wish you all a wonderful and meaningful Passover together, as well as a restful, safe, and enjoyable Spring Break. I can’t wait to see you all when we return to school on Monday, April 9 – when we will be just weeks away from joining together in the party of the year, Back to ADAT’s Future (register below or when your invitation arrives in the mail).

B’Shalom,

Shara

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