Gross Schechter Students Sing at Classic Park!

Welcome Gross Schechter students and parents! This Labor Day weekend students have a special opportunity to share our music and leadership at the Lake County Captains’ game on Sept. 4 at Classic Park!  All students are welcome to join the Gross Schechter Day School Choir kick off the game by singing the USA and Israel National Anthems.  All interested should contact Sheri Gross at SGross@grossschechter.org.  Rehearsals will be announced and students will also be practicing during music class.   To rehearse on your own, sing along with these recordings of Schechter staff members showing their stuff!

Gross Schechter Week in Review – June 10, 2016

Gross Schechter Week in Review

This was a week of many celebrations: Graduation, parties, final tikkun olam program trips and much, much more. Enjoy our final Week in Review for the 2015-2016 year. Have a WONDERFUL SUMMER! Don’t forget to take your #SchechterSelfies!
June Middle School Mensches

June Middle School Mensches

Read About our Middle School Menshes of the Month for June

Shayna Caruso always helps classmates clean lockers, helps with organization, and was especially kind to a student who was shadowing the class. Shayna went the extra mile to make that visiting student feel comfortable and welcomed. She always has a smile on her face and thanks and greets each teacher each day.

Gabe Wolf is always ready to help his classmates by sharing online study guides. On Yom Haatzmaut Gabe took it upon himself to clean up the litter that was scattered. He is always polite to his peers and teachers.

Kol HaKavod to these wonderful students for exemplifying what it means to be a mensch.

Leaving the Nest

The following passage is a speech written and delivered by two 8th grade students at graduation. By Mollie Stadlin and Andrew Caplan, Grade 8 A bird leaving its nest is a metaphor applicable to any new beginning and today is certainly no exception. Think about that moment when the bird must leap out of its nest for the very first time. It might be feeling unsure, maybe a little afraid. Maybe it’s not even sure it is ready to fly away. When that little bird spreads its wings and takes that leap of faith, it has to trust in its ability to soar. Today, our graduating class is leaving our nest, here at Gross Schechter Day School, however, unlike that frightened baby bird, we 8th graders are ready to fly. Many of us have been together since we were in preschool, 11 years ago, and we’ve developed close friendships. We are like a family now and as we go on our separate paths, we will always know, our Schechter family will be there for us. In addition to our classmates and friends, we couldn’t leave the Schechter nest without acknowledging our amazing teachers. Ever since our firsts days here, our teachers have always been there for us and have wanted the best for us. Throughout our lives here at Schechter, they have been guiding us and watching over us to make sure when this day arrived, we would be prepared. On this day we realize that our loving friendships and respect for our teachers would never have been possible without the sacrifices and commitment our parents made for our Schechter education. Our beloved parents are the ones who decided to send us to this special place. The parents have done so much to help our journey through Schechter, and we are so grateful to have had this opportunity. Thanks Moms and Dads! In honor of our 8th grade graduating class, our gift to the school will be a birdhouse, to be placed in Schechter’s future garden. This will be a reminder to all of the graduating students to come, that Schechter will always be your home and that no one should be afraid to fly.

Celebrating our Graduates

Davida Amkraut, Middle School Language Arts, 8th Grade GLA

Yesterday, along with family, friends, staff and students, the Schechter community celebrated the graduation of the 2016 Eighth Grade Class. The ceremony included reflections and songs in Hebrew and English from the graduating students and the presentation of awards and graduation certificates. The evening prior to graduation, the students, their families and teachers celebrated with a special dinner paying tribute to the students, their achievements over their many years at Schechter and special memories that they shared during their course of study and culminating trip to Israel.

Graduation is a time for reflection, celebration and recognition, including the presentation of special awards to students in several categories. Adam Kahn received the Coleman Brosilow Award, which is presented to a student who exemplifies leadership and excellence in all areas. Brian Caplan and Sam Axner won the Torah Award for academic excellence in both General and Judaic Studies, the pursuit of knowledge and a love of learning. Jacob Solomon won the Alec Joshua Feldman (z’l) Memorial Creative Writing Award, established in memory of Alec Feldman, Class of 2010, who had a strong love for writing. Dylan Sussman was awarded the Avodah Award for his commitment to Jewish living. The Gemilut Hasadim Award, for acts of kindness towards others, went to Mollie Stadlin, and the Manhigut – Leadership in Israel Award was presented to Grace Bloom and Adam Kahn who exemplified leadership and maturity during the group’s recent trip to Israel.

Two students, Bethy Rush (Grade 7) and Ezra Galili (Grade 7), received the Lee Schneider Tikkun Olam Award for acts of kindness.

The Eighth Grade graduating students from Gross Schechter Day School are: Emily Axner, Sam Axner, Grace Bloom, Eden Burg, Andrew Caplan, Brian Caplan, Aidan Gross, David Israelstam, Adam Kahn, Julian Saunt, Ari Sokol, Jacob Solomon, Mollie Stadlin, Dylan Sussman, Noah Turoff, Benjamin Wyant and Eden Zamir. The students will be attending the following high schools: Beachwood High School, Cleveland Heights High School, Hawken, Laurel, Montessori High School at University Circle, Solon High School, University School and West Geauga High School.

We are incredibly proud of another outstanding class of graduation students.
axner reflections

Reflections of a Graduating Parent

Mindi Axner, Parent of Sam and Emily Axner, Class of 2016

I was asked to write this post as an active parent with graduating students from the school.  I hesitated for a brief moment, and then realized how could I say no given all our family has received from the Gross Schechter community these last 11 years. And then I thought about it again because how could I put into words the appreciation for everything we have received.

I will never forget my first experience at the school.  I was coming to look at the preschool for our twins, and never expected to get a tour that took over 2 1/2 hours.  Yes that’s right, I visited every single grade in the entire school. By the end, I said to my husband “I know I was only there to look at preschool, but if we can make it work, our kids have to go here through middle school.”  

That tour seemed like yesterday, yet we have had so many wonderful experiences between then and now. Here we are the day of graduation and Sam and Emily have walked the halls as GSDS students for the last time. However, that will not stop my family from continuing to give back to the school, whether it is by volunteering at the Rib Burn Off, serving out my term as a Board Member for another year or anything else that we can do to support the school.

So what to write….even as I write this I think of so many examples of why Schechter, but my list would be so long that no one would continue reading.  Therefore, I decided to adapt a poem that means so much to me and my family.

When You Thought I Wasn’t…

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you hugged my children, and I realized how special the teachers were at Gross Schechter.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you wipe the tears from my son’s face, and learned that you treated my kids as if they were your own.

When you thought I wasn’t listening, I heard you explain how badly you felt about a situation, and from that my children learned about empathy.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw the big smile on my daughters face when she heard you cheer for her at a basketball game.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I was!  And it meant the world to me that you gave my children an experience we will never forget and I thank you!