Dear Kehillat Schechter, Inspiring and moving events unfolded this week at Gross Schechter Day School, despite forces of nature shortening our time together in the classrooms. First, eight 4th graders demonstrated their mastery of Hebrew language acquisition, public speaking and Torah study by reading from the Torah in Middle School Tefillah for the first time. Second, as the basketball season got underway, our Schechter Sharks represented Gross Schechter on the court demonstrating the results of their dedication to practice and their spirit of teamwork.

And they shall build for me a sanctuary and I shall dwell in their midst.” (Exodus 25:8) These words from this Shabbat’s parsha are particularly meaningful in the context of this week at Gross Schechter. Whenever we gather in the Merkaz for Middle School tefillah we experience sanctuary and a sense of “I shall dwell in their midst”. Perhaps few times are as moving and infused with spirit as when a fourth grader comes forward to lead her or his older schoolmates and teachers in the reading aloud of Torah for the very first time. On Monday, January 31, our fourth grade students began to do just that. Yasher Koach to the fourth graders who read this first week, showing their evident dedication to their Torah studies: David Kutserman, Lielle Greller, Moriyah Roland, Caleb Catino, Leila Moskowitz, Lisa Babaev, Ethan Kriwinsky and Jacob Bykov.

Please join me this coming week in another spirited space at Gross Schechter. The Schechter Sharks will play their next home game on Tuesday, February 8, at 4:30 pm. Fans are welcome. Please plan to wear a mask and feel free to bring your younger children to cheer on both the basketball team and the dazzling cheerleading squad. You’ll be welcomed and pepped up by our Schechter Shark mascot, too!

Read for Life will increase the ruach at Gross Schechter as its opening ceremonies will commence eight weeks of engaging literary experiences. The Scholastic Book Fair is always a critical element of Read for Life, and parents, grandparents and students will have multiple opportunities to purchase exciting new books and beloved classics in our library media center. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the book fair as it takes place at the school February 7-11.

Shabbat Shalom,

  • Monday, February 7: MAP Testing begins
  • Monday, February 7 – Friday February 11: Scholastic Book Fair
  • Friday, February 18: Staff Development Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, February 21: President’s Day – NO SCHOOL

In this parsha, we are introduced to the Mishkan. Read the parsha here. Many commentators agree that the Mishkan is the result of the golden calf (the story we will read about in an upcoming parsha). The Mishkan represents the Jewish people’s need for a physical representation of Hashem. I don’t know about you, but it kinda sounds like the difference between virtual school and the live-in-person version.

This week’s question: What is the Menorah meant to look like?

Last week’s answer: The phrase “eye for an eye” comes from this parsha. What does it mean in Jewish law? Eye for an eye means giving monetary compensation for damages

Shabbat Shalom,

Mega Monday: MAP Tests and Book Fair! The MAP Tests will begin this coming Monday, February 7.  It is important to get a good night sleep to be ready for the tests on Monday morning. If your child does not already have headphones at school, please remember to send them with a pair. The Scholastic Book Fair returns to Gross Schechter Day School from February 7-11 in the Media Center.  This is always one of the students most favorite weeks of the year, so please read the following information carefully so your child is prepared to shop the fair! To set up a cashless eWallet for your child to use at the book fair, please follow the instructions at the following link: 

GSDS Partners with ISACS 2022 Parent Series

ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States) has announced their 2022 virtual seminar schedule and line up. There will be five, one hour sessions between January and May for parents in all stages of their child’s growth. The webinars will be offered via Zoom Webinar, 7:30 – 8:30 pm eastern. Sessions will be recorded to accommodate busy schedules. View the Parent Series brochure which includes complete descriptions and speaker bios. The next session, Smart But Scattered: How Parents Can Help Strengthen Executive Skills in Their Children, will take place on Wednesday, February 9 at 7:30 pm.

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Danielle Shainker

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