Dear Families:

Can you believe that there are only 17 days of school left in the 2016-2017 school year? Time flies when you are learning and having fun. We are very excited about the prospects for the 2017-2018 school year. If you haven’t completed the enrollment process, please send in your contracts as soon as possible. The best advertisement for our wonderful school is by word of mouth. Please share your success stories with friends and have them contact us for more information.

Our eighth grade students have returned from their three week trip to Israel. You can just see the glow on their faces when you ask about their experience. This culminating adventure for our students can be life changing and surely gives them memories that will last a lifetime. Take a moment and speak to one of the students to get their perspective; I’m sure it will be enlightening.

Did you attend the Schechter extravaganza this past Wednesday evening? Our students did an amazing job performing “Fairy Tales, Shmairy Tales”. Over 100 students participated and each had a speaking role. The lower school students sang, danced and the kindergarten students entertained the audience with wonderful commercial breaks! Sheri Gross created another spectacular script and she organized a beautiful evening of entertainment. Mrs. Clerget showcased the band and choir as well. Our music program is growing and students are working hard to become accomplished actors, musicians and singers.

Next week is another exciting week with two rite of passage ceremonies for our students. On Wednesday, May 17 at 8:30 am, our fourth grade students will be participating in the Kabbalat Hatikun Ceremony. I would like to invite parents with children in grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 to attend this ceremony and observe our students as they receive their first Tikun to guide their Torah reading preparation. On Thursday, May 18 at 8:30 am, our fifth grade students will participate in a ceremony where they receive their Siddur Sim Shalom. This Siddur will be used throughout Middle School and accompany the next students on their trip to Israel. Again, I invite all parents to attend and support our students.

On Monday, May 15, our school will participate in the First Gross Schechter Color War to celebrate Lag B’Omer. I’m sure many parents have experienced this type of event at summer camp. We will have numerous games and activities during the school day with a culminating Student-Faculty basketball game at the end of the day. Please ask your child(ren) about their team and the color shirt they should wear on Monday. Don’t forget to register for the Read for Life 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 21. Our numbers are growing, don’t get left out of this exciting Gross Schechter activity. You can click here to register if you haven’t already.

As a reminder, the week of May 29 through June 2 is broken up due to Memorial Day and the observance of Shavuot. We are closed on Monday, May 29, open on Tuesday, May 30, closed Wednesday and Thursday, May 31 and June 1, and then open again on Friday, June 2. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Have a great weekend and Shabbat Shalom,

Randy Boroff, Head of School

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