Dear Families:

Passover break has finally arrived! Students and teachers are celebrating and looking forward to a vacation from the classroom. We are also looking forward to celebrating Pesach, spending time with family, and for some, vacation time out of town. This is a great time of year as we welcome spring weather (we hope) and a sense of renewal. We have the opportunity to get outside, enjoy sunshine, watch the Indians and Cavs continue their winning ways; prepare for the end of the school year and at the same time get ready for the start of a new school year.

As part of our Read for Life program, our 4th and 5th grade students traveled to George Washington Carver Elementary School in Cleveland this week and spent a morning reading and sharing books with kindergartners. To say this was an amazing experience for our students is an understatement. Our students took such joy in bringing books to the school and reading and discussing the books in the classroom. We look forward to the George Washington Carver students visiting Gross Schechter in May. One of our Core Values is Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. For an hour or so, our students had the opportunity to feel the satisfaction of participating in this experience and repairing the world for a group of very appreciative students.

If you haven’t wandered down the hallways recently, you missed some great bulletin boards, art work and passover seders. From pre-school to middle school, the story of Passover was evident. Along with those celebrations and conversations, our Middle School students participated in the annual Great Lakes Theater program. They learned about theater, acting and role playing. This interactive program is well received and has become a great tradition for our students. Have you seen the Cartwheel Connection bus in the front of the school lately? Our ECC students have the opportunity to experience gymnastics, tumbling and and exercise in the transformed school bus. Speaking of exercise, don’t forget to register for the Read for Life 5K Run Walk on May 21. You can register for the event by clicking here. It is guaranteed to be a great morning for all of our families.

And finally, this afternoon we held our annual Nesi’ah Tova assembly wishing our 8th grade students a safe and enjoyable trip to Israel. This is one of the more meaningful and touching ceremonies of the year. We gather as an entire school and each class presents a special message to our travelers. As our oldest students begin this “trip of a lifetime” please join me in wishing each and every student a safe and enjoyable journey.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the staff and students of Gross Schechter I wish everyone Pesach Sameach, Shabbat Shalom and a very safe and enjoyable break.

Randy Boroff, Head of School

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