Dear Families:

Time flies when you are having fun! It seems as if this should be the theme for the 2016-2017 school year at Gross Schechter Day School. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were all enjoying a beautiful day at the Totally Kosher Rib Burn Off? Now all of a sudden we are scheduling conferences, Thanksgiving is next week and this weekend we may see the first snowfall of the season. In January, the re-enrollment process will begin and before we know it our eighth graders will be off to Israel.

As we begin the winter season, Gross Schechter will embark on a new pilot initiative in grades K through 2. Students will be receiving small group instruction for 30 minutes on Mondays and Thursdays led by eight of our outstanding teachers. The program will run from December through the end of the school year. The initial groups have been carefully selected by our staff and include students in grades K-2. The “flexible groups” can change based on the needs of individual students and will focus primarily on basic literacy skills such as fluency, reading comprehension, writing and phonics.

This is a very exciting initiative that can have a positive impact on the academic achievement of our students. This pilot effort will also enhance socialization and interpersonal skills of our students. This initiative has been driven by our teachers along with our Director of Student Services, Laurie Gross-Kammer. The flexible group concept is aimed at continuing to personalize our educational efforts, meeting the needs of each individual and offering comprehensive early literacy intervention and acceleration to our students.

This pilot effort will guide our future literacy strategies and serve as a model program for Gross Schechter Day School. We are very excited about this initiative and feel strongly that it will enhance the achievement of our students.

Mark your calendars for our all lower school play, “Shmooly the Talking Latka,” on the evening of December 13. More than 100 students will participate in this original play written and produced by Sheri Gross.

Report cards are now online through the parent portal. Please login and view them prior to your conferences. If you have any trouble accessing them, please email Sue Foley, sfoley@grossschechter.org.

From our family to your family, we want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Travel safely and enjoy your time with family and friends. We have a lot to be thankful for at Gross Schechter Day School.

Shabbat Shalom,

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Randy

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