Join us for an evening with experts from a variety of fields, all focused on the transition from Preschool to Kindergarten!

Entering kindergarten is a rite of passage, for kids and their parents! Join us for a panel discussion offering insights on how best to help your child navigate this important milestone.


Learn from our Panel of Experts

Panelists will offer advice on guiding your child as well as finding the right school environment for each child’s individual needs. A must-attend for parents of children ages 3-5. Free and open to the community. RSVPs preferred.



Rabbi Joshua L. Caruso, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
Joshua Caruso has been a member of the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple clergy team since 2002.  His greatest joy is serving the Jewish people. Rabbi Caruso sees social action as an integral part of his rabbinate.  He was inspired to bring Congregation-Based Community Organizing to Cleveland, first introducing it to Fairmount Temple and nurturing its growth among our members.  His efforts have led to the formation of Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC). Rabbi Caruso also serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of Cleveland and is a member of the rabbinic steering group of the URJ’s Just Congregations.  He is enjoying sharing life’s journey with his wife, Leah, and their children, Lev Aryeh, Asher, and Shayna.


Orli Dugan, kindergarten teacher, Gross Schechter Day School
Orli, a graduate of Schechter, has taught at Schechter for 10 years, five in Kindergarten. She graduated from The Ohio State University with an early childhood education degree, and earned her Master’s degree from Ursuline College. Orli loves baking, reading and spending time with her two girls.



Susan B Glaser

Susan Glaser, educational psychologist and early childhood consultant
Susan B. Glaser M.A. is an educational psychologist and an early childhood consultant.  She graduated from Case Western Reserve Western Reserve University and received her Master of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology from John Carroll University. For sixteen years, Susan was the Director of Early Childhood Services for the Jewish Community Center of Cleveland. She co-authored two books with Arthur Lavin, M.D.:  Who’s the Boss: Moving Families from Conflict to Collaboration and Baby and Toddler Sleep Solutions for Dummies.


LASERSONSANDYSandy Laserson, speech and language pathologist
Sandy Laserson, M.A.  CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist specializing in pediatric communication disorders.  She graduated from the University of Michigan and received her Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University.  She has worked in the clinical, public school, and private practice settings; and provides private direct therapy to students here at Gross Schechter Day School.


Dr. Shelly Senders, Senders Pediatrics
Dr. Shelly started his practice in 1987 in an attempt to bring back some of the old-time values that had been lost in the quest for greater productivity. A Cleveland native with strong ties to local community and civic structures, Dr. Shelly has pioneered the extension of pediatric care through the college years as well as developed an expansive view of pediatrics to include parenting, educational consulting and research.


Tracey Bortz, moderator and director of early childhood education, Gross Schechter Day School
Tracey Bortz graduated from the Johannesburg College of Education and then later received her Master’s degree from Siegal College of Jewish Studies. She is currently in her sixteenth year at Gross Schechter.

Program Details:


Tuesday, December 5
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Gross Schechter Day School
27601 Fairmount Boulevard
Pepper Pike, OH 44124

Please register by completing the form below.

Gross Schechter Day School offers a premiere Jewish education for students 6 weeks through eighth grade. In addition to our formal program, we are proud to welcome young families at all stages of their children’s development, from a series for expectant parents to mommy-and-me classes and preschool preparation. Visit our Programs for Young Families page for a complete listing of our current offerings.