Another school year has begun and is in full swing. Our school community has greeted new students, new families, new teachers and new trustees. New friendships have begun and our classrooms and hallways are alive with the sounds of learning.
And too, another Jewish year has begun. Our tradition encourages us to use this time to take stock of our lives, to review who we are, envision who we wish to be, and to begin to engage in the process necessary to realize that vision. Our school engages in a similar process each year, obtaining feedback from our parents, faculty, and students, analyzing our strengths and opportunities, and using that information to envision the school we wish to be and work towards it. Our teachers have been engaging in deep and meaningful conversations designed to utilize and expand on our strengths. Our sense of community is strong, and our sense of purpose is firm.
Among our new initiatives is to create a school garden and outdoor learning space. This project, developed by our middle schoolers and their science teacher David Epstein, will provide a space in which the project-based and interdisciplinary learning we value can flourish. It will also provide a contemplative space in which our students can reflect on the world around them. Its development is a wonderful collaboration between students, teachers and community members. You will hear more about this project in the weeks to come.
During these days leading up to Yom Kippur, we again face the fact that we humans are works in progress. Our school, too, is a work in progress, and that is as it should be. My best wishes to all for a meaningful Yom Kippur. I look forward to a year of reflection, growth and partnership with all of you.
G’mar Hatima Tova,
Head of School