It has been a very short first week for our students and I am sure this is something for which they are thankful as they transition back from summer break.  We are delighted to see them filling our hallways once again.  Their energy and enthusiasm is truly amazing.
For our teachers, this week has been filled with planning, preparation, professional development and collaboration as they readied the school for the coming year. I would like to thank our faculty and staff for their dedication, effort and energy – todah rabbah!

 As we start the new year, we reflect on additional areas for which we are thankful:

  • Rachel Gonsenhauser for stepping in to lead the Lower School while we continue our search for a principal;
  • B’nai Jeshurun for use of their playground while the mulch is replaced in ours after countless rain delays;
  • Jewish Federation of Cleveland for putting the security and safety of our school community first by providing the funds for our security officer;
  • Our new staff for jumping on board and quickly becoming part of the team:
    • Ben Douglas – Kitchen Staff
    • Julie Kaufman – Programming and Outreach Coordinator
    • Charlene Perry – 2’s Assistant Teacher
    • Kimberly Pleasant – Director of Marketing and Communication
    • Molly Rosenberg – Executive Assistant to the Head of School
  • Michelle Feinberg and Renee Greller, our Rib Burnoff (RBO) co-chairs, and the entire committee for their diligence, dedication and hard work in getting everything ready for our 22nd Annual Totally Kosher Rib Burn Off. We also have a huge list of sponsors supporting this event including our lead sponsor Collection Auto Group and Dunn Hardware. Thanks to their support, we have some incredible items for our RBO Raffle.

 And I want to thank all of you for another year, Kehillat Schechter.

Shabbat Shalom,

Dr. Ari Yares
Head of School

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