Like the kids, I’m just as excited when our learning leaves the classroom and we head out on a field trip. There is something special about climbing aboard a school bus and heading to a new place for exploration and discovery. Field trips are about allowing our curiosity to run wild and connecting our learning to the world outside the walls of the school.

Over the past few weeks as the weather has shown signs of summer, we’ve had a number of field trips that have helped deepen student learning. Our fourth graders just returned from a day- long exploration of Columbus, the culmination of their learning about the state of Ohio. They visited the State House, State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office, and Ohio’s recently opened Holocaust Memorial. You might have seen Lolly the Trolley hanging out in front of the school as it waited for our third graders to board for their tour of downtown Cleveland as part of their study of our community.

Our middle schoolers wrapped up their monthly TOPS trips to a variety of community service sites throughout the area. Each experience was designed to inspire them to a life of volunteer service and a commitment to tikun olam (repairing the world). At the opposite end of the building, our PreK students explored the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo while looking for examples of all of the letters that they had been learning all year learning (lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!).

As you finalize your summer travel plans, think about how you can not just have fun as you visit distant (or close by) places, but also deepen your child(ren)’s understanding of the world around them and how it connects to things that we continue to learn about here at Schechter.  In fact, as you do so, share your summer adventures with us through our new Schechter Selfie social media campaign.  Take photos of yourselves in your Schechterwear, post them on FB, tagging Gross Schechter Day School and including the #SchechterSelfie or email them to so we can share them for you.

We look forward to seeing where the summer takes you!

Shabbat Shalom,

Dr. Ari Yares
Head of School

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