One of my favorite Jewish children's books is called Something From Nothing (if you are a PJLibrary family, I'm sure it's on your shelf). Well, in the last few days the OTRS teachers and I have embarked on an adventure a lot like the grandfather in that book. Only instead of turning a beloved coat into a timeless story, we've taken the essence of our OTRS classrooms and turned it into an at-home learning experience for you to share with your children.

In the coming weeks we'll continue to fill our online learning pages with activities, games, movies, and more. Each time we post an update we'll send your class a message so you don't miss a thing. Our goal is to engage your child Jewishly and to help them feel connected to one another. I encourage you to join them as they work with the materials, especially with our oldest students, who will be interacting with films and art designed to inspire thoughtful discussion. You'll find links to each grade's online materials below.

We'll be complimenting these materials with a zoom call for each grade, about once a week. We're still working on the schedule for these calls with our teachers but we hope to launch them early next week. These calls, which will last about 15-20 minutes, are opportunities for our teachers to check in with their students and for our students to interact with one another. Parents, if you are new to zoom and need some guidance to get things ready for your kids, please email me and I'll get you all the information you need. We can't wait to see everyone!

As we all settle into our new normal, we know that every family is approaching their days differently, so please use these materials in whatever way works best for you. And please be in touch if I can help in any way. Now, let's get learning!
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Debra Beland Ackerman , Director of Education and Youth Activities
Brian Grossbard , Upper School and Youth Assistant Director
Aron Sterling , OTRS Committee Vice Chair