Dear Senesh Parents,
This week, we saw the strength of the Senesh community. It has been an incredible few days and you have been true partners. We opened our doors with so many new routines that you all embraced; wearing masks, staggered arrival and dismissal, health screenings, and learning throughout the day with new pods and safety protocols.
Alongside these many new routines; we also watched and experienced the Senesh we know and love come alive. We heard the laughter and buzz of students in classrooms, watched teachers and students reunite and begin to build new relationships, and witnessed our staff creating safe and nurturing spaces for our students to transition back to school. Our school values of chesed/kindness, areivut/responsibility for one another, elu v’elu/openness, hatmadah/perseverance and masa/journey are already living in our classrooms and guiding us in the year ahead.
I am grateful to our faculty, administrative staff, facility team, and school leadership. Over the summer months and during our two-week faculty inservice, our team has led with a can-do attitude. Everyone has been positive, creative, and open to many new routines and changes. While practicing distancing and meeting on Zoom; the engaging and collaborative nature of our faculty meetings prevailed.
Our teachers prepared themselves and our classrooms for a new model where they travel to different classrooms and pods of students are in one classroom. While learning many new protocols; grade level teams planned developmentally appropriate ways to teach these new routines to students.
Our time together was also spent participating in meaningful professional development about the social and emotional needs of students and in a two day training: Talking About Race in the Classroom with the Center for Racial Justice in Education.
And to you -- our parents; you continue to demonstrate openness and flexibility, offer support, adapt to new routines, and partner with us to make Senesh an amazing place.
As we celebrate our return to Senesh and the start of the school year, we must remain diligent in following our safety protocols and community guidelines as the virus continues to spread throughout the country. We each have a role to play in keeping one another healthy and keeping our school doors open for our children.
We deeply appreciate your trust and partnership.