An Awesome Year, By Chaim Heller, Head of School
I don’t want to keep you long because I know you have a great many things to do in preparation for the upcoming school year tomorrow, but I did want to be sure to share what’s on my mind.
I hope you had a relaxing, restful summer because you deserve it. The more time I spend in education, the more difficult I realize the job of parenting has become. Providing and caring for children in today’s world is taxing. The opportunity to relax together is a key component to your family being healthy and your kids doing great work in school. I hope your summer was great.
As we all know and appreciate, school is one of those rare places where each child gets a clean slate every year. That always brings hope and possibility. You all expect great things from your children and we, in turn, do all we can to make those great things come true.
Our job at the leadership level is to provide and support the very best teachers, who, in turn, empower students. We provide our teachers with the tools and resources they need to do great things. We provide them with appreciation and respect for all they do, and we know they do the same for their students.
Schools can be complicated places. We look at university requirements, then independent school standards, then set up our curriculum, and then teachers interpret them and add their own style and expectations and finally parents get their say. As much as we’d like all these to align perfectly, we recognize that sometimes they don’t. At the end of the day what is most important is what happens in the classroom between teacher and student. A teacher with a passion can ignite a student for a week, a year and even a lifetime.
We know not every day will be awesome. We work with kids. They are much like we are, only at the beginning of their learning journey. It’s our working together – school and home – that they need.
So we will help your kids to learn, to smile and to belong. We’ll ask hard and interesting questions. We’ll try new things. We’ll ask for your help as parents and as members of our community. We’ll work hard to empower them as people and learners and we do it with love in our hearts.
It’s time for new stories and new adventures at school. It begins tomorrow. Let’s have an awesome year together.