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If a Tree Falls, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

Chaim final constant contactIf a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it or sees it fall, has the tree “really” fallen?

Sometimes, that’s how school can feel when you work here. We are so busy with our day to day that we can lose sight of the need to communicate outward to our parents and community. Last week for example, I spelled out a series of new programs and projects that will come to fruition in the fall. The responses I received in return were mostly, “Yay, wow, but why is this is the first time I’m hearing about it?”

That’s a fair question. It’s hard to overstate how much happens in a school that serves children from 6 weeks to 18 years old. As I write this, our baseball team is taking the field in their next level playoff games, our upper school faculty are rehearsing their graduation walks, the kayefet program has a dozen kids running around with a games leader, the yearbook committees are prepping for the class distributions next week, and there are two curriculum committees hard at work on building lessons for the Israel programming for next year. Teachers are in various classrooms, working one on one with students after school, prepping for their upcoming exams, administrators are carefully writing their faculty evaluations, checking for that right phrase that can make a difference. We are interviewing candidates for the few remaining positions, planning end of year socials, and much, much more. And all this is taking place AFTER school.

We are always looking for ways to improve how we let you, our families, know about the many things going on at school. Let us know your best ideas.

In the meantime, please join me for coffee tomorrow morning or next Friday morning from 8 to 9 am, and we’ll talk about the year present and future and hopefully have fewer surprises and more “Yeah, I knew that” moments. And we might even hear a tree or two falling…

Shabbat shalom,

Chaim

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