The Gift of Time, by Chaim Heller, Head of School
The Gift of Time.
There is no overestimating the significance of the usage of time at school. We monitor every aspect of how effectively our students and faculty use the time allotted and after studying options we sometimes make changes. Next year will see a few changes that we believe will improve the school experience for all.
- Beginning next year we will no longer have half-days at school. All of our Jewish holiday special days (Purim, Lag B’Omer, etc) will continue through the end of the school day. Our handful of school-wide professional development days will now be full days, scheduled on a Monday or a Friday, to minimize the disruptions such days cause for our parents and families. We will not have a ½ day of school for the ever-famous “Erev” Thanksgiving, but rather will have the Wednesday off entirely to enable travel. The one exception will continue to be a 12 noon dismissal on Erev Yom Kippur, on years that it falls on a weekday.
- We are moving to a consistent Friday dismissal at 2:45 pm for K-12 beginning next year. This enables us to avoid the trickling out of students throughout the year on late Friday afternoons, and also strengthens our commitment to helping our families live an active Jewish life and have a fuller Shabbat. In reviewing our program, we found that the last 30 minutes of school on Friday were not being utilized well, so in lieu of continuing with a problematic practice, we added days to the school calendar (see previous paragraph) to benefit teaching and learning.
More to come…