New Year!

September 14, 2016

It was simply joyous – and I had to wipe a few tears from my eyes, as teachers took turns at the microphone at the Lower School Likrat Shabbat Assembly and described the Project SHAlom Student of the Week form their grade.

Each student was recognized for one of our SHA Values –

“SHA expects students to be Ready, Responsible and Respectful and to feel with Empathy,

act with Kindness and build Community.

As the student was called up they were invited to sign the SHA Golden Notebook with the Golden pencil to permanently record their honor.

It was a sight to behold. We have a long year ahead with the opportunity to honor every student for their celebratory worthy deeds!

May we share many moments of SHA Pride!

September 22, 2016

I often quote Dr. Sharon Feiman-Nemser, “Teaching is complex, intellectual work.” This past Tuesday and Wednesday were fine examples of this pronouncement. All of us SHA’s TaNaCH teachers were ensconced in the Conference Room with Cindy Reich our Legacy Heritage TaNaCH Standards and Benchmarks coach. We were busy studying, debating and working very hard in these initial steps at laying out a comprehensive plan for SHA’s Chumash learning through the grade levels. We are the 12th Cohort nation-wide to go through this process and feel very good about the expertise that is being shared with us. So much gratitude to Rabbi Rob Toren for joining us and for the Samis Foundation’s support in this endeavor. Much appreciation, as well to SHA Staff who stepped in to cover for teachers who were part of the training.

Though the holidays are really late this year it is still surprising to turn the page on the calendar and realize – ten days till Rosh Hashanah!

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