Dear Families,

All is well, and as it is the beginning of the new year, I thought it was a good time for a check in!

As we enter our High Holiday season, I look back on our first month of school with amazement. Even with all our new policies, re-organization of spaces, and new schedules the school is absolutely humming with activity and smiles. It is obvious that the students are happy to be back in our building and with each other. We are hoping you enjoyed the challah we sent home on our first shabbat of the schoolyear, and the apples and honey we gave you erev Rosh Hashanah. Just a little thank you for your support and encouragement as we navigate a different kind of school year.

 Information, updates, and more:

  • I will be out of town this coming week. In my absence, please reach out to Ms. Troxell with any questions that you would typically have related to your child(ren) or their teachers.
  • We have hired an administrative assistant. His name is Steven Perlman and we are looking forward to him starting tomorrow😊. Interesting information: his niece and nephews are alum of our school! Once we have him “onboarded” I will share with you what role he may play with our families. We will be sure to introduce him in carline!
  • Cyndi Bryant, LICSW from CJFS has begun working with some of our students. This Wednesday, all our students will meet her as she visits and introduces herself to our pods.
  • I wish you could see our beautiful Lobby Display created by our Upper School students and Ms. Troxell, our High Holiday decorations attractively displayed by Morah Sari inviting us to anticipate the arrival and sweetness of Rosh Hashanah, and, the stunning artwork created by our students and displayed throughout the school by Ms. Rottembourg.
  • Reminder to sign up for parent/guardian meetings with your child(ren)’s teachers.
  • Thank you for answering the questions on PUP each morning, our system is working out well. For anyone who may be having problems with the app, please reach out to Rebekah as she has been able to problem solve any issues we have had.
  • Our students are really doing well with their mask wearing (for the most part), and their physical distancing. Our schedules are working, two pods are never scheduled in the same space at the same time (with the exception of the last two weeks 8am shofar blowing where we are all physically distanced as Rabbi Friedman blows the shofar on the landing of the staircase in the ILC for only about a minute).

ARLO is our Alternate Remote Learning Option. Who is an ARLO student and who may become an ARLO student? Managing students who are in ARLO and those who are coming in and out of ARLO requires additional work for our faculty. We ask for your sensitivity and understanding as the demands on them are currently high. We appreciate your patience as we figure out this constant moving target.

  • Who is an ARLO student?
    • A child whose family has opted out of in-person learning for an extended time
    • A child who is home waiting for a COVID-19 test result
    • A child who is home because they have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis
    • A child who is home because someone in their household has a positive COVID19 diagnosis
  • Who is not an ARLO student?
    • A child on vacation or traveling
    • A child who has called in sick
    • A child who is missing half day or full day due to an appointment
    • A child who was sent home from school because they were not feeling well (stay tuned for an update on this last bullet…coming soon)
  • We have created a Health Intake Form for when we see students who are complaining that they do not feel well in school. If we call you to pick up your child, you will receive a copy. If you take your child to the doctor, we will attach the Dr.’s note to it when your child returns to school.

The following will update #5 of our present COVID-19 policies. We will send students home if they have any primary symptoms or if they have 2 secondary symptoms. Of course, if a student is clearly not feeling well, and is not able to function in the classroom, we always send them home.

  • Primary Symptoms Include: Fever greater than 100.4 or chills, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new cough, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Secondary Symptoms Include: fatigue, body aches, headache, sore throat, nasal/sinus congestion or runny nose, nausea.
  • If a student/employee is sent home with either 1 primary or 2 secondary symptoms they will need a doctor visit and a COVID-19 test and a clearance from the doctor to return to school.
  • If a student/employee is sent home with just one secondary symptom, they should stay home the next day to monitor for other symptoms. If they are 100% after the second day at home, they can come back to school without a doctor’s note.

What happens if your child wakes up sick in the morning?

  • Fill out the PUP app and report a yes for symptoms.
  • Keep your child at home.
  • Review our updated policy pertaining to primary and secondary symptoms (see above) and follow protocol.

The blowing of the shofar is described by our Rabbis as a wake-up call for our soul. We experience a special connection to G-d as we open our eyes to be more conscious of the world around us and especially of ourselves. May we all hear and feel the sounds of the shofar and be guided towards a sweet and meaningful new year.

I wish all our family’s blessings of peace, good health, and happiness in the coming year.  I appreciate your partnership, understanding and patience Shana Tova Umetuka.

Warmly,

Debra