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We are so proud of our ‘Virtual’ Day School!

Above, our first-graders learned about how things are built!

Who would have thought, eight weeks ago, that we would end our school year with virtual learning? We all hoped it would be temporary, but that has not been the case. Luckily, we rapidly unfolded our Virtual School, and although it took a few weeks to get it right, we have definitely found our rhythm.

Our youngest learners explore a variety of activities, everything from making colored rice, to discovering ants, to counting lines, to exploring paper art forms.

Teacher Appreciation Week was most welcome. Our teachers received the well-deserved accolades and treats that they deserved.

But, this week, I want to give an enormous shout-out to the unsung heroes of our incredible transformation: Elementary School Director Susy Novak, Technology and Innovation Director Jen Carey, and Educational Technology Coordinator Ashley Reed. Yes, we had our “foot in the door” as a Google school, but none of it would have developed to the degree it did without the workaholic, perseverant nature of these three women. They are literally working 24/7 — and should not be — but that is who they are.

Our gratitude and admiration go out to them for supporting our parents, teachers, students — and frankly, the entire personnel body of Temple Beth Am and Temple Beth Am Day School.

Kindergarten continued with their World Cultures Unit on Mexico, and our very own Mrs. Novak, born and raised in Mexico, brought some authentic learning to the class.

Dear Mrs. Novak,
It was so nice to have the chance to “see” you again. You put a smile on all of our faces. We loved learning new facts about Mexico and your own personal connections to the country. Thank you for making our learning come to life. We love you and hope you are staying healthy and happy!
— The All-Stars

Last week, we also had some non-virtual fun! Temple Beth Am Day School, with the ambitious and needed help of fifth-grade parents, had Congratulations Class of 2020 lawn signs delivered and installed for each of our fifth-grade graduates. We may have to hold a Virtual Graduation, but we can still try to “touch” each graduate in any meaningful way we can. Thank you to those parents.

Elementary music teacher Jackie Berney held a class about violins and the strings family for first- and second-grade students, featuring guest speaker and performer Kayley.

Each week we close with some comments we received from parents about how are we doing? But, this week we want to share with you the unsolicited remarks from one of our students:

“Thank you! I think my school is amazing because everyone always helps me with everything I have trouble with, from 1st grade to third grade and including my awesome tutor who taught me to speak English. My siblings also thank everyone who works at this fabulous school, including the fantastic nurse, custodians, principal, teachers, substitutes, cooks and many more spectacular people are super! I am so proud of our school, Temple Beth Am, for how we got through all the hard times we’ve had during this virus, but still having so much fun! I have had great years with lots of learning, laughing, and so on! I can't wait to explore some more grades in this splendid Jewish day school with all my mighty friends! As you can see, I think my school is very special! Thank you!!!”

Above left, first-grade students learned about Jerusalem, The Old City, while above right our Extended Day Sewing and Fashion Class had some welcome fun.

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