As I am putting my thoughts together for this blog, the winds outside are howling after a night of heavy wind and rain. It is a miracle that our school Sukkah survived the night and that at this very moment our students are reciting the lulav and etrog blessings and enjoying a special Sukkot snack inside it.
Last night's wind and rain made me think about the forecast for this coming winter. There is no consensus from the weather experts on the outlook. Will we be talking about the polar vortex, or el Niño, or snow in feet rather than inches? No one knows.
What we can predict, however, is that no matter what, The Hebrew Academy remains committed to weathering whatever storm we might be faced with. As a community of compassionate families, we practice “ Tzedukah and acts of kindness are the equivalent of all the mitzvoth of the Torah.” Talmud Yerushalmi, Pe’ah :1.
Our classes are currently working on their Thanks and Giving Projects for the holiday season. Early Childhood will present their projects at the feast on Friday, November 22nd at 11:30 a.m. and grades 1-8 will present their project at an assembly on Tuesday, November 26th at 9:00 a.m. We encourage you all to come and see firsthand how your children are practicing tzedukah and acts of kindness and are making a difference in the world.
I would like to remind you that in the event of a school cancellation, delayed opening, or early dismissal due to inclement weather or emergency, you will receive a text message from the school as well as an email. Announcements will also be made on the school website, on radio at 101.5 FM, on television at NJ12 and on Facebook and Twitter.
Please discuss with your child(ren) what they should do in the event of an early closing and you are not home. If alternate plans call for your child(ren) to go to another house, or be picked up by someone other than the usual person, please provide us with written directions.
As I look out the window now, at the end of the day, (Yes! It took me all day to complete this!) the winds have certainly calmed down and we can continue to enjoy the festive holiday of Sukkot.
Chag sameach moadim l'simcha
Head of School