|The Best First Day at the Jewish Day School!|
|Written by Amy Adler|
|Tuesday, September 04, 2012|
The first day of school is my favorite day of the school year. It was so nice to start the morning with so many smiling and happy faces; rested from the summer break, excited to be back at school, in a new class with a new teacher. Parents and the younger students are excited and maybe a bit anxious. Some of the upper school students still stumble in, perhaps a little tired at the shock of getting up so early after a wonderful summer break.
What you don't see on the sidewalk or in the classroom, is something new this year. This fall, we are welcoming an unprecedented 51 new students in Preschool through 8th Grade. While our enrollment held steady through the recession, we're now seeing tremendous growth - particularly in our preschool, first grade and kindergarten. So, why is this year so unusual? It was a question I was asked numerous times this morning at our Parent Association Coffee Cart where parents gather to chat after dropping off their student(s). There are a couple of reasons for the increase.
When a family applies for admission, I ask them why they want their child(ren) to attend JDS. Their answers vary - some have just moved to the area, some were unsatisfied with their previous school, while others are simply seeking a different academic experience for their child. They're looking for a school focusing on the whole child; a curriculum that encourages students to inquire, explore and dig deeper; a 21st century approach that lays a foundation for lifelong learning. But most of all, I hear from our new parents that they are longing to connect - they want their family to be part of a learning community where people know and care about their child and their family. While our academics are outstanding, this sense of community separates us from every other school, public and private, in our region. We all know what a powerful part 'community' plays in a child's academic and personal growth and success.
-Amy Adler, Director of Admissions & External Relations