January 28, 2022
SHAbbat SHAlom - January 28, 2022

Dear SHA Family,

This week in our “Being Our Best Selves – ParSHA Class for Parents” [ Shameless Plug, Class on Zoom every Wednesday! Join us! ] We discussed the commandment – one of 53 mitzvot in the ParSHA – of helping your enemy when their donkey collapses under the weight of a load. This altruistic command explained by the Midrash is to help people get back together after a distancing on the account of a dispute.

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January 20, 2022
SHAbbat SHAlom - January 20, 2022

Dear SHA Family,

Our week did not start out well. As Shabbat came to an end here in Seattle many of us became aware of an unfolding situation in Texas. I wrote this piece and submitted it to the local press. I have not heard back from them – yet. I share it below with you. Your thoughts always welcome.

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January 14, 2022
SHAbbat SHAlom - January 14, 2022

Dear SHA Family,

I have been, over the last year or so, working at reading all the books on a “100 Great Books” list. I know – it’s complicated to say what makes for a good book and what belongs on the list, and which list? That said – I finally picked one list and I am sticking with it. I am up to having read sixty-eight of them.

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January 10, 2022
Covid Policy Update – January 10th 2022
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January 6, 2022
SHAbbat SHAlom - January 7, 2022

Dear SHA Family,

Phew! We made it back to school. There is a song we used to sing when I was young Bnei Akiva youth group leader –

הֵי הוֹ הִנְּנִי מוכן
גֶּשֶׁם שֶׁלֶג רוּחַ סְעָרָה
כְּלוּם לֹא יַפְחִידֵנוּ
צור ישראל ישמרני

The gist of the song is that – we are ready no matter what; rain, snow wind – I am not afraid – H’ will protect us! I found myself humming that song this week! So thrilled and relieved to have students back on campus!

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December 17, 2021
SHAbbat SHAlom - December 17, 2021

Dear SHA Family,

We are reaching a milestone in the school year – Winter Break.

Here is what I am thinking about;
1. I’ve seen a number of articles on teacher and admin burn out and exhaustion from the pandemic --- So, so appreciative of SHA Leadership Team, staff and teachers.
2. I’ve heard horror stories about parent communities divided and the spewing of unsavory speech and behavior. I am grateful for our community.
3. I have been teaching 5th Grade Navi – Prophets.

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December 11, 2021
SHAbbat SHAlom - December 10, 2021

Last week’s newsletter went out before our K-5 Friday Likrat SHAbbat Assembly. I shall now take the time to SHAre the experience of our Chanukah Pageant! It was lovely.

Our students performed with passion and elegance. The Third Grade dramatized the story of Yehudit, the Fourth Graders depicted the celebration of the Rededication of the Bet HaMikdash, the First Grade sang forcefully the struggle of light and darkness.

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December 3, 2021
SHAbbat SHAlom Newsletter - December 3rd, 2021

I used to tell my children that they are each my favorite in a different way. So, too our holidays; each is my favorite in a different way. The simple beauty of the Menorah lights growing through the week is inspirational and perhaps offers us a mandate – we must continue to grow and shine even brighter!

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November 27, 2021
Annual Kindergarten Readiness Event a Success!

The path from pre-K to kindergarten is exciting and can also raise many questions regarding preparedness. SHA’s annual kindergarten readiness event, held each November, helps parents determine the best path for their children.

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