Classes began for Kehila students on Sunday, September 16. The community welcomed back Liz Savopoulos (6th-9th graders, or Mitzvah-Machon) and Adina Marx (K-1). We also welcomed three new teachers: Gale Pressman (Judaics, 2nd-3rd and 4th-5th); Hanna Weissberger (Hebrew language, 2nd-3rd and 4th-5th) and Nicole Labkoff, who is splitting her time between the 2nd-3rd and the 4th-5th groups and substituting with other classes as needed. Shira Reeves, co-chair with Michelle Shefter of the Kehila Education Committee, has also taken on the role of school coordinator—a paid position, in lieu of a principal, working with the teachers on curriculum development, coordination with the music and art programs, and chugim. Shira also serves as a point of contact and resource for parents, teachers, and kids. The Education Committee is thrilled with this arrangement and grateful to Shira for her work.
Many of our students attended the Kehila children's services for the High Holidays on September 10 (Rosh Hashanah) and September 19 (Yom Kippur), where they participated in Jewish-themed arts and crafts projects, interactive Torah services, and song and dance. The school continues to welcome new families, including at its September 30 Open House, and looks forward to a wonderful year.