Dr. Richard Cuenca’s Friday Letter
The transition from the relative repose of summer to the routine of the school day can be difficult and disorienting, particularly at the start of the school year. But in typical Posnack School fashion our community wrapped its collective arms around our school and welcomed all back to campus.
It was over four decades ago that a small group of thoughtful and committed Jewish parents convened to discuss the opening of a new Jewish day school. They were driven by a passion for educating their children. They wanted the very best math, science, history, and language arts instruction for their children, but they also wanted much more — a school that embodied at its core the Torah values and teachings that have served the Jewish people for generations. On Wednesday, August, 23, 2017, forty-four years from our school’s humble beginnings, the David Posnack Jewish Day School will again open its doors with pride to welcome over 700 children and 160 faculty and staff.
Once again, we have concluded a school year that matters to the future of the Jewish people. Once again, our school has sent a message that our community has a vibrant Jewish future. From my seat in the front row, I can assure you that the future of the Jewish people shines like the brightest star.
In a survey of a thousand families, children were asked, “If you were granted one wish about your parents, what would it be?” The kids’ number one wish was that their parents were less tired and less stressed.
As Purim approaches and we celebrate together the joy of the holiday, I want to share a remarkable story of hope and optimism. Towards the end of last week, my office started receiving letters of support – lots of them! The letters were handwritten and more and more arrived each day. They were from strangers who probably had never even heard of the Posnack School before two weeks ago.
Yesterday, our school closed early enrollment for the upcoming 2017-18 school year (for our current families). We are proud to announce that 98% of our families re-registered for the coming school year. This is the highest re-enrollment rate in the 43 year history of our school!
As we approach the Festival of Lights, we all remember the story. Centuries ago, the Greeks ruled the holy land and sought to eliminate any practice of Judaism. Against all odds, the Maccabees defeated the mighty Greek army and drove them from the land.
As the year 5777 approaches, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our students and parents for supporting the new energy and excitement that is flowing throughout our school. Our vision to grow and become an outstanding Jewish Day School is fully alive. Click to read more.
Once again, we have concluded a school year that matters to the future of the Jewish people. Once again, our school has sent a message that our community has a vibrant Jewish future.
Not to make parents feel even worse, but studies have shown that parental stress weakens children’s brains, depletes their immune systems, increases their risk of obesity, mental illness, diabetes, allergies, and even tooth decay. Wow! Bringing stress home from the office has its consequences. Thankfully there is something we can do for our children that provides opportunities for quality stress-free time.