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Dr. Richard Cuenca’s Friday Letter: Our New School Year

Dear David Posnack Jewish Day School Parents and Students:

As we transitioned from the pleasures of summer to the promises of the upcoming school year thank you to all our students, parents, faculty, and staff who helped to make this historical opening of the 2017-18 school year such a success.

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. I want to especially recognize our students in kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades who walked through our doors for the first time on Wednesday, August 23 as new lower, middle, and high school students. I also want to proudly recognize the new leaders of our school — the Senior Class of Posnack School’s Fischer High, the Class of 2018.

The start of our school’s 44th year included the historical and memorable opening of our new Marcia and Joel Hochberg Middle School and Kosher Culinary Institute. It is truly a remarkable achievement for our school to open these new facilities in record time (just under 10 months). Thank you to all of our donors who made this exciting vision for our school a reality.

Especially during this time of unprecedented growth for our school, I want to thank all of our students (and parents) for your patience and understanding as our school works through some of the challenges of opening new state-of-the-art school facilities in record time. We are aware of the areas that need our attention and are working rapidly to remedy each situation by next week.

For the sixth year in a row, the David Posnack Jewish Day ;School welcomed a record increase in student enrollment (which now includes over 700 students K-12). As we do every year, we stand proudly on the shoulders of our founders who believed in a Jewish day school for their children rooted in Torah and the values of the Jewish people.

As always, please let your teachers, Principals or Division heads, know if they can be helpful in any way.  Even concerns that may seem small can be important, especially during the first weeks of school when routines and patterns are set in motion.

On behalf of our over 700 students, 160 faculty and staff, thank you to all of our families for believing in the Posnack Way!

Shabbat Shalom,

Dr. Richard Cuenca
Head of School