School resumes on Monday, January 8. We're excited to welcome our new friends!
There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 15 for MLK day
Wednesday, January 17th is picture day for TGS and PK3
Thursday, January 18th is picture day for PK2, PK4 and K
Friday, January 19th is Ms. Gina's PK2 Family Shabbat
Saturday, January 20th is our next Playground Shabbat
Friday, January 26th is Ms. Shirley's PK2 Family Shabbat
Don't forget to check your prior orders and order hot lunch for second semester at www.gansinai.org/hotlunch
Get all the latest info and links at www.gansinai.org/greatthings.
Find quick links and easy-to-access information at www.gansinai.org/families.
From Rabbi David
One of our moms recently got me really excited about a revolutionary new model of schooling called Acton Academy. You can visit their website (www.actonacademy.org) if you'd like to learn more but in short it is built on the idea that children need to be in charge of their own learning journey and that, given the space, they can do just about anything.
I think what excites me most about the model is that Gan Sinai is built on some of the same core ideas - putting children at the center; letting children play and explore and allowing children to have some ownership over their own growth.
The overwhelming majority of our public and private schools may not want to acknowledge it or do anything about it but there is a desperate need for a reimagining of our education system. There are changes that need to be made up and down the system but also at a foundational and fundamental level. Schools, as they are, do not prepare our children for a future in which the answers are not nearly as important as the questions; creativity and grit are essential skills; and critical thinking is a basic job requirement.
If you are an education nerd like I am, you may want to learn more about Acton Academy. It inspired me!