We hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the latter part of summer! We have been very busy at school this summer. Some of the activity on campus has included setting up new offices, building a Maker's Lab, rearranging and cleaning classrooms, planning new curriculum and initiatives, hiring new teachers, and getting ready for two weeks of faculty in-service days in August. We can't believe how quickly the weeks have passed, and are feeling excited to welcome in the new school year!
We are writing to you with important dates and information for the upcoming first days of school, and updates with faculty and staff.
Welcome to Tehiyah!
We have a lot of new people to welcome to Tehiyah this year! In the administration you have already been introduced to Andy Hess, our new Assistant Head of School/ Director of Academic Excellence and Maureen Krantz our new Director of Admissions. We also want to welcome our new CFO, Keith Palmer. Keith comes to Tehiyah from having worked at three previous schools in San Francisco and most recently in Seattle.
We are thrilled to welcome back Elise Prowse as a Middle School math teacher. For those new to Tehiyah, Elise has been an integral part of the Tehiyah faculty since 1990. In her tenure here she held many positions including Math and Science teacher, Middle School Head, and Interim Head of School.
We also welcome four fabulous new teachers this year! First, in Kindergarten we want to introduce Liz Kaufman as the General Studies teacher. Liz comes to us with a wealth of experience in Jewish early childhood education and is also a master gardener. Most recently she was the Early Childhood Director at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. Next, in Third grade we welcome Alethea Roche, a progressive educator and lover of literature and the arts, who joins us from the Presidio Hill School in San Francisco. In Fifth grade, seasoned teacher (and Tehiyah parent) Jess Login joins us as the new General Studies teacher, after teaching in the Berkeley Unified School District for many years and supervising and coaching new teachers through Mills College and UC Berkeley. Finally, we are thrilled to have Helaine Reiner join our team as the science teacher for 5th through 8th grades. Helaine is a lover of nature and comes to us from the science department at Hebrew Academy in San Francisco. To learn more about our new administrators and faculty click on their names to see their bios.
First Day of School
The first day of school is on Monday, August 28th. The school day begins at 8:20 am with Modeh Ani in the courtyard. Please make sure your child arrives on time the first day and everyday to participate in Modeh Ani with their class. Parents are invited to join us for an informal parent nosh in the library after dropping students at their classrooms. This is a good time to meet new people, see familiar faces, and get those carpools set!
Please note the following upcoming dates: · August 20th from 11:00-3:00: Community work party · August 25th from 2:00-4:00: "Meet and Greet" in classrooms · August 25th from 3:00-4:00: New family orientation · August 28th: First day of school · September 7th: Back to School Night
For Bridge-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Only: · August 20th: Welcome picnic at Tassajara Park BK from 2:00- 4:00 K from 3:00- 5:00
This year there will be a slight schedule change. This new schedule is actually a return to what the schedule used to be at Tehiyah for many years. The school day will continue to start at 8:20 with Modeh Ani, however, the end times are slightly different. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays school will now end at 3:30. This will allow for more instructional time on these days as well as an additional afternoon recess for grades 1-4. On Wednesdays, school will have early dismissal at 2:30, which is a common practice at most public and independent schools. The faculty will use this time to convene for professional development and collaboration every Wednesday. This time is essential to truly embrace and implement the Bridge to the Future, and plan all of our new and exciting initiatives. TAP will be available on Wednesday afternoons for all students.
Another exciting schedule change that you will find out more about in the upcoming weeks is our implementation of Project Based Learning (PBL). Middle School students will have three block periods of PBL on Wednesdays where they will be working on interdisciplinary, collaborative projects. In the Primary (BK-2nd grade) and Elementary (3rd-5th grade) divisions students will have two periods on Wednesday afternoon for activities such as PBL, outdoor education/ gardening, and service learning. Stay tuned for more information about our special Wednesday schedule!
We wish each of you the best as we look to begin our school year together. Thank you for giving Tehiyah the opportunity to teach and care for your children. We look forward to seeing you all soon!