A Few Words from Bud
Bud shares his pride in our students as well as some thoughts on school safety.
Proud of our Students Part 1
A big Mazal Tov shout out to our Middle School students who put on an incredible production of Norton Juster’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth. I know and love this book well (I have a first edition from my childhood that Mr. Juster signed for my son in Amherst a number of years ago). If you don’t know the book, it’s a great one to share with your middle school-aged child. It’s all about language!
Our kids did a phenomenal job of acting, lighting and sound coordination, set design and construction, costume creation, and more. I love how much ownership of the process that Bonnie Goldberg, Theater Director, and Michael Finke, Technical Theater Manager encourage in our students. This kind of experiential learning is deeply important for kids. Being part of a collaborative effort, handling the stress of performance, and dealing with mishaps is all part of a great learning process. Kudos to Bonnie and Michael and our incredible students.
Proud of our Students Part 2
Tova Speter and Yarden Fanta from the Jewish Arts Collaborative led a powerful workshop with about 20 of our middle schoolers this week on the theme of “Light in our lives”. Rashi was one of eight schools that participated in a collaborative art project that will be displayed at the MFA on the evening of December 5. Thank you to Jen and to Joni who helped us work through the logistics.
As Tova and Yarden were leaving, they commented that Rashi students stood out for their poise, respectfulness, and genuine connection to the project.
Safety and Security
Out of sight is not necessarily out of mind. I continue to lead a small group that is working to improve our safety systems, protocols, and infrastructure. Bruce Boyd, Director of Facilities and I recently spent part of a morning with the Dedham police. In the coming weeks, they will be here again at a faculty meeting and, after the first of the year, we will initiate a lockdown drill.
It is clear to me that while we need to continue to prepare for worst-case scenarios, the statistical likelihood of serious injury is far more likely in our parking lot. Please:
- Drive slowly in our lot and obey the traffic pattern at all times
- Put your car in park when you are dropping off children in our circle. Many families have children open the rear trunk and therefore are directly in front of a car. Putting your car in park will ensure that a child does not get pinned by accident.
- Please refrain from using your cell phone when driving on campus. That text can wait. Please be a good role model for our children.