The Early Childhood Centers had a year like no other, and when reflecting on the successes that came about because of the pandemic, it is clear that there is so much we have gained. Starting with the children…they have shown us how resilient they are. Children came to school with their masks on, laughing, socializing, playing, learning, and exploring with their peers while adhering to all COVID-19 safety protocols. The children investigated why clouds move, how they believe the eye works, and how shade is created.
Our teachers, the true superheroes, have grown in so many positive ways. Our Glazer and Mann staff collaborated during biweekly curriculum meetings on Zoom, creating new bonds and exchanging fantastic ideas that enhanced classroom learning environments.
Our parent body has been phenomenal, and our Parent Association presidents and their committees held numerous meetings to reimagine and create COVID-19-friendly events to bring our community together virtually. Party Book virtual events included a flower-arrangement class, a cooking class, yoga, and virtual game nights. Socials were held on Zoom, and our first Giving Campaign was very successful. The Jewish Family Celebrations committee put together a beautiful Shabbat Box Making event with bake-at-home challah.
The Directors also found innovative methods, such as Brightwheel, to maintain communication and partnership with families while parents were not on campus. While COVID-19 made it such a challenging year in myriad ways, we embraced the community of parents, children, and administrators who worked together for our children.