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Yesterday, I received a note signed by “The fifth grade girls.” It was a very polite and well-written request that the school try to schedule recess so that fewer students are in the gym at a given time. I love getting student petitions, protests, and notes such as these! In fact, I save them.

Being able to provide an education for every Jewish child is a core part of the mission of RPRY. Receiving a Jewish education is a gift, but it is also a right.

This past week we had parent-teacher conferences.

As many of you may remember from an email I sent to parents in May, RPRY has a Dress Code Committee that has been hard at work examining our current policy and making plans for improvements.

I have often heard it said that our Torah is unique: unlike in other disciplines such as science or literature, nine-year-olds and ninety-nine-year-olds all learn from the same Chumash.

In this week’s parsha, Hashem promises Avram that his children will be like the stars in the sky (15:5). Each star shines with its own unique brilliance, and that is true of RPRY students as well. One of the realities that enriches RPRY is that our student population is quite diverse. This is true in many ways:

I have been thinking a lot about tefilah lately. I began writing this article a few weeks ago, after Rosh Hashana, during Selichot, before Yom Kippur and Sukkot. I was spending a lot of time in shul!

What a busy week it has been! It was very nice to see many of you at our Back To School Nights, where you had an opportunity to meet our special, talented and dedicated teachers. The feedback has been wonderful.

Hakarat Hatov – being thankful – is a foundational Jewish value, and is RPRY’s theme for the 5778 school year.