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Thank You and Standing Together
I want to start with a very big THANK YOU. Thank you to the faculty and staff at Yavneh for doing all you do each day in these unusual and often stressful circumstances. Thank you to the families for balancing working remotely and children learning remotely and for your commitment to being on this journey with Yavneh. Thank you to our agency partners and community members for extending graciousness and collaborating in innovative ways. Thank you to our first responders, healthcare workers, and essential working team (included in these groups are several Yavneh parents and grandparents) who are our front line heroes.

Even though we are all still figuring out our new reality, we can take a step back and refocus on the positives and look how many things are actually improving around us. Yavneh has rolled out a superb remote learning experience that has become a role model for the California Association of Independent School (CAIS) system showcasing how we continue to deliver a quality education and connective programming. The Friday afternoon Shabbat services are so touching in bringing together all of us in a visual tapestry of smiling, singing faces. Our new abundance of family time has allowed us to bond in a deeper and more meaningful way. We have also made more time to check in on friends and neighbors to see how they are doing further developing relationships as a result. Knowing that the world is sharing this experience together – we have strengthened our deep appreciation for how precious life is.

And at Yavneh, we are inspired to see the best in us is shining bright. Families are sharing tips on how to deal with stress and anxiety, how to talk to our kids about the world, and how to find emotional support when more than ever we need our community. We are helping each other with the challenges that the new normal is imposing. We will get through this and we will stand with each other the entire way.

I started with and ending this week’s message with a thank you. Thank you for all that you are doing and will continue to do to support Yavneh, family, friends, community, and colleagues during this difficult time. We know for certain that we will come out of this situation as a school and community stronger and more resilient.

Shabbat Shalom,
Arnnon Geshuri