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February 19, 2016

10 Adar Alef 5776

A Message From the Principal

Dear Parents,

This Motzei Shabbat, February 20th at 8:15pm, I will participate in a panel discussion at Kohelet Yeshiva High School entitled “Nurturing Emunah in our Children in the 21st Century.” In preparing for this critical event, I've been reflecting on what I've seen through the years has and hasn't worked in cultivating a strong sense of emunah in children while also reviewing the literature on the spiritual development of children. What has been particularly striking to me is the overlap between my observations in the area of nurturing faith and what I've been reading - and what I was privileged to hear last week at KYHS from Dr. Ken Ginsburg - about nurturing resilience.

A common theme that emerges from all of the above is that a parent’s (and teacher’s) ability to positively affect their child’s emotional and spiritual growth is a result of their ability to strike a balance between controlling their child and nurturing his/her independence.

How do we successfully do that?

Dr. Ginsburg suggested viewing raising our children is like a helping them with a jigsaw puzzle. We start by showing them the edges and creating the borders, which include things related to our children’s religious and moral development as well as safety and security, but the middle of the puzzle can be figured out by our children. Similarly, in “How People Learn to Become Resilient,” Dr. Emmy Werner is quoted as concluding from her research that “The resilient children saw themselves as the orchestrators of their own fates.” Creating an environment in which our children are able to make choices and are empowered to own their decisions and the effect they have nurtures their resiliency.

When it comes to emunah, we have to do a complex dance. We need to hold our children responsible for their religious observance, while at the same time creating a space in which they feel comfortable asking questions, voicing thoughts and opinions about their beliefs and practices. Additionally, we need to foster an environment where they feel empowered, inspired, and nurtured to build a relationship with Hashem.

Shabbat Shalom!

Becky Troodler

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Important Calendar Dates

Friday, February 19- 1pm Dismissal, Afternoon LM Busing

Friday, February 26- 1pm Dismissal, Afternoon LM Busing

Saturday, February 27- YLS Parent Melava Malka

Friday, March 4- 1pm Dismissal, Afternoon LM Busing

Friday, March 11- 1pm Dismissal, Afternoon LM Busing

Monday, March 14- Parent Teacher Conferences -No School

Friday, March 18- 3:00 pm Dismissal - No LM Busing

Wednesday, March 23- Ta’anit Esther, Erev Purim 1:00pm Dismissal - LM Busing

Thursday, March 24- Purim - No School