Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents,
I can’t believe we are in our 5th week of school! The halls are already buzzing with the depth of learning and fresh spirit at Akiva. The Kindergartners are singing in Hebrew, a language completely new to most of them, and our 5th and 6th graders have begun preparing the garden for the first plant of the school year. I have received my first letter from a student sharing ideas to help improve Akiva; I love the investment Akiva fosters in our students. Our Parents Night was a huge success with participation and collaboration by almost every parent and faculty/staff member, and our school had its first field trip to the Clay Lady Studios. (Thank you to the Friedman family for sponsoring this experience!)

As we look to the new year, please join me in welcoming Michelle Mandico to the Akiva faculty. Michelle will be our librarian as well as front office support, welcoming in each child at the start of the day. Michelle grew up in Colorado Springs, received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Gifted Education from the University of Denver. Michelle impressed us with her ability to quickly connect with the children and to meet them where they are at. Welcome, Michelle!

This coming week, on Wednesday evening, I will be leading our first mini-committee on Parent-School communication. Our goal is to think through how best to communicate with parents and families. If you have anything you would like me to bring to this committee, please email or call before Wednesday, September 21st as all suggestions and feedback are welcome.

On the one hand the year still feels new. There is no better month for this newness than the Hebrew month of Elul. In this month we prepare for the High Holidays, with much time spent reflecting on the past. Interestingly enough, this past is not the major focus for Rosh HaShanah. Rather, to truly honor (and at times, even mend) the past, we first have a responsibility to look to the future.

This future is what you, as parents, share with us. This future is what the Akiva community helps to secure. The newness that we feel at the start of the year is grounded in the spirit of continuously building on and expanding the success of our students, families, staff, and community. That is the Akiva way.
To a year with a renewed spirit that is firmly rooted in our strong past and committed to looking and building for our future.

Shabbat Shalom,
Daniella