June 1, 2017

Hello Parents,

We are down to the last week! I hope you and your family have enjoyed this year as much as we have.

As a school, we are in a constant state of evolution and growth as we continuously aspire to provide the best early childhood experiences possible for all of our students. It is my deep pleasure to work with so many amazing and inspiring people.  I consider myself very lucky to have found the path that led me to the AJCC and all of the incredible experiences that I have with our teaching staff on a daily basis. That being said, this year we face the unfortunate task of having to say goodbye to four of our beloved teachers as each one begins a new chapter in her life.

Two of our wonderful teachers, Mrs. Steele (room 5) and Mrs. Rosique (room 9) have decided to retire from full-time teaching. Fortunately, we convinced them both that it was a bit too early to completely leave us, and they both agreed to join our substitute teacher list.  In addition to Mrs. Steele and Mrs. Rosique’s retirements, we have two other teachers leaving the AJCC for different reasons. First, Mrs. Shahon (room 3) is leaving her teaching role to dedicate more time to her youngest child (who is moving from the AJCC to attend Kindergarten this fall) and to focus on her studies. Second, Ms. Washington (room 2) is taking a new job working for the state.

To these four amazing women, we wish you a life full of inquiry, adventure, relaxation, and fun.  Thank you for sharing your time, energy, and love with all of the families you have touched over the past years.  I know each of you inspired so many children to develop into thriving, open minded, quizzical young people who love to learn. You helped educate and potty train, offered parent support, built relationships with children and families, and most importantly, showed each child that they are capable beings and that their opinions and ideas matter. Being a teacher is one of the hardest jobs in the world and one you have all beautifully mastered.  I understand all good things must come to an end, so it is with a full and grateful heart that I wish you all the best. You will be missed more than you know. I know all of our families join me in wishing all of you a warm and heartfelt farewell.

As always, ensuring your child is well taken care of and receiving the best educational environment is of the utmost importance to all us.  We are so fortunate to have an incredible staff full of dedicated men and women who are continually pursuing growth opportunities in early childhood education and that others from the community who are looking for pre-schools find the Alpert JCC’s ECE program a desirable place to work.  Although changes like these can be difficult, they do open up possibilities for others to step into full-time teaching roles.  We are very excited for these teachers to have this opportunity, and we look forward to their new ideas, enthusiasm, and eagerness as we continue to build a great ECE team!

My best to you all for a wonderful summer. We look forward to seeing you!