In September 2019, when we embarked on our 25th year with celebrations and programs to mark this important milestone in Senesh’s history, we never could have predicted how the school year was going to proceed. Spring 2020 turned out to be an unprecedented time, not only for our community, but for the entire world.
When we closed our physical location in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our teachers and staff immediately came together to create a dynamic distance learning model, while maintaining our mission: Rooted in Jewish values and wisdom, we foster a love of learning guided by intellectual curiosity and social responsibility in a vibrant and inclusive K-8 independent school community.
Parents and families engaged in our new learning model with dedication and perseverance while also juggling new ways of living and working. Together, our entire community embraced a new way of life. Thanks to our committed parents, dedicated staff, curious children, and engaged community, our strong sense of purpose wove itself through all that we did.
In May, with the unjust murder of George Floyd, our world was confronted with the reality of the racial injustice and bias that plague our country. Not surprisingly, our community came together in support and pledged to do better in addressing injustice and inequity.
Building empathy, encouraging acceptance, eliminating intolerance, and valuing difference are Jewish values that are an essential part of a Senesh education. We teach our children to not only ask tough questions, but to become upstanders in the community and take action to make positive change in the world.
At Senesh, we guide our students to develop strong and meaningful Jewish identities and become responsible citizens of the world. Year after year, Senesh graduates go on to highly regarded high schools, colleges, and gap year programs. Our alumni have established careers, are becoming profound leaders and changemakers, and are raising children of their own (future Senesh students). Throughout any challenges we’ve faced, our sense of community remains stronger than ever.
As we move into the future with some uncertainty, what IS certain is that no matter the circumstances, we will always maintain the vision, mission and values that drive us ever forward.
Head of School