The following is a guest post by Ariella Siegel, Partnership/Admissions Coordinator at Temple Sinai/Jacobson Sinai Academy in North Miami Beach, Florida. I was not born a Jewish day school admission professional. Before taking my job, the only experience I had of Jewish day school was, well, attending JDS as a child. I began my current …Continue Reading
In my almost 14 years of working with PEJE and 42 years in the field, the answer for affordability and sustainability of our schools continues to be the same: Endowment. The great prep schools of our nation figured this out over 100 years ago and now they have endowments of hundreds of millions ensuring their …Continue Reading
Don’t look now, but there’s a growing prevalence of “ink”—on all segments of the population! Nowadays people across the age, income, education, and race spectrums sport tattoos. On TV, professional athletes in skin-revealing uniforms display muscled arms covered from wrist to shoulder. At my hair salon, mother and daughter stylists sport designs at the ankle. …Continue Reading
Sukkot is my favorite holiday. I love every aspect of the sukkah in our backyard: the construction; the seasonal foods I prepare, serve, and indulge in; the welcoming of guests; the coziness of the small space; the crisp air of the changing seasons. Because I find the themes of Sukkot to be great metaphors for life, it may not surprise you that I draw from the holiday’s core ideals in my work on MATCH.Continue Reading
Last month my 18-year-old son competed in Division 2 of the National Scrabble Tournament in Orlando, Florida. At this event, 339 players of all ages vied in five skill-based divisions. Competitors were matched 31 times over five days, with results and pairings refined after each round of play. Scrabble contestants use a clock to monitor …Continue Reading
Granted, this is a bit self-serving, but I’ll say it anyway: One of the best things that Generations offers its schools is 40 hours a year (for three years) of individualized coaching. Like most good things in life, however, getting the most out of your coach requires some assembly and a lot of planning. It …Continue Reading
Intentions are noble but what is urgent inevitably trumps what is important. We know that too well at The Agnon School in Cleveland. Fortunately, we also know that a clear vision, the proper tools, and a little bit of luck goes a long way toward achieving one’s goals. Our school opened its doors in 1969. …Continue Reading
Sooner or later, every day school professional has to deliver the Elevator Pitch.
You know, the efficient, one-minute story designed to enchant a prospective donor (or parent or Board member) into saying YES to your JDS. The problem with pitching: It’s impossible to see yourself in action. JDS pitches are usually private affairs, just between you and, say, the would-be donor. There is no footage to be reviewed in the after-game analysis. Who can remember exactly what was said, let alone how you looked or if you delivered a compelling pitch. Until now.Continue Reading
Here’s a question for all you parents of young children. Have you ever counted how many times you ask your kids to say “thank you” in any given week? I have recently established a Jedi-style eye roll that allows me to communicate with my 10-year old, reminding him to SAY THANK YOU without actually using words. Really, why is it so hard for kids to remember this simple request?Continue Reading
The Ten-Item Mantra for Board Members of Day Schools
The following is a guest-post by Barbara Maduell, a Jewish day school coach in Seattle.
1) You have the power to advance the school through leadership, confidence, clarity, and decisive action.
2) As a board leader, your main role is to expand the circle of support needed to protect and further the school’s mission. You are the natural partner with almost any potential donor within or outside the school community — current and alumni parents, grandparents, alumni and friends — and should feel comfortable representing your day school to virtually anyone.Continue Reading