Dear Kadimah families:
Shalom! Welcome back to another exciting year of Jewish learning, Hebrew and Judaic Studies at The Park School of Buffalo, through our innovative Kadimah Scholars program.
It’s been a while since we’ve all communicated together, and even longer since we all gathered and saw one another. But we are looking forward to reuniting as a kehillah (community) very soon.
We have been actively planning for the coming year and are hopeful for a normal learning environment once again – or as close to it as possible. The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the first two years of our wonderful new program, and we are eager to get back to the full potential of what this partnership can offer our students, our families and our community. Currently, anyone who is vaccinated can be allowed to come onto Park’s 34-acre campus in Amherst while wearing a mask. We are looking forward to hosting parents, guest speakers and other visitors, as well as special programs like our annual Chanukah party. We plan to celebrate the High Holy Days on campus, and put up our Sukkah on the lawn, just as we did in our first few months in 2019, before the pandemic. And that’s just the start.
This year, we also are partnering more closely with our community’s rabbinic leadership, bringing in rabbis and Jewish educators from across the spectrum to teach our students and enrich our program, particularly the supplemental afterschool component that we were unable to do for the past 18 months. Should Covid-19 conditions change and prevent visitors to campus, this can also be adapted for remote learning if needed, so that our efforts can continue uninterrupted.
As a reminder, the afterschool session is held once a week, and is a mandatory part of the Kadimah Scholars program, to enhance what we are able to provide during the regular school day. Also, we hope to once again start every school day with morning prayers. Please watch your email for updates in the coming weeks as more details will be forthcoming. Remember that this is an expectation for all Kadimah Scholars as part of the program.
You are all an essential part of Kadimah’s success, and we need you to take an active role in what we do. We want to hear from you, to get your feedback and suggestions on how to make this even better. And we need your help as well, including your participation in our planning and leadership, to help us raise money for scholarships and programs, to market and promote what we do, and to find and recruit more families to join us. So as we work to plan for the 2021-2022 school year, we would love to know when you and your family are available to volunteer, and what you are willing and able to help with. Please fill out the form found here:
Once again, on behalf of your Board of Trustees, your Kadimah teachers, and your community, welcome back to your school family.
Ze Katan Alienu
We want to acknowledge that this video was possible thanks to a grant from the Buffalo Jewish federation along with the Yom Haatzmaut lunch and another collaboration project between 5-10 grade students and seniors in our community.
This video shows the collaboration we have in Park between Kadimah Scholars’ students and the Park community. This project was possible thanks to the great support and enthusiasm of students and staff who put their time and effort into it.
We hope you enjoy it!