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Welcome from HBHA's Director of Admissions

Greetings from Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy! I hope you are ready to learn more about all that awaits your student(s) at HBHA! 

Tamara Lawson Schuster
Director of Admissions

 

During these unusual times, there is no better time to consider sending your student to HBHA, where they will benefit from our cyclical learning model, which rotates between in-person and virtual learning weeks to ensure academic success, social-emotional well-being and growth of our students, while also mitigating the risk of COVID-19 and keeping our school community safe. During virtual learning, our classes meet regularly to keep students and teachers connected. Note: When local gating criteria allows, our K-4 students are in-person every week.

I’d first like to begin with a word about how HBHA has adapted since March 2020:

  • As schools abruptly closed to in-person learning in March 2020, HBHA turned to distance learning in a matter of days, starting our distance learning model just two days after we closed the physical building. 
  • Since day one, HBHA’s distance learning model incorporated engaging daily classes and activities, allowing our students to grow academically and maintain some semblance of normalcy in their daily lives. As always, HBHA teachers are available for meetings and one-on-one support as needed. 
  • This daily interaction enabled our teaching and student services teams to monitor and provide (as needed) social-emotional support to ensure the well-being of each student. 

Throughout the changes, we have learned a great deal about what works and how to best support our students - academically, socially and emotionally - and we continue to adjust our learning models to maximize student learning. Today, we continue on as the same mission-driven school that cares about our students, our families and our community. To ensure the health and well-being of our community, we have embarked on a unique cyclical learning model, in which students rotate between in-person and virtual learning weeks. By alternating the schedule, we are working to provide direct, in-person time in the classroom, while mitigating the risks involved with COVID-19. Learn more about our (orange) cyclical learning model here.

I invite you to visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for a peek inside what’s happening during virtual and in-person learning weeks: from virtual field trips to all-school spirit weeks to at-home cooking classes ... some conducted all in Hebrew.  

HBHA is nimble, innovative and has intimate class sizes. Whatever the future holds, HBHA is planning ahead and ready to quickly adapt - as needed - to support our students’ learning and growth. We are here to scaffold the social and emotional connections all children and teens so badly need at this time. And we do all of this while fulfilling our mission to provide a Jewish values-based learning community. 

We invite you to explore all that HBHA has to offer!

All the best,
Tamara Lawson Schuster
Director of Admissions
913.327.8135 | tschuster@hbha.edu

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