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Akiba Atmosphere 3.0

Dear Parents,  This Shabbat, the first Shabbat after Passover, some have the custom of making Challah in the shape of a key. This is called Shlissel (yiddish for "key") Challah, which, for among other reasons, is created for good fortune and livelihood. While this may not be a custom for many of us, it is certainly our wish that as we return to Akiba Atmosphere on Monday we do so with health and good fortune.  While we are so grateful to those teachers and staff that kept Akiba Atmosphere running over Passover and Spring break, we have missed seeing all of our students each day on Zoom. We are so excited to see all of them this Monday and we put together this short video sharing those feelings.  Click here to watch While we wished we would be seeing our students in person soon, today Governor Pritzker announced that in-person learning will be suspended for the rest of the school year. However, we have been preparing for this as it appeared an inevitable next step in continuing to bend the curve of COVID-19 and we look forward to rolling out Akiba Atmosphere 3.0 on Monday. Please note that Monday will not be a regular day of school as we will be focusing on easing everyone back into a routine with group check ins and support.  During the break, staff and administration met multiple times, prepared for our return and continued to refine and tweak how Akiba Atmosphere will function for the duration of the school year. These adjustments are meant to be in service of the children and the parents in regard to ongoing support, easier access and organization as well as continued meaningful and engaging learning under these unusual circumstances. On Sunday, new schedules and details about Akiba Atmosphere 3.0 will be emailed out and, of course, we will not stop refining and adjusting to meet you and your children's needs. Please note that there will be a Grade School parent information session Sunday night with Ms. Kass (click here) at 8pm and a Preschool parent information session at 8pm with Carla Goldberg (click here). On Monday at 9:30am, we will also be hosting a casual Coffee and Conversation with Grade School parents (click here) and one for Preschool parents (click here) as another way to connect and stay connected.  We are also working hard on ensuring our regular special programs for days like Yom Hoshoah, Yom Haatzmaut, Lag Baomer/Color War and Graduation to name a few are experienced meaningfully even if different than in years past. We will provide more details on Sunday and as they are available.  As many of us are holding deep feelings of fear or loss for friends and family impacted by COVID-19, we send our love and support for you and your families. We know that many of us are also holding stress and anxiety over the day to day of being home, while working or looking for work and managing all that comes along with that. Know that we will continue to be here to support you. Please click here to access our Corona Chesed form if you need or can provide help.  We have also been overwhelmed by the kind words, notes, emails and show of support we have received since we began Akiba Atmosphere. It means the world to us and it propels us forward to do everything in our power to provide a sense of connection, learning, meaning and community while we remain out of the building. Thank you.  May this Shabbat truly be a sign of good fortune for all of us and we look forward to sending you more details on Sunday and seeing all of our students on Monday! Shabbat Shalom!  Sincerely, 

Dr. Eliezer Jones               Miriam Kass                    Carla Goldberg  Head of School         Grade School Principal     Early Childhood Director

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