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Atmosphere Update 3/20/20

Dear Parents and Staff -


I wrote the other week about needing Shabbat more than ever and this week I need it even more. This has been a challenging week for so many of us. I know the idea of relaxing seems foreign and, yet, I hope and pray all of us find a moment this Shabbat and weekend to count the blessings from this unusual week.

For me, many of the blessings I will be counting will be the Akiba teachers and staff. We have been overwhelmed by positive feedback on our efforts to make sure our children are connected and still learning. Thank you! I am generally impressed, as I know you are, with the Akiba educators. However, if you could have seen what I saw in the days leading up to the closure, through the launch of Akiba Atmosphere and the work that has gone into the learning this week, well you would likely find yourself in tears of awe like I have had more than once. Thank you Akiba teachers and staff! Thank you parents for your support as we remain dedicated to continuing to make this work for your children and you as parents. Thank you students who show up everyday ready and willing to learn and grow. Thank you Akiba-Shechter!

Some important updates:

School Closed Through April 20th As you may have heard yesterday, unfortunately the mandated closure for all schools will be through April 20th with classes resuming on the 21st. For us, this currently means we will have school remotely one more week than the original mandate and then have Passover break. We hope and pray this is the last extension of the closure. Updates to the Akiba Atmosphere Site:

New Corona Chesed Page (Under Support menu) We have added a form for anyone who needs some assitance and for anyone that is able to provide some assistance. Please click here to use the form.

New Parsha Page (under Non-Live Classes menu) We have added a new Parsha page for the weekly Torah Portion. This week is a video that links to a story for Kindergarten, a Parsha project for the grade school and a D’Var Torah podcast from me. Click here to access.

There are also some new resources and more coming to the Family Resources page including a new fitness section! Thank you Dr. Amanda Lorenz for sending them our way. Please click here to access.

Please enjoy the Kibitzer which is unlike any in the history of Akiba. However, while learning is happening remotely, one thing remains true. We teach children, not subjects and will continue to be led by our vaules in Akiba Atmosphere.

Shabbat Shalom,


Dr. Eliezer Jones

Head of School

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