My first-born daughter was welcomed into the Associated Hebrew Schools family 11 years ago, as was I. Nursery was a big move for both of us and we were eager to meet new people, learn new things, and be a part of this wonderful Jewish day school community. Since that time, my two sons also began school at Associated, and even my husband became involved, volunteering at the board level; it was a true family affair! Associated has welcomed us with open arms, and we, in turn, have embraced the school, doing our small part in making this a great school.
Over the years, many moms (and some dads, too) have asked me, "How do I get involved?" I remember being greeted warmly by the class mom of my daughter's nursery class in Kamin's Bet Hayeled and asking that very same question. Little did I know that by simply asking this question to someone who already was involved, I had just opened the door! What I have learned since is that there are ALWAYS volunteer opportunities, at the classroom, branch, and school-wide levels, and there are so many wonderful, dedicated, warm, strong people with whom you work side by side. Not only do we volunteers have the ability to contribute to our school and to make a valuable impact on our children's learning environment, but we have the precious opportunity to meet, work with, and befriend wonderful people who share our values, our interests, and our commitment to our school. As well, we get to teach our children some vital lessons in community service, that helping others and working together is very, very important, and that working towards enriching their academic environment is what's most important of all.
Past President Jodi Gottesman encouraged me to move up and to continue on with PTC. Outgoing President Tracy Zepp, who has led the PTC over the past two years, has worked closely with me throughout this time and has been an invaluable mentor. The strong leadership, dedication, and hard work of these ladies has been exemplary and I am honoured and humbled to be following in their footsteps. I thank them and the others in the PTC who have given me the kavod of filling the position of PTC President for the upcoming term.
The PTC not only provides an army of volunteers for all three branches of Associated, but is also a major fundraising arm of the school. I am excited and proud to be embarking on this next journey as President of the Parent Teacher Council, and feel privileged to be working with such a wonderful group of parents, teachers and administrators. I see the PTC as an open organization, welcoming all who wish to join us in our mission. Together, we will accomplish great things!
With warm regards,