Observance of Rosh Hashanah Holiday

9/18/2014

Dear Faculty/Staff/Parents/Guardians/Students:

I hope everyone has had a successful start to the year.

As we begin 2014-2015 school year, I would like to remind everyone of the upcoming Jewish holidays.

In 2014, the Rosh Hashanah holiday observance begins at sundown on the evening of Wednesday, 9/24, continues through Thursday, 9/25, and ends Friday, 9/26. It is important to note that observances during the day typically include synagogue services followed by family gatherings. Virtually all Jewish students and staff members will begin observing on Wednesday evening and will be absent on Thursday, the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Some will be absent in observance of the second, Friday, as well. For student absences to be excused, students should submit a parent note to the main office by the holiday on Wednesday, 9/24.

Therefore, scheduling of school tests and quizzes should be avoided for Thursday and Friday and no homework should be due on those days. Students should be given ample opportunity to make up work they have missed during their absence(s) for religious observances. It is fine to give students assignments over the weekend due on Monday, 9/29.

I would like to thank everyone in advance for being sensitive and accommodating to our families during these holy days.

Sincerely,

Mr. Richards, Principal

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