Jewish High Holidays

Dear Faculty/Staff/Parents/Students:

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

As we begin 2015-2016 school year, I would like to remind everyone of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays.

In 2015, the Rosh Hashanah holiday observance begins at sundown on the evening of Sunday, 9/13 and ends Tuesday nightfall, 9/15. 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 Sunday evening, 9/13 and will be absent on Monday, 9/14. Many will continue to observe on Tuesday, 9/15. Teachers may assign homework to be completed Friday, 9/11 and Saturday, 9/12 which may be due Wednesday, 9/16. Scheduling of school tests and quizzes should be avoided on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. For student absences to be “Absent Excused” students should submit a parent note either before the holiday or on the first day of return to school.

On Wednesday, 9/23 there is no school for students and staff in recognition of Yom Kippur. The holiday begins at sundown on Tuesday, 9/22 and ends nightfall on Wednesday, 9/23. Students will be fasting and attending services Tuesday evening and on Wednesday until sundown, after which there is a traditional “break fast” meal. There should be no assigned school work beginning Tuesday, 9/22 through Wednesday, 9/23 or make-up work due Thursday, 9/24. Students should be given ample opportunity to make up work they have missed during their absence(s) for both religious observances.

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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