HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal



Parents are the school’s primary clients—and often, the most difficult stakeholders to manage. Acquire wise guidance for engaging parents, turning them from clients to genuine partners in the work of the school and their children’s education. At the same time, learn tactics and strategies for working with “difficult” parents through effective policies and boundaries.

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Building the Buzz: Parents as Ambassadors for Jewish Day School

by Rebecca Egolf Sep 14, 2009

Have you kvelled over your children lately and felt a sense of pride at giving them a wonderful Jewish day school experience? Are their teachers filling their heads with more Hebrew and Judaic knowledge than you have, even though they are only in the first grade? Have you shared this with anyone else—grandparents, a neighbor, a colleague, or a friend?

What to Expect When It’s All Unexpected: Parenting a Middle Schooler

by Jeffrey Kobrin Sep 14, 2009

It is trite but nonetheless true that middle school is all about transitions. Students begin these years as children and end them as young adults. The overt chemical and physical changes that their bodies undergo during these years are complemented by (mostly) unseen mental and psychological development that brings them academically from rote memorizers to abstract thinkers and from children on playdates to teenagers on, well, dates. Indeed, one wag once commented to an audience of public school parents that “middle schoolers come to us as babies—and leave us able to have babies.” While this may scare some of us (or make us glad our children are educated somewhat more insularly), the summary is apt.

The PTO: Forging Connections at School

by Zvi Schoenburg Sep 14, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: ParentsCommunity

At the last RAVSAK conference, Dr. Alex Pomson shared with us research findings on the motivations of parents who enroll their children in our Jewish community day schools. Large numbers come in search of community. Above all else, they wish to be involved in their children’s schooling for both their children’s learning and growth and their own learning and growth.

What Parents Should Hear From Day School Leaders

by Jill Kessler Sep 14, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: ParentsLeadership

Being a teacher or administrator in a Jewish Day school at a time when Blackberries, Facebook, and Twitter prevail is not easy. It probably wasn’t easy before parents had a myriad of ways to find us, but we live in an age of instant gratification. In other words, parents want to be responded to immediately and we feel in the hot seat to do so.