Chicago’s Cheder Lubavitch held a Parent-Staff Meet and Greet, drawing a diverse and impressive crowd of participants, and giving them a chance to interact with the teachers, department heads, and administration.
Inspiring. Empowering. Positive. Informative. Fun. Enlightening. Uplifting.
These are just some of the words parents and staff have used to describe Chicago’s Cheder Lubavitch Parent-Staff Meet and Greet, which drew a diverse and impressive crowd of participants.
The large room was tastefully set with a light buffet, creatively arrayed on various pieces of preschool furniture.
The evening began with a humorous and relatable talk by Rabbi Shimmy Susskind, who represented the parents in expressing gratitude toward the school and its dedicated staff for their partnership.
Dean Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf then drew inspiration and guidance for parents and educators from the sages of the Talmud and the Rebbes of Chabad, showing the importance of believing in our children and encouraging them to reach ever higher.
A fast-paced video, produced by the PTA, highlighted Cheder core values as well as what various students, parents, and staff love about being part of the Cheder family.
Then, newcomers and old-timers alike sat at the edge of their seats as they competed in a Cheder trivia game that also served to highlight some of Cheder’s impressive history and current accomplishments.
The second part of the evening was devoted to parents moving from classroom to classroom, where they heard from various department heads and administrators, including principals, Rabbi Zalman Twersky, Mrs. Elkie Wolf, Rabbi Dov Stein, Mrs. Mushkie Kosofsky and Esther Greenspan; and administrator Aliza Fox.
Parents and staff milling in the hallways perused informative booths set up by PTA, Tzivos Hashem and the Title I program.
By the night’s end, parents left with a fuller understanding of the Cheder, its vision, its staff, and their methodology, as well as bulging sacks of giveaways, brochures, and more.
“I gained so much,” said one mother following the event. “I know more about what my children can expect, what I can expect of them, and how things work. But even more importantly, I feel like a partner, working together with the school to help each student maximize his or her potential.”