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Insights from the Intersection of Childhood and Education

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

When I Am 100 Years Old

To celebrate the number 100 and their upcoming 100th Day of School Celebration, our Kindergartners have been looking at the number 100 in many different ways. One highlight of their study was asking, "What will I look like when I'm 100 years old? What will I be doing?"

They discussed in groups what someone might look like when they're 100 years old, what they might be doing, and how they would be feeling. They found out that some of the children actually knew someone who was 100 years old.

Then the children created self portraits of what they think they will look like when they're 100 years old.

Most important, of course, would be to be alive at 100!

Hm, really?

Wrinkles, for sure!

  Teeth or the lack thereof were a major characteristic... was walking with a stick.

White hair like that would be great at 100!

Now here's a guy who's going to be unusual at 100: collecting fancy shoes!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Snow and Akiba's Many Communities

by Dr. Eliezer Jones
Head of School

Akiba on Sunday, February 11, 2018

I know what many of you are thinking: I am from California, so of course, I called a Snow Day last Friday. That is understandable, and I am not going to lie. Every time I see two or more flurries softly descending from the heavens, I worry if I have enough bottled water and canned goods in the pantry. However, luckily I also have a great team at Akiba, and as we reviewed the weather reports, spoke with our bus company, other schools, and parents, we came up with various options to address all possibilities. Closing school is the last thing we want to do, but I am grateful that my team remained focused on doing what is best for our students and staff in this situation. I also want to thank the mysterious board member who showed up at my house and plowed my driveway. If that is not a sign of board support, I don't know what is!

Onto a warmer topic! On a recent Shabbos, I had the privilege of being in the Lakeview community for Rafi Nagorsky's Bar Mitzvah. I got to daven at Anshe Sholom for the first time with some of our families, spend time with more of our families at Anshe Emet, and experience that which makes our school one of a kind. First, Rafi, if you are reading this, you did a fantastic job! Your davening was inspiring, your laining (reading of the Torah) was perfection, and your speech was meaningful, funny and expertly delivered. Second, I was overwhelmed by all the Akiba students, teachers and families that were there to share in the Simcha (celebration). One might think that because we attract students from all over Chicago that we are only a community at school. As evidenced by that Shabbos, this could not be further from the truth. We come together every day from different communities and backgrounds to learn together in one school, and we come together as one to celebrate and support each other outside of school as well. This is not just an Akiba value, but a Jewish value. It is a value that is clear Rafi and his family share as well as so many of us at Akiba. May we all continue to celebrate and support each other in school and beyond!