We have the staff of OJCS to thank
Thank you for taking those extra steps to help our family feel so welcome in the school community. As you may know, moving schools (and cities) is challenging, and the children have been going through the emotional ups and downs of leaving familiar friendships (and routines) while encountering new faces and a new school culture. The transition has gone fairly well, and we have the staff of OJCS to thank. Particularly, you [Jenn] and Ellie have really made an impression on all of us - your warmth, kindness, and welcoming dispositions are very much appreciated! Thank you!
By and large, the children have had a deeply positive experience thus far, and are (for the most part) adjusting. As a parent, I have been very impressed by the level of vulnerability expressed by teachers and staff in public forums, such as blogs and online posts. In leadership, vulnerability reflects both authenticity and responsibility, and allows for others to actively live out their own process of learning, i.e., theorizing, making mistakes, making adjustments, and succeeding. As a parent, and community member, I am struck - indeed, humbled, by the level of transparency and willingness by members of the OJCS team to own their learning journeys (as learners, teachers, and community members). It is an excellent example, one which I am thrilled to see modelled at the elementary school level.
Ottawa Jewish Community School, OJCS