Feliz Rosh Hashanah

Seems funny that a school that's 80% Hispanic and 16% Black needs two days off for Rosh Hashanah, but I'm obviously not complaining. I'm more than happy to have two days off to recharge and catch up on lesson planning without the problems of finding a sub or using up sick days. The rabbi at services last night compared Rosh Hashanah to the beginning of a new school year - nervousness, anticipation and a chance to start over and do better. The major difference I see from the teaching perspective is I have to be reflecting each day on what went wrong and what I can do better as opposed to once a year. Still, there's something to be said for a religion that builds in holidays to reflect on everything you're doing wrong with your life and give you a chance to start over. Reflections and observations on my new 4th graders to come...


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