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Rabbi Scheinerman Final Newsletter 2012

Dear Parents, Since this is the last week of Mrs. Sheehan serving as the NEAT General Studies Principal, I have reserved my usual column for her closing remarks.

“Wow,” is all I can say to describe the hard work of the many individuals who produced such a beautiful dinner for three special honorees. When I returned to work on Monday, I had already received much positive feedback about the dinner through phone calls and emails. People commented that the food was delicious, the ambience was lovely and the videos were picture-perfect, but the main sentiment was of the tremendous bond and feeling of closeness that the community feels for Mrs. Sheehan. It was a bittersweet evening as we bade farewell to the Barrs and Mrs. Sheehan, who have made such a big difference in the education of our children.

The Torah tells us that when a great Jewish leader leaves the town, the impact is felt by everyone. While Mrs. Sheehan does not classify as a great Jewish leader, she does qualify as a great leader and her loss will be felt by her students and the school. In her firm, fair and friendly manner, Mrs. Sheehan set high standards for her students. At the dinner, Ms. Amy Levine said that Mrs. Sheehan knew how to give the “dragon look,” but beneath that look was a tremendous amount of love and care for each and every student. As we complete the school year, we look forward to next year and to the arrival of the new NEAT General Studies Principal, Mrs. Laurie Silverman. I am confident that she will maintain and build upon the tremendous foundation that Mrs. Sheehan created for NEAT.

As the school year draws to a close, I want to wish all of our students and teachers and their families an enjoyable and relaxing summer vacation. We encourage any parents who have concerns and ideas to please call for an appointment so we can process these ideas as we prepare for a new and exciting school year. I extend wishes of mazel tov to the PHDS and NEAT graduating classes. We wish you much bracha and hatzlacha as you move on to seminary, NEAT and high schools and yeshivos across the country.

I look back on a wonderful year of partnership between the administration, teachers and students as we all worked together toward a common goal. As I mentioned at the dinner, the exciting educational and social programs that your children experienced this year are too numerous to list, but I encourage you to go to the newsletter section of our website, review our weekly newsletters and see for yourselves.

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Peretz Scheinerman

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