Our Children have Surpassed Us

We have an incredible school. I saw this again and again in so many moments in the first week of the 2018-2019 school year. One experience, however, stands out from the rest.
יפה כח הבן מכח האב (מנחות סג ע"ב)
Our children have surpassed us (Talmud Menachot)
 
We have an incredible school. I saw this again and again in so many moments in the first week of the 2018-2019 school year. One experience, however, stands out from the rest.
 
On the third day of school, I was on my way to check on our newly-minted kindergarteners, when one of our middle school science teachers Ms. Arak called me over to hear from three seventh graders - Max, Korin, and Adam. These boys were pouring over pictures of Adam’s rock and mineral collection (see image below), calling out names of stones foreign to me – calcite, hiddenite, wulfenite, barite, watermelon tourmaline. With every image and every correct identification, they became more and more enthusiastic, cheering for each other with passion I have only heard rivaled at Dodger Stadium. Ms. Arak peppered them with questions about chemical compounds, and they responded confidently and accurately as they bounced into the classroom to show me Korin’s collection. The boys oohed and aahed over how “gemmy” the collection was (a technical term according to them), and Korin (who for the record joined our School as a 6thgrader) proudly shared he acquired this collection for free because the Israeli merchant at the gem show was so impressed with his proficient Hebrew. Somewhere between learning that malachite and azurite have the same elements but different amounts of carbon and oxygen and learning that the quality of gems is determined by the potency of their color, I realized that all of this outpouring of earth science euphoria was happening during lunch. I asked the boys (who for the sake of the full picture are three very cool, socially savvy, typical middle schoolers) how often they spend lunch with Ms. Arak. “As often as we can, of course. We are obsessed,” Max said.
 
The content of the conversation was so over my head, I actually had to go back into the science lab today to clarify with our young scientists. It turns out the whole class could not wait to give me a mini-lesson on earth science (see picture below).
 
When we talk about our core value of Talmud Torah/Academic Excellence, this story is what we mean—passionate, inquisitive, analytical, motivated learners.
 
Shabbat Shalom,
 
Sarah Shulkind, Ed. D
Head of School
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Lainer School is a private Jewish day school in Los Angeles, serving students in Early Childhood through Grade 8. We also offer a variety of parenting classes and programs for children through our Parenting Center

10400 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles CA 90024
310 475 6401

A Sinai Temple School

formerly called Sinai Akiba Academy