In March of 2020, we finished an extraordinary celebration of Purim and made the difficult decision to move Brawerman into a virtual setting.
Equipping all students, families, and faculty with necessary technology, support, and coaching in Zoom, combined with an already existing infrastructure of Google Classroom, allowed us to maintain our academic excellence while upholding our feeling of a tightknit community.
We welcomed our Kindergarten incoming classes, our largest at both campuses in our 21 years, via personally delivered welcome bags and introduced families to our special community and administrative team.
Devising a new way to celebrate a virtual Passover, Israel’s national holidays, Shabbat, our end of year Kol HaKavod, where students get to showcase their work and projects throughout the year, and Sports Day allowed us to keep the special Brawerman feeling and important touchpoints of the year. Culminating in meaningful graduations at each campus, our classes of 2020, guided by their amazing teachers, created videos and celebrated their journeys at Brawerman in a way they will remember for their lifetimes.
Teachers created daily synchronous and asynchronous learning and invented innovative ways to conduct literacy circles, maintain math groups, social studies, and other core subjects with meaningful enhancement from our specialist content areas. Science became an opportunity for students to conduct experiments with at-home supplies and art transitioned to fundamentals in sketching and painting along with fun crafts to keep students’ creativity piqued. Keeping our bodies fit and moving, coaches Zoomed live PE, while a delightful “lunch bunch” allowed important social time for our students to connect and enjoy cross-grade free time while under the careful guidance of staff.