Due to the current National and NYS contagion restrictions, The Maimonides Hebrew Day School remains closed along with the rest of the Albany School District, but staff and students continue to teach and learn online for the last 3 weeks!
Both Judaic and secular departments transitioned to a robust remote learning program, thanks to our highly dedicated teachers, students and families utilizing the latest in computer Technology. Our students are currently following classes from home, especially preparing for the Passover holiday and learning about the Seder and the Haggadah details.
Even more important than the specific classroom lessons, this on-line school mode provides the children with a familiar sense of calm and continuity that is so crucial in these seemingly uncertain and unsettling times.
Some tech tweaks had to be made, but overall, the system worked much better than expected, thanks to the resilience and flexibility of all our teachers and students, who are functioning successfully under trying circumstances.
Sixth grade and up through High School are using the platforms of ZOOM, Google Suite Classroom; Meet, and Conference calls. Younger grade students have a selection of packets and books, with additional online resources and teacher interactions.
On Thursday, Rosh Chodesh Nisan, we used ZOOM to experience a school wide Rosh Chodesh Assembly, as well as several other communal zoom sessions.
Our weekly MC “Maimonides Community” four-page Newsletter with teacher and student input and reporting was also created online!
As good as technology can be, all Maimonides staff and students (and parents) look forward to the end of this Coronavirus situation, for the resumption of regular classes in our good old building on Partridge St. We wish the entire community, all of Israel and the whole wide world a very safe and Healthy, Happy and Kosher Passover!