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Student Voice and Agency

On October 8th, I was joined by six students for a candid and wide-ranging conversation on Kehillah's culture and values.  As these students shared reflections on their own experiences, I was struck by the frequency with which the themes of...

Welcome to the Community Connections Portal

Click the button below to register for Lunch Lounge. TUES, 12-1PM {{ vc_btn: title=Lunch+Lounge&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fzoom.us%252Fmeeting%252Fregister%252FtJMscOCurTgjH9ZmI0G-NlFxMxrXT9fKfMWS%2520%7C%7C%7C }} Click the button below to register for Couchside Coffee. THUR, 9-10AM {{ vc_btn: title=Couchside+Coffee&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fzoom.us%252Fmeeting%252Fregister%252FtJAlf-ugrz4vHdAa5Zloxt0yR81-np4grtg0%7C%7C%7C }} Notes from our 10/17/20 Conversation Tuesday’s Lunch Lounge was sparsely...

Kehillah B’Yachad Wednesday Grade-Level Programming

Each Wednesday two grade levels will have an opportunity to meet on campus. Wednesdays will begin with 30 minutes of time for the class to do grade specific programming, and then the students will have the remaining 60 minutes to...

Fever-Free App Information

Download the Fever Free App at the Apple Store or on Google Play:     How to submit a Health Check: Open the Fever Free app and tap "Submit Health Check" at the top of the screen. Grant camera and...

eNews Update 10/9/2020

Kehillah Students National Merit Recognition for 2020 It is with great pride that we celebrate these outstanding individuals! Our National Merit Semi-Finalist: Julia Isaac Our National Merit Commended Students: Ilan Eisenberg Daniel Mendelevitch Jasper Wood National Merit awards recognize outstanding...

Head’s Pandemic Advisory Team

HPAT Meeting With Expert Panel In August, our Head of School, Daisy Pellant, convened her advisory team. They represent a diverse range of expertise and will provide guidance during our time managing through the COVID-19 pandemic. Fred Brown --  Pandemic...

PSAT Update for 2020-2021

Fall 2020 PSAT (Information for Sophomores and Juniors)  In an ordinary year we would host the PSAT on campus for sophomores and juniors in October. Given the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, gathering all of the sophomores and juniors...

October-December Campus Information

Dear Kehillah, Thank you for your patience as we continue our planning for the next step toward bringing students back on campus. In July we shared our plans for a hybrid model for our program. As the school year began,...

Simkhat Torah – Take a moment and join the dance.

Now is the season of joy - In the aftermath of the days of introspection, we borrow clothes, go out and dance (well, perhaps zoom into music and dance in our living rooms), and create a space to live that...

Sign Up Kehillah B’Yachad – Kehillah Together!

Upace App Info https://kehillah.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SignUp.mp4 1 . How do I create an account? First, download “upace” on the app store or google play store. Click “Create Account” and fill out the required information. Select “Login” and start. 2. I forgot my...

Community and Culture

Our Kehillah Conversations series will resume tomorrow evening with a talk focused on the role students play in shaping our school’s community and culture.  Kehillah students Ben Gervin, Danielle Bruce, Anne Friedman, Kelly Loza, Henry Kofman, and Daniel Mendelevitch will…

Learning to learn

Last Thursday we kicked off our Kehillah Conversations series with a conversation with Head of School Dr. Daisy Pellant as she shared personal and scholarly insights on the nature and purpose of learning.  Dr. Pellant’s remarks set the stage for…

Our National Merit Scholar Nominees for 2020

It is with great pride that we celebrate these outstanding individuals! Ilan Eisenberg Daniel Mendelevitch Jasper Wood    Our National Merit Semi-Finalist: Julia Isaac  National Merit awards recognize outstanding performances on the PSAT/NMSQT Examination by 11th graders. 10th graders are...

eNews Update 10/2/2020

Dear Kehillah, On Friday night, the weeklong holiday of Sukkot begins. Sukkot is the third of three pilgrimage/harvest holidays in the Jewish tradition (Passover and Shavuot are the other two). The symbolism of the hut built to celebrate this holiday...

Sukkot 2020 – Coming together while apart

May this season truly be z'man simchateinu, a time of our joy.  On Friday night, the weeklong holiday of Sukkot begins. Sukkot is the third of 3 pilgrimage/harvest holidays in the Jewish tradition (Passover and Shavuot are the other two)....

Tonight’s Kehillah Conversation for Prospective Families

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at 6:30 this evening for our inaugural Kehillah Conversations event.  This weekly program is designed to bring prospective families into conversation with some of the people - faculty, students, parents, alumni, and others...

Head’s Pandemic Advisory Team: An Evening for Questions & Answers

We’ve set aside this evening for you to submit questions to our expert advisory team.  DATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020 TIME: 6:30-8:00 {{ vc_btn: title=REGISTER+FOR+ZOOM&size=lg&align=center&button_block=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fzoom.us%252Fmeeting%252Fregister%252FtJEod--hrj0oGtDIEj1wi1WhcXDwr8nGMKCx%2520%7C%7C%7C }} HPAT Panel for this meeting: In August, our Head of School, Daisy Pellant, convened...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

This morning, KabShab took a long, worthy look at the life and impact of Justice Ginsberg. Students and teachers alike shared deeply meaningful perspectives on her legacy. Art by Bijou Karman   "Though, at 87 years old after a remarkable...

eNews Update 9/25/2020

Dear Kehillah, On Sunday night, Yom Kippur begins at sundown. The erev Yom Kippur (evening of Yom Kippur) service is called Kol Nidre after the legal declaration absolving everyone of their vows from the past year. The song is hauntingly...

Yom Kippur – a time of reflection

On Sunday night, Yom Kippur begins at sundown. The erev Yom Kippur (evening of Yom Kippur) service is called Kol Nidre after the legal declaration absolving everyone of their vows from the past year. The song is hauntingly beautiful and the image...

eNews Update 9/17/2020

A Rosh Hashanah Message from Dr. Cody Bahir To say that 2020 has been a challenging year would be an understatement. Just as one crisis seems to begin subsiding another one comes our way, and it can feel like we...

Kehillah messages for a sweet new year ~ Shana Tova

To say that 2020 has been a challenging year would be an understatement. Just as one crisis seems to begin subsiding another one comes our way, and it can feel like we are trapped in a never-ending cycle where one...

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eNews Update 9/11/2020

Our rabbis teach that a true hero is “someone who turns an enemy into a friend,” (Avot deRabi Natan), which tells us that we should all strive to build bridges between different communities in the hopes of achieving peace. On...

Kehillah Theater Announcement 2020-2021

We think the best way to tell you about this is to SHOW you... Check out the video announcement below then... If you are as excited as we are about this announcement AND you want to be a part of...

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Weekly Update 9/4/2020

Dear Kehillah, This first FULL week of school has been great! Energy, enthusiasm, engagement, and reconnection abound. After an upside down spring and a challenging summer of planning/waiting, it finally feels like school again. Between the students and the teachers,...

New Parent Orientation!

This orientation will be an opportunity for parents of new students to learn how to navigate our school systems and to continue building our new parent community. We hope to share information about the academic program, advisory, experiential education, learning...

Welcome New Kehillah Staff!

As this new school year begins amid a whirlwind of important national news cycles and pandemic health challenges, one thing remains true: “There’s only one thing more precious than our time-- and that’s who we spend it on.” (Leo Christopher)...

Weekly Update 8/28/2020

A letter from our Head of School and Board Chair Dear Kehillah, We are excited to write to you on this first Shabbat of the 20-21 school year. For the past six months, we've been working together as Daisy transitioned...

A letter from our Head of School and Board Chair

Dear Kehillah, We are excited to write to you on this first Shabbat of the 20-21 school year. For the past six months, we’ve been working together as Daisy transitioned to her role as Head of School and Tzachi transitioned...

Virtual Picnic 2020!

Every year at this time of August, Kehillah students, families, faculty and staff gather for a picnic to kick off another new year together over great food and conversation. While we are not able to assemble in person this year, we...

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

This year will be extraordinary (ex·traor·di·nar·y /ikˈstrôrd(ə)nˌerē,ˌekstrəˈôrdnˌerē/ adjective - 1. very unusual or remarkable) and extraordinary (2. unusually great) because you will make it so.   Our community, our kehillah, is what we make of it and I have already...

Student/Parent Handbook 2020-2021 and Remote Learning Addendum

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Policy and Procedure Documentation

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Reopening Announcement 8/10/2020

Dear Kehillah,   As you have no doubt predicted, we will be opening the year with 100% remote schooling. Santa Clara County remains on the watchlist and the deepening impact of this pandemic remains a serious concern.   At this...

Weekly Update 8/5/2020

Dear Kehillah, The County of Santa Clara remains on the COVID watchlist. This prevents us from bringing any students on campus. We will share the reopening decision on Monday, August 10th. Thank you for your patience. Our dynamic COVID-19 website...

Weekly Update 7/29/2020

Dear Kehillah, Santa Clara County remains on the watchlist due to the number of cases in our community and the increase in hospitalizations for COVID. We will continue to monitor this as one of many data-points in our decision-making process....

Mitigating Risk

What We’re Doing We’ve been working all summer to prepare our building for teachers, staff, and students to return. We are following the guidelines of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent School Management (ISM), our California Association of...

Kehillah Textbook List 2020-2021

Below is a list of classes and the textbooks needed, click a tab to view different subjects, click the book title to purchase. If you have any questions, please contact Talia Anders. EngineeringEnglishHistoryJewish StudiesMathScienceVisual and Performing ArtsWorld LanguagesEngineering Advanced Algorithms...

Directions to Campus

Thank you for signing up. We are looking forward to your visit! Parking Information: The parking lot is located behind the school. Our school looks like an office building. There is one entrance to the parking lot which is a...

Kehillah Athletics 2020-2021 Information

Dear Kehillah Families, We hope that you are having a wonderful Summer! This message will be covering the updates from the athletics department, and a few hopeful options that we are exploring for the upcoming school year. For the ease...

Flex Day 2020-2021

Flex Day is an institutional response to parent and student survey feedback about the impact of excessive screen time during distance learning last spring and the importance of designated time for community building. This year, Wednesdays will provide essential opportunities…

Lunch 2020-2021

Our longtime wonderful chef, Hillary, retired this summer and we wish her the very best. Due to this in combination with the changeable nature of an on-campus presence this year, we are asking students to bring a pack lunch when/if...

Risk Management/Leadership

NAIS Risk Management Legal Considerations for Reopening Generative Thinking: How Boards Can Pivot from Crisis Management to Innovation Leadership, Crisis Communications, and Strategic Planning During COVID-19  Playing the Long Game: Using What We Know to Strengthen Our Schools Just Ask...

Health/Safety Guidelines and Resources

AAP guidelines on reopening Decision Tool SCC Public Health Social Distancing Protocol California Department of Public Health Santa Clara County guidance Interim Guidance on School Reopening  CDC Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting OSHA Guidance to Returning to Workplace Covid-19 Safe...

Academic/Reopening Planning

ORIAS slidedeck and webinar Finalsite Slides and webinar Opening Schools in Light of COVID19 Tech Republic Signage vendor for space planning 9 ways distance learning should look different  Education Elements 5 Radical Ideas For Schooling During Coronavirus : NPR How...

Educational Organizations

NAIS resource digest  Independent School Management (ISM) CALISBOA Beyond Survival: Reimagining (NAIS) Johns Hopkins Analysis of School Reopening Plans NAIS Snapshot Surveys NAIS Covid-19 Resources

Kehillah Resources Page

Click on the tabs below to view the resource linksFamily ResourcesFamily Resources https://www.challengesuccess.org/resources/covid-19-resources-for-remote-learning/ https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/ https://edsource.org/2020/coronavirus-qa-what-california-parents-and-students-should-know-about-covid-19/624413 https://www.ncld.org/covid-19-parent-resources Coronavirus and Learning from Home: Tips to Support Success for K-12 Students and Families Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 Tips and...