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Dear Families,

Thank you for visiting the Schechter School of Long Island webpage. As the principal of the Lower School, I want to welcome you. I am privileged to work with our highly qualified and dedicated staff, our wonderful students, and our supportive parents.

This will be my third year as Principal of the Lower School after spending ten years as a fourth grade teacher and ten years as the Assistant Principal. I am thrilled at the opportunity to get to know all of you and engage in the educational process together. The elementary years are critical times of development for students and families alike, and I look forward to working with all of you to make this year successful. I am a lifelong educator who brings a firm commitment to students and families as well as a love of learning and problem solving.

Our staff is committed to working with students and their families as a team. Our general studies curriculum is directly aligned to the New York State Standards. The comprehensive Tal Am and iTalAm programs teach Hebrew language, Jewish holidays, Torah and Israel through music, poetry, art, literature and technology. At the core of everything is the foundation of Jewish values. They teach us to treat each other with respect, kindness and to embrace the traditions of those who came before us.

To help each child achieve to his/her fullest potential, the school provides both enrichment and intervention supports for students. We believe in knowing each child by “name and need.”

Research shows that parental involvement in a child’s education directly benefits the child. These benefits are higher levels of academic achievement, positive attitudes, and greater maturity and responsibility. Because the benefits are so solid, I urge you to take part as much as possible in the life of our school. It does take an entire village to raise a child. Your assistance as a volunteer would be extremely valuable to our students. Consider joining one of the many PA committees. There are many areas where your help would be appreciated.

We welcome all our families back to another exciting, challenging year. If you have any questions, always contact your child’s teacher first. Please know that I am available to meet with you in person or talk to you over the telephone to discuss any concerns you may have. As the instructional leader of this campus I am responsible for all decisions made in the best interest of your children. I look forward to a great year and to meeting all our new children and their families.

Educationally yours,

Sandi Swerdloff, Principal

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