Trust me…I get it! You’re busy, you’re tired, you’re overworked and overwhelmed with the day-to-day grind.

Call a sitter, throw on some of your fave 80s attire and come have a cocktail (or two) with your fellow parents, have an incredible 80s dance party, and help raise serious moola to help support our teachers and new tumble equipment for our adorable offspring!

As a parent of two kids in the ELS, I have heard and been a part of the good, bad, and even ugly, conversations about this past year and all the ongoing changes and transitions the ELS has gone through. I, like many of you parents, want the best for my children, especially when it comes to their day-to-day care and of course, their education. I love the ELS program, but it is apparent that they need more support. That is why I am asking my fellow JCC ELS parents, and the JCC community at large, to please get involved! I want, more than anything, to create an environment that not only supports our children, but also supports our incredible teachers. That is why I am going to this year’s Annual JCC ELS Fundraising event on May 10.

My goal for attending this year’s fundraising event is to connect and meet with more parents and like-minded community members. It is my hope that we can all come together and figure out how to support our teachers. Our goal of the Parent Association is to raise funds for areas of the school in which teachers need more financial and physical support.

I am only one person on a committee of four people. WE NEED HELP. We hear all our fellow parents’ concerns, and we see how our teachers need and deserve additional support. So instead of talking about it, I’m going to start doing something about it. I’m going to do my best to raise as much money as possible to give back to our teachers. I’m going to talk to as many parents about joining our Parent Association to help create a better environment for our teachers, and as a result, our children. I’m going to do everything in my power to push this Parent Association committee to the next level, so that our school can see and feel the difference a supportive community can make.

The JCC ELS has all the components to be something even more amazing than it already is…it just needs some more helping hands to take it to the next level. I am asking the JCC and the ELS community support our teachers, BUY TICKETS, and join us Thursday, May 10 from 6:30 pm–10:00 pm—in their 80s finest, of course!

We all already have the hardest jobs in the world, so I think if we can all parent these little humans, we can easily figure out a way to improve our teachers’ environment.

-Natalie Hengle, ELS Parent