|This week we hear from the JCC Executive Team for an update on the exciting things happening at the JCC.
Dear JCC Community,
Even though Mother Nature is trying to fool us every few days with a random snowstorm, we are certain spring is here. With spring comes a time for new beginnings coupled with a sense of freshness and renewal and the JCC is following suit. We hope you and your family are enjoying a happy Passover and are looking forward with optimism to the future weeks and months.
Our facility is looking fresh with recent upgrades to the Green Room (the waiting area for guests of the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center), the Wolf Room, and the Drop-in Childcare room. This is in addition to the updates that were completed on the Outdoor Pool and Tennis Center over the past twelve months. New, in-person, Family Program classes are beginning in April and we are excited to have our families back in the building. We are looking forward to the start of our brand new Practice Preschool program that is designed to help young children and their parents prepare for preschool. In addition, Jewish Baby University is going strong with classes still remaining virtual. Also, April brings more holidays, in which plans are in place to celebrate the Israeli holidays of Yom HaShoah and and Yom Ha’atzmaut.
The Early Learning School continues to buzz with activity. We are planning to have twelve classrooms open for Summer 2021, and we have a waitlist. Our class size continues to stay at a maximum of 12 students to keep our children safe and our cohorts together. 92% of our teachers are vaccinated and we are pleased that 85% of our teachers are planning to continue with us into the fall session. This remarkable group of professionals has kept our preschool open and safe over the past several months and for that, we owe them our gratitude.
Camp Shai is gearing up for our Summer 2021 session at Graland, where available spots are running out fast. We plan to keep our groups small in size and are prepared to face the needs as our campers face the challenges surrounding the transition back to in-person activities and learning. It will be a fun and enriching summer.
Ranch Camp is 87% full for the summer while operating on reduced capacity for safety reasons. Camp has been unoccupied for the past months due to Covid, and it is good to see it coming back to life. We have improvements to the pool scheduled as well as the construction on new staff housing which is exciting. Add a completed, brand new, ready to use ropes course and Ranch Camp is the place to be this summer.
Back on the main JCC campus, both Wolf Theatre Academy and Serve, Snack, and Splash recently announced they will be back this year, offering in-person summer programs for our aspiring actors and future Wimbledon stars. Space is still available in these programs.
We are so proud of the entire JCC team, whom we work so closely with each day, for their perseverance, ingenuity, and positive attitude as we slowly continue to fully re-open the facility. They are a resourceful group with a “can-do” attitude that doesn’t know the meaning of defeat.
Enjoy our spring weather (even if there are a few more random snowstorms), and continue to check our website and newsletters for updates and information on what is coming up.
Your JCC Executive Team
Stephanie Herm, Ron Goss, and Adam Zandman