Food for Thought

By Anonymous on Sep 23, 2016
Another beautiful note from a happy mother, as her son settles into high school at SINAI:Just want to let you all know that L is doing absolutely amazing, he exceeded all my expectations! We are already talking about the possibility of mainstreaming him to his first academic class, way ahead of schedule. I have NEVER seen him so ecstatically happy! He told me yesterday "I think things are finally looking up for me."Thank you all for taking a chance, believing in him, and giving him this wonderful opportunity and a bright future. I now only have happy tears of Joy! We will be forever grateful...
By Jordan Silvestri, Director of SINAI Shalem High School at Heichal HaTorah on Jun 23, 2016
As the recent school year drew to a close, for my future students joining us in the inaugural year of the SINAI Shalem High School for Boys at Heichal HaTorah, the excitement of summer was mixed with emotions as they began to actualize the meaning of their past four high school years at SINAI Shalem at TABC.With the opening of our new high school for boys ages 18-21, we are providing our students the opportunity to graduate with their TABC friends, and, like those friends, to move on to the next stage in their lives.  In the years ahead, our students will be preparing for adulthood,...
By Anonymous on Jun 16, 2016
There are no words that can adequately describe our appreciation for all that SINAI has done for our daughter Mindy, this year. We marvel at how much she has grown and developed, and we know that is due in large part to your amazing administration and staff. Mindy’s team of teachers and therapists worked tirelessly with the administrators to customize a program that would meet our daughter's specific needs. All of this was accomplished with an unbelievable level of warmth, patience and acceptance, and with consistent feedback on her progress.There is no way we can ever repay you for the...
By Esther Klavan, Director of SINAI Shalem High School at TABC on May 23, 2016
Tuvia, a shy and unassuming teenager at our SINAI Shalem High School at TABC, continues to exceed our expectations. Tuvia arrived in high school three years ago having made amazing strides in SINAI’s elementary and middle schools at JKHA, but he still had significant anxiety and was extremely resistant to breaking out of his routine.  With years of support, encouragement, and careful introduction to new experiences, Tuvia has broken out of his shell. We did not teach him how to play basketball, nor did we perfect his three-point shot. Those are G-d given talents. But we did give...
By Anonymous on May 9, 2016
"To all of Doni's teachers at SINAI---I wanted to take this opportunity to share the nachas I was given yesterday by Doni on our family trip into Manhattan.  He was able to navigate the crowded streets and stores on his own with more alertness and much less prompting than usual. I want him to be independent and I want him to feel confident, so I see these trips as life experiences as much as enjoyment. I feel he would not have achieved this be if it wasn’t for SINAI.  Ms. Lall, you and the whole team have and continue to put your heart and soul into helping Doni reach his...
By Esther Klavan, Director of Shalem High School for Boys at TABC on Apr 27, 2016
This article is modified from a speech introducing the SINAI Shalem boys’ performance of The Wizard of Oz on April 12, 2016. The students began preparation for the show in September, and spent months leading up to the single performance for their friends and family.   One of our famous mantras here at SINAI Shalem High School is the phrase, “It’s not about cutting bread.” These are 5 simple, comprehensible words that mean so much more. To us, they represent the philosophy by which we design every learning experience. It is about process, not product. So where does this phrase...
By Anonymous on Apr 4, 2016
We really appreciate hearing from our parents!  This mom shared the following with us, which made our day:"A special needs education doesn't necessarily have to be an easy or slow-paced education. I can't believe the leaps and strides my 2nd grader is making at SINAI Schools. Unbelievable. The teachers are unflappable and relentless in the most loving way. My daughter is learning new concepts all the time that stun my husband and me. We're so proud of her growth. She's absolutely flourishing at SINAI. Can't say enough good things."We welcome feedback from all of our parents!
By Debra Kammerman, LCSW on Sep 24, 2015
With the start of the new school year and the approaching chagim, September is an exciting time. However, for parents—and particularly for parents of a child with special needs—it can also be uniquely challenging and daunting. Your children, whether they are starting at a new school or are returning students, have a lot to balance during this time of year. They are acclimating to their school routine—a different schedule, more structure and increased expectations. Additionally, you are dealing with the extra demands of preparing for the chagim. It may seem that just as you have begun to...
By Rachael Weisenfeld on Jun 18, 2015
Teaching at SINAI, a school well known for its “Uniquely Special Education,” is an incredible privilege. Those of us lucky enough to work here are blessed with the opportunity to witness the small miracles that take place at SINAI on a daily basis. Every teacher takes pride in the success of his or her students, but those of us who teach children with learning disabilities or special needs feel a deep admiration not only of our students’ accomplishments, but of the efforts they undertake in getting there.During the final days of the school year, I take the time to reflect with each of my...

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