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“We take care of ourselves, we take care of each other, and we take care of our world.”

Dear Children’s Center Families,
 
As Governor Baker just announced, all schools, including the TBS Children’s Center, will be closed through April 7 for the safety and well-being of our community. 

As we monitor the news around us, it is clear that many, many institutions of all kinds have joined us in closing for an extended period of time. Even a few days ago this seemed like an unlikely outcome.

We are actively and carefully preparing for this new, difficult reality. With that in mind, we want to communicate our financial plans for this closure.

Our first goal, clearly, is the wellness of our community. Closing the physical doors of our school was the only option. But we are not closing our community. Instead, we quickly and amazingly launched an online learning platform to keep our community together. On Friday, our first day of closure, our community virtually welcomed in Shabbat and last night as the sun set, we gathered online for a beautiful Havdalah service. We are strong and resilient!

Our second goal is that when it is deemed safe to open our doors again, we are in a position to do so and without delay. To meet that goal, we will need to pay our faculty and staff throughout the duration of this closure. In order for us to be ready to open back up, we must retain our team. As a result, we will continue to collect tuition payments during that time. 


We anticipate families will find themselves in one of the following circumstances:

  • We can pay our family’s full tuition.
  • We can pay our family’s full tuition, but need an extension.
  • We can pay our family’s full tuition and help support another family facing hardship.
  • We are in need of assistance and cannot pay for our full tuition.

We understand that this is a challenging time – physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and financially. Some of that hardship has already been felt and more may arise over the next couple of weeks. If your family, now or soon, is in financial distress and you cannot make full tuition payments, we are here to help. Our TBS Board of Trustees has created a new Emergency Relief Fund, and if you are experiencing financial distress and need assistance or an extension, we ask that you fill out the Emergency Assistance Application so we may assist your family.

For others, you may be in a position to help support a family facing hardship. To those, we kindly ask you consider paying your tuition and contributing additional funds to the TBS Emergency Relief Fund. We will be extending this request to the broader TBS community as well and hope you will join the effort.  

At the Children’s Center, our youngest students learn about the power of tzedakah, a cornerstone of Judaism. As we teach our students, it is not just nice to welcome the stranger, heal the sick, and support the needy, it is a commandment. What better time than now for our community to show each other we will live and act with a deep and intentional commitment to Judaism and to our shared community.

No doubt, the coming days and weeks will be trying. There may be significant hardship and loss. My wish is that TBS is a pillar of support throughout these tough days—and that we’re here for each other, and here together.

If you have questions, please be in touch by email. Please be safe and well.

With much gratitude and respect,

Ellen

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