Dear Parents & Students,
This week the weather got warmer, and then got colder, and our students are praying that spring comes soon! But despite the crazy changes in weather, one thing stayed the same: we had a productive, educational, and fun week! Here are the highlights:
In honor of Pi Day on Sunday, students were challenged to make the most delicious pie.
Malcom Condon, the winner, wanted to share his recipe with you.
Ingredients: pie dough, apples, cinnamon, sugar, walnuts
Mix the sugar and cinnamon into the peeled sliced apples. Then make candied walnuts by melting sugar in a saucepan and adding chopped walnuts. Make a streusel and mix the candied walnuts in to top the pie.
I had been looking forward to college for, well, years. I imagined a time of complete independence and freedom, and looked forward to the incredible friends I would make and classes I would attend. Although I did love my high school, I was excited to truly begin my life as an adult. My friends and I were about to begin the next chapter of our lives, and while there was of course an air of fear of the future, we couldn’t wait to head off. Just a few more months, I remember thinking, until our lives really begin.
I remember the day I learned that I wouldn’t, actually, be going to college in a few months. I remember a feeling of disappointment that I wouldn’t be opening a new chapter of my life like I thought I would be. And I remember thinking to myself, “what in the world am I going to do with my life for the next year?” Initially, the plan was to do a big hiking trip down the coast of the United States, but that plan never came to fruition. I thought about road tripping across the country, but that, too, was far too complicated. My mom, one night at dinner, pitched the idea of going to Israel for the year. A gap year in Israel was something that had always been discussed, but I had never seriously considered doing it. I had always been, of course, too excited to go to college. Eventually, though, the excitement of getting to spend nine months across the sea with a bunch of other teenagers won me over. As sad as I still was to not be going to school, as I boarded the giant plane to Ben Gurion Airport, I was thrilled to begin the trip. And, of course, I have had a fantastic time. I am so fortunate that I had the ability to push off college for a year and travel, and that I found such great people while doing so. I was wrong to think that I wouldn’t be opening a new chapter of my life; in fact, I am writing one of the most interesting ones to date. I will get to go to another service in a few weeks, and college is waiting for me when I get home. This has been one of the greatest years of my life, and moments like that walk along the bike path are the reasons why.
Our Madricha on call this weekend is Nitzan.