Dear Beit Rabban Community,
Way back on Rosh Chodesh Elul in August, the possibility that we would be open in person on the eve of Chanukah did not cross my mind. My great hope was to stay open through the High Holidays, just so we had enough time to establish classroom communities and teacher-student relationships. Here we are the week before Chanukah still in-person, and I am in awe. December 2020 arrived at Beit Rabban wrapped in an abundance of gratitude. We deeply appreciate our staff and parent body for their diligence and caution, and we are acutely aware of the good fortune that has brought us to this moment. This heightened sense of hakarat hatov (recognition of the good) is not the overarching emotion I usually feel at the beginning of December. Most years, this is the time that I feel an intense sense of urgency around end of year fundraising. Just to be clear, the need is no less real this year! In fact, our end of year fundraising campaign is even more critical this year as we added hundreds of thousands of dollars in COVID-related costs. But I am not anxious, I am confident that this community will pull together to support our magical school over the next month just as you have in a myriad of ways over the last many months.
With that, our message for this year's end of year fundraising campaign is no different than any other year, it is an even more so message. Each year we are looking for 100% participation in end of year fundraising. Even more so in 2020! Each person in the Beit Rabban community is essential to the beauty of the collective and to the health of the school. Each and every parent, grandparent, alum, staff member, student and friend makes Beit Rabban the warm, caring and committed community that we are, allowing us to provide the anchoring sense of belonging to our students upon which all learning can flourish. What does 100% participation mean? It means that we are asking each of you to make an end of the year gift in whatever amount works for your family. We are asking each of you to stretch however you can. If you have had a difficult year financially, your stretch may yield a smaller gift than in past years. If your family has not been financially affected by the pandemic, your stretch may mean a larger gift than in past years. If you already gave to our COVID-19 reopening campaign, please give again. If you have never given before, now is the time.
And for the grandparents reading this email, we are delighted to announce an end of year match from Project Accelerate for a second year in a row! This year every new or increased gift will be matched fifty cents on the dollar. What a great opportunity to stretch your gift in a year when every additional dollar is especially needed.
What a blessing to be open. What a blessing to be in a community that pulls together in December and all year long.
Stephanie Ives, Head of School
Join us by giving today. And, thank you!
Make checks payable to: Beit Rabban Day School and mail to Beit Rabban Day School, 15 West 86th Street, New York, NY, 10024
Give over the phone via credit card by calling our office at 212-595-1386.