All of the teachers are going above and beyond during this time. I feel their support and teamwork from all of them. This school defiantly feels like a supportive family. We love GOA and can’t wait to be back in person.
First, we wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how much we appreciate how much you are doing to help [our student] and all of the students! We really appreciate how much you have work you have put in during remote instruction. We feel so lucky to have [our student] with you continuing to help her to love to learn science this year. We are so happy with the GOA remote instruction, and know it is much BETTER than what our public school friend's kids have been receiving.
I wanted to take a minute to thank you for being amazing teachers and staff. When we chose GOA I was struck by the warm atmosphere that you feel the moment you walk into the building. My entire family is in awe of how you switched gears so quickly and were able to continue teaching our children from a distance without missing a beat. We appreciate you!
"I already knew what an amazing and special community GOA is and has been for many years but this truly highlights just how incredible and wonderful all of our teachers, administrators and staff truly are. Everyone has gone above and beyond for all of the children and families. We are so grateful and appreciative!"
“Throughout the years we have always been grateful for the wonderful teachers at GOA, but never more so than today. Our kids are anxious. We adults are anxious. The organization and warmth and structure and excellent communications you are providing are helping to calm the nerves tremendously. Our son woke early today, got dressed, ate breakfast, had his kippah on, and was ready at his desk by 8 am for the first day of homeschool. I had to break the news that he was really, really early. He was so excited to see his teachers and classmates on the computer and to see how this new normal would play out. The morning was fantastic. He was engaged, focused, and cheerful. Did all the work in record time. A huge success in our house. Thank you!!! Keep up the great work, and keep yourselves and your families well.”
Remember when we thought Snovember was stressful?! You and the whole gan team are truly inspirational with your ability to bring joy to an unsettling situation. Thank you for everything you're doing. I know you have your own family to take care of. You're balancing it all beautifully.
We wanted to say thank you! On our end, it seems as if 5th grade life hasn't missed a beat. [Our daughter] is completely engaged in her responsibilities as a remote learner and is feeling supported and encouraged to do her best. I can't imagine teaching 5th grade in a real classroom, let along remotely. Just wanted to let you know that you are all rocking it!
“Thank you! So impressed with all GOA is doing to keep the kids motivated and educated. Thanks as always!”
Thanks so much for organizing everything in order for the kids to keep progressing in art. It’s so great to have a creative outlet they wouldn’t normally do on their own during these unsettling times.
“Remote learning for my sixth grader is going really great and we are far ahead of all of their public school friends. Thank you GOA!”
Just wanted to send you an email filled with gratitude. The 1st grade team is doing an unbelievable job in an unimaginable situation. Keep up the amazing work.
"Grateful beyond words to the faculty and administrators at GOA for their incredibly important work educating our children and for the genuine care and enthusiasm that they show in (and now out of) the classroom."
"It is been one of the most amazing experiences to see our teachers work so tirelessly and figure out this remote learning with our children so quickly. I am so truly so moved and so impressed each period, of each day how much true learning and what is shaping up and taking place. It amazes me. Both of my kids are excited to get online each morning. They are grateful to see our administrators, their friends and teachers. We can not thank you enough for all of the tremendous work that every single person is putting in to the development and implementation of this remote schooling program. Our children will be all the better for it!!"
"We are so impressed and thankful for the wonderful job that the entire GOA community has done in getting remote instruction up and running so efficiently and quickly. Kudos to all of the teachers, administrators, and staff for this outstanding job! Keeping some semblance of normal and providing the children with an education during these times is incredibly important. Keep up the great work."
"Thanks team for everything you did while trying to keep your own worlds “normal”! We, all have renewed respect for how much you do everyday!!! We are so grateful to you all and look forward to the weeks ahead."
"Thanks [GOA] for everything you did while trying to keep your own worlds “normal”! We all have renewed respect for how much you do everyday!!! We are so grateful to you all and look forward to the weeks ahead."
"We have been blessed to be part of the Golda Och Academy family for 18 years and counting. I thought when we moved to South Orange from Manhattan on 9/11/01 that day and period were beyond imaginable. Now we are faced with the spread of the Coronavirus. To say it is beyond scary is an understatement. [My daughter, GOA Class of 2017] was part of the Nachshon Project, which is based in Jerusalem, and was due to come home this June 10th from her semester abroad. Being on the faculty, I would see Rabbi Kallush and she would tell me that things were going well with Neshama. Little did we know things were changing by the minute. Within a day, all international students in Israel were told to go home. I had no idea of this development. The day after our faculty meeting, I was in Shoprite right after Shabbat and received a call from Rabbi Kallush. She told me that things had changed dramatically in Israel, and Neshama was coming home. Additionally, she alerted me to the fact that the students would be on a charter flight and that my daughter and one of her GOA classmates also on the Nachshon Project would be included. I stood there in shock and couldn’t thank her enough for including her on the flight even though she graduated a few years ago. I came home and texted Rabbi Kallush, I LOVE YOU. That’s what’s being part of the GOA family is all about. Families are truly there for each other in good and bad times. Families look out for each other. GOA was there for my family and me and we are forever grateful. Everyone is now home and safe. Thank you Rabbi Kallush, Adam Shapiro and the whole GOA family. May we all stay safe and healthy."
"We are grateful to the fifth grade team for their 'above & beyond' work to keep the classes going."
"I've been very impressed with the online learning so far ... seems to be much more than most schools are doing, and it's so important to keep the kids busy at this time. My daughter ran off from dinner to go study for her quizzes, so it feels as much like real school as possible around here!"
"As you know, no one has had their normal life this last week or two. I want to thank [GOA] for making today more “normal” for me. Having young voices sing with us and your way of embracing community was uplifting. [GOA’s] hard work and dedication is the resilience I needed today."
"I’m so grateful for the super human efforts from the teachers and administration during this crazy time."
"Thank you for the beautiful shacharit service this morning. It was a tremendous experience to come together as a community during this time in prayer. Your thoughtful commentary and infusion of gratitude comments made it incredibly meaningful. We watched/participated with our children and my parents joined as well from their home-multiple GOA generations! Thank you for providing this beautiful space for us to come together as a community during this upside-down time of social distancing."
"Kol HaKavod on this first week! The Upper School struck a perfect balance between serious learning/teaching and sensitivity to and acknowledgement of the current situation."
"To reflect on the week ..... THANK YOU to the amazing teachers who have demonstrated (yet again) their abilities to regroup , restructure , and think outside the box. Our girls have continued to learn and , more importantly, CONNECT with the collective group of friends and educators that feed their souls each week. We are reminded that you can touch someone’s world without even being in the same room."
"Planning to light Shabbat candles 18 minutes early to express my gratitude for our amazing team, community, and family. Every single one of you is a true angel!"
"Thank you for providing such a smooth transition into this type of learning and providing excellent communication and support throughout. I’m sure you have been working tirelessly the whole week and the students notice - almost all classes have been running great and we are continuing to learn without a problem."
"Just a note of thanks for all that you do. The girls had a great week last week and are looking forward to online school tomorrow. Everyone is doing such a great job keeping the train moving full steam ahead."
"Remote Learning - Middle School is super impressive. Jolie is really thriving, engaged and enjoying it. Thank you for all of your hard work putting together this model in such a short amount of time. Congrats to you all and shabbat shalom!"
"I know that this is a very stressful time for all of us and we have changed our lives in unimaginable ways in the past week. I wanted to let you know about a simple act of kindness from the faculty that made things so much better for my daughter today.
My daughter is in kindergarten with Morah Carol and Morah Jenny. We facetimed with both of them this evening, and they were so gracious to spend part of their personal “after work” time with my daughter. I can’t tell you how much [my daughter] appreciated the opportunity to talk with both of her teachers, and it brought her a sense of “normalcy”. She was able to proudly show Morah Carol her writing and talk about the days‘ assignments, and she sang songs and reviewed the Hebrew letters/vocabulary with Morah Jenny. Both of these calls took no more than a few minutes, but I think they were invaluable to keeping [my daughter's] spirits up. And for me, watching both of them interact with [my daughter] warmed my heart. Seeing her proud smile was definitely the best part of my day. Both of them should be commended for their caring, kindness and generosity."
"Kol HaKavod to [GOA’s] leadership during this time, and for the outstanding work of the entire faculty and staff. We are so grateful for the incredible work, patience, and heart shown by you and by the teachers and professional staff. "
"So impressed with what the school has been able to accomplish in such a short period of time!"
"I always enjoy watching 'Live With Mr H.' in the morning. It’s a great way to start the day. GOA’s remote learning is amazing."
"We are so proud of [our son]! He’s racking up wins at GOA..hope everyone is hanging in there and thank you for handling this crises so well for the kids."
"Thank you so much for all of your hard work, on behalf of my children and all the children at GOA privileged enough to call you their teacher!"
"Thank you for [Lower School Principal Carrie Siegel's] positive videos on Facebook each day. It’s a great way to start our day. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Shabbat and restful weekend."