Culture of Caring and Gratitude - דאגה לזולת (חסד), צדקה והכרת הטוב
At Alef Bet Montessori School, we believe there is a difference between self-indulgence and the fullness of self. We use Montessori’s design to provide constant and meaningful opportunities for real work and meaningful ways to contribute to others. The Jewish sages referred to it as Tzedakah צדקה, Chesed חסד and Mitzva מצוה - all three are actions identifying righteous behavior.
Parents of the school volunteer their expertise, share their wisdom and help the school achieve its goals and its mission. What makes this special is that they do so without expecting a quid pro quo. These kinds of actions show that parents are grateful for the good that the school is doing. It is a form of gratitude הכרת הטוב (Hakarat Hatov) to those who nurture and educate their children.
Our children begin to take on habits of self-knowledge from the very earliest years. Over time, these habits deepen and become more consciously accessible. Our children look at parents as role models - what do they see?
Giving can be done in various forms - action or monetary. Joining the PTO, volunteering with our events, sharing your expertise (as a writer, fundraiser, technology expert, etc.) and other actions can help the school. The Annual Giving Campaign is a yearly appeal for gifts to support current operations. Annual gifts go to bridge the designed gap between tuition revenue and operating cost. We are dedicated to moderate tuition and providing quality Montessori education. Numerous Montessori schools in our area charge $2,000 to $6,000 more than Alef Bet and also request a “New Family Fee” of $2,500. Our charter is to reach as many families as possible who want a Jewish Montessori education, so there is no “New Family Fee,” as well as far lower tuition.
Montessori families, alumni and friends are invited to participate in this component of our school's financial health at whatever level possible. The Campaign runs annually from December through the close of our fiscal year on June 30th.