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Author Archives: Harry Katcher

Ms. Shappy is Super Happy!

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Next year, I am super happy to be taking on a new role here at SDJA! Many of you know that I was the computer teacher here for eleven of my 16 years. I have presented at conferences in the EdTech industry on Global Collaboration, EdTech, and Design. A few years ago, I attended an […]

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Meet New 1st Grade Teacher, Ms. Ramseyer

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Alli Ramseyer is thrilled to be joining the First Grade teaching team at SDJA.  She has been teaching since 2002, after graduating from Vanderbilt University.  After teaching in Brooklyn, NY for many years, she received her Masters degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College in Lucy Calkins’ Literacy Specialist program.  Her biggest passion is helping spark […]

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Meet New Kindergarten Teacher, Ms. Mathews

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Lauren Mathews grew up in Southern California. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and her teaching credential from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2011. For the past three years, Lauren has been teaching first grade in San Diego. Previously, she taught preschool in Colorado for 2 years. Through San Diego State University, Lauren added a […]

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Junior Achievement Summer Camp

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Over the last few years, many of our students have participated in the Junior Achievement Summer Programs and have had a blast. Not only are they fun, but these offerings are also a great warm up for the academic school year. Your child will get a “head start” on learning about personal finance, economics and […]

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Marvelous Mensches Monthly Ice Cream Parties

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Throughout the year, Mrs. King has enjoyed inviting a “super mensch” from each class for monthly ice cream parties. We had our last ice cream party of the year this past week. One of the best things we learned this year is how to dispense whip cream from a can without it getting sprayed all […]

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Levana’s Garden Farm Stand – A huge success!

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We are so glad that so many people could come out and shop at our first ever Farm Stand. Parents and students picked up a variety of organic items, including mulberries, basil, sage, tea, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, edible flowers and more. It is all a part of the beautiful and growing connection between food […]

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Gratitude for a Year with You – By Kelley King

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward As I walked down Market Street a few days ago, I saw this quote written on a wall. What a good and timely reminder it was for me. The Hebrew word for gratitude is hakarat hatov […]

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2017-18 Lions’ Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2017-18 Lions’ Award Recipients:     WAXIE LEADERSHIP AWARD Sammi Dorfan   JEROME’S FURNITURE INNOVATION AWARD Jack Ross   WOOLF GRUSD JUDAIC STUDIES AWARD Sebastian Mayer   MARLA BENNET GEMILUT HASADIM AWARD Alexis Fastlicht   ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL AWARD- Veronica Warner   THEODOR HERZL ISRAEL ADVOCACY AWARD – Ori Hamond   KOL […]

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From the Boardroom – Rabbi Yael Ridberg

Dear SDJA Families: As this will be my last column for this year, I wanted to share my remarks from the Annual General Meeting held on May 17.  For those of you who have never been to one of these evenings, it is a lovely way to celebrate teachers for their long term commitment to […]

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Textbook Swap

WANT TO MAKE TEXTBOOK PURCHASING EASIER FOR NEXT YEAR?  WANT AN EASY WAY TO GET RID OF USED TEXTBOOKS?    —   READ ON…   As we come to the end of another wonderful year, the PTO wants to let you know about a wonderful opportunity at school for getting your textbooks for the coming year. We are having […]

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