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Author Archives: Harry Katcher

Juniors Visit our Nation’s Capital

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The Junior class spent the better part of the week of October 16-20 in Washington, DC.  The main goals of the trip were to introduce the students to our nation’s capital, to teach them about the structure and functions of U.S. government, and enjoy traveling with their classmates. Students were also able to do a […]

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Sophomores Tour Boston Area Colleges

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During Experiential Education Week a group of sophomore students experienced what it would be like to attend college out east while touring Boston area colleges and universities. During this five day educational tour students had the opportunity to tour and attend information sessions at eight different schools: Babson College, Brandeis University, Boston College, Boston University, […]

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Freshmen Visit Western States National Parks and Las Vegas

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“Tikkun Olam.” What does that mean to a freshman at SDJA? We at SDJA see it as part of our mission to make helping the world and appreciating our planet a way of life. In order to achieve this goal we have to take our students out of their comfort zones from time to time. […]

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7th and 8th Grade Experiential Education

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During the week of October 16th, the 7th and 8th grade students participated in four full days of Experiential Education, developing knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting.  The week began with the students and staff engaging in Tikkun Olam activities at Feeding San Diego and packing Blessing Bags for […]

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6th Graders Explore Yosemite

For me the highlight of each 6th grade trip to Yosemite is the contrast between two images: The excited but apprehensive smiles of the children in the cold October morning light, and their satisfied grins in the warm late afternoon sun, when we return a week later. During the week of our trip, the children […]

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From the Boardroom

It is my privilege to serve as the President of the Board of Trustees of SDJA. Our board is made up of parents of SDJA students, alumni, and community members who feel passionately about the school and enthusiastically give of themselves in so many ways to nurture and sustain SDJA, now and into the future. […]

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What’s Happening: Community Events

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Shabbat San Diego Jewish Federation of San Diego Special Event with Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States StandWithUs Festival of Lights ‘I ❤️ Israel’ Gala ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Join the San Diego pro-Israel community at the 6th annual StandWithUs Festival of Lights ‘I ❤️ Israel’ Gala on Saturday, 12/2, at the Marriott Marquis. Evening […]

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Upcoming GMLS Events

10/31 8:00am – 1st Grade Parent Breakfast w/Sarah Greenstein – Moadon 11/1    8:00am – Make-up Picture Day – Moadon 11/1    9:15am – 3rd-12th Rabin Memorial Ceremony – Ulam 11/3    9:30am – PK & Kinder Kabbalat Shabbat – Beit Midrash 11/8    5:30pm – Mission Innovation Competition – Gym 11/9    8:45am – 4th Grade field trip to Science Museum 11/10  […]

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Explore Possibilities: BizTown

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On Wednesday of this past week, our fifth grade students went to BizTown. BizTown is a 10,000 square foot indoor mini-city where our students had the opportunity to participate in a full-day, immersive experience. Our students worked in one of 21 businesses, made personal financial decisions, held business meetings, paid taxes and donated to charity. […]

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Inspire Purpose: Tribes

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Based on the twelve Tribes of Israel, every GMLS student is a member of a “tribe.” A tribe is a mix of children from different grades, nationalities and language backgrounds. At GMLS, we have nine tribes –Asher, Binyamin, Naphtali, Dan, Reuven, Gad, Shimon and Yehuda. Each tribe has a specific color and their own tribe […]

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