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SDJA Blog

Welcome to San Diego Jewish Academy’s weekly blog – as written by our Head of School, our School Heads – Preschool, Lower School, and Upper School, and Department Chairs.

SDJA Report Card, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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As the school-year comes to a close, I’d like to share a few data points indicating the results of the hard work of our students and teachers this year. There is much to make us proud.  Early Childhood Center Preschool enrollment increased for the 4th consecutive year. Construction has begun on a new ECC outdoor […]

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Accomplishments and Dedication, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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As we approach the end of another successful school year, we pause to appreciate the accomplishments and dedication that made it all possible. On Wednesday at 2pm our annual Lions Awards for MUS students will recognize those (many) students whose behaviors and actions are worthy of respect and emulation. This year, we add new awards […]

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Artistic Creation, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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As competition intensifies, the need for creative thinking increases. It is no longer enough to do the same thing better . . . no longer enough to be efficient and solve problems — Edward de Bono The end of the school year brings a sharpened focus on achievements and awards. I’d like to point out […]

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An Important Message from SDJA, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Dear Parents, The SDJA Board of Trustees met on Thursday and approved an ambitious initiative that will begin over the coming weeks and we believe will ensure both the short-term and long-term strength of our school. Over the past year we have a been planning and advancing the strategic initiatives needed to fulfill our Strategic […]

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Thank You, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Thank You Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 8th. Along with the yearly “state of the school” address and the installation of the new trustees and appreciation for the departing ones, we continue our tradition of honoring faculty and staff who have reached milestone years. This year’s […]

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Summer Reading, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Summer Reading With summer on the horizon, we typically prepare a reading list for students. This year we thought it could be helpful to share reading ideas for parents; new books that share important insights. These books are just some of the ones our faculty will be reading this summer. Rest: Why you get more […]

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The Jewish Experience, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Tomorrow at school we will commemorate Yom Hazikaron, Israel Memorial Day. Together, with Jewish people all over the globe, we pause to remember the sacrifices made by the people of Israel in establishing and protecting a homeland for the Jewish people. Our programming for the day is designed to be age appropriate, with respecting and […]

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988,200 Minutes, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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“If it matters, it can be measured.” Patrick Lencioni How do we measure the thirteen years at SDJA that start in kindergarten and end at graduation? In minutes (988,200.) In fire drills (1,183.) In college acceptances (approaching two hundred and still coming in.) In competitiveness of college acceptances (dozens of graduates in top schools) In […]

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Reflections, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Every year I’ll meet with the graduating seniors after their return from Poland and Israel and hear about the incredible impact the trip has had on their Jewish soul, in a way that goes far beyond their Jewish identity. This year we’ve begun the conversations before the trip and the conversations have often touched upon […]

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So, What’s Going On At Your School? By Michael Quigley, Head of Upper School

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Recently, I, along with Chaim, Kelley and Skip, traveled to Baltimore to attend the NAIS Annual Conference. This year’s event was attended by over 5000 independent school administrators who could choose from almost 200 workshops to learn, reflect and dialogue on school trends, programs and futurist ideas. Although the speakers were impressive, much of the […]

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