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What’s Happening: Community Events

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Upcoming Community Events: Camp Ramah, California Passover 2018 __________________________  

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Egg-cellent Egg-ventures: This week’s edition by Drew Hansen & Sam Land

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The chicken coop is ready and we’re just waiting for our special guests to arrive! The chickens are due to arrive next Friday! We are egg-static and anxiously awaiting their arrival! In the meantime, we are making preparations including creating a list of the materials we will need. Epic Eggs will be collecting the following: […]

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Israel Week Re-Cap by Shani Abed

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This week, SDJA celebrated Israel week.  Having a strong commitment to Israel also translates into a deeper understanding of Jews as a people and greater identification with Jews from communities around the world. Throughout this past week, all of our classes were engaged in deeper learning across the curriculum about Israel.  Our teachers used big […]

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What is Purim? – by Rabbi Graubart

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Like every Jewish holiday, there’s more to Purim than meets the eye. What appears to be a simple story is layered with complexity. The happy ending is darker than we might suppose. And our joyous customs – costumes, noisemakers, hamantaschen, gifts – symbolize relief as much as joy. On the one hand, the Purim story […]

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Problem Solving by Shelly Moses

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An old saying is “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” What is meant by this is that for any problem, there’s a host of solutions. Some may be more efficient, some ridiculously time consuming, but they are still solutions. This is true when it comes to skinning cats, saving astronauts in peril, […]

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Another Tool in our Toolbox by Brooke Henriksen

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As a classroom teacher, one of the things I truly value about being a part of the SDJA team is the commitment to ongoing professional development, including making sure that classroom teachers are well equipped with the best tools that our trade has to offer. The Orton-Gillingham training, which ten teachers on staff received two […]

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What’s Happening: Community Events

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Upcoming Community Events: Camp Ramah, California Passover 2018 __________________________  

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High School Students Visit “Studio West”

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High School students enrolled in the “Music Technology and Composition” class took a field trip to San Diego’s largest recording studio called “Studio West”.  The studio has been used in productions like Iron Man, Transformers, The Cable Guy, and Dora the Explorer.  Artists who have recorded there include Gregg Allman, Pat Boone, blink-182, Boyz II Men, […]

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6th Grade Tu B’Shavat Celebration

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Tu B’shvat, literally meaning the 15th of Shevat, is a Jewish holiday often referred to as the “Birthday of the trees” or the “New Year of the trees.”  This year, it took place from sunset on January 30th through sunset on January 31st.  To mark the holiday, Ms. Gereboff’s 6th grade Judaic Studies classes participated […]

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Being in Your Element

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In his book, Creative Schools, The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D posits that “being in your element is where talent meets passion.” Searching for ones talents through exploration, challenges and purpose is a very introspective approach to learning. Interestingly, it is common that students may find their talents but are not […]

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