June 4-10, 2017
10-16 Sivan, 5777

Word of the Week

By Chaim Heller, Head of School

Accomplishments and Dedication

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 in categories connected to two initiatives from this year: Innovation and Advanced Judaic studies.
  • On Thursday at 5pm you are invited to join the SDJA Annual Meeting, in which you’ll hear an update on our school, honor people who have served as trustees and welcome new ones, and thank those teachers and staff who have been part of our lives for 18 years+.
  • On Sunday, June 11th at 12:30pm, you are invited to see the graduation ceremony. In our day to day lives, we forget that there is a greater goal in mind, the development of articulate, academically capable and mature young men and women, well-prepared for their next steps in life. Our graduates will share their perspectives and experiences, and it is a not-to-be-missed event.

We hope to see you at one of our end of year celebratory events. Each one adds to a fuller understanding of the benefits of an SDJA education. And you’ll enjoy them, too.

Chaim


Maimonides Upper School - Grades 6-12

Celebrations

In last week’s Kolot I announced the upcoming Lions Awards event and provided a complete framework for the awards that will be presented on June 7th.  In that article I noted that Lions Awards was one of the celebrations that mark the end of the school year. This week I want to share the multitude of celebrations with which our students mark the end of the year.

  • Last week we held the first ever Math Matters Film Festival awards that celebrated the extraordinary creativity and demonstration of real world applications of math concepts by our MUS students.
  • The class of 2017 is home from the Senior Trip to Poland and Israel.
  • A few weeks ago middle school students had their final social event of the year at the Middle School Spring Social.
  • The High School Prom was last night.
  • Grad night is on June 7th
  • High School Graduation is June 11th
  • 8th Grade Reflection and Transition day is on June 6th.
  • Engineering Students competed in and earned awards at the CIJE Co-Educational Engineering Conference in Los Angeles.
  • The Visual and Performing Arts Exhibition was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on May 18th.
  • On June 6th The Middle School Drama troupe will be performing THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN IN THE MOON MARIGOLDS  at the Horton Grand Theater.
  • 8th graders traveled to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles as a culminating event to the interdisciplinary curriculum block with the Humanities and Judaic Studies departments.

In a school that is dedicated to challenging minds, inspiring purpose, and exploring possibilities, the end of the year celebrations are as vast as the opportunities that exist for SDJA students to carve their own path and realize their potential.   

Mike Quigley, Head of Upper School

Please Help Save a Life

Dear SDJA Family,

We have a member of our community, a beloved grandfather and founder of SDJA, who is ill and in serious need of a kidney.  

David Mandelbaum is facing the challenge of his life and we have the extraordinary opportunity to come together as a community and do our part to help him find a kidney donor with blood type O.

All we ask is that you please share his story with as many people as you know, follow and share his Facebook page, which contains a personal letter from David and come to the June 7 Awareness Event.

Pikuach Nefesh, the preservation of human life, is an essential principle that takes precedence over all the other commandments in Judaism.  It is our obligation to ensure we do everything possible to save the life of someone in need or danger.

The Talmud teaches: “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”  Let’s make sure we provide every opportunity for David by coming together, getting informed, and ensuring a match can be found.

We are hopeful our efforts will lead to a full and speedy recovery, a Refuah Shlemah, for David.

With much gratitude for your attention and participation,

Chaim Heller

Annual General Meeting

Order Your SDJA Cookbook Today!

Food is more than something that sustains us; it brings us together.
  
This past school year, SDJA’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) collected a wide range of recipes from our community — parents, grandparents, teachers and staff — in order to create a community cookbook of which we are all a part. This is a beautiful way to celebrate our families, our cultures, and share our favorite meals with one another.
 
Thank you to those of you who submitted your delicious recipes to share with all of our SDJA families — past, present and future!

Our community cookbook is currently being printed and it looks fabulous! Now is the time to secure your copy/copies.

The cookbooks will be available the week of June 5th, but you can preorder your copy today.

The cost is $25 per cookbook or 5 for $100. Click here to pay online (via PayPal).

If you wish to pay via check, just bring your check, along with a completed order form, to Teshy at SDJA’s reception desk in the A Building.

If you prefer to come into school to buy your cookbooks, we will also be physically selling the cookbooks at the following times. We will be accepting cash, checks or credit cards.

Tuesday June 6th 2:30 – 3:30 pm – in front of the A building

Wednesday June 7th 7:30 – 9:15 am – in front of the A building

Wednesday June 7th 2:00 – 3:45 pm before and after the Lions awards in the Gym

Friday June 9th 2:30 – 3:30 pm – in front of the upper school Admin offices

If you have already placed an order for your cookbook(s) you may come and collect your order at any of these times.

Thank you!

Your SDJA PTO

Summer Running & Conditioning Camp

Camp Jaycee (K-12)

Looking for Host Families for SDJA International Students!

Open your home and heart to an international student attending SDJA. Build a rich exposure for you and family to another culture in your home and build global connections with other countries.

We ask host families to provide a nurturing, supportive home with a private furnished bedroom, meals, and transportation. Compensation is also provided. For questions and interest, please contact IEM at (858) 724-1541 x 315 and ask for Sabrina or request IEM Homestay Info

Volunteers Needed for Seniors!

The Bikkur Holim Friendly Visitor Program through Jewish family Service matches isolated older adults with volunteers who can help them stay connected to the Jewish Community.

JFS is asking for a year-long commitment, 1 to 2 hours per week, which can be flexible according to both the client and volunteer’s needs. JFS currently has clients on their wait list that differ greatly in location and interests/needs. The following is a quick sampling of descriptions:

Client #1 is widower from Kiev, lives near SDSU, in his late 80’s, has very actively helped the Jewish community in the past, is bright and has very interesting stories to tell.

Client #2 is woman that lives in a facility in RB. She is very disconnected to the community, and would very much benefit from a visitor. This client expressed some issues with depression, and is wheelchair bound. She lives in a fairly large facility, and would love for someone to visit and take her outside for some fresh air and sunshine. She is a retired English teacher, and would love to read/write with someone. She also loves music.

Client #3 is a 66 years old retired school teacher from Ohio. Due to a stroke, she now lives in a facility in Encinitas. She loves to read, does many crafts, such as needlepoint and crafting, and is very intelligent. She is quite isolated and lonely as the majority of residents are much older and more impaired than her. She would highly benefit from a friendly visitor!

These are just a few of our clients currently on our wait list. We are always in need of volunteers.

If you wish to volunteer, please call the JFS Volunteer Engagement Department at 858-637-3050 or go online at www.jfssd,org/volunteer. In both cases, please state that you would like to spend time with older adults. If you are interested in one of our clients listed, you can state that as well.

Thank you!

Teen Events

TEEN EVENTS – JUNE / JULY 2017

Friendship Circle: Camp Let Loose: Volunteers needed

Camp dates Aug 7-Aug 11 @ 9:30 am-2:30 pm

Chabad of Poway, 16934 Chabad Way, Poway 92064

High school students. Training provided on Sunday Aug 6th. 27 hours community service. Join our awesome teens for a week long volunteer and leadership experience with the special needs community. To register www.friendshipcircleSD.org/get-involved/volunteers or contact Maxime@FriendshipCircleSD.org

JCC Maccabi Games – San Diego Delegation

Join the San Diego Delegation as we head to Birmingham, AL from July 28 – August 4th!  There are still a few spots open to join this year’s San Diego Delegation for the JCC Maccabi Games.  The JCC Maccabi Games is an Olympic-style and the largest Jewish teen event in the world!  Athletes compete in sports, experience home hospitality in a new city, help with community service, and enjoy nightly events!  Be a part of the experience and join the San Diego Delegation- only a few spots left! For more information contact Ethan Roseman Teen Director ethanr@lfjcc.org or 858-362-1331

Saturday, June 10th @ 6-8PM  Teen Havdalah 360

Lawrence Family JCC,  La Jolla 92037

Havdalah 360 is a wonderful event for all San Diego Jewish teens.  This year Havdalah 360 will be on Saturday, June 10th and it will be amazing!  This event is great for all High School teens and will be complete with fun services, dinner, entertainment and some good ol fashioned Judaism.  Don’t miss out on Teen Havdalah in the park!  Price TBD. 

For more information contact Ethan Roseman Teen Director ethanr@lfjcc.org or 858-362-1331  

Sunday,  June 11th  @ 10-12: Hands Up Youth Food Pantry: Warehouse Food Pantry

8804 Balboa Ave, San Diego 92123

Volunteers to sort through food donations, assemble food bags, children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult, closed toe shoes required, wear clothes that can get dirty, must be able to list 25 lbs. Sign up online www.jfssd.org/handupapp

Sunday, June 11th  @ 12:45–3:30pm: Hands Up Youth Food Pantry: Military Distribution

Murphy Canyon Chapel, 3200 Santo Road                                                     Volunteers needed to assist with food distribution and to help lead an art project/activity. Please wear closed toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty. 12:45-3:15 pm- lead an art project or activity, 1:30-3:30 pm- food distribution. Sign up online www.jfssd.org/handupapp

Thursday, June 22nd @ 6:30 – 9:30 AM: YAM: Teens About Goodness- Red Nose Day Collaboration 

Be one of 1,500 volunteers making a difference for San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House at over 200 intersections across San Diego County. Have a blast while encouraging commuters to put their spare change to good use! By joining this crazy, unique, & FUN event, our team will raise funds to provide lodging, comfort, & care to families with hospitalized children in San Diego. Join our team! For more information contact Stephie, Lauren or musy@youthactionmovement.com

July 9th-14th: YAM: North Western Region Road Trip + Camp! 

A five day road trip adventure- explore Idaho, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Natural Parks, Amazon HQ and Google HQ as locals! Extremely limited openings and scholarship, contact rabbi@youthactionmovement.com

Ongoing: Friendship Circle: Friends at Home                                               

Looking for teens to volunteer a few hours a month for a child in your neighborhood who really needs a friend — a child with special needs. It’s about the amazingly fun times and the incredible feelings of accomplishment you will enjoy while you’re at it. And it’s about the fringe benefits that come along with being a part of the circle. For more informationContact Maxime 914-525-6793 Maxime@FriendshipCircleSD.org

Ongoing: The first Sunday of every month 11-2 pm: G’Mach Jewish Gift Closet

High school volunteers needed to help work at G’Mach, an organization that helps by offering free items such as clothing, food, furniture to those in need. Please contact 858-549-1877 or www.sandiegogmach.com to volunteer.

Birthright Exclusive: ReSurf Israel Summer Adventure- for Seniors + Alumni

Introducing Birthright Israel: Watersport Adventure.

ReSurf is partnering with Israel Free Spirit to organize a free, 10-day summer journey where you’ll learn to surf, paddle board, sail, and experience Israeli culture through your new shades. Ages 18 – 26. Get inspired and stoked. Sign up now! http://bit.ly/Resurf

MUS - Mark Your Calendar

6/6    Middle School Field Trip to Horton Grand Theater

6/7   Lions Awards 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm (Cookbook sales, too!)

6/8   7th Grade Parents Meeting  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

6/8   Annual General Meeting 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

6/9   PTO Cookbook Sales  2:30 pm

6/11  ACT Testing  7:30 am – 2:30 pm 

6/11   MUS Graduation  12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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Golda Meir Lower School - Grades K-5

Day of Design

Dear Parents,

The short week we had with Shavuot afforded us the perfect opportunity to host our first-ever (and definitely to be repeated) GMLS Day of Design! I cannot even begin to adequately describe how on fire the kids were. The classrooms were electrified. From spaghetti towers, to zip lines, to drones, to schools on Mars and more, your kids worked in teams to tackle creative engineering challenges. They planned, built, tested, revised and learned so much about the real world of design-thinking and team work.

Teachers were over the moon, too. Learning came alive for all of us. It was totally captivating and joyous!

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I am going to let the following pictures do the rest of the talking.

Enjoy,

Kelley

 

Annual General Meeting - June 8

2nd Graders Donate to JFS

Our 2nd graders recently had their Matan Torah ceremony.  In their program, they honored the holiday of ShavuotShavuot marks the day that the Torah was given to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai. An important part of the celebration of Shavuot in those times was the ceremony of bringing the “first fruits”, or bikkurim, of the harvest to the Temple as an offering of thanks to God.  The bikkurim were carried in beautifully decorated baskets. Families would gather together to walk to Jerusalem and they would sing, dance and have music playing while they walked.

Our 2nd graders brought food donations and carried it in their Bikkurim baskets during the program. Giving tzedakah is a mean for a Jewish person to perform one of the most important acts of Judaism. According to the ancient sages, the commandment of giving charity is equally important to all other Jewish commandments.

All the food donations were given to Hand Up, a Youth Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service to ensure other families can celebrate the holiday of Shavuot

The SDJA Cookbook is Coming!

Food is more than something that sustains us; it brings us together.
  
This past school year, SDJA’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) collected a wide range of recipes from our community — parents, grandparents, teachers and staff — in order to create a community cookbook of which we are all a part. This is a beautiful way to celebrate our families, our cultures, and share our favorite meals with one another.
 
Thank you to those of you who submitted your delicious recipes to share with all of our SDJA families — past, present and future!

Our community cookbook is currently being printed and it looks fabulous! Now is the time to secure your copy/copies.

The cookbooks will be available the week of June 5th, but you can preorder your copy today.

The cost is $25 per cookbook or 5 for $100. Click here to pay online (via PayPal).

If you wish to pay via check, just bring your check, along with a completed order form, to Teshy at SDJA’s reception desk in the A Building.

If you prefer to come into school to buy your cookbooks, we will also be physically selling the cookbooks at the following times. We will be accepting cash, checks or credit cards.

Tuesday June 6th 2:30 – 3:30 pm – in front of the A building

Wednesday June 7th 7:30 – 9:15 am – in front of the A building

Wednesday June 7th 2:00 – 3:45 pm before and after the Lions awards in the Gym

Friday June 9th 2:30 – 3:30 pm – in front of the upper school Admin offices

If you have already placed an order for your cookbook(s) you may come and collect your order at any of these times.

Thank you!

Your SDJA PTO

Volunteer for JFS

 The Bikkur Holim Friendly Visitor Program through Jewish family Service matches isolated older adults with volunteers who can help them stay connected to the Jewish Community.

JFS is asking for a year-long commitment, 1 to 2 hours per week, which can be flexible according to both the client and volunteer’s needs. JFS currently has clients on their wait list that differ greatly in location and interests/needs. The following is a quick sampling of descriptions:

Client #1 is widower from Kiev, lives near SDSU, in his late 80’s, has very actively helped the Jewish community in the past, is bright and has very interesting stories to tell.

Client #2 is woman that lives in a facility in RB. She is very disconnected to the community, and would very much benefit from a visitor. This client expressed some issues with depression, and is wheelchair bound. She lives in a fairly large facility, and would love for someone to visit and take her outside for some fresh air and sunshine. She is a retired English teacher, and would love to read/write with someone. She also loves music.

Client #3 is a 66 years old retired school teacher from Ohio. Due to a stroke, she now lives in a facility in Encinitas. She loves to read, does many crafts, such as needlepoint and crafting, and is very intelligent. She is quite isolated and lonely as the majority of residents are much older and more impaired than her. She would highly benefit from a friendly visitor!

These are just a few of our clients currently on our wait list. We are always in need of volunteers.

If you wish to volunteer, please call the JFS Volunteer Engagement Department at 858-637-3050 or go online at www.jfssd,org/volunteer. In both cases, please state that you would like to spend time with older adults. If you are interested in one of our clients listed, you can state that as well.

Thank you!

1st Graders and Shavuot

For Shavuot, first graders gathered in the Beit Knesset to learn all about the Torah.

Morah Sharone introduced the Torah in its entirety and the children made their own 10 commandments as a class. Then they viewed the Torah – inside and out. They learned about a Sofer writing the Torah, they saw the special text and Yad that is used to point when reading the Torah. Finally, the class made their own 10 commandments with the covering!

Camp Jaycee 2017 (K-12)

You Can Help Save a Life

Dear SDJA Family,

We have a member of our community, a beloved grandfather and founder of SDJA, who is ill and in serious need of a kidney.  

David Mandelbaum is facing the challenge of his life and we have the extraordinary opportunity to come together as a community and do our part to help him find a kidney donor with blood type O.

All we ask is that you please share his story with as many people as you know, follow and share his Facebook page, which contains a personal letter from David and come to the June 7 Awareness Event.

Pikuach Nefesh, the preservation of human life, is an essential principle that takes precedence over all the other commandments in Judaism.  It is our obligation to ensure we do everything possible to save the life of someone in need or danger.

The Talmud teaches: “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”  Let’s make sure we provide every opportunity for David by coming together, getting informed, and ensuring a match can be found.

We are hopeful our efforts will lead to a full and speedy recovery, a Refuah Shlemah, for David.

With much gratitude for your attention and participation,

Chaim Heller

Be a Host Family for SDJA's International Students

 Open your home and heart to an international student attending SDJA. Build a rich exposure for you and family to another culture in your home and build global connections with other countries.

We ask host families to provide a nurturing, supportive home with a private furnished bedroom, meals, and transportation. Compensation is also provided. For questions and interest, please contact IEM at (858) 724-1541 x 315 and ask for Sabrina or request IEM Homestay Info

SDJA Uniform Drive and Sale!

GMLS - News You Can Use

Lost Jacket? Check Labels!

Please be sure to check the labels on all outerwear to make sure that the pieces of clothing that come home belong to your child. It is easy for children to accidentally grab the wrong sweater or fleece jacket, so it is important to periodically check the inside label.

Weekly Programs

Please join us as we begin each week together with our Monday morning Modeh Ani ceremony on the steps at 8:05am.  Then join us Friday afternoons to welcome Shabbat with our Kabbalat Shabbat program in the Ulam at 2:15pm.

After School Childcare

The school year has started and that means aftercare is now available! All GMLS students are welcome. If you are interested in learning more about aftercare services, have questions or inquiries please contact our aftercare coordinator, at AfterSchoolCare@sdja.com.

SDJA School Calendar

Click here to download the NEW 2017-18 Calendar!

*** NEW DATE for the FIRST DAY of SCHOOL!! ***

Kayefet

We are nearing the end of our 3rd Session of Kayefet – our after school program. This session will run to the end of the year, to  June 15th. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 3:05 pm to 4:15 pm. We provide snacks and all materials. Classes will run every week regardless if it is a short school week.

Monday: RockStar (1-5); Spanish for Spanish speakers (3-5); Spanish for English speakers (3-5); Soccer (K-5).

Tuesday: Yoga (K-5); Fuse Glass (1-5); Magic Matt (K-5).

Wednesday: Ultimate MineCraft (1-5); Capture the Flag (K-2 and 3-5); Mad Science (K-5); Drama(2-4).

Thursday: Chess (1-5); Basketball (K-5); The Junior Baker (K-3).

For registration and more information, please click here.

If you have any questions, email Kayefet Coordinator– Revital Harosh at rharosh@sdja.com.

Thank you in advance for supporting the Kayefet program and making it a success!

GMLS - Mark Your Calendar

6/6     2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – PTO Cookbook Sales

6/7     7:30-9:15 am – PTO Cook Book Sales

6/7     9:30 am – Mad Science Assembly

6/8     1:10 pm – 5th grade field trip to UCSD Neuroscience Lab

6/8      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Annual General Meeting

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6/15    Last Day of School

6/15    8:00 am – 5th Grade Shacharit Service

6/15    8:00 am – K-4th grade End-of-Year Parties

6/15    1:00 pm – 5th Grade End-of-Year Party

6/15    2:35 pm – Step-Up Ceremony

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Early Childhood Center

Summer Camp - Now Enrolling

 

Come join us for up to 8 weeks of Summer fun! Our weekly themes include:

Camp Kickoff, Party in the USA, Finding Nemo, Star Wars, Super Heroes, Disney Adventures, Crazy Camp, and Rock Stars!

Everyday is a fun day and learning with Messy Mondays, Technology Tuesdays, Wacky Wednesdays, Theater Thursdays and Funny Fridays – with a Jumpy and Shabbat Party!!

We are offering both a Preschool Camp AND a Beit Yeladim Camp! Click here for complete details!

Annual General Meeting - Thursday, June 8

It's the SDJA Cookbook!

Food is more than something that sustains us; it brings us together.
  
This past school year, SDJA’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) collected a wide range of recipes from our community — parents, grandparents, teachers and staff — in order to create a community cookbook of which we are all a part. This is a beautiful way to celebrate our families, our cultures, and share our favorite meals with one another.
 
Thank you to those of you who submitted your delicious recipes to share with all of our SDJA families — past, present and future!

Our community cookbook is currently being printed and it looks fabulous! Now is the time to secure your copy/copies.

The cookbooks will be available the week of June 5th, but you can preorder your copy today.

The cost is $25 per cookbook or 5 for $100. Click here to pay online (via PayPal).

If you wish to pay via check, just bring your check, along with a completed order form, to Teshy at SDJA’s reception desk in the A Building.

If you prefer to come into school to buy your cookbooks, we will also be physically selling the cookbooks at the following times. We will be accepting cash, checks or credit cards.

Tuesday June 6th 2:30 – 3:30 pm – in front of the A building

Wednesday June 7th 7:30 – 9:15 am – in front of the A building

Wednesday June 7th 2:00 – 3:45 pm before and after the Lions awards in the Gym

Friday June 9th 2:30 – 3:30 pm – in front of the upper school Admin offices

If you have already placed an order for your cookbook(s) you may come and collect your order at any of these times.

Thank you!

Your SDJA PTO

Help Save a Life

Dear SDJA Family,

We have a member of our community, a beloved grandfather and founder of SDJA, who is ill and in serious need of a kidney.  

David Mandelbaum is facing the challenge of his life and we have the extraordinary opportunity to come together as a community and do our part to help him find a kidney donor with blood type O.

All we ask is that you please share his story with as many people as you know, follow and share his Facebook page, which contains a personal letter from David and come to the June 7 Awareness Event.

Pikuach Nefesh, the preservation of human life, is an essential principle that takes precedence over all the other commandments in Judaism.  It is our obligation to ensure we do everything possible to save the life of someone in need or danger.

The Talmud teaches: “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”  Let’s make sure we provide every opportunity for David by coming together, getting informed, and ensuring a match can be found.

We are hopeful our efforts will lead to a full and speedy recovery, a Refuah Shlemah, for David.

With much gratitude for your attention and participation,

Chaim Heller

PJ Library

Looking for a way to nurture the parent-child bond and strengthen your child’s Jewish identity? Read them a book!

Brought to San Diego by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the PJ Library (yes, for pajama) provides children from six months to seven years with a Jewish children’s book or CD every month at no cost!

We are excited to announce that we will now enroll children through age 8!

ECC Enrichments

Monday: Cooking, Soccer

Tuesday: Magic and Hip Hop

Wednesday: Basketball and Yoga

Thursday: Ballet and Tumble Gym Bus

Friday: P.E.R.K. (Physical Education Recreational Klub)

ECC - Mark Your Calendar

June 13: Preschool Graduation – 6:30 pm Ulam (refreshments to follow in the Beit Midrash)

June 14: Last Day of Preschool

June 15: K-5 Step Up Ceremony (only for those students who will attend SDJA Kindergarten next year)

June 15, 16: Preschool Closed

June 19: First Day of Summer Camp

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July 4 – Closed for Independence Day

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SDJA Lions - Athletics

PTO – Parent Teacher Organization

GMLS:

Last Day of school – Gifts for kids and Popsicles from your PTO. Need 1-2 volunteers to help setup.

School supplies for next year are available! Open the link to see what supplies you’ll need for next year. See instructions below:

Order Securely Online 

Starting May 1st thru June 25th

  1. Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks
  2. Enter the school ID, SAN328 
  3. Follow the directions to complete your order. 
  4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

Thank you from your GMLS!

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MUS:

"SDJA FREE BOOK SWAP" - Sponsored by the PTO

Dear Parents,

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 a BOOK SWAP!  

You or your child can drop off old books (must still be in good condition and currently used by the school but can be from previous years) at the days and times listed below.  We will note how many books you bring and that is the number of books you will be able to take.  Please know that this is a one for one swap, it is not dependent upon cost or type of book, and availability will depend upon what is submitted.  No money will change hands. If books are brought in advance, you will return on the days/times listed below to pick your book(s).  If you bring the book during the swap you will pick the book(s) at that time. Also feel free to simply donate any books that you have.

Your children may also hand no-longer-needed books into their teachers at any time. Teachers will mark down how many books they handed in.

Advance drop of days/times: (this will take place inside the Upper School Admin offices)

Friday, June 9th 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Tuesday, June 13th 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Tuesday, June 13th 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Alternatively hand in to teacher

Book swap days/times: (this will take place outside the Upper School Admin building)

Wednesday, June 14th 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Thursday, June 15th 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, 2pm - 3pm

Friday, June 16th 10:00 am - 12:00 noon (School will be out but we will be there for those of you who prefer to come then)

Friday, August 18th 10:00 am - 12:00 noon (This is the week before school reopens for those of you who are still needing books)

This is a great way to prepare for next year, get rid of old books, and save money and time!

Rising 6th graders (currently 5th) are welcome to come by and take a book that they will need for 6th grade without bringing a book, if there are books that they need.   

Please note:

We are doing everything we can to ensure that the books will be the ones used in the coming year but cannot guarantee that will be the case. If you choose a book and it turns out that it will not be used next school year, if the swap is still open, you may return that book and choose another, if another book is available.  

There is no guarantee that you will be able to swap for the same amount of books that you turn in.

Also, all books are considered "Used" books. If a book you select is New that is just by chance.  We ask that participants only turn in gently used books and will try to have only gently used books available to swap.  However, we cannot guarantee the quality or condition of any book.  

Thank you for participating.

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MUS:

Food is more than something that sustains us; it brings us together.
  
This past school year, SDJA’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) collected a wide range of recipes from our community — parents, grandparents, teachers and staff — in order to create a community cookbook of which we are all a part. This is a beautiful way to celebrate our families, our cultures, and share our favorite meals with one another.
 
Thank you to those of you who submitted your delicious recipes to share with all of our SDJA families — past, present and future!

Our community cookbook is currently being printed and it looks fabulous! Now is the time to secure your copy/copies.

The cookbooks will be available the week of June 5th, but you can preorder your copy today.

The cost is $25 per cookbook or 5 for $100. Click here to pay online (via PayPal).

If you wish to pay via check, just bring your check, along with a completed order form, to Teshy at SDJA’s reception desk in the A Building.

If you prefer to come into school to buy your cookbooks, we will also be physically selling the cookbooks at the following times. We will be accepting cash, checks or credit cards.

Tuesday June 6th 2:30 - 3:30 pm - in front of the A building

Wednesday June 7th 7:30 - 9:15 am - in front of the A building

Wednesday June 7th 2:00 - 3:45 pm before and after the Lions awards in the Gym

Friday June 9th 2:30 - 3:30 pm - in front of the upper school Admin offices

If you have already placed an order for your cookbook(s) you may come and collect your order at any of these times.

Thank you!

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Kidney Donation Awareness Event - This Wednesday - June 7

SDJA's Annual General Meeting - June 8

Jewish Arts Festival - May 21-July 9

The 24th annual Lipinsky San Diego Jewish Arts Festival includes a slate of twelve performance in theater, dance, music, film, and fine arts at four different San Diego and North County venues.   This year’s festival features a more broad celebration of San Diego’s diverse performing arts community. Highlighting the festival will be: a sneak peek at a Hershey Felder work in progress, “The Stories of Sholem Aleichem;” a celebration of Andrew Viterbi’s new memoir, “Andrew Viterbi: Reflections of an Educator, Researcher and Entrepreneur;” and “Minor Fall, Major Lift,” a brand new evening of dance from Malashock Dance.

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A Touch of Torah

Parashat Hashavua

Name: Beha’alotecha

Where to find it: Numbers 8:1-12:16

Brief summary: Parashat Beha’alotecha describes the last steps in the preparation of the mishkan, or tabernacle, before it (and thus the Israelites) are ready to finally leave Mount Sinai and begin their wandering through the wilderness.  The final two steps are the lighting of the menorah inside the tabernacle and the sanctification of the tribe of Levi, so honored because of their refusal to participate in the sin of the Golden Calf.  After these two steps, a “Pesach sheini”, or second Passover, is instituted, to provide an opportunity to bring a Passover offering for those who were unable to the first time.  Finally, at the end of the parashah, the Israelites pack up and leave, in the formations described two weeks ago.  However, it’s not long before the Israelites begin complaining again, as they did shortly after crossing the Sea of Reeds.  This time, they complain that the manna that God sends to feed them while they are in the wilderness is insufficient, and they demand some meat instead.  God accedes to their request and sends a flock of quails for them to enjoy.  The parashah ends with a curious incident, in which Aaron and Miriam, Moses’ brother and sister, share gossip about Moses.  Miriam’s punishment is to be afflicted with a skin disease and quarantined outside the camp for a week until she recovers, aided by Moses’ prayer to God to heal her.  

Themes: Journeys, complacency, gratitude, gossip

Discussion questions:

  1. Why are the Israelites so quick to complain about God miraculously providing food for them in the wilderness? Shouldn’t they be grateful that they’re able to eat in a barren land at all?
  2. Many questions emerge from the incident of Miriam and Aaron gossiping about Moses.  Among them:
  3. If both Miriam and Aaron engaged in the gossip, why was only Miriam punished?
  4. The Torah doesn’t record the details of the gossip – only that they were speaking about Moses’ wife being a “Cushite woman”.  What is the significance of Moses’ wife being a Cushite? Why does this constitute gossip?
  5. If Miriam’s gossip was so severe as to effect a week-long disease, why was Moses so quick to forgive and to pray for her recovery?

Jewish Calendar Fun Fact of the Week

With Shavuot in the rear-view mirror, the next real holiday isn’t until Rosh Hashanah, over three months from now.  The only two significant events in the Jewish calendar over the summer are fast days.  First, about a month from now is the fast of the 17th of Tammuz.  This fast day commemorates several tragic events that took place on this date throughout Jewish history, including Moses shattering the first tablets when he saw the Golden Calf, and the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 69 BCE prior to the destruction of the Second Temple.  (The other fast day, Tisha B’Av, commemorates the destruction of the Temple itself, and will be discussed next week.)

Jeremy Toren, Director of Jewish Life and Judaic Studies, Maimonides Upper School