June 11, 2017
17 Sivan, 5777

Word of the Week

By Chaim Heller, Head of School

SDJA Report Card

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 playground and learning environment that is scheduled to open on the first day of school.
  • Jewish holiday camps are now offered at the ECC throughout the year and are very popular and well-attended.

Golda Meir Lower School

  • Based on nationally-normed testing, 45% of grade 1-5 students score in the top 10% in reading, and 47% score in the top 10% in math.
  • Our 1st – 5th  graders as an aggregate test in the top 10% of all private schools nationally in reading and math
  • Our students equal or exceed the rate of growth in independent schools nationally on every single sub-test, based on ERB national testing.
  • 66 students entered and prepped for the Mission Innovation San Diego interscholastic competition. SDJA teams took 11 of the top 25 awards.

Maimonides Upper School

  • 55% of our graduates were accepted into top-50 colleges and universities, receiving $3.5 million in merit-based financial aid.
  • 3 students named National Merit Commended Students, including one finalist.
  • 36 students in our Innovation Institute presented original proposals for funding at “Shark Tank” style conference at UCSD Rady School of Management.
  • Average ACT scores are in top 10% nationally.
  • A+ ranking, in top 2% of high schools nationally according to niche.com.

None of this is possible without the passion and dedication of our teachers. They are truly the heart and soul of SDJA. I hope you’ll find an opportunity to thank them in the coming days.

Wishing you and your family a delightful, fun-filled summer. See you in August!

Chaim


Maimonides Upper School - Grades 6-12

“The summer wind came blowin' in from across the sea” - Frank Sinatra

Can you feel it?

Well, upper school students still have exam week to navigate but summer break will be here very soon.

It’s always fun this time of year to reflect on the past ten months. WOW lots has happened! What always amazes me is the level of energy and that buzz of activity that makes SDJA such a phenomenal school. The classroom experience, experiential education, high holidays, athletics, robotics, Snow day?? Yes, Snow day, middle school science fair, Moot Beit Din, Cub-chella, College admissions, Math Matters, Visual and Performing Arts Showcase, the senior trip, prom, AP exams…and on and on… amazing.

In a few days the campus will take on a different feel though. It will be quiet… almost too quiet, um bad movie line but kind of true. Quiet is good though. It gives us all the precious gift of time to reflect, recharge and consider the possibilities.

To all our students: Breathe this summer, take a break then when the time is right consider what you learned this year.. about yourself and in your classes. Would you do anything differently? How will you approach your school life next year?

To all our parents: Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education and thank you for partnering with us in this process. The MUS faculty is an altruistic group of people who are dedicated to your child’s growth and it is an honor working for them every day.

Happy Summer.. See you in August.

Mike Quigley, Head of Upper School

From the Board Room

Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff:

I am really honored and delighted to be the new President of the Board at SDJA.  With this letter we are inaugurating a monthly column for next year to share the ongoing agenda of the Board of Trustees and the general issues and plans we focus on at each meeting.

At the Annual General Meeting on June 8th, Chaim Heller presented a state of the school report, highlighting a number of achievements in each division.

We celebrated 5 teachers and staff who marked 18+ years educating and caring for and about the SDJA community: Coach Scott Bucky, Shelley Moses, Shani Abed, Teshy Wellman and Juan Suaste.

Each year board members complete their terms of service and we recognize and thank them for their contributions to the Board. We acknowledged Ingram Losner, Ira Feinswog, Beni Surpin, Leslie Fastlicht Russo, and Jami Rosenthal for their dedication. We welcomed to the Board Lee Goodman, Sonia Mandelbaum, Elliot Scott, Danny Varon and Edy Podolsky.

We celebrated Theresa Dupuis’ presidency and thanked her for being an outstanding leader the last two years.

Finally, CFO Skip Carpowich shared our progress of the Campus Master Plan, sharing several renderings of our long-term thinking for enhancements and new imaginings for the future of SDJA.

The evening concluded with a champagne toast, a shehechianu blessing of thanksgiving, and the Board enjoyed dinner with the leadership team.

Thank you for the privilege to serve as President. I wish all of you a wonderful summer, and I’ll see you August 22nd!

Rabbi Yael Ridberg

Tzedakah Certificates

Over the last seven years, Morah Esti has been sending students’ donations, collected throughout the year, to organizations in Israel. In turn, they send a Certificate of Recognition and Acknowledgment.

At the end of each year Morah Esti introduces her students to 4 or 5 organizations in Israel. The students then vote as to which organization will receive their donated funds.

This year students chose to give the tzedakah money to the “Dream Doctor” organization.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eVHoDnKy0Q

The Dream Doctors Project is a unique venture integrating medical clowns –”Dream Doctors”- into the hospital healthcare system in Israel by training them to work as part of the multidisciplinary care teams in various medical units carrying out procedures to improve patient well-being and advance care.

Other organizations over the years have included:

  • The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind
  • Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF)
  • Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
  • Magen David Adom in Israel
  • IsraAid – providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support. 
  • “Little Steps” is an organization which was founded in Israel by parents of children with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy diseases.

SDJA CrimeStoppers

The middle school Crimestoppers class has done an amazing job learning many crime lab techniques this semester, including glass breakage identification, soil analysis, animal and human hair identification, forensic photography, handwriting analysis and thin layer chromatography.

The class also learned how to ink balloons and then blow them up to magnify and analyze their fingerprints.  Their final project will be to process a mock crime scene and determine exactly how and what happened.

Congratulations on the creativity and hard work done by the class!

PTO Textbook Swap!

As we come to the end of another wonderful year, the MUS PTO wants to let you know about a wonderful opportunity at school for getting your textbooks for the coming year. 

We are having a TEXTBOOK SWAP!  

You or your child can drop off old textbooks (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)

Tuesday June 13th 8am – 9am

Tuesday June 13th 1:45pm – 2:30pm

Alternatively hand in to teacher

 

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

Wednesday June 14th 11am – 12noon

Thursday June 15th 11am – 12noon

     2pm – 3pm

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

Friday August 18th 10am – 12noon (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.

Math 8 Finals Games

Our 8th graders played Mathball this week to review for their upcoming final exam!

Students are organized in small groups to solve a sequence of math problems. When the time is up, the teacher calls out a random number, which corresponds to a student in each group. If that student has the correct answer, he/she gets to step into the Mathball court; a basket earns double points for his/her team!

This review game encourages math communication, fluency of procedures, and quick problem solving in a fun, spirited environment!

Hebrew Cooking

In Hebrew 4, the students (from different grades) had so much fun cooking in the kitchen together in the spirit of Shavuot!

They made some dairy dishes: “Pizza-Pita” – A very typical Israeli snack with everyone’s favorite cheese and ketchup.

They also made yummy “fruits shipudim” and a delicious vanilla pudding desert. All easy things the children can also make by themselves at home! We learned new Hebrew words that are related to cooking.

It was so much: “Kef” (Fun) and “Taim” (tasty)!

Mazal Tov to our Lion Ambassadors

Mazal Tov to our 2017-18 Lions Ambassadors

Please join us in congratulating our SDJA Lions Ambassadors for 2017-18 for Grades 6-12, following on from this past year’s successful inaugural year.  Through this program, a partnership between MUS Student Life and Admissions, 2017-18 Lions Ambassadors will share their love of SDJA, their pride and passion and their experiences to prospective families and new students, as well as serving as Ambassadors at community events.  The Lion Ambassadors are integral in welcoming new students to our school and helping them feel at home. 

We were again overwhelmed by the number and quality of applications from students to be a Lions Ambassador.  The stories and anecdotes that were shared were impressive; and the pride of being at SDJA and the relationships that our students have with teachers were strong themes. 

We are excited to announce that the following students will serve as our 2017-18 Lions Ambassadors.  Mazal Tov to All!

2017-18 Grade

Lion Ambassadors

6th Grade

Leya Lyasch, Sammy Ross, Michelle Goldwasser, Nate Neustadt

7th Grade

Bella Silberstein, Sammi Weiss, Ella Gutman, Sienna Shapiro, Kelly Gan

8th Grade

Yosi Galicot, Gil Zucker-Abudi, Natalie Goldwasser, Talia Abu, Hannah Mandel, Shaye Youngleson

9th Grade

Joshua Miller, Jed Edelstein, Gabriel Simpser, Kayla Swartzberg, Leya Shaw, Daniella Surpin, Geena Benson, Karina Evans-Schreiber, Michaela Simble

10th Grade

Mia Hansen, Maya Baltinester, Gali Laska, Evan  Kohn, Eitan Breziner, Sharon Cohen, Gabriela Wellman

11th Grade

Vivienne Blackburn, Gabriella Surpin, Tikva Velazquez, Jian (Jane) Wang, Daniel Acks, Jingyi (Jane) Wang

12th Grade

Amber Bartlett, Jarett Grolman, Sharon  Cohen, Rebecca Chitlik, Jian (Ashley) Wang

 

Sports Conditioning & Summer Running 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/SUMMER 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     

CIT & LIT (Inclusion Focused) Program at Camp Jaycee for Grades 10 & 11 Lawrence Family JCC,  La Jolla 92037                                                                  Camp Jaycee introduces our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) and Leadership-in-Training (LIT) programs as an intensive leadership program designed specifically for campers entering 10th and 11th grad in the fall, who are interested in working with campers with special needs.  Campers will train directly with our inclusion specialists, who will provide CITs and LITs with fundamental knowledge of different special needs while being supervised by trained counselors.  They will receive CPR and First Aid training.  Two summer session available.  Price varies by session.Session 1: June 19-July 28; Session 2: July 31-August 11  For more information contact Jonathan Bell – Camp Manager jonathanb@lfjcc.org or 858-362-1156

 Tsofim Caravan for Grades 6-8  Lawrence Family JCC, La Jolla 92037   

Tsofim Caravan brings together pre-teens from all over San Diego to share in four different adventures.  Campers bond and form close friendships as they enjoy summer experiences together!  Highlights include water skiing, tubing, overnight at the zoo, whitewater rafting, surfing, and a Grand Canyon trip!  Have the summer of your life and make sure to sign up.  Price varies by session. Session 1: June 19-30; Session 2: July 3-14; Session 3: July 17-28; Session 4: July 31-August 11.  For more information contact Jonathan Bell – Camp Manager jonathanb@lfjcc.org or 858-362-1156

Freshman Caravan for Grades 9   Lawrence Family JCC,  La Jolla 92037          Freshman Caravan brings together entering 9th grade teens from all over San Diego to share in three different adventures.  Campers bond and form close friendships as they enjoy summer experiences together!  Highlights include Top Chef, Whitewater Rafting, and the Grand Canyon!  Have the summer of your life and make sure to sign up.  Price varies by session. Session 1: June 26-30; Session 2: July 10-14; Session 3: July 24-28. For more information contact Jonathan Bell – Camp Manager jonathanb@lfjcc.org or 858-362-1156

Friday, June 9th @ 7 -9:30 pm: YAM: Teen Community Shabbat            

The home of Rabbi Zevi & Musy New 7015 Chapala Canyon Ct. 92129

Celebrate Shabbat together with teens who become like family! Enjoy a delicious home made five course dinner, socialize with Jewish teens from across San Diego county and feel the warmth of Shabbat. Interactive games and teen community announcements throughout. RSVP kindly appreciated: rabbi@youthactionmovement.com  or (858)500-2550

Saturday, June 10th @ 6-8 pm: JCC: Teen Sunset Havdalah

Lawrence Family JCC,  La Jolla 92037

Sunset Havdalahis a wonderful event for all San Diego Jewish teens.  This event is great for all High School teens and will be complete with a fun Havdalah, dinner, entertainment and some good ol fashioned Judaism.  Don’t miss out on Teen Havdalah on the pool deck!  Attire- white, dressy casual.Price $20, $18 JCCmember.  To register www.lfjcc.org/havdalah or contact Ethan Roseman Teen Director ethanr@lfjcc.org or 858-362-1331  

Sunday,  June 11th  @ 10am-12pm: Hands Up Youth Food Pantry & Friendship Circle: 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

Tuesday, June 13th @ 6-9pm: Friendship Circle *Women & Girls Only* Torah High Presents: Beauty & The Beast

LFJCC & The Place Cafe

Join us for a Mother & Daughter no-host dinner at The Place Cafe at 6PM before the show starts at 7PM. Tickets are discounted for FC members with mention of “Friendship Circle” at purchase. Please RSVP to Maxime@FriendshipCircleSD.org for the dinner and tickets may be purchased either by phone 858-558-6880 or online http://bit.ly/torahmusical

Friday, June 16th @ 7-9:30 pm: YAM: Teen Community Shabbat for Alumni         The home of Rabbi Zevi & Musy New 7015 Chapala Canyon Ct. 92129“Once a YAM member, always a family.” Celebrating Shabbat and reconnect with friends who are currently studying in Universities all across America. Refresh your memory and catch up on all that’s going on at YAM! RSVP kindly appreciated: rabbi@youthactionmovement.com  or (858)500-2550

Tuesday, June 20th @ 6 pm: Friendship Circle: Young Adults Club Free Concert

Older teens and recent grads welcome to join the young adults club at scenic Powerhouse Park in Del Mar from 6-9PM. Opening act The Flounders at 6 and headliners Blue Eyed Soul Band at 7. Bring a picnic dinner, watch the sunset and enjoy the sounds with friends! Volunteer to hang out with individuals with special needs at the park. RSVP: Maxime@FriendshipCircleSD.org

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

Sunday, June 25th @ 5:00pm-6:00pm: Friendship Circle: Friendship Dojo

Shaolin Kempo Arts, 11633 Sorrento Valley Rd, San Diego 92121

Teen volunteers wanted to have fun for an hour of games, activities and self-defense moves with special needs individuals! Bring out your inner ninja (or jedi) as we play Star Wars, throw “ninja stars” and learn helpful defense moves. Next session: Sunday, July 16 @ 5-6 pm. RSVP required, email: Maxime@FriendshipCircleSD.org

Senior Buddies: Every Wednesday from 10-11am from June 28-July 26    Lawrence Family JCC,  La Jolla 92037    

Meet with older folks and help them with technology while gaining community service hours!  In partnership with the JCC Seniors Department, teens will help explain things like Facebook, email, SKYPE, and more!  Participants will make a wonderful difference in the lives of these older folks.  For more information contact Ethan Roseman ethanr@ljfcc.org 858-362-1331

Friendship Circle: July Events

Are you a social butterfly looking to use your social skills to make a difference? Want to give back by just being a good friend or role model? Help the special needs community and have fun at the same time! Keep a lookout for Gymnastics Class at UCSD, Friendship Dojo karate class, SD County Fair trips and more fun, free outings! Email Maxime@FriendshipCircleSD.org for more information or check our website www.FriendshipCircleSD.org for event listings.

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

Teen Leadership Council (TLC) 2017-2018 Application due September 6    Lawrence Family JCC, La Jolla 92037   

The Teen Leadership Council (TLC) brings together a group of talented and conscientious teen leaders from all over San Diego County.  Run by the Teen Executive Board, all members plan events throughout the year for the community at large.  TLC members participate in retreats, leadership building, event planning, and community service events.  This year long event is for teen entering 9th-12th grade and runs from September-June. JCC Member Price: $325 Non-Member Price $325 + $170 (Includes 1 year JCC Teen Membership). For more information http://www.lfjcc.org/teens/teenleadershipcouncil.aspx or contact Ethan Roseman at ethanr@lfjcc.org 858-362-1331.

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  Maxime@FriendshipCircleSD.org

MUS - Mark Your Calendar

6/13:  PTO Textbook Swap 8:00 am – 9:00 am & 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

6/14:  PTO Textbook Swap 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

6/15:  Last Day of School!

6/15:  PTO Textbook Swap 11:00 am – 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

6/16:  PTO Textbook Swap 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Golda Meir Lower School - Grades K-5

GMLS Accomplishments

Dear Parents,

On Friday, I sent you an email with some information about our students’ academic achievement based on standardized, norm-referenced tests. I hope you had an opportunity to read it. Today, I would like to take an opportunity to shine a light on other important accomplishments.

This represents just a few examples from the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Fifth grade launched its Entrepreneurial Strand this year which engaged students in learning personal finance and how to run a business. A day at Junior Achievement’s BizTown was the culminating event. Fifth graders also had a high level of involvement in the school’s Campus Master Planning process, including interviewing community stakeholders and a field trip to the architectural firm’s offices.
  • GMLS launched its first K-5 Day of Design this spring – a day totally dedicated to design thinking, team work, and engineering.
  • Sixty-six students participated in Mission Innovation, an SDJA-created inter-scholastic STEM competition. Out of three schools, GMLS teams took 11 of the top 25 honors.
  • Five art pieces created by GMLS students were juried into the SDJA 2017 Young Art exhibition which was held in May at the Museum of Art in Balboa Park.
  • Every GMLS student’s art work was accepted for display at the “Best of K-6” school art exhibit at the Del Mar Fair, including 6 group projects and over 60 individual works of art. Go check them out now!
  • For several years running, we qualify to send finalists to Israel for the Shorashim competition. Kol hakavod this year to Daniela Galicot.
  • This year, we launched weekly K-5 “student interest clubs” based on what the kids wanted to do. These included magic club, gardening club, craft club, book club, dance club, games club, Kindness Committee and much more.
  • Students performed their holiday programs throughout the year with seniors at Seacrest Village and Jewish Family Services.
  • Fifth graders raised $1,200 and donated it to a school in Haifa after the wildfires earlier this year.
  • Fourth graders worked at Gmach’s warehouse where they organized clothes and toiletries to give to those in need.
  • Preschoolers -12th graders gave food to 40 families in need during Chanukah through Jewish Family Services.

We have truly enjoyed helping our students grow as Jewish scholars, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, mensches and more this year. Thank you, parents, for your support and partnership in this important work.

Kelley King

From the Board Room.

Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff:

I am really honored and delighted to be the new President of the Board at SDJA.  With this letter we are inaugurating a monthly column for next year to share the ongoing agenda of the Board of Trustees and the general issues and plans we focus on at each meeting.

At the Annual General Meeting on June 8th, Chaim Heller presented a state of the school report, highlighting a number of achievements in each division.

We celebrated 5 teachers and staff who marked 18+ years educating and caring for and about the SDJA community: Coach Scott Bucky, Shelley Moses, Shani Abed, Teshy Wellman and Juan Suaste.

Each year board members complete their terms of service and we recognize and thank them for their contributions to the Board. We acknowledged Ingram Losner, Ira Feinswog, Beni Surpin, Leslie Fastlicht Russo, and Jami Rosenthal for their dedication. We welcomed to the Board Lee Goodman, Sonia Mandelbaum, Elliot Scott, Danny Varon and Edy Podolsky.

We celebrated Theresa Dupuis’ presidency and thanked her for being an outstanding leader the last two years.

Finally, CFO Skip Carpowich shared our progress of the Campus Master Plan, sharing several renderings of our long-term thinking for enhancements and new imaginings for the future of SDJA.

The evening concluded with a champagne toast, a shehechianu blessing of thanksgiving, and the Board enjoyed dinner with the leadership team.

Thank you for the privilege to serve as President. I wish all of you a wonderful summer, and I’ll see you August 22nd!

Rabbi Yael Ridberg

First Grade Carnival!!

The first graders planned an entire event – a Carnival for their unit on Economics. They planned and organized the carnival event for the kindergartners and the parents.

They budgeted, advertised, managed supplies, planned, planned again, brainstormed carnival game ideas and constructed them. And, of course, they all had fun!

Once the carnival was complete, each group counted up the tickets they earned to determine if their investment and plans paid off. One thing that is certain, everyone had a great time!

SDJA Uniform Sale! Tuesday & Wednesday!

Volunter 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!

Camp Jaycee 2017 (K-12)

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

GMLS - News You Can Use

SDJA School Calendar

Click here to download the NEW 2017-18 Calendar!

*** NEW DATE (8/22) for the FIRST DAY of SCHOOL!! ***

GMLS - Mark Your Calendar

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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8/18    In-take Meetings

8/21    In-take Meetings

8/21    9:00 am – Kindergarten Orientation

8/21    10:30 am – 1st-5th Grade New Student Orientation

8/22    8:00 am – First Day of School

8/23     3:05 pm – Back-to-School Pizza Party

8/30     6:00 pm – GMLS Back-to-School Night – Parent Only Event

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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!

From The Board Room

Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff:

I am really honored and delighted to be the new President of the Board at SDJA.  With this letter we are inaugurating a monthly column for next year to share the ongoing agenda of the Board of Trustees and the general issues and plans we focus on at each meeting.

At the Annual General Meeting on June 8th, Chaim Heller presented a state of the school report, highlighting a number of achievements in each division.

We celebrated 5 teachers and staff who marked 18+ years educating and caring for and about the SDJA community: Coach Scott Bucky, Shelley Moses, Shani Abed, Teshy Wellman and Juan Suaste.

Each year board members complete their terms of service and we recognize and thank them for their contributions to the Board. We acknowledged Ingram Losner, Ira Feinswog, Beni Surpin, Leslie Fastlicht Russo, and Jami Rosenthal for their dedication. We welcomed to the Board Lee Goodman, Sonia Mandelbaum, Elliot Scott, Danny Varon and Edy Podolsky.

We celebrated Theresa Dupuis’ presidency and thanked her for being an outstanding leader the last two years.

Finally, CFO Skip Carpowich shared our progress of the Campus Master Plan, sharing several renderings of our long-term thinking for enhancements and new imaginings for the future of SDJA.

The evening concluded with a champagne toast, a shehechianu blessing of thanksgiving, and the Board enjoyed dinner with the leadership team.

Thank you for the privilege to serve as President. I wish all of you a wonderful summer, and I’ll see you August 22nd!

Rabbi Yael Ridberg

PJ Library - A Great Resource!

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

Lions Awards

We would like to congratulate all of our SDJA athletes and coaches on a great year, and we look forward to the start of the 2017-2018 fall sports season!

PTO – Parent Teacher Organization

PTO Highlights

GMLS:

WOW – We can’t believe its our final Kolot! Your PTO crew Brooke, Inna & Adrianna want to thank everyone who contributed in all our fundraising, and all parents that volunteered and all parents and kids who came out to support all of our PTO events!

The whole time each of us have been here at SDJA we’ve been part of the SDJA PTO team, (Brooke 3 years, Inna 4 years and Adrianna 2 years.) It has been worth every moment. We have worked with all departments to bring you a year where PTO had a theme and a face. We wanted to give back to the kids and build & support our SDJA community. In the end, it was all worth it to see our children’s smiling faces!!

Last PTO Gifts:

PTO is handing out to all the kids Emoji Beach Balls and Emoji Pool Floaties!! We hope the kids enjoy their last gifts from PTO – 2017! Have a ball and we hope you enjoy your floats!

Closing statement from PTO:

Make sure to enjoy your last days of school, have a wonderful summer and always remember to treat people the way you want to be treated! Our PTO motto….. Happy Days to all our families!!!

Your GMLS PTO – 2017

Brooke, Inna & Adrianna

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MUS:

THANK YOU to the following parents who served on the MUS PTO during the last year. We truly appreciate the time you have dedicated in helping to make the school a better place for our children.

Mina Cohen, Melissa Gilbert, Ilana Gold, Trish Handler, Amy Hanlon, Julie Levin, Stacey Katz, Elana Markus, Alicia Moya,  Alicia Schoenwald, Zara Sclar, Jacky Shapiro, Martine Simble, Yael Zucker-Abudi.

Thank you also to the many, many staff and admin members who helped make our jobs a pleasure.

We wish you a wonderful, safe and happy summer and look forward to seeing you next year.

Debbie Deverett and Barbi Dorfan (MUS PTO Presidents)

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As we come to the end of another wonderful year, the MUS PTO wants to let you know about a wonderful opportunity at school for getting your textbooks for the coming year. 

We are having a TEXTBOOK SWAP!  

You or your child can drop off old textbooks (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)

Tuesday June 13th 8am – 9am

Tuesday June 13th 1:45pm – 2:30pm

Alternatively hand in to teacher

 

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

Wednesday June 14th 11am – 12noon

Thursday June 15th 11am – 12noon

     2pm – 3pm

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

Friday August 18th 10am – 12noon (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.

Photo of the Week

Shelly Moses, Teshy Wellman, Shani Abed, Scott Bucky, Juan Suaste – Employee Honorees who have served SDJA for 18+ years!

Jewish Community Events

  • Jewish Arts Festival - May 21 - July 9
  • FIDF - Farewell Performance - IDF Chief Cantor and Choir - June 18

SDJA News

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.

Final Farewell Performance - IDF Cantor & Choir - June 18

A Farewell Performance
By IDF Chief Cantor and Choir

Internationally renowned Barritone, Cantor and ex-South African Colin Schachat will be the guest performer at the final farewell performance of the IDF Choir at 4.30 pm at Temple Beth Israel on June 18, 2017

This musical celebration will feature IDF Chief Cantor Lt. Col. Shai Abrahamson, the IDF Ensemble conducted by maestro Ofir Sobol and will also include Cantor Netanel Baram.

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A Touch of Torah

Parashat Hashavua

Name: Shelach

Where to find it: Numbers 13:1-15:41

Brief summary: The Israelites finally left Mount Sinai last week and began their march toward the Holy Land, only to fall out of God’s favor with their demands for meat.  This week, they get into even bigger trouble by initiating a request for Moses to send scouts into the Holy Land to find out what to expect when they get there, in terms of indigenous population, native crops, and so on.  The twelve scouts, representing the twelve Israelite tribes, report back after 40 days with reports of the land’s bounty, but are divided regarding the feasibility of a military conquest.  Ten of the twelve scouts state that the inhabitants are too numerous and powerful to overtake; only Caleb and Joshua insist that the land can be conquered.  Demonstrating a lack of faith in God, who has already guaranteed an Israelite victory, the people of Israel side with the majority of the scouts, crying that they’d rather return to Egypt to be slaves than die in a fruitless battle.  God responds by decreeing that the people will wander in the wilderness for forty years until the entire generation, save for Caleb and Joshua, dies out.

The next brief passage describes a futile attempt by a group of remorseful Israelites to overtake the land, where they are defeated handily by the natives.  A few additional offerings to God are then described.  The parashah ends with the famous “tzitzit chapter”, in which God commands the Israelites to attach fringes (tzitzit in Hebrew) to the corners of their four-cornered garments as a reminder of the many mitzvoth they have received from God.  This passage is the basis for the tallit worn today by many Jews during tefillah (prayer), and also forms the third paragraph that follows the Shema prayer.

Themes: Faith, punishment, remembrances

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do the people feel the need to send scouts? Why isn’t God’s guarantee sufficient?
  2. Why are all the people punished so harshly simply for believing the scouts who were sent to check out the land?  Shouldn’t the scouts have borne the brunt of the punishment?
  3. What is the significance of tzitzit? What is their connection to the Shema?

Jewish Calendar “Fun” Fact of the Week

Last week we discussed the 17th of Tammuz, a fast day that takes place over the summer, this year on July 11th.  That day marks the beginng of a three-week mourning period which commemorates the three weeks between the Romans’ breach of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple, which occurred on the ninth day of the month of Av.  Tisha B’Av, as it is known, is a major fast day, second in importance among the fast days only to Yom Kippur.   According to the Talmud, many tragedies befell the Israelites on this day in Jewish history.  Both the First and Second Temples were destroyed, but there is also a connection to this week’s parashah, as this was the date of God’s punishment for the scouts’ sin.  Later, the famous Bar Kochba rebellion was quashed on the ninth of Av, and the expulsions of Jews from both England (in 1290) and Spain (in 1492) occurred on the ninth of Av.  This year, the date of Tisha B’Av is August 1st.

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