“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
– William Arthur Ward
As I walked down Market Street a few days ago, I saw this quote written on a wall. What a good and timely reminder it was for me. The Hebrew word for gratitude is hakarat hatov which means “recognizing the good.” Practicing gratitude means recognizing the good that is already yours, ours and mine. As I read that sign, my thoughts went immediately to SDJA.
I feel gratitude every day when I am at school – for the incredibly admirable and tireless work of the teachers this year, for the amazing PTO leaders and volunteers that have brought fun and joy, for the cutest, most lovable and good-hearted children with whom I feel so connected every day. As we end the school year, I know that there have been times that I have felt true gratitude in my heart, yet – in the busy-ness of my day – I haven’t always taken the time or made the effort to express that gratitude. When I walked past that sign, I realized that there are gifts ungiven this year. So now, I want you all to know how deeply grateful I am to be a part of this community, to work shoulder-to-shoulder with passionate colleagues, to feel valued by parents, to feel supported by my boss and the Board, and to feel really loved by your children. I really can’t think of any place I’d rather be. May you all enjoy a summer full of the gifts of gratitude, given generously to one another. See you in August!
Over the last few years, many of our students have participated in the Junior Achievement Summer Programs and have had a blast. Not only are they fun, but these offerings are also a great warm up for the academic school year. Your child will get a “head start” on learning about personal finance, economics and […]
Alli Ramseyer is thrilled to be joining the First Grade teaching team at SDJA. She has been teaching since 2002, after graduating from Vanderbilt University. After teaching in Brooklyn, NY for many years, she received her Masters degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College in Lucy Calkins’ Literacy Specialist program. Her biggest passion is helping spark […]
Next year, I am super happy to be taking on a new role here at SDJA! Many of you know that I was the computer teacher here for eleven of my 16 years. I have presented at conferences in the EdTech industry on Global Collaboration, EdTech, and Design. A few years ago, I attended an […]
Lauren Mathews grew up in Southern California. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and her teaching credential from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2011. For the past three years, Lauren has been teaching first grade in San Diego. Previously, she taught preschool in Colorado for 2 years. Through San Diego State University, Lauren added a […]
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward As I walked down Market Street a few days ago, I saw this quote written on a wall. What a good and timely reminder it was for me. The Hebrew word for gratitude is hakarat hatov […]
We are so glad that so many people could come out and shop at our first ever Farm Stand. Parents and students picked up a variety of organic items, including mulberries, basil, sage, tea, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, edible flowers and more. It is all a part of the beautiful and growing connection between food […]
Throughout the year, Mrs. King has enjoyed inviting a “super mensch” from each class for monthly ice cream parties. We had our last ice cream party of the year this past week. One of the best things we learned this year is how to dispense whip cream from a can without it getting sprayed all […]
Twenty-five GMLS students, two parents, six staff members and some of their children, and a U-Haul truck FULL of donated items headed to Palomar Family Counseling Services headquarters on May 30th to deliver hope to countless families living well under the poverty line. This hope came in the form of gently used clothing, shoes, toys, […]
10 Things We’ve Learned About Chickens Different chickens lay different color eggs It was a huge surprise to us to learn that chickens lay different color eggs. For example, Araucanas chickens lay blue eggs and an Olive Egger chicken lays green eggs. Our chickens lay brown eggs, green eggs, blue eggs and white eggs. Chickens […]
Families came together last Sunday for a spirited Family Dance. The kids enjoyed donuts (lots of them!), dancing and party games while the adults got to mingle and partake of some wine and cheese. It is always so fun to see the kids together outside of the school day, some of them dressed to the […]
Over the last few weeks I have been asked by many of you, “How did you like being the PTO Chair?” Without hesitation I can say that it has been truly amazing. The reason I can say so, with a smile on my face, is because of the entire PTO board, the numerous parent volunteers, […]
We are excited to be getting a great team on board for next year. We are still looking for a Vice-Chair, Holiday Co-Chairs and Room Parents. If you are interested in these roles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information or to volunteer. Chair – Jordanna Rubin Vice-Chair – Open – Coordination of room […]