Congratulations to our fifth graders! At the invitation of Lionsgate, they attended an advance screening of the movie Wonder on Thursday, October 26th. The invitation came due to our students’ commitment to living by the precepts of kindness that are espoused in the movie.
It all started when the students and teachers signed on to the “Certified Kind Classroom” Challenge. First, they read the book Wonder. If you haven’t heard about the book, it is a fantastic story about a boy with a facial deformity who starts at a new school. Unfortunately, some of the kids are mean and the boy begins to feel alienated. There are many powerful lessons about kindness in this book. Wonder really develops children’s sense of empathy, as well as their understanding of how bullying starts and the role that each of us play in creating a kind community.
Next, students watched a video featuring the filmmakers from the soon-to-be released movie that is based on the book. Students then had to record videos explaining the beliefs and practices that they live by every day. Their contest entry was chosen and off to the movies they went. The post-movie classroom discussions have been very rich and have deepened students’ understanding of the mitzvah of kindness and kehilah (community).
Want to help us spread kindness even more?? Please see the flyer linked here for information about this year’s Jog-A-Thon!We are partnering with the Challenged Athletes Foundation to create awareness and advocacy for people with disabilities to lead active lifestyles. And, we will be raising funds for our Purim Carnival. Thank you in advance for your support!
This school year ushers in the second year of our new, comprehensive K-5 music program. With the inaugural year under our belt, it is exciting to see the music program grow and flourish due to the incredible creativity and passion of our music teacher, Morah Shani Zamir. The students enjoy a music classroom filled with […]
Growing up in the US, many of us were taught arithmetic in school. But things have changed. No longer is learning arithmetic sufficient for becoming college and career ready. At the heart of our math program, Math in Focus, is mathematical problem-solving. That means focusing on the development of children’s abilities to solve problems in […]
Congratulations to our fifth graders! At the invitation of Lionsgate, they attended an advance screening of the movie Wonder on Thursday, October 26th. The invitation came due to our students’ commitment to living by the precepts of kindness that are espoused in the movie. It all started when the students and teachers signed on to […]
Students aren’t the only ones who are exploring possibilities – so are our teachers! Our teachers regularly participate in professional development designed to keep their skills sharp and to learn new strategies to improve children’s learning experiences in the classroom. This last weekend, Shelly Moses and Dianne Shapp were invited to speak at the California […]
WHAT: The Jog-A-Thon raises funds for the Annual Purim Carnival while promoting health and fitness for students. WHY: We are collaborating with Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF) to advocate for people with physical challenges to pursue active lifestyles: http://www.challengedathletes.org HOW: Students should find sponsors from family, friends, neighbors, co-workers) to support them using the online form: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/sdja/jogathon?token=1925509765 PRIZES: Each Friday we […]
Join the San Diego pro-Israel community at the 6th annual StandWithUs Festival of Lights ‘I ❤️ Israel’ Gala on Saturday, 12/2, at the Marriott Marquis. Evening speakers include Foreign Policy Expert, Dore Gold, Arab Muslim Zionist, Yahya Mahamid, and Israel’s X Factor finalists, Kippalive! Come celebrate Israel with us by registering for your seats at www.standwithus.com/iheartisrael17