Some of my fondest childhood memories focus on celebrations. A Jewish holiday, a birthday, an achievement in school, or a cousin visiting from Israel. All were simchas and a chance to celebrate. I have learned from my parents to celebrate not only the big moments in life but also to appreciate the smaller moments too. They taught me to slow down, celebrate life and enjoy each moment!
Over the last few weeks, we have come together as a community numerous times to celebrate. We sang Hatikvah together on the first day of school; we dipped apples in honey in honor of the Jewish New Year; our teachers proudly celebrate the daily achievements of our children; and together we celebrated the birth of a new baby boy in the SDJA family.
As we look forward into the school year, I hope you will continue to celebrate with us – both the big and small moments. We will eat pizza and play in the sukkah, run together as a team for Jogathon and light up the night together in our homes on Chanukah.
To paraphrase Robert Brault (an American Writer): “Enjoy the little things in life. One day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
This school year ushers in our second year of implementation of our new approach to homework. For those of you who are new to SDJA this fall, allow me to provide a little background. In conversations with parents, we were hearing many stories about the difficulties and stress caused by homework. Homework was causing conflict […]
Students of the 21st century are lucky because, with the Internet, they can connect with others around the world. The students here at SDJA participate in many such projects throughout the year. Currently 2B is participating in Project OREO where they stack OREO cookies, collect data, and compare their results with other classes around the […]
School is a place where children learn a lot more than reading, writing and arithmetic. They also learn how to get along with others, including how to share and resolve conflict, and to be a true mensch. Many of these social-emotional skills are also needed for academics. For example, the ability to find multiple ways […]
The high tech industry represents the career field with the fastest rate of job growth and wage growth. But having great technical skills isn’t enough. The key for today’s high tech workers and the high-tech workers of the future is to have both great technical skills AND great interpersonal skills. Through the Mission Innovation program, […]
Some of my fondest childhood memories focus on celebrations. A Jewish holiday, a birthday, an achievement in school, or a cousin visiting from Israel. All were simchas and a chance to celebrate. I have learned from my parents to celebrate not only the big moments in life but also to appreciate the smaller moments too. […]