This week, SDJA celebrated Israel week. Having a strong commitment to Israel also translates into a deeper understanding of Jews as a people and greater identification with Jews from communities around the world. Throughout this past week, all of our classes were engaged in deeper learning across the curriculum about Israel. Our teachers used big enduring understanding ideas in order to create wonderful lesson plans for our students, for example:
Israel is a democratic and multicultural society that serves as the homeland for Am Yisrael.
Cultivating a personal connection to Israel can be a significant component of one’s Jewish identity.
Israeli citizens live daily lives that are similar to our own (They are normal people in an abnormal situation).
4,000 years of history have influenced the formation of the complex society that is the modern state of Israel.
The creation of the state of Israel is one of the seminal events in Jewish history.
The State of Israel was founded on the belief that Jews have a right to an independent state.
Israel is a disproportionately prominent contributor to the global community.
One of the highlights of the week was our classroom visits by Sha’ar Hanegev delegation of high school students from Israel. They engaged our kids with some unique activities related to art, music, theatre and film. In addition, the students were all engaged in different learning modalities such as, research, art, dancing, cooking, writing, singing, skyping with Israeli students, videotaping, playing Israeli games at PE, and so much more. Israel week became our SDJA tradition and we are already looking forward to celebrate Israel 70th birthday in Yom Ha’atzmaut in few months.
As a classroom teacher, one of the things I truly value about being a part of the SDJA team is the commitment to ongoing professional development, including making sure that classroom teachers are well equipped with the best tools that our trade has to offer. The Orton-Gillingham training, which ten teachers on staff received two […]
An old saying is “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” What is meant by this is that for any problem, there’s a host of solutions. Some may be more efficient, some ridiculously time consuming, but they are still solutions. This is true when it comes to skinning cats, saving astronauts in peril, […]
Like every Jewish holiday, there’s more to Purim than meets the eye. What appears to be a simple story is layered with complexity. The happy ending is darker than we might suppose. And our joyous customs – costumes, noisemakers, hamantaschen, gifts – symbolize relief as much as joy. On the one hand, the Purim story […]
This week, SDJA celebrated Israel week. Having a strong commitment to Israel also translates into a deeper understanding of Jews as a people and greater identification with Jews from communities around the world. Throughout this past week, all of our classes were engaged in deeper learning across the curriculum about Israel. Our teachers used big […]
The chicken coop is ready and we’re just waiting for our special guests to arrive! The chickens are due to arrive next Friday! We are egg-static and anxiously awaiting their arrival! In the meantime, we are making preparations including creating a list of the materials we will need. Epic Eggs will be collecting the following: […]