One of the advantages of working in a school with preschoolers through high schoolers is that we have unique opportunities for children of all ages to work together. One example of this is our Classroom Buddies program wherein GMLS students serve as big buddies to our littlest lions, the SDJA preschoolers. This year, students in grades kindergarten, second and fifth will have Classroom Buddies. The little buddies benefit from having an interesting and special “big kid” to help them learn. Little buddies feel more connected and have a familiar face to wave to on campus. An older child who is behind academically compared to his/her grade-level peers has a fantastic opportunity to be an academic expert which boosts their confidence. All big buddies benefit by developing a sense of empathy, their communication skills, their patience and they also reinforce their own academic skills as they work to explain and teach.
Fifth graders meet with their preschool buddies once a month to mentor, teach technology tools, and engage in other fun activities. Last week, fifth graders partnered with their preschool buddies to make the pledge to #choosekind. They spent time together discussing what kindness looks like and writing kind messages around the school.
Second graders buddy up with Ilanot and Prachim students every other week for “Reading Buddy” time. The second graders enjoy reading books to their preschool friends and the children write and draw together in their Buddy Folders.
Kindergarten buddy activities will be starting up this fall.
A few weeks ago I saw the San Diego Symphony perform the music from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in full concert. It was exhilarating. The actor playing Tevye spoke to the audience before the performance about the universal appeal of this particular musical. Fiddler, he said, has had more performances than any other play in […]
One of the advantages of working in a school with preschoolers through high schoolers is that we have unique opportunities for children of all ages to work together. One example of this is our Classroom Buddies program wherein GMLS students serve as big buddies to our littlest lions, the SDJA preschoolers. This year, students in […]
Our GMLS teachers are committed to considering every element in the classrooms that affect a students learning environment, from the stories that we read, to how instruction is personalized, and even to how the classroom desks are arranged. At the heart of it all, however, the greatest impact we have upon students is through the […]
The fall is a thoughtful season. The dawning of the month of Elul asks us to begin the process of introspection, which reaches a zenith when we enter into the yamim noraim, the Days of Awe, of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the days in between. After our days off from school for these chagim, […]
SDJA VOLLEYBALL DIG PINK MATCH Oct. 4th, 2017 in the SDJA Gym Game Time: 5pm Please join us as your Lions volleyball team takes on league opponent Foothills Christian. The volleyball team will be passing around a donation jar in honor of breast cancer awareness month. All proceeds raised at the game will be donated […]
On November 3rd, during community time, the science department will again be hosting the time honored tradition of “The Pumpkin Catch.” This is a take on the popular “Egg Drop Challenge” that many physics students across the country experience, but it is tailored for the season and our Upper School students. Rather than building a […]
We are so proud that our very own Jessie Gan, current 9th grader, has been selected as a top 30 finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s premier STEM competition for middle school students! Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program founded and produced by the Society for Science […]
Shabbat San Diego Jewish Federation of San Diego Special Event with Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States StandWithUs Festival of Lights ‘I ❤️ Israel’ Gala ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ 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 […]