Whether this is your first year at SDJA or you are returning for another year ahead, I hope you have found our school to be your home and extended family. My own family joined SDJA some twenty-five years ago and as our three children each matriculated from kindergarten through twelfth grade, they and we put down deep roots and made enduring friendships. We came to feel that we were part of a very special community, one that brought together our diverse cultures, Jewish identities, and even our far-flung places of residence throughout Greater San Diego.
Most importantly, what makes this a home is that our children truly thrive on our campus. From my own experience as a parent of three SDJA alumni, I can tell you that their Jewish identity was shaped here, their friends from kindergarten remain connected to this day, and they were fully prepared to face the rigors of college and careers as they grew older and took their SDJA experience with them into the world.
This is fundamentally what drew me to return to our school in a professional role after serving for thirty-six years as a congregational rabbi. And now, as I spend time with the faculty, the children and teens, my belief in the value of SDJA is only stronger. Each day, I get to witness the passion of our teachers and the joy and smiles on the faces of our children. I recently asked our twelfth graders why they chose to remain in the school and every one of them shared with me how much they cherish the personal relationships they have with their teachers and the caring way in which this community has embraced them.
I greatly look forward to spending time with your children, learning about their passions, and connecting them to our Jewish tradition. Our Talmud says, “The world only exists for the sake of the breath of innocent school children.” (Shabbat 119b) I thank you for sharing with us the blessing of your children, who give us hope for a vibrant future.
By Kelley King Come August 1st every year, I’m always ready to get back to school. True, I may not have read all the books I wanted to read, the alarm clock gets set too early, and the pace of life speeds up dramatically. Nevertheless, the excitement of jumping into a brand new school year […]
By: Aviv Laska And Ella Schaffer Welcome to the first chicken club newsletter! In this newsletter, we are going to tell you all the things you need to know about chicken club, from financing to handling, right down to the names of our chickens! This year in the chicken club we have many changes! Last […]
By: Rabbi David Frank Welcome Home! Whether this is your first year at SDJA or you are returning for another year ahead, I hope you have found our school to be your home and extended family. My own family joined SDJA some twenty-five years ago and as our three children each matriculated from kindergarten through […]
By Sarah Greenstein Parent Education Opportunities It has been an exciting beginning to the new school year, full of adjusting to new routines and classroom environments, connecting with old friends, welcoming new friends and transitioning from our summer to our school-year selves. Your participation is encouraged in the many opportunities we will have this year […]
Dear parents, Here’s some information about Mission Innovation Competition which we’ve run out of SDJA for the past 3 years. This competition allows opportunities for elementary school students (3rd through 5th grades) to engage in a competitive Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM) competition. It includes students from independent, and private elementary schools (maximum three-four […]
By: Trisha Handler Dear SDJA lower school families, staff and students, Welcome to another school year! It is a pleasure and an honor to serve as your GMLS PTO president. I am truly excited to be working with the following people who will be sharing their time, experiences, and skills with our community: GMLS PTO […]
Dear Parents: Welcome back! I hope you had a great summer. For the new families, welcome to SDJA. I am a parent of a third and fifth grader and I am writing you today about First Lego League, Jr. Last year, it was my pleasure to coach a team of second and third graders and […]