What does remote learning look like at SDJA?
Even though we’re not physically together, SDJA continues to deliver our full curricula to students remotely in meaningful, enriching ways that reflect our mission to further Academic Excellence, Social Responsibility, and Active Jewish Living. Our faculty and teachers utilize a mix of all-class, small group, and one-on-one Zoom sessions, along with other curricula that teachers then review and offer feedback on. Through our Learning Center, we provide extra and personal support to students across grades.
At the same time, community remains an integral part of the SDJA experience-now more than ever. Our Shabbat and holiday celebrations, music classes, Zumba classes, meetings with our guidance counselor and support services are all now done remotely. We gain so much strength from each other through these connections.
Through this challenging period, we are adapting and growing together, carrying out our vision to challenge minds, inspire purpose, and explore possibilities.
Here’s what this looks like:
This is what our students have been working on at home. Passover artwork, thank you notes to our first responders and so much more.
SDJA HomeTalks Podcast
Welcome to our new podcast called SDJA HomeTalks. Every week we will bring you segments created and performed by SDJA students. We will share music, opinions, news and more for your listening pleasure. That’s right- no video, just audio! So push away from that screen and listen in.
Check out the first three episodes here!
Live from Levana’s Garden, Executive Chef, Giselle Wellman, teaches us about gardening and cooking.
Hello from our SDJA Coaching Staff
A Word from Our Heads of School
By Yael Edelstein, Head of Early Childhood Center
My utmost respect goes to the ECC teachers who pivoted in an incredibly short amount of time to create a rich virtual learning environment for our ECC students. We are now offering our youngest learners (9 months-5 years old) daily zoom meetings, weekly newsletters with a myriad of suggested activities, daily Facebook videos of the teachers teaching a skill, weekly personalized and one-on-one zoom meetings with the P4/PK students and BY, as well as and weekly emails/phone calls from the teachers and/or Administrative staff. In addition, we introduced Spanish in our daily class zoom meetings. We also continue our tradition of celebrating Shabbat in our weekly Friday Shabbat Sing-a-longs led by Anita. The ECC engages with their families and continues to support them during this time. We work hard to meld together academic learning with fostering our relationships with our children and their families, and thank them all for their continued support.
By Kelley King, Head of Lower School
I’d like to start by acknowledging you, mom and dad – For the many hats you are wearing and the many challenges you are encountering with having young children at home during this time of remote learning. You are a key facilitator of your child’s education now while juggling all of your other responsibilities in an environment of uncertainty and without the support systems you’re used to having. The importance of our partnership with you has never been so great.At GMLS, with students ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old, distance learning is a unique experience for each child and each family. GMLS’s hallmark commitment to personalization serves our students well every day – and now more so than ever. Personalization comes in both familiar and new forms in the frontier of remote learning as we strive to meet the needs of every child and every family. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says, “(Gratitude) reminds us of how dependent we are on others and on a Force greater than ourselves.” Our interdependence as a community has never come into sharper focus. I am grateful to be working hand-in-hand with you and welcome your continued collaboration.
Lower school and preschool families celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut at a distance with a drive-through parade in the school’s parking lot. Cars were adorned with decorations, Israeli flags, balloons and more bringing life to the simcha even within the confines of our new reality!
Check out the upper school presentations for Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut here!
SDJA In The News
- San Diego Jewish Academy parents were featured in local news today for work they are doing to help first responders. Check out the story on NBC San Diego.
- The Del Mar Times write up, “San Diego Jewish Academy parents team up to get meals to hospital and first responders.”
- Check SDJA out on Page 27 of this month’s issue of the San Diego Jewish Journal.