Cheshvan 5775: November Issue 
Message from the Executive Director:
It seems all too heartbreakingly frequent that all communication in our field must begin by sending our prayers out to our brothers and sisters in Israel for whom no amount of tears could be cried. I have nothing to say because there are no words.  I continue to be inspired by how our heads of school and community leaders express their sorrow, their feelings, and even their hopes for a brighter future. I echo those thoughts and encourage you to share with our larger community so that we can all be inspired by your eloquence and your heart.

Here are some resources developed by our partners about how to help our children cope:

Talking to your children about the situation 
There is no graceful way to segue...

November has brought many travels and much excitement to our schools.  I have had occasion to visit Charles E. Smith, Krieger Schechter Day School, Ner Tamid Community Day School, Schechter of Greater Boston, Gross Schechter Day School and between a few of us, Valley Beth Sholom Day School, Sinai Akiba Academy, Pressman Academy, Adat Ari El Day School and Kadima Day SchoolWe are learning so much from our visits and could not be more proud of the work you are doing to inspire our children. 

In addition to the site visits, opportunities to meet with lay and professional leadership, sharing what we are doing and hearing what we ought to be doing, and both friend- and fundraising, we took a small break for...

As we head towards holidays and breaks, please know that your Schechter team stands ready to answer any question or help tackle any issue - from placement to program, from community-building to curriculum-creating, and everything in between. We try each month to touch more schools and deepen our relationships.  It continues to be a pleasure to see you, to hear from you, to meet you and to have you as part of our family.


Kol tuv, Jon

To read Jon's blog, click here.

NAJDSC 2015!
Click here to register! Follow us at #NAJDS15. Keynote and session information coming soon.
#Giving Tuesday
We are excited to participate in #GivingTuesday this year!
#GivingTuesday is a global movement to celebrate and encourage giving after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.


We ask you to join this movement by donating to Schechter Day School Network on #GivingTuesday.


And, if you are on social media, we invite you to show your support of SDSN. 


Use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #SchechterImpact to create a conversation and tell us how Schechter has impacted YOU. Are you a Schechter student? alumni? educator? staff member? Have you attended a Schechter Network conference, webinar, or event? Share your stories!


We look forward to hearing from you!


Find us on Twitter  @SchechterTweets to contribute your story on how Schechter has impacted you!

Latkes and Libations: Schechter Alumni Event!
Join alumni from JTS, Reshet Ramah, Schechter Day School Network, and USY for the 2nd annual Latkes and Libations Hanukkah Party on Thursday, December 18 from 7:30-10:30 PM. With open bar from 7:30-8:30 PM, delicious treats, a DJ, and photographer, this night is sure to light up your Hanukkah. Reconnect with old friends and meet awesome new alumni at the holiday event of the year! Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door, must be 21 years or older to attend.

Contact Alisha Goodman, Development Director, Schechter Day School Network, with any questions.
Connecting Our Schools
From: Head of School, Deborah Bromberg Seltzer

A strong social curriculum has always been an important element of a Lander Grinspoon Academy education.  We actively teach students how to hold doors open for the next person, how to shake hands, how to express disagreement, and how to respond to requests.  A number of years ago, we created a "Code HaKavod", a student guidance plan, which contained seven principles that students were expected to follow.  While it served a need, we found that we were using the document primarily when students broke it.  Last Spring, during Teacher Work Week, the entire faculty decided that we wanted to bring it to the fore and make it a living document that would be an active part of our community's vocabulary.

So, Derech LGA was created.  We rewrote the document in simpler, positive terms using the first person plural (ie We support each other...).  Our fantastic music teacher was tasked with creating a singable version, knowing that children (and parents) learn through song.  We created a plan for the first seven weeks of school, assigning one element per week on which to focus (and matching them with the holidays contained in each week).

For each of those first weeks of school, we sang "Derech LGA" during our Monday Morning Meetings. Our Kitah Vav students (our oldest) performed a skit demonstrating the focus element.  At recess, we paid special attention to the element of the week and reported on examples of them during the complement session which ends each recess session.
After seven weeks, all of the students knew all seven elements (English and Hebrew).  At parent teacher conferences that week, we had all parents sign the "contract" that their students had already signed earlier stating that they agreed to abide by the principles of Derech LGA. Teachers are all relaying that having this common language makes it easier to name behaviors both positive and negative and students are actively searching for ways to be noticed demonstrating Derech LGA. 

If you would like to join the conversation, see the resources from LGA and review the Derech LGA documents, login to your Eduplanet21 account. Visit the e-libraries to view resources and please contribute your own ideas! 
edJEWcon Cleveland
Teachers, administrators, and lay leaders had the opportunity to Learn, Reflect, and Share at edJEWcon Cleveland this past week.

Thank you edJEWcon Program Director Andrea Hernandez, Keynote Speaker Sivlia Tolisano, and all who participated from local schools. 

Also, a big thank you to Gross Schechter Day School for hosting the edJEWcon at their school!

If you missed it, or if you were there and would like to have them, Slides & Resources are now online for several of the #edjewcon Cleveland sessions. Visit the Resources tab on the edJEWcon website for more information. 
Jewish Montessori Society Corner
In This Issue
Employment Opportunities 

Krieger Schechter Day School

Baltimore, MD


The Epstein School

Sandy Springs, GA


Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

Rockville, MD


Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas

Head of School


Golda Och Academy

West Orange, NJ

Kellman Brown Academy  
Voorhees Township, NJ

Gross Schechter Day School
Pepper Pike, OH
Please see our website for more job opportunities!

PEJE's Important New National Revenue Programs

We are proud to promote PEJE's National Revenue Programs. These three new initiatives are designed to deliver results. Atidenu: our future, PEJE's premier recruitment and retention program; Governance & Fundraising Academy, offering the support needed to make transformative change toward institutional advancement; and Generations National, based on our groundbreaking endowment program that has raised more than $23 million to date for the Jewish day school field. These National Revenue Programs will provide schools such with the knowledge and tools necessary to improve long-term fiscal strength.


To learn more about the programs, and to begin the application process, click here. Space is limited.

Global Day of Jewish Learning

The Global Day of Jewish Learning was held this past Sunday, November 16th. Some 500 communities in 43 countries came together to study, uniting the Jewish people through learning. We are happy that the following schools put Schechter on the map!


Schechter Schools that Participated in The Global Day of Jewish Learning are:


Hochberg Preparatory

A Solomon Schechter School (Miami, FL)


Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan joined together with Mechon Hadar-Drisha to learn together.


Bornblum Solomon Schechter School (BSSS) (Memphis, TN)


Adat Ari El Day School (Valley Village, CA)


Kellman Brown Academy (Voorhees, NJ)

Schechter Network has AmazonSmile
The Schechter Network is now using AmazonSmile! Click here to link your Amazon account to the Schechter Day School Network, and Amazon will donate some of your money to us! Click here to find out more!

Rachel Buckman was a presenter at edJEWcon on Nov. 16 in Cleveland. Rachel teaches Torah using the MaToK Bible Curriculum.
This session presented a case study of blended learning that is currently underway in fifth and sixth grade chumash classes at the Atlanta Jewish Academy. Issues that were addressed included: What does the classroom look like? What elements have contributed to learning and engagement? How has this structure changed instruction? What are the challenges? And more.

Orientation Workshop for Schools and Teachers New to Matok: 
Scheduled for Tues June 23-Thurs June 25 at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Registration forms will be available as soon as all details are finalized. Contact Galya for more information.

To learn more about Matok, click here.

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