Connections
Your Weekly School News Update
August 24, 2017 - 2 Elul 5777
Upcoming Events for the
DuBow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School
Monday, September 4th:             Labor Day - Schools Closed - No Kids Club
 
Thursday, September 7th:           
DuBow Preschool - Open House Night  7:15 p.m.
 
Wednesday, September 13th:     Martin J. Gottlieb Day School - Open House Night 7:15 p.m.
 
Friday, September 15th:              
DuBow Preschool - Preschool Wide Shabbat
        Martin J. Gottlieb Day School - Picture Day
 
Wednesday, September 20th:     Erev Rosh Hashanah - All Schools Noon Dismissal 
                                                        DuBow Preschool Kids Club until 3:00 p.m. by reservation only

Thurs/Fri, Sept 21st/22nd:          Rosh Hashanah - Schools Closed - No Kids Club   
Friday, September 29th:              Erev Yom Kippur - All Schools Noon Dismissal
                                                        DuBow Preschool Kids Club until 3:00 p.m. by reservation only 
A Message from Our Head of Schools, Raquel Scharf-Anderson

School has begun and our DuBow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School students are off to a strong start. I believe that parent involvement is pivotal in creating life-long learners. The conversations and questions you ask at home in the afternoon and evening demonstrate your support of education to your child. Here are some after-school questions that can help you know more about what your child is learning and doing each day. By asking questions that require thoughtful answers, you will gain much more knowledge and you will model respectful dialogue with your child.
 
            * What's the coolest thing that happened today? What wasn't cool? What did you do?
            * What was something creative you did today? Did you think outside the box?
            * What made you laugh?
            * How were you kind or helpful? What could you do tomorrow to be your best person?
 
Additionally, it is beneficial for you to engage throughout the week, in a less focused way, with your child about school. This fosters an understanding for your child that you value the act of learning and not just grades associated with assignments. Consider asking your child to describe a book they enjoyed. Encourage reading at home in different ways including independent reading, shared reading (I read, then you read), and reading to your child. One of my most precious memories is of reading chapter books with each of my children during their early middle school years and participating in a parent/child book club. Today, my now high school and college-age children and I love visiting the library together, which I am positive can be contributed to having this pleasurable experience fostered throughout their lives.
 
Finally, ask your child what they would like to learn more about. If they love shapes or geometry, consider doing tangram puzzles together. If their interest is in how spiders create intricate webs, look online together for videos that show the different spiders in action. Homework can take many forms, but the most impactful work at home is in interacting with family and delving deeper into topics that carry school learning into the broader world. Helping your child make connections between themselves and the family, as well as themselves and their community, has life-long value on being exceptional global citizens. This helps children to know that the world is about so much more than just their personal needs.
 
Throughout the year we will have varied writers sharing academic, parenting, child-development,  and other learning information in this space. Once a month we will highlight the work of alumni and current students. We will also use this space monthly to update you on parent/teacher association news. It is our hope that you will find the various articles in our Connections useful and engaging. Thank you in advance for your participation in our schools. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
 
Shabbat shalom, and enjoy the weekend.
 
Raquel
 
Raquel Scharf-Anderson, MS
Proud Head of Schools

Send the sweetest of all Rosh Hashanah greetings to your family, friends and business associates to benefit Middle School!
We will ship a personalized package anywhere in the U.S., which will include a festive 8-ounce jar of kosher clover honey, a greeting card, and a blessing for the New Year, anywhere in the United States. 

The package will arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah if ordered by August 31.

Our online ordering is quick and easy.  Your cost is $11 (plus $4.00 for shipping),  and a portion of  your purchase benefits the students in the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School Middle Schoolers at the Setzer Youth Education at the Center .

Order HERE 
to send holiday wishes AND help our Middle Schoolers!
Save The Dates!

The DuBow Preschool's 75th Anniversary Celebration is on March 18, 2018, and will be here before you know it!  Keep your eyes open for information coming out about how to get involved in planning this once-in-a-lifetime event!   The Kick-Off event is September 12 at 7 p.m.  Event chairs Haley Trager and Faye Hedrick want to see YOU there!  
Security Reminder!

If you haven't already done so, you may obtain your photo ID security pass from the Jacksonville Jewish Center's front office.   Times are Mon. 7:45 am to 2:30 pm; Tue. 8:15 am to 4:30 pm; Wed. 7:45 am to 2:30 pm; Th. 9 am to 4:30 pm; Fri. 8:15 am to 1 pm.   If you would like to make an appointment please email thilbert@jaxjewishcenter.org or dvandiver@jaxjewishcenter.org.  Reminder that the photo ID is for building  check-in only and does not unlock access doors. Todah rabah!
We encourage our families to participate in this community-wide event.  Please be sure to register in advance.
Setzer Youth Group Kicks Off This Weekend!
Join Setzer Youth Education's Chalutzim (4th & 5th Grade)
& Kadima (6th, 7th & 8th Grade) Youth Groups!

Want your child to be a part of one of our amazing Youth Groups? Check out this weekend's kick off events for Chalutzim and Kadima... Looks like fun, right?!?  (Click on the flyers to enlarge)

Click  HERE for this year's membership form?

 
Have questions? Contact our Youth Director, Gabrielle Magid, at  gmagid@jaxjewishcenter.org .