CJDS Head of School
Rachel Arcus-Goldberg
August 28, 2020 / 8 Elul 5780
Dear Parents,

I cried happy tears yesterday as the school assembled, socially distanced on picnic blankets, throughout the butterfly garden for our opening day assembly. Hineh Ma Tov Umanayim, Shevet achim gam yachad (How good and pleasant it is to sit together as brothers/friends) has long been the opening to our first day, our assemblies and to our kabbalot shabbat. It has never held more meaning than it did yesterday afternoon. After all of these months apart, it was incredibly uplifting to see everyone back together.

Thank you all for your patience and support as we work out the new systems of holding school in the time of Covid. There are a couple of things I would like to ask of you:
  1. Please help your children tighten their fanny packs. We don’t want them falling down, and the students may need some help adjusting them.
  2. Please be sure that your child’s masks fit snugly against their face. If they fall below their nose regularly, the teachers will reach out to you to let you know. We have some clips and tighteners at school, but would appreciate your help working it out before they come to school.
  3. Due to the new schedule and procedures, teachers have far fewer breaks during the day. Therefore, they are largely unable to read their email during the day. If you have an urgent need to be in touch with a teacher, please contact the front office. This is also true if you are having any issues with technology. Please call the front office for support.

Additional Reminders for next week:

  • Our aftercare program begins on Monday, August 31. If you signed your child up for aftercare, our payment portal is now available. Please use the link here to pay aftercare fees, and scroll down to CJDS School Fees.
  • On Thursday, September 3 from 6:30-7:15 PM, CJDS will be hosting a virtual Back to School Night. Please use this link to login: https://meet.google.com/vqw-wvmv-qoo
  • If you have not shared your dismissal plans for this school year with us, please be in contact with Ms. Amanda.

Have a wonderful, restful Shabbat. We look forward to seeing everyone at school on Monday!

Shabbat Shalom,
CJDS Photos
First Day of School Assembly in the Butterfly Garden
First Grade cohort #1 lined up
Third grade with Ms. Jenna
Eran blowing the Shofar
Mr. D reading “We Get Along” to Kindergarten
Fourth grade soft open
Fifth grade Sit Spot by the pond during Science
Yoga with Joanna during morning fitness
Gardening with Dr. Gina
Our First day of School Video can be found here, and a short video from our Outdoor First Day Assembly can be seen here.

To see more of our pictures and videos from this week, make sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram.
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