Ma Koreh   /What’s Happening?
Weekly CJDS Newsletter
D’var Kesher from Susan Couden
Visual Arts Teacher and Coordinator of Curriculum Integration
May 16, 2019 / 11 Iyar, 5779 - 26th Day of the Omer
Parashat Emor, Leviticus/Vayikra 21:1-24:23
What Do You Notice?
One night this year I was reading Anne Lamott’s new book, Almost Everything . She is a New York Times bestselling author, a teacher, and reacher for the truth. She writes,

“I tell the six year-olds that if they want to have great lives, they need to read a lot or listen to the written word. If they rely only on their own thinking, they will not notice the power that is all around them, the force-be-with-you kind of power. Reading and writing help us take the blinders off so we can look around and say, ‘Wow,’ so we can look at life and our lives with care, and curiosity, and attention to detail, which are what will make us happy and less afraid.”

And I thought, well that’s true, but it isn’t the whole story. What do I have to offer? What do the arts have to offer? And that night I planned a new lesson. I wanted to offer my students the chance to have a conscious practice of noticing. And I chose to have the students notice their noticers--their eyes. The lesson began with students looking at their eyes in the mirror, and drawing what they saw. It continued with lessons helping them notice more than what their brains were seeing; each child got a photo of one of their eyes and learned details about the parts of their eyes. 

It wasn’t an easy lesson.  

There were specific things students were required to notice and draw. Most students hadn’t really ever seen their eyes. They didn’t know where their eyelashes came from, or that there was pattern, texture and variety of color in their irises. One student asked sincerely, “Why are we doing all this – looking in the mirror, learning the parts of the eye, looking at photos of our eyes, and drawing and drawing and drawing eyes?”

I answered her and the rest of her class and explained, “I’m so glad you asked. I was reading a story about an author who was teaching her students how to write, and I thought, ‘what can I give? How do I break this down?’ And I realized the first thing is to teach my students how to notice. And what better way to show you that than how to notice the notice-er!”
Leo B. (First Grade)
Victoria K. (First Grade)
Alin G. (Fifth Grade)
Lilah S. (Fifth Grade)
Ma'ayan C. (Fifth Grade)
And that’s when the students clapped. 

And leaned in. They listened. And they clapped. That was a good lesson.

This year, I’ve noticed a lot about what the arts have to offer. I have noticed how my heart seems to open to hear in a more nuanced way when presented with music. I have noticed how much dance gives way to joy. And yes, hearing and seeing and attending to the stories of others opens and enriches my world.

One week from now is CJDS’s annual Arts Night, on Thursday, May 23rd from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. On that night, our students invite their parents and others to experience their visual art and musical creations. Each year we strive to deepen the students’ understanding even further, sharpen their skills, and awaken their abilities to translate their world as only each one of them can.  

Arts Night is an invitation for adults to notice out loud with our students; to listen to them and talk to them about what they see and hear. Ask questions of what children notice; it can change us all for the better.

Looking forward to seeing you all next Thursday.

Shabbat Shalom,
TOMORROW: Friday, May 17
The CJDS All School picture, Club pictures and individual picture re-takes will be taken TOMORROW, Friday, May 17.

Students should wear their CJDS Polo shirts to school.
Memorialize a loved one
Friday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Special thanks to our 2019 event sponsor, Insect Lore

We remember loved ones through the acts of loving-kindness we perform in this world. In keeping with CJDS' tradition, we invite you to attend our Annual Remembrance and Butterfly Release on Friday, May 24 from 1:30-2:20 p.m. During the event, name(s) of people you wish to have memorialized are read aloud as each butterfly is released.

We encourage you to attend this event to personally memorialize your loved ones.
  • WHAT: A 1 mile run/walk around the scenic CJDS campus (where you will get multiple multi colored cornstarch thrown on your shirt, at different color stations along the run/walk)
  • WHEN: Tuesday, May 28
  • TIME: Just after school at 3:30 p.m. (ending at 4:15 p.m.)
  • WHO: CJDS students, parents, siblings, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends! Not a runner? No worries! Color “runs” are a blast for everyone.
  • COST: Suggested donation of $15.00 per runner (checks payable to CJDS)

Please remember to wear a white shirt, something you would not mind having ruined!
Proceeds from the CJDS Color Run benefit our school by making our building a greener facility.
Alumni Pizza Party!
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Come back to CJDS to celebrate the CJDS class of 2019! Enjoy some pizza and salad with Eran, see your friends and teachers, and reminisce as you walk around the campus and the hallways of CJDS.

We can't wait to see you!
Friday, May Friday, May 17: All School and Picture Re-take Day. Wear CJDS Polo shirt to school
Friday, May 17: All School Kabbalat Shabbat 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22: 1st Grade Recyclable Fashion Show 9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 23: Lag B’Omer
Thursday, May 23: CJDS Arts Night 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 24: Memorial Day Assembly 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Friday, May 24: CJDS Annual Butterfly Release 1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Monday, May 27: Memorial Day NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, May 28: CJDS Color Run 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 30: 6th Grade Graduation 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 31: Last Day Kadima Assembly 10:45 a.m.-12:00 Noon Dismissal

Sunday, June 2: CJDS Butterfly Extravaganza & Concert at CJDS, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Third and Fourth Grade
Israeli Scientists and Inventors Fair
Our 3rd and 4th graders recently presented their research on a few of the world’s most brilliant minds during the 2nd Annual Israeli Scientists and Inventors Fair. Students researched Alon Bodner, Mor Sapir, Nitzan Ben-Shaul, Bob Rosenschein, Ehud Shabtai, Dov Moran, Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari, Yonathan Weintraub, and Mordechai Meirowitz. Guests had an opportunity to learn about inventions in world technology, adaptive technology, an underwater air conversion system, new twists on watching movies, popular games, and online websites to answer many things you want to know.

In a reflective review shared by the class, students felt that they “learned to become a better speaker and presenter.” They most enjoyed when guests really listened to what they had to share. One student remarked that he appreciated when guests “took the time to read the letter I wrote to my Scientist and the response he sent to me!” The overall feedback was that the experience was “remarkable!”
Second Grade State Fair
2nd grade students had a wonderful time today presenting their State projects. Students have spent the past several weeks researching their state’s famous landmarks, climate, fun facts, and more! The students also learned about Jewish communities in each of their states. Guests at the State Fair were able to look at the students’ state maps, a book they each wrote about their state, and they even got to hear each of the state birds’ songs.
Lunch & Recess Clubs
  • MONDAY RECESS: Dance Club with Ms. AG & Katie Feldstein
  • WEDNESDAY LUNCH: Tzedakah Club with Susan Couden & Rabbi Sharon Barr Skolnik
  • THURSDAY RECESS: Journalism Club with Dr. Denae D'Arcy
  • FRIDAY RECESS: Choir with Angelo Dunlap
MONDAY: Theater Club with Giselle Siegel, Artistic Director of the JCC Gallery Players
LIFECYCLES In our community, at every point, our families are perpetually entering new stages in their lives. In keeping with the tradition of living Jewishly, CJDS acknowledges, honors, and celebrates these moments: Births, B’nei Mitzvah, graduations, marriages, and in moments of illness, healing and loss.
Mazel tov to the JewishColumbus 2019 12 Torches’ recipients! These individuals were honored for having significantly strengthened our community’s connection to Israel.

Laurie Alexander 
Ayelet Ben David - CJDS Alumnae Parent
Joanie Calem - Former CJDS Music Teacher
Rose Clubok - CJDS Alumna - Class of 2016
Janet (Cookie) Eckels
Julie Ecker - CJDS 2nd grade GS teacher
Emily Hindin
Ben Kanas - CJDS Alumnus - Class of 2009
Brad Kastan
Chaya Aviva Katz
Cindy Leland
Tammy Mor
Evan Remer
Mazel tov to CJDS Alumni Parent and Board Member, June Gutterman for being honored for her leadership and upcoming retirement from Jewish Family Services.
HAKARAT HATOV The Hebrew term for gratitude is הַכָּרַת הַטוֹב (Hakarat HaTov), which means "recognizing the good." 

To past CJDS Faculty member, Eva Tibor for her volunteer support in the CJDS art room, and for helping to preparing student artwork for CJDS Arts Night.

To past CJDS faculty member, Dr. Gina Freeman for her help in preparing the CJDS gardens for our annual CJDS butterfly release.

To Shirley Amar for her amazing photography of CJDS learning in action.

To Julie Ecker, Jenny Glick and Susan Couden for their collegial support.
KESHER: CJDS Parent Organization
Oakland Nursery Gift Cards
Get all of your spring gardening needs and benefit the CJDS Environmental Education Program!  
Click here to order your gift cards.

Purchase Oakland Nursery gift cards through CJDS and we will keep 20% of the profits!
Cards are $20.00 each.
Checks should be made payable to CJDS for the desired amount. 
Your gift cards may be picked up at the CJDS front desk, or mailed home to you within two weeks.
As in the past, we are so grateful to all the help from the community members - grandparents, friends, parents, and others – on whom we rely to serve hot lunch to our students. Our volunteers bring such a warmth and love to our students and we love having all of you! In order to make this sign-up process even more smooth this year, we would love each family (any family member or friend) to sign up for two dates during the whole year to serve lunch. It can be a parent, a grandparent, a special friend - anyone who is interested in spending time with our wonderful students and serving them food.
CJDS is proud to have a Parent Organization called Kesher (Hebrew for "connection"). Kesher has a team of grade representatives led by a president.

Kesher is responsible for the CJDS Hot Lunch program, social gatherings outside of school, teacher appreciation, the CJDS Chesed committee and more! To get involved, please be in touch HERE.
Hot Lunch server responsibilities include:

11:15 a.m.: Arrive at CJDS
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Set out the plates and assemble lunches
12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Students arrive for lunch at 12:00 p.m. and we help serve the lunch to those who have ordered.
Help with cleaning up and conclude by 1:00 p.m.