Ma Koreh   /What’s Happening?
Weekly CJDS Newsletter
D’var Kesher from the Head of School
Dr. Tali Zelkowicz
August 17, 2018 / 6 Elul, 5778
Parashat Shoftim, Deuteronomy/Devarim, 16:18-21:9

The Essential Conversation
Welcome back to our Ma Koreh or, “What’s Up?”, CJDS’s weekly newsletter! We are thrilled to be reconnecting with all of you – including our current parents, our dear grandparents near and far, alumni families, local rabbis and community leaders, national educators, foundation professionals.
Enrollment is up this year. How great it feels to have more students filling the school with their voices, smiles, questions, and all the high fives and hugs after summer break. And oh, how each child has grown! We welcome to CJDS a new class of excited kindergartners who got to meet their fourth-grade buddies during today’s first all-school Kabbalat Shabbat assembly of the year, which was followed by our annual Back to School Carnival!
Read more from Dr. Z HERE.
We recently became aware of a typo on our calendar: Friday, May 17, 2019 (we initially had the day listed as a Thursday). Please find our updated calendar HERE.
Thursday, August 30: Curriculum Night 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Monday, September 3: Labor Day NO SCHOOL
Friday, September 7: Rosh Hashanah Kabbalat Hag 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Monday, September 10: Rosh Hashanah NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 11: Rosh Hashanah NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 18: Erev Yom Kippur Noon Dismissal
Wednesday, September 19: Yom Kippur NO SCHOOL
Friday, September 21: Sukkot Kabbalat Hag 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Monday, September 24: Sukkot NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 25: Sukkot NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, September 26: Sukkot Celebration and Kite Flying 1:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Friday, September 28: Sim hat Torah Kabbalat Hag 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
We are excited to be able to offer both a lunch/ or recess club and an after school club every day in the coming school year. After-school clubs will not begin until after the High Holidays to allow for consistency. Please encourage your children to attend clubs that connect to topics about which they feel passionate. To register for an after-school club, please contact Kerry Selfinger
(associated fees apply)
We are continuing our partnership with the JCC to offer Kaleidoscope in both the New Albany and Bexley JCC locations. 

Students who enroll in Kaleidoscope New Albany are welcome to participate in after school clubs and then hop over to the Kaleidoscope group. 

JCC East has generously been providing a bus from Montrose School to their building for students participating in Kaleidoscope and the after-school classes offered at the JCC. In order to continue the bus service to JCC from the Montrose stop, we need a minimum of 5 children daily to attend Kaleidoscope from the Bexley Bus. 

Registration forms for both programs may be found HERE. For the full list of after-school classes offered at the JCC, click HERE.
Lunch & Recess Clubs
  • MONDAY: Dance Club with Ms. AG & Katie Feldstein (during recess)
  • TUESDAY: Israel/Hebrew Club with Lin Raveh - Israeli Shlicha (during lunch)
  • WEDNESDAY: Tzedakah Club with Susan Couden & Rabbi Sharon Barr Skolnik (during lunch)
  • THURSDAY: Journalism Club with Dr. Denae D'Arcy (during recess)
  • FRIDAY: Choir with Angelo Dunlap (during recess)
After School Clubs
(After-school clubs will not begin until after the High Holidays to allow for consistency. Associated fees apply.)
  • MONDAY: Chess & Board Game Club (after school club: Instructor TBD)
  • TUESDAY: Tennis with Pam Lippy (after school club)
  • WEDNESDAY: Giving Garden with Ali Greenland (after school club)
  • THURSDAY: Robotics with Mr. AG (after school club)
Pictured below: Alexander Weiss (2007) pointing to his name on our wall of graduates.

"Thus far I have graduated from OSU with honors in medicine and am looking to enter medical school next year.  It is thanks to CJDS with the way it emphasized creativity, open mindedness, and compassion that I have been able to get to where I am today. CJDS prepared me to work with people different from myself and excel at anything I put my mind to, allowing me to do well in school, exemplified by the way I started college as a sophomore in high school, as well as foster other nonacademic interests like music and cooking, which I have worked hard to hone over the years."
The Hebrew term for gratitude is הַכָּרַת הַטוֹב ( Hakarat HaTov), which means "recognizing the good."
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.
KESHER: CJDS Parent Organization
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:
  • 11:25 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.
  • Volunteer to serve lunch HERE
Click HERE for a listing of community events.