Ma Koreh   /What’s Happening?
Weekly CJDS Newsletter
D’var Kesher from the Principal
Rachel Arcus-Goldberg
May 31, 2019 / 26 Iyar, Lag (41st) Day of the Omer
Parashat Bechukotai, Leviticus 26:3 - 27:34
Pictured above, our sixth grade graduates (Sam, Gabe, Raiden, Misha and Jack) perform their class song during their graduation ceremony.

As we close the book on the 2018-2019 school year, there is so much to celebrate and be thankful for. Last night we watched the CJDS Class of 2019 walk across the stage to receive their diplomas at a beautiful graduation with tears and joy and so much love.

The end of this year also signifies a time of transition for CJDS. As a teacher, an educational leader, as a Jew, and as someone deeply committed to doing everything I can to continue to grow this rich and vibrant learning community we love so much, I am delighted and grateful to the Board of Trustees for appointing me to become CJDS's next Head of School as of July 1st.

Before I continue, I must express my deep gratitude for the leadership, mentorship and friendship of Tali Zelkowicz over the last two years. I have learned so much about school leadership, about the scholarship of education, and about myself in my work with Tali. I am grateful that she will continue to be present at CJDS as a strategic advisor over this next year and that I will be able to continue to learn with and from her.

As I transition into this new position, I want to share with you my Educational Philosophy, which I was honored to share with the Board of Trustees during my interview process. This philosophy has been honed over my years of educational experience as a teacher, a dean, a director and a principal. These are the building blocks that I believe lead to a healthy, vibrant, and intensely educative school environment and learning community, and I look forward to talking about and exploring them with you together in the months to come.

First, schools are communities. Communities are created and built through deliberate and thoughtful actions of faculty, staff and students towards each other. Members of a community are accountable to each other, care about the well-being of one another, and give of themselves to help each other. Students, faculty and staff share so much time together, they know and care about the ups and downs of each other’s lives. Schools are able to do their best work when the people within it are invested in being part of a tight-knit community.

Partnership is essential. All stakeholders in a school community are working towards the same end goal – student learning. When administrators, teachers, parents and students are on the same page, almost any issue can be solved in the best interest of the student. When a party doubts the intention of the others, conflicts become much harder to settle. Creating partnerships takes time, investment and trust. I believe it is the school’s responsibility to build that trust with families from the moment the family walks in the door to tour the school, all the way through graduation.

Excellent learning means excellent teaching. I believe that schools should foster a culture of professional development where teachers continue to grow in their craft and strive for excellence. Excellent teachers work towards the best education for their students by being learners themselves. Teachers need to be immersed in discourse about their craft internally, as well as beyond the school’s walls. They need to learn their students’ strengths as learners and work hard to meet their needs. Students have the potential to thrive when teachers reach out to their teaching colleagues and other school-based staff to help them reach their potential and feel a sense of accomplishment.

I take very seriously the “Whole Child” approach. Students are not robots. They have feelings, lives outside of school, hormones, and relationships – so many other things that are at play in their hearts, minds and bodies. Acknowledging this allows students and teachers to have closer and more authentic relationships. I believe that when we see the whole child in front of us, we will see the truest and best student that can be. We should celebrate the strengths of all students and in doing so welcome them as whole beings into our community.

Resilience fosters growth. Students must make mistakes in order to learn. It is my belief that the most important element in school is helping students learn from their mistakes and move forward. We teach students that learning will continue throughout their lives as each experience allows us to reflect and grow. In teaching resilience, we help our students become flexible, responsible, brave, creative and honest.

Independence is the endgame. Students must learn how to advocate for themselves. I believe that students should graduate feeling empowered, confident and articulate. The foundation for all of these qualities is building relationships with teachers where students feel seen and heard.

Pluralism fosters dialogue. As a Jewishly pluralistic school, CJDS celebrates multiple expressions and practices across our families and we teach about and respect differences across the Jewish religious spectrum. Diversity among students comes in many other forms, as well – political, socioeconomic, learning ability, racial, and more. Pluralistic schools invite diversity to the table and help students articulate their opinions and be a part of the conversation about how to build community.
As I begin my journey as the next Head of School at Columbus Jewish Day School, I am so excited for us to move forward together. May we go from strength to strength.

I wish you all a wonderfully refreshing and safe summer!

Shabbat Shalom,
In addition to Bexley and New Albany bus transportation, CJDS is proud to announce that we are...
Sunday, June 2: CJDS Butterfly Extravaganza & Concert at CJDS, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
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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.
To our graduates, the class of 2019/5779! We are so proud of you, Sam, Raiden, Misha, Jack and Gabe. We will miss you so much but know you'll be back to visit us soon. Watch the full graduation ceremony HERE.
To Lily Goodman (2018) on becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Lily joined our students to read Torah this week during school Tefilah.
HAKARAT HATOV The Hebrew term for gratitude is הַכָּרַת הַטוֹב (Hakarat HaTov), which means "recognizing the good." 

To Monica Silverstein, Sharyn Koch, and Megan Cook for preparing a beautiful and festive reception for our sixth grade graduation.

To Susan Couden and Angelo Dunlap: Arts Night was truly astonishing in its quality, organization, and amazing energy.

To Susan Couden and Angelo Dunlap for your leadership and dedication to all our students and their families.

To Jenny Glick for producing the Arts Night materials so beautifully, and so quickly, you work magic. 

To Monica Silverstein for her dedication and service as our 2019 Kesher Board Chiar.

To Shirly Amar, Annelyn Baron, Yehudit Kanfer, and Susan Couden for creating a deeply meaningful and content rich video in honor of Gina Freeman.

To Carol Cohen for her butterfly leadership. Thank you for all your time, commitment and expertise with the process and “gear” of raising and releasing the butterflies.

Thank you to the many faculty members who volunteered to help transfer butterflies from tents into boxes.

To Eran Rosenberg for his attention to detail with the 2019/5779 CJDS graduation ceremony.

To Katie Feldstein for her collegial support.

To Jessi Kohl for her 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.