Ma Koreh   /What’s Happening?
Weekly CJDS Newsletter
D’var Kesher from Kristina Palma,
Physical Education Teacher
January 10, 2019/ 4 Shevat, 5779 
Parashat Bo, Exodus/Shemot 10:1-13:6

 Exercise?! I Thought You Said Extra Fries.

In my nine years as the CJDS physical education teacher, my main goal has been to provide students with fitness and health knowledge in a joyful way that leaves our kids wanting more. Ultimate success for me is when the activities and games that I develop are so exciting, challenging, and just plain fun, that students enjoy being active and want to be active throughout their lives.

My favorite part of teaching at CJDS is the students themselves, and being able to connect with each student differently. I provide modifications for activities and games so that all students experience success. Watching how empowered and confident they feel brings me immense gratification.

Just recently, we did our (now famous) roller unit where students bring in rollerblades, skates and scooters. For most of the Kindergarten students, it is their first time on skates. Many of them struggle to maintain balance as they face a totally new sensation with their bodies. But each year, I see that with practice, perseverance, and their motivation to learn the new skills I'm offering them, they can do it. By the end of that six lesson unit, the students were able to skate while keeping their balance. Every student who began with fears, faced them and learned they could not only survive this new challenge, but realized a new thing their bodies could do. If only adults were as open to facing their fears and challenges with such courage and draw inspiration from the support of a group.

Indeed, the power of the group is one of the most important ingredients for a strong PE class. Built into the curriculum is a major unit on Team Building that I do with each grade throughout the school year. I challenge students with different tasks and various end goals, which they can achieve only by working together, and critically, by learning to trust each other. For example, in one activity, I have students work with partners, where one person is wearing a blindfold. The task is for the sighted partner to use his or her voice to guide the blindfolded partner through a full on obstacle course - without touching anything. Both partners in each group were so excited when they reached the end. They asked to do it again because they loved the feeling of trusting their partner.
There are so many benefits to kids and adults who are active and stay active throughout their lives, with increased life expectancy, decreased risk of many diseases and health problems, and lower stress, just to name a few of the big ones. Click HERE to read a list of ways we can encourage our children to be more active, and attributes that active kids are more likely to feature. Physical activity, whether it is individual or team sports, appeal in productive ways to students’ healthy competitive natures and ignite their desire to do their best. And that is great exercise for life, on and off the court.

This weekend, you might try this quick fun workout that I created for parents and kids to do together. And here are three great websites I like about health and physical education for adults but also kids and teens to check out:,, and

Shabbat Shalom and Go Play! 

Coach Palma
2019-2020 Update!
Re-enrollment contracts for the 2019-20 school year will be mailed and emailed to all current families in grades K-5 on March 1.

Families who are interested in tuition assistance, please submit your SSS application no later than February 15. Don’t wait until the last minute. You can access it now and get it done early. We have aligned the schedule of deadlines so that families can see financial aid decisions reflected on their contracts.

We are currently accepting applications. February 4 is our submission deadline for new students entering CJDS in the fall of 2019. Interested families can begin the application process now by visiting the "APPLY" tab on our website:
Friday, January 18: All School Kabbalat Shabbat 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Monday, January 21: (Tu B’Shevat) Martin Luther King Jr. Day NO SCHOOL
Thursday, January 24: 2nd Grade Siddur Ceremony 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Sunday, January 27: Tu B'Shevat PJ Library Birthday of the Trees with CJDS & CTA at the Franklin Park Conservatory 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Friday, February 1 Professional Development Day NO STUDENTS
Friday, February 8 All School Kabbalat Shabbat (3rd/4th Grade Leading) 1:40 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Friday, February 15 President’s Weekend NO SCHOOL
Monday, February 18 President’s Day NO SCHOOL
Friday, February 22 All School Kabbalat Shabbat (1st Grade Leading) 1:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 28 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Lunch & Recess Clubs
  • MONDAY RECESS: Dance Club with Ms. AG & Katie Feldstein
  • TUESDAY LUNCH: Israel/Hebrew Club with Lin Raveh - Israeli Shlicha
  • 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
CJDS's Tzedakah Club is excited to be starting a new project, as we will be creating "Blessing bags" to hand out to those in need throughout our Columbus community.

In an effort to create beautiful, full bags, we are looking for donations of the following items in as large quantities as we are able to collect:
  • Socks (adult)
  • Granola/protein bars
  • Hand warmers
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Ziploc bags

Thank you so much for any and all donations that you are able to make - this will help our children use their hands to make change and experience the feeling of bringing light and warmth to those who are most in need in our community.
Registration now open!
(Click on the image below for more information, associated fees and registration.)
MONDAY: Theater Club with Giselle Siegel, Artistic Director of the JCC Gallery Players
TUESDAY: Tennis for students 10 and Under (K-5th grade)

NEW DATES: January 8– February 26 (No Class 2/19)
 7 weeks of fun!
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.
The Hebrew term for gratitude is הַכָּרַת הַטוֹב (Hakarat HaTov), which means "recognizing the good."

To the CJDS Journalism Club for their dedication in putting together a broadcast to present to the JewishColumbus Allocations Committee this Friday. The students have worked over recess, and are approaching the project in a serious manner. Their commitment to their school and community is noticed and appreciated.
MI SH'BERACH When a member of the CJDS family is ill or in need of healing, the entire community lends its support and its prayers for a full and complete recovery. 

We wish our dear CJDS friend and community volunteer, Steve Shkolnik, a speedy recovery.
KESHER: CJDS Parent Organization
CJDS Mom's Night Out!
January 21 from 6-9pm

The mom's of CJDS are planning a “Mom’s Night Out” at the New Albany  Board and Brush  (close to the school).

Here is the link to register, pay and pick your project!

If you haven’t been yet it’s a fun, hands-on, activity and you get to leave with a custom item you made yourself (here is a sample one I made a few weeks ago). Even if you’re not very “crafty” the process is very easy and they’re there to help! Join us, get out of the house, and spend time with other moms --- and leave with a meaningful personalized decoration for your home!

Warm regards,
Sara Martin-Fuller (1st Grade mom)
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.