What is Happenings?
Welcome to issue # 3 of SDJA's Happenings ! This is a weekly roundup of feel-good stories and visuals about our families, students, academics and community.  We also want to hear from you! If you would like to contribute a story, picture or other media to a future issue of Happenings , please reach out to our marketing team at  Marketing@sdja.com

In this issue:
  • This Week In Remote Learning
  • Videos of the Week
  • Some Good News
  • Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight
  • Follow Us On Social Media!
  • Supporting our SDJA Community- Check out this week's featured SDJA Family-Owned Businesses!
  • Upcoming Events
This Week In Remote Learning
GMLS Jog-A-Thon and Sports Day
We know that our students and families look forward to our school traditions. With that in mind, GMLS hosted a remote Jog-A-Thon and Sports Day. Our kids were able to get outside, get moving and connect with their friends, teachers and classmates. 


SDJA Virtual Challah Bake 
Thank you for joining us for the first ever SDJA Virtual Challah Bake! It was wonderful to see your faces and bake together in our virtual  community  kitchen.  Check out the pictures below to see how the challah baking went! 





Remote Learning With Our Littlest Lions 
This week in our Early Childhood Center, our students were learning the letter 'W'.  Ms. Vered and Teacher Lee sent our students great videos demonstrating the various ways to use the letter 'W'!
The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf
The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf
W is for Wax and Wicks
W is for Wax and Wicks
For the letter W, Grant used play dough to mold the letter, and Tyler made wiggly fingers!

Videos of the Week
9th Grade English Class Project
Through their English class writes and discussions, SDJA freshmen came up with a comprehensive list of communities that are in need during this time of quarantine. They then brainstormed ways in which to help those people while maintaining their own health and safety.   Their ideas were so inspiring (and so doable), that we decided to help members of our community and video it. Giulianna Dondisch and Bella Silberstein then compiled individual clips and created one big 9th grade video of us engaging in Tikkun Olam.  
This was not a required assignment. There were no grades or points associated with this work.
This video and the beauty within in it come from the ninth grade class at SDJA. Enjoy!
Food Is Everywhere From Chef Giselle Wellman
Some Good News
Our amazing students are not deterred by these challenging times. They are living the SDJA values of tikkun olam and chesed by finding ways to help their community.  This just shows that community extends far beyond the boundaries of our campus. These students are a great example of that! If your student is doing something great, let us know about it at marketing@sdja.com
Last week, the Zimerman family hosted a Food Drive at their home. The food drive benefitted the San Diego Food Bank, an organization very much in need at this time. 

Check out Hannah (K) and Adam (3rd) above standing next to  the red food barrel where they collected their donations. 
Our very own Shaye Youngleson (10th), started the LoveIsContagious initiative in response to these challenging and defining times. Her first chosen cause is to thank front-line healthcare workers and first responders by raising money and preparing more than 200 CareBags. She wishes to spread kindness and giving through action so that others will follow suit. You can check out the LoveIsContagious initiative here.
Senior Spotlight
Each week we will feature a few of our amazing seniors from the Class of 2020! Mazel Tov to them and their accomplishments. We are so proud of you and can't wait to see all the wonderful things your next journey brings!  
Gali Laska
 
Favorite SDJA memory:  Winning Powderpuff my junior year.
 
Teacher Shoutout:  Mrs. Webber and Dr. Cunningham
 
What I will miss most about school:  T he family that SDJA has to offer. 
 
Favorite Covid-19 activity:  T ie-dye bleaching clothes and making stickers. 
 
Plans for next year:  George Washington University
 
Benny Lombroso
 
Favorite SDJA memory:  Winning CIF championship for Football
 
Teacher Shoutout:  Ms. Buhler
 
What I will miss most about school:  My friends
 
Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Tanning
 
Plans for next year:   University of Arizona

Noah Katcher
 
Favorite SDJA memory:  Snow Day! When the school brought tons of snow onto the football field.
 
Teacher Shoutout:  Mrs. Hansen
 
What I will miss most about school:  Seeing everyone and being present in the community.
 
Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Drawing
 
Plans for next year:   Southern Utah University's Aviation Program.
Sarah Weiss
 
Favorite SDJA memory:  Lower school step-up ceremony
 
Teacher Shoutout:  Dr. Eisen
 
What I will miss most about school:  My friends in every grade.
 
Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Reading
 
Plans for next year:  University of Puget Sound
 

Tali Gold
 
Favorite SDJA memory:  When Alice shaved Mr. Hagarman's head at school.
 
Teacher Shoutout:  Mrs. Watt
 
What I will miss most about school:  Knowing everyone and the relationship with the teachers. 
 
Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Getting the sleep I lost in high school. 
 
Plans for next year:  University  of Miami
 
Raquel Galante

Favorite SDJA memory:  Going on the Boston trip my Sophomore year.
 
Teacher Shoutout:  Rabbi Frank
 
What I will miss most about school:  Being with all of my friends and teachers.
 
Favorite Covid-19 activity:  Netflix
 
Plans for next year:   Community College
 
Follow Us!
If you're missing SDJA during this remote learning time. There are a few ways you can connect with us from the comfort (and safety) of your house!

1. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get updates and fun pictures. 

2. Listen to the SDJA HomeTalks Podcast here
Support Our SDJA Community
Helping SDJA Family-Owned Businesses

During these uncertain times, what remains steadfast is our love for, and commitment to, our SDJA community. In an effort to support each other in what can be challenging times for businesses, we are going to regularly feature local businesses owned by SDJA families. 

If you are a business that is still open and providing services or goods while following the guidelines for social distancing during this pandemic, please let us know. We are putting together a special communication that will be emailed out regularly to our entire community, and we will also share on social media in the hopes that your SDJA community can help support you. Please submit your information in this form or reach out to us at marketing@sdja.com.
This week's featured businesses
Who: Beeside Balcony
 
What Beeside Balcony is a hidden gem with a relaxed seaside chic d├ęcor where guests enjoy ocean views from the covered outside balcony. Chef Christophe sources produce from local farms, and features organic free-range lamb, sushi-grade salmon, prime steak, and imported cheese, salumi and olives. The laid back coastal vibe of Del Mar, combined with the attention to detail from Christophe's fine dining background, infuses Beeside Balcony with an easy elegance that elevates any gathering, and makes the perfect backdrop to showcase his Global Mediterranean menu. 

Where: O ld Del Mar, CA

How to support:  Beeside Balcony is open for Takeout and Delivery 7 days a week, between the hours of 11:30 am to 7:30 pm. Beeside offers brunch from 10 am to 3 pm Saturdays and Sundays. We appreciate any kind of online review as well. Beeside Balcony has recently started "At-home" private dining. Some guests may feel uncomfortable leaving their house yet still enjoy luxurious meals from Beeside Balcony. Our Chef/Owner will provide an unforgettable experience for as many guests as the regulations permit within the comfort of your own home. You can visit our website for more details. https://beesidebalcony.com, phone: 858-481-9889.
WhoGood Human Supply Co. 

What  Good Human Supply Co. is a San Diego-based company that has been set up to provide much needed products that have recently become a part of our day-to-day lives due to COVID-19. A portion of all our revenues go to local non-profit organizations that are helping those in need during this difficult time. Your support is needed and much appreciated. 


How to support:  Purchasing your needed products
Support San Diego Jewish Academy while you shop!  

Simply click the links to several retailers below and SDJA will earn up to 5% of your purchase as a charitable donation. If you do not see your favorite stores, please let us know and we will be sure to add them for you!
 
Macy's     Nordstrom     Target     Expedia      Wine.com       Neiman Marcus      Amazon Smile
Upcoming

5/19
8:00-8:40am
Mindful and Conscious Parenting
5/26
7-7:30pm: Middle School

7:45-8:15pm: High School

Parents of middle and high school students are invited to attend an important Math Town Hall meeting. Join Mr. Quigley and Mrs. King to learn about exciting new plans for mathematics education in grades 6-12 and meet the new math leadership team. There will be a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A. Login information provided closer to the event.  
5/27 7:30pm SDJA Annual General Meeting- Invite and more information to follow via email. 
5/30 8:35pm SDJA Community Virtual Havdallah Ceremony. Zoom link and additional details to follow via email.  
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