SIA Parent Newsletter
October 8, 2021
Head of School Message
Dear Parents,

It was so wonderful to see so many of our parents, students and faculty attend the Pasta Dinner last night. The students had such a great time eating dinner with their friends and parents and enjoying the giant slide, Ryan the Balloon Guy and playing in the rain! Thank you so much to all the volunteers without whom this event could not be such a great success! A special thank you to Latoya, our head pasta chef, our dedicated faculty, parent volunteers and Carin Simon, our event organizer, who worked so hard to make sure we all had a fun family evening.

Our students and faculty were so happy to be back to a regular schedule and full week of school! There is so much learning and collaborating happening within our school. I can’t tell you what a joy and pleasure it is to be part of this wonderful school community. 

Our Primary Years students had a wonderful time on their first field trip since the pandemic to the Virginia Zoo! They learned all about animal habitats, rode a school bus, and were able to connect this trip to this week’s parsha about Noah and the ark. A special thank you to Mrs. Brashevitzky for organizing this wonderful trip to the zoo and to our entire faculty for keeping everyone safe.

We are looking forward to Parent-teacher conferences on Monday, October 11, 2021 from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 4:00pm- 7:00pm. Please note there is no school on Monday, October 11, 2021, Fullcare is closed and JCC School Days Out is open for all students that are registered.

Applying Best Practice to School Safety requires practice. Therefore, we will conduct a lock down drill on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 9:30am; this drill will transition into an evacuation drill for all faculty and students. Children will transit from their respective spaces to the gym and a simulated evacuation. The drill will last approx. 30 min, please remain clear of the affected areas during the drill, during the lockdown phase no entry will be allowed to those areas. If you are in the building during the initial lockdown you will be required to participate. 
Shabbat Shalom!

Below you will see some reminders for next week.

Heather Moore
Head of School
SIA Family Pasta Dinner
PY Student Field Trip to the Zoo
Dates and Reminders
Click to view the 2021-2022 SIA Calendar
Please note: as the year progresses, we will update our calendar as it relates to events and COVID-19.

10/11 - NO SCHOOL; Parent Conferences; EY Fullcare Closed, Camp JCC SDO Open

11/8 -11/10 - School Picture Day

11/11 Veterans Day; No School; IB PYP Professional Development; Fullcare Closed

11/19 Beyond Early Years Parent Open House

  • Label ALL Belongings
  • Bring a water bottle daily
  • 2 Clean Masks

FOB Forms:
Need a school key FOB? Stop by the School office for a form.

The Parent Facebook group serves as a way to connect our parents, so please don't be shy. Ask questions, give suggestions and post pics!
Have you Ordered School Lunch?
Have you ordered lunch for October, November, or December?

If you plant to order school lunches for your child(ren), do not wait to order or you may forget. Please order in advance so that your child receives the lunch that they are anticipating for the day. Make sure to complete the correct month. Print the lunch choices so you and your child know when to bring lunch.

Click here to preview menus for October, November and December.
Power of Participation
Ways to Support SIA

Harris Teeter will automatically give a percentage to SIA everytime you show and use your VIC Card!
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Strelitz International Academy whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.  

Strelitz International Academy to receive your AmazonSmile donation dollars.
In the Community
Sunday Fun Day
SUNDAY, September 12
2:00 pm
Do you have plans this weekend?

Come to the Simon Family JCC for Sunday Fun Day THIS Sunday! 
We have many fun fall-themed activities that include pine-cone art, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, and more.

Also, as part of the PJ Our Way Tzedakah Tour, PJ Our Way kids will be running an apple cider stand, where ALL proceeds go to a charity of their choice. If you would like to purchase apple cider to support their cause, please bring cash. 

One cup of cider is $2 or can purchase three cups for $5. All children ages 8-12 are welcome to help run the stand! 

Sunday Fun Days are FREE and open to all JCC members, local synagogue members, PJ Library families, Camp JCC families, YAD families, and Strelitz International Academy families. It will be a great way to spend a fall afternoon. I hope to see you there!

Nofar Trem
PJ Library Program Coordinator
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater