Reflections on being an upstander, reconnecting with the past and being high

This past week of Purim was a good opportunity to review the positive aspects of the people-growing business. Our Grade Six class spoke eloquently and openly about what kindness looks and feels like as they led the Pink Shirt Day assembly. The school was a Sea of Pink and the focus on making positive choices in dealing with others underscored the message of being
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Better Together: Reflecting on the Grade Six Shabbaton 2018

Friday February 16th to Sunday February 18th, the Grade Six students of RJDS began their adventure. The students from Edmonton Talmud Torah arrived at RJDS directly from the airport with their teacher. We met each other, ate a quick breakfast, and departed for Loon Lake in Maple Ridge. Surprise! We arrived into a snowy winter wonderland. Our bus almost didn’t make it into the
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Service to multiple communities: published in the Prizmah magazine Hayidion

Our school is located on a road where there are several independent and faith-based schools. Administrators cultivate strong relationships among the neighboring schools. They meet regularly; security issues are discussed with local police departments; students work on projects and play sports together. Collaboration is a leadership disposition modeled by all stakeholders among the schools. Student learning extends beyond the walls of the classroom and
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The Tzedakah Allowance Project has been launched at RJDS!

What is the Tzedakah Project, you ask? It is to “foster a vibrant community of people who celebrate, value and act on the importance of giving Tzedakah by creating rewarding charitable experiences resulting in more money going to Jewish charities.” Ariel Lewinski and Judy Boxer-Zack provided an introduction a few weeks ago and grade six and seven students participated in a survey to start
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February updates

Our school year has a number of cycles.  We began with adjusting to new grade levels, the High Holydays and then Winter Break.  The current time period is one of intense teaching and learning as students consolidate and build on their previous learning as they grow physically, emotionally and intellectually.  The rainy season includes more indoor days as our fields and grassy areas are
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D’var Torah : Beshalach

In this week’s Parasha, Beshalach, the Israelite people finally begin their journey to freedom. They cross the Sea of Reeds. The very famous “Shirat HaYam” – “Song of the Sea” is sung as they begin the crossing with Miriam the Prophet, Moses’ sister, in the lead.   This is a very powerful story on many levels. The Song of the Sea has endured in our siddur (prayer book)
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2017 Wrap Up

It’s hard to believe that first term is done and we’re already looking forward to 2018!  We have another new beginning as we start the secular new year.  I have enjoyed my first months at Richmond Jewish Day School and look forward to the remaining months as the search for a permanent school principal continues. There has been growth and learning occurring as our children build
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November updates

Good news! Richmond Jewish Day School recently completed a successful Ministry of Education Monitoring visit and will continue to receive its government funding. The BC Ministry of Education Curriculum updates will bring some changes to the report cards that we are presently using.  As a team, the teachers have begun the process of transitioning to a new format. The first parent teacher conferences are
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D’var Torah: Vayeitzeh B’resheet 28:10-32:3

At the very beginning of this week’s Parashah, Jacob, our third forefather, runs away from his home to Haran, his mother Rebekah’s birthplace. Along the way, he falls asleep and has a dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder – the famous “Jacob’s Ladder” story. Though he seems to stumble upon this holy place, this chance rendezvous with God changed Jewish destiny. Jacob
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U.N. Ambassadors visit Richmond’s Highway to Heaven

Sukaina Jaffer, Vice Principal of the Az-Zahraa Islamic Academy and Lisa Romalis, Vice Principal of Richmond Jewish Day School, stood up together and spoke about their student’s common activities.          India Cultural Centre of Canada (ICCC) Gurdwara Nanak Niwas, 8600 #5 Road in Richmond, BC was honoured to host eleven United Nations Ambassadors on Monday, November 13. These diplomats represented Finland,
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