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Getting ready: a message from the Principal

Dear families and friends, Back-to-school shopping and preparations are such big moments for parents and kids. As the years go by, we never truly forget those new uniforms, the daring haircuts, the new sneakers, the oh-so-cool lunch bags, the funky chatchkes to decorate lockers, and even the great pens or pencils.  The truth is that while families are gearing up to return to school, teachers go
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Play is the thing

Three incredible events took place this week in the school, and all are related in a fundamental way. On Monday, the school had the Richmond Jewish Day School & Beth Tikvah Congregation Charity Golf Tournament.  It was a great success, and we owe serious thanks to the work of our amazing parent volunteers, led by our Fundraising Chair, Marshall Stern.  Many, many hours went
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The flying rebbetzin

Over the course of your student life, you take a lot of tests, and schools have all sorts of ways of assessing the full range of student ability – social, emotional, and academic achievement.  In other words, schools tackle the essential task of knowing what students know.  I’m writing this blog post as our first ever student-led conferences are underway, where students run the conferences,
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Avraham Avinu pre-Instagram

I signed up for Instagram a few weeks ago (don’t ask).  Not that I don’t have enough to do in my  life, or enough distractions, but I’ve been looking at how to start to use its platform, along with Facebook and Twitter to promote the school and our programs to the wider community.  And let me tell you, Instagram is a crowded marketplace, filled
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Zman simchateinu… really?

I wanted to write about so many good things happening in the school, about student-led activities fueled with ruach and chesed, about the beauty of the Jewish holidays and the power of a great Jewish education. I wanted to write about the students in grades 6/7 who on Thursday were honoured and excited to host more than twenty seniors of the Kehila Society of
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Under the mountain

On Thursday, we had a visit to the school from an artist who had donated a number of his paintings to our school last year.  Usher Hammer, along with his wife Rose, came to see how his artwork, which focuses heavily on letters of the Alef Bet along with precise geometric shapes, was doing in its new home.  We walked through the school and into some
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The beard as billboard

Out of the 613 mitzvot and innumerable customs and traditions that shape the daily life of the traditional or more observant Jew, a number of them have to do with how we must look (i.e. dress, head wear, hair, etc.).  Wearing a kippa, for example, is supposed to mean that you stand for something greater than yourself, and a recognition that God is above.
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All who are hungry…

“Ha Lachma Anya, this is the bread of affliction that our fathers ate in the land of Egypt.  Let all who are hungry come and eat.  Let all who so require come and join in the Pesach meal.  Now, we are here.  Next year, may we be in the Land of Israel.  Now, we are servants.  Next year, may we be free people.” (Hagadah
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Cheering on your kids

The story goes that Michael Jordan, as a tenth grader, was cut from his high school varsity basketball team. As Jewish kids growing up in the late eighties, the story would inspire us to no end, as Jordan himself would say that “I think that not making the varsity team drove me to really work at my game, and also taught me that if
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On giving thanks and receiving the Torah

Dear families and friends, Today, erev Shabbat, is Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the beginning of the month of Sivan. On this day we arrived at Mt. Sinai, on this day we achieved being “like one person with one heart” and we stood together to receive the gift of the Torah (the holiday of Shavuot, which marks the receiving of the Torah, is next week on
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