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 somewhat soggy and our garden is hibernating. Student-led conferences are coming up in a couple of weeks. Parents, please make sure you received the forms that went home last week and that you sign up to hear from your children about their progress and successes.
Teachers have been busy learning as well. Our last collaborative planning day was an opportunity for staff to deepen their understanding of the revised BC curriculum. The “Big Ideas”, “Core Competencies” and “Content” in each subject area were reviewed and shared with each other at various grade levels. This new lens of instructional focus leads to a greater understanding of the correlation between subject areas and grades. Our next professional development day will be another opportunity for teachers to visit classes in the public school system in Richmond and share their learning amongst colleagues.
On the extracurricular front senior students are playing basketball, as well they are planning and will soon be practicing roles for this year’s school play Into the Woods which will be performed in May. We are improving our school facility by cleaning out learning resources from cupboards and storage areas. We celebrated trees and environmental awareness during Green Week and Tu Bishvat which included a presentation by Liron Gertsman. We also anticipate the arrival of new earthquake preparedness materials.
Grade six students are preparing for the Shabbaton with visiting students from Edmonton Talmud Torah and VTT at Loon Lake in Maple Ridge. We are already planning for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents should have received their re-enrolment packages. We continue to offer personalized tours for any potential students who may want to join the RJDS family. Please spread the word!
An exciting revived initiative by the Family Committee is the Shabbat at Home Family Dinners coming up in April and May. Please sign up to host or be hosted so that our RJDS family gets to experience a warm and welcoming Shabbat experience.
The Annual Fundraising Campaign will soon be underway and there will be more information forthcoming. We are pleased to offer a special music program for Grade 6 and 7 students thanks to an inclusion grant that RJDS received from the Jewish Community Foundation. We are also continuing to improve our security and technology as we apply for funding and implement upgrades.
Thank you for the continued support and encouragement.