Congratulations to the Class of 2021 recipients of the various Departmental, Academic, and School Service awards conferred at the Dr. Stuart Lessans Siyyum Ceremony. Read the full award listing on CESJDS Links!
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Class of 2021, it is our tremendous privilege and honor to be representing all of our colleagues at your Siyum celebration today. It has been a wild ride being your grade advisors these past four years! Throughout your time here at CESJDS, your grade has been described in a variety of ways by your teachers. We asked some of your beloved teachers to describe your grade with one word and a few responses we got include: growth, resilient, individuals, personality and WHOA! These words only begin to scratch the surface of your amazingness- both as individuals and as a group. This morning, Ms. Batson/Ly and myself hope to touch on some of the ways your grade represents these characteristics as well as give some advice before you all go your separate ways.
The Power of Community and the Locus of Morality*
Hinneh mah tov umah na'im, shevet ahim gam yahad. How good and how pleasing it is for us to sit together!
After the year we’ve just survived, I am overjoyed to be with all of you, face to face. We’ll never forget the disruptions to our lives. Or the lives we’ve grieved. Or the redefinition of a fact of life we’d taken for granted: what it means to go to school.
Community, Continuity, and Collaboration. Those are the words that immediately come to mind when we think about CESJDS. These cornerstone principles are what inspire us to support the school’s Ma’ayan Annual Campaign and make CESJDS among our top philanthropic priorities.
This year’s Middle School Innovation Minimester was one of the most invigorating and inspiring periods of this year and I am incredibly proud of what our faculty and students accomplished together. Our Innovation Minimester began the week prior to Pesah break and concluded the week after the holiday. Students met in small advisory groups with teacher leaders, explored Jewish values, followed their passions by choosing an affinity track to explore, attended seminars of their choice, worked in Innovation Labs with teachers available to assist, completed a process journal to reflect on their learning and thinking, developed their ideas and products, and finally presented to their peers about their work and the process they underwent.
Tess Mendelson '21 vlogs about her time in the CESJDS Upper School as she approaches graduation. Tess highlights the support she received from teachers and friends, leadership opportunities, and the love of Israel the last six years instilled in her.
As we welcomed in the New Year of 2021, we also made the exciting transition into our two full days hybrid program for grades 1-4. This was a much-anticipated move for everyone in the community, students, and families especially as well as teachers. On behalf of the administration, I want to express once again our gratitude to our families for staying committed to our school and community as we navigated and continue make our way through these uncharted waters of a global pandemic.
I began my journey at JDS in Kindergarten, where I anxiously walked into Mrs. Levitt and Mora Shira’s class on the first day. Looking back, I have a hard time believing that I was actually worried about having to play with blocks and Legos all day...
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