Third Week: SJS Sun. 9/21 ONLY — Shanah Tovah!

  
Message from Mr. Sherman
With everything we read in the news and all of the difficulties going on throughout the world, it is an absolute breath of fresh air for all of us educators to be with our wonderful students at Am Yisrael SJS.  They are thirsty for Jewish knowledge, positive Jewish experiences and friendships.  I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many teachers and madrichim who are passionate about creating this environment with me.  This coming week I can’t wait to lead Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Family services, join the “Tweens” with the Executive Board of our AMUSY group, participate in Tashlich and hear the shofar again and again.  In the meantime, we look forward to beginning our third week of SJS this Sunday, Sept. 21st.  Due to the holidays going directly into Shabbat next week, we will not have a regular Limmud E-Newsletter.  The schedule for Week #4 will be a regular Sunday, Sept. 28th and Wed. Oct. 1st.  Warm regards, Shabbat Shalom and Shanah Tovah to you and yours!

Teshuvah, Tzedakah and Tefillah

Three main concepts of this time of the year in the Jewish calendar are Teshuvah, Tzedakah and Tefillah.  It is important not only to learn concepts but to live them.  The Hebrew month of Elul is a time to reflect on what we need to do better in the upcoming year.  A true apology involves not making the same mistake again.  There are many ways of giving.  We need to give of our time, give items to those who don’t have them and give money to those less fortunate.  Praying the words with our hearts, talking directly to G-d is so important this time of the year.  We teach these concepts at Am Yisrael SJS and we hope to inspire our students to live the concepts.  If you click on this link you will see how much Tzedakah each of our classes have brought in the first three sessions this year and how much they brought in last year: https://amyisrael.org/content/tzedakah-totals-5775-2014-15-note-previous-year-totals-directly-below.  We are so proud of our students who are learning to make a real difference in our world!

Second Week: SJS Sun. 9/14 & Wed. 9/17

  
Message from Mr. Sherman
It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces as well as many new students this week.  My blog (see quick link at top of email) will be a good resource for reflections on achievements at Am Yisrael SJS.  This Limmud weekly email’s main functions are for you to glance at what is happening this week, links for all the information you will need to access and to make sure that the lines of communication are open regarding the “nuts and bolts” of our school.  In that spirit, if you have yet to send me confidential parental input forms and/or revised Individualized Assessment Programs (IEP’s), please do so ASAP, as it has a profound impact on our ability to properly address each student’s individual needs.  Please note where each student is supposed to meet this Sunday, listed directly below and that s/he will be greeted in the school lobby and must sign in with security prior to heading to assigned locations.  As long as adults do not park in the circle, they are welcome to park and bring students (especially in the younger grades) to their classrooms.  Warm regards and Shabbat Shalom!

We have opened the new SJS year!

What an outstanding way to start the SJS year. Some highlights included:

•A revamped Madrichim program that includes training, Torah Study and Current Events for our 9th-12th graders taught by our Rabbi and Cantor
•Nearly 100% attendance on the first day
•Increased enrollment to 153 students
•A new joint recess between Gan, Aleph and Bet that includes play time outside
•Taking the next technological steps in our curriculum
•Five new teachers who add a nice new dimension to SJS
•Going from 6 to 8 Chugim and having our 8th Grade Prozdor students serving as the Madrichim for that class
•Stay tuned for additional updates

Opening Week: SJS Sun. 9/7 & Wed. 9/10

Message from Mr. Sherman
We are very excited to welcome our SJS students for the first day of classes, this coming Sunday, Sept. 7th.  Our teaching team is geared up for a fantastic year and as usual, all the information that you will need to know can be found in this weekly newsletter, which also links to our website.  I encourage you to forward this newsletter to any friends who have been looking at our synagogue and/or are looking for a thriving congregation and/or Jewish school for their child(ren).  Finally, please note where each student is supposed to meet this Sunday, listed directly below and that s/he will be greeted in the school lobby and must sign in with security prior to heading to their assigned locations.  As long as adults do not park in the circle, they are welcome to park and bring students (especially in the younger grades) to their classrooms.  Warm regards!

SJS Opening Day: 9-7-14

6 Days Away!!! We are so excited to open the school year. Lots of tweaks to continue the process of becoming the kind of School of Jewish Studies that inspires great learning, positive associations to Judaism and skills that will last a lifetime.

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