DKJA Weekly Message

2021

News List

  • June

    6/3/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community, 
    It is hard to believe that this school year is coming to an end. I am incredibly proud of our faculty, staff, and administration for their constant dedication to our students’ education while navigating a global pandemic.  
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  • 5/28/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    I am proud to announce that DKJA has been selected as one of 10 Jewish day schools to participate in the Legacy Heritage Institute for Day School Excellence and Sustainability Program(IDEAS). Legacy Heritage IDEAS is a 16-month program designed to address every aspect of school sustainability and help schools move towards long-term excellence and stability. This week, members of my leadership team and I participated in a three-day seminar where we received valuable training on leadership and school growth. I look forward to continuing this journey over the next year.
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  • May

    5/21/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community, 
     
    I write this week’s message as a mom and as a head of school. As a parent and administrator, I have had the honor and pleasure of watching our senior class grow up into remarkable young men and women. I am humbled and blessed to have been part of their special journey. Each year, our seniors are accepted into prestigious and impressive colleges and universities, and this year is no exception. The class of 2021 will be continuing their education across the country and the world. Click here for a full list of college acceptances. In addition, some of our graduates will be traveling to Israel to continue their Hebrew and Jewish education.
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  • 5/14/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community, 
     
    My heart goes out to our brothers and sisters in Israel who have faced a violent and frightening week. We at Donna Klein Jewish Academy send our condolences to families who have lost loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers go to Israel. During tefillah this week, our students said prayers for peace in Israel and for the health and safety of all. I have a deep, personal connection with Israel, and it breaks my heart to watch videos of violence plaguing the Promised Land. DKJA has students, faculty, staff, and administration who come from Israel. We also have graduates and families who are living in Israel and some who are in the IDF protecting our homeland. I encourage us all to reach out to our loved ones and friends who are there and offer words of support and prayer. Fostering the love of Israel is deeply rooted in our curriculum and teachings, and it is my hope that peace is restored soon.
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  • 5/7/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community, 

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and DKJA has launched a month-long initiative intended to focus on the importance of mental health, wellness, and the reduction of stigma surrounding mental health issues. At DKJA, we continue to prioritize the emotional well-being of all of our students with several programming facilitated by our outstanding faculty and professionally trained guidance department. 
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  • April

    4/30/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community, 

    It was another eventful week at DKJA as we held two exciting virtual programs for the Claire & Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School - the  National Honors Society Induction Ceremony and Coffee House, where our RHS students were able to showcase their many talents. Thank you to Anita Schwartz and advisors Nick Belotto, Illana Joseph, Eilat Asseo, Zoraida Adams, Jonathan Miniello, Michael Garreaud, and Christy Schuler for making our National Honor Society Induction Ceremony a success. Thank you to Nick Belotto, Silvana Delbo, and RHS Senior Ariel Magin for your efforts in putting together our annual Coffee House. There was also tremendous enthusiasm across all divisions today as we celebrated Lag Ba’omer, a festive holiday that falls between the end of Passover and the holiday of Shavuot, celebrating a break in a plague that is said to have occurred during the days of Rabbi Akiva. Our students participated in a variety of fun and engaging learning activities to celebrate this joyous occasion including virtual assemblies, class discussions, and group activities. 
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  • 4/23/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,

    It has been an exceptional week as we celebrated “Spotlight on DKJA”, a five-day event created to celebrate our extraordinary school. Although we were not able to come together fully as a community, these special programs provided opportunities to safely celebrate with one another. Through our Road Rally Scavenger Hunt, online auction, Pinnacle event, and school-wide spirit week, the sense of community was palpable and experienced by all. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Jessica Fleischman and Stephanie Gordon, co-chairs of the event, for their vision, hard work, and dedication. Thank you to Nicole Rosen, Anita Schwartz, Allie Schwartz, Silvana Delbo, Zoraida Adams, and the DKJA community members who contributed to the wonderful videos showcased in last night's event. I would also like to thank our board, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and parents for your commitment to making “Spotlight on DKJA” a great success. Please click here to watch a montage of our week’s events. 
     
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  • 4/16/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community, 

    This week, we came together as a school to observe two significant days - Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut. It was truly a moving experience to observe Yom HaZikaron and honor the fallen Israeli soldiers and civilians who lost their lives. On the heels of the sorrow, we celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 73rd birthday. I found myself reflecting on my visit to Israel three years ago, where I was present for Yom Ha’atzmaut, celebrating 70 years of freedom. It was truly a remarkable experience to be present during such a historic time, and I will hold those memories in my heart for a lifetime. I look forward to our students being able to return to Israel and experience what I felt three years ago during this time. 
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  • 4/9/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    I want to take this opportunity to update the DKJA community about our search for the principal position at the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School. Over the past several months, we have met with many candidates to ensure the best possible outcome for DKJA. As we begin preparations for the 2021-2022 school year, we are excited to announce that Mrs. Illana Joseph will serve as the acting high school principal for the upcoming school year. I am confident that this decision will provide DKJA with the professional expertise necessary to give our high school students an education of extraordinary power and purpose.
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  • 3/26/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    I would like to take this opportunity to wish our DKJA community a healthy and happy Passover.  Whether you are able to safely gather with loved ones in person or have made the decision to celebrate virtually, I hope that your Seders are filled with love, peace, and happiness. As you gather around your tables, may you mark this moment in time strengthened by the hope that we possess the means to sustain a vibrant future at DKJA.
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  • March

    3/19/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    Thank you to those who donated to our annual fund during our 48-hour match campaign this week. Together, we met our match and raised over $166,000, which will directly impact the DKJA community. These funds will provide additional financial support to families affected by the pandemic, as well as continue to provide the rigorous academic curriculum, sports and arts programs, and extracurricular activities that attract students from around the country.
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  • 3/12/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    This week as I walked down the halls of our incredible school, I couldn’t help but stop and reflect on all we have accomplished as a community this year. Throughout the pandemic, we have worked together to ensure our students continue to receive an education of extraordinary power and purpose. I am asking that our community comes together once again to raise money for the DKJA 2020-2021 Annual Fund. This Monday, we are kicking off a 48-hour match campaign made possible by Mark Peikin, who is the parent of one of our DKJA students, Nathaniel Peikin. Mark and Nathaniel are inspired by the Jewish learning and the shared educational experiences DKJA offers to our students and families.
     
    Through a match from the Nathaniel Jeremy Peikin Foundation, all donations made by our community on Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 will be matched up to $50,000. 
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  • 3/05/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    The spring semester is passing quickly, and it is hard to believe that we are already in March. March is National Women’s History Month, which highlights the contributions of women in our society today and throughout history. Our Donna Klein Jewish Academy community is comprised of strong women who help develop our students into young adults, determined to make a difference. My life has been heavily influenced by many strong, independent, and passionate women who instilled in me that women can do anything. As we observe National Women’s History Month, I encourage our community to thank all the women who have made an impact in their lives.
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  • 2/26/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,

    It has been another wonderful week at DKJA, as we wrapped up Grandparents and Special Friends Month. It has been a tremendous pleasure watching our students welcome our special guests into their classrooms and engage in meaningful and interactive activities throughout the entire month. While we look forward to welcoming our grandparents and special friends in person again in the future, it has been a blessing to host this month-long virtual celebration at a time when many of us have been isolated and have been in need of personal connections. My hope is that our students continue to always foster their relationships with their grandparents. L’dor V’dor. 
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  • February

    2/19/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    I hope you all had a wonderful extended holiday weekend and were able to share in memorable moments with your loved ones. It has been a busy week at DKJA, as we hosted our grandparents and special friends for another week of Grandparents and Special Friends Month. Throughout the month, our students, faculty, and staff have been holding engaging and informative classes for our guests to enjoy from the comfort of their homes. I am thrilled that our important annual event has blossomed into a month-long celebration with diverse virtual programming. Monday begins our final week of Grandparents and Special Friends Month, and I encourage all who fit within that category to join us for a variety of exciting classes. To close out the month, we will be holding a K-12 virtual Shabbat celebration on Friday, February 26. The entire DKJA community, including parents, grandparents, and special friends, is invited to join us as we look back on the wonderful month and look forward to a bright future. Additional information on the K-12 Shabbat and the weekly schedule of events for the last week of Grandparents and Special Friends Month will be emailed on Monday. 
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  • 2/12/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    It has been an exciting time at DKJA as we continue to host our grandparents and special friends for daily classes in honor of Grandparents and Special Friends Month. It has been a pleasure to hear feedback from our guests about how much they are enjoying visiting with our students and participating in engaging sessions. Our DKJA Eagles have come together to create a beautiful month-long event for our special guests. For this, I am incredibly proud. 
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  • 2/5/2021 Head of School Weekly Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    As we approach the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am overwhelmed with pride over how our DKJA community has rallied together to adapt to the fast-changing dynamics of the pandemic. Despite all of the change that has occurred, DKJA’s commitment to providing an education of extraordinary power and purpose has never wavered. In fact, we have used this unprecedented time to create new opportunities to ensure the ongoing success of both our students and the school. 
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  • January

    1/29/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    This week, as we celebrated Tu B’Shevat, I found myself thinking about the holiday’s themes of renewal, growth, and new beginnings. I am so proud of our entire DKJA community for our communal strength, perseverance, and enthusiasm as we continue to navigate changes and new beginnings brought on by the pandemic. We welcomed six new students this week, bringing our total enrollment to 545 extraordinary DKJA students. I am impressed with how our Eagles have warmly welcomed an unprecedented number of new students who have joined the DKJA family. I look forward to continuing to watch all of our students reach their full potential inside and outside of the classroom, on campus and remote. 
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  • 1/22/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    I hope you all had a wonderful extended holiday weekend and that your children were able to share with you what they learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. We continue to add new students to our DKJA family, and this week our Lower School welcomed two new students from New Jersey. My heart is full watching our DKJA community continue to grow. 
     
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  • 1/15/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    I can hardly believe that our second semester of the school year is already in full swing. I am impressed by our students and their dedication as we continue to navigate the pandemic together. Our in-person learners are respectful of our mask policy and COVID-19 safety protocols, and our remote learners are logging in every day with a positive attitude and determination for success. In preparation for next year, we have created a tentative 2021-2022 school year calendar. Please remember that this calendar is subject to change as we get closer to the start of the new school year. The tentative calendar is provided at the bottom of this email.
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  • 1/08/2021 Head of School Message

    Dear DKJA Community,
     
    The new year has brought with it many exciting changes and events to DKJA. This week, we welcomed Ashleigh Gans as our new Communications and Social Media Manager. Ashleigh comes to DKJA with tremendous enthusiasm and experience, and she will ensure that our communication and social media posts continue to inform our families and highlight the many benefits of a DKJA education. Please remember to check your email daily for updates and valuable information from our school community.

    We also saw several other smiling new faces on campus this week as we were joined on Monday by eight new DKJA students relocating from New York. Later this week, five additional students joined us from Chicago and California. We welcome all our new DKJA Eagles to our community!
     
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