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20 Iyar 5780

May 14, 2020


Dear ICJA Family:


Today was an exceptionally busy day at ICJA. Mrs. Goldstein’s senior Public Speaking classes were wrapping up their presentations – all of which will soon be available as a virtual “Oratory Fair.” Rabbi Myers spoke with his Modern Jewish History class about the ’67 battle for Ammunition Hill, and explained to them how it was so moving for him since he was the same age as the fighters who gave their lives to liberate Yerushalayim. And Dr. Green was finalizing more than 60 schedule change-requests. Most of the requests were granted, as we work to assure our students academic schedules that meet their needs.


Today was also a day that we began to plan for a possible July 19th ACT at ICJA. For decades we have been a testing center for both the ACT and SAT. But this year, because COVID-19, the April test was cancelled, and the June test cannot be scheduled. However, we are hopeful that by July we will be able to administer the ACT exam – the penultimate opportunity for our incoming senior class to take this test before the early decision deadline. Rabbi Fliegelman is consulting with his colleagues to gather best practice guidelines. And I was in touch with the Skokie Board of Health. If the Governor allows for larger, socially distant gatherings, we will be ready to administer the test for ICJA students. Stay tuned for more information (the registration deadline for the July test is June 19).


Tomorrow is the last day of classes for our seniors, and we have a surprise in store for them. But it’s a surprise, and so you will have to wait until tomorrow to find out. But what isn’t a surprise is how this senior class rose to the challenge of these past months and continued learning. We admire their commitment, and we know that as difficult as the end of their senior year was, the determination and drive they brought to the fore will serve them well in the future. (And as I told them during our recent meeting – when one day their children and grandchildren will complain about something – they will have a story to tell them to help them put everything in perspective!)


Tomorrow’s schedule is as follows:

Period 2: 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.

Period 3: 10:15 – 10:55 a.m.

Period 4: 11:00 – 11:40 a.m.


Period 10: 1:00 -1:40 p.m.

Period 11: 1:45 – 2:25 p.m.

Period 12: 2:30 – 3:10 p.m.

Candle Lighting: 7:45 p.m.

Parashat Behar-Bechukotai


AP Schedule

US History – 1:00 p.m.

Computer Science – 3:00 p.m.


Stay Safe and Stay Inspired!


B’virkat HaTorah,


Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky, Ph.D.





May 18 – 8 p.m. Josh Pogonitz will be leading an online Mental Health Workshop, co-sponsored by ICJA and No Shame On U –

May 22 – Yom Yerushalayim (1st period)

June 8-12 ICJA Final Assessments Week 

Aug 16 – 1p.m. ICJA Graduation



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