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18 Iyar 5780

May 12, 2020


Dear ICJA Family:


Today is Lag B’Omer, and we celebrated it by creating a special virtual chesed day and Talent Show. It was a pleasure visiting classes during the first-period and hearing our teachers speak about the importance of hakarat hatov – especially during these challenging times. As one teacher said: “There is always something we can be grateful for – we just need to find it and then hold onto it tightly!”


Many of the classes wrote letters of appreciation and thanks to first responders. These letters were collected in google docs and will be distributed this week. And then, the entire school came together for “ICJA’s Got Talent” – hosted by our own Mr. Allen Sears! The student entries were excellent and especially the first place winners, Noah Brody, Yamin Elkaim, and Moshe Lodkin! To watch their musical entry – click here


And while we couldn’t have a bonfire in honor of the day – I hope that everyone enjoyed the “s’mores” that were delivered to your homes. Thanks again to Rabbi Fox and Mrs. Zeffren for a great program! 


In the afternoon, it was back to business as usual, with more than 60 classes meeting and AP Online tests taking place. Today our Calculus AB and BC students took the AP, and we look forward to great results on their tests!


Today, we also began planning for the August, September, November, and December SATs. The Educational Testing Service is moving forward with the SATs, and we are hoping to be able to provide a safe environment for these tests. At present, we have plans for socially distanced options, but we will only move forward if we receive the necessary approval of public health authorities.


Wednesday’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.


AP Schedule

English Literature AP – 1:00 p.m.

European History – 3:00 p.m.


Students and teachers have been asking when they can re-enter the building to clean out offices and lockers before the summer. Currently, we’re planning on opening the building for teachers in mid-June, and for students, we will have their lockers emptied by custodial staff and their things available for pick-up also mid-June. Exact details will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.


As always, never hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions or concerns!


Stay Safe and Stay Inspired!


B’virkat HaTorah,



Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky, Ph.D.





May 18 – 8 pm 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)

Aug 16 – 1 p.m. ICJA Graduation




• Volunteer to tutor an elementary school student – ATT Tutor-A-Child Initiative  click here

• The ICJA Tefillah Challenge! See the attached flyer

• Order your 2020 Keter Yearbook –

• Buy your ICJA Face Mask and support community chesed organizations – click here

• Receive extra academic support via REACH email:

• June -August YU SUMMER SCHOOL for High School Students –

• June-August – Lookstein Virtual SUMMER SCHOOL –

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