12 Sivan 5780
June 4, 2020
Dear ICJA Family:
Today, the 12th of Sivan is the final day of the שבעת ימי מילואים – the “seven days of fulfillment” following Shavuot. In the days of Beit HaMikdash, pilgrims coming to Yerushalayim had an additional seven days to bring the special Shavuot offering, which in a way extended the sanctity of that holiday to this final day. (Which is also the reason some communities don’t begin to recite tachanun until the following day.)
What does that fact have to do with school? It’s a lesson that good things, whether holidays or opportunities for joy and inspiration, don’t always end when you think they do. Instead, they can continue onward, beyond the boundaries of a specific time or day. Which is what I hope you are thinking about as the end of classes are just one day away.
What can you do, what can we do to extend our learning into the summer? What opportunities can we find, what books can you read, and what “virtual shiurim” can you find online – so that tomorrow is not the end, but just “tomorrow?”
Think about this and plan ahead. Because this is going to be different, and many of the plans we made will change. But instead of lamenting over opportunities lost, why not celebrate opportunities created!
Which brings me to next week and the weeks after:
Next week is the week of final assessments. Many teachers have already begun this process. But some teachers will be meeting with their classes for an activity, a test, a presentation, or something else. The schedule is attached. But students, please check with your teachers to make sure that you know what day and what time your class will meet.
The following week (June 15-18) will be the pick up for our students’ locker contents. But it is also the time for non-returning students to wipe the data and return their ipads (go to https://icja.us/ipaderase2020 to learn how), student-athletes to return their uniforms and yearbooks to be distributed. The schedule for pickups is below, but you will receive a more detailed email next week.
Finally, yesterday’s update generated a lot of conversation, fortunately, more positive than negative. But today I received a copy of an article written by one of our parents, Yvette Miller, that goes a step further and opens a window into the mind of one of our alumni, Lev Perlow. Lev was born in Ethiopia, grew up in Northbrook, went ti ICJA and is now serving in the IDF. I encourage you to read this article – click here – it offers all of us insight and perspective into what it means to be black and a member of our Jewish community.
Friday’s schedule – the last day of classes for this academic year is:
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: 8:03 p.m.
Stay safe, stay inspired, and stay in touch!
Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky, Ph.D.
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
June 8-12 ICJA Final Assessments Week
June 15-18 Student Locker Pickup
Monday, Jun 15
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Students with last names beginning with A-B
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Students with last names beginning with C-E
Tuesday, Jun 16
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Students with last names beginning with F-G
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Students with last names beginning with H-K
Wednesday, Jun 17
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Students with last names beginning with L-M
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Students with last names beginning with N-R
Thursday, Jun 18
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Students with last names beginning with S
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Students with last names beginning with T-Z
Aug 16 – 1 p.m. ICJA Graduation
- Order your 2020 Keter Yearbook – https://icjastg.wpengine.com/2019/12/buy-your-2020-yearbook/
- Buy your ICJA Face Mask and support community chesed organizations – click here
- June -August YU SUMMER SCHOOL for High School Students – https://www.yu.edu/summer/hs
- June-August – Lookstein Virtual SUMMER SCHOOL – http://www.looksteinvirtual.org/