13 Sivan 5780
June 5, 2020
Dear ICJA Family:
Today was the last day of classes at ICJA for this academic year, and today will also be the 50th and final updates (at least for this season). These updates began on that fateful Friday in May when the Governor closed our school because of the pandemic. Since then, I have done my best – with the support and assistance of an amazing professional staff, to keep you informed and up to date of what was happening at school. But don’t worry, information from the school will continue to flow, but just in an “as-needed” format, and not every day.
Next week we begin our final assessments. And the week after will begin a well-deserved break. As I mentioned yesterday, please use the summer months wisely. Use your free time to do things you enjoy, pursue your passions, learn Torah every day, take walks, find a hobby, avoid staring at screens, and stay safe!
To our entire ICJA family – you’ve worked exceedingly hard these past few months and deserve our sincere thanks, not only for helping us in these trying times but for partnering with us at all times. We may not always agree about everything, but we are all committed to providing to every student an outstanding ICJA experience. And I mean “experience” – because being part of ICJA is so much more than the exceptional college-prep education our students receive, it’s the centrality of Torah uMaddah, the social experience, the extra-curriculars, the opportunities to engage the world, and to inspire the individual.
This year I miss all of the end-of-the-year parties that typically occur on the last day. But I commend all of our students and teachers who have been celebrating their year-long efforts with online siyumim, reflections, creative reviews, and sincere goodbyes. I’ve heard so many stories of such great things happening that make me so very proud to be part of this school.
But lest you think that the end of the year means that things aren’t happening – it’s not the case! Because just yesterday I learned about our students who were recognized in the State-wide literary competition “Letters About Literature!”
Out of nearly 1500 entries, 334 received some level of recognition – 15% of those were ICJA students. But even more, over 10% of the finalists were ICJA students! Thank you to Mrs. Kahan for making this competition part of the ICJA experience, and congratulations to “Finalists” – Noa Brasch, Dahlia Matanky, Simone Miller and Liat Mott; “Semifinalists” – Shira David, Isaac Geifman, Benjamin Grey, Gil Kaissar, Samantha Levy, Zoe Nussbaum, Matthew Okner and “Honorable Mentions” – Aharon Falk, Danni Glass, Enon Gurvich, Ronen Lavi, Joseph Levine, Eugene Lodkin, Rachel Margolin, Sarah Rosenblum, and Rachel Schwartz.
Candle lighting tonight is at 8:03 pm, and this week’s parasha is Naso. Enjoy Shabbat, treasure the opportunities of being with your family, and rest up!
Stay safe, stay inspired, stay in touch, and Shabbat Shalom!
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 – 1p 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/