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30 Nisan 5780

April 23, 2020



Dear ICJA Family


One of the amazing things about this “new normal” is how quickly certain things become normal. Today, in speaking with the Junior girls during their town hall meeting, the fact that we were having that conversation over zoom was not even an issue, and the level of discussion was normal and natural. And the same is true for so many of the classes we offer and the special programs we are developing.


Our students and teachers are all adapting, and while there are challenges we face – students who may not roll out of bed early enough and teachers who have yet to find the right balance of assignments, there is so much about which to be proud! This was also evident in the parent survey that is closing in a few hours. Nearly all of the questions we asked scored in the satisfied or greatly satisfied range, except for “the seamless delivery of instruction” and the “educational value of assignments,” which scored lower, but just 10% below satisfied (in the “neither category”).


Our administration meets daily to review issues that have arisen or plan forward. The final review for next year’s student schedules is nearly complete (we still hope to send them out before Monday). And today, we decided that students who are taking AP tests will be released from classes the morning of the test (the new AP tests are only 45 long). 


Tomorrow’s schedule, Rosh Chodesh Iyar is 

Period 1: 9:30 – 10:10a.

Period 5: 10:15 – 10:55a.

Period 6: 11:00 – 11:40a.


Period 7: 1:00 -1:40p.

Period 8: 1:45 – 2:25p.

Period 9: 2:30 – 3:10p.


Finally, on a fun note, tomorrow at 6:30 pm (if you haven’t made an early Shabbat), be sure to tune in to Channel 50 (WPWR) for “Family Feud” – and watch the Stein Family (Laura Goltz and Suzy Nussbaum and family) compete on national TV. They’ve been sworn to secrecy ever since the show was taped months ago – but we hope they won!


Have a great evening, stay safe, and find inspiration over this weekend of Rosh Chodesh Iyar!





Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky, Ph.D.

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