Looking at this year’s 5th graders, it is amazing to think about how far they have come. From Gan students, to student leaders. Students are preparing for middle school from the moment they enter Gan and it is a privilege to witness the transition. This year’s 5th graders are ready for 6th grade. They know how to take notes, how to advocate for themselves and others, how to comfort and be comforted, how to take responsibility and to be accountable for their own actions.
They have been encouraged to ask questions about their world: What can I do to help? How can I make a difference? How can I make the world a better place?
They have been encouraged to be reflective: How can I be the best me I can be? How can I be a supportive friend? What are my gifts and how might I share them?
They are taught the value of appreciation: How can I say thank you to my family, to each other, to the community? What does Judaism teach us about being thankful?
Our students learn the value of history and of our story as a Jewish people. They learn to ask: What are the lessons of our culture? How does our history enrich our lives?
Our students are ready for middle school because they can solve problems, ask hard questions and research the answers. They communicate through effective words. They are kind and speak the language of mitzvot. We have seen over the past 26 years that SJCS alumni become leaders in their new schools. They model derech eretz. They love to learn. They excel. They celebrate and sing. And they continue to be lifelong learners. SJCS graduates know how to make the world a better place. We look forward to hearing about their new experiences as each of them come back to visit.
Debbie Butler, Learning Specialist