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November 14, 2009

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November 14, 2009

It takes a pretty special place to convince someone for who's openly ambivalent about their Jewish identity AND a booster of public education to decide to send their child there, but SJCS is that kind of place. I would have to say that in some ways the operative word in the institution's name may be "Community" rather than "School", not because the education is less than outstanding, but because it's that sense of community - transmitted from teachers to children to their families every day - that makes this such a terrific school. Our kids have not just become smart or become mensches, but been empowered to feel a critical part of the minyan of the world. Choosing SJCS was not easy in many ways, personally or financially, but it's a choice I'm rewarded for making every day.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...how our family has been transformed Jewishly.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 13, 2009

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November 13, 2009

Over four years ago I was a student at this school. The three years I learned at this school were something remarkable. Not only did I learn about Judaism and general knowledge (math, reading, etc.), but I learned that you need to be against fighting and that there is always a peaceful way to resolve a conflict. During my time we were at the old building adjacent to the synagogue, but they're now at the new building, which, sadly, I wasn't able to learn at. Nevertheless, I visited the school at the new building about three and a half years ago and it is still the remarkable place that I remember. Today we need these type of school, and being in different places across the planet, I really know. Long live SJCS!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning (I was at the school as a student for three years: kindergarten, first grade, and second grade) My behavior, my attitude towards things, my ways of solving problems, etc.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make a better P.E. class and dance class Build a better playground

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

- Tikun olam (making the world a better place) - Intuitive teaching methods - We would celebrate the Jewish and Israeli holiday by "flying" to Israel, Passover seder w/whole school, "fly to Israel", etc.) - Caring, positive attitude & being optimistic

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Talented, kind, wise, and friendly. 100% in any case. Everyone was there to help no matter what.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make the teaching methods better (P.E., playground, etc.)

Ways to make it better...

I had a better P.E. class and dance class

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting kids to come

One thing I'd also say is that...

This school is something extraordinary - no doubt about it. The things that I wrote could be better, I think.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 12, 2009

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November 12, 2009

I like SJCS because there are lots of adults who keep me safe and help me learn. I love learning to play sports during PE. I like learning Hebrew since it's fun to speak in a different language.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that my teachers read great books to us at lunchtime. I love the art projects we do while reading books.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy so, so many more books for our library. It could buy materials for an awesome carnival too.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 12, 2009

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November 12, 2009

One day I was playing outside and I got hurt. A friend immediately came over to help me. SJCS teaches friends to care for each other and that's one reason I love going to school at SJCS. My teachers are awesome!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

- Getting to try PE, music and library. I think it's cool that I get to learn to read and write in 2 languages - and I learn print and cursive in both of them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 12, 2009

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November 12, 2009

I chose SJCS because I was looking for a moral education for my children at a school that shares my values. The focus on derech eretz, tikkun olam, and being of service to the community at large is central in my children's education at SJCS. Equally important is the teacher's support of my children's individual learning styles and needs and the services provided by the learning specialist. I have been incredibly impressed by the teacher's willingness to incorporate the outside services my children are receiving into their teaching plans. However, most of all I am impressed by every staff members true love and commitment to children.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the warm and inclusive atmosphere.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 9, 2009

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November 9, 2009

There are many teachers at SJCS, but they're all super good at their job. They might be so good that you can't choose which grade is better. We are taught step by step, it just depends on what grade you're in. I've been supported in every which way possible (so far). I'm one of the 2 girls in my class. It's actually pretty fun! But sometimes it can be a little bit overwhelming at first, but then you get used to it and it's not so bad 'cause you have friends! (at SJCS you always have friends). Every kid gets a 'shabat.' We also have a bunch of celebrations! They're so fun. We get to pretend to be in Israel; we have Chanukah parties, Purim parties; we even celebrate Passover and more! SJCS is so cool. It's such an awesome place! (Written by Amalya - edited for spelling and typed by her mother).

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open-hearted, supportive, caring.

Ways to make it better...

there were a few more girls my age around.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 9, 2009

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November 9, 2009

We're grandparents of two students at SJCS, and we're so delighted with this school's focus on developing, in an age appropriate way, a sense of community and mutual responsibility. Children clearly embrace theses values and live them in their daily encounters with each other. As two of the three coauthors of a parenting book, "The Too Precious Child," we have written about the increasing pressure on children to compete for first place and first prize. Here's a school with a structured and demanding program that reserves its highest praise for helpfulness and kindness. Pretty impressive! Louisa Rose Henry S. Berman, M.D.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well versed in a system of conflict resolution that gives children very specific steps for dealing with the usual fights and arguments. Now, if the rest of the world could learn this, we'd all be better off.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 6, 2009

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November 6, 2009

SJCS has been a wonderful way for us to provide a Jewish community for our children. As an interfaith family raising Jewish children, we were concerned with finding a place where our children felt they belonged and that would respect our family's choices. Our children are encouraged, challenged and valued as whole people. The staff are amazing! I just can't say enough good things but here are a few examples: *My son was allowed to go at his own pace in first grade (he was the youngest in his class and we wanted to give him time). When he still wasn't reading at the beginning of second grade, they immediately started him working with the school's learning specialist and he now reads well above grade level. I appreciated the school's respect for our desire not to push, while at the same time providing him with all the support he needed. *Both of my children come home singing songs in Hebrew. They start working with Hebrew and Judaics in kindergarten. I really feel it is a gift to give my kids a thorough knowledge of the traditions and rituals of Judaism (while respecting the diversity of practice represented in the school and the wider world.) *Regular field trips to the food bank in third grade - social justice is practiced throughout the school. *Regular interaction with kids from other grade levels. Children get frequent opportunities to be mentors or to learn from older students. I remember in grade school that the kids in the older grades never talked to younger kids - it wasn't "cool." SJCS is teaching kids that helping others *is* cool. My children know and interact during the school day with kids in both younger and older grades.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The personal and academic growth of my children.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing, talented, dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay teachers better, enroll more children especially those from families with lower incomes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 4, 2009

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November 4, 2009

I have been a fan of SJCS since before its inception! In those early days, with no facility nor any equipment, all we had was our core values of Yiddishkeit, hamishness, and the highest achedemic aspirations. The positive results were immediately apparent. From its earliest days, SJCS has produced students of confidence, developed ability and moral insight, along with strong and positive Jewish identity and skills. Today those same values remain the focus of SJCS. Today, in our wonderful building, and with a deepening community of supporters, we are poised to grow further and bring these benefits to a larger community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the gratification I've had watching the many close and dear graduates of SJCS thrive in the larger world they emerge into. This includes friends and relatives, and even my own son, who finds he is a fairly well prepared sixth grader!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sense of being in a community of mostly-like-minded families who are in pursuit of similar goals -- an enriched Jewish life -- for their households.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

engaged, expert, enthusiastic, and entirely worthy of me handing over my kids to.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 4, 2009

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November 4, 2009

We have two kids at SJCS and I think it is an outstanding school. I love the dual curriculum with its focus on ethical values, and I love the sense of community at the place. I know that my kids are getting a great education academically, emotionally and in Judaics at SJCS and I really appreciate it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My childrens' growth.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is a great community to be a part of.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The school has teachers that rock. I would take them home and adopt them if they were available.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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