Time Is a Precious Commodity

Thank you to all of you who shared with me your contributions to Houston, in response to my email. The ideas included the US Environmental Club collecting items to ship to Houston, students “dressing down” to bring in funds (over $200!), and even a lemonade stand where our students raised $83! I’m organizing a relief trip to Houston, please let me know if you are interested. Also, click HERE for details on a community collection of items TOMORROW, from our neighbor, Chabad of Atlanta.

For the people of Houston, time is probably moving so slowly. They are counting the milliseconds until the after effects of the horrible storm passes. Time is such a precious commodity, as it either moves too fast or too slowly depending on the context! This idea applies to our school as well. In some moments, time is flying! We’ve done so much in our one year together. Over this next school year, there is so much more I want to accomplish together, and I know that I can’t do it all as fast I as I would like. This is such an exciting time for our school...we are moving full steam ahead with so many exciting announcements coming down the pike, yet we need to be deliberate and smart, as this will take some time to build the AJA of our dreams.

Today, I’d like to focus our attention toward the Upper School. Time has indeed flown by! In the Spring, I shared my vision for the Upper School which included General Studies courses, integrated Judaic Studies program, electives, art/music/theater, makerspace creation, STEAM, Strategic Learning, etc etc etc!John Wilson is leading the charge to make this all happen, and with his Leadership Team of Rabbi Allan HoubenRabbi Jeffrey FrancesDr. Pam MasonCherise Ogle, Joel Rojek, Elizabeth Schoen, and Naomi Whiters along with the incredibly dedicated teachers - I couldn’t be happier.

One of our first events for the Upper School is the Curriculum Night, on 9/6 at 6:30 pm. The Upper School team has planned the evening and the school year methodically! The event is a great way to hear directly from John and the US faculty and staff about all the great behind the scenes happenings. Click HERE to read more, directly from our Head Instructional Lead of the Upper School, John Wilson.


We also would like to extend an invitation to all 7th and 8th grade parents to join us on 9/6. Your students will be AJA Upper School students in only 1 or 2 short years. Come and hear more about the trajectory your children are on, and how it all comes together in the Upper School!

Parshat Ki Tavo
Parshat Ki Teitzei


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Wednesday, 18 July 2018