February 23, 2017
27 Sh'vat 5777
Dear AJA Community,
Who is wise? One who learns from all. Pirkei Avot hits the nail right on the head. I believe that we can all learn from various sources. We just have to open our eyes. Last week we focused on the talented group of teachers we have at AJA, this week I want to highlight another group we all learn from. Our students. That’s right. Often, our own students become our teachers, and we can learn from their example.
We can learn from their resilience when overcoming challenges, the way they try to navigate social dynamics with respect and honor, how they carefully craft their birthday invitation to be inclusive yet connected to our history, how they greet each other and adults in the building, how they only come in pairs and triads if someone gets hurt at recess, how they write thank you notes to their Head of School, how they thrive academically and athletically, how they choose to spend their free time volunteering or working to improve our community....and the list goes on.
We asked our teachers to share names of students, from ECD - 12th Grade, who have demonstrated something exceptional, and we are going to highlight them here in this email bi-monthly. It was a challenge to narrow the list down this time, as there were so many submissions. I want to acknowledge these special AJA students, who have been recognized for their accomplishments!
Here is the first of many AJA Nachas that I will share with you...click HERE to read all the details about what their teachers’ told us.
UPPER SCHOOL - Leah Bader, Nicole Dori, Medad Lytton, Yitzi Zolty, Dan Jutan and Ezra Blaut. Zach Mainzer
MIDDLE SCHOOL - Gefen Beldie and Racheli Seeman, Natanel Gold, Paulina Lebowitz, Sammy Rubin, Renana Shalom, Daliya Wallenstein
LOWER SCHOOL - Oliver Mason, Logan Rabinowitz, Gila Sadinoff, Lindsey Webber, Isaac Weinberg
I look forward to sharing more of this AJA Nachas with you in the coming months. Our children and their accomplishments, both big and small, are what make this school such a special place to be.
Rabbi Ari Leubitz