Biweekly e-newsletter of Community Day School
23 November 2016
22 Cheshvan 5777
As we gather around our Thanksgiving tables tomorrow, we’ll be mindful of the blessings of food, the blessings of peace, and the blessings of family, community, and friends. Happy Thanksgiving and Shabbat Shalom!
Reminder: School is closed Monday, November 28 for a Clerical Day.
We look forward to seeing you back at CDS on Tuesday, November 29 … aka #GivingTuesday (see details below).
Photos and writing excerpts from the Kindergarten & 5th Grade Thanksgiving Program with special thanks to music teacher Eileen Freedman, the Kindergarten Team, and 5th Grade Language Arts teacher Charlotte Rakaczky for coordinating this joyous and original program.
A Few Important Traditions -- Jenny J.
My family only has a few traditions, but to us, they are very important. We usually spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. Sometimes we exchange gifts, play the piano, sing Thanksgiving songs, invite friends over, help each other make food, and enjoy a delicious meal together. Everyone just enjoys themselves and has fun. Just what we like it to be! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Stopping to Give Thanks -- Leah H.
We are all here, friends and family, to recognize everything that we should be grateful for―this school, clothing, food on our plates, and a house to live in. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it makes us stop our daily lives and get together with friends and family. There are not many times because of our busy lives to get together and give thanks. I hope all of you do this this year! Have a great Thanksgiving!
It’s A Wonderful Life -- Eli R.
On Thanksgiving, I like to have a feast. My family also invites my aunt, my uncle, and my friends so we always have a lot of people at our house on Thanksgiving. We like to eat corn and turkey and many other kinds of food. On Thanksgiving I try to have as much fun as I can because it’s a special day to celebrate what you’re thankful for. I am thankful that I have a wonderful life. I have food, water, shelter, everything I need. It’s important to remember these things on this holiday. I hope you all have a great thanksgiving!
A Thanksgiving Baby -- Gabe E.
Like many families in America, my family will be celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday. But we sometimes celebrate two big events at the exact same time. I was born on November 24, 2005, and that year Thanksgiving was on the 24th, so I’m a Thanksgiving baby. This year, we’ll be celebrating both special events again. Like many families in America, my family has a big feast, plays a game of two-hand touch, and watches the parade and the NFL game at noon with our out-of-town guests. These traditions make my Thanksgiving special for me and my family.
A Day To Let Go -- Katie L.
My Thanksgiving is about a day where we all just take a day to let go and relax. My family’s traditions start in the morning. When I wake up, I go downstairs and my TV is on. We all watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Meanwhile, my mom is in the kitchen cooking. After that, the best part of my day comes...The National Dog show is on! Then I go and help my mommy in the kitchen. I get to make the stuffing, potatoes, chicken soup, and turkey. I love to peel the potatoes best! Once all the cooking is over, I set the table for everyone. Then we sit and dig in! After we eat, we watch a movie together. Because we had such a good dinner, we are always ready for bed early. I love my family’s traditions. Happy Thanksgiving!
When You Are Thankful -- Akiva W.
When you are thankful, you are rich, filled with love from head to toe. The celebration feels warm inside you like the aroma of apple and cinnamon … The warm smell of pumpkins and turkey lifts spirits … As they come in and hang their coat up, I sit down. My heart racing as if I’ve just run a marathon. When everyone has sat down, I run to my mom’s chair and whisper, “How much longer?” “Just a bit,” she replies … [Finally] my mom calls on me to finally share what I’m thankful for. I am thankful for my brothers, my parents, my grandparents, my great-grandma, my aunts and uncles, my house, my clothes, my food, and for life. Have a good Thanksgiving!
Head of School Message
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll see that I tag almost everything I share about Community Day School with #whyIlovemyjob and #onlyatCDS. Why?
There’s a transformational magic that occurs here in each classroom daily that is unique to CDS. I’m inspired every day when I see the spark kindled within our students as they critically analyze verses of Shakespeare, primary source documents in American history, passages of the Talmud, or lines of computer code. Or perfect their notes with the CDS band program, spring musical, or during morning tefillah. Or compete in interscholastic sports. Or learn about Jewish environmental ethics while working in our campus gardens. Or bring joy to the elderly in our community.
Your ongoing support keeps these flames of learning, discovery, and personal growth burning strong. We value your investment in Pittsburgh’s Jewish children, our passionate and dedicated faculty, and our mission of providing an exceptional education shaped by Jewish values. Parent satisfaction levels at CDS have never been higher, and an overwhelming majority of our families and staff joined our community in helping us to raise more than $1 million in this year’s Annual Campaign.
But our success comes at a cost. In order to remain affordable, our full tuition only covers a little more than half of the price of educating each child. More than half of our families are in need of tuition assistance. Funding the gap between the tuition families can afford and the quality school our children deserve is the fundamental challenge for our community today.
This Thanksgiving, as we share appreciation for our friends, family, and all of our blessings, we are also filled with gratitude and thank you for being our partner as we carry out our shared vision of changing lives and building an even stronger Jewish future. Your commitment today can make that vision a reality tomorrow.
6th Grade is 1:1
Up Ahead at CDS
The highlight of your child’s Community Day School education will be the 8th Grade Israel trip. To experience firsthand with your closest friends what you have been learning about for years in the classroom is an incredible opportunity. To make this trip financially possible, it is the responsibility of the 8th Grade to help with fundraising. The approximately $17,000 the class must raise this year will be used for group costs, such as entrance fees, snacks, and tips.
This year—in place of the online Israel auction—the 8th Grade families are hosting an event from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 here at CDS called “Israel Alive! Bid, Schmooze, and Sip for our 8th Grade Israel Trip” to help raise the bulk of this money. It will be a great evening with wine and light refreshments, an auction, and other small opportunities to win prizes. Fabulous items up for bid include theater and sports tickets, jewelry, lunch dates with City Councilman Corey O'Connor and attorney Edgar Snyder, gift cards, vacation homes, and more. Tickets are available for just $18 at comday.org/israelalive.
Please come to the event, invite your friends, spread the word on social media, and remember that soon it will be your child's turn for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
CDS alumni, we have missed you! Please join us for a CDS Alumni (21+) Happy Hour here at Community Day School before Israel Alive! Bid, Schmooze, and Sip on December 1.
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, on Tuesday, November 29, it's a global day dedicated to giving back. Our CDS family and friends will come together on Giving Tuesday for a shared purpose: to give back to our school that gives us so much. All new and increased gifts will be matched. Be part of a new worldwide tradition of generosity by clicking here to give to CDS today. Co-chairs are Josh and Meirav Loberant.
Students in Grades 5-8 can have fun with friends, train, eat pizza, get community service hours, and help your school at the Giving Tuesday phone-a-thon from 6 to 8 p.m. People love to hear from the students themselves, and this is your chance to make a difference for CDS. Sign up here
This year, we are celebrating our school’s 45th anniversary on Giving Tuesday with 45 reasons we love CDS …
Show us how you and your family are giving back to CDS by sharing a photo or posting your CDS story on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #45ReasonsToLoveCDS. We will be highlighting special stories that showcase our generous supporters that day on our social networks.
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