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    Chag Sameach - Passover at IRDS

    As we enter Shabbat and begin our Passover break, I wanted to wish everyone a peaceful and meaningful Passover holiday.  Attached you will find a short video showcasing the learning and celebration of Passover that has taken place here at school over the last few weeks.  Thank you to all of our ECE families and their guests who joined us for a seder this year, thank you to our 4th grade families for participating in our Kibbutz Seder, and thank you to all of our students who engaged in...  Read More...

  • A Shabbat Message

    It has been a wonderful week on campus, from the bright green hills, to the blooming flowers to the amazing migration of the painted lady butterflies. True signs that adversity can be overcome and nature and institutions come back stronger. As we welcome Shabbat this evening, we remember that yes, we went through difficult times as a school community after the fires, but we are strong, resilient and excited about what the future holds.   Read More...

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    Shabbat Shalom... Our ECE is happy to be home!

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    Shabbat Shalom... Our ECE is happy to be home!

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    Welcome Back Assembly

    What a great morning assembly and parent breakfast celebrating our return home, returning our Torah to the ark, and joining together as a school community! Enjoy a few highlights from our elementary school this morning.   Read More...

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    Reflecting on Returning Home

    A Reflection on Returning Home from GinaDear Parents,After the fire, after wandering in the desert (of Thousand Oaks) for at least 40 days and 40 nights, we are finally returning to our promised land, our home, our beloved IRDS campus!But what about the last two months? Did we learn anything while we were homeless “wandering Jews”?  Just like our ancestors in the desert, the answer is a resounding Yes!We the staff have learned humility, patience and appreciation for what we have...  Read More...

  • There is No Place Like Home

    We are so happy to be going back to our campus on Monday and are excited about what we were able to accomplish in just under three months. We are grateful that the damage to our campus was not more substantial, but as we worked through the process of remediation and repair, we quickly realized that there were many unexpected challenges that we had to deal with, and we appreciated your understanding when our return to campus was delayed. While we are excited by our progress and accomplishmen...  Read More...

  • Campus Update - January 22, 2019

    Dear Families,I wanted to provide you and update on the progress taking place on campus over the last few weeks, and about our anticipated return home.  We recognize how challenging this has been on everyone and we appreciate your patience and support.The clean up process for campus ended up being much more extensive that we had originally anticipated.  During the clean-up process all of the carpets were removed, everything was taken down from the walls, cabinets were moved and much mo...  Read More...

  • Campus Update - 1-4-19

    Dear IRDS Families,We hope everyone has been having a wonderful and relaxing winter break.  We look forward to seeing everyone as we resume school this Tuesday morning, back at Temple Etz Chaim.  As promised, we wanted to provide a quick update as to the progress being made on campus during the break as we work diligently to return home.   Read More...

  • Campus Update - Our Return in January

    Dear IRDS Families,As we are only a few days away from the winter vacation we wanted to thank all of you for your continued patience and support as we recover from the fires and bring our campus back better than ever. I’d also like to provide you with an update as to where things stand on campus and our progress in returning home in January. Over the last several weeks a variety of different teams have been working very hard to get campus back up and ready for our children to return as qui...  Read More...

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