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  • Talking to Our Kids

    Dear Parents,I can only speak for myself, but these last several months have truly challenged me as a parent, and this last week has been the hardest.  While dealing with my own emotions and feelings about race and equality in this country, I also needed to ask myself how do I talk to my children?  How do we talk to our children and offer support, how much do we share with them about what is going on right now and historically, what is appropriate at what age and do I even know how to ...  Read More...

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    How to stay together when we're apart

    Currently, you're being overloaded with information: what to do, what not to do—a seemingly endless list of instructions. But, how do you stay connected to your community and support your school despite the circumstances? We won't say it's easy, but there are ways to stay informed and take back those feelings of togetherness, without getting overwhelmed.Check on People You Care About.   Read More...

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    How to teach your kids better hygiene

    While daunting, talking to your children about Coronavirus is crucial. First and foremost, it's important to listen to your children so you can understand their concerns and decide how and what information to give them.How to talk to your kids about COVID-19:Stay calm. You know your children best.   Read More...

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    What to do with your children at home

    Your kids are home from school and odds are, they're already starting to feel cooped up. So, how do you keep them (and you) from going stir crazy, while also keeping learning on track? We have a few ideas:Limit the News.   Read More...

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    You're invited to the Purim Bash

    We'd love to see you on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. for the Purim Bash!This evening at The Canyon Club in Agoura will feature a costume party, kosher food, a dj, dancing, casino tables, silent auctions and more! Tickets can be purchased online for $100 per person at of the proceeds will go directly to Ilan Ramon Day School.   Read More...

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    One Year Later

    It is hard to believe that today marks the one year anniversary from the start of the Woolsey fires.  It has been a year since our school, our community and our lives were impacted forever.  A year ago I said, “Our school, at its core, has never been about the physical space or the buildings in which the children learn. Our school is a sacred and special community, founded because visionaries believed that our community needed its Jewish soul to be nurtured.” ...  Read More...

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    You're Invited to IRDS' Speaker Night

    Join us for our first speaker night “Raising Physically and Mentally Healthy and Resilient Kids,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7 p.m.Register NowABOUT THE SPEAKERSDR. TANYA ALTMANN As a pediatrician, best-selling author, network television parenting expert and entertainment industry and child product industry consultant, Dr. Altman helps parents through day-to-day child rearing challenges among other things.   Read More...

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    G'Mar Chatima Tova!

    Dear IRDS families,“People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)Judaism teaches that when we hurt one person, three parties are injured: The one we offended, G-d, and ourselves. We must ask forgiveness from all three, but in a specific order. We must start with the one we offended, then ask for G-d’s forgiveness; only then can we seek forgiveness from ourselves.   Read More...

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    Mini-Rosh Ha’Shanah Talmudic Seder

    Download this Seder HereIn Sephardic Jewish homes there are several ways to prepare and conduct the Rosh Hashanah seder. To conduct the seder, you’ll need seven bowls placed in the center of the table. Each bowl is filled with one of the following:DatesPomegranatesApples and honeyString beansPumpkinSpinach and scallionsFish head (or head of lettuce)The leader begins the seder.Leader: Seder Yehi RatzonThe group responds: Seder Yehi Ratzon … Baruch HaShem.Dates (T’marim)Pass around the bowl and ha...  Read More...

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