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    Essential Skills

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    Rosh Chodesh Celebrates Biblical Leaders

    The Jewish month is the glue that hold so many of our celebrations here at IRDS. This is one of the reasons why we take the time to highlight them each year through a central theme during services. There are special blessings for Rosh Hodesh and Hallel that we recite, and at Ilan Ramon we also have our own special tradition of celebrating and honoring those students born during that Hebrew month.This fall, the theme we started the year with during our staff orientation was: “Establishing Meaning...  Read More...

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    Welcome Back!

    I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing community.   Read More...

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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...

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