The MaccaBee May 24th, 2012

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Letter From the Head of School

AJA’s Year In Review

I, for one, always enjoy the “year in review” lists that come out in December to recap the year’s major news events and the most notable happenings in pop culture.

It’s been a great year at AJA, so here are some of highlights:

  1. Enrollment soared to 143 students.
  2. Two new additions joined the Administration Team:  Collette Hill, Director of Admissions and Outreach and Cheryl Hersh, Head of School.
  3. Sarah Porten took the reigns as Board President.
  4. AJA was reaccredited by AdvancED for the full six-year term.
  5. Gala was a resounding success honoring Paula Baldwin and student alum David Broockman.
  6. Parent Association sponsored Book Fair which featured two local authors for all to enjoy.
  7. Eleven students qualified to participate in the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair for 3rd – 8th grades.  Three Middle School students placed in the top five and one advanced to the State competition.
  8. We had two art shows:  the first grade exhibit at the Learning Ally and the school-wide Palette of Young Artists at the UT Hillel.
  9. We had two outstanding musicals:  Pippin for 3rd grade – MS and Sounds A Little Fishy to Me for TK – 2nd grade.
  10. Our students participated in Schwartzville, Friends Fest, Authors Talks and Ted Talks,  Poetry Slams, Portfolio Days, Readers Theater, the many Jewish lifecycle celebrations, Pirate and Solar System Musicals, and the Rube Goldberg Project not to mention all the field trips and incredible athletics.
  11. Ten stellar students graduate on May 30th.

This is the final Maccabee for the school year.  I wish you all a wonderful, relaxing summer.  Thank you for sharing your children with us.

Save the Date

  • Monday, May 28th Memorial Day NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, May 29th Field Day (click here for Field Day Schedule)
  • Wednesday, May 30th 5:30pm 8th Grade Graduation
  • Thursday, May 31th Last Day!

Updates and Announcements

  • Help AJA win 100,000 bonus Box Tops (that’s $10,000!) by entering their sweepstakes!

Congratulations, Condolences and Tributes

  • Our thoughts go out to First Grader Rachel Hurt and her parents Debra and Brett with the passing of Brett’s mother.
  • The Kalmans made a donation in memory of Brett Hurt’s mother: “Thinking of you – The Kalmans”

What’s Happening at AJA?

  • The 6th and 7th grade students had a wonderful class trip to Houston where they visited the Houston Holocaust Museum, Space Center Houston (NASA), Moody Gardens, and the Armand Bayou Nature Preserve


  • Fourth Grade has been studying Matter and Chemistry. We are building an understanding of matter, specifically the physical properties of matter, measuring matter, phases of matter, and changing matter. On Thursday, the students completed the Density Layer Cake lab where they asked the question: “How will the densities of various matter affect where they settle in a jar?” After calculating the mass, volume, and density of water, alcohol, oil, syrup, a Lego, a ping pong ball, a  raisin, and a marble they tested their predictions. Ask your child which was the most dense.                                                                                                                                                                                                

The Jewish Corner

  • May 25 K-5 will have the final Kabbalat Shabbat of the year with special activities for Shavuot.