12th Grade Shiras Devorah Trip

12th Grade Shiras Devorah Trip

In March our 12th grade travelled to Lakewood with several chaperones and administrators to see the Holocaust Exhibit presented by Shiras Devorah High School. Taking visitors through the Eurpoean countries and towns, the concentration camps and then showing us the renewal and rebirth was an amazing experience. Mrs. Stengel, the Historia teacher, accompanied the students and her presence made the trip very meaningful for her students.

Weekly Yahadus lessons rotate presenters to help develop our students into well rounded Jewish women who will serve Hashem with simcha. 

Our seniors were already fortunate to hear from Mrs. Itzkowitz, Rabbi Diskind, Rabbi Goldberger, Mrs. Turk, Rabbi Heber, Rabbi Zweig, Rabbi Engelsberg, Rabbi Seideman, and Mrs. Masinter. They are looking forward to meeting with Rebbetzin Feldman in her home as well as other speakers as the year progresses. We hope that the many perspectives they gain from these presenters will stay with them for many years after their graduation!

Chumash Play

Chumash Play

In second grade foundational chumash skills are emphasized. Some of the skills covered are the structure of a pasuk, common shorashim, prefixes and suffixes. By the middle of the year students are prepared to learn from inside the Chumash. This milestone is marked by our annual Chumash Play. The second grade moros, together with our music teacher, run the program. It serves as both a siyum on the completion of Parshas Lech Lecha and the embarking upon a new level of Chumash learning.

Dressed in beautiful costumes, the play includes songs about Parshas Lech Lecha and more! Mothers, grandmothers and friends came to watch and then joined the students for cake and celebration. It is our goal to teach the girls that Torah is our instruction book for life. During the program, girls are called on to share lessons they took from Lech Lecha and Mrs. Turk, assistant principal, speaks to the girls about using their new Chumashim to continue to learn throughout their years in school as they look forward to additional siyumim together in upper Elementary School.

Kindergarten Alef Bais Celebration

Kindergarten Alef Bais Celebration

Preschool is a time for developing a love for school, love of learning, developing social skills and gaining foundational academics. We recently celebrated our completion of Aleph Bais in our spacious fun room. The girls enjoyed several different hands-on centers including:

  • An Aleph Bais cupcake center
  • Aleph Bais letter writing
  • Find the Aleph Bais Blocks in sand
  • Build an Aleph Bais cup tower
  • Aleph Bais cookies and peanut butter smearing

Mazal Tov! We are so proud of their accomplishments and look forward to seeing them discover the nekudos as the year progresses.

Yemei Iyun

Yemei Iyun

Mrs. Adina Wilhelm, a beloved Chumash teacher works with student head, Sarah Leeba Caplan to develop Yemei Iyun that bring specific topics to life for our students throughout the school year. 

In the month of Kislev the girls explored the topic of ” הבדלה בין ישראל לעמים”  Mrs. Chani Hendler shared with the girls her father, Steven Hill’s, unique story of growth from a non-frum TV actor to a staunch ‘עובד ה.

Shabbaton

Shabbaton

In Middle School our administration emphasizes the balance between responsibilities and privileges. A highlight of the Middle School year is the Shabbaton. This year’s theme was “Yesh Li Kol” Guest speakers, Rabbi Heber and Rabbi Berkowitz spoke to the girls. The goal was for the message of being happy with our chelek and using what we were given to serve Hashem to be internalized by our students. Each grade participated in the preparation for the event and attended part of the program. 6th graders attended the melave malka, 7th graders attended Shabbos lunch, by 8th grade, students are mature enough to spend an entire Shabbos together in school.

The Kedusha of Shabbos was felt in a new way during this gathering with a Kabbalas Shabbos led by beloved 8th grade teacher Morah Berkowitz and alumnae adding to the ruach. Throughout Shabbos there was special programming including workshops, dancing, meals and time with friends. In the weeks leading up to the Shabbaton there were a series of clubs including banner, grade presentations and cooking. All of the effort culminates in a feeling of ruach and camaraderie that carries over into their daily interactions.

Hakaras Hatov

Hakaras Hatov

Are happy people grateful or are grateful people happy? Mrs. Romanoff challenged our Middle School students to find out. They have embarked on a journey of hakaras hatov. They will learn sources from our chachamim that detail how a bas melech should think about acquiring belongings vs. valuing the blessings we have all around us and what we can give to others. Students are encouraged to make this practical by writing in a daily gratitude journal. A mindset shift can make a real impact on our lives and enable students to think beyond the enticing advertising of the American culture offering false happiness in exchange for a particular brand or popular vacation spot.