February 11, 2011
Licht Bentchen: 5:23 P.M.
Volume XVII, Issue 21
At the risk of being repetitiously redundant, we
will open by very briefly rererementioning our
upcoming major event:
Eighth Annual Chinese Auction
Sunday, February 27,
Need we say more?
Sunday, February 13 – 5th/6th Shiurim.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, February 15,
16, and 17 – Full post 3:30 line-up, including the
first Yoga class of the new session. A flyer with
Yoga sign-up info is attached.
Tuesday, February 15 – 1st-3rd Berachos Bowl in
Wednesday, February 16 –
4B-6B and 4G-6G Berachos Bees in the A.M.
Nut House Pizza. Thanks to all of this week’s in-
Thursday, February 17 – Project Ascent comes
again for 5B/5G.
Friday, February 18 – Read to Succeed forms
Sunday, February 20 – Erev Presidents Day –
Monday, February 21 – Presidents Day – No
Tuesday, February 22 – Report Cards for 1st-6th
will be sent home, G-d willing.
Wednesday, February 23 –
2:00 P.M. dismissed.
No P.M. Day Care.
Evening Conferences for K-6.
Thursday, February 24 –
Day Care starts at 8:30.
2nd-6th should Daven at home.
Sunday, February 27 –
Eighth Annual TSGW
Chinese Auction at 7:00 P.M.
at Beth Sholom.
Sunday, March 6 – Girls’ Choir at Ring House at
10:30 A.M. Our young ladies should
Arrive by 10:15 dressed in:
Kindergarten Aleph-Bais Siyumim
Tuesday, March 1 – Morah Rochel’s A.M. class.
Wednesday, March 2 – Morah Rochel’s P.M.
Thursday, March 3 – Morah Chani’s class.
All will start at 9:20 A.M.
We extend condolences to Leah
Verschleisser, upon the passing of her mother,
Z’L. May the entire family be comforted among the
mourners of Tziyon and Yerushalayim. Leah is
sitting Shivah at home (10902 Childs St.) through
Motzaei Shabbos and then will continue to sit
Shivah in Delaware.
Coming Home Today
Classroom Close-ups by
Yoga sign-up form.
Olomeinu Commemorative Issue.
☺ Simmy Pollock for covering the front desk on
TToorraahh SScchhooooll ooff GGrreeaatteerr WWaasshhiinnggttoonn
EErreevv SShhaabbbbooss ““TToorraahh”” EEvveennttss RReeppoorrtt
☺ Mrs. Lisa Solomson, our
Librarian, for arranging Ms.
Carolyn Reeder’s visit.
This week’s focus on Hakaras HaTov centered
on the first words we are to say each A.M.-Modeh
Parshathon $ Collection
Our donations to Chai Lifeline (via the
Parshathon) have soared to $8,901.16. We know
that more $ is just waiting to be brought in. Please
encourage your progeny to do so ASAP.
We wish a heartfelt Mazel Tov to:
Rabbi Menachem and Mrs. Sara Malka Winter and
family, upon the marriage of Sara Malka’s sister.
May they continue to be blessed with Simachos.
Adar Ruach Revelation
As we are firmly ensconced in Adar I,
heading directly towards Adar II and
Purim, it is time to inform you of our
Ruach Day theme and dates:
Theme: Things are Popping at the
Date: Monday, March 7, which is the
first of Adar II.
Poster and instructions to follow.
Masmid Gavoha Update
Sixth Grade Boys voluntary out-of-school
Talmud Torah points are now up to 10,955 points
(which amounts to @182.58 hours).
It’s Friday. How Did We Get Here?
Monday’s 3rd-6th Grade sessions with author
Carolyn Reeder were fascinating. Using extensive
power point presentations, she spoke about her
experiential, interactive research for each of her
books. Next week, Mrs. Lisa Solomson’s
Classroom Close-ups will give more details of this
program. The following is a follow-up email sent by
I enjoyed every minute of my day at your
school and have been singing its praises.
There’s a “good feel” to your whole building –
it feels like a safe, comfortable place for both
kids and adults to work.
Thanks so much for inviting me – and for all
the planning involved in making the day go so
On Wednesday, all classes enjoyed and learned
from the Maryland Science Center’s presentations.
Title: Brain Benders. The focus was on discrepant
events, defined as: “When you think something is
going to happen one way because of everything
you’ve learned, but something different happens,
not because of magic, but because of science.”
(Editor’s Note: Science means the creations of
The following vocabulary words were prominent in
these programs and explained very clearly for our
kids: air pressure, logic, scientific method,
question, hypotheses, experiment, observe,
conclusion, and repeatable.
3B is “heavily” into the writing trait of voice. The
boys were so excited to read aloud their personal
selections with the appropriate voice and
inflection. They were also quite insightful as they
analyzed the voices depicted in assorted readings.
Coming up on Wednesday is a relatively new
Yom Tov: the 100th day of school. Kindergarten
uses this opportunity to teach accurate counting
from 1-100, as the children bring in bags with a
“century” of assorted (rather than sordid) objects.
The girls in 3G have come up with some very
creative Musician of the Week projects that they
have presented in music class. Last week, Rachel
Morris taught her classmates about a variety of
different instruments by creating a poster of her
3G band. She drew a picture of each member of
her class and assigned each girl an instrument
about which she then continued to teach her class.
This past Tuesday, Chaya Deitsch, a native
Australian, introduced her classmates to the
didgeridoo, an ancient Australian wind instrument.
Chaya constructed and decorated her own
didgeridoo and then proceeded to play hers for the
Kindergartners are into time, $, and animal
habitats. They are really getting excited and ready
for the Aleph Bais Siyumim on March 1, 2,and 3.
1B/G are studying and counting teeth and wrote
Tooth Tales. Next week, they will present their
research posters on the animals of their choice.
1B/G have begun their Ke’ri’ah of Megillas
Mrs. Evans’ 2G are making globes and learning
4G are making Indian crafts (in their study of
Maryland’s history) and writing stories about
5B have discovered that the length of time of
Hashem’s rewards is longer than that of Hashem’s
5B/G have started the Revolutionary War
(although it ended a long time ago).
6B/G are interpreting remainders. Problem: How
many pizzas should Mrs. Mailman order on
Wednesday when the tally of slices is not evenly
divisible by eight? They also played bingo and
Jeopardy to review their rocks and minerals unit.
Have a Good Shabbos!
Rabbi Yitzchak Charner
TSGW After-School Sports
In this After School Sports program, we will continue to explore
Yoga poses while learning basic anatomy. This series will
encourage strength and flexibility while developing a positive self
• For 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Girls
• Wednesdays, beginning February 16, 2011
• 7 Sessions taught by Mrs. Shevi Miller, RYT 200
• $49 PTA members* or $56 for non-members
• Space is limited to 15 girls (minimum of 10)
The registration form and your check, made payable to TSGW
PTA, MUST be submitted by Tuesday, February 15, 2011.
Registration will close when 15 girls have registered, or by
Tuesday, February 15, 2011, whichever comes first. You will
receive a confirmation email when your daughter is registered.
CHILD’S NAME ___________________________________
PTA Member? Y or N
** YOU MUST HAVE PAID YOUR $25 PTA MEMBERSHIP FEE IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THE REDUCED
PTA SPORTS FEE OF $49
February 11, 2011
Rabbi Shmuel Feldman
Volume VII, Issue 15
The classrooms and schools of today look much different from those of the past. The
days of the blackboards are gone. No more chalk or banging erasers. Mechanical pencil
sharpeners, mimeographs and typewriters are things of the past. All of these things have
been replaced with modern day inventions which are so much more practical and efficient.
As a first and second grade Rebbe, my job is to understand the wants and needs of the
boys. Unfortunately, recess for 3 hours a day is just not feasible. Cool stuff (a.k.a
technology) is. One of the areas in which I take pride is the incorporation of technology into
our daily learning.
In an article written by Gilbert Valdez, Ph.D., director of North Central Regional
Technology in Education Consortium entitled Technology: A Catalyst for Teac