38th Day of Sefiras HaOmer
5th Perek of Pirkei Avos
May 27, 2011
Licht Bentchen: 8:06 P.M.
Volume XVII, Issue 34
We open by keeping last week’s promise to provide
a recap of Friday’s third-in-TSGW-history
Grandparent’s Day. From the welcoming reception,
to the guided tours, to the classroom visits, to the art
projects, to the family portraits, to the luncheon –
everything went smoothly and was thoroughly
enjoyed by our over 130 visitors. We’ve got lots of
people to thank and, hopefully, no one will be left out.
We first express HaKaras HaTov to Baruch and
Rochelle Wertenteil for initiating this event. We are
also greatly grateful to our planners, movers, and
shakers, Zev Teichman, Julie Vogel, Julie Malka, and
Aviva Rosen; our dedicated office staff, Marlene
Teichman, Jodi Mailman and Abby Pines; and our
cast of volunteers whose presence last week was
critical, Esti Graham, Yael Azran, Deena Hadar,
Rachie Reingold, Rachael Starkman, Shira
Kavanagh, Sharon Shimoff, Galit Rutstein, Galit
Kushnier, Sarit Kovacs, Sharon Graff, Becky Langer,
Yocheved Sussman, and Adina Gayer. This long list
of helpers was put together by Mrs. Miri Gottlieb, and
her efforts are also greatly appreciated. Additionally,
the Sixth Grade Boys were super-helpful in getting
things together and taking it all apart. Special
appreciation goes to Cory Myers for the fantastic,
professional pictures and to Melissa Miller and Miri
Gottlieb for coordinating this effort. The art projects
the kids made with grandparents were very creatively
planned and calmly guided by Mrs. Chaya
Shinensky. Finally, any Jewish occasion/celebration
needs outstanding food. In this case, it was catered
by “Wrap 2 Go” whose proprietors are Azik
Schwechter and Chaim Gabay. They also provided
munchy chocolate chip cookies for all children in the
school (besides the ice cream given to all who were
in classrooms). Of course, above all, we thank the
Ribbono Shel Olam who constantly graces us with
On the Immediate Horizon
Sunday, May 29 – No Classes – Erev Memorial Day.
Monday, May 30 – No Classes – Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 31 –
Last day of post-3:30 classes for 2010-2011.
5B after-school MTT trip. The boys amassed over
18,000 minutes (300 hours) of voluntary Talmud Torah.
Masmid Govoha banquet for qualifying 6B’ers.
Boys should meet Rabbi Biberfeld at his house
(10909 Oakwood St. in White Oak) at 6:00 P.M.
Rabbi Biberfeld will drive them to and from Baltimore,
and they can be picked up from the Biberfeld’s
around 9:00 P.M.
Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1 –
3rd and 5th Grades will continue Standardized
Wednesday, June 1 – Ben Yehuda Pizza. Todah to all
of this week’s in-house helpers.
Thursday, June 2 –
Chemdas Jr. (1st and 2nd) Trip.
Chemdas Sr. (3rd-6th) Trip.
Chaperones and coolers are needed for both trips.
Rosh Chodesh Sivan NOAM – Final Night Out at
Max’s for 2010-2011.
Monday, June 6 –
1B to Reston Zoo.
5G to Fort McHenry.
Tuesday, June 7 –
Erev Shavuos – No Classes.
Wednesday and Thursday, June 8 and 9 – Shavuos.
Friday, June 10 – Full, regular day of school.
Monday, June 13 – 6th Grade Graduation practice at
Kemp Mill Synagogue. We will leave school at 1:20 and
return around 3:20. If you are available to drive going,
returning, or both, please fill in the form below.
Monday, June 13 –
1G to Reston Zoo.
2G to Sandy Spring Museum.
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Tuesday, June 14 –
2B to Sandy Spring Museum.
7:00 P.M. in school. End of year 6G/Girls’
Choir music/poetry program.
The Ecstasy and the Agony 2011
Last Days of 2010-2011
Tuesday, June 14 - after Graduation
Times of Graduations:
Morah Rochel’s AM Class – 11:15
Morah Chani’s/Morah Ashley’s Class – 12:30
Morah Mack’s AM Class – 1:45
A letter with details about the graduation formats
was sent to you via USPS.
For Sixth Graders
Wednesday, June 15 at Noon
Graduation will be that evening at 8:00 at
Kemp Mill Synagogue.
For 1st-5th Graders
Thursday, June 16 at Noon
First Day of 2011-2012
Thursday, September 1, 2011 –
only 104 days from today.
A Few Other 2011-2012 Tidbits
Tuesday, Sept. 6 – Meet the Teachers Evening
Friday, January 13 – Sunday January 22.
Next Wednesday, June 1st, is the 28th of Iyar and is
known as Yom Yerushalayim. This was the day in
June, 1967 when Jerusalem was reunited, and its
residents were able to safely emerge from their bomb
shelters. (Editor’s Note: Being in a Miklat, a bomb
shelter, is a frightening, sobering experience. My
wife, my oldest daughter, and I had to be in one
during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.) In addition, in
Shulchan Oruch Orach Chaim 580:2, it says that this
is the date of the Yahrzeit of Shmuel HaNavi.
Parshathon collections have reached the
astronomical heights of $18,020.27. Wow!
Classroom Close-ups by Mrs.
Classroom Close-ups by Mrs.
Final Ooroo LaTefillah for 2010-2011.
Chemdas Return Times
Chemdas Jr. is expected back at school at
Chemdas Sr. is scheduled to return between
At 5:45, you can call our Info Hotline (301-
962-8003 x2) for up-to-the-minute information.
We are on the hunt for sponsors for next Friday’s Rosh
Chodesh Sivan treats (last Rosh Chodesh treats of 2010-
We extend condolences to:
Eli Rutstein, upon the passing of his father, Z’L.
Becky Langer, upon the passing of her maternal
grandfather (father of Mrs. Sue White), Z’L.
May Hashem comfort their entire families among the
mourners of Tziyon and Yerushalayim.
We wish a Refuah Shelaimah to:
Hirsh Komarow’s father.
Leah Kott’s father.
We wish a heartfelt Mazel Tov to:
☺ Moshe Singer, his parents, Rabbi Yosef and Mrs.
Miram Singer; his siblings, Batya, Aharon, Avrami, Akiva,
Yaakov, and Chaim; and his entire family, upon his
forthcoming marriage to Leora Horowitz.
☺ Asher Samberg, his parents, Rabbi Yosef and Mrs.
Lisa Samberg; his siblings, Meir, Menachem, Yehuda,
Zev, and Efraht; and his entire family, upon his becoming
a Bar Mitzvah.
☺ Daniella Sugar, her parents, Ben and Yael; her
siblings, Dalya and Mirel; and her entire family, upon her
becoming a Bas Mitzvah.
May they continue to blessed with Simachos.
Thursday’s learning was sponsored by
Bracha Eizenstat’s grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Gold, in honor of her
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Actually, a lot of what’s going on is going out, as
we’ve had some big trip doings this week. Our Lag
B’Omer activities took place on Lad B’Omer and Laz
B’Omer. 1st -6th did their “stuff” on Monday, and all
Kindergartens visited Clark’s Elioak Farm yesterday.
Monday’s hike had to be cancelled due to the Billy
Goat Trail’s closure (because of rain). However, Mrs.
Dunkin saved the day by suggesting we visit the
National Zoo. All classes had wonderful times – even
as the weather has gotten hotter and more humid.
Our Sixth Graders went on their long-anticipated
graduation excursions, the boys on Tuesday and
Wednesday and the girls on Wednesday and
Thursday. HaKaras HaTov goes to Rabbi
Biberfeld, Mrs. Karp, Mrs. Mailman, Mrs. Biberfeld,
Mrs. Bracha and Mr. Chaim Melman, Mrs. Kreiser,
Miss Alana Mailman, Miss Devora Bressler, Mr. Eli
Verschleisser, Mrs. Elaine Rubin, Mrs. Jessica and
Mr. Jay Eizenstat for driving, chaperoning, housing,
playing games, teaching Torah, singing, organizing,
lifeguarding, navigating, providing a pool and a
house, BBQing, and/or just being great sports.
Special thanks also go to Rabbi Aharon Tendler
and Rabbi Eli Greengart who gave of their time to
meet and speak with our boys in Yeshivas Ner
Yisrael. Both groups profusely thank Mrs. Mailman
for all the time she spent making arrangements and
putting together great packets of info and games.
We are especially grateful to the Ribbono Shel
Olam that everyone went and came back healthy and
safe. The common threads running between all
these events were the compliments our kids received
for their wonderful Derech Eretz up and down and in and
around the East Coast.
Ezra Mond (of Third Grade fame) came to me twice
this week with understandings that he gained from
learning Unkelos, the classical Aramaic translation of the
I received the following note from Esther Malka
Lichtenstein (of Kindergarten fame):
Dear Rabbi Charner and all of my Morahs, J”ung
Thank you for arranging and taking me on the
very fun trip to the park and farm!
I had a VERY, VERY nice tim