34th Day of Sefiras HaOmer
Fourth Perek of Pirkei Avos
May 11, 2012
Licht Bentchen: 7:52 P.M.
Volume XVIII, Issue 31
We open by keeping last week’s
promise to provide a recap of
Grandparents’ 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 140 visitors.
We’ve got lots of people to thank and, hopefully, no one
will be left out. We are greatly grateful to our planners,
movers, and shakers, Zev Teichman, Julie Vogel, Mrs.
Julie Malka, and Becky Langer; our dedicated office
staff, Marlene Teichman, Jodi Mailman and Abby
Pines; and our cast of volunteers whose presence last
week was critical, Yael Azran, Nechamie Fajnland,
Rina Eisenberg, Rachie Reingold, Elise Jacobs, Esti
Graham, Esti Schwechter, Devora Walter, Ron
Kavanagh, Sharon Shimoff, Nancy Weisman, Debra
Drang, Ruth Baars, Masha Katz, Elaine Rubin, and
Rivka Goldstein. This long list of helpers was put
together by Mrs. Miri Gottlieb, and her efforts are also
greatly appreciated. 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 popsicles given to all who were in
classrooms). Of course, above all, we thank the
Ribbono Shel Olam who constantly graces us with his
Now…….for This Week
Our BIGGEST event of the week was today’s Third
Annual Math Fair, the brainchild and labor of love of
Mrs. Marcia Laundy. The goals are to have the kids
participate in hands-on activities that:
Demonstrate how math is
regularly used in the real world
(wherever the real world might
What is unthinkable to some
is true – math can be fun.
As this is being written before
the festivities I will, for the
second week running, engage
in prophetic prognostication. Hence: Everything
went smoothly and well, and everyone made
“cents” of Math. For all the work involved, we, of
course, thank Mrs. Laundy for the months she put
into this program. I believe that, this week, the
earliest time she went home was 9:00 P.M. In fact,
I told Mrs. Laundy that my favorite aspect of the
Math Fair is that I get to do nothing – because she
does everything. We also express HaKaras HaTov
to Mrs. Malka and our entire Secular Studies staff
for their hard work and planning and to all
teachers, aides, and parents who assisted today.
The design for the t-shirts (which were
anonymously and generously donated) is
attributable to Shirah Sternfield and her computer.
G-d willing, a full detailed report will come to you
The T-Shirt Design
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A Lad B’Omer Review of Lag B’Omer
Yesterday’s Lag B’Omer programs and activities
provided a fun-filled, wonderful day for all (including
charley-horsed teachers). The festivities started with a
3M (Monthy Middometer Medalist) assembly. We
announced the names of those youngsters who were
selected for demonstrating full Cooperation with
Teachers (this was a major focus of Project Derech) or
other Middos we’ve emphasized this year. Many thanks
to Rabbi Feldman’s computer for the certificates to be
Neima Edinger Shlomo Y. Fischer
Miriam Friedman Gavi Green
Elchonon Kasierer Aaron Hallivis
Faiga Bracha Winter Samuel Hershenson
K Kovi Hochstadt
Devorah Leah Fajnland Aharon Pollock
Daniella Garfield Yisrael Starkman
Elka Green 2B
1G Dovid Gayer
Aviva Bracha Azran Doni Mond
Gila Azran Chaim Newman
Eliana Dunkin Avrami Werner
Ellia Ferneau Mordechai Winter
Rachelle Kugler 3G
Shoshana Savir Eliana Brenner
Estie Walls Leah Hirschfeld
1G Rosie Kavanagh
Esther Malka Lichtenstein Shaina Koblin
Chana Esther Milgraum Bracha Raichik
Pessie Mittelman Ruthie Seidemann
Leah Spilman 3G
Tamar Stiber Tova Katzoff
1B Aviva Kramer
Naphtali Tzvi Graham Nechama Kugler
Betzalel Komarow Ayala Levin
Zev Kreiser Golda Makovoz
Chayim Merkin Georgia Michaels
Dovid Mond Miri Solomson
Meir Orlansky Ruthie Troy
Akiva Biberfeld Yehuda Arzouan
Jacob Brenner Netanel Belgrade
Shimon Hes Rafi Hes
Joshua Kotek Efrayim Merkin
Moshe Langer Dovie Shimoff
Moshe Robinson 4G
Sruli Soloff Rivka Rachel Danesh
2G Chaya Elka Fischer
Hadassah Edinger Rivka Katz
Sara Fajnland Rachel Morris
Rivka Tehilla Lichtenstein Ayelet Rosen
Priva Milikowsky Sara Slater
Tzipora Miller Shira Tanzer
Sara Leah Soloff
Beryl Backman Benny Benamou
Yitzchak Meir Biberfeld Shalom Bluming
Ari Ferneau Yoav Cohn
Eyal Fogel Baruch Cortell
Yitzhak Graff Yitzchok Shlomo Savir
Hershel Katz Aryeh Stiber
Ezra Mond 6G
Meir Schwartz Mushka Bluming
Shlomo Starkman Nessia Ferneau
5G Adena Hawk
Tova Leeba Greenspan Nava Krestt
Adina Katz Rena Milgraum
Ruthie Vogel Avigail Orlofsky
Goldie Walls Chana Bracha Reingold
5G Shani Sukol
Miriam Edelstein 6B
Pessi Rappaport Rachamim Akeeva
Raphaella Tenembaum Avi Kavanagh
Chavi Weisman Paysach Gedaliah Slater
Currently, we are continuing our study of basic
Halachos of Lashon HaRah. Attached are the two
laws we studied this week.
Then, we had another outstanding Boys’ Choir
concert (watch out, Miami Boys), directed by Rabbi
Majeski and accompanied on the keyboard by Mr.
Shua Mendlowitz. To top it all off, we had the debut
of our Sixth Grade trio of Yosef Kugler, Aryeh
Singer, and Chaim Singer. They treated us to an
original composition by Aryeh Singer (music by
Aryeh, words from Dovid HaMelech). Last evening,
they continued their singing tour of Montgomery
County by performing at Southeast Hebrew
Congregation’s Lag B’Omer celebration.
After that, the real fun began. 3B/3G/3G/4G
traveled to Centennial Park for hiking and games.
5G/5G/6G visited Wheaton Regional and Brookside
Gardens in the A.M., and 2G went to Wheaton
Regional in the P.M. 4B, 5B and 6B played baseball
(with Rabbi Biberfeld and Rabbi Hoffman showing
great form as the designated pitchers) on our
campus. K/K/1B/1B/1G/1G/2B/2B/2G were treated
to a variety of field day activities, coordinated by
Mrs. Woodruff, our P.E. teacher. Included in the fun
were an obstacle course, parachute games, a
massive tug of war, an inflatable Castle Maze, and
more. (Rabbi Lichtenstein told me that he hadn’t
had such a workout in a long time.) After the dust
settled, everyone went home exhausted and happy.
Many thanks to the many drivers/chaperones who
made all trips possible.
We wish a heartfelt Mazel Tov to:
Ariella Cohn, her parents, Joseph and Debbie, and
her entire family, upon her becoming a Bas Mitzvah.
Raanan and Ellen Shames, the Kasierers, and their
entire family, upon the engagement of Menachem to
Rabbi Danny Kramer, upon his completion of Shas.
Yosef Spilman, his parents, Shira and Eli,and his
entire family, upon the occasion of his Upshearin
(celebrated yesterday in Rabbi Feldman’s class).
May they all continue to be blessed with Simachos.
This past Sunday was Pesach
Sheini, which is always on the
fourteenth of Iyar. At the time of the
Beit HaMikdash, those who were
unable to bring the Korban Pesach (Pascal sacrifice)
on Passover (for a variety of specific reasons) had a
second opportunity to perform this important Mitzvah
on this date, approximately one month after the original
time. Today, many people have the Minhag of eating
Matzah (many save some Matzah Shemurah) on
Classroom Close-ups by Mrs. Esther Friedman
Classroom Close-ups by Mrs. Sara Crane.
Halachos II and III of our Shemiras HaLashon unit.
6B Raffle info.
Letter to Parents of Sixth Grade Boys.
Letter to Parents of Sixth Grade Girls.
Flyer about school pictures.
Letters with Chemdas trips info.
We wish a Refuah Shelaimah to:
Avigail Orlofsky’s elbow.
Rani Lipman’s wrist.
Mrs.Crane’s and Nechemia Mond’s grandmother.
The 6G raffle is over, and 6B
raffle sales began today.
APB from Mrs. Elaine Feldman
Mrs. Feldman wants to mail the next batch of Box
Tops for Education before the end of June. (Some
expire on June 30.) Please send them in ASAP.
Sunday, May 13 –
Rabbi Samberg’s class.
Monday, May 14 –
Chemdas Point Accumulation Deadline.
5B/5G/5G to Ft. McHenry. (Return to school is
2G to Sandy Spring Museum.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 15,
16, and 17 – Full schedule of post-3:30 classes.
Tuesday, May 15 – Freed Photographers will be
here to take class and individual pictures. In case
of rain, we’ll take the pictures on Wednesday, May
Wednesday, May 16 –
Nut House pizza. Todah to all in-ho