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Lower School Updates

On Wednesday the Lower School entered the lobby and found themselves in the old city of Jerusalem, surrounded by walls and gates with sounds of church bells, calls of the muazzim, sounds of the shofar. King David welcomed everyone and the high priest blessed each child. This was the beginning of our celebration of Yom Yerushalayim.

In the afternoon we celebrated Shavout with an assembly which included Early Childhood students, who enthusiastically danced on the stage. Lower School students gave them an equally enthusiastic round of applause. The fifth grade wrote an original script in Hebrew and presented it to the school.

Today the Shavout celebration continues with Matan Torah/ the receiving of the Torah. The fourth graders had been practicing chanting and studying the Ten Commandments. This morning at Tefillah B'yachad, they chanted for parents and guests.

We hope to see you all at the Celebrate Israel parade in nine days, on June 4th.

Shabbat Shalom and Hag Sameach,

Dina and Rivka

What a wonderful week this was in Lower School! Each of our three second grade classes treated parents and guests to a celebration showing all they had learned about New York City in separate Big Apple Bonanzas. The children began with a music and movement performance to celebrate New York City and to represent the landmark they had researched. They painted incredible scenery, did amazing research and presented in in a variety of exciting ways. In addition, the poems the children wrote captured the essence of New York. They ended their performance eating typical New York treats: black and white cookies and pretzels.

Our 4th grade students welcomed some honored guests from the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda (ASYV). Agahozo Shalom is a community that was built by a Heschel parent, Anne Heyman (z"l), whose vision was to take the model used in Israel after the Shoah with orphaned children, who lived in kibbutz-like youth villages. and apply it to victims of the Rwandan genocide. Alumni from ASYV were in New York CIty for an event and they came to Heschel to speak with our 4th graders. The 4th grade prepared by learning a little bit about ASYV and generating questions, which the guests answered the following day. They talked about what life is like in the village and what they are doing with their lives today (which was very impressive -- they are all in college here and in Canada). It was a fascinating interview, ask your children about what they learned!

The fourth graders are in the midst of practicing for their upcoming Torah chanting for Shavuot. They have been working hard and we expect them to do a wonderful job.

Shabbat Shalom,

Dina, Rivka and Rabbi Anne

March with your Heschel friends in the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 4. We have a terrific response so far. Register to march, get a free t-shirt and learn about our El Al ticket raffle.