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Posted 03/27/2015 09:55AM
This week the sixth grade continued its study of electricity by learning about Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone. Seventh graders began reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and also divided into enrichment groups to read short stories, to study children's literary classics (Alice in Wonderland and The Little Prince), and to learn about the history of modern Romania. Eighth graders performed a dreamy production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to a delighted audience of family members and faculty.
Posted 03/20/2015 10:41AM
A true highlight of our week in the Middle School was the Heschel High performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" on Wednesday morning. This full-length production was dazzling. We laughed, we cried, we clapped, we cheered! The faculty especially enjoyed seeing our former Middle School students in starring roles, and many of our students enjoyed seeing older siblings on the stage. It was a "wonder of wonders" and we can all toast "L'chaim" to the cast and crew!
Posted 03/13/2015 12:39PM
An important sub-theme of the Hebrew month of Adar is reaching out to help those in need. To that end, last week the Parents Association organized a student-parent Hesed evening to benefit the Ittleson Center, a residential facility for emotionally traumatized children. Students stayed after school and parents came in to prepare and wrap various gifts, and to bake cookies for the children at the Ittleson Center. I would like to thank the parents who organized this event and the many students and parents who participated. This week we also had our regularly scheduled school Hesed days, with the sixth grade going out on Thursday and the seventh and eighth grades participating on Friday. Students volunteered at day care centers, interacted with the elderly, delivered meals, and cleaned up the park. As always, the students approached their assignments seriously and respectfully, embodying the values of The Heschel School.
Posted 03/13/2015 11:22AM
Kings, queens, wizards, warriors, super heroes and more made quite an entrance through the gates of the Shushan Palace at Purim Pandemonium on March 7, 2015 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. This annual program is a wonderful community-building event with opportunities to be involved in a Purim mitzvah.
Posted 03/13/2015 09:52AM
In Pre-K 303 we sing a song about doing mitzvot that begins, "It starts with a whisper, a whisper, a whisper and turns into a shout: mitzvah! It starts with a whisper; now let this good word out, mitzvah!" We whisper the word into our hands and pass it around the circle as we sing, "And it grows as it goes. Pass it all around the world." As the children whisper the word mitzvah into their hands and pass it on from friend to friend, the children enact giving something special to each other. They share in giving the word (mitzvah) and in receiving it. Their smiles glow as they imagine giving something precious to each other and letting it grow around the circle and throughout the classroom.

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