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Lower School Updates

Lower School Weekly Updates


The Roanna Shorofsky Theater was filled with joy, excitement and the anticipation of summer.

The Lower School final assembly program was a celebration of the Heschel Lower School Birthday Tzedaka program, a rousing musical performance by each grade, and finally, the “passing of the flags” symbolizing each grade moving up.

Your children may have shared with you that over the course of the school year they were invited to Sharon’s office to celebrate their birthdays. They talked about plans for their upcoming birthdays or how they recently celebrated. They excitedly discovered which other Lower School children share a common birthday.  Each child received a dollar and had a chance to choose to donate theirs to one of three charities - West Side Campaign Against Hunger, AFYA, or Camp Simcha - and then some shared the reason for their choice. It was suggested that this can be the beginning of a tradition that will follow them through life, pairing their birthday celebration of themselves (highly important!) with a habit of giving to others .

The assembly began with the children learning more about the impact of each charity from a staff member, a current Middle School Student and other fellow Lower School students. The children also celebrated their hesed activities throughout the year and watched a video with footage of themselves in action. A larger than life sized check was displayed representing the total collected for each tzedaka.

Following the check presentation each grade sang a song representative of their grade, culminating in a representative of each grade “passing the flags” as they moved up.


Grade 2 students had their Celebration program this week. After tefillah, the children sang songs about the seven days of creation and then proudly presented their projects about the story of the bereshit. Each child wrote and illustrated a book in Hebrew that described what happened on each day and also made t-shirts illustrating the different days of creation.


Grade 5 celebrated the completion of lower school with their Moving Up ceremony, a heartfelt performance that revisited their experience at Heschel throughout their years in the Lower School. With their families, friends, teachers, and other members of the community present, the children spoke about what they learned at Heschel, sang songs including "Listen to the Sound of My Voice", expressing the sense of hope and power they hold in their hearts, and also received a blessing from their teachers.

Grade 4 completed its unit learning how to read from the Torah with a public reading of the 10 commandments in honor of Shavuot.