Heschel hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast which celebrates its impressive community of volunteers. This year the breakfast specifically recognized the important contributions made by Heschel parents, Bev Shnaps-Morris and Marc Morris. President of the Board of Trustees, Steven Shapiro, welcomed and thanked all those in attendance. Head of School, Ariela Dubler spoke about the importance of community and the integral role Heschel volunteers play in the day to day life of the school. Both Steven and Ariela expressed gratitude to Bev and Marc for their dedication and steadfast commitment to Heschel. Bev and Marc ended the program with personal remarks about why Heschel is meaningful to their family. Over 100 people attended this beautifully catered event including parents, grandparents, faculty and friends.
Grade 1 students have been doing a lot of writing in preparation for their Publishing Parties. They visited with a Grade 3 class to get some inspiration and advice from their older peers and hear their Small Moments stories.
Middle School students took part in a variety of math based activities today to celebrate Pi Day, the annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi).
Heschel Seniors made a trip to Albany to lobby with TeachNYS, a grassroots organization lobbying for government funding of STEM and security for nonpublic schools. The visit provided the students with a taste of the legislative, democratic process at work. They met with the office of their district's state senator and the office of an assemblyman and also heard from the state attorney general and other state senators.
Heschel parents, faculty, and alumni gathered at Heschel for a hands-on hamantaschen baking class. Kate Landowne, Heschel alumni parent and professional baker, taught participants how to bake delicious hamantaschen just in time for Purim!
To celebrate the fun and excitement of Rosh Hodesh Adar II, Grade 2 music classes surprised High School students with some Purim songs.
Grade 6 held their Venahafochu (upside down) program where students led lessons for their peers as well as their teachers. The students prepared lesson plans and taught a wide range of topics that covered cooking, New York Knicks history, yoga, beatboxing, animation, origami, and more.
In celebration of Poetry Month and Rosh Hodesh Adar II, poet, professor, and performer, Dr. Joshua Bennett read several of his works to the High School and engaged the students in a thoughtful Q and A session. After the program, Dr. Bennett ran a writing workshop for students from each grade.