19 Cheshvan 5781 | November 5, 2020
Bais Yaakov e-Newsletter
Middle School
Parshas Vayeira
Although there was no in-class learning during the fast paced days between Yom Kippur and Succos, each grades’ teachers went out of their way to ensure that the long awaited Succos projects were not forgotten. From the packaging of individualized packets to the kZoom instructions, the teachers worked hard to help these projects reach your Succah. A special thanks to the Bais Yaakov PTA for sponsoring Succos projects for the entire Middle School.
The ruach in the Middle School has not been dampened despite mask rules and social distancing protocols. Both Lower and Upper Middle School division administrations have been hard at work ensuring that the girls can stay safe while enjoying school.
The Lower Division distributed pencil cases while the Upper Division handed out waist pouches with the important message “Staying safe with BYMS.” Each package contained hand sanitizer, tissues and a pen. Students are encouraged to keep these with them throughout the day so that they may be used to keep clean and safe!
The G.O. and Gemach committees have been faced with the challenge of finding creative ways to have a good time while staying safe. G.O. and Gemach alternate Fridays for their activities. This past Friday, G.O. played a fun game titled “Guess Hue I Am.” Students and teachers put on colorful costumes and the girls had to guess who each person was dressed up as. The Gemach committee is running a “Snapshots of Chessed” program where students are encouraged to check off specific mitzvos that they perform to earn a special prize. 
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan rained down upon us as most of us returned to school after an extended period of distance learning following Succos vacation. To celebrate this return G.O. held a special outdoor competition as the Rosh Chodesh Activity for 7th and 8th Grades. That afternoon, each student in the Middle School was treated to a cute cupcake topped with a little umbrella reminding us that Cheshvan was truly here.
Mrs. Tzipporah Freedman, our lower division Assistant Principal, recently launched an amazingly creative curriculum on the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem. Every kodesh Friday the 5th Grade participates in a 30 minute class, taught by Mrs. Freedman. The class is based upon Artscroll's Publication on Kiddush Hashem, authored by her husband, Rabbi Shraga Freedman. This otherwise abstract mitzvah is concretized as the curriculum compares each Jew to the captain of a ship, with the rest of the world’s population as its passengers. As the role of the captain on any ship is to steer the boat carefully to its proper destination, so too the Jewish people are directing the world to the day when Moshiach will arrive, when everyone will recognize Hashem. Every opportunity that a Jew has to glorify Hashem's name is a fulfillment of the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem. Furthermore, just as the captain stands apart from the other passengers vis-à-vis his responsibilities and the way in which he acts and dresses, so too the Jews stand apart in this world. We're happy to be included among the middle schools using this curriculum. May this be another step in our being Mekadesh Shem Shamayim.
Nov 10 ES Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov 16 HS Parent Teacher Conferences
(Early Dismissal)

Nov 17 MS Parent Teacher Conferences
(Early Dismissal)

Nov 23 MS Parent Teacher Conferences
(Early Dismissal)

Nov 24 HS Parent Teacher Conferences
(Early Dismissal)

Nov 26 Thanksgiving Vacation
(School Closed)
18 Cheshvan / November 5

In Memory of
Moshe Ben Rachamiel A"H
On his Yahrtzeit

Sponsored by
The Moshiach Family
17 Cheshvan / November 4

In Memory of
Mr. Laurence Katz A"H
On his Yahrtzeit

Sponsored by
His Loving Wife, Mrs. Gail Katz
and Daughter, Miss Sarah Katz
15 Cheshvan / November 2

In Memory of
Rabbi Mendel D. Freedman ZT"L
On his Yahrtzeit

Sponsored by
The Freedman Family
To sponsor a day of Davening & Learning, or contact Rabbi Gross at 443-548-7700 ext. 511 or ragross@baisyaakov.net for more information.