24Teves 5781 | January 7, 2021
Bais Yaakov e-Newsletter
Middle School
Parshas Shemos

'ZOO' NEIS CHANUKAH
This Chanukah, the Middle School Students were treated to a “trip” to the zoo. The Multi-Purpose room was transformed into a zoo with different animal enclosures, including lions, elephants, and giraffes. Each visitor was treated to individually packaged snacks of soda and popcorn. The girls also enjoyed a carnival in the gym with Chanukah themed booths full of fun activities. The tickets won at the booths were entered into an auction for exciting gift cards and other prizes.
FIFTH GRADE PROJECT C.L.I.C. BREAKFAST
The 5th Grade “Chanukah C.L.I.C Program” (Connecting Life In the days of Chanukah) was celebrated with a grand breakfast. On all eight days of Chanukah, every girl said Hallel, performed chesed, and had a technology-free hour. The girls also refrained from reading secular reading materials over Shabbos Chanukah. We are so impressed with the entire 5th grade’s commitment to this unique program. 
SIXTH GRADE ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
In preparation for the Sixth Grade girls reaching the monumental milestone of becoming a Bas Mitzvah, Project Yud Beis (12) meets each month to focus on another middah or attribute that the girls can aspire to achieve. This month, the middah is Hakaras Hatov, cultivating an "Attitude of Gratitude." Each girl was given a mug to decorate and present to someone in their life to whom they are grateful. Taking the lesson one step further, the girls were asked to make five brachos out loud and have someone respond amein. This teaches the girls to recognize that thanking Hashem is a key aspect of gratitude. The girls had an enjoyable time while learning this important message. 
SPOTLIGHT ON SIXTH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSES
After completing their unit on Ancient Egypt, Miss Michal Spigelman’s class had the opportunity to build their own pyramids. Using what they learned about the shape and structure of pyramids, the girls were tasked with constructing their own pyramids out of toothpicks and marshmallows. What a delicious way to apply what they learned in the classroom.
SEVENTH GRADE CHANUKAH PARTY
The Seventh Grade teachers prepared a magnificent Chanukah party in school on the last day of Chanukah. The girls were treated to donuts and iced coffees. The girls also participated in an entertaining game of dreidel before making magnificent initial canvases. The enthusiasm in the halls was palpable during this exciting party.
SPOTLIGHT ON SEVENTH GRADE BIOLOGY CLASS
To wrap up their unit on nutrition, one of Mrs. Sossie Ansbacher’s Seventh Grade Biology classes made posters and presentations about the essential nutrients necessary for our bodies to function. The posters were beautiful and creative and were accompanied by humorous skits and informative PowerPoints highlighting how much the girls learned about this important topic. 
EIGHT GRADE YOM IYUM
Each month the Eighth Grade homerooms take turns hosting a Yom Iyun for the whole grade to enjoy. This month, the Yom Iyun was held on Chanukah and covered the topic of Thanking Hashem. A poignant video about this important message was presented, followed by a remarkable panel discussion addressing a variety of topics, including how to balance being a Jew and living in a secular world. The girls heard first-hand accounts of women who met the challenge and excelled. The Yom Iyun culminated in a delicious ice cream treat enjoyed by all. 
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