Friday, February 22, 2019 ~ י"ז אדר א' תשע״ט
Friday Candle-lighting: 5:20 PM ~ פרשת כי תשא
ואלה יעמדו על הברכה
And these shall be counted among the blessed
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Yeshiva Har Torah is proud to salute the following families who share our vision and help make it possible for us to provide the best yeshiva education to all families.

Leader
Ilanit & Soleiman Rabanipour

Patron
Anonymous
Gertrude Louzoun

Pillar
Anonymous

Diamond
Ellen & Irwin Adelsberg
Margot & Glenn Ettlinger
Naomi & Aaron Katsman
Judy & Lanny Oppenheim
Elana & Adam Zitter

Gold
Brandel & Isaac Aryeh
Alana & Adam Gelnick
Alison & Ari Gross
Michal & Brian Natanov
Ariella & Ari Spodek 
Romina & Oded Weiss
Davida & Marc Yehaskel

Silver
Debbie & Simon Auerbacher
Rachel & Izzy Goldman
Dahlia & Tani Jacob
Penny & Jerry Koss
Leah & Terry Rifkin
Kimberly & Benjamin Soleimani
Lauren & Joseph Soleimani
Marni & Mitchell Weinberg

Chai
Hub International - Eli Blisko
Sandy Nissel & Norman Horowitz
Rachel & Michael Lebovich
Israela & Stephen Perlitsh
Lisa Goldman & Joshua Reiss
Roya & Michael Samuels
Abbey & Eric Wolf

Bronze
Leah & Jonathan Fish
Jill & Seth Goldstein
Jenny & Adam Katz
Chaya & Marc Katzman
Beaty & Rabbi Gary Menchel
Rene & Avner Skoczylas
Yael & Mark Shayne
Estee & David Shor
Udi & Jules Winokur

Supporter
Deborah & Michael Adler
Suzanne & Mark Diskind
Joyce & Michael Frank
Great Neck Synagogue
Doreen & Charlie Hadid
Ida & Efrem Janashvili
Fran & David Kalish
Dahlia & Ami Reschke
Erica & Reuben Scherzer
Beth & Jerry Schiff
Elizabeth & Jonathan Schilowitz
Tobi & Alan Schilowitz
Jessica & Evan Shusterman
Hillary & Bob Zitter

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK
ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
This year our 5th grade students are participating in the Eretz Chemda Project of the בית מדרש להלכה בהתישבות. The בית מדרש להלכה בהתישבות was established by HaRav Yosef Efrati with the goal of disseminating knowledge about ארץ ישראל and its מצוות to Jews in Medinat Yisrael and across the globe. It is home to experts in Halacha and agriculture and it supports many projects that teach children and young adults about the Land, its history and its מצוות.
Every two weeks, our 5th graders spend 30 minutes with a talented, engaging teacher, Rabbi Simcha Poupko, live from Israel, using a Smartboard and a web cam. Rabbi Poupko and our students can hear and speak with each other and they share a highly interactive lesson. Each lesson starts with an introductory video explaining key concepts. For example, when the students learned about Trumot and Maasrot, they had a live hook up to the Shuk Machaneh Yehudah in Yerushalyim! Through song, "on-site" visits, games, quizzes and puzzles, Rabbi Poupko encourages our 5th graders to participate in each lesson. In addition, each student received a beautifully designed, user-friendly student workbook with fun worksheets and fact sheets for each lesson that are full of color photos and graphics. 
It is our hope that, through this exciting program, our students will develop a stronger connection to Medinat Yisrael and a greater appreciation for Kedushat HaAretz. When, in the future, they have the opportunity to visit, study in or live in Israel, they will be more aware of the special מצוות התלויות בארץ. This can only strengthen their love for the Land and their understanding of its history and importance to עם ישראל throughout the ages.  
Summary of February Education Committee Meeting
The Yeshiva Har Torah Education Committee is a group of lay leaders, representing various communities and grade levels within the school. They meet regularly during the school year with the administration, in an advisory capacity, about matters impacting students’ educational experience. The current list of members is here:

The Education Committee met last week. The topics addressed were as follows:

1.  Wellness Initiative Update
Given the amount of time students spend in school and the impact the school can have in the health habits of our students, YHT started a wellness initiative with the help of some parents. This was kicked off through faculty workshops, including a presentation by a nutritionist. A wellness committee was formed with parents and faculty. Cohen Children’s Medical Center residents come in to teach students the importance of nutrition through engaging, interactive lessons and activities. The PTA held an event on how to make healthy eating happen at home. School policy changes were made and food at celebrations in school were also examined.

2. Cognitive Screening FAQ Sheet
Dr. Feinberg presented the development of a FAQ sheet to explain the cognitive screening process to parents. Every child entering 1st grade or transferring into YHT from another school, undergoes a cognitive screening to obtain a snapshot of how the child is doing verbally, non-verbally, in terms of social interaction, etc… Pieces of the report are shared with teachers, as needed. It is not considered part of a child’s academic record, although parents receive the report in its entirety.

3. IDEAS Initiative and Conference
This is a competitive program in which 150 multi denominational Jewish day schools from across the country were considered. 10 strong schools were accepted to form the core group to develop standards of sustainability (admissions, recruitment, and fundraising) to serve as examples for other Jewish day schools. This is an 18 month program in which each team (comprised of 5 professional and lay leaders) from each school must attend three conferences, and about 70 hours of ‘coaching’ in different areas. This includes two grants that are to be used on areas related to the coaching. The first conference was in Dallas in January. It had many sessions on each of the topics and time for schools to share best practices. The next conference is in July, then again at the beginning of 2020.

4. Addition of 3:45 dismissals this year
Additional 3:45 dismissals were added to allow for professional development, in order to help maintain a shared learning model among the 90-100 faculty. The professional development sessions are not new, but now allow for more cohesive sessions with the entire staff. Over the past few years, YHT has embraced themes that can be worked on at each of the grade levels, such as collaborative problem, effective questioning strategies and Responsive Classroom

5. Update on Curriculum Night - Literacy
A lay and professional committee was formed to plan for Literacy Curriculum night. The committee met with Mrs. Lermer (the literacy coordinator), Rabbi Menchel, Ms. Kletenik and Mrs. Duani fine-tuned what will be presented at the curriculum night. The three areas of focus will be reading, writing, and word study. The structure will be hands-on experiential learning where parents will rotate through three centers,and experience what it is like to learn literacy at YHT.

6. Whole School Innovation Project Update (ICLE)
This is a grant that four schools received through the JEP last year,in which a consultant comes into the school to complete a full evaluation, and provided recommendations for how to improve school performance. We are currently in the second year of the grant which includes a year of our administration working with consultants and faculty participating in professional development workshops from ICLE. There are eight consultant visits over the course of the year. Based on the report, YHT decided to focus on rigor this year.
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON AT YHT?
CHECK OUT A FEW OF THIS WEEK'S YHT FACEBOOK POSTS!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION, DATES AND REMINDERS
ATTENTION PARENTS: We ask parents to partner with us in the safety of our children. Our bus drivers have asked that we remind parents that eating is not allowed on the bus, it is a serious choking hazard. Thank you!
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH?
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WEEKLY TABLE TALK AND PODCAST!
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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

~FEBRUARY~
February 23: 6th Grade Girls' Bat Mitzvah Workshop/Melaveh Malkah
February 27: 1st Grade "How To" Fair, 9:30AM

~MARCH~
March 5: Full Faculty Meeting N: Reg. Dismissal, K-8: 3:45PM Dismissal, Friday Busing
March 5: GrandPersons Day KE & KJ, 9:15AM
March 5, 6: Math Olympiads Grades 5-6, 7-8 (respectively)
March 12: GrandPersons Day KC & KW 9:15AM
March 20: Ta’anit Esther N: Regular Dismissal, K-5: 3:45PM Dismissal with Friday Busing,
6-8: 1:45PM Dismissal - No Busing
March 21: Purim - No Sessions
March 22: Shushan Purim Costume Day/Carnival
March 26: Parent Teacher Conf. Gr. N-8 - Nursery: 12:15PM Dismissal
K-8: 1:00PM Dismissal with Friday Busing and Fri. Lunch
Only parents with registration confirmation can join us.
We plan to open up another night.
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PARNAS HAYOM
WEDNESDAY'S LEARNING WAS SPONSORED BY
DAVIDA AND MARC YEHASKEL
IN HONOR OF THE YAHRTZEIT OF HER GRANDFATHER
RABBI MORRIS S. FRIEDMAN
הרב שמואל משה בן יחיאל דב הכהן ז״ל
GREAT-GRANDFATHER OF SHLOMO (8-3), LEAH (7-1),
SHMUEL (5L), CHARLOTTE (2M) AND NINA (KJ)
MAY OUR LEARNING BRING MERIT TO HIS NESHAMA 
MAZAL TOV
OUR STAFF:
Mazal Tov to Nurse Ellen and Meir Zombek on the Bat Mitzvah of their granddaughter Ahuva, daughter of Renana and Menachem Marell!

OUR ALUMNI:
Mazel Tov to Alyssa Yudell ('02) on her engagement to Danny Gil of Brooklyn!