This is the Ta Shma Weekly Newsletter, a publication for the Beit Rabban Day School Community.
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May 10, 2019/ 5 Iyar , 5779
Head of School Message
Dear Beit Rabban Community,

Every year we return from Pesach vacation to a series of special "Yoms." We shift from remembering our redemption from Egyptian slavery, to remembering the Shoah; to remembering all those who have passed as soldiers and as victims of terror in Israel; to remembering the founding of Medinat Yisrael and celebrating its birthday. This is a very rich time of immersive Jewish learning. Our students and faculty share unforgettable rituals and celebrations that build collective memory and form some of the critical bedrock of Jewish identity. 

There is another important "Yom" of sorts that happens each year around the time we return from Pesach, and that is Teacher Appreciation Week.

We take Teacher Appreciation Week very seriously at Beit Rabban. Administrators, students and parents alike invest significant time and energy in conveying our appreciation this week. The Beit Rabban Parents Association and Board celebrated our teachers with a beautiful breakfast; an afternoon cookies and milk break; and an and ice-cream and wine happy hour. Our administrators wrote personal notes of gratitude to each teacher and purchased an individual present for each teacher (inspired, of course, by each teacher's response to a "my favorite things" survey). As the pièce de résistance, our students wrote thank you notes to their teachers all week, stealthfully delivering them to a set of buckets marked with their teachers' names, filling their teachers' buckets both literally and figuratively. Of course, we do all these things to appreciate our teachers because we know that they are the most important factor in our school's success. They deserve the gratitude, especially because so much of their hard work is not visible.

There is another reason we invest so deeply in Teacher Appreciation Week. It too is an important ritual that cultivates Jewish identity. The concept of "Hakarat hatov," recognizing and appreciating all that is good is a central Jewish value. Judaism mandates a constant stream of actions that require us to notice, to remember, to thank, and to bless. 

As educators, our primary objective is to cultivate habits of mind and heart. Our tefillah curriculum, for example, emphasizes a different disposition each new month. These include habits of mind and heart like empathy, wonderment, and awe. But much of the time we teach these essential habits/dispositions/middot outside of a formal curriculum. They are modeled, practiced and internalized through authentic experiences that are not framed as "learning."

When we as an administration go from class to class delivering teacher appreciation presents, we model the importance of thanking others. When students spend a week writing "surprise" notes for their teachers and finding ways to secretly deliver them, they practice acts of gratitude. When students see the looks of appreciation on their teachers' faces, when they hear their teachers thanking them for such a special week, they internalize the delight that comes from recognizing others. 

Teacher Appreciation Week is not just about teachers. Through this ritual, each student cultivates their ability and desire to appreciate, and we cultivate a communal culture of gratitude. At Beit Rabban this has become a Jewish ritual that produces very special collective memories.

Wishing all a relaxing and rejuvenating Shabbat,

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Weekly Slideshow and Eurovision Facebook Live!

BRBY Slideshow May 10, 2019

Click HERE to watch the amazing class  performances  from Beit Rabban's Eurovision!
  • Gan Sagol (Pre-K) Student: "Do all savtas live in Israel?"
  • Alim (4th Grade) Teacher, excitedly: "Oh!! This next pasuk is REALLY interesting! Pay attention to the language and wordplay!" Student, playfully rolling his eyes: "Um, you think EVERY pasuk is REALLY interesting!!"
  • Garinim (Kindergarten) Teacher: "Let's all go around and say our names." Student: "I have a lot of allergies Student."
  • Garinim (Kindergarten) Teacher: "Have you ever heard the word 'mindfulness' before? Does anyone have an idea of what mindfulness means?" Student: "It means you don't have a mind - when Anafim (3rd Grade) Student: "Was your son born in the 19's?" Teacher: "What do you mean by 19's?" Student: "Was he born in the 1900's?" Teacher: "Well, he is 11 so try and figure out what year he was born in." Student: "I'm going to figure out what 19 you were born in. I'm guessing it's either 1968 or 1984- those seem to fit you!" 
  • Gan Katom Student: "I want to thank Hashem. Thank you Hashem for making a daddy and mommy out of clay and making them come alive."
Community at Beit Rabban 
Mazal Tov!

Mazal tov to the  Richman-Yoreh family on the birth of a new baby this week! And mazal tov to big brother
Boaz (Shorashim) on the birth of his third brother! 
If you can help Aviva and Tzemah out while their baby is in the NICU by sending a meal, please  click here.

Need Your Prayers
We pray for refuah shelemah, complete healing, for:
  •   Sue Wood ,  mother of Brandy Wood and grandmother of Lexi and Maddy (Anafim) who is recovering from a broken hip.
  • Dori Shifra bat Masha Aviva, Beit Rabban teacher who is recovering from a fall.
  • Michael ben Chaya, father of Yaron Schwartz and grandfather of Shane in Anafim.
  • Patricia bat Elsa, caregiver in our community going through chemotherapy.
  • David Uri ben Aviva, father of Gan student.
  • Tziviya Devorah bat Zelda Zichlah, mother of Gan student.
  • Yosef ben Rachel, father of Gan student who is recovering from heart surgery.
  • Sarah Leah bat Yocheved Ruth, mother of Jennifer Taviv and grandmother of Ariela in Shtillim and Temima in Nitzanim.
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