VOLUME 18 NUMBER 11 DECEMBER 6, 2019 8 KISLEV 5780
UPCOMING Parshat Veyetzei By: Rabbi Landsman
Candle Lighting: 4:09
Saturday, December 7
PTO Winter Carnival
Sunday, December 8
Wed, December 11
Dismissal K-8 3:45pm
JHS Girls Shabbaton
Sunday, December 15
YCQ Family News Spotlight On New Faculty
Mazel Tov to Mrs. My name is Darlene Picciano and I am so excited to be returning to
Jennifer Jaffe on YCQ after a seven year hiatus. As some of you may remember, I
was the seventh grade JHS Science and one of the eighth grade
the birth of a math teachers for several years. I reluctantly left teaching to pursue
granddaughter! a career working in an animal shelter as a veterinarian technician. It
was very rewarding to help rescue and rehabilitate homeless, sick
Mazel Tov to Rabbi pets and find them forever homes. Even though I loved my new
Finestone (JHS position, I missed the interaction with children in the classroom. So
Rebbe) on the this year I have returned to YCQ as the JHS sixth grade science
and one of the sixth grade math teachers. I am a certified teacher
engagement of his and I have almost 20 years teaching experience in both public and
son, Gershon! private schools, and as a private tutor. I have taught all subjects and
all grades from preschool through twelfth grade, but my favorite
Condolences to continues to be middle school science. I am looking forward to a
Mrs. Debbie wonderful year of learning with the sixth grade!
Director) on the
passing of her
David Hill, a”h.
First Annual Fourth Grade Mother-Daughter Melave Malka
On Motzai Shabbat, November 23, the fourth graders and their
mothers came together to celebrate our very first Fourth Grade
Mother-Daughter Melave Malka. The girls and their mothers
participated in a craft, followed by an inspiring talk delivered by
Mrs. Amit Yaghoubi. After the talk, each class presented a dance on
the stage to the delight of all who were present. A delicious dinner
was served and everyone had a wonderful experience at this event.
Special thanks to Rabbi Ribalt, Morah Silverstein, Morah Friedman,
and Shirley Pourad for all of their hard work.
On Sunday, November 24, the fifth through eighth grade Sunday
Learning Program continued with a shiur by Rabbi Kravetz, JHS
Rebbe, entitled “Let’s Talk Turkey.” Rabbi Kravetz discussed the
Halachic ramifications of celebrating Thanksgiving. Rabbi
Bernstein also gave a special shiur to his Honors Gemara students
and their parents.
Junior High School WOW Raffle
We had our second WOW raffle in the Junior High School and the
excitement was felt. We are so proud of our students who are working on
their middot and derech eretz in school and at home. Way to go! The raffle
winners were Nataniel Aranbaiev (7B2), Mishael Lalehzari (7B2), Aryeh
Rozic (7B2), Ethan Vaysman (6B2), Ethan Mullakandov (6B2), Sagiv Shoshani
(7B2), Eli Avizov (7B2), Noam Traeger (7B2), Gabriel Khaimov (7B2),
Betzalel Hativi (6B2), and Gavriel Kramer (7B1).
We would like to thank our sponsors: Rabbi Russek liluy nishmat Rivka bat
Yitzchak, Dr. and Mrs. Lalehzari,
Mr. And Mrs. Levy liluy nishmat
Meir ben Chaim v Rachel HaLevi
and refuah shileima for Ester
bat Channah, Mr. and Mrs.
Yakubov refuah shileima for
Benyamin ben Zlota Bechor ben
Marusia, Michael Ben Devora,
Elisheva Bat Elinor, Rafael Ben
Frida, and Safra Judaica on Main
YCQ's Debate team is off to a wonderful start. They participated in a debate at HALB,
who were very able competitors and a challenging debate ensued. We are very proud of
receiving the First Place School award. Eitan Canter won the First Place Individual
Speaker Award, Ben Kochman won the Third Place Individual Speaker award. Together
they won for the First Place Team. Heidi Birnbaum and Esther Nazarov also won Second
Congratulations to team
members: Eva Koffsky,
Alyssa Adelstein, Ruby
Samson, Heidi Birnbaum,
Esther Nazarov, Eitan
Canter, Tani Lichtman,
Ben Kochman, Noam
Traeger, and Noah Blum
Special thanks to Mrs.
Ben-Habib for coaching
the team to victory and
Mrs. Ayelet Katz for
chaperoning the event.
Preschool Thanksgiving Program
To celebrate Thanksgiving, the kindergarten classes were taught how to read
pictographs and enjoyed a Native American story. All of the classes also learned
with their Morahs how Native Americans communicated and worked to make up
a drum language. Every student made a beat for their names. At the
Thanksgiving program, Morah Sharon dressed up as a pilgrim girl and reenacted
the Thanksgiving story for the Nursery and Kindergarten students. Morah Sharon
also taught the children a Native American song. Following the program, the
nursery enjoyed a corn party and the kindergarten had powwows in their
classrooms. It was an incredible Thanksgiving learning experience for the
Second Grade Thanksgiving Parent Child Workshop
YCQ celebrated Thanksgiving one day early at our annual 2nd Grade Thanksgiving
Workshop. Each second grader invited one guest to join them in the MPR for an
afternoon of learning, crafts, and treats. Each class performed a special Thanksgiving
poem and visited a photo booth with their guest. The room was decorated with
Thanksgiving balloons and those in attendance enjoyed the learning and
performances. Thank you to Mrs. Benson, Morah Sara, and Morah Yasmine for
organizing the Thanksgiving craft and thank you to the second grade teachers for this
Fourth Grade Powwow
“Hakame!” (Welcome!), was the greeting offered to the fourth grade students as they arrived at YCQ’s
annual Powwow last week. Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, which is located on the East End of
Long Island, had arrived to model their regalia, perform traditional dances, and teach the boys and girls
about their customs and traditions. The students were awed by the beauty of the regalia that was worn by
three Shinnecock dancers – one garbed in a “jingle dress,” one in a traditional fringed deerskin blouse and
skirt, and one wearing a beautifully-colored, satin “ribbon dress,” designed to resemble a butterfly in
flight. The students were enthralled by the dancers’ performances, and enjoyed participating in circle
dances themselves. The afternoon concluded with a feast of traditional Native American food – corn
muffins, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, popcorn, and apple juice. It was an informative and delicious
Safety Kid Program
This week, classes in grades K-4 had the opportunity to learn about the ABC&D’s of
safety from trained “Safety Kid®” presenters. Safety Kid® taught the children tips,
tools and rules to help keep them safe by following the ABCD’s of Safety. The four
main lessons that were taught are Ask for help, Bring a friend, Check first, and Do
tell. The rest of the classes will have the same program next week.
Fifth Grade Middot Program
On Tuesday, the fifth graders participated in an excellent program organized by Rabbi
Rohr and the school psychology department. As part of an annual program to
emphasize middot development, Tuesday’s program focused on feeling and
expressing gratitude. The teachers broke into small groups to talk with students
about the value of gratitude and the students listened to powerful stories
highlighting the importance of saying thank you. The students then had the
opportunity to write thank you letters to someone in their lives that they felt grateful
to. The program was both enriching and enjoyable and we look forward to the next
middot program installment.
Fourth Grade Genre Study
As part of the fourth grade genre study of procedural text, all the fourth grade classes did a
"How To" project. Class 4-304 did "How to make a fruit whirls necklace." Class 4-305 did
“How to make Rice Krispie treats." Class 4-306 did "How to make a jelly sandwich," and
Class 4-307 did " How to make blow a bubble while chewing gum". It was a very yummy
and interactive learning day!
WE THANK THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS
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IN HONOR OF
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UPON SPECIAL BIRTHDAY.
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IN MEMORY OF
BERTRAM WEIN A”H
GRANDFATHER OF YCQ GRADUATES
PENINA (’06), AVRAHAM (’08), SHIRA (’11),
TALIA (’15), AND MICHAEL (’18) WEIN
Please bring NEW toys to help keep
children occupied and happy
during difficult times in their lives.
Please DO NOT:
Wrap the toys
Donate toy guns or other violent games
DROP OFF TABLES LOCATED IN FRONT LOBBY OF
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUILDING. TIZKU L’MITZVOT!
33rd Annual Ski Shabbaton
Winter Break at Mount Snow, Vermont
With Rabbi David Algaze
Wednesday January 22nd — Sunday January 26th, 2019
Complete package includes:
• Skiing: Lift tickets for Thursday, Friday, Sunday.
• Shabbaton: An unforgettably intense Shabbat experience with lots of
singing and ruach.
• Lodging: Four nights in our own private country inn (arrive Wednesday
evening, depart Sunday). Free shuttle bus to the mountain.
• Meals: Delicious kosher meals at the inn, plus sandwiches to take along skiing,
professionally catered and supervised.
• Orthodox Services: Minyanim every day and warm Shabbat services with sefer Torah.
• Learning: Shiurim and informal discussions every day, all levels.
• Many Nearby Activities: snow tubing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, swimming and more!
A great way for families to spend quality time together, with friends and a warm friendly
Jewish community, and without the hassles of dealing with all the details!
For special family pricing and further info, please contact:
Serge Merkin, Shabbaton Chairman, 917-656-2722 / [email protected]
Havurat Yisrael Synagogue
106-20 70th Ave. , Forest Hills, NY 11375
FOURTH GRADE MOTHER-DAUGHTER MELAVE MALKA
SECOND GRADE THANKSGIVING WORKSHOP