VOLUME 13 NUMBER 26 MAY 1, 2015 12 IYAR 5775
UPCOMING Parshiyot Acharei Mot/Kedoshim
By: Rabbi Landsman
Havdalah: 8:34 The usual translation of the word Kedoshim into English is “holy.” As is also usual in
translations from Hebrew into English, it does not carry with it the nuance that is present in the
May 5 and 6 original Hebrew word. Kedoshim is not exclusively meant to represent holiness in the common
Mother’s/Father’s usage of the word but it encompasses a dedication and devotion to a cause, an idea - to a faith
itself. Hashem himself, so to speak, describes His own Being as being not only holy but also as
Day Boutique being dedicated – dedicated to fulfill His Will through the people of Israel, their history,
behavior, events and destiny.
Thursday, May 7 Rabbi Wein explains that by describing Himself in this fashion, Hashem reassures us that there
Lag BÓmer is a purpose to our lives and our actions. He desires that we be dedicated throughout our lives,
Programs in all of our actions, in order to educate the world in His ways and value system. Hashem's
dedication to us is oftentimes hidden and not clearly understood and appreciated but it is
Wednesday, May 13 eternal and ongoing.
PA Supperette Our dedication to Him and His Torah must also be of that very nature, eternal and ongoing.
Thus holiness is no longer to be viewed as pure piety, noble as that trait is, but rather also to be
Sunday, May 17 one of perseverance and tenacity. This overriding sense of loyalty and tenacity of spirit and
Yom Yerushalayim action is truly one of the basic hallmarks of Jewish history and life.
It is no coincidence that it is this parsha of the Torah that contains such a large number of
Monday, May 18 commandments. For dedication and loyalty can only be translated into behavior by rote, ritual
Transition Night and varied actions. That is why the Mishna itself commented that Hashem wanted to prove
Israel meritorious by providing such a large number and great variety of commandments to be
Grade 5 fulfilled and performed. For only by such a regimen are human beings able to develop loyalty,
purpose and a firm commitment to goodness and righteousness.
Tuesday, May 19 We are all creatures of habit and in developing good habits we become transformed into being
PA Meeting 8:30 good people. Good habits require drill and repetition, firmness and discipline. There are no
shortcuts to holiness or dedication; no easy faith and convenient sense of religion. So the Jew
May 22-25 is surrounded on all sides in one’s daily life by Hashem’s commandments.
Shavuot: No Sessions Everything in life becomes capable of holiness and dedication to Hashem’s nobility of
existence. There really is nothing in life that is truly relegated to the mundane and unholy. It is
the human attitude towards events and actions, the sense of purpose and dedication that
accompanies one’s actions which define the holiness and dedication of each and every action
and facet of our existence. This plethora of commandments is meant to enhance and
accomplish this holy purpose and give eternal meaning to our lives and society.
May 27-28 Important Update
Sunday, May 31 If you have not yet submitted your class placement
Celebrate Israel form online for the 2015-2016 school year, please
Parade do so as soon as possible.
ALL FORMS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015!
JHS Color War
The JHS students were surprised this Yom Haatzmaut with an incredible Color War breakout. After watching some
talented College basketball players compete against YCQ students and faculty, JHS Yom Ha’atzmaut Color War had
officially begun! This year’s color war was dedicated in memory of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel, and Gilad Schaar, the
three boys who were kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Israel this past summer. One color war event had each
and every student in the JHS writing a letter to the mothers of the 3 boys expressing their feelings of love and solidarity
for the land of Israel. The students understand that even though they live in New York, their connection to the land and
people of Israel is eternal. Yasher koach!
Throughout Thursday and Friday, the boys and girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade played many competitive games of
basketball, football, dodgeball, kickball, etc. The students also participated in Torah Bowl competitions, divrei Torah,
and a grand finale with banners, skits, dance, stomp, and songs. The JHS displayed great camaraderie throughout the
color war competition. Congratulations to the blue Chevron team for defeating the white Yerushalayim team!
Grades 1 & 2 : Engineers AT YCQ
The students in grades 1 and 2 have been spending the last few weeks as “Engineers” in science lab. They
have learned about different types of simple machines and how these machines make every day work easier.
They were able to design and build their own model airplanes and had hands-on-experiences using inclined
planes and a pulley system made into a zip line. They learned that engineering is part of most of the things
they do, especially at the playground. They are able to see that engineers not only make work easier, but
they make play more exciting as well. This can be seen at a playground where they learned that a slide is an
inclined plane and a see-saw is a lever, and they are able to give other examples using what they learned and
associate it with their own lives.
YCQ Commemorates Yom Ha’Zikaron
On April 22, college students from Bnei Akiva came to YCQ. The goal was to teach students about the people
who have sacrificed their lives defending our nation and our homeland and that we should be grateful to them
that we have Israel as a Jewish state. The Bnei Akiva students created a big timeline of Jewish history that
surrounded the gym starting from 1948 through 2015. At each exhibit, students in grades 3-8 learned about
different events and wars that occurred in Israel. They also learned about the lives of some soldiers who died
during the wars. The timeline showed our students that this is a continuing story and even in the year 2015, we
are still hearing about people who fight for the Jewish state. The students all stood for a moment of silence as
the siren was sounded and together remembered the men and women who gave their lives for the State of Israel.
Thank you to Bnei Akiva for all they did to make this program so meaningful!
YCQ Celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut
YCQ had a fun day celebrating Israel’s 67th birthday! The Nursery and Kindergarten went on a “trip
to Israel.” All of the students received passports and boarded the plane to Israel. On their trip they
saw pictures of many Israeli landmarks and sites; they visited the kotel, the Dead Sea and the Israel
Museum. Grades K-3 visited the fourth grade classrooms which had exhibits displaying different
cities in Israel. The fifth graders wrote letters to Israeli soldiers and watched an inspirational movie
teaching the importance of the establishment of Israel. Rabbi Ophie Nat and Rabbi Hammel sang in
a beautiful concert that the entire school enjoyed. There was dancing, singing, and so much ruach to
celebrate the state of Israel!
Yeshiva of Central Queens
September 2015 Sat September 2015‐2016 February 2016
Sun Mo Tue We Thu Fri Sun Mo Tue We Thu Fri Sat
5 1 New Faculty Orientation
1 2 3 4 2 Faculty Workshops 1 2 3 4 5 6
3 First Day of School Grades 2-8
3 Student Orientation Grades N, K, 1
4 First Day of School Grades. N-1
5 JHS Selichot Learning Program
7 Labor Day (No Sessions)
8 Bus Service Begins
13-15 Rosh Hashanah (No Sessions)
16 Fast of Gedaliah (1:30 Dismissal)
22 Erev Yom Kippur (No Sessions)
23 Yom Kippur (No Sessions)
27-6 Succot (No Sessions)
6 7 8 9 10 11 12 October 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
13 14 15 16 17 18 12 Columbus Day– No Bus Service 3:30 Dismissal K-8 14 15 20
21 22 16 17 18 19 27
20 21 22 23 24 25 19 12 JHS Back to School Night 7:30 PM 28 29
27 28 29 30 13 Back to School Night Grades 2-3 7PM 23 24 25 26
Sun Mo Sat
October 2015 13 Grades 4-5 8 PM
Sun Mo Tue We Thu Fri Back to School Night Grades N-1 7:30 PM March 2016 5
26 14 6 7 Tue We Thu Fri 12
1 2 26 New Family Welcome Reception 8 PM 13 14 19
4 5 6 7 8 9 28 Grade 8 Parents High School Night 8 PM 20 21 1 2 3 4 26
11 12 13 14 15 16 27 28 8 9 10 11
18 19 20 21 22 23 Sat November 15 16 17 18
25 26 27 28 29 30 Sun Mo 22 23 24 25 Sat
3 3 Election Day Regular Sessions 29 30 31
November 2015 10 6-7 JHS Boys Shabbaton 2
Sun Mo Tue We Thu Fri 17 8 Preschool Open House 10 AM 3 4 April 2016 9
24 10 Bar Mitzvah Workshop 7th Grade Boys 7PM 10 11 Tue We Thu Fri 16
11 BJE Conferences (No Sessions) 17 18 23
1 2 3 4 5 6 17 Bat Mitzvah Workshop 6th Grade Girls 7 PM 24 25 1 30
8 9 10 11 12 13 17-18 Picture Day 5 6 7 8
15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Grade 3 Intergenerational Melave Malka 7PM Sun Mo 12 13 14 15 Sat
22 23 24 25 26 27 22 Judaic Studies Grade 8 BJE Exam 19 20 21 22
29 30 26-27 Thanksgiving (No Sessions) 1 2 26 27 28 29 7
8 9 14
December 2015 31 December 15 16 May 2016 21
Su Mo Tue We Thu Fri 2 & 15 Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:45 Dismissal 22 23 Tue We Thu Fri 28
Sat 6 & 13 Chumash Presentations 2 Classes
1 2 3 4 14 Chanukah - No Sessions 3 4 5 6
6 7 8 9 10 11 22 Asara B’Tevet (1:30 Dismissal) 10 11 12 13
13 14 15 16 17 18 24-2 No Queens Bus Service - 3:30 Dismissal K-8 17 18 19 20
20 21 22 23 24 25 24 25 26 27
New Years Day (No Sessions)
5-6 Grade 5 Greenkill Overnight Trip
7 10 & 17 Grade 1 Siddur Presentations
18 Martin Luther King Day (No Bus Service)
14 21-31 Winter Vacation
28 15 President’s Day - No Sessions
17-18 5th Grade Western Hemis-Fair
19-20 JHS Girls Shabbaton
5 1 & 7 Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:45 Dismissal
12 8-9 Book Fair
19 11-12 Grade 8 Yachad Shabbaton
26 23 Ta’anit Esther (1:30 Dismissal)
24 Purim - No Sessions
April YCQ 75th Annual Dinner
3 Grade 6 Science Fair 7 PM
5 Grades 3-7 Terra Nova Achievement Test
11-14 Pesach (No Sessions)
27 28 29 30 31 May Grade 5 Transition Night 29 30 31
Grade 7 Philadelphia Trip
January 2016 24 Memorial Day (No Sessions) June 2016
Sun Mo Tue We Thu Fri Sat
Sun Mo Tue We Thu Fri 25 Grade 8 Washington Trip
Celebrate Israel Parade 1 2 3 4
1 30 Grade 6 Chagigat B’not Mitzvah 7 PM 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
3 4 5 6 7 8 Literacy/Writing Festival Grades 1 and 3 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
10 11 12 13 14 15 Sat June Literacy/Writing Festival Grades 2, 4 and 5 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
17 18 19 20 21 22 Shavuot (No Sessions) 26 27 28 29 30
24 25 26 27 28 29 1-2 Senior Awards Dinner
Grade 8 Graduation No Sessions
31 2 5 Trip Day Grades 1-6
Nursery Moving Up Ceremony
No Bus Service 6 Kindergarten Graduation
Last Day of Classes 7 Grade
9 7 Last Day of School Grade 1-6
We hope this letter finds you well and that your children have had a meaningful academic school year, one of
intellectual growth, maturity and social development. As the school year comes to a close, we will once again
begin the important task of properly placing our children in the most appropriate academic and social environment
for the upcoming school year.
Our Yeshiva maintains a philosophy of grouping students in a heterogeneous setting. The heterogeneous
classroom is rich in diversity; academically, socially, culturally and geographically. Studies have shown that
heterogeneity cultivates a variety of skills that assist our students in each stage of development. Children learn to
adapt to new environments, build social skills, and benefit from exposure to other learning styles.
We are fully aware of how important it is for children to feel a sense of familiarity and belonging as they begin a
new school year with new teachers and a more challenging curriculum. As our Yeshiva is firmly committed to
maintaining strong communication and a partnership with families, we are asking you to suggest three names of
students with whom your child would feel comfortable in the classroom setting. Please make sure to complete a
new form for each of your children. We will guarantee at least one of those three students, but three
students MUST be listed in order for us to help you. This information will assist our teachers and administrators as
they work on creating the best possible atmosphere for each child. When children sense that their parents,
teachers and administrators are working closely together in a sincere effort to best place them, the results are sure
to be positive.
We recognize that children grow and develop from year to year. For this and other reasons, we will reassess our
groupings on an annual basis, with continued input and communication. It is important to remember that when
students meet new people and learn in new environments, they are less likely to form inappropriate group
dynamics and more likely to redefine their individual roles maintaining their identity.
Please click on the link to access the class placement form, http://www.ycqweb.com/ClassPlacementForm to be
completed no later than Friday, May 15. Feel free to include any pertinent information that will assist us in the
placement process. Should you be interested in discussing your child’s class placement please feel free to make an
appointment with Rabbi Landsman, by contacting Hadas Goodrich at 718‐793‐8500 ext 310.
Thank you for your cooperation and your patience in this matter. We wish you a safe, happy and healthy summer.
Yeshiva of Central Queens Administration
Celebrate Israel Parade will take place on May 31, 2015.
Grades 4-8 are required to march with YCQ. Please fill out all the information by
Friday, May 8, at www.ycqweb.com/parade_form.
The cost for the t-shirt is $10. It is mandatory for all marchers to purchase and wear
the t-shirt for the duration of the parade as per NYPD security regulations.
Payment can either be made through PayPal, or via cash/check to be given to your
child’s parade representative. Checks made payable to YCQ.
Each class will be assigned a parade representative who will collect the money at the
start of each day. The first class with 100% response will receive an ice cream and
donut party. Each subsequent class that gets 100% response will receive an ice cream
party. Any child who will not be able to attend this mandatory event must bring a note
from a parent to Rabbi Landsman that will be collected by their parade reps.
Transportation will be subsidized by the school. Please make sure to fill out how each
member of your family will be getting to and from the parade.
As per NYPD security regulations, NO strollers are permitted on the parade route!
If you bring a stroller, you will be UNABLE to march with YCQ and asked to stand with
Thank you in advance!
Looking forward to seeing you at the parade!
The YCQ Parents Association
our first annual pre-camp LABEL SALE
featuring the labels of
The following link will take you directly to the
YCQ Parents Association Campaign page
There you can place your order for all of your camp labels,
have them shipped directly to your house,
and the YCQ-PA will make 20% on each sale.
The sale will be running through June 21, 2015
Email us at [email protected] or
The YCQ is proud to announce that after a hiatus of several years, we will once again be running
our Mother’s/Father’s Day Boutique this year.
The boutique will take place in the Junior High Multi Purpose Room and is scheduled for
Tuesday, May 5th and Wednesday, May 6th. The children will have an opportunity to shop for
gifts for parents and grandparents for both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
We will have a variety of items that will cost between $4.00 and $12.00.
CLASSES FROM NURSERY TO 8TH GRADE WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR VISITS TO
THE MOTHER’S/FATHER’S DAY BOUTIQUE.
ALL PARENTS ARE WELCOME TO COME AND SHOP EACH DAY.
IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND MONEY ALONG WITH
YOUR CHILD ON THE DAY OF HIS/HER VISIT.
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, ALL NURSERY THROUGH GRADE 3 STUDENTS WILL
BE RECEIVING ENVELOPES TO PUT THEIR MONEY/CHANGE IN.
For the boutique to be a success, we need your assistance! We are looking for some great
volunteers to set up and help us at the boutique. If you can give of your time in some capacity,
please contact one of the people listed below.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
Help Support our Parents Association!
Set-up: Motza’ei Shabbat May 2 9:15pm
Boutique: Tue. May 4th 9am-12pm & 12:30pm-3:30pm
Boutique: Wed. May 5th 9am-12pm & 12:30-3:30pm
If you can help, please call or email:
Shelly Peretz: 646.932.1300/[email protected]
YCQ-PA: [email protected]
YCQ JHS MAY TEST CALENDAR
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3 4 5 6 78
8G Halacha 6th Math-Lowinger
6th Math- Walz 8B Gemara 7B Gemara 7G Navi
7B Chumash 7G Chumash 6th Math-Cigan
7G Halacha 8G Chumash 8th Vocabulary
10 11 12 13 14 15
8B Ivrit 6G Ivrit 6G Chumash 6B Ivrit
Terra Nova Testing (6,7) 8th Social Studies 7G Navi 7th Social Studies
Terra Nova Testing (6,7) Terra Nova Testing (6,7)
17 18 19 20 21 22
6B Chumash 7th- Language Arts 6B Gemarah
7B Navi 8G Ivrit
7th Math- Cider 8B Ivrit
24 25 26 27 28 29
6B Navi 7th Social Studies
6th Social Studies Test
Save the Date
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YCQ Parents Association Spring Supperette
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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