VOLUME 12 NUMBER 8 NOVEMBER 15, 2013 12 KISLEV 5773
UPCOMING Parshat Vayishlach By: Rabbi Landsman
Candle Lighting: 4:19 As Yaakov anticipates a dangerous reunion with Eisav, he calls out to Hashem for
Havdallah: 5:18 assistance. He beseeches Hashem to, "Rescue me from my brother, from Eisav". This prayer
appears to be redundant since "my brother" is Eisav. Rabbi Tzvi Sobolofsky quotes the Beit
Sun., Nov. 17 HaLeivi saying that Yaakov was actually asking Hashem for assistance in facing two differ-
No Sunday ent kinds of danger. Eisav poses as a physical threat to anyone he encounters when he ap-
Learning Program pears as the personality of Eisav HaRasha. Yaakov had experienced this danger twenty years
Wed., Nov.20 earlier when he was forced to flee for his life. Upon hearing that Eisav was coming to meet
Bat Mitzvah him with an army of four hundred men, Yaakov was presented with a very real threat of
Workshop physical harm.
6th Grade Girls There was an entirely different danger that also frightened Yaakov. After so many
7PM years, perhaps Eisav had softened his position towards Yaakov. Could it be that Eisav was
ready to approach Yaakov as a brother? Such a reunion posed an entirely different type of
Motzai Shabbat threat to the existence of Yaakov and his family. To become too close to a brother such as
Nov. 23 Eisav and expose his family to the lifestyle and values of an Eisav could spiritually destroy
the foundation of the Jewish people. It was this dual danger that prompted Yaakov to re-
Intergenerational quest assistance in the manner that he did. "Rescue me from my brother", i.e. protect me
Melave Malka from the dangers of a close relationship that could be spiritually devastating. "Rescue me
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YCQ Family News from Eisav", i.e. protect me from physical harm that Eisav HaRasha may want to inflict up-
Mazal Tov to Mrs. on me.
These two threats that faced Yaakov would constantly resurface throughout Jewish
of Student Services) history. There were times when the Jewish people faced the dangers of Eisav HaRasha, the
threat of physical annihilation. There were other times when the danger was subtler in the
on the engagement of form of being lured into assimilation by those who appeared as our brothers.
Chanukah and Purim, the two festivals instituted by Chazal to commemorate the
Mazel Tov to Mrs. miraculous rescue of the Jewish People, celebrate two different aspects of our ongoing clash
Wein (JHS LA) upon with the outside world. Our enemies at the time of Purim appeared as Eisav HaRasha, in-
the Bat Mitzvah of tent on physically destroying us. At the time of Chanukah, the assault against us was by
those claiming to be "brothers" by those who sought to befriend us by having us join their
Talia (7G2) culture. In each instance the call to Hashem was different. "Rescue us from our brother"
Mazel Tov to Yaakov
Kakuriev (YCQ Chef) save us from those who try to lure us into their lifestyle, "Rescue us from Eisav" save us
on the birth of a from those who try to annihilate us physically. Just as we constantly remain on guard
against our physical enemies, let us remain on guard against our spiritual enemies and
Mazel tov to Ramona with Siyata D'Shmaya (heavenly help) be able to overcome all the dangers that may con-
Czegledi on her Bat front us.
Mitzvah Have a great Shabbat!!!
Pre-School Registration is ongoing!
Please don’t delay. Spaces are limited!
To schedule an appointment, please call Hadas Fried at
718-793-8500 ext. 310
The Life of a Frog!
The third graders in YCQ got a delightful surprise visit recently! Tadpoles! Ms. Laffer’s
Class 3-210, Mrs. Cohen’s Class 3-209 and Mrs. Chubak’s classes 3-211 and 3-212 are
working with YCQ’S Science teacher Mr. Bensen to help students understand the life cycle
of a frog. These third graders have become scientists, carefully observing their tadpoles and
jotting down their observations and development. Both teachers and students are super ex-
cited to see the changes right before their very own eyes!
Holocaust Exhibit Comes to YCQ
This past Tuesday, November 12, the junior high students had the privilege of viewing
“When Humanity Fails”, a mobile Holocaust museum exhibit, sponsored by the Afikim
Foundation. Students learned about survivors and their liberators, as well as other ways
America was involved in WWII. Special thanks to Rebbetzin Karen Hochberg for arrang-
ing the exhibit and getting the grant money to fund it.
Ms. Laffer’s third grade class
learned about the history of Veter-
an’s Day. To honor the men and
women who served in our armed
services, Class 3-210 created acros-
tic Veteran’s Day poems! The class
also shared stories about family
members who were or are veterans
and Ms. Laffer even brought in pic-
tures of her grandfathers who served
in World War Two. Her paternal
grandfather served in the U.S. Army
and her maternal grandfather Alex
served in the U.S. Navy. Although
we celebrate Veteran’s Day every
year on November 11th, we should
always remember to honor our
veterans every day!
On November 12th and 19th we ran a timely and pertinent program on personal safety and concerns. In an effort to educate
and keep the information relevant from the last few years of running the Safety Kids program, we invited Dr. Shloimie Zim-
merman and Dr. Naomi Press to address our students. The students reviewed information learned before and addressed a
broader scope of the issues facing our children in today’s world. In addition, they welcomed questions and concerns from
the children themselves. The students were receptive and mature in hearing about these very important safety tools and were
given information that will guide them in the future should they be faced with any situation that would require these pro-
safety skills. I am sure you, the YCQ family, will join us in this mission of safety and continue the conversation at home
with your children.
Avigail Winkor sent in this poem to “The Holocaust Essay Contest” sponsored by
EMUNAH of America, in conjunction with our Holocaust program in Israel. She won
1st prize ‐ $500. Below is a copy of Avigail Winokur’s poem:
Fallen crystals, A night of crystals,
Drifting slowly, Broken glass,
Capturing the shadows of the night. Waiting. Waiting to be swept and
Stolen treasures, For all we know,
Orange turning black into white. In ten years time,
The crystals will be far,
Salty water, Like their owner’s cries.
Mixed with blood,
Sucking in the remnants of fright. My fallen people,
Do not fret,
A homeless people, Your crystals have become
Once again, Your redeeming prize.
Learning to turn darkness into light.
Made of glass,
Stars filling the black of the night.
My fallen angles,
For no one shall forget
That you were there.
Among the scrolls,
The burning homes,
And shattered souls.
Don’t go so far,
For I must remember,
There you are.
Please bring NEW toys to help keep 2013
children occupied and happy during
diﬃcult mes in their lives.
Please make sure to:
Not wrap the toys
Not donate toy guns or
DROP OFF TABLES LOCATED IN FRONT LOBBIES OF
ELEMENTARY AND JHS BUILDINGS . TIZKU L’MITZVOT!!!
Parent Teacher Conferences, Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Class Time Sign In Loca on of Conference
5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
1‐202, 1‐203 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
2‐204, 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
2‐206, 2‐207 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
5‐302, 5‐303 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
(Finkelstein, Rosen, Orlanski,
JHS Girls 6:00‐9:00 No Sign In Lunchroom
First come ﬁrst serve
Parent Teacher Conferences, Monday, December 16, 2013
Class Time Sign In Loca on & Conference
N‐109 & N‐208 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
K‐100, K‐101 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
K‐102, K‐105 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
1‐202, 1‐203 5:30‐9:30 Classroom
(Blass, Greenwald) 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
2‐205 6:00‐9:00 Sign in Online Lunchroom
(Kupferman, Berkowitz) Sign in Online
Sign in Online
(Patchen, Chuback) No Sign In
First come ﬁrst serve
(Fried, Rohr, Hoﬀman, Kahn )
147-37 70th Road • Flushing, NY 11367 • 718-793-8500
Dear Nursery ‐ 5th Grade Parents:
As Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching, we would like to extend an invita on for you to u lize the conference op on
ParentLocker. ParentLocker allows you to select the me slots and create your schedule prior to arriving at school on Parent Teach‐
er night. The scheduling system is ﬁrst come/ﬁrst serve, so the earlier you sign up, the more availability there will be for appoint‐
ments, and the more likely you will be able to customize a convenient schedule for yourself.
Before beginning the process please check the following schedule of conference dates and mes in order to know when the teach‐
ers you would like to see will be available:
Please Note: Fourth grade parents should not sign up for a Math Conference. Rather it should be done via phone or e‐mail.
Date Grades Times Slot length
Tuesday, 1‐200, 1‐201, 1‐202, 1‐203, 2‐206, 2‐207, 5:30pm to 10 Minutes per appoint‐
December 10, 2013 3rd grade, 4‐304, 5‐302, 5‐303 9:30pm ment
5th Grade 5 Minutes per
Monday, Nursery, Kindergarten, 1‐202, 1‐203, 5:30pm to 10 Minutes per appoint‐
December 16, 2013 2‐204, 2‐205, 3‐211, 3‐212, 4‐305, 4‐306,
4‐307 5‐300, 5‐301 9:30pm ment
5th Grade 5 Minutes per
The online registraƟon system will only be open for registraƟon beginning at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 19th.
Please remember that the system is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE and registra on should be completed as early as
possible to help ensure the most convenient schedule possible for you.
For Parents without access to a computer or internet connec on, Hadas or Liron (contact info below) will be avail‐
able by email or phone to assist in the registra on process. Those parents who use this method will be provided
with a printed schedule which can be picked up from Hadas in Rabbi Landsman’s oﬃce.
If you have any ques ons or comments at any point in the process, please contact Hadas at (718) 793‐8500 Ext.
310 [email protected] or Liron at Ext. 330 [email protected].
The Yeshiva of Central Queens
YCQ Parents Association
Tuesday, November 19th & M7Po:a3nr0edn-at9yP:,rS3Nep0veoipceviwma. l1E8vtehnt
Wednesday, November 20th
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In the JHS Multi-Purpose Room
Gifts for the whole Family:
And much more!
SEE YOU THERE!
November 2013 / s”ga, ukxf
With Chanukah fast approaching, we are excitedly planning our annual
YCQ Parents Association CHANUKAH BOUTIQUE.
The boutique takes place in the Junior High School Multi Purpose Room and this year is
scheduled for Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20 (16th & 17th of Kislev).
The Chanukah Boutique is both a fun and convenient way for the children tochoose gifts
for the chag. It is also a chessed opportunity for the children, as all the funds raised go
towards our school.
The boutique offers something for everyone. There will be gifts available for each mem-
ber of the family, friends and teachers. The cost of the items are very low so that every child
may purchase something (aprox. 50 cents and up).
CLASSES FROM NURSERY THROUGH 8TH GRADE WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR VISITS TO THE
ALL PARENTS ARE WELCOME TO COME TO BROWSE AND SHOP EACH DAY AND AT OUR SPE-
CIAL PREVIEW NITE -- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH FROM 7:30 - 9:30PM.
IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND MONEY ALONG WITH YOUR CHILD
ON THE DAY OF HIS/HER SCHEDULED VISIT.
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, ALL NURSERY THROUGH GRADE 3 STUDENTS WILL BE RECEIVING
ENVELOPES TO PLACE 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 November 16th at 6:30 pm
Boutique: Tue. the 19th 9am-12pm & 12:30pm -3:30pm
Boutique: Wed. the 20th 9am -12pm & 12:30pm - 3:30pm
If you can help, please call or e-mail:
Stacey Frank: 646.703.3455 / [email protected]
Simon Landsberg: 646.283.0109 / [email protected]
Shelly Peretz: 646.932.1300 / [email protected]
YCQ JHS NOVEMBER TEST CALENDAR
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
3 4 5 6 7 6b2 halacha 9
Set Clocks Back 1 Hr 7th grade science 6b2 science test 7th grade halacha girls 6 Boys Navi 16
Preschool 8th Gemara (Nat) 7th boys chumash test Math test 6th Schwartz 15
Open House 6th Math (Sider/Kerper) 7th girls chumash Bar Mitzva Workshop 14 23
YCQ @ Magen David 8th grade Algebra test 8 Girls Ivrit
10 Hockey 8PM Election Day 13 7 Boys Ivrit 6 Girls Halacha Intergenerational
7th girls Ivrit JHS Boys Melave Malka
Veteran's Day 11 12 6 Girls Ivrit 8th math (Sider, Schwartz))
JHS Parent Child 6th boys gemara test Barkai @ YCQ Hockey 8PM Shabbaton 30
Learning BJE Faculty Conference 6 Boys Chumash 7th grade social studies Math 6th grade (Lowinger)
No Sessions 8 Boys Gemara 8th Boys Ivrit Math test 7th 22 3rd Day Chanuka
17 Veterens Day (Kramer, Hammer)
8G navi 20 21 6 Boys Halacha
24 7 Boys halacha
18 19 6 Girls Chumash 6th grade science test
BJE Exam 7B2 Navi 7 Girls navi 29
6 Boys Ivrit 6th girls Navi 8th grade language arts 8th grade girls chumash
(Judaic Studies) 7 Girls Halacha 7B1 Navi YCQ @ Har Torah Hockey 2nd Day Chanuka
8th grade social studies 8th grade halacha Girls 7PM 28 No sessions
JHS Parent Child Parents Association Bat Mitzva Workshop
Learning 1st Day Chanuka
25 26 27 Thanksgiving No Sessions
6th social studies 7th grade math (Sider) 6th grade vocab test
7th boys Gemara 8th grade science (at home) 7th grade language arts
Math test 6th 8th grade Algebra test
(Sider/Kerper/Schwartz) 8th grade math
Seventh Grade Bar Mitzvah Workshop
YCQ Holocaust Exhibit