שמיני עצרת-שמחת תורה

Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah
Candle Lighting: 6:02 (Shemini Atzeret)
Havdalah: 6:58

 כ״ב תשרי תשע״ח

 22 Tishrei 5778
October 12, 2017
Issue 4


Dear Parents,


I am writing to you while sitting at our Tikkun Leil Hoshana Rabba, a wonderful minhag that we are continuing at SAR, as many of our 7th and 8th graders are spending half the night learning Torah. Earlier tonight, over 200 people attended our first community Simchat Beit Hashoeva. These events capped a wonderful Chol Hamoed at school, where our students experienced true simchat hachag, with wonderful educational and fun activities on both days. Thank you to Ailie Schmulowitz, Ali Bloom, and Adina Steinberg, our student activities coordinators, and to


all of our teachers, for coordinating all of the wonderful programs that our students will remember and always associate with this chag.


I was especially proud of our 8th graders today, as they brought the messages and the joy of this yom tov to others, by serving in a soup kitchen, celebrating with local seniors, or welcoming a group of students from Atmosphere Academy, a local charter school, to work together to prepare hurricane relief packages to be sent to Puerto Rico. This was a wonderful opportunity for them to incorporate the messages of Sukkot, including appreciation for the things we have and the responsibility to celebrate by including others, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Wishing you and your families a chag sameach!


Rabbi Binyamin Krauss




Click here for the English version of Daf Yomi: Shabbat Bereshit

Click here for the Hebrew version of Daf Yomi: Shabbat Bereshit

מזל טוב


Mazal tov to Yosef (Head of Security) and Adi (former AC faculty) Frankel on the birth of a baby boy, and mazal tov to big brothers Omer and Shachar!

Mazal tov to Pearl (Director of Finance) and Daniel Magence on the birth of a baby girl, and mazal tov to big sisters Alex (Gr. 4) and Bailey (Gr. 3) and to big brother Charlie (K)!

Mazal tov to Reva (AC Faculty) and Aaron Tokayer on the engagement of their son Noam (AC '03, HS '07) to Yael
 Citroen of Meitar, Israel.


Chol HaMoed Sukkot at SAR?

Hallel heard throughout the building each on inflatables and sukkah hops...hands-on learning at TEVA and at the Maritime Aquarium at SAR...jumping at many different activities to choose from at sukkativity at SAR High School...a tour of Madison Square Garden...a hike at Cranberry Lake Preserve....chesed opportunities at various locations....what an amazing Chol Hamoed Sukkot that our students experienced together...our chag was truly filled with joy and educational activities for all grades!

A special thank you to the families who so generously opened their sukkot to host students for our annual Chol Hamoed sukkah-hopping! Students had a blast visiting their classmates' sukkot, where they enjoyed creative activities, heard stories, assembled their own Sukkot-themed snacks, and much more!
!תודה רבה

Families that hosted ELC classes:
Blechner, Edelman, Gober, Goldman, Horowitz, Joly, Martin, Prager, Rieser/HIR, and Wiener. 

Families that hosted Grades 1-3: 
Danishefsky, Filer, Glazer, Lerman, Martin, Orgel, Rocker, Shem Tov, Shmidman, Walker, Weiner, Weiss 

!חג שמח


K2's Sukkah Hop Fun

What a delight it was for Morah Erica of Gan Bet to welcome her kindergarten class to her sukkah on Tuesday's sukkah hop! When the class arrived, they explored the yard as they went on a nature hunt and collected signs of autumn. They then enjoyed a fruity treat in the sukkah, and had fun noticing the decorations created by Morah Erica's own children during their years at SAR. The class added to the kishutim (decorations) with the special surprise they created just for the occasion! Morah Erica was so excited that she hung it up right away! The children of Gan Bet are sure to remember this special trip for years to come.

Chag Sameach!



Fourth Graders Celebrate National Apple Month

To celebrate this harvest season and National Apple Month, the fourth grade has been learning all about apples. We engaged in a hands-on sensory experience in which we used our five senses to fully appreciate the wonders of an apple. When each student bit into an apple, we experimented with new descriptive vocabulary like robust, speckled, waxy, tart, acidic, delectable, and fragrant! We learned how to use a thesaurus, a fabulous book of synonyms, which helped us find "astounding adjectives" that accurately described our apples.

Did you know that Johnny Appleseed was a real person? After reading about this man, whose actual name was Johnny Chapman, we discovered how apple seeds were transported and planted all over the United States.

Our apple unit was short and sweet (even without honey!) 

5th Grade Celebrates Chol Hamoed

The fifth grade had a wonderful time celebrating Chol Hamoed Sukkot together. Each morning following tefillah, we recited grade-wide Hoshanot, in which the students circled the area while reciting the specific Hoshanot for that day. Each class learned the laws and customs of Sukkot in fun ways As a grade, the students enjoyed many exciting activities throughout Chol Hamoed, including TEVA, inflatables, and building sukkot out of giant cups. They also learned about different topics related to Sukkot and Simchat Torah through a Yom Iyun - rotating teachers for different short learning sessions. We even had an art project with Morah Adiella to prepare some of the special backdrop for our upcoming Fifth Grade Melaveh Malkah (stay tuned!). After the Chagim, we look to forward our ongoing learning, and the beginning of our study of Torah SheBe'al Peh together!


Classroom Library Campaign

Donate to our Classroom Library 'Campaign'! We are on a mission to collect gently used children's books (early readers, novels and non-fiction) to enhance our ever-growing classroom libraries in Grades 1-5. If you have any books that you are ready to pass along, please drop them off at school and label them to the attention of Beth Pepper.



What's Happening in Physical Education?

We hope everyone had an active and fun summer and you are energized for another great year. We (Mrs. Horowitz, Mr. Gleason, and Mrs. Zelentez) had a nice summer and are really excited to introduce some new activities, and of course, to re-teach some of our favorite skills and activities. We would like to introduce a new member of our team, Yoni Beck. He recently moved here from Israel, and he will be assisting us in Physical Education classes. If you see him in the hall, please be sure to welcome him.


What's Happening

Our first week of PE consisted of all grades reviewing our PE rules and guidelines as well as participating in different cooperative and movement activities. 

Grades 1-3 
Students worked on their locomotor skills--running, walking, skipping, galloping, side-sliding, jumping, hopping, and leaping. They worked on their spatial awareness by performing different pathway movements like zig-zag, curves, and straight lines. We warmed up our brains and bodies up with some fun warm-up games. We also covered playground games, and the proper way to use all equipment. 

Grades 4-5 
Students watched a video created by the PE department to reinforce rules, sportsmanship, and focus that apply to our class. They also participated in several team-building/cooperative games. When the students participate in these types of activities, they learn to use cooperative skills including listening, sharing, and negotiating, and they learn the benefits of good teamwork and collaboration with others to achieve a goal. 

Middle School  
Students started their year with some Cross-Fit. Cross-Fit  fitness is designed to enhance an individual's competency at all types of physical tasks. The students have a list of four different stations that they perform in a set amount of time. As the year progresses, we will add more cardio, strength, agility, balance, and speed exercises. After the fitness warm-up, they engage in many different cooperative and initiative games designed to teach them to work and cooperate with one another, in order to succeed as a team. Our goal is to give the students the tools they need to be able to exercise outside of class. 

Please double check what day your child has PE each week so s/he is prepared for class. 


Middle School Chol Hamoed Activities

In the Middle School, Chol Hamoed was an incredible time for experiential learning, bonding with classmates, and pure fun! 

On Monday, 6th graders had a great time jumping and bouncing at SkyZone in New Rochelle, and then they came back to SAR for some fun team-building activities. 7th graders were involved in friendly competition during sukkativity at SAR High School--basketball, hockey, "chopped", "find the manna", and more!  Although the weather prevented the 8th graders from biking in Central Park, they did not let the rain put a damper on their day---they had an amazing opportunity to have a private tour of Madison Square Garden (How cool is that?!). 

On Tuesday, while 7th graders enjoyed a gorgeous hike at Cranberry Lake Preserve in West Harrison, 6th graders went to the High School for sukkativity, and 8th graders were split into groups to participate in chesed activities. Some 8th grade students went to HIR to learn and eat together with the elderly. Others went to the POTS soup kitchen in the Bronx to volunteer there. Some students visited an old age home, played bingo with the residents there, and connected with the residents there while learning about Sukkot together. Finally, a group of 8th graders stayed back at SAR to welcome guests from Atmosphere Academy, a local charter school. After eating together in our sukkah and learning about Sukkot, the SAR students and the Atmosphere Academy students worked together to assemble hurricane relief packages that will be sent to those affected by the hurricane in Puerto Rico.

Finally, on Tuesday night, students and families in Grades 5-8 celebrated and learned together at SAR's first Simchat Beit Hashoeva--over 200 people ate, sang, and learned together! Afterwards, some 7th and 8th graders stayed to learn and to participate in special activities at our Tikkun Leil Hoshana Rabba. 

As you can see, these days of Chol Hamoed were meaningful (and fun) for all!

Chag sameach!



By Ashley Shteingart, 3W


This year, we learned about the four minim and where they grow in Israel. The etrog looks like a yellow lemon and has a yummy smell.  It grows in Israel in the שפלה (plains).  It is called a פרי עץ הדר in the Torah.  The lulav is long and green and grows on a date palm tree.  It grows in Israel in the בקעה (valley).  It is called כפות תמרים (kapot tmarim) in the Torah.  The green hadasim should be taken in groups of three, they have small leaves and a sweet smell.  They grow in Israel on the הרים (hills).  They are called ענף עץ עבות (anaf etz avot) in the Torah.  Finally, the aravot should be taken in groups of two.  They have long, pointy and green leaves.  They are very thirsty plants and need water in order to grow.

They grow in Israel near the נחל (stream).  They are called ערבי נחל (arvei nachal) in the Torah.    

I learn from this that Israel is so special, because it is such a small land with so many different climates! 


RJC's 3rd Annual Health & Safefy Awareness Day

Sunday, October 22, 10 AM - 2 PM at RJC, 3700 Independence Ave, Riverdale. Featuring FDNY, NYPD, Hatzalah, Aquabilities, furniture anchor safety, car seat safety, and much more! Click here for more info. 

!חג שמח


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