שבת פרשת כי תשא

Shabbat Parshat Ki Tisa

Candle Lighting: 5:29
Havdalah: 6:31

ט״ז אדר תשע״ח

16 Adar 5778
March 3, 2018
Issue 21


Dear Parents,


It was wonderful to celebrate Purim at SAR together with so many of our parents and community members. Thank you to our Middle School girls and boys for leading both Megilla readings, and to Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg and Rosh Kehilla Dina Najman for preparing the students over the past weeks and giving them a lifelong skill which we hope they will continue to develop. Thank you to David Glazer for leading our ELC interactive Megilla "telling" and for engaging our youngest students in the simcha of the day.



Thank you to Rabbi Reuven Fink and the Young Israel of New Rochelle for hosting our 7th graders at the annual Yachad Shabbaton, a wonderful opportunity to connect with the New Rochelle community and to teach our children the values of inclusion and chesed. I look forward to spending Shabbat with you.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Binyamin Krauss




Click here for the English version of Daf Yomi: Parshat Ki Tisa
Click here for the Hebrew version of Daf Yomi: Parshat Ki Tisa

מזל טוב



Mikaela Moskowitz (Gr. 6)

Gila Senderowicz (Gr. 6)

If you would like a "Mazal tov" listed in the Chadashot for a new baby that is born in your family, please click here.


Purim 5778 at SAR 

We had an amazing week celebrating Purim at SAR! We started off with a meaningful Power of Words Day on Wednesday, and then experienced a joyous Purim celebration on Thursday featuring two wonderful Megilla readings in the Middle School (girls who leined are pictured here) and an ELC interactive Megilla "telling." Today's Topsy Turvy Day was, as always, a highlight of Purim at SAR. 


This week was a wonderful combination of learning and fun for students as well as the parents and community members who joined us.


More Adar fun awaits on Sunday, when we will welcome Mordechai Shapiro to SAR for a post-Purim concert. Get your dancing shoes on and sing along for more Adar simcha! Doors open at 11:45 AM. A light lunch will be served. Click here for a message from Mordechai Shapiro himself and get excited!


K4 Gets Wacky!

In preparation for Purim, it was Wacky Wednesday last week in K4! The children came dressed in inside-out clothing, mismatched socks on their feet, and mismatched shoes. It was quite a shock for the children to enter the room in the morning and discover all the wacky things inside. The tables were upside down, the daily schedule was reversed, and more. We read Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss and even tried to speak backwards. Purim Happy!


Purim Snapshots from N5


K3's Sharkanim Get into the Purim Spirit!

The Hebrew-comprehending sharkanim (guinea pigs) of K3 didn't miss the chance to get into the Purim spirit! Shimi was decked out as "Super Sharkan" and Shira was a queen. The children of K3 had great fun celebrating with them!



Second Grade Studies the Civil Rights Movement

Our most recent Social Studies unit has been all about the Civil Rights Movement. We started learning about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by reading many books about him and compiling a timeline of his life. We then moved on to the interesting life of Rosa Parks. We are currently preparing to conduct a Reader's Theatre, a performance of the true story of Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on 


the bus. We divided each class into two groups, assigned parts, and reviewed the scripts. We look forward to the groups' final performance at the end of the week. In the coming weeks we will culminate our civil rights unit with learning about Ruby Bridges, the heroic first grader who bravely attended a school as the only African American student. Throughout this important unit, our students have asked insightful questions and contributed meaningful suggestions. We look forward to learning more about these civil rights heroes in the coming weeks!


Third Grade Explores the Power of Words

On Wednesday, in honor of Power of Words Day, the 3rd graders engaged in some meaningful discussion about the choices we make when we speak. In each class, the teachers acted out real life scenarios in which our speech could be used in a negative or a positive way. We "paused" each skit to talk about the consequences of both hurtful words and helpful words. The teachers then resumed their skits to 


show how speaking kindly is always the better choice. We concluded our program by decorating the wall at the entrance to 3rd grade with positive and encouraging words. This will serve as an important Power of Words reminder to Kitah Gimel each time they enter and leave the area!


Faculty Art Night 

Teachers were art students this week as they spent an evening in our Art Studio with our teaching artists Chani Jaskoll, Adiella Shem Tov, Renata Cohen, and Noel Gussen to explore Street Art: self expression and the power of words through graffiti. Graffiti was explored as an art form historically and conceptually. Then, in tandem with our Power of Words Day, participants used either an art app or worked with paint on canvas to


design an image built on words. It was an educational and engaging way for teachers from all areas of the school to gather and to learn together.


New Drone Operators Course!

Drones here, drones there, drones are flying everywhere! Students are having a great time learning how to operate drones in our new after school program, Aerial Drone Operators Course.



Power of Words Day


Our 8th Power of Words Day took place on Ta'anit Esther. This program was inspired by SAR parent and dear friend to the community Matt Fenster, z"l, who, through a blog posting, challenged each of us to avoid lashon hara as much as possible and to engage in lashon hatov for the last few months of his life. Our learning throughout the day was dedicated in memory of the 17 victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and in honor of those who were injured and who survived in Parkland.

After cross-grade learning in Grades 1-8, Middle School students learned how the power of words affects history, such as the time leading up to the Holocaust. They also discussed how the power of words can impact change, as in the #MeToo campaign, and more recently, as a response to the tragedy in Parkland. The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders broke into smaller groups to focus on the power of words in the lives of Middle School students, looking at scenarios that they may experience--during recess, lunch, sports, camp bunks, Shabbat meals, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc. After learning about what it means to "take a pledge," each group wrote a bullet point about their specific scenario. Here are a few examples:


"At the Shabbat table, we should ask people to share positive moments of their week."


"If someone is speaking lashon hara about someone else at kiddush or lunch, you should change the conversation."


"After carpool drop-off, remember to say thanks so much and  have a great day."


"We pledge to include everyone and make them feel comfortable when hanging out with friends on weekends."

Finally, all Middle School students and teachers later came together to reflect on the lessons of the day and to sign the SAR Academy Power of Words Pledge. They talked about the importance of "pausing before we post" when using social media and all students received a pop socket to place on their phones or other devices to serve as a constant reminder of the pledge:  

SAR Academy Power of Words Pledge

We the students and teachers of SAR Academy, in order to create a better world within SAR and beyond, promise to think before we speak and to pause before we post, to speak nicely, to avoid lashon hara, to defend those who are targets of negative speech, and to encourage others with positive words of hope. Together, we can make the world a better and kinder place through our choices of words.


We hope that the lessons learned on Power of Words Day continue to permeate throughout the school, in our homes, and in our community. We are looking forward to next year's Power of Words Day. Many thanks to Dr. Jennifer Fenster for creating such a meaningful day for all of the students.





Support Our Troops

The Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI) will be hosting a fun family and adult-friendly activity to support our troops. On Sunday, March 4, 3:30-5:30 PM at YIOZ of North Riverdale, pack up 100 Kosher for Passover care boxes for American Jewish troops. Free of charge; stop by for any amount of time. Click here for more information. 


Bronx Jewish Community Council Seeking Volunteers

The Bronx Jewish Community Council (BJCC) is looking for volunteers for two
important upcoming projects:

1. Six volunteers are needed to help pack and distribute Passover packages to approximately 200 needy mobile residents on Monday, March 19 from 12:00-4:00 PM.

2. An experienced and skilled videographer and editor is needed to assist with BJCC's Breakfast of Champions on June 8. The project must be completed by the end of May. For more details, and if you are available to help with either of these projects, please contact Niti Minkove, Director of Volunteers, at (917) 693-3084 or


ESF Summer Camp Program Open Houses

ESF Summer Camp, a summer camp program in Riverdale for children ages 3-15, will be holding two open houses: Sunday, March 4, and Sunday, April 22, from 1:00-4:30 PM, at Riverdale Country School, located at 5250 Fieldston Road. Click here for information about ESF Summer Camp.

!שבת שלום


SAR Academy

Riverdale, NY 10471
Unsubscribe                View In Browser