Hamakor- the Source Friday, June 12, 2020/20 Sivan 5780

congratulations to the class of 2020, and to all our students!

We've made it to the end of an unforgettable school year, and despite the need for continued physical distance, we celebrated! Our school community hosted drive-by parades to send students off into summer with smiles - and more than a few happy tears.

Following last week's ECC parade, waves of nostalgia began early this week with the 8th grade trip down Memory Lane. At each stop around school property, students enjoyed photo exhibits commemorating each year of learning, accompanied by a custom Spotify playlist, as their teachers from that grade stood near to cheer and wish them “Mazal Tov.”

“It was so creative and exciting,” said Karen Diskin, mother of three Hillel alumni, and an ECC staff member. “Hats off...to Hillel!”

On Wednesday evening, the eighth grade class graduated in a virtual ceremony that saluted them for finishing the year on a high note despite the disappointments brought on by COVID-19, including the cancelation of Hillel's iconic eighth grade Israel trip. On Thursday, classmates were ecstatic to reunite in person for a socially-distanced class photo in front of their beloved school, and tossed their caps into the air.

Also this week, ice cream trucks delivered sweet treats to students' homes, and K-7 students had their own parades. If you like pictures, you're in for a treat: click the links below to view the photo galleries, and have a wonderful summer!

in other news...

the effect of jealousy

Sixth grade study of Parashat Korach, a dramatic portion of Sefer Bamidbar that teaches us important lessons about envy, was the subject of an end-of-year presentation this week. Typically, the students write children’s books that teach about the “damaging effects of jealousy,” Morah Clara Gaba said, and read them to the first and second graders, in school. This year, they held a Zoom call and presented their work to parents. Although the books are intended for a young audience, the lessons imparted are profound -- students likened jealousy to a time-consuming prison sentence that breaks one’s spirit, and that it’s better to be nice, try hard, and be helpful.

“Students worked hard until the very end of the school year,” Mora Gaba told parents. “I am so very proud of them.”

Comparing jealousy to jail

once upon a time in third grade

Was that the big bad wolf lurking on your driveway this week? If you’re in the third grade, it may have been teacher Michelle Wolfe dropping off snacks for the Fairy Tale Ball, along with some other characters from beloved children’s stories.

The Ball is the culmination of the last writing unit for third grade. Students read original and fractured fairy tales (recreated stories that reflect modernity), and then wrote their own to share via Flipgrid during their virtual ball. Even though they were apart, students shared snacks, showed off their costumes, and played games together during the Zoom event.

“It was magical to see the students for the first time since March,” said teacher Megan Rosenson, after dropping off treats. “And while we were not together, it was great to celebrate their learning during this unit. We enjoyed our first ever virtual ball!”

steam day success

Our first-ever remote STEAM day was an example of creativity on all fronts - from beat making to drawing sea turtles to making volcanoes erupt. If you want to complete the activities on your own, watch the recorded classes here:

How Strong is a Piece of Paper? With Mrs. Friedman

Build a (Flameless) Campfire and Sing Songs with Mrs. Trivax

Electronic Beat Making with Ms. Sharp

Erupting Volcanoes with Mrs. Borman

Draw a Sea Turtle with Ms. Cohen & Mr. Bugelli

important end-of-year housekeeping

Picking Up & Dropping Off property

It is time to pick up locker contents and drop off technology devices and other property that belongs to Hillel Day School. Families will choose a time slot in the weeks of June 15th or June 22nd, according to last name, using this sign-up. When you arrive at school, you will receive a bag filled with your child’s locker contents. Please open the bag in the school parking lot to ensure all belongings are yours; please return school property or anything that is not familiar to you to a school representative before you leave. Contents that must be returned to school include technology devices and related accessories (cases, cords), as well as textbooks, Hillel sports jerseys, and library books.

A note: If you have paid for your Faces of Hillel portraits, they will be attached to your child’s bag to be picked up during your time slot.

Health Information for Next Year

Please complete the 2020-2021 Hillel Day School Emergency Card to be completed by ALL K-8 FAMILIES. Please note that this is an electronic form and you must click on “submit” when finished. This required form should be completed no later than TODAY.

let's have coffee

Keep up with the PTO and your peers over the summer! Please join us for a parent coffee on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:00 via Zoom. Please email pto@hillelday.org for the link. See you then!

mazal tov!

To our Class of 2020, we send you off with pride! May the values, friendships, and skills that you have gained at Hillel guide you as you pursue your high school education. We wish you all the best, always; and parents, thank you for entrusting us with the sacred task of educating your children. May they go from strength to strength!

advancement news

Annual fund update

Thank you to all who have given recently to the Annual Fund: Stacy and Ron Klein, Diane Klein and Jeffrey Maisels, and Zieva and Marc Konvisser.

sponsor a day of learning in 2020-2021

Thanks to your support, Hillel’s Days of Learning sponsorships for the 2019-20 school year sold out! We encourage you to sponsor a Day of Learning now for the 2020-21 school year. Your gift of $180 helps to maintain our robust learning, and assists those families who have been adversely affected financially by the coronavirus. Sponsorships will be announced daily to our students and to our community. Please register here.

smiles support hillel

There is still time to purchase beautiful black & white portraits of Hillel students, located here. Each portrait is $75.00, and the proceeds benefit tuition assistance. The price includes the digital photograph (to be emailed to you after purchase) and an 8x10 matted print that can be picked up in the Advancement Office when we return to school. The portraits can be viewed here. Anyone who has purchased a photo will receive it with your child's belongings when you come to school during your time slot.

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