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.”
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: