Klurman Newsletter #2 Click on the icon to keep up with the latest happenings throughout the year at Klurman Mesivta.
Klurman Math Team Vies in MATHCOUNTS Competition For the 2nd year in a row Klurman Mesivta participated in the annual "MATHCOUNTS" competition, which is sponsored by the National Engineering Society. Under the guidance of their math coach, Mr. Yaakov Brafman, the team of 8th graders not only ended up in 8th place among 22 area schools, but they were the highest scoring of all the Jewish schools. Bringing honor to Klurman were team members Yossi Caroline—whose individual performance was 22nd among over 150 students, Eli Forta, Jeremy Goldberg and Yehuda Rubin. Much thanks goes to the hardworking boys, their coach and Mrs. Judy Kitchner, their General Studies Principal. You have all made us really proud!
Mother-Daughter Brunch 2013 "The Qualities of the Jewish Princess" was the theme of LEC Elementary's annual Mother-Daughter event. Mrs. Tzippy Mann set the tone as she beautifully elaborated on the meaning of a Jewish princess. The theme was reinforced by a song and dance performed by the 5th grade girls, and a poem read by Devorah Leah Posner and Ahuva Lipkind. The poem was based on a sicha of the Rebbe explaining how our tznius affects the safety of Eretz Yisroel. Much thanks goes to Mrs. Louiza Frankforter for assisting the girls in making beautiful jewelry, and to Shauly Snovsky for preparing the beautiful brunch. Right click on your picture to copy or save it. Enjoy!
Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum,Tzivos Hashem International Director, Visits LEC His enthusiasm for the program inspires parents, teachers and students. LEC was honored to welcome Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum, Director of Tzivos Hashem International, for a multi-program weekend dedicated to Torah education. In a program for parents he spoke strongly of the importance of instilling our children with kabolos ole—"the yoke of Heaven," and how the Tzivos Hashem program helps achieve that goal. In school he addressed the students, charging them as proud soldiers to work hard. He personally presented certificates to the students who went up in rank. He later held a special private farbrengen for all older grades where he shared stories and stressed how important it is for them to serve as living examples to the younger students.
"Candidates" Debate to Convince the "Voters" Students have their say in the 2012 elections. They may not have won on the national level, but Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan defeated their opponents in a landslide at LEC. In separate debates, the Elementary School girls and boys listened as their "candidates" appealed to the voters with forceful arguments on the issues of the day. The press corps asked the tough questions and covered the event for the school news media. The students did such a great job, they will no doubt be asked for their input in 2016.
Mazal Tov! It's a Wedding! Preschool enacts the marriage of Yitzchok and Rivka during week of Parshos VaYeira It was a joyous occasion as the kindergarten classes at LEC reenacted the wedding of Yitzchok and Rivka during the week of Parshos VaYeira. Planned by the kindergarten teachers, with the help of Education Director Mrs Rochel Gordon, the simcha brought to life a special event in the Torah. Morahs Aida Steifel and Batya Habari were the "choson" and "kallah," while the students were the musicians, singers, waiters and "mishpocha." The happy couple were even blessed by kohanim. The nursery students were the honored guests, and after the chuppah everyone enjoyed wedding snacks and dancing with the choson and kallah!
4th Grade Girls Raise Over $5000 for Ma'os Chitim Staff and students join together to help families for Pesach. You need a job done? Look no further than the 4th grade girls. Under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs. Nechama Tauber, the double class of girls demonstrated that they’ve got what it takes to organize almost anything. In this case, it was a Chinese auction to raise money for Ma’os Chitim. Unified and focused, the girls took charge of planning and executing the event, including fundraising, purchasing prizes, setting up the auction, selling tickets and running the auction itself. Participation in the auction was open to the entire school and staff. In the end there were 24 winners, over $5000 raised, and 50 families who received $100 gift cards for Pesach. Thank you 4th grade girls!
Beis Iyar at LEC Learning the lesson of "L'chatchla Ariber" The teaching of the Rebbe Shmuel that from the very beginning we should go over obstacles, rather than confront them, was taken to new "heights." A "Climbing Palm Tree" was set up in the school yard, giving students the opportunity to actually overcome its imposing presence. This is a symbolic reward for over 120 students who made the actual effort to "overcome any obstacles" in fulfilling their Tzivos Hashem missions and attaining certain ranks according to their grade level. They also received a jump rope to give further impact to the message that leaping over obstacles is the most effective way to attain one's goals.
Purim Costume and Talent Show Competition Who knew there was such a wealth of talent at LEC?! This year's Purim celebration brought out a side of our students we've had yet to see. Dressed in costumes representing a broad variety of creatures and celebrities, the students demonstrated their special talents in areas never thought of. Acrobatics, comedy, sign language were but a few of the talents exhibited at the competition. The winner, 3rd grader Mendy Rubinstein, perfectly recited Mishnayos while hopping on a pogo stick—a feat never before done at LEC! At the end of the program, the classes that had the best costumes and the most talent were announced—Grand prize of a class pizza party-Boys 4A, 2nd prize-Boys 2B, 3rd prize-Boys 1A. It was a rockin' and rollin' Purim!
Students Cash In on Store Day Hard work pays off in big dividends. Elementary students were serious about their preparations for the chassidic holiday of Yud Shevat. Guidelines for learning Mishnayos and memorizing lines of Tanya were established by Rabbi Yakov Garfinkel. Students were then rewarded with "Rebbe Dollars" as they successfully completed the various levels of learning. Their preparations were rewarded not only by the knowledge and memorization skills they acquired, but the students were able to use their "currency" to purchase special prizes on "Store Day." Yasher ko'ach to our hard working students, and to the many mothers who gave generously of their time to assist in the sales.
The Lesson of the Butterfly Fourth grade boys observe caterpillars evolve into a butterflies. It was a hands-on lesson for Rabbi Yakov Garfinkel's 4th grade boys, in acquiring an appreciation for the gift of life. After purchasing live caterpillars on line, Rabbi Garfinkel and his students waited a number of weeks for the butterflies to emerge from their cocoons. The miraculous evolution from caterpillar to butterfly left an impression on all the students—a reminder of Hashem's love for His creatures and the greatness of the gift of life.
LEC Initiates Accreditation Process Rabbi Nochem Kaplan, Director of the Merkos Chinuch Office, paid an official visit to Lubavitch Educational Center. Representing the Merkos National Accreditation Board, Rabbi Kaplan was on a trip to visit six schools as part of the initial accreditation process. Upon his return to New York, Rabbi Kaplan, in a letter to Rabbi Benjy Korf, stated that LEC has been "granted pre-accreditation (eligibility) status." The entire accreditation process is expected to take a year and a half.
An Extra Special Yud Shevat 5772 A series of activites marked the significance of the day. Yud Shevat was a very special Yom Tov at LEC, where much of the day was dedicated to chassidic customs and farbrengens. Activity stations were set up in six classrooms where students participated in projects relevant to Yud Shevat. Classes spent 20 minutes at each activity, which included viewing a video of the Rebbe, writing a Pidyon Nefesh, participating in a farbrengen, doing a coloring project on the chain of the Chabad Rebbeim, and decorating cupcakes like a flower from Hashem's Garden—a reference to the famous chassidic discourse Basi L'gani.
Chanukah Five Senses Fair The festival is not only fun, but looks, feels and tastes good too! The sights, sounds, taste, smells and feel of Chanukah were experienced by the Pre 1A students, as their awareness of their senses was heightened at the Chanukah Five Senses Fair. Organized by the seven Pre 1A teachers, students moved from class to class to experience a Chanukah activity that aroused a specific sense. The taste of the donuts, the sight of the menorah, the smell of frying latkes, the clinking sound of Chanukah gelt, and the feel of the spinning dreidel heightened their awareness of their senses of the Chanuka festival. Each student received a Chanukah Five Senses Fun Book to complete their hands-on lesson on the human senses.
Rabbi Shimon Weinbaum Pays Surprise Visit to LEC The Tzivos Hashem administrator brought cheer and inspiration. On Yud Kislev LEC students were treated to a surprise guest, Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum of the International Tzivos Hashem organization. As the students were patiently waiting for another web rally to begin, it was announced, “The live on-line rally isn’t good enough. Let's welcome Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum!" The students cheered as the very familiar face took the stage and addressed the students. He spoke of how the Rebbe stressed the importance of enrolling and advancing in Tzivos Hashem. Listening to him share his many stories—both personal and inspirational, the students sat mesmerized for close to an hour. He congratulated the LEC for being one of the top 4 bases worldwide, and often #1.
LEC Receives Greetings from Florida Senator Marco Rubio Senator responds to students' kindness. During the past summer the students of Lubavitch Elementary School were honored with a personal letter from Senator Marco Rubio. Responding to a letter from Rabbi Yakov Garfinkel, in which he described the tremendous kindness of LEC students toward Lazer Galprin, Senator Rubio commends the students for their generosity and compassion. The young Lazer Galprin received catastrophic injuries from a house fire in his homeland Israel. While Lazer was in the U.S. for medical care, the students took it upon themselves to send him get-well cards and a song video. Both Lazer's family and Senator Rubio were deeply moved by the students' kind gestures. Click on the icon to view his letter.
Passport to Read New Elementary School program encourages book reading in all grades. A new Elementary School program launched on November 1st has placed book reading at the top of every student's To-Do list. The brainchild of Mrs. Staci Berry, English/Language Arts Director, "Passport to Read" was created on the belief that children who read often and read a broad range of literature will not only see an increase in vocabulary, comprehension and language skills, but will also become life-long learners. Each student received their own travel document to record their daily reading minutes. Individual students and classes that read the most will be rewarded. Click on the icon for the Approved Reading List.
Keep Your Word By Jay Litvin The expectation for disappointment is bred, not born. And once enmeshed in a child’s personality, it’s like gasoline poorly stored in a cluttered garage—it takes little to ignite it. And just like fire can be prevented with a few simple, practical steps, so too can volatile scenes of frustration and blame. More »