Give Your Bubby and Zaidy a Call. They'd Love To Hear From You! New program encourages regular outreach to family. LEC has joined other schools around the country in encouraging our students to call their bubby and zaidy, or other family members, at least once a week. Entitled "HaKol Kol Yakov," the program instills in the children respect and concern for one's family. For every call a student makes he/she receives a ticket, which, when they are accumulated, can be used for prizes. We are grateful to the Bortunk family for sponsoring the boys' program and the Lipkind and Kagan families for sponsoring the girls' program in memory of their loved ones.
Annual Book Fair Honored with Visit from "Princess Batya" Established on the theme of an "Egyptian Oasis," where you read a cool book on a hot day, this year's annual Book Fair had an extra measure of fun. General Studies Principal, Mrs. Sharon Mirmelli, donned a special Egyptian headdress and assumed the role of "Princess Batya" to promote the theme. As in the past, the annual Book Fair offers a very large assortment of books and gift items at discount prices to promote book reading for everyone. Much thanks go to Mrs. Aviva Druin and Mrs. Sandra Gutt for their help in organizing the event and to the many parents who helped with sales.
Klurman Celebrates Double Graduation Parents, family, teachers and friends came together to celebrate the double graduation of Klurman Middle and High School students. Filling the auditorium to capacity, the attendees were addressed by Rabbi Abraham Korf, who said the students can take pride in having learned in the Rebbe's institution and exhorted them to always remain close to Chabad and Chassidus. Greetings were also given by representatives of the staff—Rabbi Eily Smith, the student body—Yehuda Rubin, and the parents—Mr. Meir Zigelbom. At the end of the evening Rabbi Yossi Zavdi, Principal, and Rabbi Benjy Korf presented diplomas to the graduates, wishing them much success in their educational pursuits.
"Faces of Accomplishment" Klurman's 8th grade graduating class are the stars in a special video, where the students speak of their yeshiva experiences, express their gratitude to their parents and teachers, and consider plans for the future.
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.
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A Thought for the Day
Sometimes a vacuum serves as a force that draws more, as in a syringe
— The Lubavitcher Rebbe's message to his Chassidim on Simchat Torah of 1977, when a heart attack he suffered prevented his participation in the festivities