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A Year Later, Makerspace Is Changing the Face of Education at Bi-Cultural

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Wouldn’t it be great if someone designed a speaker capable of amplifying the sound on an iPhone so that you could actually, well, hear it?

Wishful thinking? Maybe. Still, a group of middle-schoolers at Bi-Cultural Day School has its sights set on making this very wish come true.

The budding inventors are just a...

Westchester Night School on Artist Gustav Klimt Shines

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On Wednesday evening, WDS preschool teacher Morah Erica Strongin opened her home for an art history edition of the popular parent education program Westchester Night School. Despite the snow, parents and faculty came out to hear her talk, entitled “The Art of Gustav Klimt: Painter of The Lady in Gold.” Because Gustav Klimt was such a prolific painter, Erica chose to give an overview of his artistic career. She discussed artistic influences on his work and how his personal life was intertwined with his career. She also reviewed some of his early public commissions in Vienna for government buildings, his commission portraiture and how the women models were part of the Austrian social...

We Have the Power to Shape Young Lives

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The past few weeks have been particularly trying ones to be in the field of Jewish day-school leadership. Our usual conversations about curriculum, Yiddishkeit and student achievements have been interspersed with meetings about security measures, new protective drills and emotional wellbeing. Each day’s news seemingly brings fresh reports of hoax threats at our partner institutions or puzzling acts of anti-Semitism around the country. And our professional listservs, typically so vibrant with discussions about school-to-school collaboration and innovations in the practice of Jewish education, have been abuzz with requests for guidance on best practices in safety protocols and tips for...

Bi-Cultural Dad Fills Students In on a Soldier’s Life

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Recently, Bi-Cultural Day School students were given an inside glimpse into the life of an American soldier, when Sgt. First Class Larry Ostroff stopped by for a visit. Sgt. Ostroff, who serves in the U.S. Army’s 990th Engineer Company, discussed with seventh and eighth graders the challenges soldiers face today, taking the time to answer the students’ many insightful questions. Soon after, the Stamford dad was deployed to the Middle East for 400 days. As part of the school’s chesed initiative, Sgt. Ostroff’s son Zachary, an eighth-grader, launched an in-school campaign to collect items for care packages to be sent to soldiers who, unlike Zach’s dad, don’t receive any from...

RYNJ First Graders Receive Their Chumashim

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Two very special evenings took place in the RYNJ gym last week. First grade students received their Chumashim. What an amazing job everyone did to make these beautiful performances happen. More than 120 children were onstage to entertain family and friends with songs and hand motions.

Thanks go out to the morot and assistants, as well as music teacher, Harriet Zitter aka Morah Hadassa, who worked closely with the teachers as she accompanied the children in their musical rendition.

All this was done under the watchful eye of first grade principal Mrs. Stephanie Summers. These beautiful presentations and performances represent all that is pure in the children and a culmination of...

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