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Making Our Private School Bubbles Broader Public Squares

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Editor’s Note: This week we welcome the first in what we know will be a wonderful series of chinuch articles, contributed by the heads of school at our community institutions.

I have often heard from teachers, students and parents that Jewish day school is a “bubble.” On the one hand, this term is used affectionately...

WDS Celebrates 69 Years

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Westchester Day School was proud to celebrate its 69th anniversary dinner on Saturday night, January 7, at the Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle. The dinner’s theme, mi dor l’dor (from generation to generation) applauded the involvement and commitment of alumni parents Rinat and Rafi (WDS ’92) Kalman, Sarah Meyers Sadinoff (WDS ’84) and Kenny Sadinoff, and Nancy and Ari (WDS ’87) Weinberger. The dinner also honored Susan Chasan, director of early childhood, who will be retiring at the end of the school year after 33 years at Westchester Day School, and is herself an alumni parent and grandparent. WDS friends, alumni and current eighth graders were excited to have...

Carmel Academy Fifth Graders Lead a Greek Symposium

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Wearing Greek togas and laurel head wreaths, Carmel Academy’s fifth graders took their parents back in time to Ancient Greece as they led an exciting Greek symposium.

The symposium was the culmination of the students’ integrated study of ancient Greek civilization—a time period considered to be the foundation of modern Western culture. Carmel’s students delved into topics such as architecture, geography, drama, myths, government and sports, and provided their parents an exciting window into their learning.

“Integrating the curriculum ensured that the lessons were not compartmentalized, but rather fully encompassed all aspects of the students’ learning to ensure that it...

Van Saun Park Zookeepers Visit RYNJ

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This past week fourth grade students had a special visit from staff members of the Van Saun Park Zoo in Paramus. The zookeepers taught the students about invertebrates and vertebrates, and how to classify different animals. All of the students were very excited to meet some of the animals the keepers brought in.

STEM Programming at MTA Leads the Way

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With the increasing importance of computer science and engineering, Yeshiva University High School for Boys continues to update its educational programming to best equip its students for the rapidly changing workforce and the changing times. As Dr. Seth Taylor, principal for General Studies explained, “STEM education needs to be part of any school curriculum since some familiarity with coding is becoming as important in the 21st century economy as reading and writing.” A recent grant from the Gruss foundation enabled MTA to upgrade its facilities and revamp curriculum to respond to this need.

Dr. Taylor, along with Head of School Rabbi Josh Kahn and others in the school...

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