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First Grade News

Dear Families, It was so lovely to get to welcome you all into our building to celebrate our first grader’s learning so far this year. It was truly wonderful to walk around the room and get to greet you all and express how proud we are of them—better yet, we got to see how proud they are of themselves as they presented their portfolios. In case you missed it, photos from the event can be found in this album: Shabbat Shalom, Talia, Ilana, Liz, and Noa

Kindergarten Blog 11/12

The biggest event of the week was certainly getting to see our Fourth Grade Buddies again. Activities included Fourth Graders reading stories to the Kindergartners, playing a game of Sharks and Sailors, and Kindergartners teaching the hand motions to and singing This Land is Your Land.  We look forward to seeing the Buddies again soon. We continue to love singing each morning and are working on singing one of our favorites, This Pretty Planet, as a round. Here is a link to Tom Chapin singing it.  We listen to this frequently at snack time.  This Pretty Planet In preparation for...
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Senesh Head of School Nicole Nash Featured on The Jewish Education Project’s Podcast, Adapting: The Future of Jewish Education

  Check out Senesh Head of School Nicole Nash on The Jewish Education Project’s podcast, Adapting: The Future of Jewish Education! Nicole and The Jewish Education Project CEO and Senesh Parent and Board Member David Bryfman discussed the amazing work Senesh teachers and staff have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She also shared some fascinating ideas about the future of Jewish day schools. “Educators, school leadership, and parents and students have become more comfortable with this idea of being flexible, adapting, and thinking out of the box. I think that is going to stay.” —Nicole Nash It’s a great listen for anyone who loves Senesh and feels passionately about...
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Senesh Granted Accreditation by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)

Hannah Senesh Community Day School has been granted accreditation by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) (Brooklyn, June 15, 2021) – Nicole Nash, Head of School, announced today that Hannah Senesh Community Day School was recommended for accreditation by the NYSAIS Commission on Accreditation and approved by the NYSAIS Board of Trustees at their meeting.  The New York State Association of Independent Schools is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, “to evaluate and accredit nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools operating within the State of New York...
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HaYidion: Nicole Nash and Judy Schoenberg—The Head and Board Chair Partnership

by Nicole Nash and Judy Schoenberg HaYidion: The Prizmah Journal on Leading Together The Head and Board Chair Partnership: Recipe for Success A conversation with Hannah Senesh Community Day School’s head of school Nicole Nash and board chair Judy Schoenberg. There’s no question this year was hard on Jewish day schools. In challenging times, leadership is put to the test, and the quality of the board-head partnership has the potential to either promote resilience or compromise the school’s health. The two of us are notorious for hosting board conversations in the form of periodic “fireside chats” as a way to...
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Conversations@Senesh and the Parent Diversity Committee Present: Culinary Historian and Writer Michael Twitty on Black and Jewish Food Traditions

Culinary Historian and Writer Michael Twitty on Black and Jewish Food Traditions Please join us on May 3, 2021 at 8:00pm for a virtual conversation with two-time James Beard Award-winning culinary historian and food writer Michael Twitty moderated by WNYC and NPR Journalist Matt Katz. Mr. Twitty will discuss what food tells us about our lives and our histories, reflecting on the culinary intersections of Black and Jewish food traditions and on his own Black, Jewish, and gay identities. As a special treat, Mr. Twitty will explore a Senesh family recipe and share some of the historical context for it. To submit a family recipe,...
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Grants for Girls/Non-Binary Students Entering 3rd Grade in 2021-22

Hannah Senesh Offers Grants for Girls and Non-Binary/Gender Nonconforming Students Entering 3rd Grade in 2021-22 School Year Families Awarded Grants Will Pay Tuition of Only $15K Per Year for Three Years Jewish families with girls and non-binary/gender nonconforming children who are in second grade this year and will enter third grade in the fall of 2021 have a unique educational opportunity—the chance to send their child to Hannah Senesh Community Day School at a significant discount on tuition.  A grant has been established to create equitable gender representation for the class of 2027. Families who receive the grant will only pay $15,000...
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Fourth Grade Blog 1/22

Math with Justin Our Fourth Graders are wrapping up their unit on fractions. Students have learned how about mixed numbers and improper fractions and how to convert between the two. They have learned how to add, subtract and multiply fractions with like-denominators. They have also been working on simplifying fractions and solving fraction word problems. Try some fraction fun yourself with these virtual cuisenaire rods. Students have also been solving ‘fraction splats’ like this one:   If there are 7 wholes total, can you figure out what is covered by the splat? All of this fraction expertise will come in...
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Israel Hayom: Nicole Nash Comments on COVID Vaccine

by Yoni Hersch Israel Hayom The FDA’s Vaccine Committee has Recommended that Agency Heads Approve Pfizer’s Vaccine The FDA ‘s Immunization Committee, the U.S. Drug Administration, has recommended that the heads of the agency issue an emergency permit for Pfizer’s corona vaccine. Now only the last stage remains, and it is possible that the long-awaited final approval will be received as soon as tonight. The committee’s decision was made by a majority of 17 supporters against four members who objected. One of the experts refrained.  Read the rest of the article here.

JTA: Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan Talks About Jewish Upbringing

By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, appearing at a Jewish day school in Brooklyn, spoke about her Jewish background and how her family jumped from synagogue to synagogue. “I had a very strange Jewish upbringing actually,” Kagan, 58, told journalist Dahlia Lithwick, who moderated the Wednesday evening conversation. “You would think Lincoln Square Synagogue, she comes from a Modern Orthodox family. Actually my family didn’t really know what it was.” Read more…