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Welcome to 5th grade

Your 5th grade advisors Sarah, Katie, Laura

Welcome 5th graders! 

We can’t wait to welcome you next week! The first few days of school will be dedicated to helping students adjust to being a middle schooler, social skills, expectations and learning about your teachers and classes. T

First Day: 

-You should bring a water bottle and snack

-Lunch if you are not getting school lunch


-We will provide a planner, pencils, accordion binder, and pencil pouch

-No tape is allowed in lockers so please bring magnets if you want to decorate!

– Classes begin at 8:00. Your child should be at their locker by 7:50. Please help them to be  punctual so they have a smooth start to their day.


Important Dates: 

September 5 (Thursday): Lice Check 

September 12 (Thursday): NYC Challenge- Students will need to be at school by 7:15 AM and will return at 6:45 PM

  • Permission Slip is due September 6th

September 16 (Monday): Back to School Night– 6:45 PM






Hello families! My name is Sarah Fielkow and I will be your middle schooler’s Humanities teacher. Humanities will include ELA (English/Language Arts) and Social Studies. I am excited to be joining the Senesh family after most recently teaching at a community Jewish Day School in Chicago. This year, your children will be learning about the rise of civilizations leading us from early humans to Mesopotamia and into ancient Egypt, India, and China. We will explore how these civilizations formed and how they paved the way for today’s world. During our ELA time students will be focusing on rich discussions and themes within our class novels, their own independent reading, expanding upon their writing skills and repertoire, and building a vocabulary and grammatical toolbox. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

Please always reach out to me with any questions or concerns!


All Best,




My name is Laura Marder. I will be your child’s Judaics and Tefillah teacher as well as a 5th grade adviser. I am so excited to get to know your children and learn together. We will be focusing on the Joseph stories in Chumash, Pre 1948 Israel history and values and text based holiday studies. I can’t wait to tell you more about it on back to school night. I am very passionate about Jewish text and mindfulness. This summer I was lucky enough to be a part of the very first Romemu Yeshiva where I spent six intensive weeks in contemplative text study classes and Jewish meditation. I am looking forward to bringing some of the gems I learned into this class, especially during our tefillah time.  We will be using big life questions to drive our learning such as; “How does our past affect our present,” ” Do intentions matter,” “How can I be responsible for myself and my community,” and so many more! This year we will also continue work on skill building to become independent learners of text as well as good chevruta’s (learning partners).

Please feel free to always reach out with any questions or concerns.


Shabbat Shalom,



Hello parents! My name is Katie and I am so excited to be returning to Senesh to teach 5th grade math. This year you can expect your children to come home excited about what they have learned. We will be learning through real life situations, projects, puzzles, and using our creativity on a daily basis. Along with math concepts and skills, we will also be focusing on confidence in the classroom, respect for one another, organization, and putting in our best effort in everything we do. We will start out the year learning about the wonderful world of Whole Numbers (place value, expanded form, estimating, etc.). I am looking forward to a great year!


– Katie 


I hope you all had a restful, exciting, and enjoyable summer.
My Name is Yuliya Shifrin-Izraev, and I am very happy to be your child’s Hebrew teacher this year.

For those of you who are new to Senesh, I welcome you, and I look forward to meeting you.
For those of you returning welcome back! I believe this year will be a fabulous and productive year!
This year will be my first year teaching at Hannah Senesh, and I am looking forward to teaching your child.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach me at: yshifrin@hannahsenesh.org.

Yuliya Shifrin-Izraev



Hello! My name is Sammi Butwin and I am so excited to be teaching science to this group of students for the third year in a row! They have grown so much as scientists over the last two years and I know they are ready for the next level of work in 5th grade. For those who are new to the school, I cannot wait to meet you and welcome your student into our science community. If you have questions about our class or your child, please do not hesitate to contact me at sbutwin@hannahsenesh.org 


Heritage Hebrew 

להורים שלום,
שמי אילנה נובצקי בנדט ואני אהיה המורה לדוברי עברית. השנה נלמד נושאים חדשים שנבחרו בקפידה מתוך מחשבה על קבוצת התלמידים. הנושאים השונים יגעו בחיי היום יום של התלמידים כמו גם בתרבות, ספורט והיסטוריה של ישראל אשר יעניקו את התשתית לקידום מיומנויות הלמידה בעברית, אם בכתיבה, קריאה ודיבור.
מאחלת לכולכם הצלחה,
כל טוב,