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Welcome to 5th Grade! 9-11-20

Welcome to 5th Grade! The 5th Grade Team is so excited to get to know your students this year!


Welcome to 5th Grade! My name is Sarah Fielkow and I will be your student’s Humanities teacher as well as a 5th grade advisor. Humanities includes ELA (English/Language Arts) and Social Studies. We will also touch on current events and the election. I am looking forward to getting to know each of your children and doing a ton of learning together. During Humanities we will be focusing on a reading a wide variety of texts, growing in both reading stamina and skill, writing many different genres, and learning about Ancient Civilization, specifically the River Valley Civilizations.

After moving to New York from Chicago in January of 2019, I was blessed to find the Senesh community. This will be my second year teaching at Senesh and my twelfth year as a teacher! Outside of school, I am a mom to my 3-year old son, Jesse and a pet mom to a dog, cat, and fish. Our family loves sports, hiking, and exploring new places.

Despite the challenges of this school year, I am excited to share new technologies, new ways to think about learning, and lots and lots of books with the 5th graders!

Please feel free to email me with any questions: sfielkow@hannahsenesh.org 



My name is Laura Marder. I will be your child’s Judaics and Tefillah teacher as well as a 5th grade advisor. 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.  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! Our studies will help us reflect on the current state of the world. This year we will also continue work on skill building to become independent learners of text as well as good chevruta’s (learning partners).

I have had the privilege to work at Senesh for 7 years. Outside of Senesh I am beginning my Rabbinic Ordination with Aleph, a Renewal ordination program. I am also the intern Rabbi with Beloved Brooklyn where I lead a weekly Jewish Meditation group. I am excited to bring my learning into the classroom. I especially hope that the mindfulness techniques I bring to the students this year can help with these trying times.

Wishing you all a Shana Tova (Good New Year). May the renewal of our calendar bring a sense of renewal to each of us as we move forward and navigate the year.

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





Shana tova! I’m Geneva Reventlow and I’m excited to teach fifth grade math this semester as Katie’s maternity leave substitute. I worked at Senesh for eighteen years before moving to Austin, Texas to be closer to my parents and sisters. Since I will be teaching remotely, Seth Montag will also be in the classroom on in-person days. Seth is the brother-in-law of Sarah Kay and has worked as a sub at Senesh in the past.

This semester, I hope to teach fifth graders to approach new and challenging problems with confidence and curiosity and to embrace mistakes as part of the learning process. .When possible, please encourage students to reach out to me to communicate their needs and questions; I believe that it is important for students to know how and when to communicate with teachers and middle school is a great time to start learning this skill. My email address is greventlow@hannahsenesh.org


Geneva Reventlow



My name is Yuliya Shifrin Izraev, I will teach your kids Hebrew this year. We will be focusing on learning Hebrew through biographies of famous Jewish people in the world like athletes, singers, politicians and artists. We will analyze different Hebrew texts as stories, poems, songs and fairytales and this way expand students’ vocabulary and grammar. I’m looking forward to meeting my 5th grade students to start the way to the new knowledge in Hebrew.