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Jewish Education Innovation Challenge: Nicole Nash and Melissa Kushner—From Openness to Belonging

From Openness to Belonging: The Possibilities of Professional and Lay Leader Partnership By Head of School Nicole Nash and Board Chair Melissa Kushner Appeared on the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge Blog on October 25,2023 Like many nonprofits, Jewish day schools rely on both professional staff and lay leadership in order to run. Throughout the lifecycle of schools, the reliance on these groups of individuals changes and evolves. This has been our experience at Hannah Senesh Community Day School, the K-8 progressive Jewish day school in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where Melissa Kushner serves as Board Chair and Nicole Nash serves as...
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Head of School Nicole Nash Receives Covenant Award

We’re delighted to share that Hannah Senesh Community Day School’s Head of School Nicole Nash is a recipient of this year’s Covenant Award. This prestigious award, given annually by the Covenant Foundation, includes national recognition for both Nicole and for our school. Each year, The Covenant Foundation honors three exceptional Jewish educators who have made an impact on Jewish life through innovative educational practices and models. We are honored for Nicole to stand amongst such an incredible group of educators from this year and years prior. The Covenant Foundation will honor the 2023 Award recipients at a celebration in the fall. Read the Press...
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3rd Grade – 6/9

What a year this has been! Our study of New York, from the original inhabitants, the Lenape, Hudson’s voyages, the Dutch, to the construction of the Erie Canal and Brooklyn Bridge, culminated in an amazing and exciting production! The kids did a fantastic job and I am so proud of them! Next stop, Broadway! We read Stone Fox and were devastated at the ending (no spoilers!), Because of Winn Dixie and sympathized with Opal’s journey, and Save Me a Seat and learned about perspective and assumptions. In between, we read books independently and participated in book clubs. We were prolific...
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June 9, 2023 — Saying Goodbye to Our Lower School

Math with Luis In math, the end of the year has meant me squeezing as much as I possibly can into two and a half weeks. Last week, we wrapped up our unit on the area and perimeter of rectangles and compound shapes. I was happy to spend extra time on it because 4th graders got lots of practice with straightforward problems that required multiple steps, critical thinking, and multiple operations. When we were done, we spent a fun couple of classes learning and practicing how to use protractors to draw and measure angles. We also had a brief introduction...
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Final Kindergarten Blog 6/9

Dear Kindergarten Families, It’s hard to believe that we’ve arrived at the end of the year! Your children have worked hard this year learning how to be in school and grew in every way. They really are almost-first graders. This week was filled with end-of-year celebrations. On Monday, we released our class butterflies in Carroll Park and had some playground time, had our last Publishing Party with our Buddies and presented our completed map of Smith Street, and had our Summer Birthdays party. We saw the 8th Grade play, The Addams Family. We also had conversations about the end of...
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First Grade News

Hello Families, What a lovely week! We had our Shuk on Thursday and had so much fun counting the right amount of shekels for goodies and giving change. We continue to create our neighborhood and released our ladybugs into the garden today! In Music class, First Graders completed their unit on Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals by learning the Tortoises movement and how it inspired Jacques Offenbach’s Can Can. If they’d like to hear more, there are lots of videos you can check out online. Have a beautiful, musical summer! Enjoy the pics! Shabbat Shalom, Liz and Ilana  ...
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May 30, 2023- a belated Chag Shavuot Sameach!!

Hebrew with Rimma In our Hebrew class 4th graders are finishing our Unit “Objects and the stories behind them” with the digital journey by using Padlet, an interactive platform where students could share their stories and react to one another’ s experience. Students were given the opportunity to select an object that holds a special place in their heart or which is important to their family. Some students are still in the process of writing. When they will finish writing, each of them will present it to the class.I encourage you to take the time and explore the stories that...
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June 9, 2023

SCIENCE In 7th grade science, students have taken their knowledge on environment and ecology to present a mock city board meeting. In this scenario, a wastewater treatment plant is due to open in Brooklyn and must pass legislation. Each group represents different interests such as aquatic ecologists, politicians, residents and activists. Students are responsible for researching, planning and presenting a strong argument. This presentation will connect politics, debate skills and environmental science. Shina   HUMANITIES As we finish our year in Humanities, 7th graders have just finished our study of The Diary of Anne Frank in which they grappled with...
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June 9 – What a Year!

Congratulations to our second graders on finishing the school year! It was a bittersweet last few weeks of school and we soaked up our joyful time together before summer break. The students reflected on their growth academically, socially and emotionally since the school year started. It’s hard to believe that that was ten months ago! As cliche as it sounds, time does fly when you are having fun. The kids spent thoughtful time looking back at work and sharing how they have changed as readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians, artists – the list goes on and on! They revisited their hopes...
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