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NOVEMBER 9, 2018

ROSH CHODESH KISLEV 5779

IN THIS ISSUE

PRESCHOOL FALL IS IN THE AIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FIRE SAFETY, SCIENCE AND MORE MIDDLE SCHOOL VISITS NYC NEWS FROM NURSE AVITAL SCHOOL COUNSELOR SPOTLIGHT WITH MRS. WEINSTEIN AND MRS. FEHL

I attended two community events this month as a representative of the Politz Board: the Great Big (Cherry Hill) Challah Bake on October 24 at Sons of Israel and the 96th Annual Meeting and Award Presentation of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey on November 4 at the Katz JCC. Both events were enjoyable experiences, each with its unique flavor and energy. At the Challah Bake, over 150 mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, teachers, and friends came together to share the incredible mitzvah of baking challah. The Federation event brought several hundred people together from all facets of our Jewish community for an evening of shared purpose and vision. The energy at both events was truly palpable. It is this ENERGY that I really want to share with you. Although it is not tangible, this energy is powerful, infectious, and magical. It is our PASSION. People with passion power the engine that drives our beloved Jewish community organizations. It is this energy that inspires our service and commitment to our community. So where does Politz come into this? Politz depends upon our passionate people--parents, teachers, administrators, and lay leaders--who share a singular purpose, L’dor v’dor, forging connections between generations. I want to share my gratitude to each and every one of you for sharing your passion in building and sustaining Politz, the only Orthodox Day School in Southern New Jersey. Dan Eisenstein Co-President, Board of Directors

5th Grade Boys celebrate the start of their Gemarah Learning with Rabbi Berkowitz Thank you to our corporate sponsor: Kindergarten had a visit from the CHFD to learn about Fire Safety


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FALL IS IN THE AIR IN THE PRESCHOOL October has been a very busy month for our Preschool. The yeladim learned all about fire safety for National Fire Month. The children went on a scavenger hunt around the school looking for items in the building that could help guide us in case of a fire. They found fire extinguishers and exit signs, as well as flashers to light up the hallways. We also held a practice fire drill where the children and teachers evacuated the building quickly and quietly. The phrase “stop, drop, and roll” was heard around the school as the children put these important words and movements into practice. The yeladim enjoyed dialing 9-1-1 on the large cardboard keypad and now understand that they know who to call in case there is an emergency. We also conducted a safe and engaging experiment using birthday candles. We discussed that fire needs air to stay burning, and we discovered that there are other ways to extinguish a fire besides water! Fall is all around us as we watch the leaves on the trees turn colors and fall to the ground. Our three-year classes have been learning about nature and the changing of the leaves. They went on a tiyul (nature hike), listened to the sounds of nature, observed the different colors of the leaves, and collected lots of rocks and leaves. Our budding artists then painted what they observed by using fall colors: vibrant red, orange, and yellow. It is so amazing to watch our two-year-olds as they become more independent. They have been learning to put their own coats on by flipping their jackets over their heads. The children are really embracing the changing of the seasons!

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It was a month filled with engaging activities, guest speakers and shining moments for our elementary general studies classes. Our Kindergarten classes welcomed Dr. Zeffren, who told our inquisitive five and six year olds all about life as a surgeon. Not only is Dr. Zeffren dedicated to helping his patients, he spoke about having a healthy lifestyle which is so critically important for everyone! Thank you, Dr. Zeffren, for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to visit with our kindergarten classes. A research project in first grade? Absolutely! The students worked cooperatively in small groups gathering information on the topic “Then and Now”. They were allowed to use iPads, books and magazines to collect data. The end result was sensational! Each group displayed and presented what they learned using a T-Chart. This was quite an impressive accomplishment for such young children. It was a very scientific month in second grade. Our students were completely captivated when Nechama Shapiro’s grandfather, Mr. Sadres, came to their class and did a chemistry experiment with everyone. Thank you, Mr. Sadres for always sharing your scientific knowledge with our students. They also learned about the phases of the moon in preparation for learning about the solar system. All the data they are collecting about the solar system will be compiled into a class research paper. When you go shopping and pay for an item you have purchased, how can you be sure you receive the correct amount of change from the cashier at the store? “Mrs. Moskowitz’s Money Shop” provided the perfect opportunity for our third graders to practice this essentially important life skill. Some students were able to “purchase” different items from store owners (other students) who made change using all kinds of denominations. The “icing on the cake” was when each student got to keep the item they “purchased”. This simulated real-life experience was fun and invaluable! Fourth grade always finds a way to make learning creative, fun and entirely relevant to the topic they are studying. This month, the students, working cooperatively, made bakeries, farms and even outer space dioramas. They used their expertise in descriptive writing to make each place welcoming and a place everyone would want to visit.

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2ND GRADE SHABBAT UNIT Kitah Bet (Second Grade) began an exciting Shabbat unit this month. Morah Newman brought in a beautifully wrapped present and encouraged the yeladim (children) to visualize a special gift: an electric scooter, an iPad, an American Girl Doll, etc. The class discussed their reactions to receiving a very special gift. How does it make us feel? How do we treat it? How could we show our gratitude? Everyone agreed they would take very good care of the gift, they would not leave it around, and would be sure to follow its instructions very carefully. Everything came together when the class finally opened the gift box and were awed by a magnificently set Shabbat table: Shabbat is a very special and precious gift from Hashem. The yeladim discussed the many ways we can show our appreciation for Shabbat, from lighting candles and dressing nicely to preparing delicious food and avoiding the 39 malachot (creative acts) that are forbidden on Shabbat. At the end of the unit, each student received a Shabbat sticker puzzle form Morah Newman. The class continued to discuss different aspects of the importance of preparing for Shabbat. We learned ‫מי‬ ‫שטרח בערב שבת יאכל בשבת‬.... The students learned about Hadlakat Neirot (lighting candles) and they are busy making special Shabbat presents for their mothers.

Hi everyone! First off just wanted to say that we had a GREAT time at the Challah Bake. The Politz girls even did an impromptu performance onstage of the new Politz school song and they did an awesome job! Stay tuned for the school song's exciting video debut in December!!! All of the children have been working hard to make it a success and are very excited about it! And now from the nurse- As we get farther into flu season (and sick season in general) please take note of the guidelines in the school handbook in regards to when children must be kept home and for how long. I must stress that if your child has a fever (100.0 or higher) it is a school rule that they may not come back to school until they are FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS. If you have ANY questions at all regarding illnesses, please feel free to email me at azeffren@politz.org. Lastly- the number one way to keep germs away is HAND-WASHING. Please practice good hand-washing with your children (scrubbing for at least 20 seconds with soap) so we can keep our school healthy! Morah Avital

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7/8 GRADE TRIP TO THE UNITED NATIONS Our 7th and 8th grade Humanities class, team-taught by Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Young, had the opportunity to travel to Manhattan on October 30th. In class, we are studying social justice and what that actually entails, and how people respond to injustices they see in the world. We have been taking a closer look at several non-profit organizations to see they fight hard against injustices every day. By the end of the unit, our students will have taken on the role of a volunteer of a chosen non-profit organization and gone through the rigorous steps of writing a grant proposal in search of funding, as well as presenting their organization’s mission, practices, and global impact through a presentation to a potential donor. In order to get real world exposure to the largest global social justice and human rights organization in the world, we visited the United Nations. The highlight of our visit was seeing the General Assembly room where all 193 countries meet together to collaboratively work on making our world a better place. Our students enjoyed learning the process of how the countries were seated, how the translator prompters work, who is allowed to speak at these meetings, and what kinds of topics are voted upon and discussed. The UN building itself is decorated with many art sculptures, paintings, and exhibits that are all donated from various countries as gifts in support of the great work the UN does on behalf of people everywhere. While we were in Manhattan, Rabbi Glustein had arranged for us to be able to daven mincha in an established minyan in a fancy law firm near Grand Central. The boys were delighted to discover one of the men had a connection to Politz (Peretz Gluck’s uncle)! It was such a great experience for our boys to see that these men take time out of their very busy work schedules each day to daven mincha together. In NYC, we used a variety of transportation methods NJ Transit trains, taxis, good old-fashioned walking, and subways. Upon emerging from the depths of the subway, our boys were faced with several men yelling and shaking their fists at the sky. We all became a bit nervous thinking there was maybe a fight going on and the adults quickly removed the students from the situation. However, this became a teachable moment that Mrs. Arnold took on and explained to the boys. After further investigation, when we were all safely across the street from the men, we were able to see that this was a strike demonstration among workers protesting unfair wages and conditions to their skyscraper-building bosses who were erecting another tower nearby. Mrs. Arnold used this as an opportunity to teach about the rights of Americans to be able to assemble and voice their opinions and complaints publicly. She also explained how the effects of greed and capitalism of some can often hurt the working class. Our final activity was a scavenger hunt that began near the High Line Park. Students were thrilled with the chance to take group selfies with several well-known NYC buildings and features. The competition amongst the three teams was exhilarating and as we craned our necks hoping to get a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty from our vantage point overlooking the Hudson River, we were able to get a spectacular view of the NYC skyline. Due to time constraints we were unable to walk the entire High Line Park trail (the former meat packing railway), however, in an upcoming unit we will refer to our visit here as we read a famous essay by E.B. White about “his” New York City.

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6TH GRADE PROJECT The sixth grade, together with Morah Epstein, finished learning about the Shemen Hamishcha (anointing oil) and the Ketoret (Incense) both which were composed of many different kinds of Bsamim (spices). We celebrated with a sweet treat and decorated our very own beautiful Bsamim (spice) containers. We can’t wait to bring them home!

The poster to the left, hanging in the front lobby, was made by our 5th and 6th grade girls. It reads ‘a little light pushes away a lot of darkness. In memory of the 11 holy people who were killed while praying to Gd’.

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by Shira Weinstein, School Counselor & Jen Fehl, Behavioral Specialist From the mention of the word homework, grunts and groans can be heard from kids and parents alike. Homework is not fun but is a necessary part of reinforcing the learning that takes place in school all day. It helps to build the academic skills to progress from grade to grade. So how can we improve on homework time in our home and make learning fun and effective? 1. SET UP A FAMILY HOMEWORK TIME. Routine is key. Setting a dedicated time that the family is all working on homework allows for an atmosphere conducive to getting work done. Holding that time, at the same time each weekday, allows children to learn good work habits from their parents. Studies have shown that the presence of fellow sufferers energizes us and helps kids persevere through homework. I would suggest that parents choose non-digital work to do alongside their children. Also, being available to answer questions helps a child know that they are not alone. 2. MAKE LEARNING SPACE FUN BUT NOT DISTRACTING. Learning space does not have to be the same everyday. Changing up the location can help with concentration and re-focusing. Having the right materials available is crucial though. Keeping a bucket of pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, stapler, scissors and a ruler at the ready that could be moved by location can be helpful. 3. GIVE YOUR CHILD "COMPLAINING MINUTES" After a long day of learning and feelings of frustration over homework, sometimes a child needs to vent about their homework. Allowing a short amount of time (setting a timer for a minute or two can be helpful to release their feelings) to vent about homework assignments can be productive. Kids need to feel heard, it is okay to let them get it out. 4. PLAY EDUCATIONAL GAMES Study tools such as Quizlet can help students play games with vocabulary. However, even games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Boggle and Yahtzee can be instrumental in teaching skills and warming up the brain for homework. 5. DO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, VIGOROUS EXERCISE, OR PLAY A GAME FIRST Researchers have repeatedly found that exercise leads to academic improvement. Letting your child run, walk the dog, bounce a basketball, dance to music, jump rope or do yoga for at least 30 minutes before homework help to increase peak performance. continued... 856-667-1013

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SO WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DO HOMEWORK? For some, the best time to do homework is after a short break right after school when it is fresh in their minds. For others, the best time may be after dinner, especially if there are after-school activities that keep your child busy or allow them to get vigorous exercise in that is needed after a long day. Homework after dinner may work best for your family if working parents are not home earlier and the children need help with study and work. Lessons learned from mom and dad can have such an incredible impact on children’s lives. Time is tricky. Setting routines that allow kids the opportunity to complete homework successfully can have huge payoffs. Someday, you will be spending time helping them apply to college or prepare for study in Israel and when that comes, the after-school craziness will be nothing but a happy memory that you actually might miss. For now, make homework fun. Practice those math facts with your child, help them understand the stories that they are reading for class, and discuss the Jewish learning that they are doing everyday here at Politz. Let them teach you and you will find that homework just may be a bonding time you will learn to love.

Thank you to the following people who generously sponsored Parnas Hayom during the month of CHESHVAN: October 24: sponsored by Dr. Steve and Marilyn Roth to commemorate the Yahrzeit of Steve's father, Bernard Roth, Dov Avraham ben Yitzhak October 25: sponsored by Rabbi Shalom & Miriam Shapiro and Rabbi Yechiel & Aliza Shaffer to commemorate the Yahrzeit of Mrs. Susan Moses, Zmira Leah bat Tzvi Halevi on 16th Cheshvan October 29: sponsored by Sharyn Rauer for a refuah Shelaimah for David Farber October 30: sponsored by Dr. Jack & Alisha Abboudi in sacred memory of Joyce Feinberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, & Irving Younger October 31: sponsored by Steve & Rachel Klein in deep gratitude to the Politz 5th & 6th grade girls who created the beautiful tribute in memory of our brothers and sisters who were murdered in Pittsburgh November 1: sponsored by Dori Shapiro & family to commemorate the Yahrzeit of their devoted aunt, Rose Halpern, Nessa Ruchel bas Meir, on 23 Cheshvan November 2: sponsored by Mike & Elyse Krug to commemorate the Yahrzeits of his mother, Masha bat Yaakov Yosef, and his grandfather, Yaakov Yosef ben Moshe Aharon November 5: sponsored by Steve & Rachel Klein for a refuah shelaimah for David Farber, David Moshe ben Chana November 7: sponsored by Jerry & Shelly Abramson in sacred memory of Joyce Feinberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, & Irving Younger, and by the Politz Faculty & Board of Trustees for a refuah shelaimah for David Farber, David Moshe ben Chana November 8: sponsored by Nartanya Milgraum to commemorate the Yahrzeit of Adira Chana bat Sheis on Rosh Chodesh Kislev

To sponsor a future day of learning visit politz.org/parnas or call 856-667-1013

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Take a look and see Why Politz is so special, It’s where our dreams learn to fly. We’re a family, And when we work together, We know we can reach the sky.

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Politz School Song Tune: 'Li' by Mordechai Shapiro

(slow part:) Our middot tovot guide us through Each and every day. Ahavat Yisrael’s what we do, The Torah always shows us the way. CHORUS ONE: Cuz here we’re taught to be be be be be, The best that we can be be be be be. That’s why we’re proud to be be be be be, Part of the Politz family li li. CHORUS TWO: At Politz we can be be be be be, Just who we want to be be be be be. So why don’t you come see see see see see Our Politz family li li. Come walk down the halls, And see our smiling faces, Each one of us is unique. Each a puzzle piece And when we’re all together, The picture’s finally complete. To be a Torah Jew Continue our mesorah We’re each a link in the chain. Success in what we do, We’re taught to lead with Torah, To elevate the mundane. (slow part:) Inside these halls, within these walls, The ruach never ends. And as we grow and learn and play, We’re making lifelong friends. CHORUS ONE AND CHORUS TWO!

THANK YOU to MORAH AVITAL, Shia Cantor, Matis Rozental, the 6th grade girls and of course Mrs. Roth for all of their hard work and assistance in helping the filming run smoothly on Wednesday. We couldn't have done it without you!!!

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