Shanah Tova from Jennifer LeVine

Beginning Sunday evening, we celebrate the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, and welcome in the year 5780. With only a little over a month into the school year, our students have already led their peers, collaborated on group projects, and explored Jewish life to create countless memorable experiences.

In our Early Childhood, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride as I watch our young students discover new activities and friends. Our infant class wowed us all with their sensory painting experience, our CDO students triumphed in a full-size obstacle course taking over Snap City, our 2s students are preparing for Rosh Hashanah by measuring their height using apples, and our 3s were extra excited to meet with their 2nd grade buddies for the first time. To top it all off, our Early Childhood students have had special circle time activities with Rabbi Fort.

Some of my favorite moments in Elementary school during this last month of 5779 included: Pre-K students beginning to learn leadership skills as they take their turns as Rabbi of the Week in our Kabbalat Shabbat services, Kindergarten students showing off their “squiggle art” and magazine writing, 1st grade students preparing for Rosh Hashanah making their own shofars and joining their friends in front of morning exercises where our whole Elementary school comes together to start the day as a community, 2nd grade students learning to identify various musical instruments while listening to famous classical composers, 3rd grade learning and connecting to Judaism by creating their own modern middot (values), 4th grade taking STEAM classes to its “full force” with hands-on investigating, hypothesizing, and experimenting, and 5th grade students participating in Impact Leadership Training, along with reading from the Torah in front of our whole elementary school.

While it has been a busy first month of school, it has been a memorable one filled with skill-building experiences that will last a lifetime.

I look forward to sharing more exciting things happening at BYDS as we move into 5780.

Wishing you all a Shanah Tova U’Metuka – a Happy and Sweet New Year.


Jennifer LeVine
Head of School

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