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Author: Josie Safir

Rising Middle and Upper School Students Prepare for their Transitions

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA)’s faculty works to  ensure the upcoming Middle and Upper School students have smooth and easy transitions into the next chapter of their education by meeting with them throughout the year and informing them of what to expect in the coming year. Such preparations ready and excite the students for the upcoming year. 5th Grade For the leaders of the lower school, shadow day is an especially big deal. Every February, 5th graders tour the Upper school, shadow a 6th grader, and even get to eat lunch with the Middle and Upper school students in...

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Second Graders’ Reveal Their Poetic Side in the 10th Annual Poetry Cafe

On March 1, 2017, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) hosted its 10th annual Poetry Cafe led by Second Grade General Studies Teacher, Marsha Cowan. This event consisted of two mandatory components and an optional opportunity. The Choral Reading and the reading of the student’s original poem were required, however “Poetry Out Loud” was voluntary. During the Choral reading, all students recite and hand motion Shel Silverstein’s famous poem, Invitation. The second component of the program is an optional component called “Poetry Out Loud.” In preparation, students memorized famous poems and then could read them aloud independently, with a friend,...

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Fifth Graders Look Ahead to Winterims Next Year

Immediately following Winter Break, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) middle and upper schoolers experience their annual  “Winterims Week” in which all middle and upper school students select elective-style courses, some of which are taught by teachers and others that are led by students. Instead of the regular core classes, HBHA offers a wide variety of entertaining classes to allow the students to learn about different topics during Winterims Week.   This year, fifth grade teacher Nancy Franks ventured upstairs with her students to sneak a peek at the Winterims experience, in which they will partake  next year as middle...

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Thursday Thrills: Making the Holidays Fun

Middle School Student Council (MS STUCO) started a new trend called Thursday Thrills in October. The entire school dressed according to a theme-day. Student participants brought one dollar, and MS STUCO did a  mitzvah by donating the proceeds to Wayside Waifs. Having a fun and easy way to receive money makes a huge difference! Since October had our Jewish holidays, MS STUCO Co-President Bree Katz wanted to “make them fun.” For example, the first Thursday Thrills day was Superhero Day, followed by Throwback Thursday, Dress Your Best Day, Support Day, and finally Dress Down Day. Eighth grader Ilana Fingerish...

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