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Dear Parents,

Would you be able to help us out? We will be holding the Shvat Buddy Activity soon and need a kind parent to buy some cookies at a bakery or supermarket this week. If you can help please contact Mrs. Perline at 845 634 0951 ext. 109 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance!

Dear Parents,

Picture Day will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. If your child is in Kindergarten - 8th Grade: please ensure they come to school on that day in a white polo shirt or white oxford shirt; navy pants or navy skirt.

REMINDER:

The deadline for orders for Pizza day is Wednesday. Please send in your orders Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. You may order for several, or many, weeks in advance. In the future NO ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER WEDNESDAY.

  • Pizza slice: $2.50 each
  • French Fries: $2.50 each
  • Drink: $1.00 each

Thank you for your cooperation and have a great Shabbos!

Dear Parents:

Again, please accept our sincere apologies - school pictures will not be taken today.  Due to the inclement weather, Slayton Studio will not able to come today to take our pictures.  Picture Day  will be rescheduled. We will notify you shortly of the new date. 

Our sincere apologies, once again.

Dear Parents,

I’m sure you share our horror and grief over the wanton shooting of school children and personnel in the Sandy Hook Elementary school this past Friday. While mourning in tandem with the Newtown community, we are also left with the daunting task of explaining such misfortune and danger to our children in a fashion that informs but does not terrorize. 

With relief and confidence, we can assure you that the children here at The Hebrew Academy appear fully focused and composed conducting themselves as they would on any other day. Though no untoward reactions are evident, it is still incumbent upon us to make sure that our children are fully protected not only physically but psychologically and emotionally as well.

Dr. Norman Blumenthal, Director of Bereavement and Crisis Intervention for Chai Lifeline, has formulated the following recommendations for discussing and processing these calamitous events with your children:

  • In today’s world of internet and rapid dissemination of information, you are probably far from the first person to inform your children of these frightening events. Nor can you categorically filter or oversee what they view or read.
  • Be available to clarify and discuss what your child has found out and be particularly alerted to unfounded rumors or exaggerations.
  • Do not try to conceal or downplay the reality of these events.
  • For children 6 and older, it is advisable to impart the rarity of such calamity especially if the child is evidencing undue fear or worry.
  • For pre-school age children, just assure them of their safety. The concept of “rare” is not meaningful to them.
  • Limit and contain the amount of coverage that is viewed by your children and particularly pictures or videos that highlight the atrocity and carnage. Research on post catastrophe trauma is incontrovertible that excessive exposure to such horror increases anxiety and distress.
  • School aged children may be particularly invested in the facts and details. To such inquiries you should respond accurately and succinctly.
  • Children who are scared respond as much to your voice tone and body language as they do to your words. Make sure you are composed and managing your own fears and vulnerability before talking to your child.
  • Adolescents may be more prone to imagine themselves the victims or bereaved families and respond with heightened grief and emotional outpouring.  When it is your sense that such hysteria has taken on a life of its own, it is perfectly suitable to contain and distract.
  • Adolescents may also aggressively challenge the existence of such injustice and evil with religious observance and belief. Here too, discuss such matters until it appears to be rooted more in rebellion and oppositionalism than interest or theological struggles.
  • If a child or one of his or her family members has a history of having been victims of violent assault or terrorist attack, keep a closer watch on his or her reaction to such events.
  • Children with predispositions to depression or anxiety may also be more susceptible to untoward responses or fear.
  • If your child is frightened and inconsolable, it may help to give them an activity. This can include but not limited to letters to bereaved families, prayer or devotional study, art work or commemorative dedications or actions.
  • Trauma reactions can be delayed or come in waves. It would not be anything out of the ordinary if a child responds adversely weeks from now or alternates between periods of carefree inattention and worry.
  • Please do not fault any child who may be more stoic or cavalier. We all differ in emotional vulnerability and expression and a natural or spontaneous composure or resilience is distinctly possible.
  • Look for the teachable moments and silver linings that coexist with the horror and anguish that typically dominate such events. The heroism of the staff, the universal outpouring of support and grief are themes that are important for our children to hear and can help ameliorate the terror and vicarious distress.

We hope this information is of assistance to you. Please remember that each child is unique and will process these events in a manner that fits with their particular temperament, history and coping style.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Avremel Kotlarsky

Principal

Dear Parents,

REMINDER: Bus transportation will not be provided by any school district from Monday, December 24 through Monday December 31, 2012, inclusive.

Please make other arrangements so that your child arrives at school punctually at 8:45 am and is picked up punctually at 4:25 pm (Kindergarten - 5th Grade) or 5:00 pm (6th - 8th Grades).

Mazal Tov to our Dear Rabbi and Mrs. Feigenbaum on the birth of a granddaughter this past Motzoei Shabbat Kodesh, 4 Kislev - November 17, 2012

May she be a source of nachas and bracha to her parents, grandparents and family.

Mazal Tov!

Dear Parents:

We are looking for volunteers for each class to be a class parent. It does not entail a large time commitment. However, the class parents' time and effort are greatly appreciated by the children, teachers and other parents and improves the school community for all.  The role of the class parent does not extend to issues relating to teaching or issues with individual students.

Class Parent Responsibilities:

Each class has at least one class parent. The class parent serves as a liaison between the classroom teachers and the parents. The responsibilities include:

  1. Assisting your grade-level teacher. This may include volunteering for or finding volunteers for field trips, planning and arranging school social events (i.e. year-end picnic, etc.)
  2. Supporting school events, such as the Family BBQ, Purim Baskets, etc. by volunteering or finding volunteers from your class.
  3. Assist with implementing teacher's token of appreciation and teacher's gift (as appropriate).

If you would like to become a class parent, please send an email or call the school office at 845-634-0951.

Thank you for your support of our children.

Dear Parents,

Due to the unfortunate affects of Hurricane Sandy, last week we lost five school days. The school calendar will therefore be changed in order to 'make up' some of these lost days: there WILL be school on Friday, January 18, 2013 and on Friday, May 24, 2013. Please ammend your calendars to reflect these changes.

There will not be school on Monday, November 12, 2012, as originally stated on the school calendar. We were not able to arrange to have all the staff present at such short notice.


Thank you

Dear Parents:

This is to advise you that E. Ramapo will be providing bus transportation tomorrow morning, Wednesday November 7th.  Please bring your child to his/her bus stop at the usual time for pick-up.

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4th grade boys on drumsComing Soon!

The Annual Family Dinner Extravaganza has been postponed to Sunday, November 18th, 2012, due to the fact that many Hebrew Academy families have relocated to relatives in Brooklyn and elsewhere till their power is restored.

Dear Parents:

Hope that you are all safe and well from this devastating storm.

Please be advised that there will be school all next week, starting on Monday November 5th.  Despite the fact that our school calendar stated that there would be no school on Tuesday, November 6th, we will be conducting classes as usual.


Rabbi Kotlarsky

Dear Parents,

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