YCQ celebrated its 80th anniversary with a gala virtual Dinner event. The live streaming featured magician, Shlomo Levinger, who did amazing tricks with our staff and students. We heard words of inspiration from world-renowned speaker, Rabbi Paysach Krohn. Various students were featured describing their endless HaKarat HaTov that they have to each of their teachers, and YCQ staff for helping to maintain the beautiful atmosphere that we always enjoy, even during this most challenging year. Parents and staff members were delivered a “Taste of Delicacies” prepared by RAM caterers to enjoy during the live showing of the Dinner. Thank you to the following for their role in making this Dinner a great success: Mrs. Reize Sipzner, Mrs. Batsheva Solimannia, Mrs. Devora Baer, Rabbi Yaakov Lonner, Rabbi Avraham Kovitz, Mrs. Aliza Spilman, Mrs. Caryn Kramer, Mrs. Rebecca Kosoff, Mrs. Shirley Pourad-Kaikov, Mrs. Jennifer Jaffe, Mrs. Zahava Teichman, Mr. Moshe Weinstock, Mr. Simcha Sommers, Rabbi Moshe Hamel, Morah Tali Spector, Morah Maxine Lipshitz, Rabbi Mark Landsman, Mr. Aaron Kessler, and Mr. Sholom Fried.
This past Friday, in honor of Lag B’omer, our JHS students spent some quality time with their teachers on special trip. The JHS boys went to Sports Time USA and the JHS girls went to Bounce. Our students displayed wonderful middot during their time away from Yeshiva. On Lag B’Omer, we commemorate the life of R’Shimon Bar Yochai, who after spending many years in a cave, learned the important lesson of applying Torah study to real life.
On Lag B’Omer, the nursery went on a picnic in the yard. They ate their lunch while sitting on their picnic “blanket” and then sang Lag B’Omer songs. The Kindergarten also picnic, only this time, it was in their classrooms as it was very windy. They ate around their “camp fire” and enjoyed a special Lag B’Omer treat. It was great fun!
The elementary school students in grades 1-5 participated in many games and activities in a two day Color War Lag B’omer extravaganza! The excitement began with a Color War breakout where each class received a colored cookie to reveal the class team. The blue, yellow, red, and white teams all then participated in relay races and trivia games followed by cheers and songs that were observed by the judges. Every class also decorated Lag B’Omer cookies making beautiful bonfire designs. Congratulations to all of the winning classes in each grade. Yasher Koach to every class for displaying great sportsmanship throughout the activities. Thank you Mrs. Rebecca Kosoff, Mrs. Shirley Pourad, Mrs. Cohen, and Rabbi Ribalt for organizing an incredible two days of fun!
This year’s Annual PTO Supperette was a huge digital success. The evening paid tribute to Mr. Gary Schwartzman, who has taught many years of YCQ students and Mrs. Lauren Golubtchik on their retirement following many years of teaching our students and helping to shape their lives; as well as Mrs. Liron Friedman who is after a few years as transportation coordinator and all around the best administrative assistant who moving on. The Supperette Committee worked hard to bring us together to show hakarat hatov to colleagues, children’s teachers, and to spend a fun evening with friends remotely this year A special thank you goes to the committee for planning such an enjoyable evening.
Thursday evening, February 6, the PTO organized their annual Challah Bake. Bringing members of the Yeshiva and community together to perform the mitzvah of Hafrashat challah. At the PTO event, a crowd of over 100 women, men, and children gathered together to partake in this meaningful mitzvah. Rebeka Boxer, Mrs., Kosher Guru, gave the participants guidance and chizuk through her inspirational story of faith and miracles and of how this mitzvah has brought her closer to HaShem. She discussed the connection between performing the mitzvah of Hafrashat challah and the miracle of facing difficult obstacles in life by connecting to ones Yiddishkeit and to HaShem.
When the challah dough was complete, in a meaningful moment, the entire room in unison made the Hafrashat challah bracha, bringing a spiritual feeling of achdut and understanding. Thank you to Julie Faska, Rachel Stern, Aliza Peled, Valerie Olsen, Melissa Stock, and those who stayed for hours after to help clean up. A lot of work by the volunteers went into making this event an experience to remember and get others to continue baking challah and davening to HaShem with kavanah.
On Motza’ei Shabbat, the PTO ran a winter carnival. Over two hundred students and parents enjoyed an evening of games, prizes, relay races, treats, and a bounce in the bounce house. Parents had the opportunity to mingle with other parents and students and their siblings got to spend time with friends. Several of the students came to help and run booths, sell food, and even clean up when the evening came to an end. A special thank you to the parent volunteers, their children, and JHS students who began set up on Friday and cleaned up after the event. The success would not have been possible without you. Looking forward to your continued involvement in our Parent Teacher Organization helping us unite parents, students, and our Yeshiva.
This past Tuesday evening, The YCQ PTO once again hosted the Preschool Welcome Bash. Nursery and Kindergarten teachers, students, and their families came out for a delicious dinner and craft project. Students had a chance to meet their new classmates and teachers. Parents were able to meet each other and speak with the teachers as well. A good time was had by all! Thank you to the Bash committee members: Ariella Levine, Rachel Stern, Aliza Peled, Valerie Olsen, Jennifer Jaffe, Rachel Orenbuch, Daniella Rafaeloff, and to Rabbi Landsman, Morah Sharon and all the Nursery and Kindergarten teachers for making the event a success! Thank you also to Rabbi Lonner and Rabbi Kovitz and to the YCQ lunchroom staff for all their hard work.