Welcome Back, YCQ

Friday September 11th 2020

This past Tuesday, we welcomed back our 950 plus students after six long months away from our school campus. Each student came out of their parents cars or from buses with big smiles through their masks demonstrating much joy and enthusiasm for what we hope and pray will be an incredible, unprecedented school year. Our faculty members greeted each student with much love and affection that only in person instruction can accomplish. Students enjoyed numerous specialty classes such
as gym, music, library, art, and computers. Special thanks to the specialty teachers for visiting the classes and creating such an enjoyable experience for our students. Students also received a special gift supply bag from the PTO which included a YCQ cookie, a hand sanitizer, and a lanyard for masks. Thank you to the PTO for taking the time to prepare the gift and delivering them to each class.

Ms. Laffer’s classes 3-211 and 3-212 had a wonderful first week
back at school ! One favorite activity was when they creating their
own “All About Me!” t-shirts and decorated a blank t shirt to describe
their unique selves. Each student drew pictures that represented
his/her interests and favorite things and enjoyed sharing with one
another!

The YCQ faculty orientation took place from September 1 through September 3 and set an exciting tone to begin the new school year. On day one, Dr. Joel Wein, YCQ President, delivered greetings to the faculty on behalf of the board. Rabbi Paysach Krohn also delivered words of inspiration to the faculty. Rabbi Landsman and Dr. Asher also led the faculty in sessions on processing the pandemic, preparing for the beginning of school, and Social Emotional Learning. On the second day, Mrs. Ora Verstandig led a session on enhancing Zoom skills. Finally, on the third day, Mrs. Rachel Bayar, esq., Managing Director of T&M Protection Resources, LLC, spoke to the faculty on safety standards and protocols. A representative from Global Security also spoke to the faculty about school safety protocols. The professional development program was informative and educational, which will hopefully make this year a true success! We are looking forward to an exciting school year!

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.