YCQ PTO Supperette: A Wonderful Evening

Friday May 20th 2022

The YCQ PTO held a Supperette in the Dining Hall to honor departing faculty members Mrs. Ellen Orlanski, Mrs. Darlene Picciano, Rabbi Michael Ribalt, and Mrs. Jenni Chubak. Friends, colleagues, students, and families of the honorees all attended. Rabbi Mark Landsman, Principal, Ms. Odelia Schlisser, JHS Assistant Principal of Secular Studies, Rabbi Moshe Hamel, JHS Assistant Principal of Judaic Studies, and Mrs. Melissa Cohen, Elementary Assistant Principal of Secular Studies, spoke about the impact each honoree had on YCQ during their career. “This time of year is always bittersweet, as we say goodbye to beloved faculty,” remarked Mrs. Julie Faska, Co-President of the YCQ PTO, “but we also enjoy an evening full of friendship.” Thank you to the YCQ PTO Superette Committee, who did a super job creating a beautiful event: Mrs. Jen Jaffe, Mrs. Melissa Stock, Mrs. Eliana Langbaum, and Mrs. Vered Besalel.


Winners of The YCQ Science Fair recently attended the Inter-Yeshiva Science Congress held at HALB. The Inter-Yeshiva Science Congress was established as a positive and rewarding learning experience. Participating yeshivot send their best science fair project winners to a competition. Neutral judges evaluate students’ work on the basis of physical demonstrations and oral presentations. YCQ Grade 6 students presented their winning YCQ Science Fair projects: Avner Itzhakov (6B2) “Testing Starch with Iodine,”Justin Schikman (6B2) “Is Your Thermometer Accurate,” Talya Shalamoff (6G2) “Bridge vs Brick,” and Avigail Lalehzari (6G2) and Liat Pinhasov (6G2) “Salad Science.” We are very proud of our YCQ Inter-Yeshiva Science Congress participants

On Friday, May 13, our Grade 5 Literacy Teacher, Ms. Rosenblum, set up a very fun activity for our whole class. The activity was a fake crime scene. The goal of the crime scene was to figure out who kidnapped our principal Mrs.Cohen. She set up a very realistic scene to give us clues as to who kidnapped Mrs. Cohen. Once we walked into our classroom she gave each student a folder with a list of suspects who could have kidnapped Mrs. Cohen. In addition the folders also had many interrogations of the suspects. Once the whole class had their suspicions we had a class discussion on who it really was. 

This week, Mrs. Etta was inspired by author Paul Czajak’s book, Seager the Weaver, about the spider who breaks tradition and creates a web in new and innovative shapes. Related to this theme, she read Kindergarten and Grade One students Lois Ehlert’s book, Color Zoo, that features a variety of animals composed of different shapes meticulously connected. The students drew their own creative shape animals out of circles, triangles, and squares.

As a follow-up to introducing Grade Two students to word play homonyms with the book Dear Deer by Gene Barretta, the students “played” on the words “Bear/Bare” by drawing a “bear, who cannot bear to be bare.” The result was a variety of bears sporting hats, decorative coats, and even a kippah!

At the end of last week, readers who participated in the Pesach Reading Club were awarded a free book for a job well done over Yom Tov. The gift of a new book is always the most meaningful reward for enriching one’s time with the joy of reading.

We live during a time when space travel is becoming increasingly available to the public. What inspired you to create this project? Following the completion of our informational text unit on the solar system, my students were fascinated by all of the different planets that orbit around our sun. I began thinking of ways to incorporate technology into their blossoming interest in our solar system. We had watched several videos about the solar system, and we had even read a passage about the life of famous astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I knew that it was time for the students to use their computer skills to find out more about the planets. And so, the seed for this project was planted!

What did your students most enjoy about creating the travel brochures? There were so many parts of this project that my students enjoyed, that it is hard to choose a favorite! The students were thrilled to discover that there are websites about the solar system that are designed specifically for children. The websites use simple language and colorful illustrations (along with actual photos) to help bring the solar system to life. They enjoyed learning how the planets differ from, and are similar to, our own planet Earth. Finally, they loved creating their own colorful illustration of their researched planet, and showing off their finished projects.

If you could safely travel to another planet, which would you choose, and why? If I could travel to another planet, I would definitely choose Saturn. Through our research, we learned that Saturn’s rings are made up of rocks and ice. I think it would be so exciting to see those rings up close! Also, I would love to see the night sky on Saturn, a it has 62 moons! It might be difficult to know when Rosh Chodesh is on Saturn! I’ll definitely bring a calendar!

When do think space travel will be available to your students? I am not sure when space travel will be available to my students. However, I really hope that when they get to go to space, they remember to ask Mrs. Lucks to join them! I’m ready for the exciting trip! Until then, a trip to the planetarium will have to do!

Why do you think space travel is so compelling? Space travel is so compelling because space is one of the few frontiers left to be discovered. Despite how much we have learned about space, there is so much that we do not yet know. What happens inside black holes? Is there life on other planets? Are there any other planets that can sustain human life? I know that among my students, there are future astronauts, physicists, and engineers…all of whom will help uncover the mysteries of space! I can’t wait to see what these amazing children do to help space travel become a reality!

Grade Eight STEM Enrichment SET3 prepared for the “YCQ Egg Drop Competition 2022.” Students created ‘egg carriers’ that will protect their eggs when dropped from the roof of the JHS building. Our friend Newton taught that to minimize the force experienced by the egg as it crashes to (a.k.a. impacts) the ground, students need to design their carriers to increase the time over which the egg is brought to rest ,or decrease the egg’s velocity at the time of the crash. Stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook accounts to see whose egg survived, and whose met with an untimely demise.

The students of YCQ enjoyed a two day Scholastic Book Fair at the beginning of this week. There were so many book options for students of all ages to choose from – you could feel the love of reading! Thank you to all of our dedicated and generous YCQ PTO Book Fair volunteers for organizing and creating the book fair for our children. 

Names, Not Numbers, A Holocaust Memorial Film Project, debuted at a dinner viewing hosted by YCQ. Our students were honored and humbled to work with Mrs. Chava Fenster, Mr. Ben Milchman, Mr. Leiby Hecht, Mr. Abe Rosenberg, Mr. Sydney Zimmer, and Mrs. Natalie Gomberg, beloved survivors of the Holocaust. We are proud of the hard work and dedication demonstrated by our Grade 8 participants. Thank you Mrs. Heather Finkel, Faculty Advisor, Ms. Elisha Simanowitz, Program Coordinator, and Mrs. Jen Jaffe, Interview Technique and Instruction. Names, Not Numbers Program is generously supported by a prominent national foundation.

Class 2-204 had a special visitor this week – author and illustrator Reba Linker, who also happens to be Sara’s mom! She came in to read her book “The Compost Heroes,” and taught the students all about the importance of composting and recycling our household waste. She even brought in real compost heroes – WORMS! The kids had a blast playing with the worms, and observing how they move. Thank you so much for enriching our Earth Month!

The students in Class 4-306 worked very hard on their unit of study, “Immigration.” They learned about their past by completing a family tree, interviewing a family member who immigrated to the United States, and learning about a family heirloom. The interviews the students conducted were then written into essays, and formally published for the students to treasure and share with future generations. This year’s book was dedicated to Mrs. Cohen, ES General Studies Assistant Principal, for her love and dedication to all the students at YCQ. Thank you Mrs. Eryn Kaplan, ES Teacher, for creating this beautiful and meaningful project.