This Week at YLS

News and Updates from Yeshiva Lab School

May 6, 2016

28 Nissan 5776

A Message From the Principal

Dear Parents,

There is a custom to learn Pirkei Avot between Pesach and Shavuot. In Pirkei Avot it says, "He (Hillel), used to say: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? (1:14)" The Mishnah is sending a strong message about ownership: it's up to you to make a difference and that difference can be made right now.

This is a message we convey in many ways at YLS and this is what is at the heart of Student Led Conferences. Part of what we know about how children learn is that student motivation increases dramatically when they feel ownership over their learning, and in turn they better internalize ideas and concepts. We also understand that they have to know where they are today in order to get where they need to go tomorrow.

To facilitate our students' ownership over their learning, throughout this year, we have had multiple student teacher conferences during which students used the artifacts in their portfolios and goals to reflect on their spiritual, social, emotional, and academic growth.

The culmination of this important learning process will be our Student Led Conferences. Student Led Conferences allow students to own their learning by empowering them to reflect on and then share their growth with their parents.

By dedicating time to this process, we empower children to own their spiritual, emotional, social, and academic growth. If you have not done so already, please click on the link below to sign up for a conference.

Shabbat Shalom,

Mrs. Becky Troodler

Student Led Conferences

If you have not done so already, please sign up for Student Led Conferences. To access the YLS conference website, please click here and choose the Student Led Conference option. Please reach out to Michal Twersky, with any questions or concerns about the conference sign up.

Happy Birthday!

Happy 6th Birthday Lea!

Possible Sponsorship Opportunities!

The wonderful YLS Melava Malka that we enjoyed earlier this year was not only graciously hosted by Lauren and George Danneman; it was also generously sponsored by the Danneman Law Firm. This sponsorship, which was made possible through a workplace giving program at George's Law firm, enabled us to run a beautiful community building event for our current and future parents.

Many companies have similar programs through which they sponsor, match donations, or donate to their employee's preferred charity or children's school. Does your employer have a similar program? Please check with your human resources department and let us know!

We have two upcoming events- one to end the year and one to begin the year, each of which will support our Parents Association. Having a large and generous sponsorship to help defray the costs will enable the Parents Association to raise funds for even more programming and events for our families next year.

Please let us know if your company has such a program, and if you would be interested in using the funds to support YLS!

Important Calendar Dates

Wednesday, May 11- Yom Hazikaron

Thursday, May 12- Yom Ha'atzmaut

Tuesday, May 17- Teacher Professional Growth and Collaboration- No School

Thursday, May 26- Lag B'Omer

Monday, May 30- Memorial Day, No School

Sunday, June 5- Yom Yerushalayim

Friday, June 10- Last Day of School- 1:00 pm Dismissal - No LM Busing

Sunday-Monday, June 12-13- Shavuot

Wednesday- Friday- Teacher Professional Growth and Collaboration