This Week at YLS
News and Updates from Yeshiva Lab School
27 Elul 5775
A Message from the Principal
We are nearing the end of the month of Elul. Selichot on motzei shabbat started the official countdown to Rosh Hashanah. We have been listening to the shofar each day, working on ourselves, doing teshuvah.
Rav Pam explains that there are different ways to do teshuvah. One way is through סותר על מנת לבנות, dismantling for the purpose of building. In this process, the focus is what one has done wrong and needs to improve. Rav Pam notes that Rabbeinu Yonah, in Sha’arei Teshuva, suggests that a person contemplate his or her מעלות (virtues) and his/her חסרונות (deficiencies) with the hope that by doing this a person will identify the gifts given to him/her by Hashem and use them. Rabbeinu Yonah is essentially saying that recognizing one’s self worth and developing one’s potential is the first step in the teshuvah process. In בראשית פרק ד, Hashem said to Kayin, “Why are you so upset and why has your countenance fallen? Surely if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven” (פםוקים ו, ז). Rav Pam notes that Seforno comments that Hashem was teaching Kayin that “when a fault can be corrected it is not proper to grieve over what has happened, but rather to try to rectify and improve matters for the future.”
The common denominator between these approaches is that a person who wants to grow, who wants to do teshuvah, must have an accurate understanding of who he/she is. This allows a person to know what to work on and how to use his/her strengths to do so. Additionally, a person must be able to persevere and see mistakes as part of learning and growing and have an understanding that it does not detract from his/her strengths.
It is undeniably important to spend time developing the skills to help students understand who they are as learners. At YLS we spend time teaching children to self-reflect, think metacognitively, know and own their strengths and weaknesses. We work to help students see mistakes as part of the learning process. This helps them understand that mistakes are an opportunity to help each of us understand what needs to be learned and worked on next, while continuing to develop strengths.
שנה טובה ומתוקה
Below are links to the videos that were linked by QR code for your viewing pleasure!
Morah Chana - Ivrit
Here is what happens for a class birthday:
1) The parent reaches out to the Morot to coordinate a date and time for the in class celebration. We welcome one or more parents to join us.
2) Students choose something to cook in school with their friends for their celebration.
3) The Morot send home a template for a book that the parents create with the child, each page reflecting one year or event in their child's life.
4) The parent(s) join us at the appointed date and time to celebrate and to share the created book with the class.
Coverdale Farm Preserve
Chanukat Habayit- This is NOT an invitation!
Your children have been busy planning a Chanukat Habayit for our learning space. They are creating the invite and this is NOT it. This is not a "parent program" per se, but a student learning experience to which they will invite one special guest from outside the classroom. It will be on Wednesday, October 14 from 8:30am -9:15am.
Below are pictures of our list of student committees and some of the planning that is already underway.
Looking forward to celebrating with you,
Learning at the Lab
Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 8:30-10pm
Yeshiva Lab School
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Open Sukkah at the Troodlers!
Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 3:30-6:30pm
105 Grasmere Road
Bala Cynwyd, PA
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