Welcome Back, Ms. Rebecca Blisko!
This year's 10th Grade and G.O. Advisor
inside track - she's been on the other side of the
desk! Ms. Rebecca Blisko, an alumna of our school '01
("I didn't want to leave!") teaches 9th grade
History and 10th grade Nach in addition to her
responsibilities. As a student, Ms. Blisko
participated in many extra-curricular activities -
was even the Vice-President of the G.O., a fact
the present student administration greatly
After graduating from SKA, Ms. Blisko attended
Michlalah in Israel for two years and was a madricha
there. In addition to the many hours she
SKA, she is also completing her Master's Degree
Jewish Education from Azrieli.
This past year, Ms. Blisko taught in Nefesh
Academy, an acclaimed kiruv school in Brooklyn.
"Have things changed radically since she was a
student?" she is constantly asked. "The
core of the
school has certainly stayed the same. There is a
continuous flow of activities with new and exciting
programs introduced all the time. The warmth and
caring I felt when I attended school here is still
SKA is proud of its illustrious graduate and
PSAT SCORES ARRIVE
The long awaited PSAT results finally arrived and
were distributed to the students on Friday, December
The new PSAT exams reflect the
changes in the
math and verbal sections of the new SAT exams to
be given in March. But the newest addition is
writing section. Many students had
concern about this area, so it is interesting to note
that, as a group, the students performed
exceedingly well on this section. In fact, for
the junior class and 71% of the sophomore class, the
students scored highest on the writing section when
compared with the other sections.
At a recent meeting of the English and Math
departments, the teachers were apprised of the
revisions and will make sure to incorporate the
information in their class work. The English
were given a copy of ScoreWrite, a guide to
preparing for the New SAT Essay, put out by the
Many students have already started to prepare for
the actual SATs. The juniors will now also begin
scheduling their first college meetings with Mrs.
Elsant. The process has begun and before
it the juniors will be discussing colleges and Israel
College Financial Seminar for Parents of DRS and
This past Monday evening, the DRS and SKA
Guidance Departments welcomed Mr. Robert
Friedman, Director of
Student Aid at Yeshiva University, who gave an
excellent presentation to
intricacies of submitting federal and state
applications, including the
much-feared FAFSA form. Mr. Friedman, who
wealth of knowledge and
experience in the field, showed a powerpoint
presentation and had available numerous
handouts that featured ways to afford today's high
cost of college. Though
employed by YU, Mr. Friedman's presentation covered
a universal topic,
appropriate for any college that a student may be
applying to. Finally, we were delighted to see
parents sitting at
students' desks diligently taking notes in class.
Thank you to Mrs. Hefter and DRS for hosting the
program and to Mrs. Elsant for her efforts!
SKA has joined forces with Gotta Getta Yogurt!
We are pleased to announce that every Thursday
Gotta Getta Salad has turned SKA's
auditorium into a
Salad Bar. Students now have the ablity to
own salad with all the special toppings and dressings
for a nominal fee. Here's to healthy eating!!!
Daily Lunch Schedule
Monday and Wednesday - Catering by
assorted wraps, vegetable and fruit salads, sushi,
hot poppers and knishes
Tuesday - catering by Pizza Pious - Pizza,
fries, salads, garlic knots
Thursday - Catering by Gotta Getta Salad -
make your own salad, Iced coffee
Mazel Tov to:
Mrs. Sheila Leibtag on the birth of a grandson
Mrs. Sandi Pomerantz on the birth of a grandaughter
Tara Rabinowitz '00 on her marriage to Dov Fried
Elana Pelcovitz '03 on her engagement to Zachary
REMINDER: THIS MONDAY NIGHT IS PARENT-
Download your schedules through our website link
REVISED DECEMBER/JANUARY TEST SCHEDULE
December Activities Calendar
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see pictures from the Senior's Trip!!
A Message from Mrs. Spirn
The spirit of Chanukah was certainly
throughout our halls and classrooms and Rabbi
our Grade Advisors and G.O. Board
every student had an awesome week.
grade trips, a Chagiga, our
annual Tzedaka Auction, a Kumsitz
at Mrs. Kaminetsky's home, Rabbi Moshe
Divrei Chizuk, Chesed Outings in honor
and edible treats made the Chanukah
unforgettable. Special thanks to our 11th grade
Mechanchot for bringing students to their homes and
making parties in their classrooms!
And now, we're in the midst of Production
Throughout the building, the excitement is
as the dancers, singers, actresses, musicians, and
artists put their finishing touches on their
performances. We can't wait to welcome
faculty and students to our three performances next
Please remember that Parent Teachers
will take place on Monday night. We hope that
new automated reservation system made the process
easier for our parents.
For the first time, we are providing a link to Israel
Info Highway, a content packed publication for
school students, about Israel, current
political advocacy. The newsletter is
the National Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations, and is sponsored
the Avi Chai Foundation. Our girls are always
motivated to learn more about Israel and I know you
will enjoy reading the newsletter.
are anxiously awaiting their Melava Malka
night at the home of Shayna Gottesman.
thanks to the Gottesman family for hosting the
Here's to a restful and meaningful Shabbos!
Chanukah at SKA!
The halls of SKA buzzed
with excitement as our students prepared
enthusiastically for their annual Chanukah
From Shabbat invitations and class parties to
teddy bears and Knicks tickets, there was an
incredible selection from which to bid. Led by
Zak and the G.O., the auction took place this
Friday. Not only was there a tremendous sense
achdut between the girls, but the auction cultivated
stronger relationships between teachers
and students as well. The girls raised almost $5,000
for various Tzedakot.
Kol HaKavod to all!
After their day off on Monday, our girls were
welcomed back to
school with walls decorated with streamers and
animal masks. The theme of the Chanukah
was a safari. Rav Moshe Weinberger from
Congregation Aish Kodesh opened the
program with uplifting and enlightening
words pertaining to Chanukah. Relating stories of his
father's experiences during the Holocaust, Rav
Weinberger stressed the importance of
that even in times of utmost darkness, HaKadosh
Barush Hu loves each and every one of us.
his powerful and inspiring message, the girls
to lively music, and then ate delicious latkes and
sufganiyot. It truly proved to be a most memorable
and meaningful Chanukah!
"When can we come again?" was the most
heard comment as the school buses full of freshmen
pulled away from Otsar and two HASC
schools on the second day of Chanukah. All three of
these schools service people with special needs. At
each of these locations, smiley freshmen busied
themselves, helping create wonderful Chanukah door
hangers, coloring, and telling stories. The host
schools were delighted and impressed
sincerity, strength, and sheer happiness our
graders exuded. Our trip "lit up" a
day for many.
Chanukah is a holiday when we aim to focus on
the "innerness" and spirituality in life. The
tried so hard to negate these values with their
constant focus on physical and intellectual abilities.
We thought it was especially aprapos to visit
our fellow Jews who sometimes are misunderstood
or neglected because of their inability to create a
flawless outer appearance. Our SKA freshman
to the girl, boys, men and women at HASC and Otsar
exclusively by way of their inner feelings of Ahavat
Yisrael. The appreciation of the host schools was
obvious. At Otsar they welcomed us with freshbaked
Chanukah cookies and at HASC they created a
unique Thank You card and presentation. The
was rounded out by a visit to Boro Park's
famous "Mendelsohn's" pizza and then to Amazing
buy grab bag gifts for friends.
The freshmen can't wait till next time!
Advisors, Mrs. Leibtag and Mrs. Gross are just
catching their breath
so they can plan and chaperone the next freshman
outing. A special thanks to Mrs. Libin our art teacher
for preparing the projects, and to Mrs. Storch for
accompanying us and coordinating the details of
YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE DESPERATELY SEEKING
A JOB AND YOU HAVE 45 MINUTES TO PUT
TOGETHER A PORTFOLIO. YOUR EQUIPMENT: A
PORTABLE CAMERA, YOUR IMAGINATION, AND THE
ENTIRE TOYS R US STORE. TAKE 24 PICTURES,
MAKING SURE EVERY GIRL IN YOUR GROUP IS
FEATURED AT LEAST ONCE.
Energized with J-2 pizza, French fries or salad, the
tenth grade took up the portfolio challenge and raced
around the store as they tried to outdo their peers in
creating imaginative photos. They modeled Barbie
dresses, posed on broomsticks for Quidditch
matches, and blended in with the Potato Head
Family. Who will get the job? We'll find out next
week, when the judges vote on the most creative
portfolios. As for today, every girl enjoyed the time
spent relaxing with friends and taking in all the
excitement of New York City. Ms. Blisko and
Mrs. Haber, you're the best!
See you Motzei
Shabbos at the Sophomore Melava Malka!
On Wednesday, the 11th grade went on a fun school
trip, in honor of Chanukah, to New Roc City, where
there are arcade games, bowling, ice-skating, and
bumper cars. We received unlimited game cards that
used to play all the arcade games. Some girls
decided to go bowling and then play in the arcade.
Other girls decided to play in the arcade and then go
ice-skating. We all had a great time because we loved
bonding with our friends. We also had a great time
with our Mechanchot, Ms. Allen, Mrs. Block, Ms.
Fragin, and Mrs. Hirtz who threw great Chanukah
parties in school and at their homes!
Last week the seniors enjoyed a fun-filled, packed
day in honor of Chanukah. We began the day with
the Gymnasia Kiruv School in Queens. We made
Chanukah decorations with the students, sang
songs, and had a great time. We boarded the
buses and drove to Manhattan where we had a
choice of eating at Dougie's or Pizza Cave.
headed towards "My Name Is Mud," a ceramics
center, where each girl chose
her own ceramic and painted it according to her
desire. It was a fun, relaxing, bonding experience for
all! Special thanks to Grade Advisors, Mrs.
Feinberg and Mrs. Yudin for planning a great trip!
On Wednesday, December 8th, Chai Lifeline
group of SKA students to Memorial Hospital and
Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Kuperman, Jackie Ostreicher, Naomi Perry, and Mindi
Werblowsky went as representatives of the junior
class while Ariella Simantov, Yael Haar, Shaindy
Pollak, and Shany Noy went from the senior
class. We performed a puppet show for
Pediatric Wards in honor
of Chanukah. We then stayed
for the annual Chanukah parties at the hospitals,
where food was served and donated toys
to all of the patients. We were able to go around
with carts of toys for those patients who could not
leave their rooms. We had a chance to interact
play games with all of the children at the
was a really touching experience, seeing the faces of
the kids when they got their own brand
new toy. Being able to spend time with these
was the best Chanukah present we could ever get!
Science Research Class Visits Garcia Science Center
On Wednesday, December 15th, the junior AP
along with the freshmen and sophomores in the
Research class, spent the day at the new
Science Center at
Queens College. They heard many lectures
chemistry and physics and they
were able to do
numerous experiments as well. The students made
from liquid nitrogen, silly putty from Borax, and
created styrofoam. The girls had an
and learned how chemistry and physics affect our
lives. Chemistry is so cool!!!! Thanks, Mrs.
SKA's Loss is Israel's Gain: An Alumna's Perspective
The graduating class of 2004 has finally
settled and continues to become familiar with
Eretz Yisrael and all that it has to offer. The
transition at first was
difficult, being away from our families, our homes,
and all that we were
accustomed to. As the weeks went by we began to
love our schools, classes,
teachers, and best of all, our new home. Thanks
our SKA education, the
language barrier is easier to overcome, and we
able to communicate more
easily with the Israelis. We have gained a sense of
independence being on
our own and having to take care of our everyday
needs. Touring the land has
become a part of our everyday lives. We
fortunate enough to be able to
visit the Kotel and other places of kedusha quite
often. We have already
learned so much here, and hope to continue growing
as the year goes on.
After only a few months in Israel we have already
began to realize that
Shana Bet is the only way to go. Just kidding,
Throughout our four years of high school our
grade gradually united. By
senior year the achdut was incredible! Although
grade is now divided
into many different schools, both here in Eretz Yisroel
and back at home, we
have still managed to maintain our strong friendships
that we formed in high
school. Leaving SKA was a big challenge, but coming
to Israel was an even
greater experience. We would like to thank all our
teachers back at home who
had such an active role in helping us get to where
we are today. We miss
everyone in SKA, and we hope to see you all here
TZEMACH II - Hakarat HaTov
The 9th and 10th grades both experienced an
inspiring program about HaKarat Hatov, just one
week apart.This Tzemach program began with
sophomore comedy skits,
at a glance
very exaggerated, did relate very closely to much of
the student population. We then enjoyed a short film
titled "Mom on Strike", which portrayed a
mother and how hard she works. It definitely helped
everyone see how much our dear parents do for us
and how much appreciation they deserve.
The program concluded in small discussion groups led
by Mrs. Haber, Ms. Blisko and Rabbi Zak,
us many ways that Hakarat HaTov connects to our
own lives. They also shared with us meaningful short
stories that will hopefully help us increase our use of
Hakarat HaTov everyday. Many thanks to Mrs.
for putting together such a wonderful program.
PRODUCTION IS FINALLY HERE!!
The SKA Drama Department is proud to present
Yisrael Bitach BaHashem
SKA PRODUCTION '04
Performances are on:
Thursday evening, at 7:30 p.m. - SOLD
Sunday matinee, December 26th at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday evening, December 26th at 7:15 p.m.
Prices: $18 for adults; $15 for students; SKA
Special matinee prices: $12 for adults; $10 for
students; SKA students $8
Come join us for an unforgettable show!!!!
For tickets, please call (516) 374-7195 ext. 109