A Message from Mrs. Spirn
It seems remarkable that we are about to
conclude our first half of the year and begin our
intersession vacation. How does time move so
With hakarat hatov to Hakadosh Baruch Hu, I am
grateful to be back in school "all day and every day."
I am appreciative of everyone's support and good
wishes and have a newfound appreciation of the gift
of good health.
It was wonderful returning to school to watch our
girls perform in this year's magnificent Production,
Nissim V'Niflaot. How special it was to see our girls
shine on the stage through song, drama, dance, sign
language and band! Of course, many of our students
behind the scenes were responsible for helping our
girls share their special gifts with our sell-out
Special thanks to our amazingly talented Director,
Mrs. Terry Wagner, for her 11th year of dedicated
service and amazing know-how! Kudos to Mrs.
Phyllis Bowe, Mrs. Suzy Libin and Mrs. Heather Wald
for all of their amazing assistance and to all our
incredible Production Heads who worked tirelessly
since last spring on this project. I chose to send
each student who was involved with Production a
letter of thanks and acknowledgement. I was
amazed when the office confirmed that we had
mailed 178 letters to our girls, more than 60% of our
student body. What an incredible level of
Mazal tov to our Seniors on their outstanding record
of acceptances to their Israel schools. We know you
will make the decisions that will help you realize your
dreams and aspirations.
Mazal tov to all of our students on completing their
exams and the first half of the school year. May you
have a wonderful vacation with your families and live
up to your own personal responsibilites as you have a
relaxing and fun-filled intersession!
See you back in school on Monday, January 29th!
Enjoy and relax and remember, be the best that you
|PRODUCTION 5747: NISSIM V'NIFLAOT
Since the first day of school, Production
has taken over the halls of SKA. During and after
school hours, girls worked on dancing, singing,
acting, and band. After three
outstanding sold-out performances, we can say that
their hard work really paid off!
Production 2006, and its theme of “Nissim
V’Niflaot,” was a huge success. The choir,
accompanied by the very talented SKA band, sang
and harmonized beautifully. The five dances were
choreographed and set up marvelously with a lot of
talent, and the three dramas were moving, hilarious,
touching, and funny. The sign language rendition
of “Matchmaker” was a true hit! We cannot forget
the outstanding backdrops created by our talented
Production would not have been what it
was without the unbelievable dedication of Mrs.
Terry Wagner, our Director, and all of the amazing
heads. Thank you for all of your support, patience,
time, commitment, and encouragement! Special
thanks to Mrs. Phyllis Bowe, Mrs. Suzy Libin, and Mrs.
Heather Wald for all of their dedicated efforts!
job! PRODUCTION 5747 was AWESOME!
On December 25th, our 11th and 12th grades
treated to a very exciting "Career Day". Mrs. Nina
Shenker, Managing Director at J.P. Morgan and many
time SKA parent, was our keynote speaker and set
the scene for the girls to break
into 3 sessions of workshops. Women from the
medical, legal, business and architectural fields
informed the girls about their professions and how
they manage to be successful career women, wives
and mothers, while balancing their religious
responsibilities simultaneously. The panelists also
included nutritionists, chefs, journalists, wig stylists,
and interior designers. Needless to say, the field of
education was well represented too!
Many thanks to Parent Council Co-Chairs
Mrs. Jan Wernick and Mrs.
Esther Weinstein, who, along with Mrs. Sachs and
Mrs. Pomerantz, coordinated a wonderful program.
We look forward to inviting current 11th
and 12th grade students back to SKA to inspire
|Woodworking with Willie
As the first semester comes to a close, we
important decision - what club should we join next
semester? According to the members of the
Woodworking Club, that is "the" club to be in. They
not only get to cut and build with wood, but they are
able to use their imagination in planning the projects.
From builing birdhouses to picture frames, it is always
a blast! Willy is always there to help us with his
energetic personality and creative design. If you are
in doubt, join the Woodworking Club.
In what has become a favorite tradition at SKA,
once again partnered with Kulanu to provide shadows
at the HALB preschool. Over 50 SKA girls volunteered
give of their time to enable the Kulanu kids – whose
regular schools were on vacation – to integrate into
their respective classrooms. Thank you so much to
Samantha Snyder and Shevy Zinberg who helped
organize the program. It was a great success and so
much fun. We can’t wait to have this opportunity
again in February!
Thank you so much to Chesed Heads, Maya Aminoff
and Atara Rubin and to Michal Aharonoff, Sara
Grosser, Elana Haar, Tziporah Pill, Aliza
Schwartzblatt, Chani Spirn and Zahava Zimmerman
for making this semester’s Hospital Club such a
success. Each Tuesday, during lunch and clubs, the
students went to visit Mercy Medical Center. Just
walking around and talking to the patients on the
rehabilitation floor made a big difference to them –
and to our students!Keep up the great work!
|Torah Bowl Competition
Just a few days ago, SKA hosted the second
Bowl meet of the year... and what a hit it was! Four
schools attended the meet: SKA (of course), HANC,
North Shore, and HAFTR. Under the expert
supervision of longtime coach Mrs. Menchel, the
team won three out of four matches, with the HANC
vs. SKA match ending in a tie. In fact, that match,
comprised of only 24 questions, may have been the
longest match in Torah Bowl history, at a record one
and a half hours in length!
So what’s the incentive for girls to engage
in hour-long machlokot over Rashi? “Torah Bowl is a
lot of fun and a great learning experience in one,”
said one junior team member. “Being on the team
really complements our regular Judaic studies,
because it often gives us the chance to learn sefarim
that we wouldn’t normally learn, such as Sefer
Vayikra. It’s also fun because the team usually goes
out to other schools for meets, which means we can
relax, see friends and eat good food.” And yes, SKA
definitely scored well on the food factor. On
Wednesday, “the Torah Bowl room” for the day was
generously stocked with pizza, salad, zeppolis and
refreshments. The team can’t wait for the upcoming
meet in February!
|SKA-DRS Teacher In-Service Day
January 10, 2007! Most of the students had a
Day. The SKA faculty spent an informative and
enlightening day with the DRS faculty at our DRS
expanding their teaching horizons during an In
Service Day. Dr. Scott Goldberg, Director of the
Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Division of Doctoral Studies
at the Azriele Graduate School of Yeshiva University,
presented a workshop on Assessment in Practice.
This very practical look at test components enabled
teachers to re-evaluate the different ways they
assess student performance. A working lunch
followed during which the different departments sat
together and shared information.
The day concluded with a presentation of Smart
Boards, the new interactive, computer connected
white boards. The SKA teachers were impressed by
the media rich lessons that can be generated with
this equipment. DRS already has two of these smart
boards installed and SKA will have two installed over
vacation. The big question is: Which classrooms
will be equipped with this new technology? We’ll see
as soon as we return!
|Early Decision Acceptances
The SKA Seniors recently heard about their early
decision applications to colleges. Two students were
admitted to Columbia University, 1 to Barnard and 1
to SUNY Binghamton
in this first round of acceptances. Mazal Tov to
Ilana Lefkovitz, Avital Shenker (Class of 2006), Gila
Schneider and Arielle Zenilman!We look
to sharing more good news in the next round of
|Michlalah Scholars Receive Grants
The Israel School acceptances have just been
released! We are so pleased that our students were
to over fifteen schools in Israel and that 90% of our
Senior Class hope to study in Israel next year. Six of
our students, a record number for any one high
were named Michlalah Scholars and will receive
academic grants if they choose to attend. Mazal tov
Bitton, Yardana Galler, Ilana Lefkovitz, Tzippy
Wiesenfeld, Aliza Zombek and Michelle Zomber on
this beautiful honor.
SKA STUDENT PUBLISHES HER FIRST SHORT STORY
Sarah Meira Rosenberg is a 17-year-old junior at
and a published author. She
began writing the novel which evolved into Mistaken
Identity in fifth grade, and is currently working on its
sequel. She lives in Queens, New York, and spends
most of her spare time writing and listening to
Mistaken Identity is a contemporary science fiction
thriller, where nobody is who they seem to be, and
each person carries only a piece of the puzzle.
Anna Jackson and Daniel Jones are longtime enemies.
Spencer Silver is a talented rich kid whom anyone
would want to be. Jack and Jake Wranner are twins
with mysterious abilities carefully concealed from
others. All of them, along with their entire class,
have been kidnapped.
How do their captors seem to know everything about
them, down to the most intimate details? What is the
purpose of the abduction and who is behind it? Buy
the book and find out!
You can buy a copy of Sara Meira's book by
pasting this link into your web browser
Mazal tov, Sara Meira, on your amazing
Our Lilmod Ule'lamed Series has
concluded for the first half of the year and we would
like to thank our lecturers: Mrs. Rivka Yudin, Mrs.
Sara Leah Haber, Mrs. Leah Feinberg, Rabbi Bini
Maryles and Rabbi Danny Eisenbach. Special thanks
to Mrs. Yocheved Goldberg who sponsored our most
Our shiurim will continue after vacation on Tuesday,
January 30th with a series on Pirkei Tehilim by Dr.
Associate Principal. Her first lecture
will focus on Mizmor 122, "Yerushalayim - Like a
City United : Implications for our Lives."
Mrs. Ellen Lavner and family on her son Michael's
marriage to Karen Feit
Tamar Friedman ’03 on her marriage to Arik Lipshitz
Miri Frenkel '03 on her marriage to Mordechai Faber
Suri Berkowitz '02 on her marriage to Chaim Dienstag
Ilana Rubinstein '04 on her marriage to Eliot Deutsch
Aryella Dorf '03 on her engagement to Judah Frommer
Sara Sokolov '04 on her engagement to Amichai in
Mrs. Sharon Herzberg and family on the loss of her
beloved father, Mr. Judd Feinerman, a"h, and to
granddaughters Zehava Feinerman Moss '97, Batya
Herzberg '06 and Temima Herzberg '08. May Hashem
comfort you among the mourners of Tziyon and
Mrs. Ellen Rosenberg on the loss of her beloved
stepmother, a"h and to granddaughter Stacy in our
10th grade. May Hashem comfort you among the
mourners of Tziyon and Yerushalayim.