The Hebrew Academy - A Yeshiva Day School serving Toddler through Eighth Grade

May 29 2013

Dear Parents,

The following are the dates and times for the end of year events. There have been some minor changes.

Nursery and Pre K: End of Year Presentation - Tuesday, June18, 2013 at 10 am in the shul.

Kindergarten: End of Year Presentation - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12 noon in the shul.

1st Grade: End of Year Presentation - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1 pm in the classroom, Room 117.

8th Grade Graduation: Wednesday evening, June 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm in the shul.

May 29 2013

On Tuesday, May 28th, The Hebrew Academy conducted its fourth annual Science Fair. The students had a wonderful opportunity to explore the fascinating world of scientific investigation as well as enhance their research, writing, thinking, listening and speaking skills. Each student in grades 2 through 8 was responsible for writing a research report, creating a tri-board display and making a presentation to a panel of judges about their scientific findings. The students in grades Kindergarten and 1st made a classroom project with their teacher.

All of the students worked diligently on their projects, the results of which were amazing; and the enthusiasm with which the students made their presentations was exhilarating. We were very fortunate to have two experienced people be the judges for this event – Mr. Stu Salkin (Assistant Superintendent of the Mahwah School District) and Mrs. Bryant (nurse). Both judges made comments about how impressed they were with the knowledge that was gained by the students and how well they know the scientific investigation process.

While all of the students are winners, the following students won specific awards:

First Place:

Eitan Chamish – What are the Responses of Annelidas?

Second Place:

Sruly Kotlarsky & Jonathan Rubin – Why Do Some Things Glow Under a Black Light?

Third Place:

Yehuda Cohen & Rafi Feig – Do Drops of Hot Water Pop Tide Pods Faster than Cold Water?

Runners Up:

  • Sarah Haymov – Does the pH of Water Affect Plant Growth?
  • Alex & Talia Schwartz – How Does Red Wine Decrease the Risk of Heart Disease?
  • Mia Huerta – Is the Dye in Black Markers a Pure Color or a Mixture of Colors?

Ribbon Awards:

  • Research Award: David Haymov – Does Temperature Affect the Life of a Battery?
  • Visual Arts Award: Ruthie Israel – Smart Fingers
  • Behavioral & Social Science Award: Leah Kotlarsky & Galit Ratson – Can Music Affect Someone?
  • Chemistry Award: Hannah Fortgang – Balloon It or Not?
  • Biology Award: Shimmi Feig, Shmuely Tabak, Moshele Wasserman – Mold
  • Earth & Science Award: Menucha Kotlarsky & Yael Ratson - How Do Weather Conditions Affect Evaporation Rates?
  • Engineering Award: Mendy & Nati Susskind – What is the Strongest Bridge?
  • Environmental Science Award: 1st Grade – Water’s Changing Forms
  • Medicine & Health Award: Talia Rubin – Can Smoking Affect Your Lungs?
  • Physics Award: Noah Berlinger & Maya Gamil – Doorbell Mat

All of the students that participated in our Science Fair had fun and an exciting experience!!

May 29 2013

Dear Dads,


Every day is Father's Day but the CECC will be celebrating with Flying with Dads and Donuts on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 for the first hour of preschool. The program will begin at 9:30 am sharp and will conclude at 10:30 am.

If you will not be able to attend, you may send another male relative or caregiver the child knows well.

Please R.S.V.P. if you will be able to attend.

For more information please contact me via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 845 634 0951 ext. 109.

May 28 2013

Dear Parents:

Please be advised that beginning on Monday, June 3rd, we will be administering CTBS Terra Nova standardized tests to students in grades 1 to 8 in Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.  These tests will be conducted over a 5-day period.

Please remind your child that there is nothing to be worried about.  Ample time will be given to complete the work, and the grades on the report cards will not be affected by the scores of these tests.

On the other hand, it is very important that we get an accurate idea of our students' skills and knowledge.  Please make sure that your child gets a good night's sleep and has breakfast in the morning before he/she comes to school.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Rabbi Avremel Kotlarsky

May 14 2013

Shavuot is the Festival of the Giving of the Torah.

When Hashem gave the Torah to the Jewish people, the Jewish children were the guarantors! Hashem knew that He could count on the Jewish boys and girls to make sure the Jewish people would love the Torah, learn it, and keep its holy Mitzvot.

Every year, on the same date of the giving of the Torah, we celebrate this special day, by going to Shul and hearing the Aseret Hadibrot - Ten Commandments.

Remember! YOU are the guarantors of the Torah! So make sure to be there! (And bring your friends along, too!)

On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 make sure to go to your local Shul and hear the Aseret Hadibrot.

Come to Chabad , 315 North Main Street, New City, on the first day of Shavuot, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 for a special children's Shavuot Program at 11am – includes hearing the Ten Commandments being read and a delicious Ice Cream Party!

To be eligible for a Shavuot treat, hear the Aseret Hadibrot in Shul, have this note signed by your, and return it to school on Friday, May 17, 2012.

May 14 2013

Dear Parents:

We are so excited about The Hebrew Academy's Fourth Annual Science Fair which is being conducted on Tuesday, May 28th. By participating in this fair, the students have had a wonderful opportunity to explore the fascinating world of scientific investigation as well as enhance their research, writing, thinking, listening and speaking skills.

In preparation for this fair, the students in grades 3 through 8 are responsible for completing a research report and creating a Tri-board which will be displayed at the fair. The 2nd Grade students are not responsible for providing a research report. The children must also be prepared to talk about their scientific findings to a panel of judges.

Students in grades Kindergarten through 1st have been working on a classroom project with their teachers. They have been working real hard and are doing very exciting experiments.

On Tuesday, May 28th, the students will bring their projects to school and will be given an opportunity to set them up in the gym. The actual fair will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Parents are invited to attend Tuesday evening, May 28th, at 7:00 p.m. to view the amazing projects that our students have diligently worked on. Exciting awards will be given out to the students during this evening event.

We look forward to seeing you and sharing this exciting experience!!!


Mrs. Vaspol, Mrs. Israel
The Hebrew Academy Science Fair Committee

May 13 2013

Grades Kindergarten through 8th Grades will be dismissed tomorrow at 1:30 pm. Please follow the Friday schedule.

School will resume as usual on Friday, May 17, 2013.

We encourage all families, men, women and children, to hear the Aseret Hadibrot read in shul on the first day of Shavuot, Wednesday, May 15, 2014.

Have a wonderful Yom Tov!

May 13 2013

Dear Parents,

The Hebrew Academy very much appreciates the hospitality of the Rosenbaum Family and the hands on tour they provide each year to our students of their well tended backyard with goats, chickens and ducks. Amongst the many things they learn, the children also learn about kosher animals, the importance of kindness to animals and how to care for them.

After the heavy local media coverage of the kidnapping Pelegrina two weeks ago, and her recent miraculous return, the village now wants to take her away from them. Please vote to help us keep Pelegrina and her friends at home where they belong!

May 09 2013

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Adele Gordon Mother of Mrs. Barbara Gordon-Cohen and Grandmother of Yehuda Cohen.

Please contact the office for Shiva information.

May G-d console the family, together with all those that mourn Zion and Jerusalem.

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