On the evening of Wednesday, September 13th, over 400 parents, faculty and staff members gathered in the Schafler Forum for Celebrate RSS, an annual event that brings the entire community together to reconnect after summer break and usher in the start of a new year.
The RSS STEM Expo explores how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics play a huge role in our students understanding of the world around them, and their growth as future scientists. Click through to watch the video!
The smell of matzah balls bathing in steaming broth. The sight of the polished seder plate and wine-stained haggadah. The sweet taste of charoset and reminder of singed tastebuds from maror-eating contests. The sounds of Mah Nishtanah and Dayeinu. For many of us, Passover is a holiday of delicious and memorable scripts. We gather with familiar faces, taste familiar foods, speak familiar words, and reflect on familiar themes. As we recline in our cushioned seats, we become creatures of unleavened comfort.
Established in 2013 to honor our third Head of School, The Paul Druzinsky Teacher Enrichment Fund Award helps RSS attract, retain, and reward outstanding faculty. Supported by the generosity of RSS families, the Paul Druzinsky Teacher Enrichment Fund provides two annual grants of up to $7,500 each to selected faculty members for one-of-a-kind, transformative experiences related to their fields.
Thanks to the generous support of these families, two RSS teachers returned this school year energized and inspired by professional development experiences that were transformative both personally and professionally. Two more were given the opportunity to realize those same goals.
The Rodeph Sholom School Athletics program is fierce; with 6 team sports offered each school year, multiple championships won across age groups and a formidable undefeated girls’ basketball team, RSS’s athletes excel both in skill and in teamwork. Since the program’s beginning in 2001, Athletics Director Brendan Oswald has been searching for the perfect mascot to exemplify the dedication, spirit and tenacity of our student athletes. This year, he turned to the students themselves to redesign this important part of our school’s culture.
In March, RSS’s Student Council President Jay R.‘16 announced an open competition for any student in 4th through 8th Grade to submit original drawings of a new athletics mascot; alumni were also invited to participate. Today, Rodeph Sholom School is thrilled to announce the winner of the RSS Athletics Mascot competition - fifth grader, Aidan G.!
The PA recognizes that RSS staff and faculty are the heart of our wonderful school. On Tuesday, May 3rd, during National Teacher Appreciation Week, we were honored to celebrate with a special event just for them. Everyone whose hard work, care and dedication touches our children was included in the festivities. From teachers and administrators, to our security, facilities and cafeteria staffs, to the CRS clergy and administration, all were invited to an afternoon of food, entertainment, fun and prizes.
On March 9th, Zach Mann, Chair of the Jewish Studies (JS) Department and Ira Glasser, Chair of the History Department and Israel Trip Coordinator, spoke to middle school parents about the Jewish Studies program at RSS.
On Friday, January 29th, Rodeph Sholom School’s eighth graders expanded their relationship with service learning and spent time with City Year, a national education-focused organization dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. City Year partners with public schools in 28 urban, high poverty communities across the U.S. and deploys diverse staff to provide high-impact support to help students stay in school and prepare for college and the working world, improving communities as a whole
On Tuesday, March 1st, Rodeph Sholom School’s Student Council led the fourth annual Middle School State of the Union, giving students a chance to show off their talents and interests, and make important announcements about events going on at school.
Tu BiShvat, the Jewish new year of the trees, is an opportunity to celebrate the many ways that trees provide for us. One way that second through fourth graders honored the holiday this year was by donating money to the Jewish National Fund to plant trees in Israel. As a visual representation of their efforts, RSS created a tree that "grew leaves" as students made their donations. This growth was shared during tefilah each week as part of preparation and celebration of Tu BiShvat.