On Sunday, Head of School Danny Karpf joined more than 100 fellow Heads of School in the New York City metropolitan area and across New York State in signing an open letter to the U.S. president and legislative leaders in support of gun reform legislation to make schools safer. The letter was published as a full-page ad in the New York Times on Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Before Angela Gots '90 appeared in the hit shows The L Word and Madame Secretary, Angela got her start on the RSS stage and remembers her time at RSS fondly. It was here that she began to explore acting in a school production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. Angela says, “RSS holds a very special place in my heart."
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!
Congratulations to 6th Grader Andre D. for his winning Field Day 2017 logo design! Middle School is so excited to "sport" the design on their field day t-shirts. The design features a basketball, baseball, baseball bat, and a football in a nod to the day's activities. Congrats, Andre - and Go Lions!
A thousand thank yous to the Parents Association and to the dedicated faculty and staff at RSS. On Tuesday, April 25th, the RSS Parents Association hosted the annual Staff Appreciation Day at 79th Street.
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.
A number of RSS faculty and parents have been curious and kind enough to ask me what I’ll be doing next year. At the end of June, my wife, Marti, and I will be moving back to our home in Newton, MA. We’ll be on vacation on Cape Cod with our grandchildren for a week in July. Other than that, I’ve got lots of possibilities, but no plans.
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.
Congratulations to the RSS 8th Grade Girls Basketball team who won the AIPSL League Championship against Avenues on Wednesday with a final score of 24-7! The girls led 8-0 in league play this year and had an impressive record of 10-3 in the regular season. Go Lions!
In September, RSS Parent Allison Oppenheim wrote a beautiful reflection on what comprises her “RSS Story:” a warm feeling of inclusiveness from an open community after a frenetic relocation. “We were instantly overwhelmed by [RSS’s] warmth, their willingness to help and their welcoming spirit. We knew we had found a new home and it was only then that we confirmed our move,” Allison wrote.
2016 National Book Award Finalist, author and illustrator Grace Lin visited Rodeph Sholom School on November 3, 2016, speaking to 1st through 4th graders about a variety of topics, ranging from “how a book is made” to the provocative question: “are your books real?”
In lively exchanges during the series of breakfasts I've been hosting with RSS parents this fall, two themes have dominated the conversations: the extraordinary strength of our community, and the deeply-held Jewish values that connect us. As I complete my first semester at RSS in the context of the current state of affairs in our country, I keep returning to these enduring values.
Among Rodeph Sholom School's many distinguished alumni, I have had the pleasure to get to know Ben Silverman (class of 1982). Ben lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles but is frequently in New York on business. During social moments, Ben's time at RSS comes up willingly in conversation as both a point of pride and fond remembrance. So when asked to profile an alum, I immediately thought of him.
Mitzvah Weekend 2016 was a huge success, thanks to the support of the RSS community, CRS congregants and all who came out to volunteer. When this community comes together, we do incredible things. Here is just a partial list of everything we accomplished together this weekend:
This fall, RSS students studied the US election process. In class, fourth graders learned about election districts and how to register to vote. As part of a cross-grade project, fourth graders helped third graders "register" to vote in our own RSS Elementary Division Snack Election.
On Wednesday, October 5th, Rodeph Sholom School welcomed Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), to celebrate World Teachers Day with our 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade students. Facilitated by RSS Parents Talia and Andrew Day, the hour-long assembly delved into the day in the life of the Congressman. Rep. Israel answered students’ questions and taught them about how bills are passed on Capitol Hill with a mock voting session.
RSS students and parents who have been lucky enough to see the Broadway production of Hamilton have had an uplifting two-plus hour reminder of the principles upon which our democracy was established in the U.S. Having the privilege of seeing Hamilton is an emotional far-cry from watching the news every night and pondering the current state of affairs in our nation. Yet, 2016 is, of course, a presidential election year and, therefore, a once-in-every-four-years opportunity to prepare our children for the most fundamental expression of citizenship – the right and responsibility to vote.
After spending four years at Yale double majoring in History and Theater Studies, with several electives in Biology, Noam Shapiro, ’07, returned to New York City last spring to pursue a career as a theater director. Seven months ago, Noam, along with his collaborators, Kyle Yoder and Hope Chavez, met to discuss how to create work that educates and inspires. By the end of that meeting, Lyra Theater, Noam's new theatre collective, was formed.
Using the last spring's winning student mascot submission, RSS worked with a graphic design firm this summer to refine the design into a formidable mascot that RSS students will be proud to wear as a representation of our athletics program.
Rodeph Sholom School is pleased to announce that the Jewish Funders Network chose our school, alongside 27 other institutions from seven countries, to receive a grant from Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families in honor of 2015 Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas.
Rodeph Sholom School is proud to announce that Ira Glasser, Chair of the History Department and Co-Chair of the Jewish Studies Department, was recently inducted as a 2015-2016 Fellow of The Academy for Teachers.
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.
When Nate Press graduated Rodeph Sholom School as an 8th grader in 2010, he was excited for the new realm of possibilities that lied ahead for him at Dalton. One of his first steps? Joining The Daltonian, the school newspaper.
Rodeph Sholom School is proud to invest in the ongoing professional development of our teachers. Three years ago, generous donors along with our Board of Trustees established The Paul Druzinsky Teacher Enrichment Fund in honor of our former head and his commitment to our faculty.
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.
Thanks to the generous support of RSS families who created the Paul Druzinsky Teacher Enrichment Fund, two RSS teachers embarked on unique and enriching professional development experiences that were transformative both personally and professionally.
Next school year, one of the new assistant teachers in the Elementary Division will be Molly O’Steen ’04, one of the original members of our school’s first class to graduate from 8th grade. Recently Molly shared what she’s been up to and how she feels about her new position with Mr. Palmer, who taught her both English and algebra when she was in middle school.