News

List of 64 news stories.

  • Eve Andrias, new RSS Head of Middle School beginning July 1, 2018

    Eve Andrias Named as Head of Middle School

    Rodeph Sholom School is delighted to share that Eve Andrias has accepted our offer to join RSS as Head of Middle School beginning July 1, 2018.

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  • NYC Independent School Heads Speak Out Against Gun Violence

    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.
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  • A Cappella Concert to Kick Off New Year

    The Jewish a cappella group Shir Appeal from Tufts University gave two performances on Wednesday.
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  • 4th Annual Caregiver Breakfast

    RSS and the Parents Association welcomed over 50 caregivers for the 4th Annual Caregiver Breakfast.
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  • 4th Grade Visits Bronx Zoo As Part of Reading Curriculum

    As part of the RSS 4th Grade Reading curriculum, students learn the features of nonfiction text through the study of a specific animal. 
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  • Angela Gots '90, An RSS Star on the Silver Screen

    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."
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  • Head of Middle School Named as new Associate Head of School

    Head of Middle School Maxine Borenstein has been named as the new Associate Head of School for Rodeph Sholom School beginning in Summer 2018.
     
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  • RSS STEM Expo 2017

    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!
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  • Congratulations to Andre D. for his winning design!

    Middle School Field Day Winning Design

    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!
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  • A Thousand Thank Yous

    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. 
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  • A Passover Message from Rabbi Ben Spratt

    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.
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  • Light and Darkness

    March 21, 2017

    In the beginning of God creating the heavens and the earth, the earth was unformed and chaos, with darkness upon the surface of the deep (Genesis 1:1-2).
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  • Looking Back and Looking Ahead

    March 21, 2017

    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.
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  • RSS Teachers Embark on Paul Druzinsky Teacher Enrichment Fund Award Journey

    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.
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  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball Wins Championship

    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!
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  • Middle School Student Council holds State of the School Assembly

    On Tuesday, February 7th, Middle School Student Council held the annual State of the School Assembly for middle school students and teachers.
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  • Kindergarteners March for Fairness

    This week our kindergarteners gathered for an annual March for Fairness. 
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  • Surviving Your Teen's Friendships

    December 7, 2016

    Trying to keep up with your middle schooler’s friendships can give you whiplash! Quickly moving from one friend to another is developmentally typical for kids between the ages of 11-14.
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  • My RSS Story—a Member of an Interfaith Family

    December 7, 2016

    “No way. Absolutely not.”
    “I agree, I can’t see us doing that either.”
    “How could we?”
    “We couldn’t.”

    The discussion: Where to send our kids to school. The question: Would we send our children to religious school? The answer (before we had kids): Absolutely not.
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  • Chanukah With No Presents: A Report From the Trenches

    December 7, 2016

    “On the first night of Chanukah, my mommy gave to me,” my oldest son began singing, as his younger brother and sister joined in the chorus, “Absolutely no-ooooo-thing!”
     
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  • Third Annual Caregiver Breakfast

    RSS and the Parents Association welcomed over 60 caregivers for the Third Annual Caregiver Breakfast on December 13, 2016.
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  • A Letter from Leslie Silverstein

    December 7, 2016

    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.
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  • Grace Lin Visits RSS

    December 7, 2016

    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?”
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  • Enduring Values During Demanding Times

    December 7, 2016 

    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.
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  • Spotlight...on Alumni with Ben Silverman '82

    December 7, 2016

    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.
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  • A Community to Be Proud Of

    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:
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  • Elementary Division Snack Election

    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.
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  • Elementary Division Author Institute: Grace Lin

    Grace Lin, author of many books including The Year of the Dog and Ling & Ting joined the Elementary Division for an author visit on Thursday, November 3rd.
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  • Guest Speaker: General Martin Dempsey, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    General Martin Dempsey, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited with the 7th and 8th Grade on Thursday, November 3rd.
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  • 6th Grade Service Learning at Gowanus Canal Conservancy

    On Wednesday, October 19th, RSS sixth graders spent the day at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy as the first project in their year long service learning curriculum. 
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  • Congressman Steve Israel Celebrates #WorldTeachersDay at RSS

    Congressman Steve Israel Celebrates #WorldTeachersDay at RSS

    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. 
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  • Rodeph Sholom School Teacher Wins Multiple Awards for Children's Album

    Rodeph Sholom School is proud to announce that Breathe In: Children’s Songs for Mindfulness and Awareness recently won two awards: a National Parenting Publications Bronze Award (NAPPA), and a Parent’s Choice Recommended Award. 
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  • Election Year Opportunities and Challenges

    September 28, 2016

    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.
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  • Noam Shapiro, '07, Launches Theatre Company

    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.
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  • The new RSS Athletics Mascot - Go Lions!

    RSS Athletics Unveils New Lion Mascot

    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.
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  • Kick-Off Shabbat - Friday, September 16th!

    In lieu of the annual "Celebrate RSS" back to school gathering, join the RSS Community and our entire CRS family at the CRS 175th Anniversary Kick Off Shabbat!


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  • Rodeph Sholom School Receives $75,000 Grant From Jewish Funders Network to Promote Community Engagement

    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.
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  • Chair of the History Department and Co-Chair of the Jewish Studies Department, Ira Glasser

    Rodeph Sholom School History Department Chair Ira Glasser Inducted into The Academy for Teachers

    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.
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  • Fifth Grader Wins RSS Athletics Mascot Contest

    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.! 
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  • Tess Linden Heals the Rainforest

    We caught up with former RSS student, Tess Linden, who is studying Evolutionary Biology and is working on a reforestation project Costa Rica.
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  • Staff Appreciation Day: A Magical Afternoon

    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.
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  • Young RSS Author Donates Books to The Ira and Diana Riklis Early Childhood Library

    On Monday, April 18th, The Ira and Diana Riklis Early Childhood Library received some new books in honor of our youngest philanthropist Brielle Bonugli.
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  • RSS Alum and Harvard Journalist Nate Press Shares Lessons Learned and Hopes for the Future with Mane Event Staff

    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.
     
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  • Rodeph Sholom School Announces 2016 Paul Druzinsky Enrichment Fund Grant Winners

    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.
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  • Highlights of the Middle School Jewish Studies Curriculum

    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.
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  • RSS 8th Graders Attend In-Depth Session on Philanthropy

    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
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  • Student Council Leads Fourth Annual Middle School State of the Union

    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.
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  • Elementary Students Celebrate Tu BiShvat

    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.
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  • Meet Coach Cheryl - Math Coordinator Extraordinaire

    RSS is thrilled to welcome Cheryl Fricchione to our community this year as our Elementary Math Coordinator.
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  • RSS Teachers, Schneider and Duffy, Win Paul Druzinsky Teacher Enrichment Fund Awards, Realize Professional Dreams

    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.
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  • A Plan for Leadership Continuity

    Rodeph Sholom School is proud to announce the appointment of Danny Karpf as its next Head of School, beginning in July 2017.
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  • Beshert - Two RSS Alums Get Engaged!

    In the truest form of “beshert,” two RSS alumni reconnected years after graduation, and got engaged last weekend - in our school gym!
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  • Rodeph Sholom School Hosts Second Annual Back to School Event, Celebrate RSS!

    On September 29th, Rodeph Sholom School welcomed roughly 300 current parents to the start of the 2015-2016 academic year at its second annual Back to School event, Celebrate RSS!
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  • Back to Day School

    Back to school message written by Dr. Jerry Katz, Head of School, as part of the fall issue of RSS Connect the parent driven RSS newsletter
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  • Summer Reading–It's Not Just For the Kids

    The RSS Parents Association invites our parents to read Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race as part of the first ever Community Read this summer.
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  • Class of 2015 Commencement Address

    The Class of 2015 graduated on Friday, June 12, 2015. The Commencement Address was given by departing faculty member and Director of Alumni Relations, Bryant Palmer.
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  • An Inventor's Paradise

    Ben Kaufman, the founder and CEO of Quirky, a NYC based invention company, spoke with our third graders today as a capstone moment of their school year.
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  • The Student Becomes The Teacher: An Interview with Molly O'Steen '04

    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.
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  • What Are Your Summer Plans?

    With opportunities for rising Threes–Kindergarten and 6th–8th Graders, there's plenty to do at RSS this summer!
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  • Technology as a Personal Tool in the Classroom

    RSS launches a 1-to-1 iPad program for 7th and 8th Grade Students.
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  • The Parents of Alumni Reunion Was A Smashing Success

    Parents of RSS Alumni enjoyed an evening of mingling and reminiscing on Monday.
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  • Rodeph Sholom School Goes to the Dogs

    Actually, the dog came to us! Special guests visit our Grade 1 and 5 Buddies during Jewish Disability Awareness Month.
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  • Hands on With History

    Touching pieces of history from the 1800s, RSS 4th Grade students interpreted artifacts at a “pop-up” museum on campus.
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  • RSS Scholastic Writing Award Winners

    This year, the Middle School had 10 Scholastic Writing Award winners and one American Voices nomination.
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