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S: Nefesh Academy 2010-2011

FC: Rachel Zakharov 8th Grade 2010-2011

1: Dear Nefesh Acadamy, I thank you for all the effort and hard work you put into teaching me. Thank you for loving and caring for me for all these years. Thank you for hiring amazing teachers to teach us. I have learned and I still learn a lot. Thank you for providing us with lunches for us to eat. Thank you very much for all you do for me. | Nefesh Acadamy

2: Dear Graduates, As you will prepare to leave one house of learning to go to another, it is befitting to look to our – Forefathers for guidance. 'Maasei Avos Siman Labanim' When Yaakov left his home, the Torah tells us that he went out from his home and he went to his destination. In contrast, Terach, Avrohom’s father, left his home to go to Eretz Yisroel, but stopped in Choron and never achieved his destination. Chazal tell us that when a Tzaddik starts something, he sees it through. What you have learned from our Avos, are “keys” to life . As we travel the road of life, each nisayon we stand up to paves the way for us to grow. Just as the Avos and Imahos grew through their nisyonos, so do we. Bnei Yosroel are compared to stars because they shine at night . When life brings darkness, that's when we see their true colors. You are bright stars in the pages of our history. By making the choice to override the temptations of our times, you are true shining stars. May Hashem help you walk in the ways of our forefathers and continue to shine –not only for yourselves, but for the others around you. This moment, my brocha to you is to remain loyal to your heritage, remain loyal to your history, and remain a source of pride to the Jewish nation - Birchos Hatzlocha Rabah Mrs. Newhouse Principal

3: Dear Graduates, The first thought that came to my mind as I sat down to write this final message was “Good things come in small packages” Although it sounds trite and I generally do shy away from clichés, I do feel that this time it is OK to do. Why do “good things come in small packages”? Isn’t it “the Bigger the Better”? Sometimes, that might be true, however, upon introspection in this case, I do think the saying holds true. Since it was just the three of you, you had the opportunity to truly bond, almost like sisters. You learned how to negotiate with each other, respect each others way of doing things and thinking,, and you learned how to give each other space when needed. Once we are into clichés, please allow me one more. “Two is company, but three is a crowd” did not apply here. . You truly learned how to act as a group and to include every one’s feelings and thoughts, even when it might have been more convenient to pull “majority rules”. So, ‘all in all’, even though you might have had it hard being only three, the amount that you grew because of it is immeasurable. It is with great hopes that you internalize the lessons of this year and that when you create relationships with others in your lives you will be able to draw upon these lessons. With heartfelt brocha for much hatzlacha in your lives, Mrs. Kahn | Dear Graduates, Each of you is now standing at a crossroads in your life. “..Two roads diverged in a wood, and I I took the road less travelled by - and that has made all the difference.” How will you ensure that you will continue on the right road, on the path of our Avos and Imahos, the path of a true Bas Yisroel despite the thorns that you might find on the road, despite hardships you might encounter? By taking with you, my dear children, the lessons that you have learned, the memories that you have formed, and the role models that you have been inspired by – with you in your high school years. Continue learning and continue growing – growing in Middos and in the keeping of the Mitzvos. Continue being the shining diamonds that you all are, and making your families, your Nefesh family, and Hakodosh Baruch Hu very proud. With warmest wishes, Mrs. M. Drillman

6: The 4th grade Chanukah party It was a regular school day in school. We were learning the same things as usual. It was growing closer to the end of the day and we started packing up. Suddenly there was a knock on the door and Miss Perlow our 4th grade teacher came in with a surprise. We were sitting in the computer room holding snacks and drinks while Miss Perlow found us a ride. When Miss Perlow found a ride Miss Mintz, a teacher in the school, offered to give the drinks and snacks a ride. On the way we stopped to get pizza and the car left. When we got the pizza we had to walk and, of course, I had to hold the pizza. Israela a girl in my class offered to hold the pizza, but I declined because the pizza was warm. We walked a few blocks and we finally got to her house. In her house we ate pizza and snacks for dinner. After that we went to play a game Miss Perlow made herself. The game was like chutes and ladder’s. We also played a game called draidle and I won. At the end of the party we ate jelly donuts and they were delicious. Pretty soon it was over and my dad came and picked me up. Now this was a 4th grade memory I will never forget.

7: Remebering the 5th grade with all those joyful times. As Ms. Zupnik our hebrew teacher taught us so many songs. Communicating with classmates who sat near by. Hear comes English right after lunch. Entertainment in the class room when Miss Alter taught. Loving and rejoicing to the songs we sing at the end of the day.

8: 6th grade was fast The trips were a blast. Our teacher Miss Wydra who was very tall. We had 2 new classmates and they made it fun. We learned so much chumash that it got stuck in our heads. 6th grade was an adventure I will never forget | 6th Grade

9: Recess Time Scene 1 Abigail; It’s finally recess. Tomma; Yeah I know I’ve been waiting hours. Hanna; Lets go play ball outside. Nechama; But it’s cold outside. Tomma; so, we’ll wear our coats. Rachel; That’s a good idea, ok let’s go. Galit are you coming?" Galit; "No I’ll stay here because I have to study." Rachel; "Ok ." We go outside and play trench | 7th Grade

10: BAT MITZVA | Turning 12 was a big responsibility for me.The party was awesome and everything was great. The food tasted good and I had a great time.

11: Galit Avshayev 06/01/1997 Address- 265 Quentin Rd between West 2 and West 3 Brooklyn NY 11223 Cell Phone- 1347 481 5091 Home Phone- 1718 872 7054 | Tomma Buynevich 08/25/1997 Address- 960 East 12 Str. Brooklyn NY 11230 Cell Phone- 1-646 355 7003 Home Phone 1-718 677 5807 Email- Tammarbuynevich@yahoo.com | Rachel Zakhraov 08/28/1997 Address- 2155 80 Str. Brooklyn NY 11214 Cell Phone- 1 718 427 0194 Home Phone- 1 347 713 6336 Email- rz.4mail@gmail.com | K.I.T

12: Graduates of 2011

13: Rachel You are the kindest person that I know. I could never find a friend to replace you You are smart and brilliant and you always start to find a billion (ideas) You are cute like the angle acute (you are good in math) you are a sweety like the little bird tweety You are a precious diamond that will always have fun. But you will never splash in mud. Rachel you are helpful and we are very grateful for having you as our friend. Don't worry our friendship will never come to an end because we will never send you far away

14: Tomma Tomma you are and always will be on our minds. You are smart and cool ,but not a fool. Your wisdom and efforts makes you hard to stop. You act sweet and thats a fact. You're good at ball but you never fall, you soar high as if an eagle would fly by. You are cute ,sweet, adorable, petite, charming, alarming and irresistible We love you so - so please don't go. Thank you for your love and care. We will never forget you!

15: Galit You have great middos and are very neat. You are nice, kind, pretty, and bright. You are always on time, and never leaves anyone behind. You are sweet like honey ,and as cute as a bunny. You never fail to keep trying You are very mature and very polite Thank you Hashem for giving us Galit - our light

16: Imagine Galit 12 years from now, what is she gonna be? A speech therapist! She will be kind and sweet to all children. If my child will need help, I will call her. | Imagine Rochel 12 years from now , what is she gonna be ? A fashion designer ! If I need fashionable clothing , I know whom to call. | Imagine Tomma 12 years from now, what is she gonna be? Maybe we might not see her so often because she will become a interrogator! Poor criminals will go to jail because Tomma would get the anwers out of them. Everyone would be scared to lie to Tomma . | A- Attitude = 100% B - Best Food = Sushi C - Capture The Moment D - Dream on E - English , please F - is for friends. G - G.O. H - Holy Talk I - In a village J - Just Joking K - Keep in Touch L - Laughter is the best medicine. M- Mock Wedding N- Nutty Bunch of girls! O - O.M.G! P - Pizza we love! Q - Queens of the Nefesh World R - RGT S - Siberian Tigers T - Tatteh U - U and me V - Very exciting forgotten FBI play! W - We wanna go hoooooooome! X - Xciting Trips Y - Y ME? Z - Zipping along to 9th grade!

17: G: Great experiences in 8 th grade, will be in our minds day to day . R: Reaching for our goals is hard, but we try our best . A: Always we have something to do. D: Doing homework everyday is a boring part of our life. U:Understanding each other is what we do. To feel and care is what we got to do. A: A friend is a great thing to have. T: Time flies by, like a fly passing by . E: Everything we do is a memory that is for you, and me too. | Raining Great Thoughts | Grand Times Remembered | Grade 8 Rules Throughout | Together , we're Rather Good | Triple Goals Reached

19: G.O

20: GRADUATION TRIP

21: SNOW TUBING

22: All the Best, | To My Dearest 8th Grade, I was a pleasure getting to know each one of you individually. I was honored to have you at my wedding. I miss you all and keep in touch. Miss Lax (Miss Linsky) 347-415-2171 | My Dearest Girls, I'm so proud to see that you have reached this milestone in your lives.. You girls have grown and matured to become beautiful Bnos Yisroel. .Whatever I have taught you, you have taught me so much more. .You each are a star! I hope to stay in touch with you. . Good luck in everything, and Hashem should bentch you with Mazal and only good things.. I'll never forget the spunkiest, funniest, most dramatic 7th grade, Avigail, Rochel, Tomma, Nechama, Hanna, and Galit! Remember to always make Hashem proud. I love each and every one of you! Miss Fried | To My deares,t most amazing ,unforgettable students: WOW! I can't believe you reached 8th grade already. You worked very hard to get here, and have a long path to go. The Bracha that comes to mind is from the prayer one says at the beginning of a long journey. It should be Your Will ,Hashem.... That our journey should be peaceful and we should reach our destination happy and accomplished. P.S.Just always try to remember to keep your arrows going up!! Your very, very proud Morah, Mrs. Shain (Miss Zupnick) | I miss you so much, girls! Continue to be the princesses that you are! I miss teaching all of you! Love, Miss Kaufthiel | Dear 8th Grade, I am so proud of you! You made it!! It was so special teaching you last year. Please, please keep in touch! I would really love to hear from you! Mrs. Moskowitz 917-533-0941 | A Letter to 8th Grade: | Dear Girls, | Dear Galit, Tomma, and Rochel, Wow! Can you believe you finished 8 years at Nefesh? Remember the first day of class for each of you – look how far you have come! Girls, each of you is so special and has so much potential. . The whole world was created for you! What a responsibility!! But I know you girls will live up to you.r potential. Each one of you is a shining star and with your determination to do the right thing you will go far. I expect great things from you! Sara Schenirer made Bais Yaakov’s motto Girls, may you continue walking in the path of and the light of Hashem' I am so proud of you, and you should be proud of yourselves! May you continue growing in the right direction, always heading upwards, and always making Hashem proud! Remember our 3 friendsCan’t wait to see what you will DO with what you learn. ~ Miss Florence

23: Dear Students, Our strength lies not in number As our history has shown. Take pride in your individuality And see how much you have grown. As the biography you're writing With toil and sweat and tears Keeps record of your achievements As you climb on throughout the years... May the seeds that you have planted Bear fruit you'll reap with pride. Using the good you have been granted As you take life in its stride... With much love, Miss Schwartz | Dear 8th Grade, You are the greatest group of girls! It was a pleasure teaching you! Hatzlacha in the future! Love, Miss Knopfler | Dear Galit, Tomma, and Rochel, I’ve spent the past 3 years watching you mature and grow. And now that the time has come, I’m finding it hard to let go. So as we say goodbye, there’s one last thought I would like to share As you go out to face the world, with all the challenges you’ll find there. Through the ups and downs of life, remember “To thine own self be true” Because at the end of the every day, the person you have to face is You . You create who you will be tomorrow, by your actions of today. Become someone you can be proud of, be careful with what you do and say In each of you, I see the greatness waiting to appear. What you will accomplish, I await eagerly to hear. With all the love, laughter, lessons, and memories that Nefesh made. I know that one day I’ll be proud to say, “I taught her in eighth grade.” Love, Miss Bloch “ Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” | To the 8th Graders, We have learned many things this year in Literature. Anyone remember the theme 'The Countess and the Impossible?' How about the discussions about living in 1840 in Clifton? What about the story of 'The First Day' in the U.S.? What about the spelling and vocabulary we did every week? Truthfully, the only lesson I hope you remember as you travel through life is also my bracha to you girls. Hashem should help you that you should always be able to 'determine the importance' of whatever you encounter in your lives. You should be able to recognize which things are 'important ideas' and which are only 'interesting details.' Mrs. Birnbaum

24: EIGHT GRADE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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