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Inner Work, Outer Achievements

What a week we have had at TDS!  Our students have given us such nachas with all of their successes.  First, we were gratified to see the progress students have made on their report cards.  While they are more routine than other awards, report cards are the most consistent indicator of our students’ learning and growth.

The Brachos Bee was the culmination of weeks of study by our student body.  Students competed in the Brachos Bee in their classrooms on Wednesday.  On Thursday, the classroom winners competed against each other in a school-wide Brachos Bee.  The proud winners were awarded a (thingy and a thingy and another thingy), but looking beyond the external rewards, we are most proud that all of the students committed so many brachos to memory.  Can you imagine how much kedusha our student body internalized by wrapping their minds around these mitzvos?

TDS students in all grades also distinguished themselves in the Student of the Month awards.  There are no “obligatory” Student of the Month awards, so every student who received an award can be proud that his or her performance or middos were truly outstanding this month.

TDS participants in Chidon also received plaques in the Rosh Chodesh assembly today.  We eagerly await the Chidon competition in New York, and we are very proud of the hard work put in by the TDS representatives who will compete.

Just as the High Priest wore holy garments to conduct his spiritual work, so too our own external circumstances can help us grow in holiness and character.  May our students’ achievements always spur them on to greater accomplishments and more mitzvos.  We can’t wait to see what you will do next!

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