This week at the Yeshiva of Central Queens, the first virtual Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Supperette was held to honor some staff members. This year, a special tribute was paid to Gary Schwartzman on his retirement. After more than 16 years at YCQ, enhancing the physical education program, including daily gym classes and team sports, Mr. Schwartzman will be retiring. Over a hundred parents and staff gathered on Zoom on Tuesday, June 2, to listen to a meaningful d’var Torah followed by words of gratitude towards the honorees for the dedication and devotion they have given over the years to YCQ. Assistant principal of general studies in the JHS, Mrs. Lauren Golubtchik will be pursuing a new career, leaving behind a legacy of years of commitment to her staff and students. Warm words of hakaras ha’tov were offered, as well, to the following honorees, Mrs. Liron Friedman, Director of Transportation; and teachers Mrs. Jessica Miles, Mrs. Michali Fuchs, Ms. Miriam Kavian, and Ms. Barbara Young.

Returning after Shavuos, teachers began to prepare for the last few weeks of school in our virtual learning environment. In this new and temporary environment, teachers showed their commitment to their students. First-grade students received small personalized packages from their teacher, some third-grade students joined their morah for a cupcake decorating session, and NYS Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal joined the third-grade classes for a Zoom meeting and question-and-answer session. Throughout our time in quarantine, one thoughtful young man from kindergarten, Jacob Gol, stopped by each home of students in his class who are celebrating birthdays under quarantine, and delivers a gift and sign, and more importantly a huge smile.

To show appreciation for the hard work from all the teachers, the administration hand-delivered “YCQ Teacher Zooms Here” lawn signs and a Shavuos gift from the Administration and the Board to all the teachers.