So many students find finals stressful, with so much pressure, and what can feel like endless studying. True to YSZ HS’s “Head to Heart” mission, students are taught to be conscientious, resilient, and responsible during this hectic time. Research indicates that our brains are more creative and energized when given time to reset and recharge. It is this balance that enables our students to maintain high standards of rigor and intensity during the complex finals week. “Brain Breaks” help students decompress and relax after each final. Focusing on wellness, students enjoyed activities that helped them find balance and calm. This past week, students participated in activities that range from creating Acai bowls, beautiful Moss framed art, natural candle-making and yoga. This upcoming week, girls will package chesed projects, do some mindful crafts, and participate in guided meditation.

Mrs. Rina Zerykier, menahelet, explains, “We aim to give our students the necessary life skills to thrive in all aspects of their lives. Everything we do is research driven. Studies show that social emotional education is essential for student development. Learning healthy study habits and a work/life balance only prepare them for navigating the complex world they will enter in the future.” It is clear that students easily switch between work mode and self-care, critical skills in living a wholesome life.

Ms. Shira Leventhal, HS Student Activities Coordinator, added, “It is so nice to see how the girls come and appreciate the programs and take advantage of what our school has to offer. It is our mission to teach students to live life to its fullest. With our multi-faceted approach to learning, Yeshiva Sha’arei Zion Girls High School sets up our students for success, both for finals and for life.”