Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends alike joined the classes at GBDS in celebration of Special Friends Day, Leadership Day and Shavuot on June 10th. Each class presented one of the "7 Habits" to our special guests, showcasing what they had learned throughout the year through our Leader in Me program. In addition, the whole school joined in song and the choir gave a special performance. Then the special friends joined the students in their classes and participated in various activities relating to Shavuot. The day concluded with delicious dairy desserts, cheesecake and ice cream, which are symbolic of Shavuot. Thank you to the students and guests for making this day an amazing one!
The theme of this year's Zimriyah, our 13th, was Peace. Students from nursery to middle school joined together to sing popular songs in Hebrew. Many were classic songs in Israel, which are also sung by Jewish people all over the world. While the Hebrew lyrics were often challenging for many of our students, they stepped up to the plate and sang with all their hearts. As we prepared for the Zimriyah, we talked about the meaning of the songs. Many of the lyrics contain Hebrew words which our students hear and use every day at school. The Zimriyah ended with the whole school singing a song which has become an anthem for peace: Salaam.
On May 26, the 26 members of the GBDS choir of joined about 6,000 other choir students from NJ and NY to take part in the second American Young Voices concert. This huge event was held at the Prudential Center in Newark. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Young Voices (YV) concerts, which were started in England. This is the second year our students took part in this magnificent concert, and this year we had the best seats: front rows, right next to the stairs down to the stage! This great location meant that we got to talk to and take pictures with many of the participants - including the conductor Francisco Nunez. We spent several months working very hard to prepare for this challenging program. The repertoire this year included THREE medleys (one with two songs in Spanish), a song from Mozart's Magic Flute, and many more songs, including an original song written for the concert. Our hard work paid off and we had the BEST time! The parents who came to see the show agreed.
Thank you to the choir students for all of your hard work over the past few months, and for giving up recess to do this.
Thank you to the parents who supported the concert. We are certainly planning on being a part of next year's American YV!
Click here to view pictures from this special event.