Celebrating Chanukah at the Strelitz International Academy

How many ways can you celebrate Chanukah? At the Strelitz International Academy, the ways are endless and include a combination of learning the story and rituals, celebrating traditions, doing mitzvot to help others and of course having fun!

The SIA students started preparing weeks ago decorating the hallways, participating in the annual Chanukah Gift Drive run by Jewish Family Service and making cards for patients of the Gordon Family Hospice. Not to mention ordering their Chanukah attire to wear at school all week long!

Students learned and reviewed the story of Chanukah through stories, songs and art. Our littlest learners integrated math skills into their Chanukah learning by focusing on counting 8 candles and learning to name the numbers in Hebrew. Students explored the miraculous story of Chanukah, discussing the brave Maccabees, making Dreidels, singing the Menorah blessings and Chanukah songs, and creating their own menorahs to use during Chanukah.

Chanukah learning by focusing on counting 8 candles

But Chanukah learning is more than menorahs, dreidels and latkes! As an International Baccalaureate Candidate School, important global and unifying concepts were covered relating to Chanukah. On Chanukah we celebrate the miracle of the oil of the Menorah that lasted for 8 days and we celebrate the right for all to have religious freedom. From the four year old classes who considered the diversity of our world by learning how other cultures celebrate the holiday season. To the fifth graders who are studying other historical revolutions that have taken place throughout the world. At SIA students learn the importance of the Chanukah story and how it relates to our lives today.

With Covid numbers rising through our community and most students throughout Virginia Beach learning from home, the SIA students are feeling so fortunate to be able to learn and celebrate Chanukah with their friends at school in person.

For more information on the Strelitz International Academy, please contact:
Carin Simon, Admissions Director: 757-424-4327 or csimon@strelitzacademy.org

Register Today for The 32nd Annual SIA Golf Tournament

As Governor Northam’s plan to start opening Virginia back up moves through various stages of returning to “normal” activities, we are optimistically planning to move forward with our 32nd Annual Strelitz International Academy Golf Tournament. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Bayville Golf Club. The course is located at 4137 First Court Road in Virginia Beach. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and tee off time is noon.

After months of staying at home and keeping ourselves safely distanced from friends and loved ones, we are looking forward to getting together for some fun, excitement, and fresh air. The tournament will feature contests, prizes, and great food, all framed by a beautiful, waterfront golf course.

Our annual golf tournament is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so we’re not only looking forward to having individuals and teams join us on the links, we have sponsorship opportunities available for those who would like to donate to this worthwhile affair. You can view the sponsorships opportunities on our registration flyer.

Your participation in this event as a golfer or a sponsor helps to ensure we can provide the quality education and experience for which Strelitz is known.

To register for our 32nd Annual Golf Tournament, you can sign up online, you can complete the fillable PDF and email it to Patti Seeman at pseeman@strelitzacademy.org, or you can mail the completed PDF with your entrance fee to Patti Seeman at Strelitz International Academy, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 180, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. We look forward to having you join us out there!

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