By Freddy Bijou If you have teamwork and you are working together, then you have a better chance of winning. If you try to be the star, you are not going to win because everyone is trying to be the star.
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By Shelley Sitt In my gymnastics class, I was lead and my friend felt bad. So, I told everyone that my best friend helped me on this part. She felt very good. My friend said, “Thank you so much” to me. I told everyone that my friend will show her moves as well. I decided that I wanted to share my spotlight. We both ended up enjoying it.
By Robyn Chalme Marielle’s goal is to dance. All her life she has been dancing in competitions and recitals. She entered a dance competition and she messed up. Marielle feels like she let her team down. In 2 weeks she has another one. She has to decide 2 things: 1) if she should stop dancing and give up 2) or she could keep on trying and learn from her mistakes. I think you should never give up on your dreams. Always believe in yourself. Keep trying and you’ll get better. You should learn from your mistakes; if you don’t you will never succeed in life. Giving up is the worst thing you could do.
By Esther Kishk “I want the lead role,” I shouted. “I really want to be the lead in our school play. I will be amazing in the spotlight.” “I think that Leah will be amazing in the spotlight,” Barbara stated. “No, I want to be the lead. I am a really good singer,” I moaned. “Even though Leah is a better singer, I still want to be in the spotlight.” “Come on, you always get to be the lead role,” Barbara told me. I guess she was right. “I’ll give Leah a shot.” “Leah, do you want the spotlight?” We asked her. “No, I am okay. I don’t like the spotlight,” she told us. “Should we convince her into doing it?” Barbara asked. “No. If she doesn’t want, we shouldn’t force her.” “I’ll just write the songs,” Leah said as she left. The night of the play, “We would like to give credit to Leah for writing the amazing songs of the play,” I shouted. I could see Leah. A small smile appeared on her face. She was happy and so was I.
By Vivian Elias My friends and I were working on our science project on the solar system. I was in charge even though I didn’t want to. I just wanted to get the credit. But, my friend was a better leader and she was better at making everything work out fine but I wouldn’t let her be the leader. After a while, I told her that she could have been a better leader than me and I made her the leader. She gave everyone the right jobs for their talents. I was the researcher because I was able to find very important details and information. Sara was the writer because she knew how to make the writing flow so it sounds interesting when we read it to the class. Rachel was in charge of decoration since she had a great taste for decorating the tri pod and making the solar system. On the bottom of our essay, we wrote who did what. We said that without each other doing what we are best at, we wouldn’t have finished it. , which is true. I am glad that we worked as a team.
By Judy Shalam There was one girl, named Rebecca, who wasn’t as popular as Elaine. She had to work with Elaine and the other 2 girls on a project. Rebecca is, secretly, the best drawer you would ever see. She went to Elaine and said that she has an idea to draw on Tri board. Elaine told her, “No, I am going to draw it, but thanks.” Rebecca was so sad from what she was told so she hasn’t said a word to anyone in her group. Elaine was stuck on how to make a 3D bridge. One of the other girls suggested that Rebecca should try. So, she tried. Once she was done, all the girls loved it. At the science fair everyone was saying, “Wow, what a great drawing.” Elaine then realized that she didn’t have to be great at everything. She told Rebecca, publicly, “You were right. Your drawing is wonderful.” Rebecca was so happy because she never imagined a shy girl like her would be recognized for her ability to draw. Now she felt more confident to show her talent.
By Alison Salman Once, there was a girl named Melanie who wanted to do a science project. She had a friend, named Fortune, who wasn’t so smart. And a friend, named Raquel, who was extremely smart but was less friends with her. She decided to do it with Raquel. Melanie was a smart girl but she wanted to see Raquel’s thought before she said hers. After Raquel said her thought, Melanie liked them. So, she thought that she doesn’t need to say hers. Raquel wanted to hear Melanie’s thought but, after Melanie said it, Raquel liked her thoughts. They took a little bit of Melanie’s ideas and a little bit of Raquel’s ideas and made it into one idea. This is using your talents wisely.
By Morris Lati When you are playing basketball, there are different positions. You always work as a team. There is a shooter, a rebounder and a defender. When you work as a team, you have a bigger chance of winning. The defender blocks the ball; the rebounder could get the rebound and pass it to the shooter. The shooter could score. If everyone wants to be the shooter, then there will be no defender that can block the shooter. And, the rebounder can’t rebound and pass it to the shooter. That is why teamwork is important.
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By Sarah Zeitoune Once, my friend and I signed up for the school talent show. We were so excited. It worked out perfectly because she was a good song writer and I was a good singer. The talent show was in 4 days and we needed to start. Today was Wednesday and the show was on Sunday. She started writing the song Wednesday night and finished it Thursday. Then, she gave it to me Friday to remember it over the weekend. The weekend went by. As they were about to call me, I was so nervous but I was so happy because I knew our song was amazing. I sang and we ended up winning. But, when they said the winners they only said my name. So, I got up and gave a speech. I said, “Always remember there no “I” in the team.” And I said specifically, “This song and the efforts wasn’t all me. I want to give a big thank you to my best friend for writing this amazing song.” Everyone was clapping and I walked off stage getting a huge hug.
By Vivian Gindi Two years ago my friends and I had to make a model bridge for school. Instead of taking all of the credit, the project director said that since I am good at writing, I will write the essay. Since another girl was good at designing, she will design the bridge. We all need each other’s help to be able to make a good model. We depend on each other’s hidden talent.
By Sari Gindi Last year, I was talking with my friend and another girl came and they both ran away from me. I didn’t know where they were going. That girl laughed at me and told my secret that I told only to one other person. I knew she told everyone. I was getting so mad. But, I realized that there is no point in being mad. I told my friend to please not tell anyone my secret and she still did it. I got over it and I pretended that I didn’t care. One day, she came to me and started to cry. I asked her, “What happened?” She said she was so sorry and that a girl was making her tell everyone or else she wouldn’t be her friend. I said, “Ok,” and we were friends again.
By Susan Falack I love basketball. Every night, I play basketball. I love to shoot it in the basket. One night, I tried to shoot from the three line. I tried and tried but I just couldn’t do it. I practiced every night and day. I kept getting closer and closer. One night, I tried and tried and I finally scored. I was so proud. I really wanted to score. So, I tried and tried and never gave up. That’s how I scored from the three pointer.
By Danny Erani A bad friend is someone who bosses you around, someone who knows your secrets and will tell everyone. A good friend is someone who is fair and shares with you.
By David Dweck The sign of a good friend is when they can keep secrets, when people like you for who you are and not for what you have. Someone could have a simple house but a very nice personality.
By Ikey Dayan Why do people choose a friend who may take advantage of them? People do that because they want to be popular and they want friends. They also do that because they think that person is cool. So, if they are friends with the cool kids they will be cool. What is a sign of a good friend? Someone who shares with you, fair, nice, there for you when you need him. Someone who is a giver, not a taker. A bad friend is someone who talks behind your back, uses you and is selfish.
By Raquel Cohen If someone tells you that you can’t do something, you’re not going to be good at it, you should show them you can do it and prove them wrong. If you have faith in yourself, that’s all you need. Don’t let yourself get belittled. Stand up and show them that you don’t get pushed around.
By Mary Salem The teacher asked Rachel to organize the play and to give everyone a part in the play. Rachel had the chance to take the main part for herself. But, she knew she was not very good at singing. Also, she knew her best friend Sandy was very good at singing and acting. So, she decided to give the main part to her. Rachel was done giving the main parts and responsibility. The whole crew was working hard. But, Rachel saw one girl, Lisa, working very very hard. Lisa was the costume designer. She would work day and night making the costumes. On the day of the play, when Rachel made her speech, she told everyone about Lisa’s designs and how she worked so hard. Rachel saw the smile on Lisa’s face. She knew that Lisa would always work on her talent. Now, she knows that she has a gift talent from Hashem.
By Jacob Sorcher Some people let other people take advantage of them so that they can get popular and have an advantage. There are so many ways you can tell if you have a good friend. Your friend is not taking advantage if he shares and does not just take, but he also gives. If he tries to change you or how you behave, that is not a real friend. A bad friend who takes advantage of you will take and ask but never give. A friend who does things that you like and not only things he likes is a good friend. You can also know if he is taking advantage if he doesn’t like anyone but you. That is a big sign of him taking advantage of you.
By Frieda Haber One day, I decided to start losing weight. I told my mom I want to start eating healthy and exercising. She told me it’s not easy and that I will have to work hard. I thought about it and decided, no matter what, I am going to achieve my goal. I started researching about healthy eating. I got a lot of information and was excited to begin. The next day, I jogged for an hour. My mom made a healthy dinner. It went this way for two weeks. And I saw the results. I realized that I’m, doing it. I am achieving my goal. But I was wrong, because the week of finals came and I was so overwhelmed that I said that’s it; I have to stop. When I didn’t go for my daily jog and my mom asked me why, I told her, “I can’t. This is too hard.” My mom told me not to give up because Hashem is on my side. He will help me through it. My mom gave me courage and I kept continuing reaching my goal. Now, I am continuing to eat healthy and exercise and go though this struggle everyday. But, I overcome it.
By Vivian Gindi When I was learning to ride a bicycle, I kept on falling and I couldn’t stay on the bike. I got a scrape on my knee and cut on my ankle. But, I decided to be determined and I jumped right back on the bicycle. After so many times, I actually rode a little. I continued and I did it. I learned how to ride a bicycle. Even though I was little and that was a small accomplishment it taught me a lesson. I learned that from failures I can learn to do things better.
By Claudine Hadef I want to accomplish getting better grades. I’m always on the iPad or computer. It distracts me. I get good grades but I want better. I want an honor roll, but I keep getting distracted whenever I study. Sometimes, I just zone out during the test and forget what I studied. I am going to stop using computer for as long as I could every night that I have a test. Every time I don’t use it I’ll write it down so I could see how much I accomplished.