Krieger Schechter Day School
February 26, 2017
In This Issue
News and Announcements
Additional Calendar Items
After-School Athletics (Middle School)
Article Headline
View from the KSDS "Top"
Upcoming Events
In Our Community
Grade 1 Celebrates Reading and Learning 

On Tuesday evening, First Grade students celebrated their ability to read (in two languages!) at Hagiggat HaSiddur.  During the program, the students entertained a multi-generational audience with songs that celebrated learning.  Each student was presented with a Siddur that included a personalized message and Siddur cover. Thanks to our wonderful PA for providing the Siddurim.
News and Announcements     

ONE WEEK ONLY COLLECTION!--Monday, February 27 to Friday, March 3
Help Fulfill The Purim Mitzvah of Matanot L'Evyonim (Gifts to the Poor) by donating travel-size toiletries and nonperishable foods / canned goods for Manna House, a local soup kitchen and a drop-in center for the homeless and those in need.  Participants at the Grandparent/Grandchildren Purim Preview Party on March 5 will decorate and stuff bags with the donated items and will distribute them to Manna House. Please contact Liz Minkin Friedman at  if you have any questions.  BINS WILL BE LOCATED IN THE BERMAN LOBBY FOR THE COLLECTION.

Schechter Half-Shekel--Everyone Counts!
We are 80% of the way to meeting our KSDS Annual Campaign goal and we need your help!  Stand up and be counted!

Just as in biblical times where the half-shekel was used to conduct a census, we want each of YOU to be counted as supporting our school.  The Schechter Half-Shekel concept aims to create an inclusive, participatory campaign where everyone counts, regardless of the amount of money contributed.  Donors-- of any amount--to the 2016-2017 KSDS Annual Campaign will have their family name included on a wall at school, which will be revealed after Passover.   

Thank you to those who have already given.  Please consider making a donation to this year's KSDS Annual Campaign by clicking Click  HERE to donate online or emailing Liz at
for more information.  
Donor Appreciation Event for KSDS 2016-17 Annual Campaign: Jews, Brews & Schmooze
THIS TUESDAY, February 28 at 7 pm in the Esterson Auditorium
In appreciation of all of this year's KSDS Annual Campaign donors, Krieger Schechter will be holding "Jews, Brews & Schmooze" this Tuesday night. Join Head of School, Rabbi Moshe Schwartz, and Rabbi Joel Seltzer of Camp Ramah of the Poconos for an evening of dialogue and drinks. There will be plenty of "Torah on Tap!"  KSDS Annual Campaign Donors, please RSVP to To become an Annual Campaign donor, or for more information on giving to KSDS, please look HERE.

KSDS Grandparent / Grandchild Purim Preview Party
THIS Sunday, March 5 from 10 am - Noon in the Krieger
RSVP by THIS Wednesday, March 1 to Liz Minkin Friedman at 
The newly established KSDS Grandparent Committee has planned an exciting event! Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren in grades K-8 (and invite those children whose grandparents aren't local) to celebrate Purim with hands-on activities including a community service project, fun games and mask decorating. Middle School students, paired with their grandparents, can bake hamantaschen with the CAC Sisterhood during this event and also earn Chesed hours for helping to run activities. Light snacks will be served.  Please bring canned and packaged goods to be donated to fulfill the Purim mitzvah of Matanot L'Evyonim (Gifts to the poor).  Parents, please have your children invite their grandparents to this fun event!

Be Happy--Adar is Coming!
We Love the Month of Adar at KSDS!
  • TOMORROW, February 27 - Rosh Hodesh Adar II (the beginning of the new month of Adar II) - CRAZY HAT DAY at KSDS (K-8)! Students should wear fun, crazy, creative hats in school to celebrate the beginning of the month in which Purim occurs!  Please, no full-face masks, and all hats should still be appropriate for school.
  • Friday, March 10 - pre-Purim, "Purim at KSDS" day! On this full day of school, students and teachers should come in costume (no full-face masks, everything still appropriate for school); we will celebrate Purim all morning with a school-wide Megillah reading, costume contests, mishloach manot-making, LS Bargain Baffle, MS Topsy-Turvy Teaching and MS Purim Shpiels . There will be regular classes in the afternoon.
Props Needed for Aladdin -- All KSDS Families Asked to Help!
Please see the  "Aladdin Props Needed" list and please send anything that you can lend to the Middle School Office for the 8th Grade Play! We will keep the list updated as props are received.

KSDS's 8th Grade Play, Aladdin - It's a "Whole New World"!
Tuesday, March 14, at 7 pm and Wednesday, March 15, at 7 pm
Gordon Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets On Sale Now! 
Join the entire KSDS community as our Grade 8 students present Aladdin, all in Hebrew! Ticket prices are $12 for KSDS students/alumni, $15 for all others in advance; all tickets purchased at the door will cost $18. You may purchase tickets by contacting Susan Van Hoven in the KSDS Middle School office at 410-824-2053 , or by filling out the  TICKET FORM HERE and returning it to the Middle School office. Please note that KSDS students in grades K through 5 will get a "taste" of the play by seeing an abridged matinee "revue" on the morning of Wednesday March 15th, during school hours, but they are ALWAYS eager to have their parents bring them to see the full show during either evening performance! Tickets can sell out, so please get your orders in soon!

Our March 15 evening performance is also KSDS Alumni Night! Alumni tickets, including a pre-show dinner and reunion with alumni classmates, cost $12. Reserve alumni tickets in advance by contacting Donna Friedman at

ERB Standardized Testing for Grades 5, 6 and 7
March 7 - 9 During the Morning Periods
ERB Standardized testing will take place during the morning periods on March 7-9 for students in grades 5-7.  If you have any questions, please contact Cheri Crow, MS Learning Specialist, at 410-486-8640 x297. Students should bring with them: two #2 pencils (sharpened), a book for pleasure reading, and a simple calculator for Thursday's tests. Students are welcome to bring water bottles (water only) to the testing. There will be regular classes in the afternoons.

Be a Sponsor for the 2017 "Schechter on the Move" 5K Race!
Want to Promote Your Business, Company or Firm?  Be a 2017 5K Race Sponsor!
Be a sponsor for our annual Schechter on the Move 5K Race and get your company's name on our race shirt and other race materials.  All proceeds go to KSDS scholarships.  Last year we had over 700 participants and raised over $50,000.  With your help, we anticipate we will be even more successful this year!  Click  HERE for 2017 sponsorship levels and  HERE for a fillable sponsorship form.

If you need more information, please contact our 5K Race corporate sponsorship chairs, Randi Turkel ( and Melanie Wilder (

"Box Tops for Education"--We're Almost Halfway to Our Goal!
We now have nearly 3,000 Box Tops--please help us meet our 2016-17 Goal!
We want to collect 6,000 Box Tops by the end of the school year--keep on sending them in!  It is an easy way for us to earn cash for our school, and we need you to help us reach our goal!
Inclement Weather and Delayed Opening Information for KSDS
Look  HERE for details.

KSDS Athletics Spirit Wear Sweatshirts Are Available!
The order form can be found HERE.
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Be Sure to Check Out the KSDS Facebook Page Often!
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Bunches of Lunches Collects 172 Lunches  
KSDS continues the Bunches of Lunches program this year with the Jewish Volunteer Connection. On Thursday we partnered with the 4's and 5's of Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center who, along with our families, donated 172 lunches! Thanks to the 5th graders who welcomed pre-schoolers at carpool to collect their lunches. The lunches are delivered to local low-income and isolated seniors. Some students made this mitzvah even more special by decorating the lunch bags with pictures and personal notes.
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Additional Calendar Items
Update for March 31, 2017
K-8 Ta'am Shabbat will take place at 1:30 pm in the Sanctuary. We welcome all parents to join us as we enjoy a performance from the Ramaz Upper School choir!

After-School Athletics (Middle School)

KSDS Athletics Spirit Wear Sweatshirts Are Available!
The order form can be found HERE.
KSDS Basketball Camp in June--Registration Now Open!
June 14 - 16 from 8:30 am to 3 pm each day; For Students Entering 4th - 8th Grades
Look  HERE for more information and to get a registration form. Enrollment is limited to 30 players.
All updated information can be found HERE at under "Athletics." 

Our March 3 Tzedakah collection will benefit the Inner Harbor Project. The IHP is a model for social change that identifies teenagers who are leaders among their peers, equips them with research and professional skills, and organizes them to come up with solutions to issues that divide our society on the basis of race, class and culture.  The project's 25 youth leaders work as Peace Ambassadors and wear distinctive blue shirts. They walk along the harbor during weekend nights and other times during the week to answer questions about the project and interact with businesses.  The group also holds workshops for police to improve interactions with young people and monitors social media to mediate conflicts between teens. They are working to develop a "Code of Etiquette" for teens.  The founder and executive director of the Inner Harbor Project is Celia Neustadt, a member of the KSDS Class of 2004. Look HERE for more information about the Inner Harbor Project.

PA News

Jewish Meditation for KSDS Parents and Faculty--Friday Mornings in March
Beginning on March 3 at 7:45 am in the Esterson Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the KSDS PA and The Soul Center
Come experience a 30-minute guided meditation "sit" with Schechter alumni parent Steve Siegel. (Look  for more information on Steve.) These sits are appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators, and will allow you to step out of the busyness of your life and experience the benefits of being present in the moment and free of self-judgment.  KSDS parents are welcome to attend any or all of these sessions.  Look HERE for more information about Steve Siegel and HERE for more information about The Soul Center.

Sessions will be held at KSDS on March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, and will begin promptly at 7:45 a.m. and conclude by 8:15 a.m. Please drop your kids off at carpool, and arrive at the Esterson (near the guard) by 7:40 a.m. RSVP preferred to Rachel Siegal at A $10 donation per session is suggested.

Next PA Meeting--Presentation on MS Science Program
THIS Friday, March 3 at 8:15 am

You are invited to join us and learn about our exciting Middle School science program. We are happy to welcome Middle School science teacher, Cara Parsons, to this week's meeting. Ms. Parsons will offer a glimpse of some of the innovative teaching that she has incorporated into her KSMS classroom.  The meeting is open to all current KSDS parents. We hope to see many of you there.

Shabbat Share This Friday
Looking forward to another wonderful Shabbat Share on Friday night March 3rd
Thank you to Allison Baumwald and her Shabbat Share team:  Jill Baldinger, Karen Blum, Wendy Espeland, Liz Minkin Friedman, Rachelle Smith-Maine, Jodi Wahlberg, Mindy Silverman, Hope Sachs, Anna Dreyer, Liana Davis and Josh Bender.  We are grateful for their work putting together a wonderful night of fun, conversation, food and community for us.
8th Grade:  View from the KSDS "Top" 
Jordan Lickstein ('17)
Throughout my years at Krieger Schechter there was one thing I could look forward to every year--the teachers. Every year I could look forward to having a teacher with a fun style and excitement about teaching. My 7th and 8th grade science teacher, Mrs. Siegel, always does fun and interesting labs and experiments. My 6th and 7th grade English teacher and 8th grade Shakespeare teacher, Mrs. Platzke, will always let there be a discussion about the book we are reading, which has led to some very interesting theories shared in class (such as, Romeo as a teenage girl!). My 8th grade Hebrew teacher and 6th, 7th and 8th grade sewing teacher, Morah Yehudit, is always enthusiastic and makes sure we understand the Hebrew vocabulary. These are just a few examples of the many KSDS teachers who have made my time at Krieger Schechter phenomenal.    

Monday, February 27
  • Crazy Hat Day
  • MS Rosh Hodesh Minyan, 8 - 9 am
  • Grade 2 Rosh Hodesh service, 8:45 - 9:45 am
  • Optional Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5 - 9 pm
Tuesday, February 28
  • Dress Down Day
Friday, March 3
  • End of Second Trimester--Grades K-7
  • KSDS Shabbat Share
  • KSDS PA Meeting, 8:15 - 9:15 am
Sunday, March 5
  • KSDS Grandparent Purim Preview Program, 10 am - Noon
Monday, March 6
  • KSDS Spirit Wear Day
Tuesday, March 7
  • MS ERB Testing
  • Grade 3 Play, 2 - 3 pm
Wednesday, March 8
  • MS ERB Testing
Thursday, March 9
  • MS ERB Testing
Friday, March 10
  • Grade 7 Purim Schpiels
  • PA Hamantaschen Treats
  • Purim Activities
Sunday, March 12
  • Chizuk Amuno "Aloha Purim " Carnival, 11 am - 1:30 pm
Tuesday, March 14
  • Grade 8 Play, 7 - 9:30 pm
Wednesday, March 15
  • Backpack Collections Due
  • Grade 8 Play K-5 Matinee
  • Grade 8 Play, 7 - 9:30 pm
Thursday, March 16
  • Gr. 6 and 7 Reading Buddies Field Trip, 9:15 - 11 am
Friday, March 17
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In Our Community     
LAST CHANCE TODAY--Help the Sisterhood Bake Hamantaschen  
Today from 9 am - 1 pm is the Final Hamantaschen Baking Session!
Based on the wonderful response we got from last year's successful Hamantaschen Bake Sale, Chizuk Amuno has asked the Sisterhood to bake all of the Shul's hamantaschen this year--that's an extra 2,200 cookies!  The profits help our schools, so we need our school parents and grandparents to help make, sell, and of course buy these Purim treats.   For safety reasons, we are only taking volunteers who are 11 years and older; all children must also be accompanied by an adult.  Students can earn mitzvah hours for participating in making the cookies and selling them. Look HERE for a detailed schedule of preparation sessions and contact Andrea Polsky at to sign up.  
Hamantaschen Orders Are Still Being Accepted--While Supplies Last!
Look  HERE to view and print the Sisterhood order form.
Aloha Purim!!!
It's that time of year and we are very excited about our Purim celebration the evening of Saturday, March 11 and our Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 12! 

On Saturday, we will need volunteers for various posts at different times throughout the evening. Please let Cheryl Snyderman know if you are available to help, .

On Sunday morning, we're bringing back all the awesome games of the past and adding a few new surprises as well. We are in need of volunteers to help set up the carnival, help check-in attendees, run the games, serve food, paint faces and hair, work the prize station, float between stations, break down the carnival, and--most of all--help to manage the entire volunteer operation.  All members of the Chizuk Amuno schools community are welcome to help!  If you can help, please contact carnival chair Kristen Katz at 443-739-4809 or at . Let's make this a carnival one our kids will never forget! Aloha!

Showing of Screenagers
THIS Wednesday, March 1 at 6:45 pm in the Park School Meyerhoff Theater
Free and Open to the Public
This documentary by physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston explores how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.  Look  HERE for more information and go  HERE to RSVP.

Downtown Lunch and Learn With Rabbi Debi Wechsler
Johns Hopkins Hospital Main Campus:  Monday, March 13 from Noon to 1pm
University of Maryland Medical Center:  Tuesday, March 14 from Noon to 1pm
This year at our downtown lunch and learn series we are exploring conflict through the lens of Jewish texts. Our two current locations are Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center. If you would like to bring the lunch and learn program to a site near you, please be in touch.
RSVP to Rabbi Wechsler at

Screens Off . . . Games On!  
Friday, March 24 at 6 pm; Recommended for Children Ages Four and Up
Cost:  $18 per adult and $12 per child--please RSVP no later than Monday, March 13 (your payment is your RSVP)
This occasion will bring grandparents and their grandchildren together for a Shabbat dinner and game play experience.  Look HERE to see the flyer.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Berman at or 410-486-8641 

Pikesville Ultimate Frisbee League
For Boys and Girls Ages 8 to 13
Cost:  $55 (Register by February 28 to Get $5 Discount)
In conjunction with the JCC of Greater Baltimore and the Greater Pikesville Rec. Council, Pikesville Ultimate Disc Association is pleased to open registration for this spring. Look HERE to see the flyer.  All registration must be submitted online at the GPRC website.  Look HERE for more information and to register. 
The Gordon Center
See what's going on HERE.
Modern Hebrew Classes at Beth El Congregation
Run by the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University
Spring Classes begin THIS WEDNESDAY, March 1.  Look  HERE for more information and to register.
DFI Award Nominations Are Now Being Accepted
DFI (The Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development) is now accepting nominations for the Neely Tal Snyder Community Impact Award, the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Jewish Communal Service Award, and the Outstanding Jewish Communal Professional Award.   Completed nomination forms are due by March 15.  These awards will be presented at DFI's Celebration of Professionals on May 25.  Look HERE for more information on the awards and for links to nomination forms. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Goldstein at or 410-843-7563.
GECEC Label Daddy Fundraiser
Help Support GECEC with Label Daddy. This will help keep the lost and found pile to a minimum. Label Daddy offers customized, washable, peel-and-stick labels that can be placed on clothing, books, backpacks/lunch boxes and so much more. SAVE 5% OFF your purchase and 20% of that purchase will go to Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center!  Look  for flyer.  Go to and use Promo Code GECEC.

JCC Youth Spring Sports
  • Youth Sports Clinics:   T-Ball for ages 4-6, Soccer for ages 5-10, and  Boys "StickSkillz" Lacrosse for grades 1-6.  Look HERE for details.
  • Mini Maccabi:  For ages 8-10.  Tryouts from Feb. 26 - March 26.  Look HERE for details. 
  • Junior Maccabi:  For ages 11-12.  Tryouts from Feb. 26 - March 26.  Look HERE for details

Arts Classes and Activities for Youth at the JCC--Enrolling Now
Paint Like the Masters for Grades 1-5: Beginning on March 14.  Budding artists will be introduced to famous artists' styles to create original work inspired by the masters
Habimah Arts Camp this Summer for Grades 1-8:  Four two-week sessions this summer!  Young artists work with specialists from Baltimore's top performing and visual arts organizations. Each session will have new electives and a fun field trip.  All sessions culminate in a gallery exhibit and final showcase on the Gordon stage.
Culture Club for Grades 1-5: 
Musical Theater begins on March 16 and Mural Painting begins on April 20.  A weekly afternoon arts club (each session covers a new medium) providing access to diverse arts experiences under the guidance of talented local and national artists from one of our Baltimore Arts organization partners.  
JCC Maccabi Artsfest ® for Ages 13-17
August 6-11 in Miami, Florida
Be a part of something big and meet creative peers from around the world in this transformational one-week summer arts experience for Jewish teens.

Pearlstone Center's Tiyul Summer Day Adventures (2nd - 6th graders)
Monday, July 3 - Friday, July 7 ($350)
Enjoy the farm and forest; chickens, goats, and sheep; creek walks; ropes course and zipline; songs; and FUN!  Learn hands-on skills on the farm and in the forest-a unique Jewish environment!   Tiyul Summer Day Adventures campers are invited to bring their families for the beautiful July 4 th Family Farm Festival on the Pearlstone Campus.  Information and registration can be found HERE.

Pearlstone Center's Tiyul Summer Overnight Adventures (4th - 8th graders)
Monday, July 10 - Sunday, July 16 ($600)
Enjoy the same daily experiences as the Summer Day campers, along with hands-on skills and living in a loving community!  This is the best of what we have to offer to rock your kids' world.  It promises to be a transformative experience your kids will never forget, including Shabbat in the forest. **Ask about our first-time camper discount.** Information and registration can be found HERE.

International Music Camp in Herzliya, Israel, July 16 - 21
Look HERE for more information.