November 30, 2017, 12 Kislev 5778

Reminders for the Week:  Pick up lost and found items by tomorrow at 3:45pm. Wear Yavneh shirts on Monday.  

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Message from the Head of School  

On a typical Friday at 2:30pm, while the rest of the school is celebrating Shabbat upstairs in the MPR, the kindergarten classes celebrate their own separate Shabbat in one of the Gan classrooms. It is often my only chance to play guitar to an audience that will appreciate my abilities (or lack thereof). As the year progresses, the Gan classrooms occasionally join the whole school's Kabbalat Shabbat. 

While Shabbat in the MPR is always special, "Jam Shabbat" takes it all to the next level with performances by Yavneh's modern bands and other musical treats. And while Jam Shabbat is a lot of fun, it is also incredibly noisy and boisterous. Feeling that the atmosphere might be overwhelming, last year we decided to not include Gan students in Jam Shabbat. Somehow those students got wind of the decision and decided that they wanted to be there. The students decided to create a petition book, and with a little help from a teacher they recruited, each student wrote a letter explaining why they felt that they should be allowed to attend Jam Shabbat. Reasons ranged from: "We can handle the noise" to, "We love rock music", to "It's not fair because Gan is also part of the school". Needless to say, after such a passionate (and adorable) appeal, it was hard not to grant their wish. Floorspace was cleared to accommodate the extra little bodies and our youngest were able to rock-out together with the rest of the school. 

The fact that kindergartners were able to advocate for themselves in such an effective way is no accident. Our approach to education is geared towards teaching students to have a voice and stand up for their beliefs - even in kindergarten. Tomorrow at 2:30pm, Yavneh will be celebrating our first "Jam Shabbat" of the year (and yes, Gan classes are included). It will be crowded in the room, but I hope that some of you can squeeze your way in and join us.

Tomorrow evening also marks another special Shabbat service, Legacy Shabbat, in honor of those who have committed to remembering local Jewish community organizations in their will as part of a Jewish Federation community initiative. Legacy Shabbat will take place tomorrow at 6:00pm, at which time Yavneh will have a special opportunity to join the Shir Hadash Community in celebration of their congregation and our school's legacy donors. Our special joint celebration will feature a potluck dinner for families followed by a service led by Rabbi Aron and our own Morah Angela Gold, and featuring the student "Yavneh Singers". I hope that you can join us. This event is not about solicitations - it is at its core a family event and all are welcome and encouraged - see below for details and dinner sign-up. 

On Sunday, I hope you will join the Yavneh community at Menorahs and Miracles, a special early Hanukkah celebration at the Children's Discovery Museum of which Yavneh is a co-sponsor (and featuring a performance by the Yavneh Singers). This weekend certainly brings us many ways to celebrate our wonderful Yavneh community, and you don't need to sign a  petition to attend any or all of them!  Shabbat Shalom -Zvi
L egacy Shabbat
Friday, December 1st
Shir Hadash and Yavneh are partnering for a Family Shabbat service in honor of the South Bay Jewish community's Legacy project. This initiative is where members of the greater Jewish community pledge to support local agencies (including Yavneh) in their will. The 4th grade and Yavneh Singers (choir) will be performing.  Potluck, 6:00pm
Shabbat Service, 7:00pm
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Lost and Found
Pick up your lost and found items by t omorrow Dec.1st at 3:45pm. Everything left will be donated. 
Calendar and Upcoming Events
  Dec. 1 Jam Shabbat (Musical Kabbalat Shabbat), MPR 2:30pm 
Yavneh Legacy Shabbat at Shir Hadash, 6:00pm Potluck Dinner, 7:00pm Service
  Dec. 3 Menorah's and Miracles, Children's Discovery Museum, 12:00pm-4:00pm 
  Dec. 4 All School T'fillah, 8:30am
  Dec. 7 Torah Service, 8:30am 
  Dec. 8 Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm 
  Dec. 11 All School T'fillah, 8:30am
  Dec. 12 Early Dismissal at 2:00pm for Professional Development (Club J Available)
1st Night of Chanukah
  Dec. 14 Torah Service, 8:30am 
2nd Nigh of Chanukah
  Dec. 15 2nd Annual Maccabi Games for Hanukkah
3rd Night of Chanukah

Middle School in Action
The Keshet Krew introduced the value for the month of Kislev,  Ometz Lev (from the Hebrew word meaning courage).
Kitah Chet students enjoy the responsibility and fun of reading  books with their buddy class Kitah Gan.  
Students in Action
Thank you to Kitah Hay's special guest Maxine for bringing in her Hopi-crafted  Kachina dolls to share with the class. The kids discussed the various kinds of kachina and their importance in Hopi culture.
Kitah Gan made stone soup and enjoyed Friendsgiving. 
Buddy classes Kitah Gimel and Kitah Hay worked together to create Haikus about kindness. 
Important Links
Volunteer Opportunities at Yavneh:  Click here
Afterschool Enrichment Classes and Yavneh Merchandise:  Click here (School Password yavneh1)
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In the Community
Embrace-A-Family with Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley 
Now - December 19th 
Each year JFS makes Hanukkah brighter for those in need. Look for dreidel boards at the Yavneh lobby from November 15th through December 19th. The   Embrace-A-Family Target Registry will be available   on the JFS website In addition to specific gifts, JFS is also asking for, l  arge new/unused gift bags, g  as cards, and g  ift cards to Target, Walmart, Trader Joe's and Safeway to serve our   clients throughout the year.   For more info: contact   Lori Cinnamon  (408) 357-7467

Menorahs and Miracles at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
Sunday, December 3rd, noon-4:00pm
Music, food, and crafts. Yavneh's choir will be performing.  More info

Super Sunday  

Sunday, December 10th 
Super Sunday is the Jewish Federation's biggest fundraising day. Help raise money for the APJCC,  JFS, Yavneh, Hillel Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Hillel, BBYO, SPHDS, Kehillah, Chia House, and the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. Volunteers needed. Register here. 

Kehillah Jewish High School Admissions Open House
Sunday, December 10th,  2:00pm-4:30pm

Jewish Heritage Night at the Golden State Warriors
Thursday, December 14th, 7:30pm, More info and Tickets

"The MeshugaNutcracker!" in Movie  Theaters 
Tuesday, December 19th, 7:00pm
San Jose, Cupertino, and Redwood City
Created by Yavneh's very own performing arts teachers Scott and Shannon Guggenheim. "The MeshugaNutcracker!" is a full-length musical comedy that features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (a fictional town of fools) underscored by an invigorating Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," including original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. More info, tickets, Free Chanukah Activity Booklet, and Coloring Contest

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