September 7, 2017, 16 Elul 5777  
Reminders for the Week:  Wear your Yavneh Shirt Monday! Complete the Keshet of Kavod Form below.
Message from the Rabbi

Over the last 5 years, the  Keshet  of  Kavod  (Rainbow of Respect) has become a beloved and essential component of Yavneh's culture. For those of you who are new to Yavneh, קשת/ keshet  means rainbow in Hebrew and כבוד/ kavod  means respect. Each year, we articulate seven overarching values/character traits, one for every color of the rainbow, to focus on as individuals and as a community. When put together, they build our Yavneh  Keshet  of  Kavod : Rainbow of Respect. In Jewish tradition the rainbow is a symbol of God's brit (covenant) with all of humanity after the flood in the book of Genesis. It is a symbol of keeping a promise to behave in a more ethical way.

The  Keshet of  Kavod helps each of our students exercise their mensch muscles by creating opportunities for them to learn, practice and cultivate specific character traits. We select these character traits from the "Periodic Table" of Values/Character strengths based on  Character Strengths and Virtues by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman and  How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character  by Paul Tough.

Every member of the Yavneh community is invited to help choose this year's 7 values/character traits. Ask yourself, which are your strengths and which could you use a little more of or a little less of? Which one of these traits would help you stop and think, is what I'm about to do a reflection of who I am and who I want to be? Children will be discussing and nominating their top choices in their class, and you, their parents, are invited to  nominate your choices by filling out this quick  form.  

Please join us as we mark Character Day on Friday, September 15th and reveal our  Keshet of  Kavod values for this year and then be sure to join us for our first  Keshet of  Kavod Assembly on Monday, September 18th.
Shabbat Shalom - Laurie
Hurricane Relief
Yavneh will be donating the money we collect for Tzedakah from now until Rosh Hashana to Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief. 
After School Opportunities 
After school Fall enrichment classes (Art, Modern Band, Singing Group),  Homework Club, Yavneh merchandise (hats, kippahs, fandanas)!  Click here 
School Password: yavneh1
Register to gain access to all of these opportunities!  After Care: 
Ha'Maodon/Club J Club J is open: 12:15-
3:30pm on Sep. 20th and 29th.
Calendar and Upcoming Events
Sep. 8
Kabbalat Shabbat 2:30pm; 1-8 in MPR, Gan in classrooms
Sep. 11
All School T'fillah 8:30am
Sep. 14
Torah Service 8:30am MPR
Sep. 15
Character Day Kabbalat Shabbat 2:30pm 
Sep. 18 Keshet of Kavod Assembly 8:30am
Sep. 20 Early Dismissal 12:15pm
Sep. 21-22 Rosh Hashana, SCHOOL CLOSED
Sep. 25 All School T'fillah 8:30am
Sep. 27 Grades K-3 Picture Day
Sep. 28 Grades 4-8 Picture Day, Torah Service 8:30am MPR

Students in Action

Kitah Gimel enjoyed drawing like Picasso today in Art.
Kitah Gan Geffen students are enjoying choice time and exploring watercolor during art. 
Kitah Alef Tamar has been working on Sparkle Spelling - a fun way to practice sounds and reinforce sight words. 
Kitah Alef T'enna began coding in STEAM.
Kitah Hay is learning about density in STEAM. They are using density columns, water, and
sugar to represent the five layers of atmosphere.
Middle School in Action 
Kitah Vav is studying the early man unit by doing a Cain and Abel text study to determine what part of the Stone Age they may have existed in.
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Lulov and Etrog sets, Sukkot 2017,  Orders due Fri. Sep. 15th:  Lulov and Etrog Order Form
Round Holiday Challah is now available to order:  Round Holiday Challah form  
Hot Lunch: Menu
Thank you to the following for their recent tribute donation:

-Jimmy Cohn, In Memory of Elinor Christian
-Rebecca, Kirk, Sophie and Abby Everett, In Memory of Elinor Christian
In the Community
Congregation Beth David Baby and Me Class
Beginning September 7th  More info

Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley Women's Philanthropy Friendship Breakfast
Friday, September 8th at 8:30am, Levy Family Campus
Join women of Silicon Valley for a relaxed breakfast. Come with friends or on your own. Stay for the whole morning or just stop in for a few minutes.  No cost to attend; please bring a NEW sports bra to support our Dignity Drive.  Breakfast included. Register here 

Yoga on the Green
Sunday, September 10th 2:00pm-5:00pm, APJCC Lawn More info

Friendship Circle's Family Kick-off event at Achieve Kids
Sunday, September 10th 2:00-4:00pm, Palo Alto  More info

Common Ground Speaker Series,  Behave: Why We Do the Things We Do, Speaker:Robert Sapolsky, PhD
Wednesday, September 27th at 9:30am, The Nueva School, San Mateo
Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00pm, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton
Dr. Robert Sapolsky's witty and entertaining tour of the science of human behavior will enlighten parents about their children's behavior, helping them to understand why they act in ways that often leave parents baffled.  For more information on this event, click here For more information on upcoming speakers visit the Common Ground website .
Yavneh is a member school, there is no fee for Yavneh parents to attend.

Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley Women's Philanthropy Dignity Drive
Now - October 26th, Levy Family Campus
Drop off NEW sports bras in any size for the Grateful Garment Project