June 14, 2018, 1 Tamuz 5778
Message from the Head of School 
 

Our students were so engaged and motivated in their learning this year. 
I enjoyed observing them as they stretched their brains, exercised their creativity, learned to follow directions and navigated increasingly complex social situations.

Now, after a school year of hard work, summer is an opportunity to recharge their batteries. While I know that some educators and parents believe in giving their students summer academic activities to avoid "summer loss",  and that a number of our own teachers have offered summer work packets, it is my hope that the summer is primarily an opportunity to pursue interests and activities, and mostly a time to just relax. If a student has been struggling with a particular academic domain, the summer might be a good time to get some reinforcement. Otherwise, unless a student expresses strong interest in specific academic learning or really craves worksheets (I know some do), I recommend that our students will spend most of their summer engaged in play, hopefully play that involves social connection with peers (and minimal time on screens) and that they pay regular visits to the library to pick up books that are engaging and interesting to them. Some teachers have shared recommended reading lists in their newsletters. Librarians are a great resource as well.

Every day is filled with organic opportunities to reinforce the skills that our students learn throughout the year -  real life opportunities for children to use their academic skills. In my family, we often had the children write the grocery list, figure out which products at the market were the best value, check the restaurant bill for accuracy and calculate a tip. We'd  play mental math games like "guess what the restaurant or grocery bill will be"? A lot of children enjoy cooking and baking, which present rich opportunities for measuring and following directions (add a challenge by doubling or halving the recipe). If you have the tools and are handy, invite your child to build something or sew something, involving them in calculations and measurements. As my children grew up, they became active partners in planning our road trips and vacations, researching destinations, designing itineraries, booking motels, calculating expenses, working within budgets. Baseball games present a treasure trove of math opportunities. Some children like to keep a log of movies that they see, writing summaries and giving star ratings. Create scrapbooks and journals of summer activities. Play board games. Mostly, give them choice and free time to play and create.

I look forward to greeting your children in the fall and seeing how much they've grown -
physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually! Shabbat Shalom -Zvi
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  Aug. 16 & 17 Family Conferences
  Aug. 19 Welcome Back Breakfast
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Yavneh will host Carl Honore on Tuesday, October 23rd 
YPA 2018 Family Camping Trip 
Yavneh's 8th annual family camping trip took place last weekend in Big Basin. 

Yavneh Rocks Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival
Yavneh's Modern Band performed at the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival on Sunday.
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In The Community
Silicon Valley Jewish Pride Shabbat
Friday, June 15th 6:00pm 
Congregation Sinai, 1532 Willowbrae Ave. San Jose, CA
Join the clergy from Congregation Sinai, Congregation Beth David, Congregation Shir Hadash, Temple Emanuel-El, the APJCC, and Yavneh Day School for the 2018 Pride Shabbat. More info

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley 
Refugee Crisis 2018: What's Happening Now/How You Can Help
Tuesday, June 19th 7:30pm-9:00pm, Levy Family Campus Auditorium