October 20, 2017 | 30 Tishrei 5778  Candle Lighting | 6:25 p.m.
Vol. XVII 
No. 06
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In The Sof
Mon., Oct. 23 -
Fri., Oct. 27

Wed., Oct. 25
7:30 a.m.

Thurs., Oct. 26
Senior Parents Night
7-8 p.m.
Student Life

Log Your Shul 
and Community Service Hours

ATTENTION STUDENTS: EVERY year you are required to participate in at least 15 hours of community service and attend a minimum of 10 religious services. Please use the links below to record your community service and religious service attendance. 

Performing Arts

"Pippin" Tickets 
On Sale Now 
Playbill Ad Form Available Online

TICKETS FOR FJA's production of "Pippin" are on sale now. The two-day run, which takes to The Berman Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 2-3, 2017, is generating a lot of buzz. 
   To purchase tickets, visit The Berman online, call the box  office at (248) 661-1900 or stroll down during lunch and actually go to the box office.

   The ad sales deadline for ads in the "Pippin" Playbill is November 1. 
   To place an ad, click on the downloadable form here .

Student Life

FJA Spirit Week Kicks Off Oct. 23

ONE OF THE best weeks of the fall is FJA Spirit Week, where grades compete against each other, students bond and a true sense of pride fills the air. 
Details were shared at Friday's Town Hall. To hear the lowdown on what will take place, click HERE
   One of the weeklong contests is a thematic dress each day. For your convenience, we've listed the themes below:

Monday: Israel Pride

Tuesday: Beach Day

Wednesday: Fashion Faux Pas

Thursday: Music Theme Day

Friday: Grade Shirts


Writer's Craft Honors
Find Your Voice at FJA's Poetry Slam


Grandparent/VIP Day 

AS FJA's GRANDPARENT/VIP Visiting Day celebrated its 13th year, the success of the programming and its importance to the school as a way to involve the larger community remains vital. As well, the day has traditionally been one of FJA's principal fundraisers dedicated exclusively for financial assistance. 
   The numbers are still being crunched, but this year FJA welcomed about 240 guests and donations were up close to 20 percent over last year, which translates into nearly $100,000 in scholarship money for our students.
   Yasher Koach to all our guests who generously demonstrated their financial commitment to FJA, ensuring all students can afford a college preparatory education steeped in Torah values.
   Oh, and there are no shortage of photos. Click HERE to see yourself, your student and your friends.

Professional Development | SafeTALK

WHILE STUDENTS SLEPT late after a night of revelry at Homecoming, faculty took advantage of the calm before the storm of Parent-Teacher conferences on Thursday for some important professional development.
   Under the direction of Jewish Family Services and the Oakland County Health Department, teachers were trained in "safeTALK." The half-day program taught participants how to notice situations where suicide thoughts might be present and how to connect people in distress with intervention caregivers.  
   Although suicide is a difficult subject for many to discuss, FJA's commitment to students' emotional health made it both worthwhile and necessary training.

Homecoming Heralded a Success

Changing things up this year, FJA's 2017 Homecoming Dance changed venues and held its cotillion at Farmington Manor in Farmington Hills. Reviews have been exceedingly positive. 
   With 130 students attending, Teri Giannetti, Student Services director, said the feedback was amazing:  "The owner of the facility remarked to me how impressed he was with our students' behavior and how polite they all were."  Giannetti  also remarked how there was  full  participation at the dance. "... all the students were dancing, having a great time and there was even a conga line," she added. For more photos from the evening, click HERE.
- Shabbat Shalom

Athletic Department

Jaguar Sports

VOLLEYBALL | A Week of Wins

2017 Pink Out Game THIS WAS A big week for Jaguar Volleyball ... the women defeated both Auburn Hills Christian and Wixom Christian. During Monday night's Pink Out, the Jags played host to Auburn Hills Christian and won the match, 3-0.  
Seniors Ruby Ruben and Lauren Levitt led the Pink Out game by executing multiple kills; junior setter Stephanie Snover contributed several assists and multiple key blocks. 
   Tues., Oct. 17, the Jags traveled to Wixom Christian where they dominated the host team. Sophomore Hanna Resnick led with several huge digs and numerous kills. Snover continued her steady play; senior Yael Elrom had several big serves and multiple kills. 
   The Jags' record now stands at 9-6. FJA will host Macomb Christian at 5 p.m. next Tues., Oct. 24, before traveling to Auburn Hills for a JV game; a varsity match will take place on Thurs., Oct. 26.  

AWARDS Catholic League Honors Announced

THE DETROIT CATHOLIC League announced its 2017 Fall Honors Teams and the FJA Jaguars were well represented. This fall season has been a great success for our athletic teams.
   Varsity Boys Tennis again qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association's state finals; the team travels to Novi on Friday morning for the first round. Results will be posted on Facebook and will appear in next week's Sof.
   Varsity Girls Volleyball secured a winning record this season, which qualifies them for the MHSAA District Tournament on Tues., October 31. Co-ed Cross Country recently completed its season and saw many runners achieving personal bests.
   Finally, Boys Soccer battled all season while competing in one of the state's most competitive small school divisions. The Athletic Department -- nay, the school - is very proud of all our Jaguar athletes and look forward to following their many accomplishments during the remainder of the school year. 

Department Update: Social Studies

Better Learning Through Baking

By Paul Thebert
Chair, Social Studies Dept.
AP GOVERNMENT STUDENTS in Melanie Sesi's class just completed their Federalism Bake-Off projects. When studying federalism (the balance and sharing of power between the federal government and individual states), students learn through an analogy of layer cake versus marble cake.
   The different confections represented the relationship between different "levels" of government at different periods of time in our history. Dual Federalism ( a.k.a. Layer Cake Federalism) describes the early years of our nation -- where the roles and responsibilities of each level of government were relatively separate from one another.
   Cooperative Federalism ( a.k.a . Marble Cake Federalism) is when the federal and state governments work together on various issues that affect our citizenry (which describes much of our history since Roosevelt's
New Deal).
   Students were assigned a Supreme Court case (e.g.  Plessy v. Ferguson or  Gibbons v. Ogden ), or significant laws (e.g. the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Endangered Species Act of 1973) to connect to a particular type/era of federalism, and design a cake that represented both the case/legislation and type of federalism. 

Hadassa Kidron
  1. Kidron was sworn in as an American citizen by federal judge Hon. Mark Goldsmith.
    I got married when I was 19.
  2. I ran a 10K in 2010; it took me one hour and 24 minutes.
  3. I love camping with my family.
  4. I love singing and preformed live on Israeli television.
  5. I have six children: five boys and one princess. (I also have seven grandchildren with two more on the way.)
  6. I was born IN my house on October 1. 
  7. My favorite movie is "The Sound of Music."
  8. My favorite book is "The Orchard of Akiva" by Yochi Brandes. (I only read Hebrew books.)
  9. My family and I lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for three years.
  10. I became an American citizen on September 26, 2017!