Grade 7 Visits the Myerberg Center to Begin the Better Together Collaboration with Local Seniors
KSDS has been selected to participate in the Legacy Heritage Better Together Program. The Legacy Heritage Better Together Program is a two-year program designed to encourage meaningful interaction between young and old. Grade 7, under the direction of Ellen Friedman, is participating in the program with Myerberg Center.  KSDS is grateful for being chosen for the Legacy Heritage Better Together Program and looks forward to sharing with our community how this program positively influences our students.

On Friday, September 15, our 7th graders participated in their first Better Together visit with members of the Myerberg Senior Center. The students had prepared for the trip by studying Jewish texts about the wisdom that comes with age. When they met with the seniors at the Myerberg Center, they all did a “gallery walk” where they looked at photos that contrasted the technology, fashions and Baltimore landmarks of 50 or 60 years ago with those of today. Students and seniors exchanged phone numbers, and before the end of the visits the students were already helping their new friends to get the most out of their phones. The conversations were so lively that it was hard to get the students back to the bus when it was time to return to school! We’re looking forward with excitement to the rest of our year-long collaboration!
Celebrate 36 with Middle School Reading Challenge
One of the ways our Middle School students are participating in the excitement for KSDS’s 36th anniversary is by embarking on a Celebrate 36 reading initiative. By the end of this week, each class will have had the opportunity to use our school library to begin this venture of reading in any of 36 categories (click here for details ) . Each student who participates will be able to track the progress of his or her grade and of the Middle School students as a whole in this group effort.
8th Grade Students and Parents: High School Fair at KSDS
THIS Tuesday, September 26 from 7-8:15 in the Garden Lounge
Come by to visit with representatives from many local private and public high schools.
Bunches of Lunches Collection--THIS Wednesday, September 27
We are delighted to announce that this school year's Bunches of Lunches program will begin with our first collection this Wednesday, September 27th. This KSDS program has provided healthy lunches to more than 2,200 individuals since 2015 and focused our students and our community on the important issues of hunger and the isolation of seniors. Please plan on having your children pack an extra lunch for that Wednesday. A brown lunch bag, along with packing guidelines and family talking points, will be sent home approximately two days prior to the collection. Thank you for helping to make this program a great success! If you are interested in volunteering with Bunches of Lunches, including "one and done" opportunities, please send an email to Jill Baldinger at Jill12dent@aol.com .
For All KSDS Students: KSDS Athletics Sweatshirts Now on Sale!
Please click the Athletics Sweatshirt Order Page on the KSDS website for details, pictures, sizes, online order form and online payment. Athletics sweatshirt orders must be placed by 9/29/17. Order forms for additional styles and items of KSDS Spirit Wear sold through the Parents’ Association are available in the Admission Office. Samples of most styles/sizes of PA Spirit Wear are there as well.
Lower School Speech Screenings Through SHEMESH
SHEMESH, an organization of the Associated, will be providing free speech screenings to our Kindergarten students. Mrs. Faye Friedman, a certified licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, will be doing the screenings at KSDS beginning the last week in September. For students in first through fourth grades, Mrs. Friedman will be available as a resource to teachers and parents upon request. If you are a parent of a 1st-4th grader and are interested in receiving a free speech screening for your child, please email Dr. Buck at sbuck@ksds.edu .
ATTN: Parents of Current 4th and 5th Graders
ERB scores from May 2017 are in. If you are interested in reviewing your child's ERB results, please email Dr. Buck at sbuck@ksds.edu to schedule an appointment.
Shabbat Share Fall 2017
Our popular Shabbat Share will be held on October 27th! Become part of the biggest school-wide event connecting KSDS families for a home-based Shabbat meal. Host a meal or be a guest in another family’s home; all homes will have a minimum of three families and the families will be matched by age of children. The PA will provide everything you need: delicious dinner catered by Yaffa, materials for Shabbat rituals, paper goods, and hosting ideas to create a meaningful and relaxing Shabbat experience. This is a great way to meet other families in a more intimate setting.  Register HERE ; the deadline to register is October 16 to allow time to match families appropriately.
Save the Date! Seventh Annual STEAM Showcase
The Seventh Annual STEAM Showcase will take place on Sunday, November 12 from 1-3:30pm. Look HERE to see the flyer.
KSDS 36th Anniversary Celebration
Our 36th Anniversary Year is off to an incredible start! And we've only just begun creating and celebrating a community that cares.  Here is where we need your help:
  • Please submit any ideas for our Cultural Arts Festival (Art Projects, films, songs, etc.)
  • Volunteer to join the following committees:
  • March Shabbaton
  • Schechter Fest (post-race festival)

Upcoming Grandparent Event Alert: Musings with Moshe

Back by popular demand! All KSDS Grandparents are invited to our Musings with Moshe Lunch and Learn. Be inspired by Rabbi Moshe Schwartz at this engaging event. Lunch will be provided by the KSDS Grandparent Committee. Event will be held rain or shine.
Monday, October 9 from 11:30am–1:30pm
In the Attman Sukkah
There is no fee for this event.

Please click HERE for a schedule of all of our events. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Liz at lminkinfriedman@ksds.edu .

KSDS Open House and Drop In Days--Tell Your Friends!
Our Open House and Drop In Days Schedule has been posted online. Please share THIS PAGE with friends and acquaintances who might be interested in learning more about a KSDS education. And don't forget about our Family Referral Program! Details can be found HERE .
KSDS 36th Anniversary Greeting from Senator Ben Cardin
Watch Senator Cardin's special Mazal Tov to KSDS HERE.
These are changes and additions that have been made to the KSDS Calendar since it was first released. These changes are reflected on the KSDS School Calendar on Google and on our website.
  • KSDS Spirit Wear Day--Monday, October 2
  • Spring Shabbat Share--March 16
  • Grade 7 NYC trip DATE CHANGE--The dates are now Tuesday, May 22 to Thursday, May 24
  • Grade 8 Israel Trip DATE CHANGE--Students are now leaving on May 23 and returning on June 6th

Upcoming Schedule
Monday, Sept. 25
Boys A Soccer at KSDS vs Waldorf 3:45
Boys B Soccer practice 3:30-5:00
Girls A Soccer practice 3:30-5:00
Girls B Soccer practice 3:30-5:00
Cross Country practice 3:30-5:00

Tuesday, Sept. 26
Boys A at Odyssey 3:30
Boys B at Odyssey 3:30
Girls A at KSDS vs Odyssey 3:30
Girls B practice 4:00-5:30
Cross Country practice 4:00-5:30

W ednesday, Sept. 27
Boys A and B Soccer practice 4:00-5:30
Girls A and B Soccer practice 4:00-5:30
Cross Country at St. James 3:30

Thursday, Sept. 28
Boys A soccer at KSDS vs Jemicy 3:30
Boys B soccer at KSDS vs Jemicy 3:30
Girls A soccer at Jemicy 3:30
Girls B soccer practice 4:00-5:30
Cross Country practice 4:00-5:30
Yasher Koach to our Torah readers during September 11 and 18 School minyanim and to our shofar sounders for the month of Elul
Torah readers for September 11:

5th Grade: Sam A., Lev E., Julia L.
6th Grade: Ami C., Hannah S., Noah Y.
7th Grade:  Ellie B., Ezra G., Eli W.
8th Grade:  Gabi M., Piper J.

Torah readers for September 18:

LS: Leah M., Sophie P., Liba S.
5th Grade: Yoni A., Jonah S., Daniel S.
6th Grade: Josh D., Lior G., Nadia S.
7th Grade -- Ezra G., Sarah M., Liora E., and Maayan L.
8th Grade -- Piper J., Gabi M. and Gideon R.

The following students have sounded shofar for the Middle School during the month of Elul (and many have also blown shofar for the preschool during their recess time as well):

Josh D.
Daniel J.
Amidan C.
Sam A.
Gilad G.
Julian K.
Noah Y.
Jacob B.
Elie S.
Wriley K.
Natan G.

Please Note: Please read carefully, because some dates and times have changed since the school calendar was released last spring.

Tuesday, September 26
  • Grade 8 High School Fair, 7 - 9 pm, Garden Lounge
Thursday, September 28
  • Dress Down Day
Friday, September 29
  • KSDS Closed--Erev Yom Kippur
Monday, October 2
  • KSDS Spirit Wear Day
Wednesday, October 4
  • Early Dismissal--12:30 pm--Erev Sukkot
Thursday, October 5
  • KSDS Closed--Sukkot
Friday, October 6
  • KSDS Closed--Sukkot
Monday, October 9
  • Grade 6 Pearlstone Sukkot Field Trip, 8am-3:30pm
  • Musings With Moshe, 11am-1pm in the Sukkah
Tuesday, October 10
  • Grade 5 Sukkot Genesee Valley Trip, 8am-4pm
  • Grade 7 Sukkah Sleepover, Noon today to Weds. at 12:30pm
  • LS / Camps Sukkot Celebration (students only)
Wednesday, October 11
  • Early Dismissal 12:30pm--Erev Shmini Atzeret
Thursday, October 12
  • KSDS Closed--Shmini Atzeret
Friday, October 13
  • KSDS Closed--Simchat Torah
Saturday, October 21
  • Grade 1 Parent Social, 7:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, October 24
  • KSDS Drop In Tour Day for Prospective Parents, 9am
Hearing and Vision Screening (K, 1, 4 and 8)
  • Grade 1 Brick-Making Project (students only), 1:30-3:30pm
Wednesday, October 25
  • Hearing and Vision Screening (K, 1, 4 and 8)
Thursday, October 26
  • Grade 6 Reading Buddies Field Trip, 9:15-11am
  • Hearing and Vision Screening (K, 1, 4 and 8)
Friday, October 27
  • Grade 7 Better Together Field Trip, 9-11am
  • Hearing and Vision Screening (K, 1, 4 and 8)
  • KSDS Shabbat Share
Saturday, October 28
  • CAC Community Schools Havdallah, 6:30-7:30pm
Monday, October 30
  • 36th Day of School
Join Us at the CAC Community Sukkot Fall Festival!
Sunday, October 8, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fun for all ages!
Enjoy lunch in the Sukkah , “Characters in the Sukkah,” sack races, the moon-bounce, and so many more special surprises! Perform a mitzvah doing one of our service projects. It’s a super fall day to spend with friends. Cost is $5 per person / $18 per family if you RSVP by October 1 . At the door the cost will be $6 per person / $20 per family.  Visit here for more details and to register Look HERE for the flyer.

Volunteers needed! Sign up HERE .
Help Support the STEAM Showcase by Co-Chairing the Sisterhood Hamantaschen Sale!
Help KSDS and CAC at the same time! The Sisterhood needs a Co-Chair for its next Hamantaschen Sale. Last spring $1,000 of the profits from this successful program were donated to KSDS for its STEAM Showcase. For 2018 the Sisterhood has pledged the same amount of the proceeds to KSDS. The responsibilities of being the Hamantaschen Co-Chair are:
  • Work closely with Co-Chair Andrea Polsky in scheduling and supervising "makes" (Friday mornings 8-11am making dough) and "bakes" (Sunday mornings 9am-1pm baking Hamantaschen). Note: There will only be four weekends of baking.
  • Help coordinate sales, keep updated lists of orders and assist in filling them when baking is done.
  • Help recruit volunteers to participate during TBA scheduled times (January and February 2018) for the “makes” and “bakes”.
This is a great opportunity to make this Fundraiser a huge success in 2018. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Andrea Polsky, mpolsky99@yahoo.com or Ruth Silber, baberuthe@comcast.net
CAC Sisterhood Judaica Shop
Boscov's Shopping Passes are available in the Sisterhood Judaica shop! $5 each gives you a Shopping Pass for up to 25% on Tuesday, October 17th, plus the opportunity to win Great Prizes! All proceeds go to Sisterhood, which in turn supports all our schools!
Have Fresh Challah Delivered to You at School Each Friday
Goldsmith ECEC’s Parent Association is taking Shabbat Express orders now. Look HERE for the order form, which can be filled in and turned in at the preschool office with your check made out to the GECEC PA. Many sizes and shapes of challah are available, along with a few other products. The Goldsmith PA requests that you turn in your order form at least one week before your first delivery date, and that you email all questions to gecec@chizukamuno.org, using the subject line “ Challah.”
Upcoming at The Soul Center
The Soul Center, a spiritual start-up, powered by Judaism, presents the following exciting programs:
The Art of Mindful Connection: Real Love with Sharon Salzberg
TOMORROW, September 25
Meet New York Times bestselling author and national meditation leader Sharon Salzberg as she discusses her new book, Real Love.
5:45 – 6:45 pm Intimate gathering
7:00 pm Book discussion
Click HERE to Register.
Free Subscriptions to The Jewish Times for KSDS Parents
The Baltimore Jewish Times would like to invite you to take advantage of this FREE gift. Visit jewishtimes.com/52weeks for a one-year subscription at no cost to you.
GPRC Girls' Basketball for Ages 5 to 10
Practices start in mid-November; games start in early December and run through early March. Look HERE for the flyer and HERE to register online.