June 09, 2017 | 15 Sivan 5777 Candle Lighting | 8:51 p.m.
Vol. XVI 
No. 35
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In The Sof
Wed., June 14
Last Day of Final Exams

Thurs., June 15
Make-Up Exams

Technology Update

Attention Parents and Students:
STARTING THE WEEK of finals, PowerSchool will go offline beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 12.
   PowerSchool will be back online on Monday, June 19 for one week.  PowerSchool will be offline for the summer starting on Monday, June 26. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Shayne
in the Technology Dept. Enjoy your summer break.

Community Service

How to Summer in the City
How to Summer in the City
Make an Impact in Detroit Through Summer in the City

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY to help your community over break is by volunteering with Summer in the City. SITC's mission seeks to improve and expand community service in Metro Detroit by bringing a diverse group of young people together to invest their energy in Detroit. Summer in the City programs address the immediate needs of city neighborhoods and foster a regional mindset.
   The organization's work is concentrated in the summer months, when we Paint, Plant, and Play - creating murals, building and maintaining urban gardens, and running youth enrichment programs.
For more information and to register, please click HERE.

National Honor Society

Applications for NHS Due June 16

CURRENT SOPHOMORES AND  juniors are invited to apply to be members of FJA's chapter of the National Honor Society for the 2017-18 school year.  
   The application  deadline is Fri., June 16.

  1. Students must be entering their 11th or 12th grade year.
  2. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 and earned the established number of credits per semester.
  3. Students must demonstrate the four pillars established by National Honor Society: Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service.
  4. Students must be willing to dedicate themselves to 20 hours of community service in each year of their membership.

The Week  That Was


IT IS ARGUABLY one of the most important nights of the year ... high school graduation.
   After four years of toil, tears and triumphs, the Class of 2017 crossed the Rubicon in style. 
   With a packed house at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, family, friends and faculty helped our 58 newest alums play out the epilogue of their secondary school careers. 
   With speeches by Head of School Rabbi Azaryah Cohen, seniors Jordyn Cranis and Paul Schmitz, Board of Trustees President Bill Sider and others, the crowd reveled in the achievements of their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and siblings. 
  A particular highlight was the bestowment of an honorary diploma to Holocaust survivor Erna Gorman by Rabbi Cohen. Gorman has accompanied the last four classes of seniors to Israel but never had the 
Mikey Stebbins Gets Sheared by Shireman
Mikey Stebbins Gets Sheared by Shireman

opportunity to earn her high school diploma ... until Thursday evening. 
  There are a slew of photos to enjoy by clicking HERE
   And, in a weird turn of events -- that we don't quite have the backstory on -- newly minted alum Mikey Stebbins got shorn by history instructor Adam Shireman after commencement. Enjoy the video ...

No Wallflowers to be
Found On Prom Night

ON TUESDAY, JUNE 6, the entire senior class, along with a few other upperclassmen and their invited guests enjoyed prom night at the Goldner Walsh Garden greenhouse in Pontiac. 
   The students were dressed to the nines and another right of passage was complete. For tons of photos, click HERE

2017-18 Student Government Installed at Town Hall Ceremony
FRIDAY'S TOWN HALL celebrated the installment of the FJA Student Government elected to Grade and All-School positions for the 2017-18 school year. Formally introduced to the students and staff were:
  • Class of 2020 President Andrew Schulman and officers Ben Goldstein and Isaac Mintz.
  • Class of 2019 President Sam Gawel, Vice-President Aviva Levi, Secretary Bennett Grosinger and Treasurer Sofia Klein.
  • Class of 2018 President Micah Krakoff and officers Maddy Gun, Jackson Partrich and Jason Teper.
  • All-School President Ilan Elrom and Vice-President George Victor.
   The ceremony included a "swearing in" of the All-School President with an Oath of Office. Busy week ... Shabbat Shalom and Mazal Tov to our new alumni. You will be missed.

Technology Department

iPad Inspection and Return Time
By Technology Dept. Staff

ATTENTION PARENTS -- IT'S that time of year again! If your child wants to take their iPad home over summer break, they MUST have BOTH their enrollment contract turned in and their Safeware Insurance purchased ($25.47), or waived, for the 2017-2018 school year. You can find the Safeware form on frankelja.org or have your child stop by the Media Center for a copy.
   During finals week, Ms. Watha and Ms. Gustafson will be collecting all iPads for inspection and cleaning. At that time, if all paperwork is collected, the student may take it for the summer. 
   If not, the iPad will be held securely for them until the start of the new school year; they will still be required to turn in the Safeware insurance form to receive it next fall.
   If you have any questions, please contact Patti Shayne, Director of Technology.

Sof Shavua's Staff Spotlight...

10 Things You  Didn't Know About ...

Rabbi Reuven Margrett
Director of Judiac Studies
  1. It is not just a stereotype I really do love tea (with milk!).
  2. Marmite; it is real ... and it's delicious.
  3. On my first trip to Cedar Point, I screamed like a baby (just louder)!
  4. A close second to my love for my wife is my love for the Queen.
  5. Apart from Israel, Michigan is the most beautiful place I have visited.
  6. The only baseball game I've been to was an 1867-era playing rules game at Greenfield Village -- and it was great!
  7. I love spelling "humour" correctly; and pronouncing herbs with an "h."
  8. I trained my kids know that the nappies go in the rubbish bin and a dummy in the mouth.
  9. I love Cockney rhyming slang: "Alright me old Empire, can ya' put the Bruce Lee on the Cain an' Abel?
  10. I love FJA! It is a great, safe place for students to learn and grow. I will miss it dearly.