September 8, 2017 | 17 Elul 5777  Candle Lighting | 7:36 p.m.
Vol. XVII 
No. 02
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In The Sof
Wed., Sept. 20
Erev Rosh Hashana
- No School -
Candle Lighting @ 7:13 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 21
Rosh Hashana I
- No School -
Candle Lighting @ 8:19 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 22
Rosh Hashana II
- No School -
Candle Lighting @ 7:10 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 24
Fast of Gedaliah
Parent Volunteers

All Hands on Deck: FJA Needs Your Help During Lunch
FJA'S NEW LUNCH program with FLIK (see sidebar notice below) has been a resounding success during its short life. 
   In fact, we are seeing more kids enjoying catered lunch than we anticipated. All good things.
   Healthy, well-fed students make for happy students ... except when they have to wait for lunch because of long lines. 
   We are sending out an S.O.S. to our dedicated corps of parents to ask for some volunteers to help out during lunch a few times a month. 
   Please contact Julie Ohana and show our students that the parent body is as dedicated to the success of our new lunch program as we are. Email Julie by clicking here.

Student Life

ADL Hosts Student Workshop on Anti-Semitism at CSZ

THE ANTI-DEFAMATION League will host a series of workshops throughout the fall and beginning of winter at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield for students to learn about addressing anti-Semitism.
   The program offers tools to strengthen student capacity and build confidence to counter anti-Israel movements on college campuses and anti-Semitism in general. 
   Programs are 90 minutes long and will run one Sunday each month through December from 1-2:30 p.m.:  Sept. 17; Oct. 22; Nov. 19 and Dec. 10. 
   For more information, or to RSVP, contact Julie Wohl, Director of Youth and Family Learning at (248) 357-5544.

Student Life

FJA 2017-18
Lunch Program

FJA HAS ENGAGED the services of FLIK, the food service that our friends at Hillel Day School use. Lunches may be purchased daily, weekly or monthly. Click here to sign up. (Enter Hillel Day School on the landing page.)

The Week  That Was
More than 35 seniors attended the U-M admissions information session this week.

COMING OFF THE heels of the long Labor Day weekend, school got back into full swing pretty swiftly. This week FJA had its inaugural college visit from Kim Bryant, University of Michigan's admissions department guru. 
   More than 35 seniors attended the information session. Fact: Over the last five years, FJA has 
averaged about an 80 percent 
a cceptance rate to U-M from those seniors who apply. Not too shabby. Go Blue! Go Jags!

"Planned" Fire Drill Gets Bumped By Surprise

SAFETY IS A big deal at FJA for so many reasons. We successfully executed our first lockdown drill early in the week. So yesterday, a planned fire drill around 1 p.m. got upstaged by an unplanned event when the fire alarms went off. 
   Naturally, our students were poised and orderly as the entire JCC was evacuated. And, always ready to lend a helping hand, the students helped escort some future Jaguars back into the building after the all-clear was given.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraiser Planned

Friday morning's Town Hall was an information-packed session, letting students know about various activities available this year. 
   A particularly poignant announcement was regarding a planned fundraiser next week for those affected by the flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey. A video produced by the Wall Street Journal featured Houston's Jewish enclaves of Meyerland and Bellaire. 
   As details of the fundraiser are announced, we will keep you posted through Facebook and other social media channels. Shabbat Shalom.

Athletics Department


BOYS SOCCER | Cats Draw First Blood in Opener

BOYS SOCCER STARTED the season in grand style at the end of August with a 5-0 victory over Huron Valley Lutheran High School. The Jags led in scoring by junior Simon Yakubov, who tallied a hat trick on the day and kicked off the season with an epic performance. Frankel defense dominated the entire game, providing goalkeeper Ryan Otis with his first shutout of the young season.
   The Jags followed up that first win with a Friday morning game on Sept. 1, playing host to Everest Academy on the pitch at Partrich Field. The Jags dominated the first half, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime.
   Simon Yakubov repeated his inaugural season performance by drawing first blood for the Jags with a nice assist from Jackson Partrich and depositing the ball into the back of the net.
   Everest was not deterred and struck three consecutive goals early in the second half, taking the lead. The cats clawed their way back onto the scoreboard by converting a penalty shot by sophomore Will Bloomberg in the 65th minute, tying the score at three-all.
   The boys wasted no time regaining the lead thanks to Partrich's footwork, placing the ball in the top right corner of the net -- from a distance of 35 yards - thereby putting the Jags back on top, 4-3.
   Frankel's lead stood throughout a battle for possession of the ball before Everst capitalized on a counter maneuver and scored the tying goal before the end of play. The tie sends the Jags record to 1-0-1.

VOLLEYBALL | Jags Embark on Historic Run

CONGRATULATIONS GO TO the Lady Jags as they embark on their best start in FJA history with a 4-0 record. This week the ladies took home two wins: on Sep. 4, the team rallied from a two-games-to-one deficit to defeat Austin Academy.

The Lady Jags are making history with a 4-0 start.
   Junior Aviva Lupovitch, who contributed multiple blocks, led the team with kills, while freshmen Julia Klein, Alexis Morton and Mackenzie Morton each contributed several huge serves to fuel the comeback. 
   On Sept. 7, the team traveled to Huron Lutheran Northwest and steamrolled over the Hawks. Junior setter Stephanie Snover was solid, while sophomore Hannah Resnick had several huge serves. Additionally, freshman Adina Robbins contributed with a huge dig in the first set.
   As always, seniors Lauren Levitt and Ruby Ruben, along with Lupovitch, led the team in kills and blocks.
   The Jaguars look to capitalize on their historic start next week, first traveling to Macomb Christian on Sept. 11 and then University Liggett Sept. 12, before returning home for a Conference Match against Cristo Rey on Sept. 14.
   Come to the next home game and witness Jags Volleyball making history.

Administration News

Student Advisory Launches Next Week
By Erin Groves
Director of General Studies

BEGINNING NEXT MONDAY, Sept. 11, students will be meeting for the first time with their advisory groups and it's an exciting moment for the school. The broad strokes of the advisory system include weekly goal-setting, conveyance of important information and help in setting priorities.
Made up of six-to-nine students, the advisory groups have been matched with an advisor who will follow them throughout their career at FJA, which aims to foster an even deeper sense of belonging for our students.
Knowing there is a teacher who is there to help them process, prioritize and plan should provide comfort and an additional support structure. Because we recognize the level of stress and responsibility the students shoulder, advisory will hopefully become a respite built into their weekly schedule.
The chance to pause and strategize, with the help of a faculty member whose sole responsibility is to look out for the welfare of their charges, should foster a sense of trust and  confidence.
Through these weekly meetings, a relationship between advisor, student and family will develop organically. We are thrilled to launch this program and know it will further strengthen the sense of home students feel at FJA.

Sof Shavua's Staff Spotlight...

10 Things You  Didn't Know About ...

Teri Giannetti
Director of Student Services
  1. I love to dance!
  2. I love reading, watching and solving mysteries.
  3. Travel is a top priority ... I've visited at least 20 different countries.
  4. I have a relatively small, but close, family!
  5. I always have a story to tell.
  6. I'm not afraid of much ... but one thing [scares] me -- and if you know me, you know what it is!
  7. I've always have been politically active.
  8. Young people keep me young.
  9. I am good at keeping in touch with those I care about ... not always easy!
  10. I LOVE to cook.