May 10, 2018, 25 Iyyar 5778
Reminders for the Week: Annual Meeting & Art Walk, and Walkathon are Next Week!
Message from the Dean of Learning and Instruction

Thirty three years ago I went to my first concert. A friend's mother drove a group of us to the Cow Palace in Daly City so that we could join thousands of other high school students who sang along with Bono and The Edge for U2's  Unforgettable Fire Tour. Being in a crowd of people with similar interests, dancing and singing to great music made me feel

I've had similar experiences at other concerts over the last three decades, but this week was different. Maybe it's my (mature) age, or the craziness in the world right now, or Yavneh's focus on "What would you walk for?" for Shavuot this year, but as I watched U2 on Monday night, I couldn't help but think that feeling alive wasn't enough if it didn't lead to action. Statements and images of both violence and hope were projected on a screen that stretched across the entire floor of the arena; there was video footage of torch-bearing white supremacists in Charlottesville; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's face flashed upon the screen, delivering a speech.

Bono inspired the audience to take action. He said, "peace is not something to meditate on -- peace is an action." He insisted that we must work to fix the conflicts in our hearts, homes, and the world, every day. I realized that Bono's words resonated with me, since the concepts he discussed are inherently rooted in Jewish ritual. There are only two mitzvot where we are instructed to actively go out and pursue (rodef). The first is to pursue justice (tzedek, tzedek, tirdof; Deut. 16:18), and the second is to pursue peace (rodef shalom; Pirke Avot, 1:12). Hoping for peace, freedom, equality and justice is not enough; we must  work for it. It's something we must all  pursue

At Yavneh, our students learn, pray, and take action with their feet every day. They climb stairs that remind them of the attributes we decided as a school community to cultivate within ourselves. They walked all over Israel to get a sense of where we as a people have been, where are today, and where we are going. They walked out of school on March 14th to protest gun violence in schools. Doing what is right, seeking justice, is something that must be actively  pursued - tzedek, tzedek tirdof (Deut 16:18). 

So I ask you, like we've been asking our students, what would you walk for? Over the next week as we prepare for Shavuot, all of our students will be studying the Book of Ruth and focusing on the pasuk, "Wherever you will go I will go - תֵּלְכִ֜י אֵלֵ֗ךְ" (Chapter 1:16). With their buddies, our students will reflect in a whole school Beit Midrash on what Ruth walked for, as well as what  they will walk for. Shavuot is the third of our shloshet ha'regalim - our three pilgrimage (or walking) festivals that in ancient times demanded we walk to Jerusalem to offer the very best of ourselves. Let's make our offerings mean something this year and that what we are walking for counts. What would you walk for? -Cindy
Staffing News!
It is with great gratitude for her service that I share with you that Melody Randel will be retiring at the end of this school year. Melody began her work here at Yavneh four years ago as our Learning Specialist and most recently became our Director of Learning and Instruction, K-3. Melody's understanding of learning, her connection with our students, families and faculty as well as her commitment to our philosophy of learning have made a huge contribution to our journey as a school. Melody will be sharing some of her reflections in next week's HaShavua. We are in the process of finalizing the hire of a new person for the position and will be announcing that hire in the near future. While we hope that Melody enjoys her well-earned retirement, and  look forward to her coming to visit us  often! -Zvi
Calendar and Upcoming Events
  May 11 Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm, Outside Bimah
  May 14 All School T'fillah, 8:30am, Auditorium
Ice Pop Social, Annual Board Meeting, and Art Walk, 6:15pm
  May 17 Torah Service, 8:30am 
  May 18 Walkathon, 1:00pm
Shavuot Ice Cream Celebration, 2:00pm 
Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm, Outside Bimah
  May 21 Shavuot, School Closed (Camp Shalom mini camp available) 
  May 24 Torah Service, 8:30am 
  May 25 Jam Shabbat, 2:15pm, MPR
  May 28 Memorial Day, School Closed
  May 31 Torah Service, 8:30am 

Ice Pop Social, Annual Board Meeting, and Art Walk 2018
Monday, May 14th
6:15pm-7:00pm: Ice Pop Social *Allergy-Friendly Options Available*, Yavneh playground
6:30pm-6:50pm: Annual Meeting, 
Library (adults only) 
7:00pm-8:30pm: Art Walk, MPR
7:15pm-8:30pm: Modern Band performances
Walkathon Shavuot Celebration 
Friday, May 18th,  1:00pm
Students (and teachers!) will head outdoors for our annual walkathon to raise money for our school. A Shavuot Ice Cream Celebration will take place after the Walkathon . Students ask friends and family for pledges - either per lap or a flat donation.  Prizes will be awarded to the 3 students and class who raise the most money!  All pledged donations due by Friday, June 1st for students to earn credit towards prizes.  online pledge form as well as the paper pledge form 3-4 volunteers per grade are needed.  Sign up to Volunteer!   Questions?  Contact  Daniela Silverstein .  
Important Last Day of School Information
Thursday, June 7th
The Moving Up Ceremony for all grades takes place on the last day of school. This year we are having a Tzofim Caravan Concert sponsored by the YPA!  Parents are invited to the Moving Up Ceremony and the Concert.

Moving Up Ceremony: 8:30am, Auditorium
Tzofim Caravan Concert: 10:30am, Outside
Early Dismissal: 12:15pm 
No Club J After School 

Volunteers Needed to Host Tzofim Caravan Performers!
The YPA is sponsoring the Tzofim Caravan Concert at Yavneh on the last day of school. Yavneh needs families to host the performers on the night of June 7th.  There are 12 performers ages 16-23 that we need to host. Families are responsible for providing the performers with food and a mattress to sleep on and returning them to Yavneh by 8:00am on June 8th. Please sign up here A.S.A.P. if you are available to host one or a few performers in your home. Thank you!
Students in Action
Congratulations and mazal tov to the winners of the Yom Haatzmaut Chidon. Students partnered with their buddies and together they answered questions about the 70 years of Israel. 
Kitah Alef Tamar hosted a museum showcasing the kids interests and hobbies. The museum was the culmination of several weeks of work during STEAM. Students researched different museums around the world and learned how to make exhibits and activities. 
Kitah Bet and Gimel celebrated Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) together.   They engaged in art, history and archaeology of Jerusalem, learning and creating Jerusalem symbol and baking "Jerusalem bagels".
Kitah Dalet held a Saloon Day earlier this week before leaving for their Gold Rush Trip. 
Kitah Alef T'enna went bird watching on a field trip to Alum Rock Park. 
Community Good and Welfare
Mazal tov to the Harel family on the birth of Mia.
Important Links
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Volunteer Opportunities at Yavneh:  Click here
Afterschool Enrichment Classes and Yavneh Merchandise:   Click here (School Password yavneh1)
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In The Community
Camp Shalom Mini Camp 
Monday, May 21st
Yavneh is closed on Monday, May 21st for Shavuot. Register now for Camp Shalom Mini camp for Shavuot here. 

The People in the Picture
Now - May 13th, 3Below  288 S 2nd St., San Jose, CA 95113
Penned by Iris Rainer Dart (acclaimed TV writer, playwright, and author of Beaches) and legendary composers Mike Stoller and Artie Butler, this fiercely funny and deeply moving new musical spans three generations and celebrates the importance of learning from our past and the power of laughter. Friends of Yavneh Discount Code:TPITPYDS
More info and tickets. 

Fun & Fitness With Friends, Recreation Program for Kids with Special Needs
One Sunday Per Month, Starting May 20 at the APJCC
The JCC is relaunching Fun and Fitness with Friends beginning  Sunday, May 20th from 1-4pm. This is a social and recreation program for children, ages 6-18, with special needs. If you are interested in participating, becoming a volunteer or have any questions, please contact Valinda at or call the Camp Office at 408.357.7416.  More info

Silicon Valley Jewish Community Legacy Project,  Workshop on Estate Planning and Legacy Giving
Tuesday, May 29, 7:30pm, Congregation Beth David, Saratoga
This  educational workshop on Estate Planning and Legacy Giving is open to community members of all ages.  More information