January 5, 2018 - 18 Tevet 5778 - Shemot
ES Highlights
D'var Torah
Thoughts of the Rav
Pinat HaParasha
Next Principals' Coffees
Cold Weather Reminder
Alumni Newsletter
Blood Drive
PTA Hat Show
Family Learning
Mazel Tov!
Lost and Found
Social Time!
ECC/MS/US Newsletters
ES Calendar
Wednesday, Jan. 10
Kindergarten Principals' Coffee 8:00-8:45 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 15
No School
Professional Development Day

Wednesday, Jan. 17
Grade 1 Principals' Coffee 8:00-8:45 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 21
Family Learning

Wednesday, Jan. 24
Grade 2 Principals' Coffee 8:00-8:45 a.m.

Winter Concert 
4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 30
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

Wednesday, Jan. 31
Grade 3 Principals' Coffee 8:00-8:45 a.m.
As always, please see the Kol Rambam Weekly for the all-school calendar, events and PTA notes.
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Dear Parents,

We had a great (although short) week back at school!
Please read on for the latest Elementary School news and information about upcoming events. 
D'var Torah
by Rabbi David Saltzman
This week's parasha opens with a description of the harsh slavery and bitter lives the Jewish people were experiencing at the hands of the ruthless Egyptians. To make matters almost incomprehensible, Pharoah commands the midwives to kill any baby boys born to Jewish mothers. We are well aware of the heroism demonstrated by these women, as the Torah testifies:
וַתִּירֶאןָ הַמְיַלְּדֹת אֶת־הָאֱלֹהִים וְלֹא עָשׂוּ כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר אֲלֵיהֶן מֶלֶךְ מִצְרָיִם וַתְּחַיֶּיןָ אֶת־הַיְלָדִים׃
The midwives, fearing God, did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.
G-d sees the sacrifice of these midwives and decides:
וַיֵּיטֶב אֱלֹהִים לַמְיַלְּדֹת וַיִּרֶב הָעָם וַיַּעַצְמוּ מְאֹד׃וַיְהִי כִּי־יָרְאוּ הַמְיַלְּדֹת אֶת־הָאֱלֹהִים וַיַּעַשׂ לָהֶם בָּתִּים׃
And G-d dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and increased greatly. And because the midwives feared G-d, He established households for them.
From the word וַיֵּ֥יטֶב we learn that Hashem showed hakarat hatov to the midwives and rewarded them in two ways: they received a reward both nationally and individually. Nationally, R. Yonah ibn Janach says that the pasuk which describes the population expansion was a direct result of the midwives' behavior. As the pasuk says, וַיִּ֧רֶב הָעָ֛ם וַיַּֽעַצְמ֖וּ מְאֹֽד - the national reward was that the Jewish people increased at a miraculous rate. And individually, Rashi says the midwives received houses (or dynasties) of kehuna and houses of malchut, and their children would be future leaders of the Jewish people.
R. Samuel David Luzzatto (Shadal), quoting his father, says that:
ואאז"ל אמר כי ישראל רצו לשלם גמול למילדות, ולהיותם מלומדים בחמר ובלבנים, בנו להם בתים
the Jewish people themselves showed hakarat hatov to the midwives by building them homes.
Ironically, since the Jewish people were expert builders from their slavery training, they were able to demonstrate their gratitude to the midwives for putting their lives on the line to save the new baby boys.
Thoughts of the Rav
by Rabbi David Saltzman     
Rabbi Soloveitchik writes that while Moshe was gazing upon the burning bush, he made two observations. One was that the bush was indestructible. It was אֵינֶנּוּ אֻכָּל  - not being consumed. The second miracle was that the fire didn't spread.
The Rav translates מַדּוּעַ לֹא יִבְעַר הַסְּנֶה  as: Why did the bush not catch fire? There was a fire in the middle, but the exterior did not catch fire at all!
He answers that there were two messages for Moshe from this miraculous mareh. The first was to teach Moshe that the covenantal community is indestructible. No matter how difficult circumstances are, and no matter how great the suffering, the covenantal community will never terminate.
The second miracle was that the external personality of a Jew, and even their deeds, are not indicative. Sometimes there is a conflict between the external personality and the inner personality. In spite of the cold, thorny, and scratchy demeanor on the outside, deep down in the center of the heart there is warmth, sensitivity, and love.
For these reasons, a Jew should never be expelled or considered lost to the community.
Pinat HaParasha
Please click here  to view the  Pinat  HaParasha for Parshat Shemot. You are encouraged to print the document and use it as a source for discussion at the Shabbat table.
Next Round of Principals' Coffees
The next round of Principals' Coffees  will begin with Kindergarten parents.  The Kindergarten coffee will take place  Wednesday, January 10, from 8:00-8:45 a.m. in the library on the third floor. Principals' coffees are taking place for parents of students at each grade level on mornings in January and February. The coffees are an opportunity for parents to talk with the principals, ask questions, give input, and learn more about different aspects of Maimonides students' life and learning at a particular grade level.

Come and meet other families from your child's class and ask the principals questions about the class, curriculum, or anything else!
Upcoming coffees:
1st grade - Wednesday, January 17
2nd grade - Wednesday, January 24 
3rd grade - Wednesday, January 31
4th grade - Wednesday, February 7
5th grade - Wednesday, February 14
Important Cold Weather Reminder
Although the cold New England winter weather has arrived, we continue to enjoy outdoor recess unless the temperature is below 20 degrees. Students should be reminded that they must bring warm winter coats, hats (or hoods), and gloves to school each day. They are required to bring these out to recess with them, but may take off layers as they warm up when playing outdoor recess games. When there is snow on the ground, students need to wear boots in order to walk on snowy areas and snow pants if they want to play in the snow. Students will not be permitted to stay indoors during recess.

Alumni Newsletter Online
The monthly alumni newsletter for December is now online, and can be found here. This issue's articles include:
  • Sister Fuels Alumna's Commitment to Children, Adults with Special Needs
  • Graduate Presenting Annual Rav Soloveitchik Seminar Sessions to Seniors
  • Work at U.S. Think Tank Immerses Graduate in Middle East Issues
  • Highlights from the Maimonides Invitational Basketball Tournament in Memory of Leland Gelman
If you would like to receive the alumni newsletter each month, contact Mike Rosenberg at (617) 232-4452 x 405   or  mrosenberg@maimonides.org.

Blood Drive on Tuesday 

PTA Hat Show on Sunday, January 14 

Family Learning on Sunday, January 21 

Mazel Tov!

Send us your simchas!  Please share your simcha announcement s with us by send ing details to info@maimonides.org.
Lost and Found - השבת אבידה
With the arrival of cold weather, we have found more and more jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, hats, and gloves left outside at recess and in other public spaces in the building.  We have amassed a large collection of high-quality, fairly new winter clothing, none of them bearing any students' names. 

We request again that you put your child's names on their items so that we can easily return them when found.  Most jackets and coats come with sewn-in labels which only require a marker to write your child's name.

Social Time!
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See What's Happening in the Other Divisions
Lots of wonderful things are happening at Maimonides School!

If you'd like to take a peek at what's happening in the other divisions, click to visit the Early Childhood Center, Middle School, or Upper School newsletter pages.

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