April 12, 2018, 27 Nisan 5778

Reminders for the Week: Yearbook Tribute Ads Due Tomorrow, Plant Sale Tomorrow! Wear dark bottoms and white tops on Wednesday for Yom HaZikaron and blue and white on Thursday for Yom Ha'atzmaut.

Message from the Head of School 

This morning, our school remembered the six million Jews murdered in the Shoah (Holocaust).  For many of us, it was the third ceremony that we attended this year.  I have visited Holocaust memorials and museums around the globe. I have visited death camps, concentration camps and other sites of atrocities in Poland, Germany, Latvia and the Czech Republic. While I find each and every Holocaust memorial that I attend moving in some way, there was something about this morning's ceremony presented by our seventh graders that particularly moved me to tears. Yes, they sang and recited words from the past, but they also shared their own words in response to what they have learned and studied. Their reflections and poems were profoundly deep and meaningful. A group of students wrote lyrics, composed music and performed a stunningly beautiful broadcast-worthy song. The student artwork on the program looked like that of a professional artist. The class performance of a Yiddish song, "Mach tau di eygelech" was perfect in its diction and tone.  

What moved me most about this morning's "tekes" (ceremony) were the students themselves. This class of children, with all of their typical childish ways, suddenly transformed into a serious group of young adults - right before my eyes. I witnessed them rise to the occasion and take the torch of remembrance into their own hands. My tears this morning were tears for the loss and devastation of the Shoah. But my tears were also tears of pride for our present and hope for our future. There were also tears of appreciation for the teachers who supported these students on their journey to this point.

I realize that this transformation happens each and every year. It's the point at which the years of leadership opportunities that our students participate in, starting in Kindergarten, really gel as these students prepare to become next year's eighth grade leaders. At the same time, our current eighth graders begin to prepare for the next steps in their journeys, taking with them these new responsibilities, informed by our collective remembrances, traditions and  values.  
-Shabbat Shalom, Zvi
Calendar and Upcoming Events
  Apr. 13 Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm 
Kitah Dalet Plant Sale for Project N.O.A.H. 3:00pm
  Apr. 16 Keshet of Kavod Assembly, 8:30am
  Apr. 18 Yom HaZikaron, Wear Dark Bottoms and White Tops
Flag Lowering 8:30am, Ceremony in MPR (Grades 3-8)
  Apr. 19
Yom Ha'atzmaut, Wear Blue and White
Flag Raising 8:30am,  Torah Service in MPR
  Apr. 23 All School T'fillah, 8:30am 
  Apr. 27 Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm 
  Apr. 24 2:00pm Dismissal; Faculty Professional Learning
  Apr. 26 Torah Service, 8:30am 
  Apr. 27 Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm
  Apr. 30 All School T'fillah, 8:30am

Parent Volunteers Needed!
Help Celebrate Israel's 70th Birthday! 
Volunteers are needed to help with the afternoon portion of the school's Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) program. Volunteers are needed for set up, clean up and staffing activity booths (you will be given everything you need for the activity, no preparation required). Please sign up here or contact Aviva with questions.
Yearbook Ads Due Tomorrow
April 13th!
It's your last chance to place a tribute ad for your student(s) in the the yearbook.
Celebrate  with words of congratulation, praise &  encouragement.
Prices are:
1/8 page = $36 (space for 1 picture)
1/4 page = $72 (space for up to 3 pictures) 
1/2 page = $108 (space for up to 6 pictures) 
Full page = $195 (space for up to 8 pictures) 

Yom HaZikaron Fallen 
Soldier List
As we approach Yom HaZikaron on April 18th, we are establishing a list of fallen Israeli soldiers in our community. If you would like for us to read the name of your loved one, please complete the form below. The ceremony will be for grades 3-8 and is open to all parents.
Kitah Dalet Plant Sale for Project N.O.A.H.
Friday, April 13th, 3:00pm
By  Idan, Grade 4
Fourth grade is having a plant & seed sale after Kabbalat Shabbat in the Lobby. Choose from organic seedlings of tomatoes, watermelons, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, cucumbers, pumpkins and strawberries and many more, all grown by Yavneh students and Yavneh community. Fennel seeds produced from the Yavneh garden will be available in packets hand painted by students. All proceeds are for project N.O.A.H (No One Abandoned Here) of Jewish Family Services.
Yom Ha'Shoah - Holocaust Remembrance
Kitah Zayin took part in the Community Yom Ha'Shoah u'Gevurah Memorial Service last night at Congregation Beth David. 
Zvi was Master of Ceremonies and the Yavneh Singers performed at the County of Santa Clara Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony which took place at the Board Chambers of the County Government Center on Tuesday.
Kitah Zayin led grades 3-8 in the Yom Ha'Shoah ceremony this morning. 
Kitah Dalet learned about the community Torah that was rescued on the 2004 March of the Living Holocaust program. A panel of the original Torah scroll hangs in the Levy Family Campus. 
Students in Action
Kitah Alef Tamar explored marine life on their field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 
Kitah Gan Geffen performed their play Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain this week. The students designed and created the set and props and even made coloring books of African  animals with animal facts that they will be selling to raise funds for African animals.
Kitah Gimel is working on their animal puppets for their upcoming puppet show about animals from the Tanakh!
Construction has Started
Phase One of our expansion and remodel began this month! Phase One includes our new Multi-Purpose Room, two new learning spaces for small group instruction, a teachers' lounge and two offices. Monday mornings all school T'fillah celebrated the beginning of the  construction. 
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Thank you to the following for their tribute donation: 

Sue, Eric, & Fenton Balfus, In memory of Fenton Balfus' Great Grandmother & Eric Balfus' grandmother, Esther Balfus.  

Sue, Eric, & Fenton Balfus, In honor of Bernard & Esther Balfus' (April 14th on what would have been their) 77th wedding anniversary. 
In The Community
Israeli Memorial Day Sing-Along (in Hebrew)
TONIGHT Thursday, April 12, 7:30pm-9:30pm in the APJCC Auditorium
Join us for a meaningful Israeli Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron) gathering, where we'll unite to remember the brave souls we have lost. Due to the serious nature of this event, it is not recommended for children younger than 10 years old. More info

Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration 
Sunday, April 15th, Levy Family Campus, 11am-5:00pm
Tech panel from 11:00am-12:30pm followed by festivities from 1:00-5:00pm
FREE admission. More information 

Yom Ha'atzmaut Community Celebration, San Mateo
Sunday, April 22, 11:00am-5:00pm
Celebrate Israel's 70th Independence Day! More information,  Tickets, and Volunteer Opportunities 

Power of Women
Wednesday, May 2, 6:00pm, Levy Family Campus
Keynote Speaker is Jessica Yellin and the Janet Berg Award will be given to Judy Levin.  $60 for cocktail seating. Limited childcare will be available. RSVP.  Contact  Roni  with questions.

The Melton Adult Mini-School Returns to the APJCC: In-Depth Jewish Learning for Adults.  The APJCC is bringing back its popular Melton Adult Mini-School, providing in-depth Jewish learning for adults. These are college level classes, but with no homework and no exams. Melton is kicking off with two short classes this spring, one on Jewish memory and one on finding balance in our modern lives.  Details and registration

LFC Soccer Bay Area Tryouts for Fall 2018  Sign up form  More info