April 4, 2019, 28 Adar 2 5779
This Week  הַשָּׁבוּעַ
Reminders for the Week
Message from the Dean of Learning and Instruction, K-2nd
In Ontario, Canada where I grew up, the changing of the seasons are drastic and much more obvious than they are here in California. As winter ends and the snow melts, the grass gradually turns green and the flowers and trees start to bud. People put on shorts well before they should, desperate to shake off the winter months. In California, we are so fortunate to have moderate weather all year long, and therefore the changes are more subtle. 
Like the seasons here in our sunny state, the changes in our children might not be noticeable on a day to day basis, yet when looking back over time, we notice the change more considerably. It’s amazing to think back to when the school year began; students were hesitant, and still finding their place. We’re now at this moment in time where we can notice the growth and reflect on how far they’ve come academically, socially and spiritually. When God seeks out Abraham’s leadership, his response, “Hineni” indicates his absolute presence. Similarly, our students, like the flowers in spring, have come into being. Read more
Welcome Paul Wilson, 3rd Grade Teacher
We welcome Paul Wilson to the Yavneh team as our new third grade teacher. Paul is a 25 year veteran in the field of elementary education, including a number of years in the third grade and work as a lower school principal. Paul grew up in San Jose and has a 15 year old daughter and a 12 year old son. His favorite sports teams are the Warriors, SF Giants, Forty-Niners, Earthquakes, and Sharks. Paul plays volleyball, golf, and enjoys snowboarding in the winter. 
Calendar and Upcoming Events
Apr. 5
Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm

Apr. 7

Apr. 8
All School T'fillah, 8:30am

Apr. 11
Torah Service, 8:30am

Apr. 12
Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm

Apr. 15
All School T'fillah, 8:30am

Apr. 16
YPA Meeting, 8:45am, JCC Art Studio
Apr. 17
Yearbook Tributes Due

Apr. 18
Torah Service, 8:30am

Apr. 19-26
Passover Vacation, School Closed

Apr. 25

Apr. 28

Apr. 30

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2019-2020 School Year Preliminary Calendar
Sign-Up Parties are Now Live!
Yavneh's Spring Benefit "A Night of Magic" Sunday, April 7th 5:00pm-9:00pm 

Some of our raffle prizes and sign-up parties: Fine Jewelry from Joe Escobar, San Francisco Adventure Basket, A Health & Beauty Basket, Hike with the Wilmot Family, Softball with Rabbi Hahn Tapper, Make Challah with Shoshana Ohriner, and many more!
Create a Yearbook Dedication Ad for Your Student by Wednesday, April 17th
You can create a personalized tribute to your student in the yearbook. Create, finalize, and pay for your yearbook dedication ad online using the link below. Every Yavneh student will receive a yearbook at the end of the school year (included in your YPA dues). More info
Parent Volunteers Needed for Art
We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help with projects at school or at home. Volunteers are also needed for the Art Walk after Spring Break.
Common Ground Speaker Series
LIKE: A Documentary about the Impact of Social Media on Our Lives
Thu. Apr. 25th 7:00pm, St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School, San Mateo
Tue. Apr. 30th 7:00pm, Woodside Elementary School
Common Ground Speaker Series is thrilled to present LIKE, an IndieFlix original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. The goal for the film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self regulate. The film will be followed by a moderated discussion. Parents and students ages 10 and up are welcome!
A Musical Benefit for Angela
Sun. Apr. 28th 3:00pm-5:00pm, Yavneh Day School
Please join us for an afternoon of singing to honor our dear friend, Angela Gold. This concert will be a way for us to celebrate Angela’s love for music, and the impact she has had on so many of us. R.S.V.P. required as space is limited. Donations appreciated.
Students in Action
Kol Yavneh (our student run Hebrew radio station) broadcasted a show last week. You can listen to the recording here.
In STEAM, Kitah Bet Zayit students began their coding unit exploring sequencing and looping.
Gan Rimon is learning all about England. Ethan in Kitah Gimel was a special guest speaker in Gan Rimon this week and shared facts and details about his trip to London.
Gan Geffen is studying oviparous animals. Lilah in Kitah Alef brought in her chicken to visit the class. Lilah answered questions and shared facts about different types of chickens and their eggs.
Kitah Chet is on their Israel Journey. They went on a 10k bike ride and have explored Tzfat, Tiberias, and Tel Aviv. More photos Follow their blog here
Kitah Zayin has journeyed to Ashland, Oregon this week. They have been exploring the power of memory, parent/child relationships, inclusivity, and identity through the plays As You Like It, Hairspray, and the World Premier of Mother Road. They also had workshops with the company members and visited the Science Works Museum. More photos
Kitah Hay is enjoying the great outdoors on their Journey in Redwood Glen. More photos
Kitah Vav has journeyed to the Marin Headlands. They studied the adaptations of tide pool creatures in an intertidal marine touch tank and explored the beaches and hiking trails. More photos
Important Links
Lunch Menu and After School Enrichment: Menu (School Password: LFC1)
Challah Orders: Click here (School Password: yavneh1)
Volunteer Opportunities: Click here
Club J Ha'Moadon: Click here
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In the Community
 Host Families Needed for Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
JFS needs host families for temporary housing (1-2 months) for resettling refugees. More info

Join Team San Jose for the Maccabi Games 2019
Teens are invited to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games 2019 in Atlanta, July 28-August 2. Each summer, we send a delegation of Jewish teens ages 13-16 from Silicon Valley to participate at this international athletic competition for Jewish teens. For details and prices. Registration form

Camp Shalom Spring Break Camp, APJCC
Spring Break Camp is for children in Kindergarten-5th Grade. Full-day and extended care options. More information and register online