November 9, 2017, 20 Chesvan 5778

Reminders for the week: Flag Raising Ceremony at 8:30am tomorrow; Wear red, white and blue for Veterans Day. 

Chai Challenge 
42 Days Left -  Help us reach 100% in 100 days! 
Message from the Dean of Learning  and Instruction 4th-8th

What comes to your mind when you hear the word community? Does this word invoke an image, feeling, or memory? Maybe you think about geography, shared interests or a common religion. For me, community is about a sense of belonging -- a group that not only accepts each other, but lovingly pushes them to be their best selves. Thriving communities are more than the sum of their parts.

We all belong to multiple communities, many of which overlap. This past week, Yavneh had multiple opportunities to be part of larger communities. On Sunday, 300 people came to Yavneh for the 4th Annual Family Day of Code Tinkering and Play. Led by our STEAM coordinator, Vanina Sandel, students from across the South Bay learned to code in Python, programmed robots for a rescue mission, designed, tested and improved rockets, and created magnet mazes. Our visitors felt lucky to be part of the Yavneh community for the day.

On Monday, our middle school students gathered with more than 250 other Jewish day school students for a special showing of the documentary, Joe's Violin, through the Silicon Valley Film Festival. It's a touching story of a relationship that is formed when a Holocaust survivor, Joe Feingold, donates his violin to an all-girls' school in the Bronx. Brianna Perez, chosen as the first recipient, attended the screening. All 250 students were silent as she played her violin and answered questions at the conclusion of the documentary. Brianna, now in high school, spoke about wanting to be a music teacher and how, like Joe, music made her feel whole.  

In the middle of the documentary, I started tearing up -- I've been known to cry during sappy commercials and there was no hope for me getting through a documentary about a Holocaust survivor and an underprivileged student overcoming their odds. As a few tears dropped down my cheek, one of our 8th graders reached over to hold my hand. In that moment, I understood how unique and special our Yavneh community is.
In gratitude,  Cindy
Calendar and Upcoming Events
Nov. 10
Veterans Day Flag Ceremony 8:30am Wear RED  WHITEBLUE
Make up Picture Day
Storytelling Shabbat with Joel ben Izzy 1:30pm
Nov. 13 - Nov. 17 Reading Week and Book Fair
Nov. 14 Kindergarten Information Night 6:30pm
Nov. 15 Book Character Day 
Middle School Information Night 6:30pm
Nov. 17 Cuddle Up and Read Day
Grade Group Kabbalat Shabbat 2:30pm
Nov. 20 All School Tefillah 8:30am
Nov. 22-Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Break - School Closed
Nov. 27-Nov. 28 Family Conferences - no school

School Photos
School photos went home today with students. Make up picture day is tomorrow. Contact Jennifer if your student needs their photo taken tomorrow. Use this link to order photos. The order code for Yavneh Day School is: 
1718-0007. Last day to order photos is 11/17.
Yavneh Article in JWeekly
Yavneh's innovative Hebrew immersion and integrative learning approach is making the news! Check out the JWeekly article:  Click here to read
November 10th, 1:30pm-2:30pm
To kick off Yavneh's Reading Week, we are co-hosting a  Storytelling Shabbat with PJ Library followed by a Yavneh-led Kabbalat Shabbat.  Our special guest for our Storytelling Shabbat will be the world renowned teller of tales,  Joel ben Izzy. Over the last 35 years, Joel has traveled the world, gathering and telling tales, from Tel Aviv to Tokyo and from Paris to Petaluma. He'll be sharing some of his favorites with us. 
Kids in preschool to age 7 and their parents welcome! Invite your friends. 
Yavneh grades K-2, 1:30-2:30pm, MPR 
Yavneh grades 3-4, 2:00pm, 3rd Grade Classroom
Yavneh grades 5-8, 2:25pm, Library
Joel ben Izzy will be selling and signing his latest book and CD in the lobby at 3:00pm.  
Kindergarten Information Night
Do you or does someone you know have a child entering kindergarten in the fall? Come learn about Yavneh's kindergarten program where students develop and grow through hands-on learning and play. Meet the teachers, see the classroom and discover how learning happens.
Nov. 14th 6:30-8:00pm,  registration link

Middle School Information Night

Parents AND 5th grade students, please join us to learn about the Middle School and participate in classroom activities.
Nov. 15th 6:30-8:00pm,   registration link

Reading Week  and  Book Fair 

Yavneh will spend the week celebrating the joy of reading through fun events and activities. Throughout the week we will have guest readers in English and Hebrew. 

The Book Fair will be open: Mon. Nov. 13-Fri. Nov. 17,  8:00am-9:30am and 3:00pm-4:30pm

Wed. Nov. 15, Book Character Day: Dress up as your favorite book character. Students are invited to dress up as their favorite book character (i.e., not superhero from movies or comic books).

Fri. Nov. 17, Cuddle Up and Read Day: Wear pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed book buddy.

Middle School in Action
Yavneh Middle School students met Brianna Perez, The teen violinist from the Oscar-nominated short documentary Joe's Violin. Yavneh's Middle School along with other Jewish Day Schools had a private viewing of Joe's Violin. The documentary is about a donated violin that forges a friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and a 12-year-old Bronx school girl showing how music can bring light in the darkest times and how a small act can have a great impact. 
Family Day of Code, Tinkering and Play 4.0

We had record attendance at our 4th Annual Day of Code, Tinkering and Play last Sunday. Families coded, programmed robots, launched rockets, tinkered with magnets, and made catapults and other toys. More photos.
Students in Action

Upon learning about the story of Noah, Kitah Bet created arks in STEAM. The process involved collaboration, problem solving, engineering, and building. Hebrew and text study was also an essential part of the project.
Kitah Gimel is continuing to learn about the human body. Thank you to Dr. McBeth for leading the students in a lesson about tendons as they dissected chicken feet.
Kitah Dalet hosted their buddy class Kitah Alef T'enna in make-shift classroom tents. Students studied the Torah portion of the week where Abraham gives hospitality to unknown guests (who turned out to be angels) in his tent. Because of this, Rabbis over the years have made it a mitzvah to host people in your home. Hosting others can be a wonderful way for our students to see the true  face of Chesed (kindness). 
Important Links
Volunteer Opportunities at Yavneh:  Click here
Afterschool Enrichment Classes and Yavneh Merchandise:  Click here (School Password yavneh1)
Shop with eScrip: Order gift cards from Lands End, restaurants, supermarkets, and more. eScrip will donate a percentage to Yavneh.  More info, Shop Now 
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Challah Order Form: Click here 
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In the Community
Gift Cards for Camp Newman 
Collection in Yavneh lobby ends tomorrow Nov. 10th. Jewish Day Schools in the Bay Area are collecting gift cards for the Camp Newman staff who have lost their housing or were displaced do to the fires. More info

Do you have a Rental Property in  Sonoma or Napa County or near the impacted areas? 
There are 30 families from Congregation Shomrei Torah in the North Bay that are in need of long term rentals. If you have a home you might be willing to rent to a family please email

APJCC Preschool Book Fair Book Collection
Ongoing-Dec 5th, The APJCC Preschool is collecting used books for their annual Book Sale taking place Dec. 5th-8th! Books for both children and for grownups are welcome. Please no text books or magazines, and books should be in good condition. More info. Contact.

APJCC Camp and Youth Program Fundraiser
November 15th, Willow Street Wood Fire Pizza, Los Gatos. Lunch and Dinner. More info

Embrace-A-Family with Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley 
November 15th-December 19th 
Each year JFS makes Hanukkah brighter for those in need. Look for dreidel boards at the Yavneh lobby from November 15th through December 19th. The  Embrace-A-Family Target Registry will be available  on the JFS website In addition to specific gifts, JFS is also asking for, l arge new/unused gift bags, g as cards, and g ift cards to Target, Walmart, Trader Joe's and Safeway to serve our  clients throughout the year.  For more info: contact  Lori Cinnamon , (408) 357-7467
Community Good and Welfare
   Mazel tov to the Bernstein Family on the birth of Ivry, niece to 2nd grader Brooklyn. 
   Mazel tov to Kitah Gan teacher Michelle Matthews on her engagement.