November 1, 2018, 23 Cheshvan 5778
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Reminders for the Week
  • You will receive a "Shabbat Shalom" text message tomorrow at 10am as a test of our emergency text message system
  • Family Day of Code, Tinkering & Play is this Sunday
  • Wear your Yavneh shirt on Monday
Message from the Head of School
Community is a core value of our school. It is easy to take for granted day to day, but it’s at times of need and times of joy that we remember its importance. In the aftermath of last weekend’s events, as parents gathered in our Beit Kehillah to support one another, I repeatedly heard words of gratitude for being part of this community. The Yavneh community is strong, and while some connections are spontaneous, its existence takes effort and intention. The more we invest of ourselves in building our community, the stronger our community will be. A cornerstone of our school community is our Yavneh Parent Association. We have been blessed with talented YPA leadership since the school’s inception. I am proud to share these words of our current YPA President, Suzana Fischer Hotimsky:
Message from the YPA President
YPA Invites You
By Suzana Fischer Hotimsky, YPA President

The empirical evidence is consistent, positive and convincing: families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life. Students with involved parents are more likely to succeed academically and have greater social competence. Both students AND schools benefit when parents are involved in education. Read more
Calendar and Upcoming Events
Nov. 2
"Shabbat Shalom" Text Message, 10:00am
Kabbalat Shabbat, Beit Kehillah, 2:30pm
Gan Kabbalat Shabbat, Classroom, 2:30pm
Gan Geffen Plant Sale, Lobby, 3:00pm

Nov. 4

Nov. 5
Keshet of Kavod Assembly, 8:30am

Nov. 6
YPA Meeting, Activity Room C, 8:45am

Nov. 8
Torah Service, Beit Kehillah, 8:30am

Nov. 9
Buddy Shabbat, 2:30pm
Set Up Book Fair

Nov. 12-16
Reading Week and Book Fair

Nov. 12th
All School T'fillah, 8:30am

Nov. 13th

Nov. 14th
Book Character Day: Dress up as your favorite book character (i.e., not superhero from movies/comic books)

Nov. 15th
Picture Make Up Day

Nov. 16th
Cuddle Up and Read Day: Wear Pajamas and bring your stuffed book buddy
YPA Hanukkah Bazaar
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Day of Code 2018
Reminder! Family Day of Code, Tinkering & Play is This Sunday, Nov. 4th, 11:45am-3:30pm
Coding sessions organized by grade
NEW!! Escape room for 5th-8th
Robotics for 5th-8th
NEW!! Family challenge: Build a city of cards
Guided tinkering stations with rockets, electricity and more for preK-4th
Light lunch/snacks provided
Test of Emergency Text System 
Tomorrow, Fri. Nov. 2nd, 10:00am
You will receive a "Shabbat Shalom" text message (along with a follow up email) tomorrow at around 10:00am as a test of our emergency text message system. Please email Diana if you do not receive the text message. 

Picture Make Up Day
Thu. Nov. 15th
Take your picture if you missed picture day in October, or retake your pictures (simply return your original package on 11/15). Individual photos only. Order photos here
Use Picture Day ID: BY418287Q1

YPA Survey
Please take a minute to fill out the YPA survey here. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Kindergarten Readiness Workshop with Parent Educator, Linda Levine
Tue. Nov. 13th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Learn what to expect from kindergarten programs and what makes a child ready for the experience. This event is in partnership with: The APJCC Preschool, Shir Hadash ECC, Congregation Sinai Nursery School, and Temple Emanu-El Preschool. The Kindergarten Readiness Workshop will be followed by Yavneh's Kindergarten Information Night.

Yavneh Kindergarten Information Night (2019-2020 School Year)
Come learn about Yavneh Day School's Kindergarten program. Meet the teachers, see the classroom, and discover how learning happens at Yavneh.
Middle School Information Night
Wed. Nov. 14th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Parents and students (5th grade and up) are invited to Yavneh Day School's Middle School to learn about Innovation Labs, Social Justice, Science, Art, Music, Jewish Studies, Athletics and so much more.
Students in Action
At Monday’s All School T’fillah, Yavneh sang songs and prayers of peace and healing. Grades 4-8 held a memorial service and lit a yahrzeit candle in memory of the victims of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. 
Kitah Gimel students learned more about the fascinating and special relationship between humans and animals, particularly dogs. They focused on the different services that dogs provide humans, and learned about the potential of rescue dogs from shelters to be adopted and trained as search and rescue dogs. They had an exciting visit from the volunteer organization known as "Canine Specialized Search Team" (CSST) along with two of their trained dogs to help the students gain valuable insight and experience in the exploration of the 3rd grade theme of relationships. 
Kitah Bet visited the Heritage Rose Garden to study pollinators and plants in detail. They inspected and dissected roses and toured the rose garden and orchard.
Kitah Vav looked at the physical and chemical properties of similar crystals to determine how to identify unknown crystals based on their properties. 
In Kitah Hay, students created and experimented with catapults.
Kitah Gimel and Kitah Dalet took part in a fire safety assembly.
As Kitah Gan Geffen discovered, marble runs are much more fun when you create your own!
In STEAM, Gan Rimon continues to explore airplanes. They used popsicle sticks and paper to create something they could fly.
Hebrew Pearls פנינת הלשון
In this column, Yavneh Hebrew consultant, Prof. Edna Aphek shares that in Biblical sources the word Hebrew is used to describe our ancestor’s people, while the language of the Hebrews is referred to as “Jewish”. Read more
Important Links
Lunch Menu: Menu (School Password: LFC1)
Challah Orders and After School Enrichment: Click here (School Password: yavneh1)
Volunteer Opportunities: Click here
Club J Ha'Moadon: Click here
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Tribute Donations

Thank you to the following for their recent tribute donation: 

Diana and Dewey Wilmot, In Honor of Harrison Wilmot’s Bar Mitzvah
In the Community
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
Now-Nov. 11th the SVJFF will present many more chances to see features and documentary films at the AMC Saratoga 14 movie theater. The 27th annual film festival ends November 11 with a Special Event at OFJCC in Palo Alto. “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta” will be shown followed by a discussion and reception with special guests Director Bettina Ehrhardt and Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie Bernstein. Tickets and more info

APJCC Preschool Book Drive
Now-Dec. 11th
The APJCC Preschool is collecting used books in their office for their annual Book Sale. Books for both children and for grownups are welcome. The Book Sale will be held from Dec 11-14, in the preschool lobby. More info and to volunteer, contact: Jenna Waldman.

Embrace-A-Family with Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley 
November 14th-December 18th
Each year JFS makes Hanukkah brighter for those in need. Look for dreidel boards in the lobby. Pull a dreidel tag, purchase the item, return the gift and tag to the JFS office. There is also a Target Gift Registry. JFS is also asking for: large, new gift bags, gas cards, gift cards to Target, Walmart, Trader Joes and Safeway. Please check the Jewish Family Services website or contact: Lori Cinnamon at 408.357.7467 for more info or to volunteer.