August 30, 2018, 19 Elul 5778
Reminders for the Week: Happy Labor Day! No School Monday. 
Message from the Chair  of the Yavneh Board of Trustees

Welcome back Yavneh families and community. I am extremely excited to continue to serve this coming year as Board Chair during a period of dynamic growth, innovation, and advancement of the school.

Let me start by providing a brief overview of the core governance responsibilities of the Board of Trustees. First, the  Board is responsible for designing and shepherding the long-term vision of the school and ensuring Yavneh's mission, philosophy, and core values guide our decision making and policy development. This strategic planning offers direction to the head of school and senior team as they manage and grow Yavneh.
Second, the Board provides sound financial governance to support school operations and oversees adherence to a set of  bylaws that conform to legal requirements, fiduciary duties, and areas of compliance. The Board is focused on upholding the highest ethical standards and safeguards against conflicts of interest.
And third, we are responsible for the head of school.  The Board must work in tandem with the head and other school admin­istrators, always being careful to focus its primary work on long-range and strategic issues not the daily operations.  We are very fortunate to have an exceptional leader in Zvi Weiss running our school and driving collaboration with the Board of Trustees. Through the efforts of Zvi, the senior team, faculty, and staff, we have built a nationally recognized academic institution.
The Board itself has a diversity of members who provide balanced perspectives and representation across our community. The Trustees consist of current parents, former parents, faculty and administration from other schools, and members of both the Rabbinical and general community. Each member brings distinct talents, skills, professions, and life experiences to the Trustee role to enable a range of opinions and ideas helping set an informed course for our strategic direction.
As we focus on the coming year, the Board will drive several key initiatives:
  • Building for the Future: With another year of record student enrollment, we have an opportunity to envision and reimagine the physical expansion and footprint of the school. Shortly after our highly anticipated upstairs remodel is unveiled, we will move into the next set of campus renovations and invite everyone to support Yavneh's growth.
  • Community Outreach: Our school continues to be an anchor and guiding light in our community and we have a responsibility to reach out to welcome and strengthen broader relationships across agencies, synagogues, partners, supporters, donors, and community members throughout Silicon Valley and beyond.
  • Accreditation: This coming year is our every 7th year accreditation process. Our last check-in with the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) was met with an extremely positive accreditation report - one in which we were asked to be a showcase for other schools to visit and learn from us. We have continued to achieve so many more milestones and received multiple recognitions since the last CAIS visit and I am personally looking forward to meeting the accreditation team this coming Spring.  We will knock their socks off!
The Board of Trustees appreciates your support and commitment to Yavneh Day School and I thank you for partnering with us on the education of our children and growing a truly amazing school.

I hope you and your children have a terrific year. I am very excited for what the future will bring and Shabbat Shalom.         Arnnon Geshuri
Calendar and Upcoming Events
  Aug. 31 Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm 
  Sep. 3 Labor Day, SCHOOL CLOSED
  Sep. 4 YPA Meeting, 8:30am, Activity Room C
  Sep. 5 Back-to-School Night K-3rd, 6:30pm (Parents Only) 
  Sep. 6 Torah Service, 8:30am
  Sep. 7 Buddy Tashlich at Los Gatos Creek (Parents Welcome)
Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm
  Sep. 10 - 11 Rosh Hashanah, SCHOOL CLOSED
  Sep. 13 Back-to-School Night 4th-8th, 6:30pm (Parents Only)
  Sep. 16 Build Yavneh's Sukkah, 9:00am 
  Sep. 17 All School T'fillah, 8:30am 
  Sep. 18 Erev Yom Kippur, EARLY DISMISSAL, 12:15pm (No Lunch)


Challah  and 
Honey Cake Orders
Regular challah, round holiday challah, and honey cakes are now availble to order. Challah and honey cakes will be delivered to your student's classroom.  G o to (password: yavneh1)  
Lulav and  Etrog
Lulav and Etrog sets from Israel are available to order. Orders will be sent to Yavneh for pick up. We receive 10% of the purchase price. Complete orders by September 5th. G o to (password: yavneh1)
Parent Driver Forms For Field Trips
As a reminder, if you are driving other students on a field trip, please turn in your parent driver form, a photo copy of your current insurance policy, and a photocopy of your driver's license. The office can make photo copies for you. 

All students are invited to bring  Shofars   every day for the month of Elul (through September 8th). 

Tashlich Friday, September 7th
We mark the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashana by observing a model Tashlich ceremony. Traditionally observed on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, tashlich is a ceremony in which we symbolically cast off our misdeeds from the previous year by tossing bread crumbs into a body of water. At Yavneh on the day before we close for Rosh Hashanah, we do this special ceremony with our buddy classes at the Los Gatos Creek. We discuss and share reflections on our actions from the past year that we want to wash away and we also set goals for the year ahead. Parents are welcome to join us for this activity. Please see your room parent email this week for exact times in the morning. 

Homework Club for Grades 3-8
SIgn up now for Yavneh's Homework Club Monday-Thursday for 3rd grade-8th grade.There is M ath and Literacy Support with Mrs. Abelar and Morah Shannon.  Sign up through boonli.
September YPA Meeting
Tuesday, September 4, 8:30am
Join us for the first YPA meeting of the year.
If you are a Yavneh Family then you're already a member of the YPA! Meet to discuss the many events/services provided by the YPA
Volunteers Needed: 
Back to School Night: Sign up here
Rosh Hashanah and Simchat Torah Support: email the YPA

Club J Ha'Moadon  Extended Care 
Drop-in care for grades K-5 is available before school beginning at 7:00am and after school until 6:00pm. Extended care is $8.00/hour for JCC members and $10.00/hour for non-members (1 hour minimum charge). If your child is enrolled in JCC Youth Programs or Yavneh Enrichment classes, they will be escorted between Club J and these classes. Please review the behavior policy included in this parent handbook with your child and return a signed copy to Club J staff on your child's first day of extended care.  Please contact Becca Durham, Youth Coordinator,  or Daniel  Bernstein, Youth & Camp Assistant Director  with any questions. 
Students in Action
Gan has been exploring their new classroom, learning about about bees, and creating during choice time. 
Kitah Alef is getting ready for the High Holidays. They are also creating their own learning environment, including class rules and jobs. 
Kitah Bet has been practicing playing math games and working on sportsmanship. They also began Number Talks in Hebrew, and are using manipulatives, 100s charts, cards, and dice to work with in math.
Kitah Gimel participated in activities that emphasized the importance of recognizing the roles each of them play in their class. They discussed how they can support one another in reaching everyone's "Hopes and Dreams" this year.
Kitah Dalet held their first morning class council. 
Kitah Hay is exploring the reading comprehension strategy of use text features (titles, headings, captions, graphic features, and more) to support them in the reading of nonfiction texts. Using their social studies texts as a resource, students hunted for visuals within the text that support comprehension. As students identified graphs, charts, maps, timelines, captions, and more, each student was invited to stand up to display a text feature card.
Kitah Hay has been engineering using different building materials to create slopes for objects to travel from one place to another in our new STEAM space. 
Monday's all school T'fillah and Thursday's Torah service took place outside this week. 
Middle School in Action 
Construction Update

The warming tray, ark, and projectors have been installed...we are almost there!
Important Links
Lunch Menu: Menu (School Password: LFC1)
Challah Orders and Homework Club:  Click here (School Password: yavneh1)
Volunteer Opportunities: Click here
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In The Community
Fall After-School Classes at the APJCC
Registration is now open for many of the JCC's fall enrichment classes. There are some new options this year including chess, coding, and Dungeons & Dragons, in addition to ongoing options like fitness and sports, cartooning, martial arts, and yoga. For details and registration:

Introducing J-Fam: A new playgroup for Jewish babies 5 months old to new walkers & their grownups!  Begining Tuesday, September 4th, Levy Family Campus/APJCC
The group meets every other Tuesday starting on September 4th.  Cost: $60 for 10 sessions. Register at On the fence? Join us free for the first session - email  to reserve your spot.  More info. 

Coffee and Bagels in the School Lobby
Wednesday, September 5, 8:15am-9:15am.  The JCC invites you to enjoy complimentary coffee and bagels in the school lobby during morning drop-off. There will also be information tables to let you know about fall programs for all ages at the JCC. More information:

Silicon Valley Jewish Community Legacy Planning Workshop
Wedneday, September 5, 7:00pm, APJCC Auditorium
Learn about new tax laws, guide to estate planning, and simple strategies for legacy giving. Featuring presentations by: David Hoffman, Tax Attorney and Alan Werba, Wealth Manager. More info and RSVP

Journeys Into Jewish Parenting 
Thursdsay, September 6, 7:30pm-9:30pm 
Find inspiring ideas and concrete tools to bring Jewish values, messages, and actions into your family's daily life. Led by Mindful Jewish Journeys educator Rabbi Laurie Matzkin.  Please note: Offsite location (wine bars, cafes, etc) will be given with your RSVP to Price: $25 per session. More info. 

Go with the Flow with BBYO 
Saturday, September 8th, 6:45pm-10:00pm
Join us at the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39. We'll have exclusive access to the aquarium, plus catered dinner and a DJ! Any and all Jewish teens in grades 8-12 are warmly welcome, and roundtrip bus transportation is available from Congregation Beth David in Saratoga.  Please click here for more information and to sign up for BBYO Central Region West's Kickoff 2018: SoirĂ©e by the Sea!