May 2, 2019, 27 Nisan 5779
This Week  הַשָּׁבוּעַ
Reminders for the Week
  • Wear White Shirts and Dark Bottoms Wednesday for Yom HaZikaron
  • Wear Blue and White Thursday for Yom Ha'Atzmaut
Message from Nathan, Kitah Chet
This year, we all had the opportunity to go to Israel for two weeks so that we could experience the things that we had learned about at Yavneh. However, the question of why would we go to Israel instead of Washington D.C., as other classes have in the past, keeps coming up. After learning about Israel for most of my life, it is amazing to get to experience it in person and learn even more while experiencing it. Also, even if we hadn’t been learning about Israel all this time, we still go to a Jewish school and learn Hebrew as our second language so we also got a chance to see the country of our religion and to speak some Hebrew that we learned in a real-life situation.  Read more
Message from Morah Judy
“Morah Judy,” I hear. “Morah Judy, when is the art walk?” “Will my picture be there?” “Morah Judy, can I have more time to work on my piece?” Over the last couple of weeks, so many students have asked when the art walk is, and have shared their excitement about it with me. I love the questions because that means they know what that night is about and everything it involves. They are excited to show all the pieces they have created throughout the year. They are filled with pride at the opportunity to express themselves and are proud of their creations.  Read more
Calendar and Upcoming Events
May 3
Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm

May 6
T'fillah in Classrooms, 8:30am

May 8
Yom Hazikaron
Wear Dark Bottoms and White Tops
Flag Lowering and Ceremony, 8:30am
Ceremony in Beit Kehillah (Grades 3-8), 8:40am

May 9
Yom Ha'Atzmaut
Wear Blue and White
Flag Raising, 8:30am
Torah Service, 8:40am
Gil Hovav Presentation, 9:15am-10:15am
Carnival Stations and Activities, 1:30pm
Hebrew Spelling Bee, 2:55pm, Beit Kehillah
Israel Sing-A-Long, 3:15pm

May 10
Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm, Outside Bimah
May 13
Keshet of Kavod Assembly, 8:30am, Auditorium
Art Walk, 6:00pm-7:30pm

May 16
Torah Service, Auditorum, 8:30am
Annual Meeting, 6:30pm

May 17
Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm

May 20
All School T'fillah, 8:30am

May 23
Lag B'Omer
Walkathon 10am-11am
Field Day, 1:30pm

May 24
Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm

May 27
Memorial Day, School Closed
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2019-2020 School Year Preliminary Calendar
Registration is Now Open for Yavneh's Family Camping Trip
Fri. May 31-Sun. June 2nd
The annual Yavneh Camping Trip will be held in the Sequoia Group Campsite in Big Basin Redwood State Park. COST: $36/person (includes both nights) (2yrs old and under are free and do NOT need to be registered). We encourage you to sign-up soon, as there are a limited number of spaces and this event sells out every year.
Volunteers Needed to Host Tzofim Caravan Performers
The YPA is sponsoring the Tzofim Caravan Concert at Yavneh on June 5th. The Caravan will arrive at Yavneh on June 4th and perform on June 5th at 9:30am. We need families to host the performers the night of June 4th. There are 12 performers ages 16-23. Families are responsible for picking up the performers, providing food and a mattress to sleep on, and returning them to Yavneh by 8:15am on June 5th. Please sign up by tomorrow. Thank you!
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration at Yavneh 
Thu. May 9
Dress in Blue and White in honor of Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day).

8:30am: Flag Raising
8:40am: Torah Service
9:15am-10:15am: Gil Hovav Presentation for 5th-8th grade *
1:30pm: Carnival Stations and Activities
2:55pm: Hebrew Spelling Bee hosted by Gil Hovav Beit Kehillah
3:15pm: Israel Sing-A-Long

*All parents are invited to meet Gil Hovav, Israel’s leading culinary journalist, author and TV personality. Gil will share the story of his great grandfather, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, and the real story of the revival of Hebrew, from a personal point of view. RSVP required.
We need a few more parent volunteers for the Yom Ha'Atzmaut carnival stations starting at 1pm. 
Art Walk 2019
Mon. May 13, 6:00pm-7:30pm 
Please join us for Yavneh's Annual Art Walk. The school will be filled with art created by our students. You don't want to miss this special event. There will be Modern Band performances throughout the evening. We are still in need of volunteers next week to prepare for the art walk.
Annual Meeting 
Thu. May 16, 6:30pm-7:30pm
All parents are invited to attend Yavneh's Annual meeting. There will be a State of the School Address, volunteer and board recognition. 

Walkathon and Field Day
Thu. May 23
In celebration of Lag B'Omer, Yavneh is holding the Annual Walkathon and Field Day. 
Volunteers are needed for the Walkathon. More info soon!
10am-11am: Walkathon
1:30pm: Field Day
Students in Action
Kitah Zayin led a beautiful Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony (Shoah Tekes) for the school this morning and represented Yavneh at the South Bay Shoah Commemoration last evening. Students contributed powerful poetry, prose, and artwork.
Kitah Zayin read stories to grades Gan-Hay today.
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. 
Yavneh hosted a Musical Benefit for our former music teacher Angela Gold on Sunday. Thank you to all of our Yavneh families and members of our greater community who attended.
The swim unit in PE began this week. Remember to bring your swim gear every Monday.
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In the Community
Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom
Sun. May 5, 11:30am-1:00pm, APJCC
Rabbi Professor Ariel Burger will discuss his book; he was Wiesel's teaching assistant for many years and is a rabbi, teacher, artist and lecturer. More info

Celebrate Israel Independence Day at the JCC! (For ages 12+)
Thu. May 9th, 5:15-9pm
5:15pm Tour of IsrAID art exhibit in Hebrew (free)
6:30pm Tour of IsrAID art exhibit in English (free)
7:00pm Israeli buffet dinner followed by 7:30pm musical performance, “A Musical Journey: Israeli Songs Through The Years”. Tickets and more info

Cultivating Equanimity: A Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat, Marconi Conference Center
Fri. May 10, 6pm - Sun. May 12, 11am
With Rabbi Lavey Derby, Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, Julie Emden, Tracey Green, and Rabbi Laurie Matzkin. Experience the power of nature, Shabbat, periods of silence, and develop mental and physical tools for cultivating and celebrating equanimity surrounded by a supportive community-- all in beautiful Marin County. Tickets and more info

Yom Ha'Atzmaut Community Celebration
Celebrate Israel's 71st Independence Day
Sun. May 12, 3:30pm-7:30pm, Freidenrich Community Park, Palo Alto
this year, the ICC at the Oshman Family JCC together with over 20 partner organizations will celebrate Israel's 71st Independence Day with a community-wide party, featuring music, dancing, food and fun for the entire family, and you're invited! Tickets and more info