August 9, 2018, 28 Av 5778
Reminders for the Week: Sign up for your Family Conferences, Subscribe to Yavneh's calendar, RSVP for the Welcome Back to School  Breakfast
Message from the Head of School 

"It is the personality of the teacher which is the text that the pupils read; the text that they will never forget." - Abraham Joshua Heschel
The personality of the teacher and the relationships that s/he is able to create with students is at the heart of a successful educational experience, one that has the potential to have a lifelong impact. Heschel's insight about teachers is one that has guided our leadership team when we selected prospective educators and built our teams.
As our school continues to grow, we have spent the past six months interviewing, observing and discussing our staffing for the coming year. All of our new teachers hold teaching credentials, have classroom experience and possess that special spark that we look for. We are excited to introduce the following new educators to the Yavneh family.
Wendy Ron - Second Grade (Kitah Bet - Hitah), has over 14 years experience as a teacher in the bay area, including many years teaching second grade. She happens to have experience and expertise in many of the programs that Yavneh utilizes, including Responsive Classroom and Singapore Math. With a background in theater, Wendy has also taught performing arts to elementary and middle school students.
Elle Pann - Third Grade (Kitah Gimel), is a native of Saratoga, has a masters in education and holds a multiple subject teaching credential. She most recently taught third grade at Bullis Charter School in Los Altos where she was beloved by students, parents and administration. Elle has a true passion for teaching, and enjoys reading, hiking, and yoga.
Shelly Mizrachi - Third Grade (Kitah Gimel), hails from Kiryat Ata where she was an elementary school teacher. In recent years, she has worked in the U.S. as a shlichah/emissary-teacher of the World Zionist Organization, teaching Hebrew in both a Hebrew Charter school and a Jewish day school in the greater New York area. Shelly enjoys singing, traveling and watching movies.
Jennifer Khait - Fifth Grade (Kitah Hay), has been an educator for 12 years, having taught fifth grade for eight of those years. With a masters as well as a multi-subject teaching credential, Jennifer is passionate about utilizing innovative teaching practices to inspire children to learn and grow.
Shiran Bar Natan - Fifth Grade (Kitah Hay) and 6th grade Hebrew, recently arrived from Israel. She is a graduate of the Kibbutz Teaching Seminary and taught general studies as well as as Hebrew language at the elementary level. Shiran loves teaching and is motivated by a desire to help children grow to become responsible adults.
Please see below for a complete list of our classroom teams. Visit our website by clicking  HERE,  for full bios of these and other teachers on our faculty.
I hope that you and your child(ren) will take advantage of our upcoming family conferences to get to meet your class teachers prior to the start of the school year. 
I am very excited to welcome these new members to our team and look forward to a wonderful year of continued learning and growth!
Shabbat Shalom,
Teaching Teams 2018 -19 (Teacher listed alphabetically by last name)

Lower School
Kindergarten/ Gan Rimon - Nira Ben Simhon, Millie Greenberg
Kindergarten/ Gan Geffen - Michelle Mathews, Lee Weiner
Kitah Alef - Tamar (1st) - Grace Lee, Vered Zimmerman
Kitah Alef - T'enna (1st) - Tom Kerem, Yael Ross
Kitah Bet - Zayit (2nd) - Ilana Friedlander, Amy Schiff
Kitah Bet - Hitah (2nd) - Aviva Greenberg, Wendy Ron
Kitah Gimmel (3rd) - Shelly Mizrachi, Elle Pann
Kitah Dalet (4th) - Renee Fine
Kitah Hay (5th) - Shiran Bar Natan, Jennifer Khait
Middle School
Language Arts - Jenessa Schwartz
Science - Maria Camissa
Jewish/Israel Curricular Integration Specialist - Jamie Zimmer
Global Research - Ted Pierce
Math - Ellen Abelar, Danielle Sapiens
Lower & Middle School shared faculty
STEAM - Vanina Sandel
Hebrew - Shiran BarNatan, Einat Freundlich, Lizi Sand
Math - Ellen Abelar, Danielle Sapiens
Art - Judy Schultz
Music/Modern Band - Lior Ben Hur, Nate Witherbee
Environmental Science - Rene Prupes
Note: Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper and Cindy Schlesinger, will also be teaching in certain classes.
Calendar and Upcoming Events
  Aug. 16 & 17
Family Conferences
  Aug. 19 Welcome Back-to-School Breakfast, 10:30am, Oak Meadow Park
  Aug. 21 First Day of School 

Yavneh Family Conferences
August 16th & 17th
This is an opportunity for you, your child, and your child's teachers to get to know each other and start to build a strong relationship.  Sign-ups are now available. (There is no childcare available on these days.)  For instructions on how to log-on please Click Here.  All conferences must be scheduled by August 14th. Any questions? Please contact 
Welcome Back-To-School Breakfast at Oak Meadow Park
Sunday, August 19, 10:30am-1:30pm
Pancakes will be provided. Bring your own drinks, coffee, and vegetarian breakfast picnics. The picnic will be held at Oak Meadow Park, Picnic Area #1 and #2. Bring the entire family! Please RSVP by August 13th.  
Please download or print the recently updated
 At-a-Glance Calendar  featuring
days off and major school events. 

Please subscribe to Yavneh's  CALENDAR.
Please complete your  Parent Participation Commitment Form
by: Monday, August 20.
There are many ways to participate at Yavneh and this helps to build and strengthen our community. Visit Yavneh's website for an up-to-date list of 
Faculty Summer Learning
The teachers are back at Yavneh and are getting ready for an amazing 2018-2019 school year. They are in the midst of planning (with some time for celebrating simchas) before school begins on the 21st. 

Facing History and Ourselves
By: Jenessa Schwartz
Over the summer, I had the privilege of attending a workshop with Facing History and Ourselves, an amazing organization that provides resources for teachers interested in creating social justice-leaning curricula. This year, I will be using new Facing History resources across the middle school. In the 6th grade, I will be adding to my Giver unit, exploring more deeply the idea of being a witness to history and how society's common memory shapes our present lives and the future. In the 7th grade, we will be utilizing Facing History's vast Holocaust resources, including survivor testimonials, primary source documents (letters, poems, art, and journals all recovered from the ghettos and camps), and classroom activities focusing on human behavior during times of crisis like the Shoah. In 8th grade, we will be reading Warriors Don't Cry, Melba Beals' memoir recounting her experience being one of the Little Rock Nine, the brave teenagers who integrated Little Rock's Central High School. Facing History's resources provide an all-encompassing look at American culture during the turbulent time of Jim Crow, mandated integration, and the civil rights movement. 

Attending Facing History workshops never fails to inspire me to engage the students in deep study and discussion of the tough subjects: race, identity, social justice, and the more trying and sometimes ugly moments in human history. I strive to give the students a sense of agency and to encourage them to take action; what can we learn from the study of these topics and what can we do as members of this community to make the world a better, more just place? I have this amazing privilege of sharing incredible literature and moving primary sources with my middle school students, and I want them to leave Yavneh  having used these texts as inspiration to be informed, contributing members of society.
Construction Update
More lighting, cabinets, counters, and painting this week!
Community Good and Welfare
Mazal Tov to Yavneh's music teacher Nate Witherbee on his recent marriage!
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In The Community
Club J Mini Camp
Monday, August 20th Hang out in the JCC's youth lounge, for a fun-filled day of supervised activities. Full day (9:00am-3:30pm) and half-day (9:00am-12:30pm) options, as well as extended care (8:00-9:00am and 3:30-6:00pm). For more information, contact  Becca Durham or register  here.

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:

Hebrew Sing Along Evening at the APJCC
Sunday, August 26, 7:30-9:00pm,  APJCC auditorium.  Fee: $15  Click here for tickets and more info   *The event will be held in Hebrew*

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: