April 15, 2021, 3 Iyyar 5781
This Week  הַשָּׁבוּעַ
A Message from the Head of School
Have you ever burned the roof of your mouth on a hot chocolate chip cookie because you didn’t want to wait for it to cool down? What about interrupting a classmate or colleague because they were taking too long to formulate their answer? Or doing something for your child, like tying their shoelaces, because you were in a rush? Read more
A Message from Kitah Hay
Over the next few weeks in Hashavua, 5th graders will share community service projects from Jewish Studies ramping up towards our milestone. This weeks project is on animal homelessness:

Hello Yavneh Community!
Our names are Colin and Liat. As a 5th grade project, we chose to help end animal homelessness. This cause matters because cats and dogs reproduce quickly, so strays can get out of control. This also affects the cleanliness of towns and cities. According to Jennifer Flick, who runs her own animal shelter called Scritch Kittens in San Jose, only 1 in 3 cats on the streets survive. That means that 66% die.

The Torah teaches us about Tsa’ar ba’alea hayim, a law that requires us to help animals that are suffering or in need, even if it is your enemy’s animal (www.humanesociety.org). It is a mitzvah to help animals, for example, by giving stray animals care and a home. We have already sent donations to Scritch Kittens. We donated a number of items, like cat food, toys, blankets, towels, treats, and dog food.

If you want to help, here are some options:
1) If you are dropping your child off at Yavneh next week, you can send them into the office where there will be a donation box with Jennifer. Feel free to donate sanitized cat food, toys, blankets, towels, treats, and dog food, or any other animal items. Used items are fine too.

2) Research and donate to any of these organizations:

3) Call a shelter in your community if you see a stray that needs help. (Injured or looking Ragamuffin-like) You can call these shelters:
  • San Jose Shelter: (408) 794-7297
  • Adobe Animal Hospital: (408) 357-8000

4) Volunteer at your local shelter.

Thank you for your time.
Best Regards, Colin and Liat

P.S.There is still time to donate to "Fight World Hunger" and win a t-shirt from last week's 5th grade community service project. Here is the link to last week's Hashavua to get the donation links. Email Mr. Sleep once you have donated for a chance to win a t-shirt.
Students in Action
8th grade students kept "geometrically" distanced in Math class this week.
Middle school students enjoyed playing an impromptu game of catch at recess.
Marcia, Jordan's mother from Kitah Gimel, was a guest speaker over Zoom for Kitah Hay during STEAM recently. Marcia is a scientist and works for a company that developed the COVID-19 tests that our in-person learners and staff take every other week. She explained the test, the COVID-19 virus, and answered many interesting questions that students asked her about in her field. Thank you Marcia!
Kitah Gimel students performed their own rendition of Disney's Decendants.
We welcomed back Mrs. Schiff and HaMorah Tom to campus last week and Kitah Bet enjoyed zooming into Kabbalat together from their classroom.
Yesterday, our students and staff held a Yom HaZikaron memorial service and we lowered the Israeli flag. Many of our classes had virtual visits with former IDF (Israel Defense Forces) soldiers. More photos
Today we celebrated Israel's 73rd birthday. Students and staff dressed in blue and white and we raised the flag in honor of Israel's Independence Day.
Students rotated through Yom HaAtzmaut stations throughout the day. They participated in an all school art project, Israeli line dancing, and even a Hebrew Spelling Bee on Zoom!
Kitah Dalet students coded projects for Yom HaAtzmaut using Scratch.
Our Kvutzah Virtualli (Gan/Alef) virtual cohort made Flags of Israel for Yom HaAtzmaut.
Kitah Alef made maps of Israel. More photos
Kitah Alef has been working on the garden since October. They have learned about the irrigation system created in Israel. In celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut, they set up their own irrigation system.
Gan created Israeli flags, discussed the differences and similarities between the Israeli and American flags, and inspected the colors and shapes. More photos
Gan students also wrote the word ישראל (Israel) in sparkling blue play dough.
Send us your student in action and Yom HaAtzmaut photos for the yearbook and our media by emailing photos@yavnehdayschool.org.
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