January 21, 2021, 8 Sh'vat 5781
This Week  הַשָּׁבוּעַ
Message from the Head of School
“...Being American is more than a pride we inherit – it's the past we step into and how we repair it...We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be...If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy in change, our children’s birthright...So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left...For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.” - Amanda Gorman

We are all products of our parents. Whether by nurture or nature, I inherited a love of poetry from my mother, a high school English teacher. However, I have never been moved to tears by a poem until I listened to Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate, recite her poem, “The Hill We Climb”, at the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Her words spoke to me as a Jewish American and as a Head of School. We have a sacred job of not only educating our students but of partnering with parents to instil the desire to be the light and repair the world.

These ideals are central to what it means to be part of our Yavneh community. Centered by our Fundamental Beliefs, we strive to move towards what shall be. While it may be comforting to think about returning to an easier time, we must imagine what comes next. And we are very excited about what the future holds for our Yavneh students. While masks will likely be worn much of next year, we plan on offering our vibrant, dual-language, integrated program on campus for all students who are able. We will continue to use some of the online resources that we discovered but the main mode of education will be in-person.

In order to help your planning, the preliminary calendar is attached below and re-enrollment contracts are being sent to inboxes next week. Our annual Open House is next Wednesday, January 27th at 7pm. You’ll have an opportunity to engage in Tu B’Shvat themed activities with current teachers as well as visit future classes.

We look forward to seeing you next week and continuing our Yavneh legacy of teaching children to bring light to the world.
J STEAM Challange #1
JSTEAM-Challenge #1 - Camouflage. We can't wait to see your creations.
The boxes with the instructions of the challenge began to go home this week with each family's younger child. If your children do not come to in-person school, please stop by the no-contact area to pick up your family box on Jan. 21, 22, 25 or 26. Deadline for submission is Friday, February 19th. For questions: vanina@yavnehdayschool.org
Pick Up Your Tu B'Shvat Gift from Yavneh
January 25 and January 26
In honor of Tu B'Shvat, please enjoy a small token of our appreciation for our Yavneh families "Growing Jewish Values" by picking up a Yavneh Tu B'Shvat parsley seed planting kit in front of the building Jan. 25 and 26. If your child attends in-person school, they will be sent home between the 25th-27th. This gift will be part of our school wide Tu B'shvat Open House celebration on January 27th at 7pm when we will do the planting all together. Share your Tu B'Shvat planting photos by tagging us on social media. #ThisIsY, #ThisIsVirtualY.
All School Virtual Open House
Tu B'Shvat Celebration
Wednesday, January 27, 7:00pm-8:00pm
The entire community is invited to our Tu B'Shvat Celebration followed by games and activities in our virtual classrooms. Visit your current classroom and explore your future classrooms. Tu B'Shvat is considered to be the New Year of the Trees. It is often celebrated by getting out into nature, planting trees or having a Tu B'Shvat Seder, a special meal that includes different kinds of fruit that come from trees. Recently, it has also come to be known as the Jewish Earth Day.
Students in Action
Students are cooking food from around the world in our Middle School Culinary Adventures elective.
Yesterday was "Dress Like a Leader Day" in our Kvutzah Virtualli Gan/Alef class. Some of the leaders were President Biden and Jane Goodall.
Send us your photos and captions for our media and yearbook by emailing photos@yavnehdayschool.org.
Important Links
Weekly TechTalk every Thursday at 7:00pm with rolling topics on Zoom - Sign Up
Office hours with Claire (Educational Technology Liason), Mon. - Fri. 2:00-5:00pm - Sign Up
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This is an abbreviated version of Hashavua. Parents, please see your email for the full version of Hashavua which includes Yavneh’s calendar and upcoming events.