Ha'Onah "The Season": Connecting Families, Alumni, and Community
Message from the Head of School
Earlier this month I had the great honor of participating in our eighth grade graduation ceremony. The student speeches were as moving as always as they reflected on their Yavneh education and what lies ahead. I was struck by a sentence in one of those speeches in which the graduate declared: “Yavneh taught me how to examine problems and fix them, even if they felt impossible.”

This statement is far from simple and gets to the very heart of a Yavneh education. It’s exactly what we strive for - graduating students who have the compassion, determination, and ability to take on real problems and the courage to move past their comfort zone to fix them. Read more
Kitah Chet 8th Grade Graduation
Mazal Tov to the class of 2021! Kitah Chet's in-person diploma ceremony and virtual graduation ceremony took place yesterday. Students reflected on their time at Yavneh and their journey ahead. More photos

Excerpts from grad speeches:
"Thanks to all the teachers, my class and the many experiences I had here I know I’m walking into this bright future ready in a number of ways. Through learning with others in hevruta and this year in particular through learning and teaching middot, Yavneh has helped me understand other people's perspectives, and how I can listen and talk with someone with ideas that are different from my own. As I go out to a new school and new communities these skills of how to understand others and how to be confident with my own thoughts will be helpful. I know I will make mistakes along the way, but I’m ready to make mistakes." -Levana
"Yavneh taught me how to examine problems and fix them, even if they felt impossible. Yavneh showed me new ways of learning that involved hands-on-projects rather than just simple worksheets. Yavneh allowed me to meet people that I would not have otherwise met. Yavneh grew my identity as a Jew by finding topics that interested me and showed what roles Jews played in them. Most of all Yavneh showed me how supportive and caring communities can and should be." -Caedyn
"At Yavneh, I have learned to be grateful for what I have been given and empathetic and caring to others around me. I’ve made meaningful friendships at this school that I would have missed out on if I hadn’t been here. I want to say thank you to my friends who help me in my hard moments and who laugh with me at the most random times. I can’t predict or control what will happen in high school, but I will take the knowledge with me that if I can make meaningful friendships, I will be able to persevere through whatever life throws my way."

The graduates will continue their journeys at the following schools:
Pioneer High School
San Jose High School
Santa Cruz High School
Scotts Valley High School
Westmont High School
Archbishop Mitty High School
Branham High School
Evergreen High School
The Harker School
Los Gatos High School
Tribute Donations
By recognizing a family member or special friend through the Yavneh Day School's Tribute Program, you can directly support our innovative programs and curriculum. Tributes can be for a birthday, bar or bat mitzvah, graduation or in memory of a loved one. We will send an acknowledgment to the person or family you are honoring with your personalized note. The gift amount will not be disclosed. All tributes are recognized in our weekly Hashavua newsletter.
Highlights of the Season
Hebrew Writing Competition
Mazal tov to Ema Smith (6th) for her work “The Girl who Saved Someone's Life," and Blake Ostilly (4th) for his work "36," on being winners in the Rika Berkovich Israeli national writing competition.
Morah Jamie Wins 2021 Diller Educator Award
We are thrilled to announce that Jamie Zimmer, Yavneh’s Middle School Jewish Integration/Israel Studies Teacher, has been selected as a winner of the prestigious Diller Educator Award, an initiative of the Helen Diller Family Foundation and the San Francisco based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Art Walk
Kol HaKavod to all of our students on their creativity in the Art Walk. Thank you to Morah Judy and Morah Julie for organizing the virtual event and slideshow above.
This year's Walkathon raised over $16,000 to support our specialist programming in Art, Music, STEAM, and Physical Education. Thank you to all of our generous families, friends, and business donors for making this event a huge success! Event sponsors and more photos.
3D Printing in Middle School
Check out this 3D print of a sliding constellation finder designed by Michael in 7th Grade. Michael offered to design the 3D model for our 3rd grade students who were studying the constellations this year in STEAM.
Lag B'Omer Field Day
8th Grade led the entire school in our Annual Lag B'Omer Field Day. The competition included, relay races, potato sack races, and a cup stacking challenge (with extra points for creativity)! More photos
Stop Motion Torah
5th Grade created stop motion movies depicting the story of the Book of Numbers 13. This Torah portion was also the focus chapter for their milestone.
5th Grade Community Service Projects
This Spring, our 5th Grade studied Torah, learned Torah Trope, and tied tzitzit in preparation of their milestone. As they studied teachings from the Torah, they used this important time to help others in need through community service projects by collecting donations for cancer patients, childhood illness, world hunger relief, and animals.
Middle School Science Fair
Kol HaKavod to all of our Middle School Science Fair participants! This year’s Science Fair took place virtually over Zoom. Students presented their learning and scientific/engineering processes using the Prezi platform where they were able to interact with visuals on the screen as they shared their extremely hard work with the community. More photos
Yom Ha'Atzmaut
In honor of Israel's 73rd birthday, Yavneh celebrated throughout the day virtually and in-person. They participated in an all school art project, Israeli line dancing, and even a Hebrew Spelling Bee on Zoom! 1st Grade learned about the irrigation system created in Israel and set up their own irrigation system in the Yavneh garden. Gan students created their own Israeli flags, discussed the differences and similarities between the Israeli and American flags, and inspected the colors and shapes on the flag. More photos
Gold Rush Day
4th Grade took a step back in time for Gold Rush Day. After studying the history of California, they dressed up as 49ers and experienced the life of gold miners. More photo
Building Benches for the Community
7th Grader learned wood working skills this year and built benches for our outside learning spaces this spring. More photos
Siddur Milestone
This year's milestones were held in-person and virtually. In Yavneh tradition, 1st Grade students received Siddurs presented to them by their families. More photos
Alumni Spotlight
Rotem Bar, Yavneh Class of 2017
A recent graduate from Kehillah Jewish High School, Rotem attended Yavneh during her middle school years from 2014 to 2017. Driven to excel from a young age, Rotem has already worked as both an accounting assistant and even interned research analyst for a biotech startup. Read more

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Alumni Notes and Simchas
Mazal tov to the class of 2017 who graduated High School this June and will be attending:
Samantha Rubnitz, Chapman University
Lily Peck, West Valley College
Talia Fehl, University of Oregon
Sophie Everett, University of San Francisco
Rotem Bar, Israel Defense Forces

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Advertisements for Yavneh's Print Wall Calendar
Place a business ad in the Yavneh 2021-2022 Yavneh Print Wall Calendar. The calendar is distributed to all Yavneh families as well as throughout the APJCC, local synagogues, and the community. A business card size, color ad is $400. Space is limited. To place an ad, please contact Lauren by July 1st. More details and opportunities to be announced soon.