CTA Weekly Communicator | May 18, 2018 4 Sivan 5778 |
8:25 pm Candle lighting for Bamidbar - Erev Shavuot
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Rabbi Zecharia Weitz, Upper School Judaic Studies Curriculum Coordinator
A 3 Step Thought Process Towards a Meaningful Shavuot

Ask the person next to you in shul “do you believe in Hashem?”, to which they’d presumably reply “yes”. “Do you believe in the infinite value of Torah and Mitzvot?” again, the reply would be “yes”. “So why don’t you spend every possible moment of your day investing in the infinite?” 

Don’t actually do this - but isn’t the logic compelling? Yet, the simple answer is that, while we know Torah and mitzvot are what we ought to invest our time in, there are so many other thoughts, activities and conversations that are more appealing. It’s a challenge!

While it is true that, to our conscious mind, Torah and mitzvot might not be as appealing as other stimuli, our Neshama has an entirely different experience. In fact, the Ohr HaChaim Hakodosh tells us that if our conscious mind could sense the utter enjoyment our Neshama experiences when we learn Torah, we would literally go crazy for Torah!

The Kabbalists tell us that the 48 hours of the holiday of Shavuot are our opportunity to bridge that tragic gap. Our relationship with the Torah; our understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in what we study is, in a significant way, determined on the Yom Tov of Shavuot. 

Hashem should bless us all with the ability and determination to utilize the opportunities over Shavuot (both night time and day!) to deepen our connection to Hashem and His Torah and, in turn, appreciate the true sweetness of Torah for years to come.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach
Preview of the Week: May 21-25, 2018
Shavuot-Day 2 - NO SCHOOL


Lunch: Hamburgers - Volunteer: L. Hoffman


Activities: Annual Board Meeting and End of Year Town Hall Meeting, 7:30 pm, CTA library
Lunch: Lasagna


Activities: Lower School Tennis, 4:15 pm
Robotics Club, 4-5:15 pm
Garden Club, 4-5 pm
Lunch: Chicken Cutlets - Volunteer: S. Stanich


Activities: Scholastic Book Fair Opens
Lunch: Fish Sticks


Activities: Lower School Dress Down Day
May 28: Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
May 30: Lower School Achievement Fair, 6-7:30 pm
June 1: Field Day for K-8
June 1: LS Dress Down Day
June 3: 12th Grade Graduation, 1 pm
June 4: 3rd Grade Plays, 3 pm
June 5: Class of 2022 Freshman Speech, 7 pm
June 6: Last Day of School, 12;00 pm dismissal
Kindergarten Celebration, 10:00 am
Upper School Awards Assembly, 7 pm
Please join us this Tuesday, May 22 for the CTA Annual Meeting and End of Year Town Hall Meeting. A vote will take place on the slate of officers for the Board of Trustees for 2018-2019. The slate is available here.

Following, Head of School, Rabbi Avrohom Drandoff will be joined by Eliza Delman, Upper School Principal and Nicole Miller, Lower School Principal for a presentation about the school's accomplishments this year and beginning plans for next year and beyond.

The program will begin at 7:30 pm., in the CTA library.
Field Day Volunteers Needed: PTO is helping to organize Parent Volunteers for K-8 Field Day on June 1. There are three available shifts to support our teachers and make sure our kids have a great day. Use this link to sign up. Earn Give & Get

Pre-Order School Supply Kits for 2018-2019 School Year: The link is now available to pre-order school supply kits for the 2018-2019 school year for students in incoming grades 1-6 for Fall 2018.

Kits will be available for pick up on the Monday before school starts or delivered directly to your child's classroom on the 1st day of school.

Please use this link to order:   https://kits.officecityexpress.com

School Supply lists for K-6 is attached and the list will be sent home in the June packet and posted on the website in June. Grades 7-12 will receive their school lists on the first day of school.  

Deadline is June 6 to order the kits.
Click on link or icon below to see more.
Important Columbus BUS Information: NEW FOR 2018-2019: ALL Columbus Torah Academy students who ride COLUMBUS City School buses will need to request transportation to CTA by completing an online Transportation Request. Requests are made using Infinite Campus Online Registration.

Register online at: https://www.ccsoh.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=4818

  • The slides will walk you through the online registration process.
  • Each slide will prompt you for the information needed in order to proceed
to the next step.
  • Make sure you review each screen’s instructions before continuing.
  • Select Charter, Non-Public Transportation Request as the registration type.
  • Don’t forget to click “Submit” when you are finished.
  • CTA staff cannot register for you.

Click HERE to Register online

A Detailed PDF of what how to register HERE.

Columbus buses WILL pick up at 12:00 pm
on the last day of school,
Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
New link for Magazine sale. Help our 7th graders raise money for their trip to Washington DC in the Fall. Use this Link: Tiny.cc/TorahDC

Detailed flyer here.
Hebrew Language Books: Check out this special offer for Hebrew books from the Keshet and the Israel American Council. To sign up, go to www.iackeshet.org
Buy tons of items for camp (and every day, too) and support CTA. Columbus Torah Academy receives 10% of every purchase. Be sure to use this link: www.packforcamp.com/cta For more information click here.
Start saving those Box Tops. Lots of promotions! Click here for more information: Box Tops Back to School Promotions - Earn Prizes
CTA’s Book Fair is May 24 and 25 and May 29 through June 1
Visit us any day during school, and at Achievement Fair, Wednesday evening May 30!

For more information, visit CTA’s Book Fair homepage at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/cta.
Can’t come to the Fair, or to see even more great books, shop online at that website, too. Our Online Fair is available from May 13 – 31. 

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. 
Save Around App: Use this link to check out this new App that you can buy for your phone. Help CTA 8th graders raise money and save some money yourself! Click Here. More Details here.
Gratitude Grams: PTO is selling Gratitude Grams for teachers and staff. A sheet of gratitude grams is $1 for 4. You can show your appreciation for your favorite teacher or staff person. They can be purchased online at http://www.torahacademy.org/pto-gratitude-grams/ by emailing to pto@torahacademy.org or using the same email to send payment to Paypal. Orders will be delivered to your child to take home. All completed Gratitude Grams will be returned to the front desk for distribution by the Lower School Student Council. If you have any questions, contact Beth Binsky at beth@2828design.com.
Click icon above for detailed information and ways to fulfill your Give & Get .
HELP CTA EARN KROGER REWARDS: https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow to make sure that your rewards card is linked to Columbus Torah Academy. We earn 3% of every sale in donations to support our students. Now is the time to confirm you are enrolled. More information here.
Proposed calendar for 2018-2019 is now available by clicking here. This calendar includes start and end dates for next school year as well as vacation dates. It is called a proposed calendar in case there are minor tweaks.
Columbus Torah Academy is on INSTAGRAM! Follow us at:

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Buckeye Kosher BBQ Festival is on August 12, 2018 from 3-7 pm on the front lawn at Capital University. Volunteers are needed. Click here for more information.
Consider sponsoring a Day of Learning in memory or honor of a loved one or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, b'nai mitzvah or other life cycle event. A Day of Learning is a $180 donation and dedications are listed in both the CTA Weekly Communicator and the monthly CTA Dateline.

To choose your Day of Learning, contact Shari at sherszage@torahacademy.org. 
Give to CTA
CTA accepts donations to our Annual Fund or Scholarship Fund throughout the year. We also accept Tribute Donations in memory of or in honor of loved ones. Donations can be made through the school office at 614-864-0299 or online by clicking  here.

Donations are listed in our monthly CTA Dateline. Check here to see our most recent issue.
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