CTA Weekly Communicator | Feb. 9, 2018 24 Shevat 5778 |
5:43 pm Candle lighting for Shabbat
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Jamie Bindell, Kindergarten Judaic Studies Teacher
There are many different ideas in this week’s parsha. When we look at all the details given in this parsha we see how to live and how not to live. All these details remind us to look at our lives and remember to use every ability and strength we have and use it to serve Hashem.  One idea that is spoken about is people who steal or damage someone else’s property. I read Rav Moshe Feinstein felt “that thievery has its roots in lack of emunah.” If you do not have a strong emunah that Hashem will provide for you, then it is easier to fall into the act of stealing. Having faith in Hashem is essential. 

When I was in seminary I heard a story I would like to share with you which reminds me of this idea of the importance of emunah. There was a small community, where everyone knew each other. They were all friendly and close. One tragic day, there was an accident where a child was run over by a school bus. The bus driver did not see the child crossing in front of the bus. This is of course devastating for everyone involved. Since it was a small community, the bus driver, who was part of this community, did not know how he would ever be able to face anyone again. He was devastated and shocked that he had made such a mistake. He was unsure if he should go to the family’s house for shiva but decided to go since it was the right thing to do. At the house such an incredible thing happened. When the mother of the child saw him walk in, she immediately stopped talking. All eyes were on him. The mother got up from her chair and walked over to the bus driver and gave him hug in front of everyone. She told him it was not his fault, and that Hashem has a plan for everyone. This was just Hashem’s plan for her little boy. This emunah that she displayed in this moment is the epitome of having emunah. To look at possibly the hardest moments in one’s life and be able to accept it as Hashem’s plan is unbelievable. 

I want to give you the bracha that you are able utilize your strengths and abilities and channel them to serve Hashem. I give you the bracha that you are always able to keep your emunah in Hashem strong. And that you always remember that when your emunah is strong, it becomes easier to serve Hashem properly, and we are able to help the world and obtain the highest potential of ourselves.  

Shabbat Shalom!
Preview of the Week: February 12-16, 2018
Lunch: Pizza Bagels - Volunteer: R. Schwartz


Lunch: Tacos - Volunteer: L. Blumberg


Lunch: Lasagna - Volunteer: D. Weprin


Activities: Lower School Tennis, 4:15 pm
Lunch: Sloppy Joes - Volunteer: S. Stanich




Activities: Faculty Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
Feb. 19: President's Day - NO SCHOOL
Feb. 20: Author Visit in grades K-3
Feb. 23: Lower School Dress Down Day
Feb. 23: Enrollment & Tuition Assistance Forms for 2018-2019 due
March 1: Purim Festivities, 1:00 pm dismissal
March 11: Daylight Savings Time Begins; turn clocks ahead 1 hour
Purim will be celebrated at CTA on Thursday, March 1. All of the important information about the Purim Seudah lunch, the Lower School Purim Carnival, Upper School activities and Matatanot L'evyonim can be found in this important flyer which can be downloaded here.
Twirlers Jump Rope Team Sign Up is CLOSED. Team meetings will be on Mondays from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. beginning on March 12.
FLU notice from the Franklin County Public Health Department - PDF flyer to print out click here.

Seasonal flu activity has been widespread and high since mid-December. Influenza cases and hospitalizations are high across the U.S. Locally, Columbus and Franklin County is in the high category, meaning there’s a steady amount of flu activity in the area.

How do you know if you have the flu? You may have the flu if you have some of each of these symptoms:

● Fever (not everyone with the flu will have a fever)
● Cough
● Sore throat (not everyone with the flu will have a sore throat)
● Runny or stuffy nose
● Body aches
● Headache
● Chills
● Fatigue
● Diarrhea and vomiting (not everyone with the flu will have diarrhea or vomiting)

What do you need to do if you think you have the flu? Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, stay home (for at least 24 hours) and avoid contact with others except a medical professional (if needed). If you’re in a high risk group or very sick, contact your healthcare provider as you may need medication to help treat your illness.

Other tips if you get sick:
● Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the bend of your arm when your cough or sneeze. Avoid using your hand to cover a cough or sneeze.
● Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
● Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot!


Chris Morford, BSN, RN, School Nurse
CTA: Monday & Tuesday
Phone: (614) 864-0299 ext.211
Fax (614) 864-2119
Miss Chocolate Sales Continue and a NEW opportunity to earn more!

Earn a small prize for every 10 emails you send to family and friends. Turn in the form found here to the front desk and you will earn a prize.

And remember, you can invite out of town friends and family to help support the CTA PTO by visiting www.misschocolate.com and clicking on "ONLINE STORE". Select Student/Seller-DASHBOARD and create a seller ID#.  

Give your student ID# and the school order code: 703241 and follow the online instructions to invite family and friends to shop at your very own personalized home page. You can increase the prize level you can earn!

*ANOTHER GREAT ADDITION THIS YEAR: Your customers can pay online with a credit card by going to www.misschocolate.com/pay. There will be a small processing fee added.  

*Feel free to contact Shana at hazans@rocketmail.com witjh any questions.
Re-ENROLLMENT AGREEMENTS and FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FORMS for the 2018-2019 school year must be turned in by February 23 including a deposit of $250 per child. The Financial Assistance forms must be begun while it is understandable that all supportive data including 2017 tax returns will not be turned in until a later date.

Electronic version of the forms were emailed to parents and paper versions were sent home with the youngest child in the family this week.

To apply for Tuition Assistance, go to the Smart Aid website at https://www.smartaidforparents.com and use school code: 13328. If you already have an account for last year, use your login.
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.
Click on link or icon below to see more.
Order magazines for your office or home. 40% profit goes to benefit the 8th grade trip to Washington DC. Click on this flyer or this link and use the school code: 2522449. Any questions, ask an 8th grader or Norma.
Start saving those Box Tops. Lots of promotions! Click here for more information: Box Tops Back to School Promotions - Earn Prizes
Be sure to join PTO. Click here for more information and here are some ways you can volunteer!
Mister G Concert and Purim Palooza. CTA is a partner with this fun pre-Purim event on Sunday, February 25, from 10:30-12:30 at the JCC on College Avenue. Flyer here.
Click icon above for detailed information and ways to fulfill your Give & Get .
Columbus Conference for Jewish Women on Sunday, February 11, from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm at the Columbus Museum of Art. More information and register here.
Save the Date for the JCC Gala on Saturday night, February 24, 2018. Full flyer here.
NEW TIME!!! How to Outsmart Our Kids in Technology with Alex Paskie on Sunday, February 25, at 7:00 pm at the JCC on College Avenue. Flyer here.
Cole Essay Contest for High School Seniors. Deadline is April 20, 2018. Details can be found here.
Ahavas Sholom Cholent Cook Off on February 17. RSVP to ahavas-sholom.org
Meet Sharon Tal, successful Israeli designer and entrepreneur on Thursday, March 8 at 7 pm at Creekside Event Center in Gahanna. Flyer here.
JCC's new take and Bake Online Ordering can be found at https://columbusjcc.org/about-us/facilities-rental-catering/order-online
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.

CTA's Day of Learning for Thursday, February 8, the 23rd of Shevat, is sponsored by Abigail Rosen in hakarat hatov to her parents, Alex and Susan Rosen. Abi is an alumnus of CTA for the High School class of 2012.

CTA's Day of Learning for Friday, February 9, the 24th of Shevat, is sponsored by Rabbi Pinchas and Eliana Weinreich in honor of Rabbi Drandoff, Mrs. Nicole Miller and the entire kindergarten teaching team at CTA. 

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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