CTA Weekly Communicator | Feb. 16, 2018 1 Adar 5778 |
5:51 pm Candle lighting for Shabbat
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Tzivi Zuckerman, Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher
This week’s Parsha, Parshat Terumah, describes the building of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, a place dedicated to the worship of G-d for the Jews travelling through the desert towards the Land of Israel. The Mishkan was an architectural feat of impressive proportions -- a majestic, yet portable building that could be packed up at a moment’s notice and re-assembled at a new destination.

When G-d told Moses to instruct the Jewish people to build the Mishkan, he said “Make a sanctuary for me and I will dwell among them.” What does it mean to dwell among them? Shouldn’t the Torah have said instead He would dwell in the sanctuary, on which they spent so much time, effort and money? Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch explains that G-d is not only in the Temple. When we are dedicated to our relationship with G-d in all areas of our lives, even the seemingly mundane ones, and not just in the Temple, then He dwells among us. This is the ultimate goal of the Mishkan.

There is a famous story told about the Kotzker Rebbe. When he was a young child of eight years old, the future Rebbe was asked, “Where can you find G-d?” Wise beyond his years, he answered, “Wherever you let him in.” We’ll only feel G-d’s presence if we let Him into our lives.

When we take the first step and make positive choices to live in accordance with G-d’s Will, we allow G-dliness into our lives, making everything we do deeply meaningful.

Shabbat Shalom!
Preview of the Week: February 19-23, 2018
NO SCHOOL - President's Day


Lunch: Hamburgers - Volunteer: M. Lessnick


Activities: PTO Yoga for Moms, 8:45 am
Author Visit in Grades K-3
Lunch: Pizza - Volunteer: I. Khozin


Activities: Lower School Tennis, 4:15 pm
Lunch: Chicken Cutlets - Volunteer: S. Stancih/S. Epstein


Lunch: Tuna


Activities: Lower School Dress Down Day
Enrollment & Tuition Assistance Forms for 2018-19 due
March 1: Purim Festivities, 1 pm Dismissal
March 11: Daylight Savings Time Begins; turn clocks ahead 1 hour
March 11: Baseball Team Fundraising Take Out Dinner, 4-7 pm, Beth Jacob Synagogue
March 16: End of 3rd Quarter; Lower School Dress Down Day
March 20 and 21: Upper School Drama Presents: 100 Dresses, 7:30 pm, CTA
March 28: Model Seders
March 29-April 8: Passover Vacation - NO SCHOOL
Lower school will be holding Spirit Days on February 26-28. Student Council will be collecting $0.25 each day for students who do not dress in uniform and where items to mark the day. The days are designated as:

Monday, 2/26 - Pajama Day
Tuesday, 2/27 - Wear your favorite sport's team
Wednesday, 2/28 - Red Carpet Day

If parents have any questions they can email Allison Mast
Upper school will be holding Spirit Days on February 20-23. The days are designated as:

Tuesday, 2/20 - Rabbi/Rebbetzin Day
Wednesday, 2/21 - Super Hero Day
Thursday, 2/22 - Athletics Day
Friday, 2/23 - Teacher/Student Day

Students who do not dress up should be in dress code uniform.

Questions to Rabbi Savage at jsavage@torahacademy.org
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.
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.
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 at 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#.  AND, out of town friends can use this link to order directly from Miss Chocolate. Orders over $75 receive free shipping.

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.
Click on link or icon below to see more.
This Tuesday, February 20 at 8:45 am join PTO Moms for a yoga class in partnership with Bexley Yoga. RSVP to pto@torahacademy.org
The CTA Baseball team is holding a Take Out Burger Night on Sunday, March 11 from 4-7 pm to help them get new uniforms. Here is a flyer. Drive through pick up and delivery options are available.
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
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.
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.
100 Dresses
Click icon above for detailed information and ways to fulfill your Give & Get .
Be sure to join PTO. Click here for more information and here are some ways you can volunteer!
Ahavas Sholom Cholent Cook Off on February 17. RSVP to ahavas-sholom.org
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.
Save the Date for the JCC Gala on Saturday night, February 24, 2018. Full flyer here.
Gallery Players presents "Side Show" at the JCC from March 3-18. Purchase tickets at jccgalleryplayers.org or 614-231-2731
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 Wednesday, February 14, the 29th of Shevat, was sponsored by Ely Zofan in honor of his grandson, first grader Avi Zofan and in memory of Lauri Podell Zofan, Avi's grandmother on her yarzheit on Shevat 30. May her neshama have an aliya.

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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