CTA Weekly Communicator | Nov. 3, 2017 | 14 Cheshvan 5778 |
6:08 pm Candle lighting for Shabbat
CTA Weekly Communicator
Weekly Newsletter with Important News & Updates from Columbus Torah Academy
Shabbat Shalom D'var Torah
By Shira Claman, Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher
In this week's parsha, we read about Avraham Avinu and his amazing  hachnasat orchim (hospitatlity) and  chesed (kindness). “He lifted his eyes and he saw, and behold three men were standing over him, and he saw so he RAN toward them.”

I'll bet that if you were asked to host a very distinguished person in your home you would jump at the opportunity! The guests that Avraham spotted in the distance were not very distinguished. They were dusty and dirty from their travels, yet Avraham was excited to open his home and shower them with love. 

Rabbanit Henny Machlis a"h did just the same. She hosted hundreds of guests each shabbos in her modest Jerusalem apartment and always embodied the idea that "Nobody is a nobody!" No matter who the guest was, he felt welcomed and loved.

Many of you are following in Avraham's holy ways and hosting NCSY teens from our school and from across the region in your homes this Shabbat for their Fall Shabbaton. Let us always run after opportunities to do  chesed  and  hachnasat orchim  and shower our guests with warmth and love. And remember, "Nobody is a nobody!" 

Shabbat Shalom
Preview of the Week: November 6-10
Lunch: Pizza Bagels - Volunteer: L. Markush


Activities: Choir Practice, 4-5 pm
Scholastic Book Fair
Lunch:  Hot Dogs


Activities: Scholastic Book Fair


Activities: Parent Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL
Scholastic Book Fair
Lunch: BBQ Chicken - Volunteer: D. Kopp


Activities: Scholastic Book Fair
Lunch: Fish Sticks


Activities: Scholastic Book Fair
Lower School Dress Down Day
2:00 pm Friday Dismissal Schedule Begins
Nov. 12-16: 8th Grade Washington Trip
Nov. 15: Prospective Kindergarten Parent Open House, 7 pm, CTA
Nov. 16: Prospective Kindergarten Parent Open House, 9:30 am, CTA
Nov. 17 : Parent Cafe with Nicole Miller, 8:30 am, CTA
Nov. 19: Scholarship Dinner Tribute Journal Phone-A-Thon, 10 am - 1 pm, CTA
Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Show, Grades K-4, 9:30 am; 2:00 pm Dismissal
Nov. 23-24: Thanksgiving Vacation - NO SCHOOL
New Lion! Louder Roar!

A new CTA Spirit Wear Logo and a Spirit Wear store will be unveiled within the next week or so. Be on the look out for more information and this new look!
Reminder with cooler weather upon us, when you dress your child for school, don't forget proper coats.

Please remember the Uniform policy for outerwear worn inside the building like sweaters, sweatshirts, and pullover shirts. The policy can be found here.

*Note Junior, Avior Hazan, is wearing a cardigan which does not require a logo.
Parent Teacher Conferences are on Wednesday, November 8. Please use this link to schedule conferences with your child's teachers. There is no school that day. Click here for more detailed information.
Report Cards for the first quarter will be published before Tuesday through our Alma Student Information System. You will receive an email notification that the report card is available. It will also be attached to the email. If you have any questions, please speak with Mrs. Delman for 7-12 or Mrs. Miller for K-6.
The Scholastic Book Fair started on November 3 and will end on November 10. The Fair will be open during school hours and students will be able to make purchases during the recesses and when teachers allow them to come to the Fair. The Book Fair will be open during School Conferences on Wednesday. Remember, you can also make purchases at the online book fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/cta
Click on link or icon below to see more.
Parent Cafe with Nicole Miller on Fri., Nov. 17, at 8:30 am: Have you ever wondered what the Common Core State Standards mean to your child? How can I understand them and support my child?  On November 17, at 8:30 a.m., Mrs. Miller will discuss the fundamental instructional shifts that took place in English Language Arts and Math's Ohio Learning Standards also called Common Core State Standards. She will also share a few strategies that you can use at home to support these shifts.
Order fresh oranges, grapefruit and tangelos to benefit the 8th grade trip to Washington DC. Deadline for ordering is now Monday, Nov. 6. https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/498484
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.
Kindergarten Prospective Parent Open House is November 15, at 7 pm or November 16, at 9:30 am.
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!
PTO Directory: The CTA PTO Directory has been sent home with the youngest child of ALL PAID PTO members. Don’t miss out on this important booklet. Become a member of PTO for just $25 ! Please send your check, made out to CTA PTO, to the school office or pay directly through Paypal at pto@torahacademy.org.  We’ll send the Directory right away!  
Start saving those Box Tops. Lots of promotions! Click here for more information: Box Tops Back to School Promotions - Earn Prizes
AIPAC Columbus Annual Event - November 13 at Sheraton on Capitol Square. More Information here.
Gallery Players presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead through this Sunday, November 5. Former teacher, Kate Willis is starring. Alumnus, Aaron Shatz is also in the show. 

You can purchase tickets online at: https://columbusjcc.org/cultural-arts/gallery-players/ or the day of the performance.
The Columbus Jewish Film Festival kicks off this Sunday, November 5. To see a complete line up of films and times, go to https://columbusjcc.org/cultural-arts/film-festival/schedule/
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 Monday, October 30, the 10th of Cheshvan, was sponsored by Tali and Meira Preisler in appreciation of Diana and Emilia Wolff.

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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