March 18, 2021
Heilicher Grade 4 students enjoyed the snowfall this week during recess!
Heilicher Jewish Studies Teacher, Elena Levitt, Reflects on Pesach, Women’s Rights, and the Four(th Grade) Children

"Passover has always been my favorite Jewish holiday. As a child, I appreciated the timing. My birthday often falls during the holiday. When you’re a cute little kid and family gets together around your birthday, everyone feels compelled to bring you a present. That and my grandmother’s matzo ball soup made the holiday worth the trouble.

As I grew older and came into my own understanding of Judaism, I realized that this holiday commemorates when we became what we are. We went down to Egypt as a family. We suffered for generations, but still held on to our stories. Eventually the people began to cry out to God and freedom came, albeit with a few rules. God told us to make our days count and make the world a better place. Suddenly we were one nation with a common past, and a communal sense of purpose.  

Then I began to teach these texts to children. I absolutely have learned more about Sefer Shemot from my students than I ever could have learned from my rabbis." Read more on her blog.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Friday, March 19 - TDLP Minimester 7 enrollment deadline (more info below)
  • Thursday, March 25 - Last day of Minimester 6
  • Thursday, March 25 - "Virtual" Yom Dor l'Dor/Grandparents and Special Persons Day, 10 a.m.
  • Friday, March 26 - Friday April 2, NO SCHOOL, Passover Break
  • Monday, April 5 - Minimester 7 begins
  • Tuesday, April 13 - Parent Virtual Cooking Class with Chef Liz and PTO, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Minimester 7 TDLP Sign up Deadline is Tomorrow, March 19

Enrollment for Minimester 7 (April 5 - April 30) of the Total Distance Learning Program (TDLP) is due tomorrow! All families currently enrolled in TDLP, and families who would like to enroll in TDLP for the first time, must complete the following form in order to officially opt-in. TDLP enrollment will be on a minimester basis for the remainder of the school year. 

In order to ensure your student's enrollment in TDLP for Minimester 7, you must complete the form by 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 19. Any families who have not completed this form by March 19 will be automatically enrolled in in-person learning at Heilicher. Students may not opt-in OR opt-out of TDLP outside of the enrollment deadline. 

Contact the Distance Learning Coordinator, Evelyn Sadlowski, with any questions you have regarding TDLP.
Yom Dor L'Dor is Thursday, March 25!

Our Grandparents and Special Persons Program!

While we cannot yet gather in-person for our Yom Dor l'Dor/Grandparents and Special Persons programs, we look forward to building our community virtually through a special, grandparents "Zoom" assembly.

The online assembly will be on:

Thursday, March 25, 2021
10:00-10:40 a.m. (Central Time)

You will have the opportunity to hear what makes Heilicher special to our students, and to build our extended school community through an online "conversation" about what makes Passover meaningful to all of us! We also look forward to honoring our grandparents through a special blessing.
Pesach Purge

Thank you to those of you that have already donated. We are extending the collection for the Pesach Purge to Monday, March 22. We are looking to collect new (in package) games, toys, puzzles, etc. for the birthday closet at PRISM - a food shelf in Golden Valley. Please have your child bring donations directly to their classroom by Monday, March 22.

STEP and PRISM are also seeking Kosher for Pesach food donations. Please bring items to school by Monday, March 22, and we'll get it to STEP or PRISM in time for Pesach.
Virtual Parent-Only Cooking Class with Chef Liz

Save the date - Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. - for a parent-only cooking class. Please join the PTO for a fun night of cooking with our very own Chef Liz. We will be sending the recipes out beforehand so you can get the ingredients and cook right alongside of her. It is sure to be a fun and delicious night! Please RSVP to Ali Berdass by Tuesday, April 6, so we can send you the grocery list and zoom link.
Spirit Wear

Make sure to check out our Heilicher online spirit shop. We have a lot of new and exciting items for children and adults. 

A Message from Nurse Katie

If you are considering spring travel, please be especially thoughtful and cautious of your decision as it increases your family’s chance of getting COVID-19. All travel is discouraged, but if you have to travel, please follow all the CDC guidelines.

You do not have to quarantine after domestic travel but mandatory testing and quarantine are required for international travel. Please remember, being vaccinated does not allow you to decrease precautions in any way. As a reminder, please use the Heilicher Communications Center to notify the office of upcoming travel or absences.

While the Covid-19 vaccine is becoming more available, please keep in mind that you are not considered fully vaccinated until 2-4 weeks past vaccination. Please continue to use all the precautions that we have implemented since the beginning of the school year. Please remember the vaccine lessens your symptoms if you get the infection, but it does not keep you from getting Covid-19 or spreading it. 
For more details, please see the CDC website.
2021-22 Heilicher School Year Calendar is Now Available

*Note: 2021-22 school year calendar and school's out program information is subject to change
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