May 20, 2021
Second grade students played a "real life" game of Hungry Hungry Hippos during PE last week - a fun way to be creative and practice their teamwork skills!
Remembering George Floyd (z"l)

On Tuesday, May 25, we'll mark one year since George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, which led to ground-breaking conversations and reckonings about race, policing, and so much more. A number of our Heilicher families live near 38th and Chicago and have been impacted by the reverberations in their neighborhoods. The Heilicher faculty has wrestled with many topics and is just beginning to work with Joelle Allen, consultant on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We have so much work to do, and as our core values state, Lo Alecha Ha'mlacha Ligmor לֹא עָלֶיךָ הַמְלָאכָה לִגְמֹר, וְלֹא אַתָּה בֶן חוֹרִים לְהִבָּטֵל מִמֶנָה. It's not on us to finish the work, but neither are we free to desist from it.

Next week, we'll provide time for our students to reflect in age-appropriate ways on what we have learned over this past year and what we will carry forward into the rest of our lives. May the memory of George Floyd be for the blessings of systemic changes and justice for all.

Wendy Goldberg
Assistant Director of Jewish Life
Mark Your Calendars!

  • Thursday, May 27 - Annual Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. (more details below)
  • Friday, May 28 - Kabbalat Shabbat Honoring 2021 High School Senior Heilicher Alumni, 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 9 - 12:30 p.m. dismissal for Grade 8 (8th graders do not attend school on June 10)
  • Wednesday, June 9 - Heilicher 8th Grade Graduation, 4:30-6:00 p.m. (invitation sent separately to 8th grade families)
  • Thursday, June 10 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for Grades K-7 - 11:30 a.m. dismissal (no lunch will be served)!
Join Us for the Heilicher Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 27, 2021
7:00 p.m.

Please join us to recognize volunteers and staff milestones, and vote on the 2021-2022 Board slate. Yoni Binus will also give a state of the school address.

In addition, we will be honoring Yoni as outgoing Head of School for his many years of service to Heilicher.

Review the Board Slate.

*Artwork by Heilicher 7th grader Phoenix Flamenbaum
Transition Forms For 2021-22 School Year
(students entering Grades 1-5)

Heilicher recognizes that peer relationships are important for children as they build social and emotional connections as well as find academic peers from school year to school year. While Heilicher makes no promises regarding class placement, we value the parental perspective and the lens it offers our team as we work on balanced class placements.

If you would like to provide your perspective on peer class placements for your child, please fill out this Transition Form by Tuesday, June 15, for each of your children ENTERING grades 1 through 5. Please fill out one form per child. This form is not required.
Please Join Us in Bidding Farewell to Julie Ziessman!

After 21 years, Julie is leaving Heilicher for a new role as Director of Early Childhood Education at Adath Jeshurun Congregation.

During her time at Heilicher, Julie has been involved in every aspect of school life - as a long-time Lower School teacher, Admissions and Outreach Director, Dean of Student and Family Affairs, and most recently, Interim Director of Jewish Life and Hebrew. Please join us for a special, Zoom reception to share stories and memories of Julie's time at Heilicher and let her know how much she means to the Heilicher community.

Thursday, June 3, 2021
7:00-8:00 p.m.
via Zoom HERE

Please contact Beckie Skelton at or 612.419.3290 with any questions.

We hope to see you all there as we celebrate what Julie means to us!

Letters to Heilicher Alumni in the IDF

We have a number of Heilicher alumni who are currently serving with the Israel Defense Forces or who have recently completed their service. As you know, this is a very stressful time in Israel, and we would love to be able to support them with notes, cards, and letters from Heilicher students letting them know we appreciate their service. 

If your child would be interested in creating a card or note of appreciation (in Hebrew or English), please have them give it to their teacher or advisor by Friday, May 28. We will then send the cards to the Heilicher alumni who we know are currently serving or have recently completed their service in the IDF. 
COVID Vaccines Available for Ages 12-15

A few weeks ago, Governor Walz announced multiple Covid-19 regulation changes. However, the guidance has not changed for schools until the end of the school year. We will continue to mask indoors and outdoors, stay physically-distanced and practice hand hygiene. 

The Covid-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 12-15 years old. It is important to get them vaccinated for their health and the health of the community. Typically, children have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic but they can still become severely ill. Unvaccinated people can also spread it to others who are not eligible or are unable to be vaccinated. The more people who get the virus, the more it can mutate.

Library Reminders

REMINDER! All books used for a school project that are not returned by Tuesday, June 1, will be charged to the family's Heilicher account. We greatly appreciate your help encouraging your students to return their library books promptly.

Mazel Tov to Meyer Zis on his upcoming Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, May 22, via Zoom
(Shir Tikvah Synagogue).
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School