Visiting artist-in-residence Rabbi Matt Berkowitz with the fifth-grade class and their Pesah Haggadah artwork. Rabbi Berkowitz's collection of haggadah artwork,  Passover Landscapes: Illuminations on the Exodus, is on display in the Tychman Shapiro gallery until May 30. 
Message from Yoni

This past week we had the honor of hosting Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz as our artist-in-residence in collaboration with community partners at the Sabes JCC and Beth El Synagogue (see photo above). 

Rabbi Berkowitz worked with students of all ages and with many other community members over a whirlwind week-long visit. He facilitated programs that brought new dimension to our students' study of Passover, as evidenced, particularly, through the fifth-grade Haggadah and seder plate projects, which are currently on display in the Tychman Gallery in the lobby of the Barry Family Campus. The residency was made possible, in part, through your generosity at last year's Annual Benefit fund-a-need. Thank you!

A perfect time to come see the students' work is next Thursday afternoon, when we welcome grandparents and special guests to join us for Yom Dor L'Dor. I look forward to a great event, and I hope everyone has a good Pesah break (beginning April 19) and a meaningful holiday. Reminder: we have no school Monday, April 29 for a teacher professional development day.


Mark your Calendars
Upcom ing School Events
  • Friday, April 12, 5:15-6:45 p.m., Kindergarten Family Shabbat Dinner
  • Tuesday, April 16, 8-9 a.m., Grade 4-5 Parent Coffee, Conference Room
  • Tuesday, April 16, 12:15-2:30 p.m. Grade 3 field trip to Beth El Synagogue
  • Wednesday, April 17, 8:15 a.m., Grade 8 Class Photo
  • Thursday, April 18, 1:45-3:15 p.m., Yom Dor L'Dor (Grandparents and Special Persons Day)
  • Friday, April 19 - Friday, April 26Pesah Break (NO SCHOOL)
  • REMINDER: Monday, April 29, Teacher Professional Day (NO SCHOOL)
Spring Yom Dor L'Dor 2019
Please join us on Thursday, April 18 from 1:45-3:15 p.m., for the spring Yom Dor L'Dor Grandparents & Special Persons Day.
The theme for this event is Favorite Spring Holiday Traditions. RSVP here .

Grandparents, parents, or any special adult 18 and over are welcome to attend. If your special people cannot attend, they are welcome to send a message in advance by filling out this form.
Biking Reminder

If your child(ren) will be biking to school (grades 5-8 only-per school policy), please make sure to email  the front desk so we can document it properly on our dismissal list. 

Students are expected to wear helmets, walk their bikes for safety in the school parking lot, properly lock their bikes on the Sabes JCC bicycle racks, and enter through the main door. 
Road Construction Update

The City of St. Louis Park provided this updated detour map to follow during road construction on S. Cedar Lake Road beginning in May (we do not yet have exact dates). Please refer to this guide, which is all the information we have at this point. A larger version of the detour map is included in the guide for your reference.
LAST CHANCE! Sign Up for Passover Break School's Out Programs

Sign up today for Passover Break School's Out programming.

Friday, April 19, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Movie Theater and Construct-a-Maze day in the JCC
Monday, April 22, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Search for the Afikomen and Ultimate hide-and-seek across the JCC 
Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Field trip to Conquer Ninja Warrior
Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Field trip to the Como Zoo for an exclusive meet and greet with African animals.
Thursday, April 25, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Game Show Day at the JCC 
Monday, April 29, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Field trip to Feed My Starving Children 

Sign up today on MySchoolAccount online. Please contact Evelyn Sadlowski if you have any questions.

Enrollment deadline: 48 hours prior to program date. 

New School's Out Policy: There must be a minimum of 5 students enrolled to proceed with School's Out Programming

Heilicher Mock Israeli Election

On Tuesday, April 9,  the whole school joined the people of Israel in casting votes for the new prime minister. Our school election allowed students to choose between two parties. Here are the results of the mock election: 
  • 11 for Kachol Lavan (Benny Ganz and Yair Lapid)
  • 61 for Likud (Bibi Netanyahu)
  • 8  disqualified due to voting for both or neither or for writing in a different party
Third-Grade Field Trip to Beth El Synagogue

On  Tuesday, April 16 , from 12:15-2:30 p.m., third graders will be traveling to Beth El Synagogue by bus for a spring holiday gathering with third graders from Good Shepherd School. They will be learning with Rabbi Olitzky about Passover traditions, Easter, and participating in a mini-Seder. Students are invited to bring a seder plate from home, labeled with their name, to display on one of the tables. 

Please contact Ms. Steinberg with any questions.
Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Parent Coffee

We hope you can join us for a Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Parent Coffee with General Studies Director Maia Poling, Counselor Andrea Hansen, and 6-8 Team Coordinator Steve Mintz on Tuesday, April 16, 8 - 9 a.m. in the Heilicher conference room.
Eighth-Grade All-Class Picture 

In preparation for graduation, we will be taking a professional photo of the eighth-grade class on Wednesday, April 17 at 8:15 a.m. Please ensure that your student dresses nicely that morning (think appropriate for Shabbat services), and arrives on time. Special thanks to Jeff Schmieg for his talent and generosity. 
Volunteers Needed for Teacher Appreciation Week

We are looking for volunteers to help with Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10. If you are interested in helping please contact Ali Berdass

If you are you looking for something to do over Pesah break, you and your student(s) can work on writing notes/making cards for your teachers. This isn't limited to classroom teachers. Please feel free to write to any teacher in the school to whom you want to show your appreciation. More details to come on Teacher Appreciation Week in next week's Roar. 

Heilicher Athletics

It's time to sign up for Spring Athletics: Tennis, Biking, and Ultimate Frisbee. 

Upcoming Games 

Tuesday, April 16
7-8 Volleyball vs. Twin Cities Academy, 4:30 p.m., Heilicher Gym B and C

Wednesday, April 17
5-6 Volleyball vs. Seven Hills Prep Academy, 4:30 p.m., Seven Hills Academy 

Thursday, April 18 
7-8 Volleyball vs. FAIR Crystal A, 4 p.m., Heilicher Gym B and C
7-8 Volleyball vs. FAIR Crystal B, 4:45 p.m., Heilicher Gym B and C

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to Dahlia Herman on her upcoming D'Var Torah at Darchei Noam Synagogue on Saturday, April 13.

Mazel Tov to Henry and Oliver Salita on their upcoming B'nai Mitzvot at Beth El  Synagogue on Saturday, April 13.

Mazel Tov to Heilicher parents Galina Guterman and Adam Fink, Joey, and Elijah on the birth of their daughter and sister, Thea Rose Fink. 

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