Yom Dor L'Dor (Grandparents and Special Persons Day) was a blast. Heilicher wishes you and the all the important people in your lives a wonderful and meaningful holiday. See you back on April 30!
Mindy and Dan Ribnick Family Tuition Grant Program for Community Volunteers

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to apply for the Mindy and Dan Ribnick Family Tuition Grant Program for Community Volunteers. This program will provide grants of 18% of tuition to approximately four students per year whose parents volunteer in the Jewish community. Details and a link to the application are on the website. The deadline for application is Friday, May 10 . If you have any questions, contact Karen Hoppe .
Mark your Calendars
Upcom ing School Events
  • Friday, April 19 - Friday, April 26Pesah Break (NO SCHOOL)
  • Friday, April 19 - Friday, April 26, Heilicher Offices Closed
  • REMINDER: Monday, April 29, Teacher Professional Day (NO SCHOOL)
  • Tuesday, April 30 - May 13, MAP Testing
  • Thursday, May 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Yom HaShoah Assembly
  • Monday, May 6 , 8-9 a.m., Parent Coffee with Yoni (in the Heilicher conference room)
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Yom HaZikaron Assembly
  • Thursday, May 9, 8:30-10 a.m., Yom HaAtzma'ut Assembly
MAP Testing

Dear Heilicher Parents and Guardians,

While we are a school built on the commitment to assess and educate the whole child, we look to standardized assessments to provide us with a snapshot of a student's basic skills along with other forms of assessment. This spring your student will take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test. This is a norm-referenced assessment that provides teachers with an opportunity to understand a student's skills. Taking the MAP test in the spring gives teachers another opportunity to monitor student progress over time and provide data. These additional data result in a better understanding of student strengths and needs. Spring MAP testing will take place on April 30 - May 13

It is important to encourage healthy eating and sleeping habits during testing weeks. Please avoid scheduling appointments during testing.

The MAP tests help bolster the informal and qualitative assessments that classroom teachers use. Here are some highlights of the MAP assessment:
  • MAP is a computerized assessment (similar to the SAT or GRE) that adapts to a student's answers.
    • If a student answers a question correctly, the test presents a more challenging item. If a student misses a question, MAP offers a simpler item. In this way, the test narrows in on students' learning levels, engaging them with content that allows them to succeed.
  • At Heilicher, MAP is given each fall and spring to assess growth and skill development.
  • Recommendations are provided for skills that need additional practice, reinforcement, as well as enrichment.
  • MAP is aligned with state and national standards.
  • There are no time limits for students during MAP testing.
Your child(ren)'s classroom teacher or advisor will communicate specific tests dates and times. Please reach out to your child(ren)'s classroom teacher or advisor with questions.


Heilicher MAP Administrators
Maia Poling, General Studies Director
Andrea Hansen, School Counselor
Christine Yussen, Student Services Coordinator
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. 
Third-Grade Field Trip To Stone Arch Bridge and Fort Snelling

On Wednesday, May 1, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. the third grade will be traveling to the Stone Arch Bridge and Fort Snelling to enhance their study of Minnesota history. Please have your student bring weather appropriate clothing and shoes, as we will be outside most of the day. If your child is on the daily lunch plan, a dairy bag lunch and beverage will be provided. If your child is not on that plan, please send a dairy bag lunch and beverage that day as no hot lunch will be available. Please contact Mrs. Steinberg with any questions.
Good Deeds Day

We hope you can join us for Heilicher and PJ Library's day of service benefiting PRISM on Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Activities for the day include: decorating cards for the non-profit Cards 4 Soldiers, decorating place-mats for JFCS' kosher Meals on Wheels program, assembling summer care kits for PRISM, and creating a Little Free Library for JFCS. A light Kosher lunch will be provided and tours of PRISM Food Shelf will be offered. The free event is open to youth and adults of all ages. Register your family today! Food shelf/birthday room donations will be collected at the door.
Library Books Due Soon

All library books checked out throughout the year are due Friday, May 17. Extensions are possible for books being used for school projects. Please contact Mrs. Shimkus with questions or concerns.

Heilicher Athletics

Spring sports have begun, if you haven't already signed up, now is the time! 

Upcoming Games 

Thursday, May 2 
7-8 Volleyball vs. New Millennium Academy, 4:30 p.m., Heilicher Gym B and C

Tuesday, May 7
7-8 Volleyball Team vs. Parents, 4 p.m., Heilicher Gym B and C

Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School