The Schmieg family at the Sixth-Grade Parent-Child Tallit Night where students shared the three midot (values) they chose for their tallit design in progress.
Wendy Lovell-Smith and Colin Smith to Co-Chair Heilicher Endowment Campaign; Couple Makes Leadership Gift of $1 Million

Heilicher is excited to announce that Wendy Lovell-Smith and Colin Smith will serve as co-chairs of the school's endowment campaign, which is still in its early stages and will launch formally this May. The couple has generously pledged $1 million toward the campaign.

For more than a decade the Smiths have been stalwart supporters of Heilicher, where they have sent all four of their children. (Three are alumni and one is currently in fifth grade). The couple is active in leadership, volunteerism, and philanthropy, not only at Heilicher but also in the local Jewish community and nationally.

Mark your Calendars
Upcom ing School Events
  • Sunday, April 7, Family Passover Art Program, 10:30 a.m.-noon (See below for details)
  • Monday, April 8, Fifth-Grade Illuminated Haggadah Parent-Child Reception with Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz, 6:30-8 p.m. (See flyer below)
  • Wednesday, April 10, 7-9 p.m., Grade 4-5 Heilicher Community and Conversation
  • Friday, April 12, 5:15-6:45 p.m., Kindergarten Family Shabbat Dinner
  • 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 1:45-3:25 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.
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
Knitting Elective Donations Needed
The Knitting Elective is in need of yarn and knitting looms. Please bring your donations to the main office by Friday, April 12

If you have questions please contact Susan Vlodaver.
Kindergarten Shabbat Dinner
The Kindergarten class will gather as a community on Friday, April 12, at 5:15 p.m. in the Manny Fingerhut Auditorium to welcome Shabbat with a special evening that includes activities for children and families. 

The menu for our Shabbat dinner is Salmon, Rice Pilaf, Grilled Vegetables, Caesar Salad, Challah, Desserts, and Macaroni & Cheese (for the kids and those who are kids at heart). 

We ask that you please review the formal invite and RSVP by filling out and turning in to your kindergarten teacher this form. Please contact Ms. Palmer or Ms. Schooler with any questions.
Fifth-Grade Parent and Student Reception with Visiting Artist Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz
Fifth-grade parents, students and their families are invited to join us on Monday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. for a reception with visiting artist Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz and a viewing of fifth grade student Pesah book art and clay relief works. View this flyer for all the details.  

This program was made possible through the Fund-A-Need appeal at the 2018 Heilicher Annual Benefit.
Family Passover Art Program
Join in the fun this  Sunday, April 7, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
with a hands-on community art event geared toward children in grades 2-5 and their families (all ages are welcome). Come and create a meaningful piece for your Seder table on the theme: The 4 Children Unmasked. This event is free. Registration is required at .

View this flyer for all the details.  
PJ Library/Heilicher Good Deeds Day
We hope you can join us for Heilicher and PJ Library's Day of Service 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.

This free event is open to youth and adults of all ages. Register your family in advance. Food shelf/birthday room donations will be collected at the door.
A Message About Riddles from BatSheva

Six months ago we started having riddles for students in grades 3-8 about lesser known cities in Israel. In each riddle, clues were given about a city every two days and the students had to discover the name of the city.

It was gratifying to see the students participating in solving the riddles and the excitement when the winning class was announced at All School Lunch. These fun riddles were an informal way of learning about lesser known cities in Israel.  The riddles are now on display at the top of the staircase to second floor. Stop by and take a look if you have a chance. 

Heilicher Athletics

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

Upcoming Games 

Tuesday, April 9
7-8 Volleyball vs New Millenium Academy A, 4:45 p.m., at New Millenium Academy

7-8 Volleyball vs New Millenium Academy B, 5:30 p.m.,  at New Millenium Academy

Wednesday, April 10
5-6 Volleyball vs Twin Cities Academy, 4 p.m., at Heilicher Gym B and C

5-6 Volleyball vs NOVA Classical Academy, 4:45 p.m.,  at Heilicher Gym B and C

Thursday, April 11
7-8 Volleyball vs FAIR Crystal A, 4:45 p.m. at FAIR Crystal

7-8 Volleyball vs FAIR Crystal B, 4:45 p.m. at FAIR Crystal

Challah Order Form

April challah forms are here. Please return your completed challah order form as soon as possible to the Heilicher office. Please note that we will only have Challah the weeks of April 5 and April 12. There will be no challah the weeks of April 19 and April 26 due to Pesah.

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to Lily Greenberger on her upcoming Bat Mitzvah at Beth El Synagogue on Saturday, April 6.


Condolences to the Alicia Phillips, Jason, and Sofia Blumenthal on the passing of Alicia's mother and Sofia's Grandmother, Gloria Phillips.

Condolences to Heilicher Board member Mort Naiman and family on the passing of his wife, Micki Naiman. Their grandchildren Maddy and Elliot Kapel are Heilicher alumni.

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