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Heilicher Head of School Yoni Binus and the Heilicher Lion are excited for the new school year to begin!
Back-to-School Night & Forms

School is off to a great start! Back-to-School Night is next Thursday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. This year we are offering dinner for parents before our program. Dinner will be served in the Dining Room from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. If your child/children are signed up for All-Inclusive Lunch there will be no charge for dinner. All other parents can purchase dinner for $5.50 to be charged to their child's MSA account.  
The menu will include: Chili with Sour Cream - Cheesy Cornbread - Chips and Guacamole - Mexican Coleslaw and Salad Bar. RSVP by Tuesday, September 4 to Ethan Tarshish .

Thank you to our 100 families who have completed the Back To School forms. Remaining families, please complete your forms immediately. This information is critical to the safety and well-being of your children. 

Go to the Forms page of the school's website. Click on the Back-to-School tab on the left column and fill out the first two forms.
Mark your Calendars
Upcom ing School Events  
  • Friday, August 31 - Opening Ceremonies, Manny Fingerhut Auditorium, 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, September 3 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 4 - Friday, September 7 - MAP Testing
  • Thursday, September 6 - Heilicher Back-to-School Night (PARENTS ONLY EVENT), 6:30 p.m.; Optional dinner for purchase at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 7 - Rosh Hashanah Assembly, Manny Fingerhut Auditorium, 2:30-3:10 p.m. 
  • Monday, September 10 & Tuesday, September 11 - NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah
  • Wednesday, September 12 - Friday, September 14 - MAP Testing
Heilicher Opening Ceremony  

We invite you to attend our Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the Manny Fingerhut Auditorium as we celebrate the start of the new school year. During this special assembly, new Heilicher students will be escorted into the auditorium by our current eighth graders. New students will all receive a special gift and be officially welcomed to the Heilicher community. This is one assembly--with requisite photo ops--you will not want to miss.
MAP Testing

Students in grades 3-8 will participate in  MAP   testing  from  September 4-7, 12-14 and 17-18 . Teachers and advisors will communicate specific  testing  days and times with parents. Students will complete  MAP   tests  in math, reading, and language usage. Read more  about  MAP   testing .
Family and Emergency Contacts - Check Your Mail

Today we are snail mailing home a Family Contacts sheet that will help us create a Student Directory. We have a tight deadline for verification of family contact information. Please take a moment to review the information on your sheet and provide updates to the office by September 7, 2018. On the same form, we are also asking every family to provide at least one Emergency Contact to be kept in our files. Look out for an envelope from Heilicher in your U.S. Mail as soon as tomorrow. Thank you for your attention to this task.
Advertising Opportunities in Student Directory 

Heilicher is once again partnering with  Fun2Raise to publish the student directory. In addition to parent/staff contact information, the directory contains offers and messages from local advertisers, and there are priority ad placement opportunities for Heilicher parents.  

If you would like to place a business ad to benefit HMJDS, please email Jodi Rankin at  Jodi@fun2raise.com . Our directory will be printed and distributed by late October. 
Band at Heilicher

The Encore Ensembles program, based out of Eighty Eight Notes School of Music, will be leading Heilicher's band program this year. Every student in grades 4-8 is invited to join band--no prior music experience required! Mr. Sean Prichard will be the band director. Fourth grade students will have an opportunity to meet Mr. Prichard and try out instruments during music classes on Monday, September 17. Register by Thursday, September 20 and Encore Ensembles will waive your registration fee. Band lessons will begin the week of September 24. Please contact Mr. Prichard directly with any questions at  seanprichard.encore@gmail.com .

Register here.
Heilicher Sukkah Hop 

Home hosted grade level Sukkah parties are around the corner. We are in need of  Grades 3 ,7 & 8 party hosts. Sukkah parties will take place on Sunday, September 30 for a 1.5 hour window from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Please contact Ali Berdass if you are interested in hosting. 
Heilicher Volunteer Opportunities for the New School Year

We hope that each family will get involved, so we can create a greater sense of community and support the education of our kids at Heilicher. Register online for grade specific volunteer opportunities and all-school happenings. Volunteers do not have to be limited to parents, we welcome grandparents and caregivers.
Fridays at Heilicher

New this year! Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) for K-5 will be from 8:15-8:45 a.m. each Friday. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join us. 
High Holidays School's Out

Register today for School's Out during the High Holidays. 

Programming is available:
  • Tuesday, September 18 (11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) - Picnic and Play
  • Tuesday, September 25 (7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) - Life Size Board Games
  • Tuesday, October 2 (7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) - Sukkot, Stories and so much S'more
Sign up on myschoolaccount.com now! Questions contact Kelleen O'Brion
Dining Room Menus & All-Inclusive Lunch 

Already tired of packing a cold lunch? Hot lunch menus are available online for the start of the school year.

NEW: All-Inclusive Daily Lunch Option
New this year - you can sign up for an all-inclusive daily lunch option. Annual pricing discounts (divided into 11 monthly installments):
$700/year K-Grade 5 (~$4.30/lunch)
$800/year Grades 6-8  (~$4.90/lunch)

The all-inclusive program includes daily lunch for an entire year. The annual fee will be billed in monthly installments to the family's Heilicher account on file (not through MSA). Contact the Finance Office to sign up at finance@hmjds.org .

Day-by-day lunch purchases will be available again this year for $5.50/lunch through MySchoolAccount.com.

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