The Heilicher Lion is getting excited for the new school year to begin. We hope you are too! 
Welcome Back

Shalom. I hope your summers were full of refreshing family time and that you have a smooth transition back to school. At Heilicher, we have been busy getting ready for another tremendous year. In preparation, many of our teachers participated in summer professional development, which you can read about in  my first blog  of the year. Thanks in advance for your help filling out Back-to-School forms and signing up early for athletics and after-school programming. Looking forward to having ice cream with many of you at the Summer Social on August 23.

Mark your Calendars
Upcom ing School Events  
  • Tuesday, August 14 - New Parent Orientation (PARENTS ONLY), 7-8:30 p.m., Ben and Bernice Fiterman Family Beit Knesset 
  • Thursday, August 23 - Kindergarten Picnic and Scavenger Hunt, 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 23  - All-School Heilicher Summer Social, Camp Olami White Tent, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, August 27 - First Day of School! 
  • Monday, August 27 & Tuesday, August 28 - Back to School Parent Coffees, after drop-off, Heilicher Dining Room
  • Thursday, September 6 - Heilicher Back to School Night (PARENTS ONLY EVENT), 6:30 p.m.; Optional dinner for purchase at 5:30 p.m.
Required Back-to-School Forms

Each year, we require parents to fill out certain forms to ensure that family information is current and our funding from the St. Louis Park School District is secure. All of the required forms can be completed online in the Forms section of our website. Click on the Back-to-School tab on the left side and fill out the first two forms.
Reading and action required! The Library Use Agreement , Health, Illness and Medication Policy  (see Section 8 of the Heilicher Handbook), and School Supply List are important to read and may require some action depending on your child(ren) and grade levels. These three documents are also on the Back-to-School tab on the Forms page of our website.

It is important that all families complete all forms prior to the first day of school.  
Sign Up For After-School Athletics

It is time to start planning your child's athletics schedule for the new school year. Register today for Heilicher athletics. Prices for Fall athletics go up after Wednesday, August 15. Fall sports include tennis, mountain biking, and soccer. Sign up today. 
Heilicher Summer Social

Please join us for the Heilicher summer social on Thursday, August 23, 6:30 p.m at the Camp Olami white tent on the Sabes JCC field. This is a family program for the entire Heilicher community. Enjoy a casual evening of open sports, fun, and friends before school is back in session. An ice cream truck with free treats will be joining us at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by August 16 to

Kindergarten families: please join us at 5 p.m. for a picnic dinner (please bring your own dairy/pareve meal) and Scavenger Hunt. 

Please note the Ice Cream Social will be canceled if it is raining. 
School's Out

Registration for our HaBonim after-care program is open! Register by Wednesday, August 15 to receive the pre-registration price for the months of August and September. Sign up on today. See the full calendar of Sch ool's Out dates and times here. Questions: contact Kelleen O'Brion at  952.381.3374. 
In Case You Missed It

This year's PTO co-chairs Mia Posada and Elly Zweigbaum and Annual Fund Co-chairs Sara and Aaron Riedel sent you an email a few weeks ago introducing themselves. We look forward to a great year ahead!
Registration for Grade 6/7/8 Electives Due Monday, August 13

Registration for Grade 6/7/8 Electives is due on Monday, August 13. Students have more than 20 course choices, ranging from Judaics to Woodshop. Late registrations will be assigned as space allows. Please take a few minutes with your student(s) to complete the form by the deadline.

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to Heilicher Library Manager Lysa Shimkus (Yang) on her recent marriage.


Condolences to Heilicher alumni parents Rob and Sue Ribnick and their children Ben and Matthew, on the passing of Robert's father Arnold Ribnick.

Condolences to former Heilicher faculty and administrator Rob Portnoe and his family, on the passing of his father Sidney Portnoe.

Condolences to Michelle Gendlin and Bill Heyman and their children Robby and Ashley, on the passing of Michelle's grandfather Joseph Abrahamson.

Condolences to Joel and Laurie Goldsmith and their daughter Hannah, on the passing of Joel's grandmother Shirley Rosen.

Condolences to Heilicher alumni parents and former board member Peter and Joni Sussman and their children Zach and Mia, on the passing of Peter's dad Zorra Sussman. 

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