It was great seeing so many students participate in our Community Connections programs over the past two weeks. 
Winter Break Book Recommendations from Ms. Holzman's Fourth Grade Class 

Winter break is coming up and while we might be stuck inside, it is the perfect opportunity to get cozy and read some new books! Ms. Holzman's fourth grade class has been reading some awesome books and we are excited to recommend our favorites. Check them out here!

Mark Your Calendars
Upcoming School Events
  • December 10 - December 18, Chanukah 
  • December 21-January 3, Winter Break
  • December 24, 25, 31 and January 1, Office Closed
  • Monday, January 4, School Resumes
  • Friday, January 8, TDLP Sign-Up Deadline for Minimesters 5 & 6. 
  • Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (school in session) 
  • Friday, January 22, Minimester 4 ends
  • Monday, January 25, Minimester 5 begins
  • Thursday, January 28, Picture Re-take Day


IMPORTANT: Heilicher Health Covenant and New Reporting Website

Yesterday, all parents received an email with detailed information regarding our new Heilicher Health Covenant and reporting site for COVID diagnoses or exposure, symptoms or illness, student absences and travel. Attached is a link to the full email.

To access the website, please click here. The Heilicher Health Covenant is on the landing page of the site, and must be signed by all Heilicher parents. 

Questions about this new process may be directed to Diane Greenberger at Any health-related questions should be sent to Katie Ruff, School Nurse, at
Make Your Year-End Gift to Heilicher! 

As we get ready to ring in the new year, a reminder to make your 2020 year-end contribution to Heilicher. Help us to reach our goal of 100% parent participation in the 2020-21 Annual Fund!

Your support enhances Heilicher's extraordinary education and helps keep our school financially accessible to all families. With your support, we can make this our most successful year ever 

Give online today, or contact our Institutional Advancement Director, Beckie Skelton, by phone (612.419.3290) or email (
Application Timeline for Tuition Assistance for the 2021-2022 School Year

Due to the ever changing landscape, the financial aid application process will start later this year to ensure that families have the opportunity to report 2020 wages. Please note that all current families receiving assistance must reapply each year. 

If you have general questions about the Tuition Assistance program, please contact Karen Hoppe in the Finance Department or call 612-201-6348. If you need assistance completing the application or if you would like to check the status of your submission, you may contact Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) directly at 612-548-3320. 

Tuition assistance applications will open for the 2020-2021 school year on January 4, 2021, and are due no later than Feb. 28, 2021. Awards will be communicated in mid-April.
TDLP Sign-Up Deadline for Minimesters 5/6 is Friday, January 8

Enrollment for Minimesters 5 & 6 (January 25 - April 2) of the Total Distance Learning Program (TDLP) is now open! All families currently enrolled in TDLP, and families who would like to enroll in TDLP for the first time, must complete the following form in order to officially opt-in. 

In order to ensure your student's enrollment in TDLP for Minimesters 5 and 6, you must complete the form by the beginning of Shabbat on Friday, January 8. Any families who have not completed this form by January 8 will be automatically enrolled for in-person learning at Heilicher. Students may not opt-in OR opt-out of TDLP outside of the enrollment deadline. 

Contact the Distance Learning Coordinator, Evelyn Sadlowski, with any questions you have regarding TDLP.
Heilicher Office Closed During Winter Break

The Heilicher Main Office will be closed for Winter Break. 

Voice mails left on the Main Office phone line will continue to be retrieved and distributed to the appropriate recipients daily, with the exception of 12/24-12/25 and 12/31-1/1. 

If you need to connect with an administrator during Winter Break, you are encouraged to email them directly. Teachers will not be available to respond to email or voice mail messages during break. The next issue of Roar will be sent out on January 7.

Have a great Winter Break! 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Food Drive 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is designated as a national day of service.  This year we are unable to do our all-school service projects, but we can still make a difference. Food banks are very low on food.  We can each put aside two items for the food shelf each week until MLK Day on Monday, January 18. That way we'll each have a bag ready to donate that week.  

In addition, we'll be making cards for people in hospitals and nursings homes.  Stay tuned for more information about that as we get closer to MLK.

If you have another idea for do-at-home project we can promote in the spirit of service projects, please contact Wendy Goldberg.


Condolences to Heilicher staff member Rafi Forbush and his wife Gemma on the passing of Gemma's grandmother, Colleen Barnett.

Mazel Tov!

Mazel Tov to Edison Mendez on his Bar Mitzvah that took place on December 12 at Bet Shalom. 

Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School