The Heilicher choir brightened the winter holidays with their performance
at the IDS Center last Thursday, December 13. Happy Holidays!
Special Message from Yoni

Special message from Yoni about the end of year Annual Fund Challenge.

Make an Annual Fund Gift  today!

And thank you to our energetic student volunteers Nate F., Gabby A., Annie F., Benny G. and Ruby L. 
2019-2020 School Calendar Highlights and School's Out Programming 

The 2019-2020  school calendar highlights  for next year are available. Be sure to check it out in order to plan ahead. School's Out registration for the 2019-20 school year will be available in early June. 
Mark your Calendars
Upcom ing School Events
  • Thursday, December 20: Herzl Camp Lunch and Learn, Grades 2-4
  • Monday, December 24 - Wednesday, January 2: WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 1st Day Back at School
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - Deadline to Apply For Financial Assistance for 2019-2020


Greetings from the PTO!
We can't believe how fast the first half of the year has flown by. It has been nice to see how the parents are utilizing Heilicher Hallway Chat on Facebook. It's a great resource for parent questions. Please join if you haven't already.

This month we had so much fun getting together for the Parent  Hanukah party. We had an amazing turnout with lots of laughter and  latkes . Hoping this will become a tradition each year. 

Starting in January we have several more fun family and student events:
Saturday, January 12, Saturday night Middle School Dance, 7-10 p.m. (Volunteers Needed)
Saturday, January 19, Lower School Movie Night, 6:30-9 p.m.
Monday, January 21, 7:30-8:15 a.m. PTO Donuts and Coffee before the Martin Luther King Program (Volunteers Needed)

Save the date....
Thursday, March 14: The Heilicher Annual Benefit
Another a great opportunity to volunteer and give back to the school with your time!

Have a wonderful Winter Break!

Elly Zweigbaum and Mia Posada
PTO Co-Chairs
Heilicher Volunteer Opportunities in 2019
Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered this year. Please check out the volunteer opportunities for January through June. We hope that each family will get involved so we can create a greater sense of community and support the education of our kids. Volunteers do not have to be limited to parents; we welcome grandparents and caregivers, too. Sign up today!
MLK Day Observance

Heilicher proudly convenes on MLK Day ( Monday, January 21 ), devoted to studying the life and impact of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year our theme is civil rights through the lens of how people in the United States got the right to vote. We're adding a parent-specific component in the morning and some other options for parents to participate in during the day.

Join us for MLK Day events:

7:30-8:45 a.m.: Heilicher Family Breakfast (complimentary, sponsored by the PTO). 
Students head to classrooms at 8 a.m.  

8 a.m.: Pastor Lawrence T. Richardson, speaking with parents on being Black in Minnesota
This will overlap with the service project. You are welcome to join the service project in progress.

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Heilicher Family Service Project in  the Manny Fingerhut Auditorium, preparing  packages for PRISM food shelf in partnership with  Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis (JFCS).

2:45-3:15 p.m.: The school community will end our day listening to MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech and the choir will also sing. 

You can help us collect supplies for this program by purchasing one of the items listed here. We will need these items by or before  January 10 . All items can be delivered to Ryan Bradley's office (Room M25).
New Spirit Wear Item

You voted and we listened! Heilicher winter hats with poms are available for special order through today,  December 20 . Hats are fleece lined and very high quality. $25/hat. If you are interested in ordering click here . Orders will be placed on  Friday, December 21 , and hats will be put in backpacks after winter break.  
Middle School Student Dance
All students in grades 6-8 are invited to attend the second annual Middle School Dance on
Saturday, January 12, from 7-10 p.m., in the Manny Fingerhut Auditorium. The evening, led by our own Rafi Forbush, will include music, games, and lots of fun! Kosher snacks and drinks will be provided. $5/student at the door. 

If you are interested volunteering for this program, please email Julie Ziessman .
Student participants RSVP by Friday, January 4, to
Ethan Tarshish .
Sixth Grade 
Tu B'shevat Gala and Presentation of Learning
Join us on  Sunday, January 20 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.  in the Manny Fingerhut Auditorium as the sixth graders share their learning about  middot  (Jewish values) and how they pertain to the celebration of 
Tu B'Shevat  (the New Year of the Trees). We will share an elaborate festive meal that includes the seven biblical species of Israel (these seven species were the staple foods consumed by the Jewish people in the land of Israel during biblical times).
Attn: Eighth-Grade Families
Hopkins North Junior High 9th Grade Registration Night Is Jan 10
Hopkins North Junior High School 9th Grade Registration Night is Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 7-8 p.m in the Hopkins North cafeteria. If you have questions, please contact Amanda Clark .

Kidcreate Studio Art Classes: Registration Open for K-6

Registration is now open for  Mess To The Max (Grades K-2)
Get excited for plaster painting, gooey gunk sculpting, paper mache puppet designing, and crazy paint flinging! These projects are so messy your parents would never let you make them at home.

Classes run: Mondays 3:30-4:30 p.m.,  January 7 - February 11, 2019 

Register today through  (select January 7 on the 'Preorder' menu) or email  Evelyn Sadlowski   with questions.

*NEW UPDATE: Registration is now open for Masters In Clay (Grades 3-6). 
Let your inner Monet run wild as we recreate famous works of art all in clay. Get ready to decorate your home with your one-of-a-kind masterpieces! 

Classes run: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.,  January 9 - February 13, 2019 

Register today through (select January 9 on the 'Preorder' menu) or email Evelyn Sadlowski  with questions.
Heart and Sole: Girls On The Run Registration Open

Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run's program for middle school girls (6-8). Heart & Sole facilitates a healthy community where girls can learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond!

If your student would like to join the wonderful Girls On The Run community this Spring, please complete the interest form here.

Girls On The Run: Heart and Sole will be hosting a Lunch and Learn for 6-8 students on
January 17 @ 12:30-1:15 in the Manny Fingerhut Auditorium. 

Staff or Parent Coach Needed for Girls on the Run

We are still looking for an additional coach! Please contact Evelyn Sadlowski if you are interested in coaching Mondays/Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 March 18-May 29. Coaches of all gender identities are encouraged to participate.
Lego® Robotics Session 2: Registration Open

Lego Robotics is back and better than ever! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture with all the hands-on fun of Lego. New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the Lego® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. There are no prerequisites for this course.

K-1 Intro to STEM with LEGO Materials 2

Grades K-1
Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:50 p.m.
February 6 - April 17, 2019 (no class on February 20)
Register here

STEM Challenge with LEGO Materials 2

Grades 2-6
Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:50 p.m.
February 6 - April 16, 2019 (no class on February 19)
Register here

Please contact Evelyn Sadlowski  if you have any questions.

Heilicher Athletics 

Upcoming Games 

Thursday, December 20
7-8 Basketball vs Nativity, 5:30 p.m., Heilicher Gym B & C

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to Aidan Shafton on his upcoming Bar Mitzvah at Beth El Synagogue on Saturday, December 22.

Mazel Tov to Rebekah Gendler and her family who are celebrating her Bat Mitzvah on December 27 in Israel.

Mazel Tov to Yoav Ben-David and his family who are celebrating his Bar Mitzvah in Israel during break.

Congratulations to Heilicher Marketing Associate Nora Lund, her husband Connor, and big brother George on the birth of their newest family member, baby Andrew.

Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School