4th graders investigating sound waves by using tuning forks during science. 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Heilicher - Monday, January 18

Every year, Heilicher proudly convenes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day - a day devoted to studying the life and impact of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many alumni recall Heilicher's Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming as being among the most valuable experiences of their Jewish day school years. 

This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 18. In our youngest grades, students will learn about who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was, along with some of his colleagues, so that they are grounded in understanding the importance of this day. Students in grades 3-8 will focus their learning on non-violent protests over time, through a variety of efforts and lenses.

Just as the injustices experienced by people of color in our communities are not one-day occurrences, our work on these important issues is not solely relegated to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Seeking justice and equality is critical to what we hope to convey to our students, and these are issues to which we must recommit ourselves every single day. This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day learnings will provide a jumping-off point for our racial justice and equity work throughout 2021 and beyond, as we continue to pursue opportunities for professional development, explore curricular changes, and cultivate student leadership in this area.

Wendy Goldberg
Assistant Director of Jewish Life

Parents: please join us by Zoom for Heilicher's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Kick-Off on Monday, January 18, from 8:45-9:00 a.m. We will listen to the "I Have a Dream" speech and to the words of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and honor The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

Mark Your Calendars
Upcoming School Events
  • Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (school IS in session) 
  • Friday, January 22, Minimester 4 ends
  • Monday, January 25, Minimester 5 begins
  • Thursday, January 28, Picture Retake Day and Grade 8 Pictures
  • Thursday, January 28, Tu BiShvat

Security Update for Next Week

While there are no known threats to Jewish organizations in the Twin Cities at this time, Heilicher security staff are coordinating with the Barry Family Campus to provide enhanced campus security next week, including on Inauguration Day. The Campus partners have been in close communication with the JCRC, which promotes and facilitates the security of the Twin Cities Jewish community through partnership with the FBI.
Inclement Weather Reminders

We are entering the snowiest few months of the year! As a reminder, please review Heilicher's inclement weather communication process below. 

Decision Process
No single consideration will be the deciding factor to delay or close school. (e.g., if St. Louis Park schools are closed, we may still open our doors). We consider several factors in the decision, including: 
  • status of St. Louis Park schools
  • hazardous travel conditions
  • status of the Barry Family Campus
  • status of other local independent schools
In the event of a school closing, delayed opening, or early dismissal, you will be informed via:
  • email
  • Heilicher Facebook post
  • phone call(s) from our automated system
  • posting on local news stations and websites
If nothing is communicated or posted, school is running on schedule.

Barring a state or federal government decision days in advance, we will inform you by 6:15 a.m. the day of the inclement weather. We want to have the best, most up-to-date information before making a decision. In the unlikely event of early dismissal due to inclement weather, we will call and email as soon as possible to make pickup arrangements and will also call emergency contacts in the event a parent cannot be reached. The office will remain open until the last student is picked up.

When school is closed for a day due to heavy snow, we will not offer distance learning that day. 

The safety of your children and our staff and teachers is our primary focus when making decisions. Even if school is open, assess the weather conditions in your area and always use your discretion when deciding to travel.
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. 

We are now accepting Tuition Assistance Applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications are due no later than Feb. 28, 2021. Awards will be communicated in mid-April.
Picture Retake Day (and Grade 8 Photos)

Picture Retake Day (and Picture Day for the 8th grade students) will be Thursday, January 28. If your child will be retaking their picture, please send them with their original pictures. Online ordering will be available up to 48 hours after retake day. 

If there are TDLP students that would like re-takes or to get their pictures taken please contact Ali Berdass. Lifetouch will only be here from 8:30-11:30 a.m. that day. 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Food Drive 

Please bring in your food donations for the MLK food drive. Students can drop off their bags of food  (bins will be located inside the drop off doors) from now until Monday, January 25. 

The two big food drives of the year for most food banks are Thanksgiving through Christmas and Yom Kippur.  Both of those didn't happen at the normal centers for collections like synagogues, churches, schools, etc, so us bringing bags is an important service in the community.

If there are any parents that would be willing to take the donations to PRISM please contact Ali Berdass

Annual Benefit Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2021 Heilicher Annual Benefit is now nine months away! The gala will be held on Sunday, October 10, and will honor Heilicher and community leaders (and alumni parents) Jill and Jon Halper and Stacy Pinck and Brad Birnberg.

There are so many ways to support the event! Heilicher has already raised over $160,000 in corporate and individual sponsorships. Sponsorships provide a great opportunity to provide company visibility, including recognition in publicity before the event, during the program, and in printed and electronic materials.

Our 2021 Sponsorship Form is attached here. Please contact Beckie Skelton at 612.419.3290 or rskelton@hmjds.org if your company or employer would like to be a sponsor.

For a link to last year's sponsors, please click here

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