On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Heilicher students learned about the legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the history of non-violent protests, and participated in various in-school service projects.  

Celebrate Tu Bishvat!

Tu Bishvatthe Jewish New Year for the Trees, begins on Wednesday evening, January 27, which is the 15th of Shvat. Due to the complications of COVID and eating in school, coupled with the need to cut fruit before we eat it and various nut allergies, we are not eating fruits in school next week. Instead, we're sending a sampling of dried fruits home TODAY - January 21 - to be ready for Tu Bishvat next Wednesday.  Our intention is to provide the beginnings of a fruit plate for your dinner next Wednesday (or Thursday) nights.  We recommend you purchase some fruit of your choosing ahead of Wednesday, and have your child(ren) in charge of making the fruit plate. Some people like to include a fruit they haven't tried this year, some like to make sure to include fruits that grow in Israel.  Tiffany Goldman, mother of Benny and Max Goldman, is a mandala artist, and the family recorded a how-to video to guide your mandala project. Share a photo on ouTu Bishvat Mandala Padlet (click the plus sign in the lower right corner).

This is a link to a Tu Bishvat Seder that includes the blessings (brachot) and Talmudic and Modern sources. You may want to use the entire thing, or include a few of the rituals listed in this seder, which focuses on environmentalism based in Torah teachings.  Here is a link to a different sheet that could be used at your meal.

Check out a Tu Bishvat playlist on Spotify!  There are several but here is one that's fun.

K-5 Families!
Grades K-5 students are invited to plant seeds for Tu Bishvat, under the guidance of Laurie Goldsmith, parents of Hannah (3), Ari (K), and Adina (K). All K-5 students are receiving grow-kits on Monday, January 25, with instructions on how to plant the seeds.  As the seeds grow, students are asked to take photos every 4-5 days (we recommend marking your calendars) and to upload them to this padlet as they grow. 

Mark Your Calendars
Upcoming School Events
  • Monday, January 25: Minimester 5 begins
  • Thursday, January 28: Picture Retake Day and Grade 8 Pictures
  • Thursday, January 28: Tu BiShvat
  • Monday, February 15- Friday, February 19: Mid-Winter Break

Mrs. Steinberg Reflects on Racial Justice Work at Heilicher 

לֹא עָלֶיךָ הַמְלָאכָה לִגְמֹר, וְלֹא אַתָּה בֶן חוֹרִים לְהִבָּטֵל מִמֶנָה (אבות ב:טז)
Lo Alecha ha-m'lacha ligmor, v'lo atah ven chorin l'hi-bateil mimena. (Pirkei Avot 2:16)

"You are not obligated to complete the task, but neither are you free to withdraw from it."

This is one of our school's core values, and for me, it describes the challenge of teaching our students to be thoughtful, ethical citizens who take action for social justice. Not long after George Floyd was killed in May 2020, two Heilicher fourth graders spoke at the school's annual meeting. They challenged our school to take a more active role in combating racism and working for justice. This was a powerful and inspiring call to action. Read more of Mrs. Steinberg's reflections here

Mrs. Steinberg is a third grade teacher at Heilicher and a parent of two grade 8 students. 
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 to take or re-take a picture, please contact Ali Berdass. Lifetouch will only be here from 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
Minimester 5 Schedule 

Minimester 5 begins on Monday, January 25. Attached is the Minimester 5 schedule for Mondays-Thursdays. As you know, Fridays are a shortened day (ending at 12:30 p.m.), primarily devoted to special programming, including T'filah and Kabbalat Shabbat. Grades 6-8 will continue to have distance learning on Fridays. 

If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher or advisor. 
Marketing Pictures Scheduled for Wednesday, January 27

Professional photographer (and Heilicher parent) Jeff Schmieg will be at Heilicher on Wednesday, January 27 to take pictures for some upcoming marketing materials. He will briefly be going into classrooms to capture various activities. If possible, please send you child(ren) to school that day in clothing without logos.
Heilicher Communications Center

As a reminder please use the Heilicher Communications Center for the following situations. 
  • COVID diagnosis (student or family member)
  • COVID exposure (student or family member)
  • Symptom reporting (even if unrelated to COVID)
  • Non-illness related absences, including late drop-off and early pick-up
  • Travel or household contact with out-of-town guests
  • A link to communicate directly with the Heilicher nurse's office. 

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