It was a festive Purim at Heilicher today. Students enjoyed the morning's megillah reading by eighth graders, skits and performances by sixth graders, a costume contest, and the afternoon Purim spiel.
Hag Purim Samea h!
Mark your Calendars
Upcom ing School Events
  • Monday, March 25-Friday, March 29, Scholastic Book Fair
  • Tuesday, March 26, Eighth-Grade Capstone Night, 6:30-8 p.m. (Eighth-grade students should be dropped off at 6 p.m.)
  • Thursday, March 28, Spring Conferences, 11:30 a.m. EARLY DISMISSAL
  • Friday, March 29, Spring Conferences -- NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, April 1, Sixth-Grade Parent-Child Tallit Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 2, Third-Grade Curriculum Night, 7-8 p.m. (See below for details)
  • Sunday, April 7, Family Passover Art Program, 10:30 a.m.-noon (See below for details)
  • Monday, April 8, Fifth-Grade Illuminated Haggadah Parent-Child Reception with Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz, 6:30 p.m. (See flyer below)
Important Reminder of Heilicher Arrival & Dismissal Policies

We would like to remind everyone about our arrival and dismissal policies to support the safety of our students. Please review our arrival and dismissal policies to ensure a smooth transition at the beginning and end of the school day.

Morning Drop-off Procedure (8-8:15 a.m., M-F) 
Drop-off at the beginning of the school day will be at the north entrance of the Education Wing (around the back of the building). This is the only drop-off entrance; parking for any period of time is not allowed. K-6 students are not to be dropped off at the south entrance. If there is a need to walk your student(s) into school, you must park in the south parking lot and enter through the south entrance. Parents/guardians or other authorized adults will be expected to sign in at the security desk and scan a school-issued ID badge or show other form of picture ID. Grades 7-8 students can enter/exit through the south entrance. 

Afternoon Dismissal Procedure (3:25-3:40 p.m., M-Th and 3:15 - 3:30 p.m., F)
Dismissal for students in K-6 occurs at the north doors only. Grades 7-8 students may depart through the south doors, unless they have younger siblings. Please display your Vehicle Identification Cards on the driver's side dashboard. If a card is not displayed, your student will not be released and will need to be picked up in the school office. Students should only enter and exit a vehicle from the passenger side. Please do not block crosswalks. Parents/guardians who choose to park and walk in for pick-up must meet their student(s) at the north entrance and sign them out.

If you designate a person other than a parent or guardian to pick up your student(s), we must have a written note (or email) from you in advance authorizing us to release your student(s) to that person, OR the designated person must have a carpool card provided by Heilicher.

If there is a change to your student's dismissal plans, please notify the school by 1:30 p.m. via email (, or phone call to the school office.
Last Day to Sign Up For Spring Conferences - March 28 and 29

Heilicher Spring Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 28, from 12-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., and Friday, March 29, from 8-11 a.m.

Use this link to sign up for spring conference times.
This link will close today, March 21.

Grades K-6, please make sure to sign up with General Studies, Hebrew, and Judaic Studies teachers. Grades 7-8 should sign up for a one-hour block during which you will meet with each of your child(ren)'s teachers.
**Reminder: If you are signing up for conferences with more than one teacher or signing up for conferences for multiple children, be sure to look for the "Register for multiple conferences" button to help coordinate your times.

*Grades K-2 Conferences are PARENTS ONLY. 
*Grades 3-8 Conferences should involve BOTH PARENTS AND STUDENTS.
*Please remember to visit Specialists who will be stationed in the Manny Fingerhut Auditorium throughout conferences.
*EARLY DISMISSAL (11:30 a.m.) on Thursday, and NO SCHOOL on Friday. (Sign up for School's Out Programs below.)
Questions? Contact Mel Newman in the Heilicher Office.
2019 Scholastic Book Fair
The 2019 Scholastic Book Fair, begins Monday, March 25 and goes through Friday, March 29. Browse the collection of new books, ages preschool through adult. Purchase stationery, posters, and more. Please see here for more information. Volunteers are still needed to staff the fair. Sign up (scroll down to find the Book Fair) or contact Heilicher Library Manager Lysa Shimkus.
Third-Grade Curriculum Night
Please join us Tuesday, April 2, 7-8 p.m. for a celebration of your children's learning and accomplishments in third grade. We will be watching students' iMovies and interacting with maps they have created using the coding program Scratch.
Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Parent Gathering
Please join us Wednesday, April 10, 7-9 p.m. at the home of Michelle Drake and Michael Flamenbaum. This parent community gathering will be hosted by General Studies Director Maia Poling.

Topics Include: 
  • Fourth & fifth grade social and developmental milestones
  • Preparing for middle school
  • Middle school parent engagement
RSVP by Monday, April 1 to Amanda Scherer, or by using this quick form
Fifth-Grade Parent-Student Reception with Visiting Artist Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz
Fifth-grade parents and students and their families, please join us Monday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. for a reception with visiting artist Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz and a viewing of fifth-grade student Pesah book art and clay relief works. View this flyer for all the details.  

This program made possible through the fund-a-need appeal at the 2018 Heilicher Annual Benefit.
Family Passover Art Program
Join in the fun on  Sunday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m.-noon with a hands-on community art event geared toward children in grades 2-5 and their families (all ages are welcome). Come and create a meaningful piece for your seder table on the theme: The 4 Children Unmasked. This event is free. Registration is required at 

View this flyer for all the details.  

Spring Yom Dor L'Dor 2019
Save the date: Thursday, April 18 from 1:45-3:25 p.m. for the spring Yom Dor L'Dor, Grandparents & Special Persons Day!

The theme for this event is: Favorite Spring Holiday Traditions. Invitations with sign up forms are going out by email this week.

Grandparents, parents, or any special adult 18 or over are welcome to attend.

Gerten's Flower Sales
The eighth-grade class is selling flowers to raise money for their spring trip to Washington D.C. Ask your favorite eighth grader for details or check out this Gerten's Order Form .

All orders are due to the Heilicher office by 3 p.m. on Friday, March 29. Pick-up will be Tuesday, May 7, 1 - 4 p.m., in the Activity Center on the Barry Family Campus.
School's Out Programming During March Conferences

There is still time to register your student for two days of fun with School's Out Programming for March Conferences! Register today on MSA. Please contact Evelyn Sadlowski with any questions. 

Thursday, March 28, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: An Afternoon of Games and Outdoor Play at Heilicher
Friday, March 29, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Kidcreate Studios Comes to Heilicher

Heilicher Athletics

It's time to sign up for Spring Athletics: Tennis, Biking, and Ultimate Frisbee. 

Upcoming Games 

Tuesday, March 26
7-8 Volleyball vs Twin Cities Academy, 4:30 p.m. Heilicher Gym B and C

Wednesday, March 27
5-6 Volleyball vs Great River, 4:30 p.m. Heilicher Gym B and C


Condolences to faculty member Karen Malka and her family on the passing of Karen's mother, Sandy Rabinovitz. 

Condolences to faculty member Jessie Fine and Rabbi Jeremy Fine and their family on the passing of Jeremy's grandmother, Birdie Fine. 

Condolences to staff member Rick Rice on the passing of his brother, Stewart. 

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