We're off to see the Wizard, Heilicher's rendition of Oz! Pictured here are members of the crew with the stunning backdrop they created for the play, which opened last night to universal acclaim.

Special Message from Yoni

We are amazed and proud of our seventh- and eighth-grade students and their beautiful work on their rendition of  The Wizard of Oz . We look forward to two more great shows: tonight at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

In the highly unlikely event that the Barry Family Campus closes on Sunday due to inclement weather , we will email the community as soon as we are alerted to the closure. Otherwise, "The show will go on." If we have to cancel the show, Heilicher will notify ticket holders regarding refund options. 

If you would like to attend this evening's performance (7 p.m.), there are still tickets available at the door ($10 for students, $12 for adults). The box office opens at 6:15 p.m., with doors opening by 6:45 p.m. Unfortunately, we can not honor Sunday tickets for tonight's performance.
Sign Up Now 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. The link will close on 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 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.
Mark your Calendars
Upcom ing School Events
  • Thursday, March 7, The Wizard of Oz Jr., 7 p.m., Dolly and Edward Fiterman Theatre 
  • Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8, Rosh Hodesh Adar II. In honor of welcoming the month of Purim, everyone is invited to wear silly hats on Friday, March 8.
  • Sunday, March 10, The Wizard of Oz Jr., 2 p.m., Dolly and Edward Fiterman Theatre 
  • Sunday, March 10, Jewish Community Day at the Mall of America, 1-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 14, Annual Benefit, 5:45 p.m., Beth El Synagogue
  • Friday, March 15, Yom Ruah (Student v. Faculty) Basketball game, 2-3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19, Grade 8 High School Information Evening, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 21, All School Megilah Reading, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., Manny Fingerhut Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 28, Spring Conferences, 11:30 a.m. EARLY DISMISSAL
  • Friday, March 29, Spring Conferences -- NO SCHOOL
  • **SAVE THE DATE** Monday, May 13, Managing Anxiety at Home and School: How to Break the Worry Cycle featuring Lynn Lyons, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Important Annual Benefit Updates

Parent Volunteers Still Needed
We still need a handful of volunteers to be Fund-a-need spotters and recorders at the event. Volunteer shifts are no more than 30 minutes ensuring you also have time to enjoy the evening. Sign Up Now. We look forward to seeing you at the Benefit!

Raffle Ticket Sales End Tomorrow
All ticket stubs and money are due to homeroom teachers by tomorrow. Thank you to all the students who sold at least one raffle ticket. We'll see if Mr. Binus has to dye his hair blue and orange.
Sign Up for Lower School Electives NOW!

Third trimester Lower School Electives for Grades 1-5 begin Friday, March 15. Please fill out this electives choice form to indicate your child's preferences no later than  Tuesday, March 12 . Students will be placed in electives on a first come, first served basis. The Lower School team thanks you in advance for your quick response.
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
Reminder: Library Books Due Today!
All library books checked-out prior to February 14 are due Today. Please remind your child(ren) to return their books or renew them.

Please contact Mrs. Shimkus with questions/concerns.

Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers Needed
The 2019 Scholastic Book Fair is coming March 25-29. Volunteers are needed during set-up, take-down, and during the Fair. Please sign-up outside the library or contact Mrs. Shimkus.
Important Upcoming Athletic Sign Up Dates

Volleyball (7-8) Starts Next Week!
Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, March 12. Slots are still available, and we need you! If you are thinking of signing up, now is the time.

Early Bird Discount For Tennis & Biking Spring Registration Ends Soon
Early bird discount for Tennis (K-8) and Biking (K-5) ends Friday, March 15, if you are thinking about participating and taking advantage of this discount, please sign up

Ultimate Frisbee Needs You!
Registration for Ultimate Frisbee ends on Friday, March 22, with no exceptions. Sign up today. 

Contact Hector Sztainer with any additional questions.
Third-Grade Field Trip to Bakken Museum March 12

Third grade will be visiting the Bakken Museum on Tuesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. to enhance their study of electricity in science. If your child is on the daily hot lunch plan, a bag lunch will be provided for them, and will include a bagel and cream cheese, cucumbers, applesauce, a bag of snack food, granola bar, and a bottle of water. If your child is not on that plan, please send a bag lunch and beverage that day. 

Please contact Mrs. Steinberg with any questions.
Rescheduled: Grade 4-5 Parent Evening
Please join us Wednesday, April 10, from 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: 
*4th & 5th grade social and developmental milestones
*Preparing for middle school
*Middle school parent engagement

RSVP by Monday, April 1 to Amanda Scherer.
Fifth Grade STEM Field Trip to Base Camp - ACTION REQUIRED

On Monday, March 18, 8:30 a.m.- 2:45 p.m., fifth-grade students will engage in team building activities, Lego robotics, archery and problem-solving challenges at Base Camp. 

This program is designed to investigate additional STEM topics including energy, forces, simple machines, and logic through a variety of activities that emphasize problem-solving. Bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. sharp!

In order to participate, ALL students must have this waiver filled out and signed by their parent or guardian. Please contact Trish Mintz with any questions.
Makerspace Video - Fifth Grade Student Participation

One of the Makerspace's original funders, the Minnesota Independent School Forum, was so impressed with our Makerspace that they selected our school to be highlighted at their annual awards banquet in April. Fifth-grade students will participate in this video on Tuesday, March 12

Please have your child dress in non-branded clothing on March 12. Heilicher gear is welcome. 
Easing the Transition to Ninth Grade

All eighth-grade parents are invited to join us for an informational evening on the transition to high school on Tuesday, March 19, 7- 8:30 p.m., in the Fiterman Beit Knesset. We will cover a variety of topics including: transitioning to a larger school, extra-curricular activities, social environment, academic pressure, honors classes, and more. Learn from veteran parents, faculty, and one another as we share our successes, concerns, and experiences. RSVP to Ethan Tarshish.

Gerten's Flower Sales
Help Send the eighth grade to Washington, D.C. by purchasing Gerten's Flowers.

Spring is just around the corner (we promise)! The eighth-grade class is selling flowers to raise money for their spring trip. 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.
Spring Yom Dor L'Dor 2019
Save the date: Thursday, April 18 at 1:45-3:25 p.m. for the spring Yom Dor L'Dor, Grandparents & Special Persons Day!

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

More details to follow.
Donations For Matanot La'Evyonim (Gifts for the Poor) 

In honor of Purim, each Judaic Studies class will be contributing something for people in need, fulfilling the mitzvah of Matanot La'Evyonim/Gifts to the Poor. 

Are you purging your closets?  If you have toys and games that are still in packages, we'll be happy to collect them and donate them to PRISM in Golden Valley, a program connected to Jewish Family and Children Service of Minneapolis (JFCS). We are also collecting Passover food for STEP and JFCS. 

Donations can be brought to Wendy Goldberg's office, M9, before Wednesday, March 20.

Pennies for Patients Spirit Week

As part of our continuing commitment to tikkun olam/repairing the world, fourth graders are leading Pennies for Patients Spirit Week to raise awareness and money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We are encouraging all students to help us raise money while building school spirit. There will be a theme each day the week of March 11 to encourage students to "Bring the Change" to find a cure.

Jewish Community Day with Heilicher at the Mall of America
Heilicher is a proud co-sponsor of Jewish Community Day at the Mall of America on on  Sunday, March 10, 2019  from 1-7 p.m. Enjoy special discounts, entertainment, exclusive tours, and the opportunity to come together in a brand new way.

For more information and to register click here .

Heilicher Athletics

It's time to sign up for Spring Athletics: Tennis, Biking, and Ultimate Frisbee. Early bird discounts run through March 15 for Tennis and Biking.

Upcoming Games 

Wednesday, March 13
5-6 Volleyball vs City of Lakes Waldorf School A, 4 p.m., Heilicher Gym B and C

Wednesday, March 13
5-6 Volleyball vs City of Lakes Waldorf School B , 4:45 p.m., Heilicher Gym

Friday, March 15
Yom Ruah Basketball Game , 2 p.m., Heilicher Gym

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to Lily Greenberger on her upcoming Bat Mitzvah at Beth El Synagogue on Saturday, March 9.

Mazel Tov to Polly Holzman and her husband Aaron on the birth of the newest additions to their family, twins Hattie & Fisher.

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