In the sun or the snow, Mr. Barth's first-grade class enjoys going outside to explore and learn. 
Why I Love Teaching at Heilicher

Steve Mintz, Middle School Science Teacher, shares his thoughts on why he loves teaching at Heilicher.

"Being part of a small, tight-knit school, where relationships are at the core of everything we do; where being part of the Heilicher community means that we're likely to run into a student, or their parents, at the grocery store; where we care about one another like family ... That's why I love teaching at Heilicher."


Mark your Calendars
Upcoming School Events
 
  • Friday, October 30, Deadline to sign up for TDLP Minimester 3 & 4
  • Thursday, November 5, Picture Day, details below
  • Monday, November 9 - Friday November 13, Distance Learning Week. Building closed.
  • Monday, November 16, Minimester 3 begins
  • Thursday, November 19, Give to the Max Day - make a gift to Heilicher!
Picture Day

Lifetouch Picture Day is Thursday, November 5. Pictures will be taken in the Manny Fingerhut Auditorium

We will ask that students briefly remove their masks only for the photo. Lifetouch will be following strict social distancing measures, with photographers wearing masks and sanitizing. 

Please make sure to order your pictures online prior to picture day using Picture Day ID: EVT9CK8JH. There are no paper forms this year. 

TDLP Students: If a TDLP student would like to come in for picture day please sign up for a time slot. We have arranged for TDLP students to enter through the main entrance of the JCC  and walk straight to the auditorium where pictures will be taken. Alternatively, if you prefer not to enter the building, you may send in a "head shot" of your child for the yearbook to Ali Berdass

Please reach out to Ali Berdass with any questions. 
Update to Morning Temperature Checks

Starting on Monday, October 26, we will no longer be taking the temperatures of students in the morning drop off line. 

As the external temperatures have gotten colder, our forehead thermometers are becoming less accurate. In addition, recent studies have shown that body temperature is not a very effective way to determine if someone might be infected with COVID-19, especially in children, who may not have "typical" symptoms. In addition, we have heard, anecdotally, that the process is causing anxiety for some of our students. 

It is critical that all families fill out the Home Wellness Check on Sycamore before coming to school each day. This check asks about many possible symptoms of COVID-19, including but not limited to fever. To ensure the health and safety of our community, we need 100% participation in completing this form reliably each morning.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Katie Ruff, School Nurse
Inclement Weather Communications

Winter is coming ...

This is not only a phrase from a popular TV show, it's our reality here in Minnesota. Please take a moment to review our communications plan in the event of a school closing, delay, or early dismissal due to inclement weather.

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
Notification
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 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, in all likelihood, not offer distance learning that day. As weather conditions are generally unpredictable in advance, many students will not have their school-issued technology at home.

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.
Give to the Heilicher Annual Fund!

The Annual Fund is a critical piece of keeping Heilicher strong and vibrant. The dollars raised help make up the difference between tuition and the full cost of a Heilicher education, and support programs and initiatives throughout the school!

Our Annual Fund this year is being chaired by Heilicher parents Michael Zis and Deb Olkon. Our goal is to raise over $400,000 this year in the Annual Fund with100% parent participation. To date, we already have raised over $300,000 for the Annual Fund from approximately 60 generous parent, grandparent, alumni parent, and community donors. 

There are many ways to make your pledge or gift. You may give online through the Heilicher website, or mail in a response to the letter you have recently received. We offer options for incremental payment as well as periodic invoicing. We strive to make giving to Heilicher easy for you!

Next month, you will also have the opportunity to make your donation through GiveMN.org. Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 19, and Heilicher may qualify for incentives for any donations made through the GiveMN website from November 1 through that date.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support! Any questions, or would you like to discuss your gift confidentially? Please contact Institutional Advancement Director, Beckie Skelton, at rskelton@hmjds.org or 612.419.3290. 
TDLP Signup Deadline Reminder

Enrollment for Session 2 (November 16 - January 22) of the Total Distance Learning Program (TDLP) is now open! All families currently enrolled in TDLP, and families who would like to enroll in TDLP for the first time, must complete the following form in order to officially opt-in. 

In order to ensure your student's enrollment in TDLP for Minimesters 3 and 4, you must complete the form by the beginning of Shabbat on Friday, October 30. Any families who have not completed this form by October 30 will be automatically enrolled in in-person learning at Heilicher. Students may not opt-in OR opt-out of TDLP outside of the enrollment deadline. 

Contact the Distance Learning Coordinator, Evelyn Sadlowski, with any questions you have regarding TDLP.
Mitzvah Opportunity: Decorating Bags for JFCS 

Each year, Heilicher partners with Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis to decorate bags for their Chag Sameach holiday gift delivery program. This year, we are looking for families to decorate bags at home. If you would like some bags sent home with your student, please email Ali Berdass. 

There will be a collection bin outside the main office for the completed bags to be returned. Bags must be returned by Monday, November 16. 

*For TDLP students, please contact Ali Berdass and bags will be included in your next pick-up.
Introducing Heilicher's Online Spirit Wear Shop 

The new online spirit shop is open and ready for business. We have a lot of new and exciting items. Place your orders online today!

*You can still order items from our current in-school inventory via this google form. The cost will be deducted from your account on file with Heilicher.  
Condolences 
 
Condolences to Heilicher parents Lauren and Max Paletz, and their children, Anna and Leah, on the passing of Lauren's  mother, Patti Seglin Palay. 

Mazel Tov to Dahlia Cohen on her  Bat Mitzvah last Saturday, October 17. 

Mazel Tov to Heilicher Board Member (and alumnus) Ron Garber and his wife June on the birth of their daughter Yasmin Mei.


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