We are so happy to welcome back all our students to Heilicher for in-person and distance learning.   On behalf of our entire faculty and staff, thank you to our families for a wonderful start to the school year. We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we navigate this year together. 
Mark your Calendars
Upcoming School Events
  • Friday, September 18 Erev Rosh Hashana, regular dismissal (12:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday/Sunday, September 18 & 19, Rosh Hashana
  • Tuesday, September 22, Grade-Level Meet and Greet (virtual) 
  • Sunday, September 27, Erev Yom Kippur 
  • Monday, September 28, Yom Kippur, NO SCHOOL 
  • Tuesday, September 29, Late Start, 9:30 a.m.
IMPORTANT Reminders: Drop-Off, Dismissal, and Masks 
  • Before pulling into the Barry Family Campus parking lot for drop off, please turn down the heat in your car and have your children take off their winter hats. This will help ensure that our forehead thermometers do not misread your students' temperatures as higher than they actually are!
  • Please drive very slowly when pulling around to the drop-off circle. There are many students exiting cars, and we want to make sure everyone is safe.
  • Students should only enter and exit a vehicle from the passenger side. Please do not block crosswalks. 
  • For dismissal, please make sure your vehicle ID cards are placed in the front window with your student's first and last name clearly written. 
  • Finally, please make sure your child's mask is fitted appropriately! The mask should cover the child's mouth AND nose, and should not gap. Thank you!
Tips for Using Sycamore Education

We are excited to announce that Sycamore Education has come out with a new web browser application. If using your desktop, please type "sycamore.school" into your internet browser and you will be taken to the following screen:

Please take note of the COVID-19 Health Screening and the menu bar on the left-hand side. You will see the third icon down on the left-hand side is a box with a person's silhouette: this will take you to the complete FAMILY DIRECTORY. We will not be printing/distributing a family directory this year, so you may wish to bookmark this page for easy reference. 

On your mobile phone, the screen will look like this:

You will see the COVID-19 Health Screening Form at the top and below you will see a "SHORTCUTS" blue bar. The FAMILY DIRECTORY will be a frequently used shortcut. 

REMINDER: please complete your COVID-19 Health Screening Form each morning before dropping your child(ren) off at school. 

Questions about using Sycamore? Contact Mel Newman
long shofar
Shabbat and Holiday Connections 

As we enter our first Shabbat of the school year, please enjoy this Shalom Aleichem Playlist as a way to welcome all of us back to our holy community and bring Shabbat into our homes. This Spotify playlist was compiled by Wendy Goldberg, Assistant Director of Jewish Life and Hebrew. 

It's the month of Elul, let's sound your shofar! Watch this video for directions on recording yourself blowing your shofar and uploading your recording. Let's see how many videos we can collect before Rosh Hashana! Feel free to forward this video to grandparents and alumni. Shana Tovah!

Online Spirit Wear Shop Coming Soon!

Looking to update your family's Heilicher gear?
Our new online spirit wear shop will be coming soon with some exciting new items. More details to follow in an upcoming Roar.
Connect on Heilicher Hallway Chat  

Please make sure to join Heilicher Hallway Chat on Facebook. This is a closed parent-only (and parent-administered) Facebook page which offers a forum for parents to have the types of conversations that they otherwise would be having in the hallways this year, 

The PTO has also set up grade-specific Hallway Chats. To join, please search "Heilicher Class of 20XX (your child's 8th grade graduation year) on Facebook.
Virtual Chidon Ha-Tanach Class for Middle School Students

Once again, Heilicher will be participating in The United States National Chidon Ha-Tanach, a prestigious Bible contest that has existed for over half a century. We are offering Chidon Ha-Tanach as a free after-school Zoom class for our grades 6-8 students. This class will be coached by Robert Portnoe. 

More information and a link to sign-up for this class was sent directly to middle school families. Note that the class will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 4:15-5:45 p.m., beginning on Tuesday, September 22. 

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