Heilicher first graders learn about the life cycle of the caterpillar. 
Rosh Hashanah , Yom Kippur and Forgiveness

The Heilicher core value for September is Lo Alecha / לֹא עָלֶיךָ / It Is Not Entirely Upon You
לֹא עָלֶיךָ הַמְלָאכָה לִגְמֹר, וְלֹא אַתָּה בֶן חוֹרִים לְהִבָּטֵל מִמֶנָה (אבות ב:טז)
"It is not up to you to finish the job. Neither are you free to withdraw from it." (Avot 2:16)

People cannot do things completely on their own. We need to work together. Just because we think we cannot finish something, doesn't mean we should not start and try to complete the task.


At this time of year there is a lot of talk about asking forgiveness (slicha - סליחה).  Sometimes asking is easy, "Slicha (as in, sorry for interrupting you), but could I get through here?"  But particularly during the month of Tishrei we talk a lot about asking for forgiveness for the bigger things.  And perhaps some of us spend time doing the work of forgiveness (m'chila מחילה), but it seems to get a bit less attention.  This week at Heilicher many of us worked on the words of forgiveness using the following phrases, "I'm ready to forgive you," and, "I'm not ready to forgive you YET. Could we try again tomorrow?"  We practiced looking people in the eye, shaking hands, and choosing one of those phrases to say. Try it out. What do you notice? What happens?  

G'mar Tov!  May you be inscribed for a good year.

Wendy Goldberg
Assistant Director of Jewish Life משגיח רוחני
Mark your Calendars
Upcom ing School Events  
  • Wednesday, September 12 - Friday, September 14 - MAP Testing
  • Monday, September 17-18 - MAP Testing
  • Tuesday, September 18 - Erev Yom Kippur, Early Dismissal 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 19 - NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur
  • Thursday, September 20 - Fifth Grade Kindness Retreat, School Day
  • Monday, September 24, NO SCHOOL, Sukkot I
  • Tuesday, September 25, NO SCHOOL, Sukkot II
  • Sunday, September 30, Grade Level Sukkah Parties
  • Monday, October 1,  NO SCHOOL, Shemini Atzeret/שמיני עצרת
  • Tuesday, October 2, NO SCHOOL, Simhat Torah/שמחת תורה
  • Wednesday, October 10, Building Community in the Backyard at the Zweigbaums' home at 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 15, 2019 Annual Fund Kickoff - Heilicher Pride!
  • Sunday, October 28, New Program! Family Service Fair, Manny Fingerhut Auditorium, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (collaboration with Sabes JCC and Doing Good Together).
Grade Level Sukkah Parties - Sunday, September 30th

Celebrate Sukkot with fell ow Heilicher families during this year's grade level Sukkah parties. Each grade level has an open house that is home-hosted by a member of the grade. This is a great way to get to know families in your child's grade level. Click here
for times and host families. Addresses and contact info will be sent out by email next week. Many of our veter an families have shared that this is one of their favor ite events of the year!

New this year, I f you are also an alumni family, alumni parents Wendy and Nisso Khabie are hosting a high school-age alumni gathering the same day from 11:00a.m-1:00p.m.  This event is for alumni and their families who graduated from Heilicher between 2015-2018.  Please RSVP to   Wendy Khabie The  Khabies  will provide food and drinks. Address information will be sent out separately to these alumni families. 
High Holidays School's Out

Register today for School's Out during the High Holidays. 

Programming is available:
  • Tuesday, September 18 (11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) - Picnic and Play
  • Tuesday, September 25 (7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) - Life Size Board Games
  • Tuesday, October 2 (7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) - Sukkot, Stories and so much S'more
Sign up on  now!  Questions contact Kelleen O'Brion
Powerschool Logins

If you have forgotten your PowerSchool (formerly Haiku) login/password, please email, Ryan Bradley.  

Click here to access PowerSchool  via the Heilicher website. 
K-2 Tashlikh Walk - September 18
Heilicher students in grades K-2 will participate in a Tashlikh walk during the school day on Tuesday September 18. Tashlikh is the ceremony where we symbolically cast our sins into a body of water. Learn more about the history and customs of Tashlikh .

If you have not yet completed your Back to School Forms which includes a Field Trip permission form, please do so here.
Grade 5 Kindness Retreat - Thursday, September 20

Heilicher fifth graders will be participating in a Kindness Retreat on  September 20.   They will spend the day learning and participating in a variety of activities with Heilicher teachers, Ms Graif, Ms. Cook, Rafi, and leaders from Youth Frontiers. Kindness Retreats are high energy days that give students tools to develop empathy, promote kindness and prevent bullying.
Building Community in the Backyard and Fall Kick-off for Annual Benefit

Please join us for a parent-only gathering. Enjoy wine and dessert, connect with our parent community and learn about exciting Heilicher engagement opportunities and happenings.

Wednesday, October 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. 
Hosted at the home of Elly and Mike Zweigbaum 
Please RSVP by October 5 to Ali Berdass.
We look forward to seeing you!

Ali Berdass (Heilicher Annual Benefit Manager and Volunteer Coordinator), Elly Zweigbaum and Mia Posada (PTO Co-Presidents)

*All food and drink adheres to kashrut guidelines.
Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to Heilicher student Malachi Gross on his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, September 15 in Israel. 

Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School