kind safe responsible three pillars
Heilicher sixth-grade students created their own design for the three Heilicher pillars (Safe, Kind, Responsible) in the Makerspace.
Dear Heilicher Families,

It has been wonderful to welcome your children to the 2019-2020 school year.

Earlier this year, Head of School Yoni Binus shared that we are embarking on a new structure for Heilicher's school culture and expectations. All of our students were introduced to the Heilicher pillars of Safety, Kindness, and Responsibility. These pillars provide a common language for teachers to talk to students and students to talk to each other, and serves as the foundation for consistent school-wide expectations. All faculty and staff will be using these terms to foster and promote a caring school community and to nurture a positive learning environment. 

In an effort to build a strong partnership between home and school, we encourage you to use this language at home. Ask your kids what they did to be kind or responsible at school. Think about helping your children make safe choices, compliment their kindness, call out their willingness to help others, and celebrate the choices they make to be safe, kind and responsible.

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year of growth and joy.

All the best,
Christine Yussen
Education Director-Student Services
Mark your Calendars
Upcom ing School Events
  • Thursday, September 26: Fall Conferences, Early Dismissal (11:30 am.)
  • Friday, September 27: Fall Conferences, NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1: Rosh Hashanah, 
  • T uesday, October 8,  Yom Kippur Assembly, 10:40 a.m
  • Tuesday, October 8: Erev Yom Kippur, Early Dismissal (11:30 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, October 9: Yom Kippur, NO SCHOOL 
High Holidays School's Out Registration

Secure early-bird pricing on all High Holiday School's Out Programming for this October. Early bird-pricing closes three weeks prior to the programming date. Register on  today.

Tuesday, October 8 - Erev Yom Kippur: Pool Party and Film Celebrations, 1 1:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 15 - Second Day Sukkot: Special Guest Rabbi 
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 22 - Simhat Torah: Rain, Wind, and Harvest Celebrations 
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Please contact Evelyn Sadlowski  with questions.
Due Tomorrow - Grades 4-8 Band Registration

The 88 Notes Concert Bands (formerly Encore Ensembles) is leading Heilicher's band program this year. Students in grades 4-8 are invited to join band, no prior music experience required. Mr. Sean Prichard is returning to teach lessons and direct the bands. Fourth-grade students will have an opportunity to meet Mr. Prichard and try out instruments during music class on September 9. Registration is due by September 20. Band lessons will begin Wednesday, October 2, and Thursday, October 3. Feel free to contact Mr. Prichard with any questions. 
Permission Form to Bike To/From School

IMPORTANT: if your child in Grades 5-8 is biking to/from school. Please note the biking guidelines and complete the Biking Permission Form. Grades K-4 students may only bike to/from school with a parent/guardian. Grades 5-8 students may bike to/from school unaccompanied, if Heilicher has received written authorization from the parent/guardian on the  Biking Permission Form . On the Barry Family Campus, students are expected to walk their bikes and properly lock them on bicycle racks.

Grade 5-6 bikers must go to the Heilicher dining room for dismissal, so they can be walked out.  Parents of grade 5-6 bikers need to inform the school by phone or send an email to the Front Desk by 12 p.m. on days that the student is biking home.  
Student Cell Phone Reminder
Students at Heilicher are not permitted to use their cell phones during school hours. Student cell phone use is prohibited between 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Students are not allowed to use their phones during afternoon dismissal. Please do not communicate with your child via cell phone during the day, this includes communicating about afternoon pick-up during dismissal (3:25-3:45 p.m.). All communication must go through the main office (952.381.3500).

Below is the Heilicher Handbook cell phone policy for your review.

Cell Phones
Cell phones (and other communication devices, such as wi-fi enabled watches) are not for use during the school day (from arrival - 8 a.m. until end of dismissal), for any purpose, and specifically not for communication to parents, other students, friends, or anyone else. All such devices should be turned off and should be kept in a locker throughout the defined school day. The only exception to this is if a teacher directs students to use the camera, timer, or other feature for classroom purposes.
If communication is required, the student may ask permission to use classroom or office phones.
Violation of this policy will result in confiscation of the device and communication with parents. Continuing violation of this policy will be responded to by Administration.
Diana Graber
Diana Graber Parent Education Resources

Tuesday evening Heilicher hosted author, educator, and presenter Diana Graber, Raising Humans in a Digital World. Ms. Graber spoke on developing healthy habits, boundaries, and relationships with technology. If you are interested in becoming a CyberWise parent, you can sign-up for the CyberWise Newsletter. Also if you missed Ms. Graber's presentation, take a listen to her podcast with Dr. Robyn Silverman, How to Talk with Your Child About Anything. 
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Project FootPrint - Join the Green Committee 

Join us Thursday, October 17, 5-6 p.m., for our first Green Committee meeting, as we continue building upon Heilicher's environmental commitment. We will have pizza, share ideas and make a plan for what we want to accomplish for the new school year. The Green Committee is intended for parents, families, and staff t o empower the Heilicher community to enhance their environmental awareness, their personal connection to nature, and stewardship of the Earth. 

Event Details
Thursday, October 17,  5 - 6 p.m.
Heilicher Sukkah

RSVP to Liba Zweigbaum Herman

Health History
Health History Form

We are requesting that all families fill out a current Health History Form for each of their students. This is not a form that needs to be provided by a doctor's office. It is just a recap of your student(s) health from year to year, so we have current and pertinent information enabling us to provide a safe and effective learning environment.

Please reach out to the  Heilicher Office with any questions. 
Israel Mock Election 2019
And The Winner Is ...

This past Tuesday 182 students participated in the mock Israel election. We are pleased to announce the results: 
  • 124 for Blue-White party
  • 55 for the Likud party
  • 5 votes were disqualified for tampering with the ballot, or not making a choice
The Heilicher community made a clear choice, but the same cannot be said for Israel. 
Hebrew After Eighth Grade Survey - Grades  7 and 8  

The Minneapolis Jewish Federation is conducting  a survey  to gauge the interest of high school level Hebrew learning opportunities for students in eighth through twelfth grade. If you have a student in, or going into, eighth grade, please provide  your feedback  on this important community offering by Friday, September 27. 

Grades 6, 7, and 8 Theater Program
long shofar

All sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will participate in a theater program designed around themes of the Jewish New Year, run by Exposed Brick Theater, over four days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This workshop will take place at Heilicher. 

At the Jewish New Year we engage in self-assessment, called Cheshbon Ha-Nefesh, in which we make amends with people. In the workshops, Exposed Brick will help our middle schoolers examine what it means to make up with other people by acknowledging our transgressions, apologizing, and asking for forgiveness. 

Parents are welcome to attend the All-School Yom Kippur assembly on Tuesday, October 8, 10:40 a.m., to catch a glimpse of their student's work. 

Time to Register for Basketball - Grades 5-6 and 7-8
If your student(s) is interested in playing basketball this winter, please register today.  Heilicher needs to submit our league registration by September 30. Sign-up today to be a part of the team.

Upcoming Games 

Tuesday, September 24
6-7-8 Soccer v. BSM Silver, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Heilicher Soccer Field 

Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School