Heilicher welcomed 44 new students under the huppah at last week's Opening Ceremonies. 
Fall Parent Education at Heilicher
Diana Graber

Snapchat, Fortnite, Instagram, and more! Join us on Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. for a lively parent presentation with presenter Diana Graber. Ms. Graber is the author of Raising Humans in a Digital World, and the founder of and, two organizations dedicated to improving digital literacy skills. The evening will teach you how to help your children build a safe and healthy relationship with technology. 

Raising Humans in a Digital World with Diana Graber
Tuesday, September 17, 7 p.m.
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School,  East Commons

Register  today.

We also invite you to a book celebration recognizing the release of Rabbi Jeffrey Schein 's new volume Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology. Many of you know Rabbi  Schein , who has been a Heilicher teacher, is a current Heilicher grandparent, and has an expertise in the intersection between technology and Judaism. There will also be an opportunity to purchase Rabbi Schein's book at a discount. 

Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology
Sunday, November 10,  1-2:30 p.m
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School,  Ben and Bernice Fiterman  Beit Knesset
Mark your Calendars
Upcom ing School Events
  • TONIGHT September 5, Back-to-School Night, 6:30-9 p.m. 
  • Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 20, MAP TESTING, Grades 3-8
  • Thursday, September 12, Parents-Only Happy Hour, 6:30 p.m., The Yardhouse at the West End
  • Tuesday, September 17Raising Humans in a Digital World with Diana Graber, East Commons, 7 p.m. 
  • 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 Hashana, 
  • Tuesday, October 7: Erev Yom Kippur, Early Dismissal (11:30 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, October 8: Yom Kippur, NO SCHOOL 
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Heilicher Back-to-School Night - TONIGHT

Back-to-School Night is tonight, Thursday, September 5. It is your chance to meet your children's teachers, get excited for the year to come, and learn about the wonderful things happening at Heilicher. 

K-5 Parents: Please be in your youngest child's homeroom at 6:30 p.m., ready to reconnect and have fun. Your evening will conclude in the auditorium at 7:45 p.m.

6-8 Parents: Please join us in the auditorium by 7:15 p.m. as we welcome you to Middle School at Heilicher. Following some important messages from our administration, you'll join your child's faculty for a grade-level experience. The evening will conclude by 8:30 p.m.

Please note this is a parent-only event.
Due TODAY - Lower School Electives Registration 

Each Wednesday afternoon, all first through fifth grade Heilicher students will participate in elective classes. The first trimester of Lower School Electives will run September 11 through November 20. Please look at the options in the form and rank your student's first, second, third and fourth choice, by writing a 1, 2, 3 or 4 in the box next to your selections.  Be sure the class is available for your child's grade level. First come, first served! For the class to run, a large number of students must participate. 

Please make sure the form is completed NO LATER than today, Thursday, September 5
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Join Us for a Parent Happy Hour 

Come kick-off the new school year with other parents from our Heilicher community on  Thursday, September 12, 6:30 p.m., at Yard House in St. Louis Park. This will be a great way to catch up after summer as well as meet new parents. We hope you can make it! RSVP to  Ali Berdass by Monday, September 9.
Join the Heilicher Choir (Grades 2-6)

In choir, students in grades two through six have the opportunity to study vocal music, perform at school and community functions and explore a variety of musical styles. If your child is interested in participating in the Heilicher Choir, please register your child using the Choir Form by Friday, September 13. The choir practices once per week during recess. Rehearsals begin the week of September 16. Sign up today!
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. 
Art Adventure Volunteers Needed by Nov. 1 

Art Adventure is a program that engages students with artworks from the Minneapolis Institute of Art's collection and through the support of thousands of trained, school volunteers, sends visual arts into K-6 classrooms across Minnesota and beyond. If you are interested in helping serve as a Picture Person, please contact Ms. Thor before Friday, November 1. 
Family Directory 

Each school year we create an all-school directory of Heilicher families. In order to ensure that we have accurate information, please log in to Sycamore to confirm your family profile is correct. If you have edits, you are able to make them directly on your family profile. Please use the step-by-step instructions to complete this data review by Monday, September 16. Any changes needed after that date will not be included in the printed student directory.
At the same time, through Sycamore, 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. 
Sign Up Now for Fall Conferences - September 26 and 27

Heilicher Fall Conferences will be held on Thursday, September 26, from 12-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., and Friday, September 27, from 8-11 a.m.  Note: No conferences from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday to allow teachers to have a dinner break.

Sign up for fall conference times. If you have students in grades K-6, please make sure to sign up with your child(ren)'s General Studies, Hebrew, and Judaic Studies teachers. Those with students in grades 7-8 should sign up for a one-hour block of time 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 children. 
Note that there will be an EARLY DISMISSAL (11:30 a.m.) on Thursday, and NO SCHOOL on Friday (see Fall School's Out Programming info below).

Questions? Contact the Front Desk
Space Available for FRIDAY ONLY: School's Out Programs During Conferences 

Early-bird pricing will be closing TONIGHT for Fall Conferences: School's Out programming. Registration fills up fast; register today on  Your student(s) won't want to miss this! 

Thursday, September 26: School's Out Programming is Full 

Friday, September 27: Field trip to Big Thrill Factory-Minnetonka!
Programming runs from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
MAP Testing for Grades 3-8 

Fall MAP testing will take place on  September 9-20Your child(ren)'s classroom teacher or advisor will communicate specific tests dates and times. Please reach out to your child(ren)'s classroom teacher or advisor with questions.

Upcoming Games 

Tuesday, September 10 
6-7-8 Soccer v. BSM Gold, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Heilicher Soccer Field 

Thursday, September 12
6-7-8 Soccer v. Minnehaha Academy, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Heilicher Soccer Field 

Condolences to Heilicher parents Rafi and Alla Geretz and Heilicher alumni parents Michelle and Jeff Livon and their families on the passing of Rafi and Michelle's mother Rachel Geretz. 

Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School