21 Iyar 5783
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Our 8th Grade students are sharing an action-packed adventure in Israel designed to further strengthen their love for the Jewish homeland and their lifetime bonds as AYA classmates. Parents have been proudly following the trip via WhatsApp — here's a quick look at their first whirlwind week:
Drumroll, please ...
Mazel tov to Class of 2023 Valedictorian Ron Asoulin-Handelman and Salutatorian Yasmine Abouzaglo! Preparations are underway to fete 24 AYA seniors with an open-invitation graduation ceremony at 1 pm Sunday, May 21 at Tiferet Israel. If you haven't, take a moment to review our Class of 2023's impressive roster of college and university acceptances:
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to the outstanding teachers and faculty at Akiba Yavneh Academy!

The PTO had so much fun celebrating your tireless effort, dedication, and expertise that go into our children's learning and growth. We are beyond grateful to you! Festivities led by parent volunteers punctuated each day and our teachers were touched by the care and attention from our parent body.
Lower School Teachers

Check out a few of the 350+ special messages sent thru the Parent Teacher Appreciation Project:
Rebeca Levy
Early Childhood Lead Teacher, Director of Camp Kulanu

"Thank you for being an amazing teacher and for giving our child the confidence to be himself and grow into a mensch. We are grateful for everything you've done for our baby!" — Chaverim Parents
Rabbi Mendy Kesselman
High School Judaic Studies Teacher

"Thank you for helping to instill a love of Judaism in your students!" — High School Parent
Jennifer McDougall
3rd Grade General Studies Teacher

"Thanks for your patience, positive energy, and for all the effort that you put into making learning engaging and interesting for your students." — Lower School Parent
Keith Johnson
Middle School Social Studies Teacher

"Our child had the best year! We have loved seeing her work hard and care about everything she is learning in your class! She is so excited when she understands anew concept." — Middle School Parent
Alix Johnson
EC-8th Grade PE Teacher, Director of Middle School Athletics

"Thank you so much Coach Alix! All of my kids love having you and you've performed a miracle by having my daughter continually show up to soccer!"
— ECP/LS/MS Parent
— Tal Brody upon leading Maccabi Tel Aviv's 91-79 semifinal upset over the heavily-favored Soviets at the 1976-77 FIBA European Champions Cup.
Meeting ‘Mr. Basketball’
Coach Zimm writes: "AYA was so honored to have basketball legend Tal Brody at the Schultz Rosenberg Campus to speak with our High School students on Friday. He shared his amazing life story filled with grit, determination, success, failures, and above all else, how important his Jewish identity played in his life decisions."
Tal "Mr. Basketball" Brody made Aliya to Israel after the 7th Maccabiah Olympic Games in 1965 and became one the most honored immigrants in Israel’s history — receiving the highest civilian honor, the Israel Prize, at age 34.

The Jewish Sports Hall of Famer served in the both the United States and Israeli army, played basketball for the USA National Team in the 1970 World Championships and, after making Aliyah, with the Israeli National Team. Brody is a dual citizen holding United States and Israeli passports. Today, Brody serves as an Ambassador of Goodwill for the State of Israel.

Our thanks to the Jewish National Fund's Dallas Director, Ellie Solimani Adelman, for facilitating this opportunity.
Yehuda Solomon & Moshav Band
It was an absolute joy to welcome so many families to campus in celebration of Lag B'Omer as part of the greater Dallas Jewish community. More than 200 hot dogs and a mountain of chicken shawarma were served in Pollman Hall before an energetic concert filled Schultz Family Gymnasium with song and dance well into the evening!

Thank you Jacques Ohayon, Terri Rohan, and all our parent volunteers who made this incredible evening happen in record time!
Please note: The JWOW Skills Fair previously scheduled for Sunday has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for the fall.
10:30 am to 12:30 pm Sun, June 4 outside Early Childhood Center

Save the date! Getting every bunny together before summer heats up! Refreshments, fruit, and summer goodie bag provided.
5:15 pm Thu, May 18: High School Athletic Banquet in Pollman Hall
1 pm Sun, May 21: High School Graduation at Tiferet Israel
5 pm Mon, May 22: Discovery End of Year Program
Noon Thu, May 25: Early Dismissal - Erev Shavuot
Fri, May 26: No School - Shavuot
Mon, May 29: No School - Memorial Day
8:45 am Thu, June 1: Kindergarten End of Year Celebration
7 pm Mon, June 5: 8th Grade Celebration in Pollman Hall
9:30 am Wed, June 7: Nevatim, Teenoki, and KTonTon Sing-Along in Hanna's Room
10:30 am Wed, June 7: Nitzanim and Chaverim Program in Pollman Hall
Noon Wed, June 7: Early Dismissal - Last Day of School (ECP-8th Only)
Thu, June 8: Year End Parent-Teacher Conferences (ECP-8th Only)
Fri, June 9: Last Day of School (High School Only)
June 12-30 & July 3-21: Camp Kulanu (16 mo - Kinder) » More Info
Mazel tov to the Nathan family on the birth of a baby brother Jonah for Noah in the ECP.
Email us your mazel tovs!
Shabbat meal hosts: Additional families are needed to welcome our Bnot Sherut — Roni Eliasian of Jerusalem and Roni Wishengrad of Gedera — for Shabbat meals over the Chaggim and Shabbatot of the school year:
Challah may be ordered directly from Ron the Baker (email) and will be available for pick-up on Friday mornings, before noon, at the Yiddishe Kup Cafe in the Welcome Center atrium.
Shabbat Shalom!