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Thank you, Talia!
Talia Kushnick, our High School Director of Admissions, is pursuing a new opportunity and her last day at AYA will be January 20. Talia has served as our Director of High School Admissions for the past 6.5 years. During that time she has enjoyed success building an intelligent, athletic, and motivated student body. 
"It has been an honor serving the AYA community," Talia writes. "I have truly enjoyed getting to know the families and being a part of this special place. I love this school and the people that work here, but what I love the most is watching our students develop confidence, a sense of self, and grow as learners and leaders. Thank you for your support. I look forward to seeing you within the Jewish community."
We wish Talia nothing but the best as she begins her new role as the Southern Regional Director at Moving Traditions, a nationwide organization that creates innovative educational programs for Jewish teens. If you see Talia on the Schultz Rosenberg Campus, please join me in thanking her for her service to AYA.

Following Talia’s departure, it is exciting to announce that Andi Bonner will serve as Director of Admissions for all of AYA. Andi has been the current Early Childhood-8th Grade Director of Admissions for 7 years and has been a member of the Akiba Yavneh Academy staff for 12 years. Her children Daniel ('08) and Leigh ('11) both graduated from Yavneh. 

All the best,

Chris Gorycki
Interim Head of School
A PLATE OF PARSHA
Weekly Torah insight for your Shabbat table:
High School Judaic Studies teacher Gedalia Dock discusses the priority Moshe placed on caring for other people and the natural world.
KINDNESS WEEK
"The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right"
While kavod is consistently front and center in our Lower School, Kindness Week provided a grade-tailored focus on inclusion, respect, fairness, responsibility and more. Daily dedicated social and emotional learning hours were crafted and coordinated by Lower School Counselor Rennie Silverman based on curriculum certified by CASEL.org and recommendations of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.
"You got this!"
The week before mid-term exams can be an intense and stressful time in our High School. AYA's student-led HOPE Squad aimed to make "Dead Week" more manageable by hosting a De-Stress Fair featuring a clever array of stations including "Crunch Time" eats, "Motivation Mirror" affirmations, the popular "Defeat, Don't Retreat!" punching bag and more!
Thank you to all faculty and staff who participated in the #GivingTuesdayAYA initiative. Along with the community, we raised more than $275,000 toward our Annual Fund goals. AMAZING!! We appreciate our shared vision to make AYA the very best school to educate children and you are the ones who make that happen. Thank you. Congratulations to Piper Luskey, Monica Ribald, Michal Shapiro, and Coach David Zimmerman who are our #GivingTuesdayAYA winners of the drawing. 
Order 2022-23 Yearbooks
ECP-8th Grade yearbooks can be purchased for $75 through AYA UltraCamp or by contacting Susan Hall (email) in the administration office. Every Middle School student will receive one free yearbook as part of tuition. Order Deadline: Jan 27, 2023
High School yearbooks can be purchased for $50 through Jostens. Yearbooks are no longer included in tuition (as of last year) — and must be purchased separately. Order Deadline: Jan 27, 2023
UPCOMING EVENTS
No School Monday

There are no classes on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
8:15 am Wed, Jan 18 in the Boardroom (ADM600)

Interim Head of School Chris Gorycki invites parents to ask questions, and discuss the many things that AYA does well — and the challenges we face.
Rescheduled! 10 am to noon Sun, Jan 22 in ECP Playground

Children should dress to get dirty and have fun. Refreshments for adults will be available. » RSVP via email
8:15 am Mon, Jan 23 in Schultz Circle

Join us after carpool for a cup of coffee in celebration of the new Hebrew month of Shevat! (We'll move into the Welcome Center if raining.)
8:30 am Wed, Jan 25: 2nd Grade Chagigat HaChumash
Fri/Sat, Jan 27-28, 2023: Middle School Shabbaton
Sun, March 26: Points 4 Peace Basketball Tournament
When's the next game? Download the app!
OUR COMMUNITY
Email us your mazel tovs!
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!