August 3, 2023

Welcome back to Heilicher! We look forward to seeing you at our August events and on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 29.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Thursday, August 10 - Grades 3-5 Playdate, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Sabes JCC Field
  • Sunday, August 13 - Kindergarten FastBridge Assessments, 9-10 a.m., Heilicher
  • Sunday, August 13 - Kindergarten Playdate, 10-11 a.m., Sabes JCC Field
  • Sunday, August 13 - Grades 6-8 Gathering, “Selfies with Sculptures,” 12:30-2 p.m., Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Monday, August 14 - Grades 1-2 Playdate, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Sabes JCC Field
  • Tuesday, August 22 - New Parent Orientation, 7-8 p.m., Fiterman Beit Knesset — Parents Only
  • Thursday, August 24 - Kindergarten Meet and Greet, 6 p.m., K Classrooms
  • Thursday, August 24 - Heilicher Summer Social, 6:30-8 p.m., Sabes JCC Field
  • Tuesday, August 29, and Wednesday, August 30 - First Days of School and Back-to-School Parent Coffees, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Outside at the Main (South) Entrance
  • Thursday, August 31, Opening Ceremony, 8:30-9:15 a.m., Manny Fingerhut Auditorium — Families Welcome
  • Tuesday, September 12 - Back-to-School Night — More Info to Come

View the full Heilicher calendar online

UPDATED Key Dates for 2023-2024

Grade-Level Park Playdates and Meetups

Please join your grade for these upcoming events, organized by Heilicher parents! RSVP to Deb Getsug.

Kindergarten Playdate

Sunday, August 13, 10-11 a.m., at the Heilicher Playground

Grades 1-2 Playground Playdate

Monday, August 14, 4:15-5:15 p.m., at the Heilicher Playground

Grades 3-5 Playground Playdate

Thursday, August 10, 4:15-5:15 p.m., at the Heilicher Playground

Grades 6-8 Selfies with Sculptures

Sunday, August 13, 12:30-2 p.m., at the Walker Art Center Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

New Parent Orientation

New to Heilicher? Please join us for our New Parent Orientation on Tuesday, August 22, 7-8 p.m., in the Fiterman Beit Knesset.

Questions about the upcoming school year? Learn about Heilicher policies and procedures, connect with your parent peer community, and talk with school administrators. This is a parent-only event.

Heilicher Summer Social

The Heilicher community is invited to the Heilicher Summer Social on Thursday, August 24, 6:30-8 p.m, on the Sabes JCC field.

Bring your whole family and enjoy an evening of fun and friends before school is back in session. Ice cream treats will be provided.

*Please note this event will be canceled in the case of rain.


Drop-Off and Pickup Times and Protocols

School Start and End Times

The school day will begin at 8:15 a.m. daily and end at 3:40 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 3:15 p.m. Fridays. From November 10, 2023-March 8, 2024, Friday dismissal will be at 2:45 p.m. to accommodate the earlier winter Shabbat start times.

Drop-Off Protocol

Drop-off is at 8 a.m. at the main (south) entrance to the Sabes JCC. Staff will be available both outside and inside the building at this time. Classes will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m. If arriving after 8:15 a.m., you will need to park and walk your child to the school office.

Early drop-off between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. will be available beginning Tuesday, September 5. Parents must walk their students in.

Pickup Protocol

Pickup will be from 3:40-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and from 3:15-3:35 p.m. Fridays. Pickup will be at the back (north) side of the Sabes JCC. Please make sure that the sign with your children's names is clearly displayed on your dashboard in the pickup line. Signs will be handed out at the Heilicher Summer Social and at the parent coffees (see more info below). Returning parents may use their sign from last year.

Heilicher staff will use walkie-talkies to call children down from their classrooms as their parents arrive. Students who are participating in after-school activities or HaBonim will be escorted to their extracurricular programming by school staff.

Communicating Late Drop-Offs or Early Pickups

All known late drop-offs or early pickups should be reported promptly through the Heilicher Communication Center. This reporting portal is critical to keeping our Heilicher faculty and staff informed of student absences. The Heilicher Communication Center has been updated to be more efficient for you.

As noted previously, if you drop your child off after 8:15 a.m., you must park and walk them to the Heilicher office. If you have communicated about an early pickup, your child will wait in the school office at the requested time, and you may walk in and pick them up there. Please note that if you are picking your child up prior to dismissal, we ask that it be at least 30 minutes ahead of the beginning of the dismissal window in order to avoid the dismissal rush.

Back-to-School Parent Coffees

Join us for coffee after drop-off on the mornings of Tuesday, August 29, and Wednesday, August 30. Meet us outside the main entrance from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

This is a wonderful way to meet other families in all grades, see old friends, and make new ones.

Heilicher Opening Ceremony

Join us for the Heilicher Opening Ceremony on Thursday, August 31, at 8:30 a.m. in the Manny Fingerhut Auditorium.

Special for incoming eighth-grade and kindergarten/new families: bring your cameras and see our oldest students escorting our newest students into the Heilicher community!

After-School Programs

After-school activities and athletics will begin September 5. HaBonim, after-school care, is available beginning the first week of school.

Keep your eye out for an email with Heilicher's fall after-school offerings.

Volunteer Opportunity: Girls on the Run Coaches Needed

*No running experience necessary

If you're looking to have a positive impact on the community and enjoy working with youth in an active and meaningful setting, volunteer with Heilicher's Girls on the Run team — no coaching or running experience needed to empower!

Girls on the Run for grades 3-5 will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:50-4:20 p.m., from September 11 to November 12. Girls on the Run will provide training. All gender identities are encouraged to volunteer.

Please pass along this opportunity, and reach out to Jeremy Savran if you're interested in being a volunteer coach. Learn more about Girls on the Run and coaching.


Immunizations for Kindergarten and Seventh Grade


Health Services welcomes you and your kindergarten student to Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School. Please know that you will need to provide the school with a clinic record of your child’s completed immunizations before your child can start kindergarten. View the full instructions.

Grade 7

Before entering seventh grade, the State of Minnesota requires each student to be up to date on their immunizations. This includes Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap), and Meningococcal (MCV4). Please check with your doctor to see what is appropriate for your child.

As soon as your child’s immunizations are complete, please contact your clinic and request they fax the records to 952.381.3501 or mail a clinic copy to the school health office:

Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School

ATTN: School Health Office

Barry Family Jewish Community Campus

4330 S. Cedar Lake Road

Minneapolis, MN 55416-3700

Heilicher Hallway Chat

Make sure to join Heilicher Hallway Chat on Facebook. The Heilicher Hallway Chat is a private Facebook group for parents run by parents. The group is for casual conversation like the type you might have in the hallway or the parking lot when you have five minutes to chat.

Mazel Tov!

Mazel tov to Elior Schleyer-Rubin on his upcoming Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, August 19, at Beth Jacob Congregation.

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