September 7, 2023

Third grade is getting silly! Our students are getting comfortable and settling back into school.

Getting into the Swing of 2023-2024

Wrapping up week two at Heilicher, my upstairs perch is quiet, missing the hum of the middle schoolers who are off at our first Middle School Retreat at Camp Iduhapi. All over the school students are making connections and practicing new and familiar routines. Hebrew songs float out of classrooms; images of apples and honey along with daily shofar soundings remind us of the upcoming month of Tishrei.  

We are nearly through our first cycle of weekly schoolwide traditions, including All-School Lunch, Kabbalat Shabbat, and, on Monday, All-School T'filah. The excitement at All-School Lunch was delightful, with new school families forming across grade and generational lines.  

As we celebrate the growth of our school this year, I am so pleased to see new families warmly welcomed to Heilicher. I see children making a home for themselves here at Heilicher, which confirms to me the power of this community.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers or me with questions about school. We are all better off together!

Jackie Smith, Director of General Studies

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Thursday, September 7-Friday, September 8 - Middle School Retreat
  • Monday, September 11 - Middle School Soccer Game, 4 p.m., Heilicher field
  • Tuesday, September 12 - Back-to-School Night, see times below, Heilicher
  • Thursday, September 14 - Middle School Soccer Game, 5 p.m., Heilicher field
  • Friday, September 15 - EARLY DISMISSAL AT 2:45 P.M.: Rosh Hashanah

View the full Heilicher calendar online

Key Dates for 2023-2024

Torah Thoughts From Doc

Read a brief message about this week's Torah portion, Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilekh. Nitzavim connects all Jews in all times and asks, where do you stand as you prepare to enter the new year?

Back-to-School Night

All Heilicher parents are invited to our Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, September 12, at Heilicher. This is a parent-only program. The schedule is as follows:

6:30-7:15 p.m. → Grades K-4

7:15-7:45 p.m. → All School 

7:45-8:30 p.m. → Grades 5-8

Back-to-School Night is an opportunity for you to hear from your child's teachers about the grade-level curricula and educational goals and to build relationships with faculty members and fellow parents. Grades K-5 should meet in your child(ren)'s classroom at the assigned time. Grades 6-8 will be together in the Fiterman Beit Knesset. If you have questions about how to best split your time with multiple children, please reach out directly to their homeroom teachers.  

During the all-school portion, you'll have a chance to speak with our specialists, meet senior administrators, and learn about ways to get involved at Heilicher, including through the Parent Teacher Organization. Specialists will be available in the auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. for any grades 5-8 parents that want to stop in before the all-school portion. They will remain in the auditorium until 8 p.m. for any K-4 parents that want to connect more following the all-school portion.

Corrected After-School Phone Number

*Please refer to the document in this Roar as opposed to the last Roar, as this has the correct number to reach Heilicher after school.

All parents: If you need to reach a Heilicher staff member regarding pickup or after-school programs after school hours, call the after-school phone, 763.645.7810.

If your student participates in HaBonim or after-school activities or athletics, please review the after-school schedule and pickup locations for each group.

5-6 Basketball Coach Needed

Heilicher is looking for a basketball coach for the grades 5-6 co-ed team this winter. This is a paid position that would require you to be at Heilicher 3:50-5:20 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for practices and games. If you are interested, please contact Athletic Director Lee Metzger.

School's Out

School's Out is Heilicher's childcare program for non-school days and half days. School's Out provides fun at school and field trips and offers full-day, morning, and afternoon options. Registration for School's Out opens on Monday, September 11, for the entire year. Registering early comes with an early-bird discount and helps School's Out estimate participation numbers to better plan engaging programs for students.

Register and learn more on Jumbula. School's Out will be available on the following dates:

October 18-20: Conferences/MEA

November 6: Professional Development Day

November 22: Thanksgiving Break

February 19-23: Mid-Winter Break

March 15: Conferences

April 22, 25, and 26: Pesach Break

May 1: Professional Development Day

June 6: Afternoon of Last Day of School

Girls on the Run

There is still time to sign up for Girls on the Run, which starts Tuesday, September 12! GOTR is for girls in grades 3-5. Depending on numbers, this may be the only chance to participate in Girls on the Run this year, so make sure to register now!

GOTR encourages girls to better understand themselves. With emphasis on teamwork and healthy relationships, the program demonstrates how girls can have a positive impact on the world. Physical activity is woven in to inspire an appreciation for fitness and healthy habits, and the girls learn life skills such as treating others with care, practicing gratitude, and managing emotions. The session concludes with a celebratory, noncompetitive 5K event. Join Nurse Katie, Ms. H, and our other coaches for Girls on the Run! Learn more on Jumbula, and reach out to Jeremy Savran with any questions.

Volunteer Opportunities


Condolences to art teacher Aimee Orkin and the Abramson family on the passing of her former mother-in-law, former Heilicher librarian Carolyn Abramson.

Condolences to former Heilicher teacher and administrator Maia Poling and her family on the passing of her mother, Eve Corey Poling.

Hamakom y’nachem etchem — May God comfort you.

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