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We very much enjoyed meeting with so many of you and your children for parent-teacher-student conferences. These spring conferences are such a nice opportunity to recognize your children's accomplishments, consider and discuss challenges, and plan for the final months of the school year. We appreciate your taking time out of your own busy schedules to join us for these meetings, and we look forward to seeing more of you next Wednesday afternoon.

While conferences were taking place, those faculty and staff members not meeting with parents took care of the students, offering both regular classes and some special programming. In the seventh grade, students learned about life in the shtetl by watching the film "Fiddler on the Roof." The content of this (wonderful) film relates to what the students will be studying in Hebrew class this semester. Eighth graders created videos from their recent meetings and interviews of local Holocaust survivors, and also practiced for their upcoming Tekes (pre-Israel trip ceremony). Sixth graders learned several Hebrew songs from the album "HaKeves HaShisha Asar" ("The 16th Lamb"), and also had health and nutrition classes with one of our nurses.

On Thursday and Friday, students had Hesed programming. We spent time delivering meals to the homebound, playing with students in day care centers, stocking the shelves of a food pantry, interacting with children with autism, and visiting elders at the Jewish Home and Hospital. As always, the students had positive attitudes and made us very proud!

This week we also celebrated the in-school Bar Mitzvah of Lev Gilbert, and the Bat Mitzvah of Mira Cohen. Mazel tov to Lev and Mira and their families!

Please note the following calendar items:

Monday, March 27 - Miami Teen Israeli Dance Troupe performs for sixth grade; open court basketball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 28 - Rosh Hodesh Nisan - 7th & 8th graders begin school at 8 a.m.; softball and track practice, 4:30-6:00 p.m.; open court volleyball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 29 - 1:45 dismissal (no school buses for 6th graders at dismissal); parent-teacher-student conferences, 2:00-7:00 p.m.; open court basketball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 30 - Softball practice, 3:50-6:00 p.m.; track practice, 3:50-5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 31 - Poetry Assembly in the morning; 8th grade Tekes rehearsal, 1:30-2:10--8th graders dismiss at 2:10 p.m.; Peer Buddies meet at 1:20 dismissal time

Here is next week's student schedule: Schedule

Shabbat Shalom!

Lori Skopp

Middle School Head

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REMINDER: Parent-teacher-student conferences are scheduled for March 21, 22, and 29. Please note that school is in session all day on 3/21 and 3/22, but on 3/29 we will dismiss early at 1:45 p.m. We ask that your children join you for these conferences; they can come out of class for meetings on 3/21 and 3/22, and can stay after school (or return to the school building) for the conferences on 3/29.

Dear Parents,

A highlight of this week was the eighth grade trip to Washington, DC on Wednesday and Thursday. After a surprise not-blizzard on Tuesday, and some suspense about whether the trip would depart on time, we gathered early on Wednesday morning, and by 7:15 a.m. were on the road. Our first stop was the Supreme Court. A docent brought us into the courtroom and explained what the room would look like were the court in session. We then had a Q&A session with four Supreme Court clerks--all extremely accomplished individuals. Next we visited The Capitol, met briefly with a member of Congress from New Jersey, and then watched a (very quiet) Senate floor from the viewing deck. We had the opportunity to hear Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) deliver a passionate speech about the affordable care act to a near-empty Senate room.

The following day we spent immersed in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. After two months of learning about the Shoah, the museum gave students the opportunity to better understand and visualize the horrific events that took place during the Holocaust. As a follow up to our museum visit, this morning we partnered with DOROT and our eighth graders visited older adults from within our community who are Holocaust survivors. The students interviewed the older adults and will be creating mini-film documentaries portraying the survivor stories.

This week we celebrated the in-school b'not mitzvah of Cipa Frost and Peri Karpishpan. Mazel tov to Cipa, Peri, and their families!

Please note the following calendar items:

Monday, May 20 - Open court basketball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21 - 7th grade parent-teacher conferences, 8:10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; softball and track practice, 4:30-6:00 p.m.; open court volleyball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22 - 6th and 8th grade Parent-Teacher Conferences; open court basketball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 23 - 6th grade Hesed programming; softball practice, 3:50-6:00 p.m.; track practice, 3:50-5:30 p.m.; 8th grade Israel trip meeting for parents and students, 7:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall

Friday, May 24 - 7th and 8th grade Hesed programming; no peer buddies after school

Here is next week's student schedule: Schedule


Shabbat Shalom!

Lori Skopp

Middle School Head


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ANNOUNCEMENTS and REMINDERS:

1. The 8th grade will be dismissing late (2:10 p.m.) on Friday, March 31 to rehearse for the Tekes.

2. Parent-teacher-student conferences are scheduled for March 21, 22, and 29. School is in session all day on 3/21 and 3/22, but on 3/29 we will dismiss early at 1:45 p.m. We ask that your children join you for these conferences; they can come out of class for meetings on 3/21 and 3/22, and can stay after school (or return to the school building) for the conferences on 3/29. Please note that our online scheduling system will be available only until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14th, so if you haven't yet scheduled your conferences, please do so in the next few days.

3. This Sunday, March 12, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. is Purim Pandemonium at The Heschel School. As part of this fun day, the Parents' Association is hosting a Ready-to-Wear, Ready-to-Share Community Sale, featuring gently-used bar/bat mitzvah festive attire. Please come with your child to purchase dresses, skirts, suits, shirts, pants, shoes, jackets, and more! Items are $36 or less and proceeds will support a Jewish Response to Hunger.

4. Next Wednesday and Thursday the eighth grade is traveling to Washington, DC to visit the Supreme Court and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Eighth graders should be at school Wednesday promptly at 6:30 a.m. for a 7:00 a.m. departure.


Dear Parents,

We had a magical, sensational week, filled with pure imagination! The highlight of our week was the Middle School's production of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." This week's performances represented a culmination of months of rehearsal time. Our dedicated and talented cast and crew brought the story to dramatic life. We followed Charlie Bucket, a boy from humble origins, as he triumphed over the other (severely character-flawed) children who won golden tickets--and a chance to see the fantastical candy factory of Willy Wonka! I would like to thank Anna Savant, our drama teacher, and the other faculty and staff who contributed their talents and creativity toward our show!

This week was also "Spirit Week," concluding with our celebration of Purim today. Our celebration included costumes, music, hilarious videos, and hamantaschen. Our seventh graders were delivered misloach manot from their kindergarten buddies. We are grateful for this sweet and generous gesture.

This week we also celebrated the in-school Bar Mitzvah of Andrew Lieber, and Bat Mitzvah of Ruby Kazam. Mazel tov to Andrew, Ruby, and their families!

Please note the following calendar items:

Monday, March 13 - Shushan Purim - Open court basketball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 14 - Heschel Poetry Month begins!; Pi Day celebrated in the afternoon; softball and track practice, 4:30-6:00 p.m.; open court volleyball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15 - 8th grade arrives at school 6:30 a.m. for Washington, DC overnight; open court basketball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 16 - 8th grade in Washington, DC (returning approximately 6:30-7:00 p.m.); softball practice, 3:50-6:00 p.m.; track practice, 3:50-5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 17 - 8th grade begins school at 9:00 a.m.; No peer buddies program.

Here is next week's student schedule: Schedule

Shabbat Shalom!
Lori Skopp

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