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Weekly Newsletter March 21, 2014 - Adar 19, 5774
Dear «First Name or Friend», 
Parent-Teacher Conferences and More

Thank you to all the parents who made the time in their very busy schedules to come talk with the teachers. You all show your children and their teachers how much you care by attending the conferences.

We got some wonderful feedback from parents and teachers about the great learning that is going on at school. The cooperation between and among parents and teachers truly helps make the children's learning experience wondrous.

I came across this article in an online magazine I receive called Circle of Moms. I thought it was simple and helpful advice. Enjoy!


Dr. Carlson


Thank you to Rabbi Popack for all your hard work in planning such an amazing and memorable Purim Celebration! A fun time had by all!
Parents, please send in pictures you captured during the Purim event. You can send pictures to

In this Issue



Fri – Sat, Mar 19 – 20

3rd Grade Field Trip and Shabbaton

Mon – Wed, Mar 24 – 25

7th & 8th Grade Boys Trip

Tue, Apr 1

PA Meeting – 8:15 AM

K – 5th Rosh Chodesh – 3:00 PM

Wed, Apr 2

Enrichment Academy - 3:15 – 4:00

Thu, Apr 3

1st Grade Field Trip – Discover Science Center

Frid, Apr 4

Free Dress Day

Spring Picture Day!

Mon, Apr 7

Scrip Due

Tue, Apr 8

2nd Grade Field Trip – CA Science Center

1st Grade Matzah Factory

Wed, Apr 9

Town Hall Meeting – 8:30 am

Enrichment Academy – 3:15 – 4:00 pm

Thu, Apr 10

Kindergarten Field Trip – Schools First Bank

Apr 14 – Apr 23

Pesach – Spring Break

Thu, Apr 24

School Resumes

1st Grade Field Trip – Shipley Nature Center

Fri, Apr 25

3:30 pm Dismissal Resumes

Elementary News:
Weekly Parshah

Parshat Shemini

On the eighth day, following the seven days of their inauguration, Aaron and his sons begin to officiate as kohanim (priests); a fire issues forth from G‑d to consume the offerings on the altar, and thedivine presence comes to dwell in the Sanctuary.

Aaron’s two elder sons, Nadav and Avihu, offer a “strange fire before G‑d, which He commanded them not” and die before G‑d. Aaron is silent in face of his tragedy. Moses and Aaron subsequently disagree as to a point of law regarding the offerings, but Moses concedes to Aaron that Aaron is in the right.

G‑d commands the kosher laws, identifying the animal species permissible and forbidden for consumption. Land animals may be eaten only if they have split hooves and also chew their cud; fish must have fins and scales; a list of non-kosher birds is given, and a list of kosher insects (four types of locusts).

Also in Shemini are some of the laws of ritual purity, including the purifying power of the mikvah (a pool of water meeting specified qualifications) and the wellspring. Thus the people of Israel are enjoined to “ differentiate between the impure and the pure.”


Weekly Magazine
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Split hooves, cud chewing, fins and scales, a tradition of edible birds—as lessons in parenting.
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A candid texting conversation between a teen and a rabbi about the big questions we all have but are afraid to ask.
Your Questions
Why Is It Taking So Long to Find the Right One?
I have friends who got engaged to the first person they ever dated, and are now married with kids. Yet here I am, many years and many, many dates later, and I still haven’t met the right person.
It’s All About the Timing
But did you ever wonder what would happen if the bird got there too early?
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Mar 21
6:46 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Mar 22
7:42 pm
Torah Portion: Shemini
Schoolwide Open House
Mar. 26, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Parent Association Meeting
Apr. 1, 2014 - 8:15 am - 9:15 am
K-5th: Rosh Chodesh Assembly
Apr. 1, 2014 - 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm