AMOS & CELIA HEILICHER MINNEAPOLIS JEWISH DAY SCHOOL

Kindergarten FAQs

What will a typical day look like in kindergarten at Heilicher?
A strong emphasis is placed on both academic and social experiences as well as a fostering of Jewish values. All students will have math, language arts, social studies, science, Hebrew language, Jewish Studies, music, PE, and art throughout the week. Kindergarteners will also have morning meeting and free choice time in order to develop social skills. 

What makes Heilicher unique?
Kindergarteners have opportunities at Heilicher that they may not have other places, including a weekly chess class, access to a Makerspace (tinkering lab) which helps to cultivate innovation and provides opportunity for real life application of concepts being taught, and daily Hebrew instruction. Kindergarteners at Heilicher are also encouraged, and able, to participate in many extra-curricular activities from the start including tennis, soccer, chess club, art class led by KidCreate, and Lego Robotics. 

Why the Heilicher Community?
At Heilicher, community begins immediately. All kindergarteners at Heilicher are carefully paired with an eighth-grade buddy at the start of the year. This buddy acts as a mentor and friend to help create community and ease the transition into a new school. Heilicher is a school for your entire family. There is an active PTO, all-school holiday celebrations, and many ways to be engaged. Families at Heilicher are committed to raising their children together. 

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Teacher Reflections on Racial Justice Work at Heilicher

“You are not obligated to complete the task, but neither are you free to withdraw from it.”

This is one of our school’s core values, and for me, it describes the challenge of teaching our students to be thoughtful, ethical citizens who take action for social justice. Not long after George Floyd was killed in May 2020, two Heilicher fourth graders spoke at the school’s annual meeting. They challenged our school to take a more active role in combating racism and working for justice. This was a powerful and inspiring call to action.

Chanukah

Chanukah is here!  The great miracle of the oil! The crushing victory of the Maccabees! The reality of the original Chanukah story played out much like the lead-up to our recent election, only then it was a fight for the soul of Judaism, or at least it felt that way. Some Jews living under Greek rule (165 BCE) loved the Greek traditions and wanted to embrace them. Some felt that if Jews embraced any of them, it would lead to the end of Judaism.The stakes felt that high, and eventually it was the Jews who engaged in their own civil war over the future of Judaism;  Did Jews have to refrain from all Greek customs?