Volume: 6  Issue: 3 Monday, November 20, 2017 / 19 Tishrei 5777
Dear ,
 
Our school year continues to get better with each passing week! We are still enjoying a number of school-wide community events throughout the holidays, culminating in this morning's Simchat Torah celebration during our weekly Taste of Shabbat.
 
If you have not had the opportunity to do so, I encourage you to join HBHA for our Friday morning Taste of Shabbat, which takes place from 7:55-8:15am in the Jewish Community Campus Social Hall each Friday morning. Together, we welcome in Shabbat, learn from the weekly Torah portion, honor our Mensch of the Week, and enjoy our time together as an HBHA family. It would be a pleasure to have you with us.  
 
If adult Jewish learning opportunities are your preference, I recommend registering for one of MeltonKC's upcoming classes. Beginning in November, there are several selections to enrich your knowledge of everything from Jewish history to current events. Click here to view our upcoming Melton classes.
 
As the holidays come to a close, I once again wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy new year, full of the joy of learning! 
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Howard Haas

Headline News

A Celebration of Learning Surrounds the Jewish Holidays
To say this has been an exciting holiday season is an understatement. Our students are thrilled to learning about and celebrate Jewish holidays together, and this year's holidays have been exceptional in each and every grade.
 
With Sukkot in full swing, every student at school has gotten some hands-on time in the Sukkah. It began with our Upper School students building the Sukkah last week, and our Middle School students decorating the Sukkah this week. Since then, we have enjoyed Hot Dog in the Hut (a special lunch brought to us by Upper School STUCO members), shaking the lulav, and learning and eating in the sukkah. Please enjoy these photo albums:
 
Today, as we prepare for Simchat Torah, students enjoyed our annual school-wide celebration of the holiday. Lower School students worked hard on their Simchat Torah flags to enhance the celebration. Enjoy these photo albums of our students in action!

Development Corner

Are You Saving-the-Date?
All HBHA Grandparents  and families were emailed a Save-the-Date for the Tuesday, November 22, VIP Day. Formerly known as Grandparents Day, this annual morning event is known for its lox and bagel brunch, joyful student performances and fun activities for students and their VIPs. Email invitations will follow soon, complete with details about the morning.
 
Families were notified in order to help reach out and make arrangements for the grandparents or “other” Very Important Persons in your child's life. Let us know, and please provide an email and a cell number once you’ve selected your VIP (if it’s not a grandparent). Need help finding a VIP? Please ask!
 
This is not an event for parents, and VIPs must be at least 18 years old. Please contact Kerry Cosner, kcosner@hbha.edu, 913-327-8156, with questions. We look forward to meeting our guests.
 
Ma’ayan: Please Renew or Be New
Many of you recently received our Ma’ayan letter requesting your help.
 
Please consider becoming a member of our Ma’ayan Society to help strengthen the foundation of our budget. It’s the perfect way for alumni, alum parents, grandparents and friends to remain connected to HBHA and make a true difference to the education of our students. Since all tuition money is not received up front, as many families must pay installments throughout the year, your Ma’ayan membership helps to ease any financial stress.
 
Your $5,000 donation to join Ma’ayan provides the unrestricted funding needed to ensure the continual flow of educational programming, as we gradually receive the tuition monies that build our annual budget.
 
Please help us develop the educated Jewish leaders of tomorrow by sending your check NOW in the enclosed envelope you received! We’ll be calling you soon. Contact Kerry Cosner, kcosner@hbha.edu, 913.327.8156, with questions.
 
Can You Grant a Wish?
In the last issue we ran a Wish List for Lower School. Now, as promised, here is our Wish List for Middle School:
  • Video editing software subscription, $2,500
  • Makeblock Robot kits, $100-$300
  • 2 or 3 laptops to operate robotics software, $700 & up
  • All-in-one iMac for in-depth photo editing, $1,200
These are the educational tools of the future. Please help us make a technology dream come true! Contact Dr. Jessica Kyanka-Maggart, 913.327.8167 with questions or before making your purchase.

Student News

HBHA's RampageWired staff writers have been working on some heavy-duty topics these days, from a Jewish Reaction to Black Lives Matter's Israel Statement, to a look at France's Burkini Ban. All in the name of the 1st Amendment, and exploring our societal boundaries.
Click here to get your weekly RampageWired fix!

Mensch of the Week

David Wasserman
3rd grade

Graduate Update

There's still time to register for these upcoming HBHA Alumni events! 
Denver Alumni Shabbat Get-Together: November 11 at 7pm in Denver, CO; Register at: https://goo.gl/MuOsxb
 
HBHA Alumni Basketball Game: November 26, 7pm at the JCC gymnasium. Register by October 31 at: 
Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
5801 West 115th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66211
913-327-8150   www.hbha.edu
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The mission of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy is preparing students for fulfilling lives as Jews and as honorable and contributing citizens.