Volume: 6  Issue: 5 Monday, November 20, 2017 / 2 Kislev 5777
Dear ,
The past few weeks have embodied a particularly strong sense of community at HBHA. Last week alone, we enjoyed the 4th & 5th grade State Fair presentation, a very special VIP Day (formerly Grandparents Day), and a wonderful HBHA/Kansas City Chiefs Pep Rally with Mitchell Schwartz, one of a handful of Jewish football players in the NFL. 
I invite you to read our News section below for more information and photos/videos from all of these events. Each of them was truly spectacular in its own way.
Another prevalent theme around our school has been the generosity and support in our community. We give thanks to the many HBHA grandparents who joined us for VIP Day, and made generous gifts to HBHA’s Grandparent Fund. This fund helps ensure our school continues to provide a top-notch, individualized Jewish and general education for our students.  We are also very moved by the donors who gave to HBHA’s #GivingTuesday fund, which will provide lunches for HBHA students who experience food insecurity. Thanks to several generous donors, we have raised $2,408, to ensure that no child goes hungry during the school day.
As the end of the secular year approaches, I encourage each of you to consider making a meaningful gift to HBHA – whether your time or financial resources – to enable us to continue the good work we do every day with your children.  It’s never too late to donate!
Shabbat Shalom,
Howard Haas

Headline News

Thanksgiving week was full of fun activities around HBHA:
A special thanks to the more than 170 VIPs who visited HBHA during VIP Day last week. After a delicious lox & bagel brunch, VIPs enjoyed musical entertainment by students in grades K-8, plus our Upper School musicians. Following the entertainment, VIPs visited with their students while enjoying a variety of hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) activities. It was a great taste of what our students are learning at school!
Chiefs Pep Rally Puts HBHA in the News
We're not sure who had more fun...our students or Jewish pro football player, Mitchell Schwartz, KC Chiefs Offensive Linesman at our Pep Rally! We loved Mitchell's comments about working hard to reach your goals - whatever those goals may be. A special thanks to our fabulous first grade cheerleaders, led by faculty member Laura Severin, our entire student body, and HBHA parents, VIPs and friends who came out on Nov. 22 to enjoy the event! 
4th & 5th Grade State Fair
Our 4th & 5th grade students put on a fun and educational performance and showcase, under the guidance of teachers Nancy Franks and Jennifer Safir. Highlights included the musical review, featuring the Presidents Rap (complete with break dancing), great videos created by the students in our new Tech Lab and a slew of very creative hats - designed by each student - to represent each state!
Admissions Tours, Taste of Kindergarten, and More Happening at HBHA
Kindergarten preparation is in the works at HBHA! Individualized tours are happening now, and Taste of Kindergarten and Kindergarten Round Up are just around the corner. Click here for more details on these upcoming events, or click here to register for Taste of Kindergarten and Kindergarten Round Up.
Our HBHA family members are our most important advocates...please share this information with your friends and family!

Development Corner

Can You Grant a Wish?
We shared the Lower and Middle School wish lists...below is HBHA’s ongoing Upper School wish list. If you, or someone you know can help make these wishes come true, read on to start the process! 
  1. Wireless Presenter Remote Presentation USB Control PowerPoint PPT Clicker; $15/presenter (need 6-8)
  2. Power Strips with Surge Protection - for student charging of devices; $25/strip (need 3-4)
  3. Chromecasts for teacher use for classroom presentations; $35 (need 2-4)
  4. Replacement Whiteboard on Wheels for Beit Midrash; $400
  5. Student Chromebook for Need-Based students to lease at low/no cost; $250/Chromebook (need 2)
  6. Student Scholarships for Upper School Trips: Civil Rights Trip $500/student (actual cost is $1250) and Jewish Heritage Trip $1500/student (actual cost is $6500)
Please contact Todd Clauer, 913.327.8178, with questions about purchasing an Upper School wish list item.
Think HBHA when you want to pay tribute to someone
Every donation to HBHA is a significant one. The dollars add up when you are kind enough to make a donation in memory of a dear friend or family member, or in honor of a birthday, anniversary, accomplishment, bar/bat mitzvah or other event. Send a check to HBHA and write In Honor Of (IHO) or In Memory Of (IMO) on it, or make an online donation at www.hbha.edu. We will notify your recipient or the family of your generous IMO/IHO donation. The monies go toward our operations budget which includes programs, scholarships and educational materials, to name a few.
A special note to grandparents: click for the VIP Day/Grandparent Fund donation sheet to make unrestricted donations in honor of your grandchildren and we will send your tribute acknowledgement directly to each of them!
Some friends prefer to purchase IMO/IHO cards directly for $18 and mail them out themselves. Whatever you choose, know that you are helping to educate our Jewish community’s children. Thank you for thinking of HBHA!

Student News

Our RampageWired writers are at it again with 2 great new articles:
8th Grade Camping Trip to the Ozarks by Ethan Herman and Ayelet Schuster

Mensch of the Week

Eliana Saidel, 11th grader

Graduate Update

November brought in two fabulous HBHA Alumni events: HBHA Alumni Shabbat dinner in Denver, CO, and the HBHA Alumni Basketball Game over Thanksgiving weekend. It was a home court advantage as former HBHA basketball players stepped back onto the JCC gymnasium floor for an exciting game!
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.