Volume: 6  Issue: 6 Monday, November 20, 2017 / 15 Tevet 5777
Dear ,
It is difficult to believe our school year is a little more than halfway complete! Even with another semester ahead of us, HBHA staff and faculty are already planning for our 2017-18 school year.

In the past two weeks, we hosted two very successful Taste of Kindergarten events, where our incredible team welcomed more than 40 families to HBHA Kindergarten! A big thanks to Admissions Director Tamara Lawson Schuster, Lower School Principal Dr. Jessica Kyanka-Maggart, Head of Jewish Studies Rabbi Avi Weinstein, and our Kindergarten team, Nicole Hollingsworth, Nira Solomon, Chanie Sosover and Kathy Kampfer for their work in making a great first impression as new families explore our school. Tours are still going on at HBHA. If you know someone who is interested in learning more about our school, they may contact Tamara Lawson Schuster at tschuster@hbha.edu.   
In other news, our Civic Service Awards Steering Committee is gearing up for a very special celebration March 26, 2017, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Jonathan Kemper and Crosby Kemper III will receive the Civic Service Award on behalf of the Kansas City Public Library, and our program book will pay tribute to long-time HBHA supporter, Seymour Krinsky. It is our small way of saying thank you to Seymour for all that he does for our school and our community. I am also pleased to announce this year's John Weil Uhlmann Young Leadership Award winner, HBHA parent Andrea Levitan, for her work and leadership in our school and our community. I look forward to seeing you at our celebration!  
Shabbat Shalom,
Howard Haas

Headline News

Winterims 2017
It was an incredible week of informal learning, bonding with friends, and trying new things last week during HBHA Middle and Upper School Winterims! Courses included triathlon, improv, woodworking (where they created beautiful Jewish symbols), fun chemistry experiments, and much, much more! Click here for a video recap of Winterims 2017.
Community Service @ HBHA
Our friends and families know HBHA is about more than academics. We work to develop the whole child, which includes teaching them the importance of giving back to our community - whether through hands-on experiences, or by setting a good example for our children.
Upcoming community service events include:
HBHA@Harvesters: 60 HBHA students and parents will serve Harvesters Food Bank this Monday in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
HBHA Blood Drive: Adults (and students ages 16+) can give the gift of life at our Blood Drive, Jan. 20, 10am-2:30pm in the Social Hall. Register at esavealife.org, sponsor code: HYMANBRND to register.
CSA Invitation Stuffing Party: Volunteers are welcome to join us January 25 to help stuff invitations for our upcoming Civic Service Award Celebration! Details below in Development Corner.

Development Corner

Save the Date
Join us for our  Civic Service Award Celebration, Sunday, March 26, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art! Keep reading for more exciting CSA news... 
Andrea Levitan Honored
The John Weil Uhlmann Young Leadership Award goes to HBHA parent volunteer Andrea Levitan at this year’s CSA! Andrea, a licensed professional counselor and the Director of Community Engagement for the Kansas City Kollel, is an active volunteer in our community and at HBHA. Her children, Elia and Riley have attended HBHA since kindergarten. Her proud parents are HBHA supporters Sharon and Howard Levitan. Congratulate Andrea with a personal ad in our CSA program book!
Let’s Thank Seymour Krinsky
We are proud to announce that this year’s CSA program book is a tribute to long-time supporter Seymour Krinsky. HBHA has always been one of Seymour’s favorite causes. He has generously donated to the school over many years, and has been instrumental in procuring a number of legacy donations, including the Herb Adler and Christa Louis funds, to name a few. Dedicating the program book to him is our way of saying “todah rabah” for his invaluable friendship and hard work. Please buy a personal ad in honor of Seymour today!
Civic Service Award Program Book Ads
Don’t miss the opportunity to congratulate our Civic Service Award honorees, chairmen, HBHA students, Uhlmann award winner, and more through your purchase of a CSA program book advertisement. Along with photos and stories, our program book always features both business ads and personal ads.
Thanks to Angie Smith and Stephanie Kavanaugh for their great work selling our business ads: Business and personal ads are still available! Click on the links above, or contact Renana Abrams with questions, (913) 327-4620. Final deadline is March 8. All ads must be paid in advance please.
Join the Invitation Party
We are seeking volunteers to stuff, seal and stamp Civic Service Award Celebration invitations. It's a fun way to spend time with other HBHA parents, grandparents and supporters!
The invitation stuffing party will take place Wednesday, January 25, 9am-1pm at the home of Marcia Karbank. Please contact Brodie Gold at brodiegold@gmail.com or (704) 975-9870 to sign up for part or all of the time. Your help is much needed and will be appreciated. The more, the merrier!


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Mensch of the Week

Ahava Leah Kikirova
2nd grade

Alumni Update

Keep an eye out for more great HBHA Alumni programs, coming this April, including an April 27 event in NYC.
Stay up-to-date with HBHA Alumni Association happenings! Share your contact info on the Alumni Association Registration page, or like and follow our Facebook page!
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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.