Maimonides School: Middle School Matters
May 22, 2015                  Parashat Bamidbar         3 Sivan, 5775  

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In This Issue
Middle School Lit Mag
Tamir Goodman Visit
Chinese Food
Introduction to Upper School
Eighth-Grade Aliya
Online Photo Galleries
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Dear MS Families,    


Spring is upon us, and so is Shavuot! We wish you all a chag sameach and will look forward to seeing your children again on Tuesday. Please read on for more Middle School news.  


I would also like to share with you this D'var Torah from Rabbi David Saltzman, Elementary School Principal.
Brian Cohen
Associate Principal, Middle School 

Middle School Literary Magazine Update

Submissions for the inaugural issue of the Middle School literary magazine are in, and the editorial team is hard at work reviewing all of the work we've received. We're astonished by the high quality of the submissions, which is even better than what we expected. Kol HaKavod to the Middle School students for their hard work!

Over the next two weeks, students will be contacted with information about their submissions.

Editorial work will begin immediately to prepare for distribution of the magazine in both paper and PDF form during the last weeks of school.                            
Retired Jewish Basketball Star to Visit
A shomer Shabbat college basketball star who made aliyah and now works as a motivational speaker is scheduled to visit Maimonides School next Friday, May 29.


Tamir Goodman will speak with students in Grades 3-11 during various presentations. Following dismissal at 2:30 p.m., Goodman will run a one-hour optional skills clinic in Fox Gymnasium for students in Grades 6-12. Pre-registration for the clinic is requested with Rabbi Dov Huff, assistant principal, Middle and Upper School ( Goodman played college basketball at Towson University near Baltimore as a freshman and sophomore in 2000 and 2001, before making aliyah and signing a three-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv. He served in the Israel Defense Forces and continued his basketball career in Israel until injuries dictated that he retire at age 27.


Goodman plans to use inspirational personal stories as a backdrop to his presentation of four basketball techniques. These represent more than sport, he said; their deeper messages are "the value of hard work, a strong identity, confidence and resilience, and giving back." He aims to provide participants with "an increased sense of Jewish pride and a fresh perspective on how to view challenges," as well as insight on leadership. Goodman also will demonstrate Zone 190 (, a device he designed that facilitates individual basketball practice drills.

Taam China on TUESDAY

There are still three weeks left of Taam China deliveries for the 2014-15 school year! This week, due to Shavuot, the eighth-graders will be serving lunches to those students who ordered them on Tuesday. 


Introduction to Upper School

The annual Introduction to Upper School event for 8th
grade parents is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the shul balcony.

Details to come!  We look forward to speaking with you about life and learning in the Upper School.  We will have a group of colleagues with us who can give you all the relevant information.  In addition to the principals, Mrs. Amy Rosen (Director of Student Life), and Ms. Molly Boynton (US Social Worker) will be joining us.  

We hope to see you there and will be in touch with more information as we get closer to the date.

Mr. Scott Mattoon
Rabbi Mordechai Soskil
Rabbi Dov Huff

Eighth Grade Aliya

The eighth-grade Aliya ceremony, marking the students' transition into the Upper School, will be taking place on Monday, June 15, 2015, beginning at 5:00. We will truly miss this wonderful group of young adults, and wish them great success in Upper School and beyond. An email will follow will further details.


On behalf of the entire Middle School: Shabbat Shalom, and Chag Sameach!

Brian Cohen

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