Maimonides School: Middle School Matters
May 29, 2015                  Parashat Naso         10 Sivan, 5775  

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


We hope you all had a wonderful Shavuot! It's hard to believe that we only have a few more weeks of school. Please read on for updates on this week's activities and plans for the future. 


I would also like to share with you this D'var Torah from Rabbi Dov Huff, Middle/Upper School Assistant Principal.
Brian Cohen
Associate Principal, Middle School 

Introduction to Upper School

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

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!

Mr. Scott Mattoon
Rabbi Mordechai Soskil
Rabbi Dov Huff

Retired Jewish Basketball Star Visits
Tamir Goodman, a shomer
Shabbat college basketball star who made aliyah and now works as a motivational speaker, spoke to our Middle School students this afternoon. He shared his thoughts on how to maintain one's tzanuah lifestyle in the complicated world of professional sports.

The students were enthralled by the level of success he achieved at the college and professional levels, but just as much by his ability to keep his faith and level of observance through it all.  He never stopped practicing his Judaism, and while at times that had an impact on how he participated in the sport, his dedication to observance also drew admiration from many people. For example, his college team changed its practice schedule so as to avoid meeting on Shabbat.  On Friday afternoons, his non-Jewish teammates ended the practice by saying "1-2-3 Good Shabbos" instead of the usual "1-2-3 Team."

The sixth-grade students were also thrilled that Mr. Goodman agreed to be measured for their height chart in the Middle School office!
Eighth Grade Aliyah

The eighth-grade Aliyah ceremony, marking the students' transition into the Upper School, will be taking place on Monday, June 15, 2015, beginning at 5:00 p.m. We will truly miss this wonderful group of young adults, and wish them great success in Upper School and beyond.
Here is a more detailed schedule for the day:
  • 2:00-4:45: Students arrive at school, prepare, and perform William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for each other in celebration of their learning 
  • 5:00: Guests' arrival at school, communal mincha 
  • 5:15: Reception in courtyard 
  • 6:00: Aliyah ceremony
Annual Campaign

Every gift counts for our annual campaign!

We are constantly reminded that Maimonides is more than a school -- it's a community bound together by a common mission. Our 2015 campaign goal is $1.7 million and we cannot reach it without you, our parent body.  


Every single gift to our annual campaign is meaningful and goes toward improving our school.  


To make a donation to the campaign now, please click here. Thank you for your consideration and support.


Middle School Literary Magazine Update

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

Over the next few 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.                            
Taam China on Monday

There are still two weeks left of Taam China deliveries for the 2014-15 school year! The eighth-graders look forward to serving lunches to the students who have ordered them!  


On behalf of the entire Middle School: Shabbat Shalom!

Brian Cohen

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