Maimonides School: Middle School Matters
June 5, 2015                  Parashat BeHa'alotecha         17 Sivan, 5775  

Maimonides School
In This Issue
Middle School Play
Poetry Slam
Eighth-Grade Aliyah
Chinese Food
Annual Campaign
Middle School Lit Mag
Online Photo Galleries
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Dear MS Families,    


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 David Saltzman, Elementary School Principal.
Brian Cohen
Associate Principal, Middle School 

Middle School Play

Our gifted theater students would love to have your presence this coming Sunday or Tuesday as the Middle School Actors Guild stages a riotously funny (and creepy!) production of the classic play Arsenic and Old Lace. 

You're sure to be thoroughly entertained and impressed by the work of almost two dozen sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders. Admission is free, and performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until approximately 9:00 p.m.

There will be a special performance for the Middle School on Wednesday afternoon, beginning at 3:00 p.m. All Middle School students will attend this performance. They are encouraged to stay for the entire play, but those who need to leave may do so during a mini-break that will take place at 3:45.  There will be a bus to Sharon at 5:30 p.m. following the performance. Families from Newton and Brookline should make arrangements for their children's transportation home.


The show should be good fun for you and your family. It will do our collective heart good to see you there!


Poetry Slam
Today was the Middle School's annual poetry slam, and it was a smashing hit!

The students met in the library and enjoyed expressive readings of poetry by a wide swath of the student body (and a few teachers). The poems ran the gamut from originals to old favorites, humorous to serious, and narratives to riddles.

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The students observed poetry slam etiquette, listening silently and expressing their appreciation by snapping their fingers at the end. Masters of Ceremony Eliezer Ehrenkranz, Bayla Henry, and Rachael Frisch kept things moving with enthusiasm and presence, and Mr. Fidler ran a Dr.-Seuss-reading contest, in which a huge number of eighth-graders attempted to read Fox in Sox without stumbling or hesitating over its many tongue-twisters.

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Eighth Grade Aliyah

The eighth-grade Aliyah ceremony, marking the students' transition into the Upper School, will be taking place on Monday, June 15, 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
Taam China on Monday

This Monday will be the last Taam China lunch delivery for the 2014-15 school year. The eighth-graders look forward to serving lunches to the students who have ordered them!  


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!

Editorial work is almost complete! The magazine will be distributed in both paper and PDF form at the end of next week.

Many thanks to everyone who submitted!                          
On behalf of the entire Middle School: Shabbat Shalom!

Brian Cohen

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