Maimonides School: Middle School Matters
Sept. 11, 2015                  Parashat Nitzavim       27 Elul, 5775  

Maimonides School
In This Issue
Sept. 11 Commemoration
School Calendar
Handbook Online
PTA Schach
Lulav and Etrog
PTA Soccer
Online Photo Galleries
Quick Links
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Dear MS Families,    
Now that we have begun our school year, it is time to begin a new Jewish year! We at the Middle School wish all our students and their families a Shana Tova.

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 and Upper School Interim Limudei Kodesh Principal.
K'tiva v'Chatima Tova,

Brian Cohen
Associate Principal, Middle School    

September 11 Commemoration

The Maimonides Middle and Upper Schools together commemorated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 with a moment of silence and a lowering of the American flag to half-staff. While the events of September 11 took place before the Middle School students were born, they appreciated the chance to hear about the experiences of the adults around them, which added to their understanding of the terrible events of that day.

Speakers stressed that the most meaningful way to commemorate this day is through our good deeds and self-improvement, and encouraged the students to do one extra good deed in memory of the victims.

School Calendar Now Available

Important school dates - including faculty meetings, special dismissal times, and division events - have been uploaded to our website calendar. To learn how to subscribe to the calendar, please click here.

Middle School Handbook Available Online
The Middle School handbook is now available on the Maimonides website! You may view it right here

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Password is: horim
PTA Schach Fundraiser

Order fresh-cut cedar schach for your sukkah from the Maimonides PTA! The Schach Sale is a great fundraiser, while also making it easier for you to fulfill the mitzvah of leshev ba'sukkah. Minimum order is $52 for two bundles, plus $26 for each additional bundle.

Orders must be received and pre-paid by Wednesday, Sept. 16. Pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Saval Campus.

Please see our flier for more info, and e-mail all orders and/or questions to Risa Gewurz at

Lulav and Etrog Fundraiser
The Maimonides School Class of 2016 is selling arba minim -- lulav and etrog sets -- as a fundraising project for senior class activities.
The price is $45 for an assembled set. Orders may be placed by writing to; they must be received no later than the end of the day Thursday, Sept. 24. Pickup is planned for Friday the 25th at the school -- as well as on Erev Sukkot, Sunday, Sept. 27 -- with times and locations to be announced.
Seniors Nava Katz ( and Ayelet Ehrenkranz ( and staff member Mike Rosenberg (617-232-4452, x405) are available to answer questions. 
The seniors are appreciative of the community's long record of generous support for this milestone year in their lives, and extend thanks and best wishes for a year replete with good health and fulfillment. 

Soccer Starts September 20!
Each fall and spring the PTA runs a fun and social Sunday morning soccer program for children in Pre-K through 8th grade. 
Fall Sunday Soccer begins Sunday, September 20th at Cold Spring Park in Newton at 9:00 a.m. To register your child, please email us at  All kids should come with shin guards, cleats or sneakers, and a water bottle.

The suggested donation per child participating is $30.  

To volunteer, please click here

Please print and sign the waiver form and bring it to practice on the first day:  
Click here to subscribe to the Maimo Soccer listserve and receive announcements.  (If you are not already a member you will need to click on the blue/white "Join" button).

If you have any questions, please email
On behalf of the entire Middle School: Shabbat Shalom, Chag Sameach, and Shana Tova!

Brian Cohen

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