Upper School Weekly Update

December 16, 2016  -  Vayishlach
In This Issue
D'var Torah
Thoughts of the Rav
Invitational Basketball Tournament
Day of Learning
Student Buddy Program
Theme of the Year
Help Those in Need
2016-17 Calendars
Parent Handbook
Maimo on Instagram
Vehicle Policies
Directory Online
Division Newsletters
Next Week
Sunday, December 18 
Invitational Basketball Tournament
Monday, December 19
No changes
Tuesday, December 20
Girls' Basketball vs. St. Joseph (JV5:30, Var 7:00), Wrestling @ Bristol Aggie (JV 6:00, Var 7:00)
Wednesday, December 21
Boys' Basketball @ Norfolk Aggie (Var only 5:00), Wrestling @ Nashoba Tech (JV 5:30, Var 6:30)
Thursday, December 22
No changes
Friday, December 23
No school
Winter Break begins
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D'var Torah 

by Rabbi Dov Huff

"They will no longer say your name is Yaakov, but Yisrael, for you have contended with G-d and with men and proven able." - Bereishit 32:29

"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." - Michael Jordan
In this week's parsha, Yaakov Avinu prepares to meet his brother Eisav. Afraid of what his brother might do in retaliation for the loss of the bechora, Yaakov Avinu sends gifts, prepares his family, and davens. The night before the meeting, Yaakov Avinu wakes up and crosses a river. 
The Rashbam explains that what in fact happened was that Yaakov Avinu got scared and tried to flee with his family. Despite all his hard work and preparation, he did not think he could overcome this challenge. So Hashem sent an angel to stop him, because Hashem would not let Yaakov Avinu give up. He must face his fear, he must rise to the challenge, he must execute his game plan.
According to the Rashbam, this episode is a story about resilience and grit. About believing in yourself and trusting in your preparation. Our athletes all know what it means to leave it all on the court. To try their best and keep pushing until the buzzer. To trust in the hard work and determination they have put in to their practices. And with the right strategy, effective effort, and a little tefillah, b'ezrat Hashem we will all find our own hard-earned success both on and off the court.
Good luck to our boys and girls in the Maimonides Invitational Basketball Tournament. Go Maimo!
Thoughts of the Rav 

by Rabbi David Saltzman 
The Rav addresses the question of someone who goes to learn and then asks themselves, "How much do I remember a year later? Usually not much. If so, why should I go to the shiur in the first place?"
The Rav answers that even if someone does not remember the shiur, something remains in their head and they are a different person afterwards. The fact that we are learning, sitting in a shiur, hearing a d'var Torah, this in itself uplifts a person and they become a different Jew. In the heart, this experience remains.
Regarding the education of children, the Rav asserts that we must have patience. He compares learning to planting seeds, which for six months looks like a waste of money and time. With patience, though, the seeds sprout and grow. The same is true of education. Each moment of learning affects the heart and soul of a child. We need to continue our mission of providing our children with an excellent Jewish education, and be patient as we wait for the ultimate results.

Maimonides Invitational Basketball Tournament

Our students rocked the gym with their awesome display of ruach at the pep rally leading up to the Maimonides Invitational Basketball Tournament and Shabbaton, which has
finally arrived! The tournament began with games last night and today, and will continue through Sunday.



Participating boys' and girl
s' teams are from Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Kansas, Melvin Berman Hebrew Academy in Maryland, and Rambam Mesivta and Yeshiva of Flatbush in New York.  
Remaining games in the tournament will take place Motza'ei Shabbat in Fox Gymnasium vs. Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, girls 7:15 p.m., boys 8:45 p.m.

The consolation games and finals will be played Sunday morning, with an afternoon awards ceremony in Fox Gymnasium at 1:30 p.m. wrapping up this year's tournament.

The complete schedule, as well as other details including live streaming and tournament gear, can be found at www.Maimohoops.org.

Day of Learning Today 

Thank you to David and Simone Sherman for sponsoring a Day of Learning on Friday, December 16 (16 Kislev) in honor of the 11th birthday of their grandson, Binyamin Shlomo Orkaby, and in memory of his great-grandfather after whom he is named, Binyamin Shlomo ben Shmuel Aharon (Ben Ingber), and of his great-grandmother, Esther Malka bas Avraham (Esther Ingber).

To learn more about sponsoring a Day of Learning, please click here.
Student Buddy Program
The senior-freshman buddy program, which had its monthly meeting this week, is a student-run project that helps strengthen bonds between our oldest and youngest Upper School students.

New Chapter in Our Theme of the Year 

Today our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders took on the mantle of ambassadorship for our theme of the year, arvut
They visited every classroom in the school, including Upper School, to teach all our students about our responsibilities to those in need in our local communities (arvut b'kehilla). This is a topic that our new ambassadors have been learning about in depth, and for which they will organize a special schoolwide project in the months to come.
They also had some exciting adventures with our very, very part-time substitute teacher, Professor Fluff! Click here to watch the video.

Help Those in Need with These Vital Donations!

In conjunction with Yom Chesed, we are collecting items for two local organizations that provide essential items for local families.

Full size toothpaste and deodorant are needed for Hope and Cure, a Newton-based organization that provides hygiene products for adults and children in need.

Family Table, the area's only kosher food pantry, is an organization that Maimonides supports throughout the year with donations of whole wheat crackers and canned salmon.

Collection boxes are located in the Brener (outside the Elementary School office) and Saval (outside the Upper School office) buildings. Your donations will be greatly appreciated!

Printable and Electronic Calendars Online

The printable school calendar for this year is now online at
The electronic calendar for 2016-17 is also online!  You can visit http://maimonidescalendar.org/calendar throughout the year for the most up-to-date information on everything that's happening, both throughout the school and in each individual division.

The online calendar can be customized to show only the divisions and events you wish to see.  See 
http://maimonidescalendar.org/calendar-instructions for more detailed information on how to use the calendar.

In addition, you will be able to subscribe so that school events and alerts will appear on your personal calendar.  More information will follow soon.

Handbook Now Online

The Parent/Student Handbook is now on the Maimo website!  Read it online here.

Username is: maimoparents 
Password is: horim

Follow Maimo on Instagram

expanding our social media network! Please follow us on Instagram at @Maimobrookline. If you're new to our community, note that we're also on Facebook 
(Maimonides School, Maimonides Early Childhood Center) and Twitter (@kolrambam). You'll find all the latest news and activities from school posted on our social media outlets. 

Vehicle Policies and Procedures

Please see this link
for current information on the school's parking policies, as well as updated drop-off and pick-up procedures.
Online Access to Directory
We know many of you are eager to connect with each other! The printed Maimonides School 2016-17 Directory is in production, but parents can access the directory information online via MyBackpack.  

In order to locate family or classmate contact information, follow these steps:
  1. Log into My Backpack
  2. To find a single family, search by last name in the Directory box
  3. To generate an entire grade list, click on "Advanced Search Options" and follow these steps:
    • Click on the "Search for Student" tab
    • Select the grade you want and click on "Search"
    • Click on "Detail" to see email address information         
NOTE: In order to return to the entire grade list, do NOT hit the browser back button. Instead, click on the "Back to Search Student/Parent" button, found above the student name (at top left).

See What's Happening in the Other Divisions

Lots of wonderful things are happening at Maimonides School!

If you'd like to take a peek at the other divisions' newsletters, please click here.

If you would like to contact a specific school office, please use these emails:


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