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Inquisitive Minds, Caring Hearts, and Kind Souls

Go Wildcats! As our own sports teams are preparing for the start of their seasons, tonight we are on our way to cheer the tackle football team from Milken High School for their Homecoming game. This afternoon the varsity players and cheerleaders came to campus to get our school spirit going, and it was a wonderful pep rally to prepare for the fun tonight. I hope you will join me at Birmingham High School at 6:00 p.m. for all of the festivities.
As we celebrated our athletic gifts we also took time today to acknowledge our students’ gifts of creativity. The projects that came in for Caine’s Arcade were really magnificent – it is amazing what our kids can do with some cardboard boxes and duct tape! We will judge the final results tomorrow, and all of our Tzedakah from this week will go to support this important project. We also took time to recognize our performing gifts with our orchestra and jazz band concert this afternoon. The students displayed great talents with their instruments, and all parents are invited next Monday night at 6:00 p.m. for an informational orchestra/band assembly.
At this time of year we take stock of our many blessings, and today reminded me of why I love being principal of this Elementary School – all of the gifts and talents our students possess are a blessing to our community!

Tami Weiser


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1:00-3:00 p.m. - Family Tashlich at Santa Monica Beach
6:00 p.m. - Beginning Instrument Program Parent Information Night
12:30 p.m. - Early Dismissal - Erev Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur - School Closed
Sukkot - School Closed
Shemini Atzerat - School Closed
Professional Development - Student Free Day
8:00 a.m. - Grade 1 Praying with Parents
6:15 p.m. - Grade 4 Family Shabbat Dinner


Our much anticipated "Global Day of Play" has almost arrived. TODAY, Thursday Sept. 20th, is the only day the Caine's Arcade projects will be accepted to be considered for the competition. Projects should be brought to Hershenson Hall anytime on this day -- names and room numbers of all students who made the projects must be clearly marked in order to be considered for judging. Projects can be set up anywhere in the room, where the chairs have been cleared away. On Friday, Sept. 21st, classes will come through for viewing, and by 3 p.m. winners will be notified. Winning projects will be held at school for a few weeks, during which time, a video will be made featuring students and their creations. ALL OTHER PROJECTS MUST GO HOME BY THE END OF THE DAY (FRI, SEPT. 21ST) OR THEY WILL BE RECYCLED!  

Also, this Friday's Tzedakah $$ will be donated to Caine's Arcade Fund, which will provide college scholarships to help kids like Caine.
THANK YOU -- Jan Navah, art specialist

"You will cast all their sins into the depth of the sea"(Micah 7:18-20)
Join the Temple community and experience the beautiful Jewish custom of Tashlich
When: Sunday, September 23rd from 1pm-3pm
Where: Santa Monica Beach 2030 Ocean Way, Santa Monica.
Parking lot at Ocean and Ocean Park Blvd, lifeguard stand number 25, about a mile south of the Santa Monica Pier
Together, we will sing songs, play and have the chance to experience this beautiful Jewish tradition of casting our sins by throwing bread crumbs into the water and listening to the call of the Shofar.
Please bring your lunch and beach gear!
Info: www.WiseLA.org/HHD
Contact: HHD@WiseLA.org

Streaming High Holy Days Services Online
While we hope that every member of our congregation is able to join us in person for our High Holy Days services, we also know this is not the reality – whether due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances. If you are unable to be here, we want to offer you an opportunity to still participate in our High Holy Days services streamed on the internet for your convenience. Visit http://www.WiseLA.org/live to view our services streamed live, beginning at our Erev Rosh Hashanah Services and on Rosh Hashanah Day.
Info: www.WiseLA.org/live
Contact: Admin@WiseLA.org

Intergenerational Close of High Holy Days
Join all generations of our Temple community for our first-ever close of High Holy Days service on Yom Kippur afternoon. This unique service will allow families an opportunity to experience an age-appropriate Neilah or “closing of the gates” service and Havdalah in the beautiful surroundings of the Skirball Cultural Center. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind chance to end the High Holy Days and begin the new year as you had always hoped – in the joyful embrace of your family and Wise community. | Wednesday, September 26 | 5:30 p.m. | Skirball Cultural Center, Taper Courtyard
Info: www.WiseLA.org/HHD
Contact: HHD@WiseLA.org

Our Temple Gift Shop Needs Volunteers!
With a lot of new and exciting merchandise coming into the Temple Gift Shop, we need volunteers to help us run the store for two hours a week. All proceeds benefit the Temple and Schools. If you’re interested, call Terrie Baumann at 818.705.5790.
Contact: JBerg@WiseLA.org 

Beginning Instrument Program
For more information, click here. To sign up click here.

Fingerprints for Life
The LAPD will do one follow up visit October 11, 2012 for those families who missed it the first time around.
For more information and to register, click here.


President’s Message
On behalf of the Executive Board, Neda Sarraf, Bahar Rinsler, Shandy Gabbay, Farnaz Neman, Debra Siegel, Michelle Farhadi, Robyn Sokol and Chet Kronenberg, we’d like to wish you all a Happy and Sweet New Year. May you have a wonderful and meaningful High Holy Day experience with your beautiful families.
Lori Tyberg
WPA President

Taschlich, Sunday September 23, 1-3pm, Santa Monica
Join us for a spiritually rewarding afternoon as we “cast away our sins” and enjoy the afternoon together as a community.

First Grade Praying with Parents: October 12, 2012
4th Grade Shabbat Dinner: October 12, 2012
Kindergarten Grade Level Social: October 16, 2012, Evite to follow, Please RSVP

“It’s Time” Fundraising Campaign to benefit Stephen S. Wise Temple Schools
It’s Time for Fun, for Community, to support our schools.
Join us for exciting, wonderful and fun community events and services all year long to help support our amazing Elementary, Early Childhood Center, and Religious Schools. Have fun, discover your community, connect with friends, make new friends and enjoy great products! Your participation is not only Tzedakah but a way to demonstrate the spirit of Hineini.
Coming up:
Wise Movie Night-Star Wars! October 20, 2012, more information to follow
All In Poker Tournament-October 28, 2012, more information to follow

K-2 Family Fun Day
The circus is coming! The circus is coming!
Sunday, October 28th (1-3pm) for all K-2 students and their families.
For questions or to volunteer, please contact Co-Chairs Neda Nikkhoo (NNikkhoo@aol.com) or Negar Salim (negarsalim@hotmail.com).

Homework Club | Mondays and Thursdays |3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Join the homework club once or twice a week after school. Students are picked up before carpool and spend the afternoon doing homework, eating a snack and playing with their friends.
Contact homeworkclub@wisela.org
Register www.wisela.org/homeworkclub

Join Youth Group! Grade 4, 5, and 6!
56 Club | Club 4 | Membership $25 for the year!
As a member, you get a club T-shirt, discounts to all youth group events, lunch in the Youth Lounge, and other surprises throughout the year! Check out our calendar online at www.wisela.org/youthclubs.

Attention Wildcat Parents
Our Wildcat Sports seasons have officially begun and we encourage the parents of our athletes to volunteer to be team parents. The job descriptions are easy to fulfill: assign a snack schedule, apprise the parents of any change in game schedule that has been communicated by the athletic department, cheer for our athletes! Should you have any questions, please contact michellefarhadi@yahoo.com.

Box Tops
Be a Box Tops Hero! Enter to win bonus box tops for Stephen S. Wise
Sign up today to support Wise and get 5 free eBoxTops! www.boxtops4education.com/earn/bonus/Default.aspx

“SOVA” is a Hebrew word that means "eat and be satisfied." Each month, our local SOVA pantry makes a huge impact on the hundreds of families it serves. On Fridays, please send in non-perishable food items with your child.

School Apparel
Order school uniforms online or via order forms located in the ES Office. Questions? WPA@wisela.org


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