Religious School Schedule and Calendar

2020-2021 Calendar

Back to School Pickup: Sunday, September 13. Details to follow.

September & October: Family programming throughout the months

Sunday, October 18: First day of Sunday classes

Monday, October 19: First day of Monday classes

Wednesday, October 21: First day of Wednesday classes

2020-2021 Learning Plan

We have spent this summer confronting the unique challenges that COVID-19 presents to our learning community. As Jewish educators, we are motivated by the Talmudic statement in Shabbat 119b that “the world only exists because of the learning of schoolchildren.” But as Jews, and as your friends and neighbors, we are always bound to make pikuach nefesh, the preservation of life and health, our top priority. After many hours of consultations with medical advisors, health and safety authorities for local public schools, colleagues across the country, and parents of our students, we have concluded that holding classes in person in our building at this time is not in the best interests of our students, staff, and community.

But every challenge is also an opportunity. Through much thought and energy, we have come up with a plan that provides our students with a meaningful, productive, and safe path forward during these times. The program outlined below balances the needs of families and teachers and provides quality learning that meets our educational philosophy: teach each child according to their needs, so that they will flourish. Until it is safe to return to our building, students will learn online with their teachers and friends, in both group classes and one-on-one sessions. But online doesn’t mean boring or disengaged. There will be cooking competitions, trivia and games, escape room activities, virtual tours, and more. We have made massive efforts to design and train our teachers for this program, and even though the changes entail added costs, we have decided not to pass those costs on to you, but to keep tuition as it has been. And while this new remote learning plan is exciting in its own right, we are also prepared to return to in-person classes in our building, as soon as it is safe to do so. 

As things continue to evolve, we will evaluate our program and make changes as necessary. Times may shift slightly to accommodate families’ changing needs. 

Ikar: Core Learning

All of our students learn about Torah, Jewish values, life cycle events, the Jewish year, culture, Israel, history, and more. Wednesdays are dedicated to a focus on Israel, making sure our students have the background they will need as they grow. Ikar sessions also include games to get children moving around, and activities to build and maintain friendships.

K’riah u’Tefillah: Hebrew & Prayer

Every student in grades 2-7 will have a 30 minute weekly Hebrew lesson, one-on-one, with the same teacher. Students will continue to master the liturgy by reading, chanting, and understanding core vocabulary and prayer concepts. Students learn at their own pace with a dedicated teacher. 

B’chirah: Choose Your Own Path

When students have choices, they are more engaged. Students will explore topics they are interested in, during two different sessions each week. These topics will include: Israel Exploration with our Shinshinim, Maker Space Challenge, Drumming, Tikkun Olam, Art Exploration, Torah Lego, Cooking by Parashah, Modern Hebrew speaking, You be the Judge Debates, God and Prayer, and Hebrew reading practice in small groups. We are planning for three rotations, so students can experience up to six different topics throughout the year. 

Guided Independent Study

Does your family want to learn something together? Is your child fascinated by a topic that’s not part of our Core Curriculum? This is your opportunity to have a guided independent study online with a faculty member or one of our clergy. 

Schedule

Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade:

Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Ikar / Core Learning 

Sundays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. B’chirah/Choose Your Own Path 1

Mondays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.     B’chirah / Choose Your Own Path 2

2nd through 6th grade: 

Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Ikar / Core Learning 

Sundays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. B’chirah/Choose Your Own Path 1

Mondays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.      B’chirah / Choose Your Own Path 2

Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.. Ikar / Core Learning: Israel in Focus

30 minutes per week K’riah u’Tefillah: One-on-one reading and prayer lesson

7th Grade:

Sundays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. B’chirah/ Choose Your Own Path 1

Mondays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.     B’chirah / Choose Your Own Path 2

Mondays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.     Ikar / Core Learning

Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Ikar / Core Learning: Israel in Focus

30 minutes per week K’riah u’Tefillah: One-on-one reading and prayer lesson