Beth-El Congregation

Religious School

 

2017-2018 Religious School Theme: A Spiritual Journey Through the History of Our People


"Remember the days of old; reflect upon the years of other generations. Ask your father, and he will tell you, your elders, and they will inform you.”
Deuteronomy 32:7

 

Click here for the 2017-2018 Religious School Calendar.

Click here for the 2017-2018 Parent Handbook.

Dear Parents, Guardians, and members of our Religious School,

I trust that your summer has been a blessing to spend time with family and friends doing the things you enjoy.

I welcome you with a personal commitment to an interesting, stimulating, and exciting year.  We embark on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and parents, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful, and rigorous work in our Religious School.

We value and need your involvement and support! We hope this year will be filled with family time, where parents and children get to know each other.

I am looking forward to the many changes made in order to further raise the bar for our students, families, and our community.

Please look at all the wonderful new things this year:

  • This year, we found professional and dedicated new teachers who care about teaching Jewish children and making a difference.
     
  • NEW--Torah curriculum for our 2-year-old, Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students that is filled with engaging and practical interactive tools for teaching Torah, holidays, and Jewish values.  This curriculum brings to life our Torah and Jewish traditions through age=appropriate games, songs, yoga, play, and activities that children adore.
     
  • NEW--Innovative and highly experiential and project-based curriculum for 3rd-7th grade students.
     
  • B'nai Mitzvah (6th grade) will be offered a trope (chanting) class during Religious School.
     
  • A cantorial intern will teach 6th grade to make sure that our students understand, relate, and connect with the B'nai Mitzvah service, meaning, process, and ideas.

  • Confirmation time change: Now 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.

  • A special-need social worker (focusing on teens) will help 7th-9th grade students to become part of the group or have one-on-one time when they need it.  We want to create a better classroom community where all students respect and connect with each other.
     
  • 8th and 9th grades (post B'nai Mitzvah) will participate in a spiritual prayer curriculum filled with music, thought-provoking discussions, debates, art, and more (from 11:30 to noon).  We hope for a better understanding of prayer and a stronger connection to Judaism in a more personal and spiritual way.
     
  • Afternoon Hebrew school classes will have a tutorial program for the new students and those who need extra help.
     
  • In order to create a respectful and happy learning environment, a dress code and cell phone policy will be enforced.
    • Dress Code: Whatever is considered appropriate dress at your child's school is appropriate attire at Beth-El
    • Cell Phones: Phones may be used only during breaks or with a teacher's permission.

Looking for Activities for families with young children?

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Hands-on, Brains-on, Hearts-on

Informal or experiential education will be a reality in our school this year. Jewish children like summer camp. They want to go, they have fun with their friends, and they admire their counselors. In addition, they come home motivated and enthusiastic about Shabbat, Jewish rituals, Jewish music, and Jewish life. Can we make the religious school experience more like camp? Summer camp has trees and a lake--we do not.

But we can collect ideas and practices from summer camp and adopt them to our needs, curriculum, and environment. I met with our teachers during the summer to train them to build the essential elements of the experiential education. Our goal is to create a set of experiences that will help our children see their learning is relevant, fun, interesting, and part of who they are as Jews.

This is more than having fun--this is creating opportunities for Jewish learning, and it is not happening on a soccer field or by a lake, it will happen within the walls of our Temple--in our Religious School this year!