Policies

Your compliance with the following policies will assist us in getting your child started in the right direction.


STUDENT AND PARENT AGREEMENT

DOWNLOAD THE 2012-2013 RELIGIOUS SCHOOL HANDBOOK

ATTENDANCE

HOMEWORK

SAFETY AND PARKING

DRESS CODE

SPECIAL NEEDS

CURRICULUM

SNACK


STUDENT AND PARENT AGREEMENT

Download the 2012-2013 Student and Parent Agreement

Fill out one form per child and return to Michal Braker or your child's teacher.


ATTENDANCE

Expectation

  • It is expected that your child will attend all weekday religious school classes and all Shabbat morning Junior Congregation services. We have observed that consistent regular attendance is crucial to your child’s learning process and community building in accordance with our value based curriculum. Attendance at Junior Congregation allows your child to feel comfortable and confident in participating in and leading Shabbat morning services.

  • Parents of children with repeated absences will be contacted by the School Director to arrange a conference in order to make sure that child stays current in his or her studies. Make-up or alternate assignments may be assigned.

  • It is a parent’s responsibility to notify via email to their child’s teacher if they are going to be absent and why.

Registration for the following year

  • Any incomplete make up assignments must be turned in before the first day of school. Our hope is to have every student complete all the requirements. Please notify Michal Braker if there are any complications.

Tardiness

  • We know that on occasion students or a carpool group may arrive late. Our concern is not the exception, but rather those who are chronically late.

  • Arriving late to class puts your child at a disadvantage because he or she will miss the critical introduction to the lesson that will prepare them for the rest of the lesson.

  • Parents of children with repeated tardiness will be contacted by either the teacher or the School Director.

 


HOMEWORK

We view the role of our school as supporting the broad development of committed, knowledgeable, and ethical Jewish young people.

Within the context of our Value-Based Curriculum, the growth we foster in your children certainly cannot come simply by attending school, but must be fortified at home. You can learn more about our value-based curriculum on October 20 at the Curriculum Presentation during Open House. We have created a homework program that will complement your child’s learning needs as well as support the values and discussions needed for growing their Jewish identities and forming relationships and building community

Homework Goals

  • Homework at CBJ is intended to build upon the experiences in the classrooms and to support our value based curriculum by promoting community and forming strong relationships.

  • Please support us by making time for family or friends discussions with thoughtful conversations when discussing and answering your teacher’s assignments.

Homework Assignments

  • Homework will be assigned weekly via email. Please carefully read your teacher’s email. It is our expectation that your child’s homework will not take more than thirty minutes.

  • Please take an active role in ensuring that your child has completed the weekly assignments.

Hebrew Homework

  • There is no Hebrew homework for grades K-3rd.

  • 4th - 7th grades only: Hebrew homework will be given based on your child’s individual needs.


SAFETY AND PARKING

Late Pick-up

Every child liked to be picked up on time, especially at 6:30pm. It is our teachers’ responsibilities to ensure that all students are dismissed to parents or guardians safely and in a timely manner. If a parent in the second session is late by more than 15 minutes on a regular basis, a $1 fee per minute will automatically be charged to the family’s account and the office will contact the family for payment arrangements. The fee will be given as compensation to the teacher who stayed with your child. Please do not assume that there are other adults who are able to supervise. Until a student is picked up by a parent or guardian, your child is still under our care. This policy is for your child’s safety.

Drop-off & Pick up

  • Kindergarten – 2nd Grades: Parents must come into Beth Jacob and into theclassroom to pick up students from Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades.

  • 3rd – 7th Grades: Children may meet their parents in designated car pick-up zones.

Please note that due to the renovations, the parking lot will have less parking spaces available. Please allow enough time to drop off and pick up on time.

DRESS CODE

Congregation Beth Jacob is a house of Worship. Students need to dress appropriately for school and all services.

Appropriate clothing for Religious School:

  • no spaghetti strap shirts

  • only appropriate words on clothing

  • no mid riff showing

  • skirts or dresses that students can bend their knees freely for praying during Tefillah/Services.

Wearing a kippah is in accordance with the religious practices policy of CBJ.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Congregation Beth Jacob strives to enable all children to access Jewish community and a Jewish education through a variety of programs designed to support individual differences.

Our programs are highly sensitive to each child’s physical, psychological, emotional, learning, and environmental needs. We strive to incorporate and welcome students with special needs into our religious school and work with our teachers, parents, and tutors to integrate all students into the classroom and other grade-appropriate activities. We also foster acceptance of special-needs children into the social structure of the class. Confidentiality is maintained at all times and at no time will a student with special needs be identified as such to other students or parents.

Your child’s core teacher will determine which level is most appropriate for your child. We ask that all families share as much information with your child’s teacher in order to best help your child.

 


 

CURRICULUM

Fueled by our receiving a NESS grant (Nurturing Excellence in Synagogue Schools) by the BJE (Bureau of Jewish Education), CBJ has set about revitalizing our Religious school by creating a values-based curriculum.

Rabbi Ezray feels passionate about having Jewish mitzvot or values at the center of everything a child learns in Religious school. One reason is because when our children leave the school our ultimate goal is to have our young adults lead Jewish ethical lives. When we talk about the concept of a values-based curriculum in our Committee, we often liken it to a havdallah candle which has multiple wicks. In this metaphor, the wicks are the values and the woven strands of wax wrapping around them represent the fundamental Jewish content we want the children to learn: Prayer, Bible Stories, Hebrew, Holidays and Israel.

The NESS POD (NESS Leadership Committee) and the Curriculum Committee have been at work over the past year to specify a set of approximately forty values that will be used throughout the Religious school curriculum.

They have also identified a set of 20 prayers and mapped them to grade levels for study in the 2010-11 school year. Committee members working closely with our clergy have created teacher guides which cover the meaning of the prayers, key Hebrew vocabulary, and how the prayer manifests one or more core Jewish values. Work is beginning on the Bible stories “strand” of the curriculum which will identify Bible stories which manifest core values emphasized in each grade. The goal will be to pilot this material in the Spring quarter of this year.


 

SNACK

This year at CBJ Religious School we are introducing a new snack program. Our snack is aligned with our value-based curriculum and the concept of kiddusha-treating our bodies with love and respect.

We will be serving a variety of wholesome, organic, nourishing and locally farmed fruits and vegetables provided by Eating with the Seasons CSA. The baked goods we will serve are pulled from a reparatory of Jewish foods – challah, bagels and holiday related treats and foods – and are organic and handmade from scratch in the CBJ kitchens.


 

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