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TBI   Religious  School  

Tiferet Bet  Israel  

Hebrew School Handbook

1920 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422

www.tbibluebell.org

(610) 275-6839


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Life Long Learning Committee and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Here at  Tiferet  Bet  Israel  it  is  a  prime  value  to  honor  our  professionals  -­‐  to  respect  their  expertise  in  their  fields   and   to  give  them  the  freedom   within  their  roles  to   reach   their   full   potential.    However,   as   a  key  component  to   that   success   we   recognize   that   active   involvement   of   our   lay  people   is   imperative.     Our  volunteers   are  vital   as   sounding  boards,  sources  of  inspiration  and  ideas,  and  hands-­‐on  support  and  labor.    In  order  to  better  achieve   this   synchronicity  within   our  school,  we   are  in   the   process   of  developing   a  new  structure  within   our  education   community  leadership.       We   are   excited   that   this   new   vision   and   implementation   of   the   entire   Life   Long   Learning   Community   (early   childhood   through   adult)   will   be   overseen   by   The   Life   Long   Learning   Committee.     This   committee   is   in   the   process  of   being  envisioned  and  shaped  by  our  professional  and  lay   leaders  and  we   look  forward   to   updating   our  community  on  our  journey  as  progress  is  made.   In  addition  to  this  formal  visioning  body,  we  are  very  pleased  to  announce  the  creation  of  a  Hebrew  School   PTO.     This  is   a  parent  run   group  designed  to   bring  our   community  together   for  social   events,   help  to   fundraise   for  our  programming,  as  well  as  provide  support  to  our  staff  and  students  for  the  implementation  of  school   programming.   If  you  are  interested  and  willing  to  volunteer  to  help  make  our  community  all  that  it  can  be,  please  contact   Rabbi  Selilah  Kalev,  Emily   Cutler   our  Life   Long  Learning  Committee  Chair,  Sheila   Kowit   or  Beth   Paulin   our  PTO   Co–Chairs,  Rachel  Hurley  our  PTO  Communications  Coordinator,  Lisa  Koenig  our  PTO  Committee  Coordinator   or  the  Hebrew  School  office.        

Directory of Leadership

Rabbi Selilah Kalev Director of Life Long Learning Ext. 108 rabbikalev@gmail.com Michele Fisher Hebrew School Assistant Ext. 142 schoolsec@tbibluebell.org Hilary Yohlin Director of Community Programming and Youth Activities programdirector@tbibluebell.org Emily Cutler VP of Education ercutler@verizon.net

Sheila Kowit PTO Co-Chair Redzi425@yahoo.com Beth Paulin PTO Co-Chair elizabethpaulin@verizon.com Rachel Hurley PTO Communication Coordinator tbirspto@yahoo.com Lisa Koenig PTO Committee Coordinator koenig@umdnj.edu

Joshua Kalev Rabbi Ext. 105 tbirabbi@tbibluebell.org Elizabeth Shammash Cantor Ext. 106 cantor@tbibluebell.org Susan Kasper Executive Director Ext. 104 Director@tbibluebell.org Barry Rultenberg President barrydavid@comcast.net


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Goals of the TBI Education Program The leadership   of   Tiferet   Bet   Israel   affirms   that   the   strength   and   welfare   of   the   Jewish   people   and   the   Congregation   are   inextricably   bound   to   the   Jewish   education  of  students  of  all  ages.   From   its   earliest   beginnings,   the   Jewish   tradition   has  directed  that  the  laws,  customs  and  ceremonies  of  our  people  be  transmitted   from   generation   to   generation.   The   very   fabric   of   Jewish   life,   from   the   public   reading   of   the   Torah   to   the   retelling   of   the   Exodus   at   the   Seder   table,   to   the   obligation  of  lifelong  study  is  focused  on  the  ideals  of  Jewish  education.   We   believe   that   our   school   program   should   educate   and   equip   our   children   to   have  a  love  of  Judaism  that  will  enrich  their  lives  through  adulthood.  Our  programs   engender   a   proud   Jewish   identity,   commitment   to   the   Jewish   community   and   Israel,   enrichment   of   the   Jewish   home   and   commitment   to   Jewish   ethical   behaviors   and   values.   The   school   program   prepares   and   motivates   students   to   practice  Judaism  out  of  respect  and  love  for  its  traditions  as  well  as  knowledge  of   its  history,  language  and  practices.  


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List of Valued Goals: o To imbue   the   students   with   a   love   of   God   and   trust   in   God’s  goodness.     o To  provide  opportunities  for  the  child  to  develop  spiritual   and  ethical  sensitivity  through  curricular  experiences.     o To  foster  a  positive  Jewish  identity  within  the  student.   o To   integrate   the   student’s   Jewish   experiences   with   those   of  the  synagogue  community.     o To   develop   basic   Jewish   literacy,   including   the   study   of   Hebrew,   Siddur   skills,   Torah,   Jewish   history,   and   observance  of  important  Jewish  rituals  and  holidays.     o To   provide   experiences   and   develop   skills   in   Jewish   prayer,   personal   religious   thought   and   creative   spiritual   expression.     o To   emphasize   the   concept   of   mitzvah   as   a   basis   for   Jewish   belief  and  action.     o To   provide   focused   opportunities   for   family   involvement   to  enhance  and  encourage  independent  Jewish  family  life.     o To  create  an  appreciation  of  lifelong  Torah  study  as  a  vital   link  to  our  tradition.     o To   develop   a   kinship   with   Klal   Yisrael,   the   world   Jewish   community,   by   actively   seeking   the   welfare   of   Jews   throughout   the   world   and   affirm   our   historical   bond   to   Eretz  Yisrael,  the  State  of  Israel.  


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Overview of Religious School Curriculum Our new  curriculum  is  based  on  the  Ten  Goals  of  the  Tiferet  Bet  Israel  Education   Program  listed  on  the  previous  page.  It  is  a  spiraling  curriculum  allowing  multiple   topics   to  “spiral”   through   the   grades,   growing   in   complexity   as   students   mature.   A   detailed   explanation   of   this   approach   and   the   skills   attained   through   the   application  of  it  can  be  found  on  the  following  pages.   Students  in  Gan,  Alef  (1)  and  Bet  (2)  begin  to  develop  skills  and  awareness  of  the  holiday  cycle,   synagogue   ritual,   Jewish   values   and   ethics   and   Torah   Study.     In   addition,   they   begin   an   immersion  program  for  Hebrew  as  a  modern  language.   A  complete  curriculum  outline  is  found  on  the  following  pages.  

Students  in  Grades  Gimmel  (3)  through  Zayin  (7)  continue  an  integrated  Hebrew  and  Judaica   curriculum.       Students  develop   functional   literacy  in   Modern   Hebrew,  become   conversant   with   the   order   of   the   worship   service   and   the   meaning   of   prayers,   study   lifecycle   events,   Jewish   history   &   holidays,  encounter  sacred  Jewish  text  and  grapple  with  ethical  dilemmas  in  a  Jewish  context.   A  complete  curriculum  outline  is  found  on  the  following  pages.    

Beyond classroom   learning,   is   the   vital   component   of   social   engagement   and   community.     Throughout  the  Hebrew  School  program  we  incorporate  aspects  of  both,  but  a  key  component   of   this   experience   is   through   our   Youth   Programming.       This   year   we   are   enhancing   our   programming  to  include  dynamic  opportunities  for  ages  9  –  18.   The   goals   of   our   youth   program   are   to:   foster   social   interaction   among   age   mates   in   the   synagogue,  cultivate  social  interaction  among  age  mates  from  other  area  synagogues,  develop   social  programs  for   youth  within  the  synagogue  community  and  in  general  community  and  to   facilitate  trips  to  places  of  Jewish  and  general  interest.   A  description  of  each  Youth  Group  can  be  found  later  in  this  manual.  


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Hebrew Reading  Fluency:   Years   of   Hebrew  School   education  have   taught   us   that  though  we  have   come  a   long  way,   we   still   have   a   way   to   go   when   it   comes   to   effective   language   acquisition   techniques.   The   majority  of  time  we  have  spent  in  class  with  our  students  is  focused  on  decoding  (phonetics   and  reading  comprehension).  However,  at  the  culmination  of  Hebrew  School  we  expect  that   our   students   will   know   a   quantity   of   t’fillah   as   both   songs   and   chanted   prayers,   not   as   individual  syllables  or  even  a  limited  understanding  of  the  vocabulary.  In  an  attempt  to  better   meet  both  of  these  goals,  a  new  Hebrew  program  will  be  adapted  this  year.   Forty   minutes   of   the   students’   time   each   class   will   be   spent   on   decoding   and   reading   activities.   This   will   range   from   traditional   work   from   a   text,   to   holiday   and   event-­‐specific   games  and  activities.  As  the  curriculum  outline  describes,  the  vehicle  for  this  approach  will  be   a  Modern  Hebrew  based  series.   The  T’fillah  Institute:   In  addition,   each  grade  will   spend  20  minutes   on  Tuesday  with   a  “t’fillah  expert”  focusing  on   the   ability   to   perform   and   to   explain   the   meaning   of   each   of   their   assigned   prayers.   At   the   beginning  of  the  year,  each  student  will  receive  a  CD  or  iBook  with  the  prayers  that  they  are   responsible   to  learn   in   order  to   pass   into   the   next   level   (see   t’fillah   chart).  These   tools   should   be  used  for  practice  and  mastery  at  home  as  well  as  in  the  classroom.  If  a  student  should  wish   to   advance   beyond   the   level   of   their   class   they   may   opt   to   “test   out”   of   their   level.   If   a   student  is  able  to  show  sufficient  mastery  of  their  assigned  prayers  they  will  turn  in  their  CD   for   a   new   one   created   for   the   next   level   of   the   t’fillah   chart.   Students   are   encouraged   to   move  as  quickly  as  they  are  comfortable  doing,  there  is  always  more  to  learn!   Finally,   and  most   importantly,   the   whole   school  shall  meet   in  prayer   for  a   run  through   of   the   basic   service   each   Sunday   morning   (see   t’fillah   section   found   later   in   this   manual).   Parents   and   community   members  are   encouraged   to  join   us   for  this   section  of  our   learning.   It  is  an   excellent  opportunity  to  learn  with  us,  say  the  Mourners  Kaddish  and  to  set  an  example  for   your  child.    

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Lead the community in the MS walk as a part of our Yad B’ Yad (hand in hand) multigenerational social action program.

Immersion: Continuing where the Pre-K ECEC class left off build a basic vocabulary; learn to identify people with basic pronouns; conjugate simple verbs into masculine, feminine and plural forms; Begin reading basic words and referring them back to the growing classroom vocabulary

Relate the stories and/or narrative behind the holidays and celebration within our Jewish tradition; Identify the ‘lessons taught” through each celebration

Responsible for mastery of the prayers in T.I. Ramah Rishonah; Sunday morning Service where meaning and process are discussed and prayers are sung as a community Encounter Midrash, the “text within the text” of the Torah; relate how and why the Midrash came to be: what questions are they answering? What are they teaching? What importance do these texts hold within our community?

Explain the form and meaning of the major ritual objects/symbols of our synagogue; identify the object’s location and use within our synagogue and tradition; Interact with Rabbi, Cantor and key figures through the presentation and sharing of ritual objects.

Encounter God as a key figure in our People’s primary stories

Immersion: Continuing where the Pre-K ECEC class left off build a basic vocabulary; learn to identify people with basic pronouns; conjugate simple verbs into masculine, feminine and plural forms; Review Alef Bet while identifying basic syllables with consonants and vowels Identify key components of our holidays, celebrations, and life cycle events through the lens of the ritual objects and symbols that are used; Families share ritual objects from home for each holiday; share special objects with visits from Rabbi and Cantor

Relate the key symbols and objects of Israel to how they teach the importance of and connection to our Jewish homeland

T.I. Ramah Rishonah; Sunday morning Service where meaning and process are discussed and prayers are sung as a community

Explore the narrative of the stories of Genesis and Exodus; recognize the pivotal moments and characters

Gain familiarity with the synagogue and its community members; meet with and learn about key figures and people within the TBI community; identify people and places within the synagogue Identify the difference between Mitzvot (commandments) and Ma’aseem Tovim (good deeds) of the community - i.e., creating cards for those in need (to be delivered with the Hesed deliveries) Immersion: Continuing where the Pre-K ECEC class left off (with an understanding that there will be new students joining as well) - build a basic vocabulary; learn to identify people with basic pronouns; conjugate simple verbs into masculine, feminine and plural forms; Recognize the Alef Bet Explore each holiday through the senses; identify specific sounds, tastes, smells and touch while gaining an understanding of the significance of each experience as it relates to the holiday

Explore the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Israel as a sacred home of the Jewish people

T.I. Ramah Rishonah; Sunday morning Service where meaning and process are discussed and prayers are sung as a community

Basic understanding of key biblical stories as they relate to time of year and holiday cycles

Community

God & Ethics

Hebrew

Holidays & Celebrations

Israel

Prayer

Sacred Texts

Identify the geography of Israel, including key locations that give our Jewish homeland much of its unique culture and identity

Using alphabetically designed concepts, explore and identify key teachings of Mitzvot and Jewish ethics utilizing traditional stories and teachings

Bet (2nd)

Alef (1st)

Gan (K)

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Experience a Modern Hebrew approach to vocabulary and skill acquisition; gain a basic understanding of the structure and meaning of the Hebrew language; Regular exposure to “cold reading”; encounter new and unfamiliar Hebrew texts to hone sight reading skills.

Experience a Modern Hebrew approach to vocabulary and skill acquisition; gain a basic understanding of the structure and meaning of the Hebrew language; Focus on shoreshim (roots.); Read small stories utilizing the growing classroom vocabulary; Regular exposure to “cold reading”; encounter new and unfamiliar Hebrew texts to hone sight reading skills.

Hebrew

Delve into the deeper meaning of each holiday and celebration through the lens of ritual; compare and contrast the rituals of each with that of the other; What meaning and import do the rituals bring to life; how do we as modern Jews relate to the rituals today

A look at the historical land and geography through the lens of our historical texts

Responsible for mastery of the prayers in Ramah Shlishit (T.I.); A weekly 20 minutes of prayer study covering: meaning, content and Hebrew review; Weekly prayer services for grades 3rd-7th; Regular attendance at Jr. Congregation to gain a deeper understanding of the structure and meaning of the prayers within the context of the service.

Connect with the Biblical stories of the greater Tanakh with an emphasis on our Prophets and characters from our sacred Writings; Highlight the ethical dilemmas that faced our Biblical heroes as each historical figure navigates the world around them

Connect the holidays as they relate to the Luach (Hebrew Calendar): How do they relate to each other and the seasons in which they are found; where do the holidays fall in relation to the day and the month as well as the year of both the Jewish & secular calendars; Explore additional aspects of the calendar such as Rosh Hodesh (the new month)

Connect Israel to its calendar. What do we learn about life in Israel from how we relate to the calendar and holidays

Responsible for mastery of the prayers in Ramah Sh’nia (T.I.); a weekly 20 minutes of prayer study covering: meaning, content and Hebrew review; Weekly prayer services for grades 3rd-7th; Regular attendance at Jr. Congregation to gain a deeper understanding of the structure and meaning of the prayers within the context of the service.

Engage in a “close read” of the Torah stories found in Genesis and Exodus; explore deeper questions of the interpersonal relationships between the biblical characters and God as well as how they relate to the students‘ lives

Holidays & Celebrations

Israel

Prayer

Sacred Texts

History

What is God’s role in our people’s history? How has it changed from the beginning texts to those that we are currently exploring?

Using writings from some of our greatest modern teachers, explore one of the greatest questions of today: “What is the nature of God?”

Dalet (4th)

God & Ethics

Community

Gimmel (3rd)

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Experience the texts of the five book of Moses from the prospective of its most prominent characters. Utilizing drama as a tool, grapple with various challenges and better understand the prospectives of those people that helped to define us. Delve into the text of the Siddur; analyze the structure, meaning and usage of Brachot (blessings within our tradition)

Responsible for mastery of the prayers in Ramah Revi’it (T.I.); A weekly 20 minutes of prayer study covering: meaning, content and Hebrew review; Weekly prayer services for grades 3rd-7th; Regular attendance at Jr. Congregation to gain a deeper understanding of the structure and meaning of the prayers within the context of the service.

Focus on and explore Modern Israel. Through a multimedia approach look at what life today is like for an Israeli. Identify different aspects of the society and culture as well as the geography and land

Explore each holiday and celebration and its brachot; focus on t’filot (prayers) and, brachot (blessings); as each holiday occurs, each student will be able to recite the primary t’filot and brachot for that holiday; they will be able to explain the parallels and differences between each holiday’s t’filot and brachot; the class’s study will go beyond that of the holidays as it branches into all aspects of life; Look beyond those “bigger moments” to the everyday; what role do brachot play in our lives, in the world of today; what role could they play

Engage in our people’s history through an exploration of the primary figures within our history

Experience a Modern Hebrew approach to vocabulary and skill acquisition; gain a basic understanding of the structure and meaning of the Hebrew language; Optional opportunity to begin reading Torah Trope

What is God’s role in our blessings? What values do they teach and espouse for the Jewish people?

Interview a prominent congregant within TBI; learn their history, their connection to our tradition and what skills they bring to the community; write a report to be shared in a public forum

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Explore the thinking and ideas of 10 primary Jewish theologians through out our history. Beginning with a look at man’s relationship to God in the Torah.

Experience: A Modern Hebrew approach to vocabulary and skill acquisition; gain a basic understanding of the structure and meaning of the Hebrew language; Exposure to Israeli “beginner” newspaper & traditional texts in the original Hebrew

Take a deeper look into the historical moves and decisions that have shaped the Middle East Conflict that we face today.

Examine the “bigger questions” of each holiday. Do we as a community exemplify the lessons being taught? How to fit these celebrations into our lives as modern Jews and what do we gain from them?

Delve into the complicated world of the Middle East. Take a deeper look at the many factors challenging Israel today.

Responsible for mastery of the prayers in Ramah Shi’shit (T.I.); A weekly 20 minutes of prayer study covering: meaning, content and Hebrew review; Weekly prayer services for grades 3rd-7th; Regular attendance at Shabbat services to gain a deeper understanding of the structure and meaning of the prayers within the context of the service.

Grapple with Judaism’s most prominent thinkers as we explore some of the greatest debates in Jewish history. We will explore the questions that have challenged us for centuries and the values that have been weighed in answering them.

Experience: A Modern Hebrew approach to vocabulary and skill acquisition; gain a basic understanding of the structure and meaning of the Hebrew language; Actively engage with Torah Trope

Explore varied histories of the numerous Jewish communities that together make the Israelite People of today.

Reexamine the holidays and life cycle rituals and search for the deeper meaning behind the celebrations and traditions; pulling together the main themes, the context and the connection to each other, the students will then gain an understanding of the lessons to be learned, both from the historical context of the tradition and the tales; will be able to explain the importance and relevance of each aspect of these observances; Encounter Jewish Life Cycle events through the exploration of the rituals and values that each encapsulate. Illustrate those rituals, values and cultural traditions through the use of stuffed animal friends.

Encounter Jewish communities from around the world as we look at each communities unique journey through history. gain a better understanding of what shapes the Jewish community of today as a whole and Israel’s society specifically.

Responsible for mastery of the prayers in Ramah Hamishit (T.I.); A weekly 20 minutes of prayer study covering: meaning, content and Hebrew review; Weekly prayer services for grades 3rd-7th; Regular attendance at Jr. Congregation to gain a deeper understanding of the structure and meaning of the prayers within the context of the service. Investigate the world of the Rabbis as they engage in the traditional practice of Chevruta (partner study) and encounter the sacred text of the Mishnah; Relate the ancient text to the world of today and connect the still relevant teachings to our lives

Hebrew

History

Holidays & Celebrations

Israel

Prayer

Sacred Texts

Lead the school in a school-wide Color War competitions. Focus on leadership skills and community building. ensure the inclusion of all ages and personalities within your team and maximize the talents of each member to provide the best experience for all.

Zayin (7th)

God & Ethics

Community

Vav (6th)

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Vayomer

V’ahavtah

Shema

Ahavah Rabbah

Titbarach

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Yotzer Or

El Adon

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Barechu

Hatzi Kaddish

Shochen Ad

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Psalm 150

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Hamishit

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Revi’it

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Shlishit

Tzadik K’tamar

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Ma Tovu

Birchot haShachar

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Rishonah Sh’nia

Mode/Moda Ani

Tallit Brachah

Prayer

Ramah (Level)

The T’fillah Institute

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Shishit

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I - Introduction M - Mastered A - Advanced

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Ashrei

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Ending Haftorah Brachah

Havu Ladonai

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Beginning Haftorah Brachah

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Torah Brachot

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Torah Tziva Lanu Moshe

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Ein Kamocha

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Y’Hallelu / Eitz Chaim Hi

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Shishit

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Revi’it

Be Ana Racheitz

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Shlishit

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Rishonah Sh’nia

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Kaddish Shalem

Oseh Shalom

Kedushah

Gevurot

Avot

Amidah:

Full Mi Chamocha

Mi Chamocha

Ramah (Level)

The T’fillah Institute

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Shvi’it

Sheminit

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Romemu

Yismechu

Lecha Dodi

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Reader’s Repetition

I - Introduction M - Mastered A - Advanced

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Vayechulu

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V’shamru

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Ahavat Olam

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Ma’ariv Aravim

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Lechu Neranana

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Shalom Aleichem

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Hinei Matovu

Adon Olam

Aleinu

Ayn Keloheinu

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Shishit

Musaf Kiddushah

Hamishit

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Revi’it

Musaf Hatzi Kaddish

Shlishit I

Rishonah Sh’nia

Musaf Amidah

Ramah (Level)

The T’fillah Institute

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Am Yisrael Chai

Siman Tov U’Mazel Tov

Hanukkah Bracha

Hallel

Havdallah Blessings

Shechechyanu

Shir Hamolot

Birchat HaMazon (1st Para.)

Blessings on food items

Shabbat Morning Kiddush

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Shabbat Blessings

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Rishonah Sh’nia

The T’fillah Institute

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FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

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Jewish education   is   a   partnership.   It   is   a   unique   and   holy   relationship   between   home   and  school,  between   parents,   children  and   teachers.   We   believe   that  the   synagogue   and   school   are   both   important   aspects   of   a   child’s   Jewish   learning   experience.   In   our   school,  we   will   do   our   part   to   make   our   educational   program   the   best   it   can  be.  Parents  will  receive  from  teachers  a  letter  of  welcome  and  introduction   before  the  start  of  the  school  year.  This  letter  will  include  general  goals,  outline   special   projects   for   the   year   and   delineate   the   teacher’s   expectations   of   the   student.   Teachers   will   continue   throughout   the   year   to   communicate   with   families  -­‐   midyear  and  year-­‐end  progress  reports  are   an   additional   way   of  letting   parents  know  what  is  happening  with  the  children.   Another   aspect   of   a   child’s   Jewish   education   is   the   home   -­‐   perhaps   the   most   central   and   influential   arena   in   a   child’s   development   as   a   Jewish   individual.   As   Rabbi  Morrison  Bial  states  in  his  book  Your  Jewish  Child:   “Your  home  will  be  the  single  most  important  influence  in  the  Jewish  upbringing   and  fundamental  Jewish  education  of  your  child.  From  earliest  times,  Judaism  has   been  based  on  the  supposition  that  the  home  is  the  foundation  of  our  religion.”   This   does   not   mean   that   you   need   to   know   everything,   or   already   “do   everything”.     It   means   a   willingness   to     try   new   things,   learning   together   and   exploring   the  possibilities.     The   skills   and  appreciations   students   learn  in   school   need  to  be  practiced   in  the  home   or  they  will  have   little   or  no   meaning  for   the   child.   We,   therefore,   encourage   observances,   discussions,   learning   experiences   and   celebration   of   Jewish   life   with   family   and   friends   at   home.   Through   consistent   communication,   parent   participation  and   education,  and  promotion  of   observance   and   learning   at   home,   we   hope   to   develop   a   true   home-­‐school   partnership.  Together  we  can  fulfill  the  mitzvah  of  “v’shinantam  l’vanekha  -­‐   you   shall  teach  them  to  your  children.”   To   help   complete   this   partnership,   parents   can   take   cues   from   the   school’s   information   and   follow   up   appropriately   with   their   child(ren).   When   parents   know  that  a  particular  item  was  required  for  class,  they  can  ask  specifically  how   that   object   was   used   during   that   class.   When   a   holiday   is   approaching,   parents   can  check  for  the  particulars  that  are  being  learned  and  ask  what  the  child  can  do   at   home   for   the   upcoming   celebration.   When   asked   to   participate   in   a   class   project,  enthusiastic  involvement  from  parents  will  mean  a  great  deal  to  the  child   -­‐   making   him   or   her   feel   that   Religious   School   and   the   things   learned   here   are   valuable.    


Family Engagement

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Learning should   not   be   left  only   to   the   children.  It  is   an   essential   value  of   the   Jewish   religion   and   therefore   its   people,   to   continue   our   education   throughout  our   lives.   To   that  end,  as  well  as   to  set  a   good   example   for   our   children   and   most   importantly   to   create   lasting   and   meaningful   memories  for  the  whole  family,  each   grade  will   have  a  specially  designed   family   education   morning.   These   days   will   be   designed   to   engage   both   our   students   as   well   as   our   parents,   each   leaving   the   session   with   something   new   learned   and   shared.   It   is   imperative   for   the   success   of   these  programs  that  at  least  one  parent  attend  with  their  child  on  these   days.   Each   grade   will   have   one   Family   Engagement   Program.   A   notice   will  be  sent  home  a  month  before  the  Family  Education  Day  requesting   your  participation  in  this  great  morning.  Please  make  every  effort  to  be   there.   If   you  are   unable   to   attend,   your  child  will   be  placed   with   another   family.   Sunday   Morning   Family   Engagement   Programs   meet   during   the   time  of  regularly  scheduled  classes  for  each  grade.   Gan  (K)  

Oct. 13  

Dalet (4)  

Feb. 2  

Alef (1)  

Oct. 13  

Heh (5)  

Feb. 2  

Bet (2)  

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Vav (6)  

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Gimmel (3)  

Sept. 22  

Zayin (7)  

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Junior Cong.   is   a   shortened   but   educational  service   designed   to   be   developmentally   appropriate   for   grades   3   -­‐   6.   It   is   an   excellent   and   important   opportunity   for   our   students   to   practice  their  newly  acquired  t’fillah  skills.     This  learners’  minyan   is  a  joyful  opportunity  for  all  to  try  new   skills,   ask   endless   questions   and   join   a   warm   community.     All   ages   are   welcome   with   the   understanding   that   this   is   a   safe   space   for   learning   and   exploration   and   conversations   may   be   lengthy  when  the  group  is  immersed.  

Junior Congregation A Family Service

Junior Congregation   is   a   fun   and   engaging   group   learning   experience   led   by   Reina   Almark   or   Rabbi   Selilah   Kalev.     It   is   a   delightful   tradition   at   TBI   that   the   parents,   siblings   and   any   other  family  members  be  welcomed  as  participating  members   of   this   exciting   service.   As   mentioned   above,   our   children’s   learning   is  made  all  the  more  impactful  when  they  see   that  we   too  value  the  experience.  


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Class Services Each grade   of   the   Religious   School   will   participate   in   a   Shabbat   Service   and   Dinner.   These   services   will   be   designed   specifically   for   the   class   involved.   Students  will  be   prepared   to   conduct   part   of   the  service,  dinner  or  add  to   our  worship  in  some  meaningful   way.   Specific   details   and   information   about   each   class’   participation   will   be   sent   home   within   the   month   prior   to   the   actual  service.    

Shabbat Dress Whenever children   are   called   upon   to   lead   our   congregation   in   worship   or   participate   in   t’fillah   in   any   way   from   the   bimah,   they   should   dress   to   reflect   the   joy   as   well   as   the   significance   of   the   occasion.   Girls   are   asked   to   wear   dresses,   skirts,   (length   should   go   beyond   the   student’s   fingertips),   or   nice   slacks,   and   their   shoulders   and   midriffs   should   be   covered   at   all   times   while   in   the   sanctuary.   Boys   are   asked   to   wear   slacks   and   shirts   with   collars.   Boys   should   wear   kippot   at   all   times   while   in   the   sanctuary   -­‐   this   is   optional   for   girls  although  required  when  ascending  the  bimah.  

The weekly  observance  of  Shabbat  is  the  place  where  our  tradition  is   most   readily   accessible   to   our   students.   Attendance   at   Shabbat   services   affords   students   the   opportunity   to   demonstrate   and   apply   what  they  have  learned,  live  Jewish  life  in  a  real  and  tangible  way,  take   pride   in  their  accomplishments   and  become   involved   with   their   family   in  the  life  of  the  congregation.   All  students  in  grades  3-­‐6  are  required  to  attend  10  Shabbat  services   throughout   the   religious   school   year   (7   need   to   be   Junior   congregation,  the  other  three  can  be  assorted  other  Shabbat  services).   One   year  prior   to   Bar/Bat  Mitzvah,  students  must   attend  10  Shabbat   morning   services   in   the   TBI   main   sanctuary   accompanied   by   at   least   one   parent   (3  of   these   10   may   be  fulfilled  at   another  synagogue).     We   will   track   the   progress   of   each   student   through   the   school’s   office.   Great   thought   and   care   has,   and   will   continue   to   go,   into   the   development   of   fun,   interesting   and   worthwhile   Shabbat   programming.   It   is  important  to   create   a   vibrant   prayer  environment   for   our   students.   Incentives   will  be   awarded   at   various   stages  of  this   year-­‐long  project.  Students  in  grades  K-­‐2  are  recommended  to  attend   services  as  well  and  will  also  receive  incentive  awards  for  completion.  

Shabbat

Shabbat Attendance


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Special Programming Art Art  enables  our  students  to  concretize  their  thoughts  and  the  concepts  that  they   have  learned.  Working  with   multiple  mediums  can   bring  inspiration   and   a   broader   understanding   of   the  subjects  as  well  as  a   heightened   awareness   of   Jewish  artistic   expression.    With  access  to  our  newly  revamped  art  room,  our  teachers  will  lead   their  classes  in  art   activities  that  will  be   integral   to  their  curriculum,  focusing  on   holiday experiences,   enhancing   Torah and   prayer,   as   well   as   Gemilut   Hasadim   (acts  of   loving   kindness).  Each  grade  will   have  one  or   more   special   projects   that   will   incorporate  art  into   their  curriculum. These   projects   will   add   depth   to   their   learning   and   expand   our   students’   understanding   of   their   core   areas   of   curriculum.

Music Music  is  an  integral  part  of  our  rich,  cultural  heritage.  For  thousands  of  years  it  has   been   a   vehicle   for   our   people   to   celebrate   and   mourn,   to   speak   with   God   or   to   each   other,   to   entertain   and  to   teach.  It  is   simply   not   possible   to   imagine   our   lives   without  it.  Our  community  is  blessed  to  have  many  incredible  resources  to  bring   this  important  experience  into  our  children’s  lives.  Our  classes  will  have  periodic   shira  (music)  sessions  focusing  on  the  music  of  our  tradition  and  holidays.  

Color War   Grades  Gan  through  Zayin  will  join  in  this  exciting  program  of  challenges,  games   and  competitions.   The   school   will   be   divided   into   four   equal   teams  with   members   from  each  grade.  These  teams  will  work  together  to  gain  (or  lose)  points  toward     the   “ultimate   award”   at   the   end   of   the   year.   Throughout   the   year   there   will   be   special   moments   designated   as   Color   War   days.   These   days   will   include   Torah   bowls,   group   challenges,   and   holiday   games;   each   of   these   bring   another   opportunity  to  earn  points  for  the  team.  Beyond  these  moments  each  student  can   earn  points  for  their  team  by  going  “above  and  beyond”  within  our  community.

Torah Academy   Chanting  from  the  Torah  is  a  pivotal  skill  to  acquire  as  a  Jewish  adult  and  it  is  the   primary   skill  shown   during   our   Bar/Bat   Mitzvah  ceremonies.     However,  it  is   not   an   easily  learned  one.    Beginning  in  5th  grade  our  students  are  taught  to  go  beyond   the  Hebrew  of  the  Torah  as  they  learn  to  read  the  trope  (the  symbols  in  the  text   that  allow  them  to  chant.)    Students  are  taught  in  a  systematic  way  that  enables   them  to  master  the  skill  of  chanting  Torah  within  our  community.    


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Special Programming Yad B’Yad   Yad B’Yad

One of   the   most   important   values   of   our   community   is   that   of   “tikkun   olam,”   repairing  the  world.    There  is  no  more  perfect  opportunity   to  create  community   and  to  teach  our  youth  the  importance  of  this  value  than  to  share  in  a  hands-­‐on,   family  social  action  project.    This   year  we  will   come  together  once  each  month  to   do   just  that.     The   majority   of   these   activities   will   be  held  from   12   PM  –   2  PM   on   a   Sunday   morning   immediately   following   Hebrew   School.     An   inexpensive   lunch  

Technology In   a   world   of   IPhones,   Facebook   and   Skype,   TBI   Hebrew   School   recognizes   the   need  to  change  with  the  times.  In  addition  to  our  amazing  computer  lab,  we  are   now   thrilled   to   announce,   thanks   to   the   generous   support   of   our   families   and   Women’s   League,   we   are   home   to   three   Smart   Boards,   two   IPads,   and   two   laptops.     Our   curriculum   is   planned   with   the   integration   of   this   incredible   technology  in  mind.  Classes,  of  all  ages,  will  encounter  their  learning  through  the   use   of   this   media,   and   will   utilize   these   same   tools   as   they   create   their   own   projects.    

Shabbaton   There   is   nothing   like   a   Shabbaton   to   bring   the   joy   and   beauty   of   the   Jewish   traditions  to  light.    Spending  a  weekend  away  together  as  a  community  allows   us   to   build  connections,   learn,   explore   and   experience   our   traditions.     Grades   3   –  7  will  come   together  and   head  off  for  a  weekend   at  camp.    Our  students   will   experience   48   hours   of   programming   based  on   a   theme  of   “b’tzelem   Elohim,   to   be   made   in   the   image   of   God.”     We   will   explore   issues   of   respect,   gossip,   bullying  and  more.    We  will  work  together  to  discover  new  ways  to  build  and   strengthen  our  community  and  to  dwell  within  our  tradition.    

We strongly   encourage   all   of   our   youth   to   participate   in   this   amazing   adventure:   October  18  -­‐  20  

Junior Choir    

Directed by   Cantor   Shammash,  Junior  Choir   meets  on  Sundays   from   9:00  AM  –   9:45  AM.     Students   in   grades  3   –  7  are  invited   to  join   in  this   lovely   opportunity   to   become   prayer   leaders   in   our   community,   light   Hanukkah   candles   for   the   broader  community  and  to  participate  in  other  communitywide  events.  


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Kadima Junior:  Grades  3  &  4,  Led  by  Matt  Bernanke    

Kadima: Grades  5  –  7,  Led  by  Reina  Ahlmark    

USY Junior:  7th  Grade,  Led  by  Hilary  Yohlin    

USY: Grades  8  –  12,  Led  by  Hilary  Yohlin     For  more  information  please  see  our  TBI  Youth  Programs  Manual  

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Grades K – 7 9:15 – 9:45 T’fillah for Grades 3 – 7, Parents Welcome 9:15 – 9:30 T’fillah for Grades K – 2, Parents Welcome

Tuesdays: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM, Grades 3 – 6 4:15 – 4:45 The T’fillah Institute, Grades 3 – 6

6:00 – 6:30 Dinner, Grades 7 – 10 7:15 – 7:40 Minyan, Community Welcome

Saturdays: 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM, Junior Congregation

Weekly Schedule

Tuesdays: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Grades 7 – 10


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Adminis-trivia

Communication

A vital   aspect   of   our   community   and   a   pillar   of   quality   education   is  communication   between   parents   and   faculty.  Therefore,  we  strongly  encourage  you  to  keep  the  lines  of  communication  open.  We  recognize   that   you   know   your   children   best   and   can   help   us   to   provide   the   most   advantageous   learning   opportunities.   Teachers   will   be   happy   to   set   aside   a   time   to   meet   with   you   privately,   by   phone,   or   in   person   to   discuss   any   concerns   or   problems   you   might   have.   Stopping   teachers   in   the   hallway   immediately  before  or  after  classes  or  in  the  parking  lot  is  not  conducive  to  a  meaningful  dialogue.  We   will  employ  several  methods  of  communication  with  families:   1. A  monthly  class  email  with  class  updates     2. Our  new  and  Upcoming  TBI  Hebrew  School  App  with  all  dates,  details  and  News!!   3. Email  notification  of  upcoming  events     4. Parent/teacher  conferences  when  requested   5. An  open  invitation  for  dialogue  

Being on  time   is   important.     Please   make   certain   children   are   in   class  and   ready  for   school   in  a   timely   manner.    Late  arrival  to  class  is  often  a  contributing  factor  to  difficulties  in  class.    The  Hebrew  School  is   open   at   3:45   PM   on   Tuesday   afternoons   and   8:45   AM   on   Sunday   mornings.     There   is   no   supervision   available   for   students   before   that   time.     All   students   need   to   have   parent   supervision   until   then.     Any   extenuating   circumstances   that  call   for  an  earlier  arrival  should   be   cleared  with   the  Director  of  Life   Long   Learning.    

Pick Up:     To  ensure  everyone’s  safety  our  Hebrew  School  doors  are  locked  at  all  times.    If  your  child  is  to  be  picked   up   by   someone   other   than   you,   please   inform   the   office   and   teacher   in   person   or   in   writing   before   it   happens.    This  will  alleviate  the  necessity  of  a  call  home  to  confirm  the  ride.    

Sundays: Parents  will  pick  up  their  child(ren)  at  the  classroom(s).     Parents  are  invited  to  spend  the  morning  with   TBI,   enjoying   learning   opportunities,   visiting   friends,   and   or   participating   in   our   various   services.     Parents   will   not   be  permitted  into  the   school  hallways   until  noon,  when   a  school   representative  will  announce   that   they   may   pick   up   their  children.     To   aid   in  dismissal,  teachers   will  keep   classroom   doors  closed  until   ready  to  dismiss.     Please  remember  that  the  teacher  will  open  the  doors  when  the  class  is  ready  to  be   dismissed.       Tuesdays:   When  The  T’fillah  Institute  is  concluded,  teachers  will  take  classes  to  the  Chapel  together,  where  they  will   wait  to  be  picked  up.     Parents  should  utilize  the  car  pick-­‐up  line  that  forms  leading  up  to  the  canopied   school  entrance.    A  volunteer  will  gather  the  names  of  those  to  be  picked  up  and  will  have  the  children   ready  and  waiting  for  their  parents  as  they  pull  up  to  the  canopy  one  by  one.  

Drop Off & Dismissal

Drop Off:  


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Early Release For your   child’s   security,   if  he  or   she   needs  to   leave  Hebrew  School  early,   parents   must   send  a   note   to  the   school  stating  the  time  of  release  and  the  adult  who  will  meet  the  student  at  that  appointed  early  time.  The   student  should  present  the  note  to  the  Education  Director,  wait  for  approval  and  then  give  the  note  to  his/her   teacher.   The  adult  should  pick  up  the  child  at  his/her  classroom  at  the  appointed  early  dismissal  time.   No   child   will   be   allowed   to   leave   the   synagogue   grounds   unless   written   notice   is   received,   the   Education   Director  gives  approval  and  an  adult  is  present  at  the  classroom  to  collect  the  child.   At  a  time  of  heightened  awareness  of  security  issues,  this  policy  will  strictly  be  enforced  throughout  the  school   year.  Written  notes   must  be  delivered  and  signed  in  accordance  with  the  above  procedure  and  adults  must   meet  children  at  the  classroom  door...   NO  EXCEPTIONS  WILL  BE  MADE.  

Classroom Visitation We are   delighted   to   have   you  visit   your   child’s   class   during   the   school   year.   However,   to  avoid   unscheduled   interruptions   or   other   disruptions   of   the   school   routine,   we   require   advance   notification  of  a  visit.  To  arrange  such  a  visit,  please  call  the  school  office  to  set  up  a  specific   time  and  date.  When  you  arrive  at  the  building,  please  check  in  with  the  Director  of  Life  Long   Learning,  who  will  escort  you  to  the  class.   Please   be   aware   that   we   have   instructed   all   teaching   staff   to   request   written   authorization   from  the  Director  of  Life  Long  Learning,  before  allowing  an  adult  to  visit  the  class.   At   a   time   of   heightened   awareness   of   security   issues,   this   policy   will   be   strictly   enforced   throughout  the  school  year.   Please  note:  This  is   not  a   time   for   a  conference.  Make  arrangements   apart   from   class   time   for   a  conference  if  needed.   We  are  also  aware  that  once  in  a  while,  a  friend  might  want  to  come  to  Hebrew  School.  This   must  also  be  pre-­‐approved  by  the  Director  of  Life  Long  Learning.  

Appropriate School Dress We expect   all   students   to   dress   in   a   manner   appropriate   to   a   synagogue.   If   students   are   participating   in   team   sports   immediately   prior   to   or   after   Religious   school,   uniforms   will   be   allowed.   However,   hats,   cleats   and   in-­‐line   skates   are   not   to   be   worn   at   all   during   Religious   School  by  anyone.  Shoes  must  be  worn  at  all  times.  Under  no  circumstances  shall  a  person’s   underwear  or  bra  be  revealed  or  uncovered.  The  shoulders  and  midriffs  should  be  covered  as   they  enter  the  Beit  K’nesset  and  the  head  of  each  boy  should  be  covered  with  a  kippah.  (It  is   optional  for  young  women  to  wear  kippot.)  


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Emergency Procedures

a conference if needed. In the   case  that  Rabbi   Selilah   Kalev,  Susan   Kasper   and   the   Rabbi   determine   that   a   student   needs  to   be  sent   or  an  individual  teacher.     We are also awarehome,  parents   that once in a will  be   while, acontacted  by   friend might the  office   want to come to Hebrew School. This Students   will   be   allowed   use   their   cell   phones   contact   will their   must be pre-approved by theto  Director of Education, noto   exceptions beparents   made! with   the   supervision  of  a  teacher.    All   students  will  stay  under   the  supervision  of  their   teacher  until   their   parent   is   able   to   pick   them   up.     If   it   should   be   necessary,   the   students   will   travel   offsite  with  their  teacher  to  a  safe  location  and  await  their  parent’s  arrival.    Each  parent   needs  to  check  in  with  the  teacher  before  they  take  their  child  home.  

For your child’s security, if he or she needs to leave Religious School early, parents must send a note to the school stating the time of release and the adult who will meet the student at that Materials appointed time. Theto student present the note to the Education Director, Each   child  searly hould   be  sent   class  wshould ith  a  backpack,   pencils,   markers   or  crayons,   age   wait for approval andscissors,   then give note tobhis/her appropriate   a  tthe hree-­‐ring   ind  and  teacher. paper.      Please  make  sure  that  your  child  brings  all   books,  assignments  and  materials  to  each  class  session.   The adult should pick up the child at his/her classroom at the appointed early dismissal time.

Security and Traffic

The doors  will  to  the  building  will  always  be  locked.    Students  should  ring  the  doorbell  to  be  admitted  into   the  building  by  our  electronic  monitoring  system.   No child will be allowed to leave the synagogue grounds unless written notice is received, the   For  the  safety   of  our  gives children,   we  ask  pand arents   carefully   bserve  all  at standard   traffic  regulations:   Education Director approval anto  adult is opresent the classroom to collect the child. • Do  not  park  in  a  Handicap  Space  unless  you  have  a  placard  legally  stating  your  right  to  do  so.   • Do  not  stop  and  block  traffic.   • Do  not  have  your  child  cross  traffic  to  enter  your  car.   At a time of nheightened issues, enforced • Do   ot  pull  around  awareness the  pick  up  lof ine,  security please  wait   for  the  this cars  ipolicy n  front  owill f  you  strictly to  leave  be first.   throughout thewschool Written notes must be Hdelivered andhours!   signed in accordance with Please  drive   ith  care  year. as  there   are  children   about   during   ebrew  School  

Snack

the above procedure and adults must meet children at the classroom door… Closing NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BESchool MADE! In the   even   that   school   must   e   closed   due   to   inclement   weather   or   some   other   emergency,   check   email   and   listen   to   KYW   (1060   AM)   for   information.     You   may   also   call   the   Hebrew   School   to   check   the   automated   message.     We   do   not   hold   classes   when   Whitpain   Township   schools  are  closed  due  to  inclement  weather.   We understand that many of our students are arriving from school with little time to grab a We   understand  that   many   of   our   students   are   arriving  from   school  with  little  time   to   grab   much needed snack. InIn   order to appease thisthis   hunger whilewhile   retaining our control over kashrut a   much-­‐ needed   snack.   order   to   appease   hunger   retaining   our   control   over   issues, we offer a preordered snack option. Families must sign-up for the snack option the kashrut   issues,   we   offer   a   selection   of   snack   options   available   for   purchase   at   at the   beginning of   of the year. Each weekday as students be   arrive a small healthy snack will beon   waiting beginning   Tuesday’s   class.    These  snacks  will   ready   for  purchase   in  the   hall   the   for them in their classroom. These snacks may include items like granola bars or crackers, way  to  the  class.    Each  teacher  will  establish  their  own  policy  regarding  the  time  allotted   fruit snacks a pjuice drink. for   eating,   to  and best   romote   the  learning  in  their  classroom.  


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Educational Policies of Congregation Tiferet Bet Israel

Inclusion With the  establishment   of  the   new  Life   Long  Learning   Committee,   we   will   be   embarking   on  a  deeper  exploration   into   the  needs  of  our   broader   community.    It   is  our  goal  to   be  a   warm   and   inclusive   community,   recognizing   that   there   is   a   great   spectrum   of   need   within   our   population.     As   a   compassionate   and   welcoming   community   we   are   aware   that   each   student   has   their   own   strengths   as   well   as   challenges.     It   is   our   goal   to   recognize   both   of   these   and   to   work   with   our   families   to   create   the   best   learning   environment   possible   for   our   community.     It   is   NOT   however   always   in   our   ability   to   serve   everyone.     There   are   circumstances   where   we   are   not   equipped   to   meet   a   students   needs.   This  is   not   out   of  callousness,   but   rather  out  of   care   for  the   success   and   joy  of  each  child.    We  are  looking  to  grow  our  services  and  abilities  to  better  meet  our   needs.     It   is   imperative   that  we   are   informed  of   any   learning   or  health   needs  that   might  affect  a   child’s  time  while  they  are  with  us.    It  is  only  by  working  together  that  we  can  ensure   the  greatest  success.  

Attendance Regular attendance  is  vital  for  not  only  the  individual  student,  but  for  their  classmates  as   well.     Our   classes   work   as   a   community   and   rely   on   each   other’s   insights,   input   and   participation.     Students  in  Religious  School  must  be  in  attendance  80%  of  the  time.     Please   connect   with   your   child’s   teacher   regarding   any   absence.     Whenever   possible   please  try  to  make   arrangements  for  make-­‐up   work  ahead  of   time.     In  case  of  illness  or   unexpected   conflict,   please   connect   with   the   teacher   before   or   during   the   following   class  to  learn  what  was  missed.    Two  classes  missed  in  a  row  without  contact  from  the   family   will   result   in   a  call   home  from   the   teacher.     Three  or   more  absences  in  a   row  will   be  addressed  by  the  teacher  and  Director  or  Life  Long  Learning.    For  the  future  success   of   all   of   our   students   make-­‐up   work   will   be   provided   for   all   excessive   absences.     Satisfactory  completion  of  make-­‐up  work  will   be  required  as  compensation  for   missed   class  sessions.     Excessive  tardiness  (consisting  of  2  or  more  tardy  arrivals)  will  be  treated  as  an  absence.  

Promotion In order  to  promote   the  social  and  emotional  wellbeing  of  our  students  here  at  TBI   it   is   not  our  habit  or  intention  to  hold  any  student  back.  However  in  order  to  protect  their   comfort  and   security  within   our   learning   community   it  is   important  that  each   student   is   able  to  demonstrate  the  successful  mastery  of  the  required  material  for  his  or   her  grade   level  as  well  as  the  completion  of  Shabbat  Attendance  and  Hebrew  School  attendance   requirements.    In  the  case  that  a  student  that  a  student  is  unable  to  do  this,  it  is  at  the   teacher  and  Director’s  discretion  to  request  that  the  students  who  need  to  do  additional   work  for  promotion  will  be  assigned  appropriate  activities  or  projects  for  the  summer.      


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Philosophy The leadership   of   TBI   recognizes   that   each   individual   should   have   the   following  rights:   1. The   right   to   learn   without   interference   from   other   people   in   the  school  or  class.     2. The   right   to   work   together   as   students   and   teachers   in   an   atmosphere  of  mutual  respect  and  understanding.     3. The  right  to  have  one’s  personal  property  respected  by  others.     4. The  right  to  be  protected  from  physical  harm.    

Expectations of Behavior

In order  to  ensure  these  expectations  are  achieved,  the  following  will  be  enforced:   o Classroom   standards   will   be   established   by   each   teacher   and   students  on  the  first  day  of  school  and  mailed  home.     o The   B’rit   Ha-­‐Kittah   (Classroom   Covenant)   is   to   be   signed   by   the   student   and   parents   and   returned   to   the   teacher   at   the  next   school   session.     o The   following   are   prohibited   at   all   times:   Defiance,   Stealing,   Vandalism,   Dishonesty,   Profanity   and   Vulgarity,   Fighting,   Drugs,   Alcohol  and  Tobacco.

Standards of Behavior

1. Students will  be  ready  to  participate  in  class  activities     2. Students   will   not   disrupt   any   other   student’s   participation   in   class   activities.     3. Students  will   not  touch   other  students   in   a  manner   that  would  be   considered  offensive   or  disruptive,    or   use  language  that   would  be   considered  offensive  or  disruptive.     4. Students  will  not  mistreat  the  property  of  TBI  or  of  other  students.     5. Students   will   behave   in   accordance   with   the   sanctity   of   our   Beit   K’nesset  (Sanctuary)  at  all  times    when  they  are  within  it.  Items  such   as   skateboards,  in-­‐line   skates  or  sport  cleats  will   not   be   permitted   in  the  sanctuary  at  any  time  for  any  reason.     6. Students  are  to   remain  on  campus   at  all  times  from  the  time  they   are   dropped   off   until   the   time   they    are   picked   up.   Help   us   by   making   sure   your   student   goes   directly   into   the   school   office   or   his/her  classroom.  If  a  student  is  discovered  leaving  the  campus  or   missing,  parents  will  be  notified  immediately.    


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Procedures 1. If there  are  consistent  violations  of  the  Brit  Ha-­‐Kittah  (Classroom  Covenant),  the   teacher  will  conference  with  the  student.     2. If  infractions   continue,   the   Director   of   Life   Long   Learning   will   conference   with   the   teacher  and  the  student.     3. If  there  are   further   problems,   the  parents   will   be   called  for   a   conference   with   the   teacher,   Director   of   Life   Long   Learning   and   student   to   determine   further   action,   which  may  include  the  following:     § Parents  on  the  premises  during  school  hours     § Isolation  of  student  within  the  school  setting  away  from  the  class     § Suspension   for   a   period   of   time   with   satisfactory   completion   of   homework/study  assignments     § Individualized  contract  between  student,  parents  and  teacher     § Any   mutually   agreed-­‐upon   arrangements   by   parents,   student   &   TBI   personnel  at  conference       If   your   student   is   suspended   from   Hebrew   School,   the   Life   Long   Learning   Committee   will   monitor  actions  of  all  suspended  students  to  determine  whether  readmission  is  possible  after   the  prescribed  time.     Sever  Clause:  In   the  case   of   extreme   or   unusual   circumstances,   the   forgoing   sequence   may   be   suspended   and   action   may   be   taken   at   the   Director   of   Life   Long   Learning’s   /   Rabbi’s   /   Chair   of   the   Life   Long   Learning   Committee’s  discretion.  

We are looking forward to sharing a great year of learning and fun with you here at TBI.

TBI Hebrew School Handbook 5754  
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