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FIRST DAY OF RELIGIOUS SCHOOL: SEPTEMBER 10, 9:30 am
Coffee cake and registration in the Gathering Area
Special Family theme projectcs in the classrooms
Sharing project and assembly in the Great Hall
Pancake Kick-off Breakfast for the new year
Students back in clas for a core class session and parents in the Great Hall for a special presentation
Hebrew School parents meeting in the Great Hall
Hebrew School begins
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:
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!