August 24, 2017

Dear Family School Families,

Thank you for sending back your completed registration packets. If you have not sent yours back yet, please do so as soon as possible. Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns.

I would like to plant a seed for thought before we start the new year.
We love your children and want to provide a foundation for and love of Jewish living and learning. We want to support you and your families in continuing Jewish living at home and in our community. You make a wonderful start by coming to First Friday Shabbat Pot Luck Dinners, holiday celebrations and observances, and Family School. Regularly attending services is also a great way to immerse yourselves into the community and become familiar with the service. There is a lot of joy and learning in each service. Rabbi Jonathan is always eager to hear from our young ones, Children are always welcome to attend and participate. There are also many opportunities for everyone to volunteer in our congregation: helping with holidays, mailings, pot luck dinners and luncheons, the Yard Sale, the Chanukah Bazaar, and countless other smaller tasks. Your involvement is an expression of what we teach: kavanah, gemilut chassidim, and mitzvot.

We are very blessed to have a congregation that loves children! Any experience shared here is an opportunity to grow intergenerational relationships and foster a strong connection to the teachings that are our foundation.

So my question to you is, what do you want from us?
What can we do to become a part of your family's life?
What imprint do you want your children's experience here to have?
How do you see us growing together as a community, joining Family School families with our entire congregation?
After your child's bar or bat mitzvah, what is your vision of your and your family's connection to Judaism?
By building a foundation for and love of Judaism we want to inspire a continuing passion for learning and being Jewish. We do not see a bar or bat mitzvah as a graduation of sorts, but as the beginning of a life-long yearning for learning and growing. Please let me know your thoughts and let's keep this conversation going.

Mark your calendar for the next Tot Shabbat and First Friday Potluck on September 1. Please join us and bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share. Bring a friend, too—all are welcome!

I hope there is studying happening for all. It is very easy to get rusty. We are looking forward to a great year!

Important Dates to Remember
Please mark your calendars and plan on attending!
Back to Family School: First Days
Grades 1–6: September 12 (4–6:30 pm)
B'nai Mitzvah Class: September 12 (6–8 pm)
Pre K–Kindergarten: September 16 (10 am)
Teen Class: September 19 (6 pm)

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or thoughts. Please feel free to call or email me anytime.

(845) 684-4242
familyschool@wjcshul.org

Wishing all a warm, loving, end of summer

Good Shabbos,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

I hope you are all enjoying the summer! I just wanted to remind everyone that next Friday, August 4, 2017, we will hold our monthly Tot Shabbat at 5 pm followed by our First Friday Shabbat Pot Luck Dinner at 6 pm. Please join us and bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share. Bring a friend, too - all are welcome!
Mark your calendar for the next Tot Shabbat and First Friday Potluck on September 1, 2017.
I hope there is studying happening for all. It is very easy to get rusty.

Enjoy these beautiful summer days and hope to see you Friday, August 4, 2017 at Tot Shabbat and/or our First Friday Shabbat Pot Luck.

Important Dates to Remember

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending!
Back to Family School: First Days
Grades 1–6: September 12 (4–6:30 pm)
B'nai Mitzvah Class: September 12 (6–8 pm)
Pre K–Kindergarten: September 16 (10 am)
Teen Class: September 19 (6 pm)

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or thoughts. Please feel free to call or email me anytime.

(845) 684-4242 | familyschool@wjcshul.org

Wishing all a warm, loving, happy summer!

Good Shabbos,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

Yesterday was our last day of Family School. Thank you for giving us the privilege of teaching, supporting and nourishing your child's Jewish education. It has been a pleasure watching them grow, reflect and inspire us all!

Thank you to our wonderful, loving, dedicated teachers: Partricia Moger, Rose Ostrander and Jill Schwartz. Without you, our Family School would not be all it is! Thank you to our dedicated volunteer Willy Kane, and to all who love and support our school and community!

Over the summer, we will continue to have Tot Shabbat and First Friday Family Shabbat Pot-Luck Dinners. Tot Shabbat starts at 5 pm, and is followed by dinner at 6 pm. All are welcome! These are the dates for the summer: July 7, August 4 and September 1. Please plan on attending. All are welcome!

Everyone has progressed in Hebrew, but I strongly encourage continuing to study at home regularly. A few minutes a day really makes a difference. Each child was sent home with a study pack, please encourage your child to stay on it. If you are interested in arranging a summer tutor for your child, please contact me.

In-Home Shabbat Meals
Friendships are growing within our Family School; wouldn't it be nice to cultivate these relationships out in the community?

Our Congregational Communications Task Force is creating a plan for In-Home Shabbat Meals. They are looking for families that would like to learn more about hosting a Shabbat meal in their home on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon; it is a great way for us to get to know each other in a relaxed Shabbat setting.

It can be a pot-luck or you can do the cooking; that’s up to you.
The Task Force will provide guidelines and support to ensure a fun, successful gathering.

To learn more, contact Amy Messing at (845) 684-5279.

Important Dates to Remember
Please mark your calendars and plan on attending!
Summer Schedule

  • Friday, July 7
    • 5 pm: Tot Shabbat
    • 6 pm: First Friday Shabbat Pot-Luck Dinner
  • Friday, August 4
    • 5 pm: Tot Shabbat
    • 6 pm: First Friday Shabbat Pot-Luck Dinner
  • Friday, September 1
    • 5 pm: Tot Shabbat
    • 6 pm: First Friday Shabbat Pot-Luck Dinner

Back to Family School: First Days

  • Grades 1–6: September 12 (4–6:30 pm)
  • B'nai Mitzvah Class: September 12 (6–8 pm)
  • Pre K–Kindergarten: September 16 (10 am)
  • Teen Class: September 19 (6 pm)

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or thoughts. Please feel free to call or email me anytime.

Wishing all a warm, loving, happy summer!

(845) 684-4242
familyschool@wjcshul.org

Shalom,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

This week in Family School, we had stimulating conversation about the Ten Commandments: our students had very interesting thoughts and comments.  Each child was sent home with two papers: one was the simplest form of the Ten Commandments, and the other was a piece by Rabbi Jonathan. 
(Please keep the conversation going at home. There is a lot to talk about!)

On display in the hall outside of the school wing and kitchen are our Chai Cloths. Each child created a Chai Cloth with the intention of giving one to someone in need, whether physically or emotionally. They can be gifted to someone you know or to a member of our congregation that you may not know. Throughout the year, our curriculum has been centered on Kavanah (intention), Gemilut Chassadim (acts of loving kindness), Mitzvot and Tzedakah. The Chai Cloths represent all of these Jewish teachings.

If you or your family have any treasures that have been saved from your ancestors we asked the children to bring something in next Tuesday.  We had great conversation about what is important to you and, what our ancestors may have gone through.  Please ask your child about the story.  One student brought in something that his mom brought from her childhood and something he treasured that was given to him.

It is hard to believe that we have only two more Tuesday classes:

  • May 30th's classes will include a Congregational Shavuot Pot Luck Dinner. School starts at 4 pm as usual, and then we will gather in the social hall at 6 pm. The children will be making noodle kugel for the pot luck dinner. Please come early, bring a dish to share, and stay for dinner. All are welcome.
  • June 6 is the last day of class for Grades 1–6. 

Over the summer, we will continue to have Tot Shabbat and First Friday Shabbat Pot-Luck Dinners; all dates are listed below. Tot Shabbat starts at 5 pm, and is followed by dinner at 6 pm. All are welcome!

Everyone is moving along in Hebrew but I strongly encourage continuing to study at home regularly.  A few minutes a day really makes a difference.

If you are interested in arranging a summer tutor for your child, please contact me.

Sixth Grade families, please look at the available dates for your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah that Rabbi Jonathan emailed to you. Choose a date as soon as possible so that we can add it to next year's calendar.

In-Home Shabbat Meals

Friendships are growing within our Family School; wouldn't it be nice to cultivate these relationships out in the community?

Our Congregational Communications Task Force is creating a plan for In-Home Shabbat Meals. They are looking for families that would like to learn more about hosting a Shabbat meal in their home on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon; it is a great way for us to get to know each other in a relaxed Shabbat setting.

It can be a pot-luck or you can do the cooking; that’s up to you.
The Task Force will provide guidelines and support to ensure a fun, successful gathering.

To learn more, contact Amy Messing at (845) 684-5279.

Important Dates to Remember

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending!

  • Tuesday, May 30
    • 4 pm: Family School, Grades 1–6
    • 6 pm: Congregational Shavuot Pot Luck Dinner – Everyone is invited! Please plan on attending and bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.
  • Friday, June 2
    • 5 pm: Tot Shabbat
    • 6 pm: First Friday Shabbat Pot-Luck Dinner
  • Tuesday, June 6
    • 4–6:30 pm: Family School, Grades 1–6 (LAST DAY)

Summer Schedule

  • Friday, July 7
    • 5 pm: Tot Shabbat
    • 6 pm: First Friday Shabbat Pot-Luck Dinner
  • Friday, August 4
    • 5 pm: Tot Shabbat
    • 6 pm: First Friday Shabbat Pot-Luck Dinner
  • Friday, September 1
    • 5 pm: Tot Shabbat
    • 6 pm: First Friday Shabbat Pot-Luck Dinner

As always, please feel free to contact me  with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

(845) 684-4242
familyschool@wjcshul.org

Shalom,

Dee

May 18, 2017

Dear Family School Families,

In Family School we read a beautiful book, Elisabeth by Claire A. Nivola.  It is a true story about a girl and her family that fled their home abruptly in Germany and took nothing with them.  There was a doll that the little girl left behind and she was extremely sad. After they left Germany in 1933 they went to Italy and in 1939 left Italy for New York City.  In 1939 they settled in Long Island.  Many years later when she was a mom herself she found her doll in an antique shop.  She could identify it by a dog bite mark the doll had on her arm from her childhood dog.  A miracle! We have been having on going discussion what it would be like and what you would take with you if you had to leave your home immediately. The conversation has continued since Bruria Falik came to talk about Yom Hashoah and her families experiences.

If you or your family have any treasures that have been saved from your ancestors we asked the children to bring something in next Tuesday.  We had great conversation about what is important to you and what our ancestors may have gone through.  Please ask your child about the story.


This Saturday is the End of Year Shabbat Service on May 20, 2017 @ 10am.  The children will be participating in the service that morning with Rabbi Jonathan.  It is a special day to honor the achievements of our students and presenting them with gifts, thanking our teachers, staff, rabbi, parents and supporters.  Please plan on attending,  It is a pot luck lunch with our traditional special dessert, Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae's. It is a wonderful celebration of learning, growing and being part of our wonderful community!

It is hard to believe that we have only 3 more Tuesday classes:   May 23, 2017, May 30, 2017  will include a Shavuot Pot Luck Dinner with everyone @ 6pm please come early and stay for dinner and, June 6, 2017 Last day  for grades 1-6.   PreK-K Last day May 20, 2017.

Everyone is moving along in Hebrew but I strongly encourage studying at home regularly.  A few minutes a day really makes a difference.  
If you are interested in arranging a tutor for the summer for your child please contact me.


Sixth grade families please look at the dates available from Rabbi Jonathan's email for your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah and choose the date and send it back.  We are working on next years calendar and need the dates ASAP.

Please consider: 
A great way to build relationships is to share a meal together! Friendships are growing within our Family School wouldn't it be nice to cultivate these relationships out into the community?

Our congregation has a Congregational Communications Task Force.  Their goal is to create community and build relationships.  Currently they are working on creating a plan for In Home Shabbat Meals.  They are looking for families that would like to host a Shabbat Meal in their home either on a Friday night or Saturday luncheon.  It could be a pot luck or you can do the cooking.  That is up to you.  There is a guideline sheet to make it very manageable.  There are support people to insure your success.  It is a great way to meet, welcome and get to know each other in a relaxed Shabbat setting.  If you are interested please let me know, or Amy Messing @ 845.684.5279. 

Thank  you for considering this it is a great way to connect and build community.

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017: 10 am, End Of Year Shabbat Community Day Pot Luck and Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae Day!  
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Family School grades 1-6 4-6:30 pm.  
  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017  Family School grades 1-6.   6pm  Shavuot Pot Luck Dinner, Everyone is invited!  Please plan on attending and bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017  Family School grades 1-6 4-6:30 pm.   *LAST DAY*

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

Another great day in Family School! The children are preparing for the End of Year Shabbat Service on Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 10am.  They will be participating in the service that morning with Rabbi Jonathan.  It is a special day to honor the achievements of our students, thanking our teachers, staff, rabbi, parents and supporters.  Please plan on attending,  It is a pot luck lunch with our traditional special dessert, Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae's. It is a wonderful celebration of learning, growing and being part of our wonderful community!
It is hard to believe that we have only 4 more Tuesday classes:  May 16, 2017 (B'Nai Mitzvah), May 23, 2017, May 30, 2017 (Shavuot Pot Luck Dinner with everyone @ 6pm) and June 6, 2017 Last day  for grades 1-6.   PreK-K Last day May 20, 2017.

Everyone is moving along in Hebrew but, I strongly encourage studying at home regularly.  A few minutes a day really makes a difference.  
If you are interested in arranging a tutor for the summer for your child please contact me.


Saturday, May 13, 2017 is our Lag B'Omer BBQ picnic. Festivities begin at 5pm.  There will be music, games, kosher burgers, kosher hot dogs and veggie burgers.  We will also have a bonfire and marshmallow toasting.  Please plan on attending bringing blankets/chairs.
 The event is free, rain or shine.  Donations greatly appreciated.  All are welcome.  
Jews around the world celebrate Lag B'Omer with picnics and bonfires.  It is sure to be fun for all.  Please RSVP to assure we are prepared in abundance.


Sixth grade families please look at the dates available from Rabbi Jonathan's email for your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah and choose the date and send it back.  We are working on next years calendar and need the dates ASAP.

Please consider: 
A great way to build relationships is to share a meal together! Friendships are growing within our Family School wouldn't it be nice to cultivate these relationships out into the community?

Our congregation has a Congregational Communications Task Force.  Their goal is to create community and build relationships.  Currently they are working on creating a plan for In Home Shabbat Meals.  They are looking for families that would like to host a Shabbat Meal in their home either on a Friday night or Saturday luncheon.  It could be a pot luck or you can do the cooking.  That is up to you.  There is a guideline sheet to make it very manageable.  There are support people to insure your success.  It is a great way to meet, welcome and get to know each other in a relaxed Shabbat setting.  If you are interested please let me know, or Amy Messing @ 845.684.5279. 
Thank  you for considering this it is a great way to connect and build community.

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending


Saturday, May 13, 2017:  5 pm Lag B'Omer BBQ Picnic, RAIN OR SHINE!
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017: Family School grades 1-6 4-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6-8 pm.
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017: 10 am, End Of Year Shabbat Community Day Pot Luck and Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae Day!  
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Family School grades 1-6 4-6:30 pm.  
  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017  Family School grades 1-6.   6pm  Shavuot Pot Luck Dinner, Everyone is invited!  Please plan on attending and bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017  Family School grades 1-6 4-6:30 pm.   *LAST DAY*

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

It was great to see everyone together again!  We talked about our Passover Seder experiences with great excitement!  Passover is a great holiday for family, friends and food to all be Jewish together and create memories!

In tefilah, Rabbi Jonathan  discussed, Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), Yom Hazikaron ( Israel's Memorial Day) and Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). Our students are very bright with lots of great thoughts and knowledge!

Everyone is moving along in Hebrew but, I strongly encourage studying at home regularly.  A few minutes a day really makes a difference.

1st Friday is May 5,2017 with our  Tot Shabbat at 5 pm followed by our monthly Pot Luck Shabbat Dinner at 6 pm. We are also welcoming new members.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 is our Lag B'Omer BBQ picnic. Festivities begin at 5pm.  There will be music, games, kosher burgers, kosher hot dogs and veggie burgers.  We will also have a bonfire and marshmallow toasting.  Please plan on attending bringing blankets/chairs and a pareve side dish (non dairy) or outside friendly dessert like fruit or cookies.  The event is free, rain or shine.  Donations greatly appreciated.  All are welcome.  
Jews around the world celebrate Lag B'Omer with picnics and bonfires.  It is sure to be fun for all.  Please RSVP to assure we are prepared in abundance.


Sixth grade families please look at the dates available from Rabbi Jonathan's email for your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah and choose the date and send it back.  We are working on next years calendar and need the dates ASAP.

Please consider: 
A great way to build relationships is to share a meal together! Friendships are growing within our Family School wouldn't it be nice to cultivate these relationships out into the community?

Our congregation has a Congregational Communications Task Force.  Their goal is to create community and build relationships.  Currently they are working on creating a plan for In Home Shabbat Meals.  They are looking for families that would like to host a Shabbat Meal in their home either on a Friday night or Saturday luncheon.  It could be a pot luck or you can do the cooking.  That is up to you.  There is a guideline sheet to make it very manageable.  There are support people to insure your success.  It is a great way to meet, welcome and get to know each other in a relaxed Shabbat setting.  If you are interested please let me know, or Amy Messing @ 845.684.5279. 
Thank  you for considering this it is a great way to connect and build community.

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefillah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017:  10 am Prek-K Class.
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017: Family School grades 1-6 4-6:30 pm. B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6-8 pm.
  • Friday, May 5, 2017: Tot Shabbat 5 pm followed by 1st Friday Pot luck Shabbat Dinner @ 6 pm.  New Member welcome at our dinner.
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017: Family School grades 1-6 4-6:30 pm.  Teen Class, 6-8 pm.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017:  5 pm Lag B'Omer BBQ Picnic,
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017: Family School grades 1-6 4-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6-8 pm.
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017: 10 am, End Of Year Shabbat Community Day Pot Luck and Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae Day!  
  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017  Family School grades 1-6.   6pm End Of Year Shavuot Pot Luck Dinner, Everyone is invited!  Please plan on attending and bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017  Family School grades 1-6 4-6:30 pm.   *LAST DAY*

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

April 5, 2017

Dear Family School Families,

We started our day in tefillah with Rabbi Jonathan singing the 4 Questions and singing other Passover songs.  We really have a very musically talented group!  After tefillah was Hebrew studies, everyone is progressing and enthusiastic!  After Hebrew, we read a wonderful book The Four Questions.  It was written by Lynne Sharon Schwartz and paintings by Ori Sherman.  Definitely worth checking out.  It is a book that will be enjoyed by all. 

Three varieties of charoset were made by our students.  They chopped, cut, mixed and then were able to taste the fruits of their labor. Besides being singers they also are cooks!  You may want to consider adding something different to your charoset recipe this year,  We added dates, oranges and figs chopped up into one of the recipes.  They were all delicious!  

 We will be off for 2 weeks, no school on April 11th and 18th  please help your student stay focused and fresh in their Hebrew studies.  We want everyone to feel success!
 I wish you all a Zissen Pesach.  Enjoy the break and have a sweet delicious seder.

Sixth grade families please look at the dates available from Rabbi Jonathan's email for your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah and choose the date and send it back.  We are working on next years calendar and need the dates ASAP.


Here is the schedule of make up days:
FAMILY SCHOOL MAKE UP DAYS
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and,
Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
Our End of Year Shabbat  will stay scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 but, Family School will continue for 3 more Tuesdays.  We understand scheduling is difficult and next year we will build in extra Tuesdays at the end of the year to use if  needed.  Hopefully we have seen the end of weather cancellations for this year!


Please consider: 
A great way to build relationships is to share a meal together! Friendships are growing within our Family School wouldn't it be nice to cultivate these relationships out into the community?

Our congregation has a Congregational Communications Task Force.  Their goal is to create community and build relationships.  Currently they are working on creating a plan for In Home Shabbat Meals.  They are looking for families that would like to host a Shabbat Meal in their home either on a Friday night or Saturday luncheon.  It could be a pot luck or you can do the cooking.  That is up to you.  There is a guideline sheet to make it very manageable.  There are support people to insure your success.  It is a great way to meet, welcome and get to know each other in a relaxed Shabbat setting.  If you are interested please let me know, or Amy Messing @ 845.684.5279. 
Thank  you for considering this it is a great way to connect and build community.

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefillah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending

  • Friday, April 7, 2017:  5 pm Tot Shabbat followed by our 1st Friday Shabbat Pot Luck @ 6pm. Please come and bring a dish to share!
  • Tuesday April 11, 2017: NO FAMILY SCHOOL.  
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017NO FAMILY SCHOOL.
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017: Family School 4 pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  Teen Class 6-8 pm.
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017:  10 am Prek-K Class.

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dear Family School Families,

We are continuing on our Hebrew journey.  I strongly encourage all students to study.  It is difficult to learn a new language with only 1 hour per week dedicated to learning it.  Studying makes a huge difference.  Just 5 minutes a day makes a  difference!  When children are not prepared they are not committed.  When children see their parents are interested and committed it is more important to them as well.  They need support and encouragement.  Just 5 minutes per day help tremendously!  We will be off for 2 weeks, no school on April 11th and 18th  please help your student stay focused and fresh in their Hebrew studies.  We want everyone to feel success!

Sixth grade families please look at the dates available from Rabbi Jonathan's email for your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah and choose the date and send it back to me.  We are working on next years calendar and need the dates ASAP.


Please consider attending our 2nd night Freedom Seder for Passover.  Our website has all the info, you can register on line as well.

Here is the schedule of make up days:
FAMILY SCHOOL MAKE UP DAYS
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and,
Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
Our End of Year Shabbat  will stay scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 but, Family School will continue for 3 more Tuesdays.  We understand scheduling is difficult and next year we will build in extra Tuesdays at the end of the year to use if  needed.  Hopefully we have seen the end of weather cancellations for this year!


Please consider: 
A great way to build relationships is to share a meal together! Friendships are growing within our Family School wouldn't it be nice to cultivate these relationships out into the community?

Our congregation has a Congregational Communications Task Force.  Their goal is to create community and build relationships.  Currently they are working on creating a plan for In Home Shabbat Meals.  They are looking for families that would like to host a Shabbat Meal in their home either on a Friday night or Saturday luncheon.  It could be a pot luck or you can do the cooking.  That is up to you.  There is a guideline sheet to make it very manageable.  There are support people to insure your success.  It is a great way to meet, welcome and get to know each other in a relaxed Shabbat setting.  If you are interested please let me know, or Amy Messing @ 845.684.5279. 
Thank  you for considering this it is a great way to connect and build community.

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending


 Tuesday, April 4, 2017Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6pm - 8pm. 
  • Tuesday April 11, 2017: NO FAMILY SCHOOL.  Please consider attending the WJC Freedom Seder.
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017NO FAMILY SCHOOL.
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017: Family School 4 pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

March 15, 2017

Dear Family School Families,

Wow, we finally got the BIG one!  Hopefully all extreme weather is behind us and everyone managed well!

For everyone that attended our Purim celebrations thank you!  The Purim Spiel was great!  And, a GIANT thank you to our B'Nai Mitzvah Class for hosting fun game booths for the carnival!  Fun was had by all!  

This weekend we have a guest scholar Rabbi Miriam Margles.  Rabbi Miriam is a beloved member of our shul community she will be spending the weekend co-leading services and a Shabbat afternoon workshop with Rabbi Jonathan.  Friday night is our first back to later time services.  7:30 pm is the start time.  On Saturday, services begin at 10 am, 12-1pm is a pot luck Shabbat Lunch (bring a dairy/vegetarian dish) followed by To Be Moved and To Move:  An Experiential Workshop on the Power of Prayer ending at 3:30 pm.  Come, bring a friend all are welcome!
Saturday is also, our PreK-K Class from 10 am - 12 pm.  Morah Wendy is looking forward to seeing everyone!

Reminder:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 5pm incoming  2017-2018 B'Nai Mitzvah Class meeting with Rabbi Jonathan. A meeting to discuss dates, expectations and requirements for the B'nai Mitzvah year. Parents and students  attend.   Please RSVP to me.


Here is the schedule of make up days:
FAMILY SCHOOL MAKE UP DAYS
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and,
Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
Our End of Year Shabbat  will stay scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 but, Family School will continue for 3 more Tuesdays.  We understand scheduling is difficult and next year we will build in extra Tuesdays at the end of the year to use if  needed.  Hopefully we have seen the end of weather cancellations for this year!


Please consider: 
A great way to build relationships is to share a meal together! Friendships are growing within our Family School wouldn't it be nice to cultivate these relationships out into the community?

Our congregation has a Congregational Communications Task Force.  Their goal is to create community and build relationships.  Currently they are working on creating a plan for In Home Shabbat Meals.  They are looking for families that would like to host a Shabbat Meal in their home either on a Friday night or Saturday luncheon.  It could be a pot luck or you can do the cooking.  That is up to you.  There is a guideline sheet to make it very manageable.  There are support people to insure your success.  It is a great way to meet, welcome and get to know each other in a relaxed Shabbat setting.  If you are interested please let me know, or Amy Messing @ 845.684.5279. 
Thank  you for considering this it is a great way to connect and build community.

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending



Saturday, March 18, 2016: PreK-K Class 10am - 12pm.
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6pm - 8pm.  5 pm meeting with incoming B'Nai Mitzvah students and families.
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6. 
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6pm - 8pm. 

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

March 8, 2017

Dear Family School Families,

Thank you to all families that came to the Shabbat Seder and Tot Shabbat.  It was a lovely evening.  Starting Shabbat together is a great way to become connected with our community.  We are blessed to have each other!

This weekend is an exciting Purim Weekend at Woodstock Jewish Congregation!

 Saturday night, March 11th @ 7:30 pm is our patriotic Purim parody, MAKE SHUSHAN GREAT AGAIN!  Use your imagination and expect a wild show!  Everyone is welcome and there is no fee.  Your donations are always gratefully accepted.  Hamentashen and raffle tickets will be available for sale.

Sunday, March 12, 9-10:30 am Reading of the Megillah.  Come hear the whole Megillah!  One of the mitzvot of Purim is to read the entire story, and drown out the name of Haman.  We will take turns reading in English-bring your best jokes, wear a costume if you wish, and we have the groggers!  


Our Purim Carnival follows the Megillah reading from 10:30 am-11:45 am. Run by our B'Nai Mitzvah Class families.  Come in costume, make Shlach Manot baskets, play games, win prizes. Celebrate Purim!

11:45 -12:30 pm is a Sing-along, costume parade, raffle drawing and the Purim story with Rabbi Jonathan.

12:30 - 1:15 pm:  Pot Luck Lunch, please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.
Please plan on attending and invite your friends.  All are welcome!


This week in Family School we continue to progress in Hebrew studies.  Studying and reviewing at home is a very big help.  A few minutes per day makes a big difference.  

 Here is the schedule of make up days:
FAMILY SCHOOL MAKE UP DAYS
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and,
Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
Our End of Year Shabbat  will stay scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 but, Family School will continue for 3 more Tuesdays.  We understand scheduling is difficult and next year we will build in extra Tuesdays at the end of the year to use if  needed.  Hopefully we have seen the end of weather cancellations for this year!


Please consider: 
A great way to build relationships is to share a meal together! Friendships are growing within our Family School wouldn't it be nice to cultivate these relationships out into the community?

Our congregation has a Congregational Communications Task Force.  Their goal is to create community and build relationships.  Currently they are working on creating a plan for In Home Shabbat Meals.  They are looking for families that would like to host a Shabbat Meal in their home either on a Friday night or Saturday luncheon.  It could be a pot luck or you can do the cooking.  That is up to you.  There is a guideline sheet to make it very manageable.  There are support people to insure your success.  It is a great way to meet, welcome and get to know each other in a relaxed Shabbat setting.  If you are interested please let me know, or Amy Messing @ 845.684.5279. 
Thank  you for considering this it is a great way to connect and build community.

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending


Sunday, March 12, 2017: 10:30 am - 1:15 pm Purim service, carnival and pot luck lunch.  Plan on attending!
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  Teen Class with Rabbi Jonathan 6-8 pm.
  • Saturday, March 18, 2016: PreK-K Class 10am - 12pm.
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6pm - 8pm.
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6. 

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

March 1, 2017

Dear Family School Families,

I am so sorry that the make up day information was not included last week.  Here is the schedule of make up days:
FAMILY SCHOOL MAKE UP DAYS
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and,
Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
Our End of Year Shabbat  will stay scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 but, Family School will continue for 3 more Tuesdays.  We understand scheduling is difficult and next year we will build in extra Tuesdays at the end of the year to use if  needed.  Hopefully we have seen the end of weather cancellations for this year!


This week in Family School we continue to progress in Hebrew studies.  Studying and reviewing at home is a very big help.  A few minutes per day makes a big difference.  
Our Chai Cloth project has taken a life of its own.  The children have really taken ownership in creating a very meaningful work of art truly from their hearts.  It has been a multi-step process requiring a lot of thought and concentration.  Please ask your children about it.

This Friday, March 3, 2017 is First Friday Shabbat Seder @ 6 pm.  Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share along with your family to start Shabbat together with a beautiful community dinner.  Candle lighting, blessings, songs, dinner and great company will be enjoyed by all.

Tot Shabbat is also this Friday, March 3, 2017.  We start at 5 pm, followed by our Shabbat  pot luck dinner  at 6 pm.

Sunday, March 12, 2017 is our Purim Celebration and Pot Luck Lunch,10:30 am - 1:00 pm. Our B'Nai Mitzvah Class runs carnival games for the children and shekels are given out to redeem for prizes.  We encourage everyone to come in costume, planning to have fun with games, face painting, making Shalach Manot baskets, stories and singing with Rabbi Jonathan. Ending with the pot luck lunch.  Please plan on attending and invite your friends.  All are welcome!


Please consider: 
A great way to build relationships is to share a meal together! Friendships are growing within our Family School wouldn't it be nice to cultivate these relationships out into the community?

Our congregation has a Congregational Communications Task Force.  Their goal is to create community and build relationships.  Currently they are working on creating a plan for In Home Shabbat Meals.  They are looking for families that would like to host a Shabbat Meal in their home either on a Friday night or Saturday luncheon.  It could be a pot luck or you can do the cooking.  That is up to you.  There is a guideline sheet to make it very manageable.  There are support people to insure your success.  It is a great way to meet, welcome and get to know each other in a relaxed Shabbat setting.  If you are interested please let me know, or Amy Messing @ 845.684.5279. 
Thank  you for considering this it is a great way to connect and build community.

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending

  • Friday, March 3, 2017:  Tot Shabbat @ 5pm followed by our monthly First Friday Shabbat Seder @ 6pm.
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6pm - 8pm.
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017: 10am - 1pm Purim Carnival.  Plan on attending!
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6. 
  • Saturday, March 18, 2016: PreK-K Class 10am - 12pm.
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6pm - 8pm.
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6. 

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

February 23, 2017

Dear Family School Families,

In spite of it being a break for some we had a wonderful day in Family School and missed the students that were not there.  Rabbi Jonathan is back from Israel and led tefillah.  We heard about the trip and continued on our journey of learning and singing basic prayers.  Hebrew is moving along and we continued to work on the Chai Cloths.  When we are finished with the first batch they will be displayed in the hall.  It is lovely listening to the children as they are creating these meaningful cloths and who they think may be in need of one.

Our congregation has a Congregational Communications Task Force.  Their goal is to create community and build relationships. Currently they are working on creating a plan for In Home Shabbat Meals.  They are looking for families that would like to host a Shabbat Meal in their home either on a Friday night or Saturday luncheon.  It could be a pot luck or you can do the cooking.  That is up to you.  There is a guideline sheet to make it very manageable.  There are support people to insure your success.  It is a great way to meet, welcome and get to know each other in a relaxed Shabbat setting.  If you are interested please let me know, or you can also contact Avis Toochin @ 845.679.7653 although after Friday Avis will be away for a month or Amy Messing @ 845.684.5279. 
Thank  you for considering this it is a great way to connect and build community.

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending

Tuesday, February 21, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6pm - 8pm.
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.
  • Friday, March 3, 2017:  Tot Shabbat @ 5pm followed by our monthly First Friday Shabbat Seder @ 6pm.
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6pm - 8pm.
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017: 10am - 1pm Purim Carnival.  Plan on attending!
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6. 
  • Saturday, March 18, 2016: PreK-K Class 10am - 12pm.
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6pm - 8pm.
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6. 

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

Family School is cancelled once again due to freezing rain!  The advisory is now until 7pm according to accuweather.com.  Safety is our main concern.  Please put in to your thoughts that we will be extending the school year and keep Tuesdays available for few weeks after our original end date. Our last Tuesday was originally scheduled to be May 16, 2017.  Please keep your calendars open for a possible 4 additional Tuesday into June.  More info will follow.

 This Saturday February 11, 2017 @ 10 am is our monthly Shabbat Community Day followed by our pot luck lunch, it is also our TuB'Shevat Seder.  Please plan on attending with your families.  All are welcome, bring friends and family to celebrate the trees!
Saturday February 11, 2017 is our PreK-K Class 10am-12pm followed with our pot luck and TuB'Shevat Seder.


Looking forward to seeing all next Tuesday, February 14 2017 Family School 4 - 6:30  pm.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO STUDY HEBREW.  IT REALLY MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE AND IS A BIG HELP.  Thank you!  Please stay safe and warm!

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017:  Family School Canceled 
 
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017:  Shabbat Community Day for grades 1-6.  We will be celebrating TuB'Shevat with a TuB'shevat Seder  after lunch.  Please plan on attending.
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017:   PreK-K Class 10am - 12pm.  Please plan on staying for the pot luck lunch and TuB'Shevat Seder.
  • Tuesday February 14, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6pm - 8p,

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

Due to the  snow  Family School  has been canceled for today.  I don't even know what to say or think anymore!  We will all be brainstorming on how to make up days.  I hope everyone will be flexible and open to thoughts  once they are presented.

This Friday, February 3, 2017 is our monthly Tot Shabbat at 5 pm followed by our  dairy/vegetarian pot luck Shabbat Dinner @ 6 pm.  All are welcome, please plan on attending and invite someone as well!


Looking forward to seeing all next February 7, 2017 Family School 4 - 6:30  pm.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO STUDY HEBREW.  IT REALLY MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE AND IS A BIG HELP.  Thank you!  Please stay safe and warm!

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017:  Family School Canceled 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017:  Shabbat Community Day for grades 1-6.  We will be celebrating TuB'Shevat with a TuB'shevat Seder  after lunch.  Please plan on attending.
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017:   PreK-K Class 10am - 12pm.  Please plan on staying for the pot luck lunch and TuB'Shevat Seder.
  • Tuesday February 14, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6pm - 8p,

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

Family School and the B/Nai Mitzvah Class  has been canceled for today.  
Oy!  This is a nightmare of Tuesday cancellations!  
 This Saturday, January 28th is a Shabbat Community Day.  It is also, a day we are introducing and welcoming our new Executive Director, Susan Mack.  Our PreK-K class will also meet.  Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share and plan on attending this special community day.
 After this Saturday Rabbi Jonathan will be off to Israel for a trip with many congregants lets send them off with a big hug!

Please keep encouraging your student to study their Hebrew.  With so many snow days it is very important for extra studying and practice.

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017:  Family School Canceled and B'Nai Mitzvah class canceled.
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017:  Shabbat Community Day for grades 1-6.  
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017: PreK-K class 10am-12 pm.
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

Due to the forecast for snow and ice Family School and the Teen Class  has been canceled for today.  
Looking forward to seeing all next Tuesday January 24th. Family School 4 - 6:30  pm and B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 -8 pm.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO STUDY HEBREW.  IT REALLY MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE AND IS A BIG HELP.  Thank you!  Please stay safe and warm!

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017:  Family School Canceled 
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6 B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6pm-8pm.
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017:  Shabbat Community Day for grades 1-6.  
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017: PreK-K class 10am-12 pm.
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

January 10, 2017

Dear Family School Families,

Due to the forecast for snow and ice Family School and the B'Nai Mitzvah Class has been cancelled for today.  

School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.


CANCELLED
Tuesday, January 10, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6 B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6pm-8pm.


 
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6 B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6pm-8pm.
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017:  Shabbat Community Day for grades 1-6.  
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017: PreK-K class 10am-12 pm.
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

As we are enjoying Winter Break and staying warm 
I hope you are planning to attend our Chanukah On Shabbat.
On Friday, December 30th from 6pm-8pm we are having Chanukah on Shabbat.  A Pot Luck Chanukah  Celebration.  Bring your favorite latkes, and another dairy/vegetarian dish to share.  Bring your menorah for the 7th night of Chanukah.  There will be candle lighting, and singing with Rabbi Jonathan.  All are welcome!  Please RSVP to info@wjcshul.org so we can set enough tables and chairs.  If you would like to volunteer to help set tables Friday morning, December 30, 2016 please come at 9:30 am.  We will be setting for 100 so the more hands the quicker it goes!  

School will be back in session on Tuesday,  January 3, 2017 for grades 1-6 our next B'Nai Mitzvah class is Tuesday, January 10, 2017 and  the next PreK-K class is Saturday, January 28th. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

If any family would like to donate snack, you can drop off tortilla chips, salsa, pretzels, mini bagels or any healthy snack that we can store and use as needed.  Or, please contact me to arrange a date.  Thank you!

Please remember to scroll to the end of the email to see the school calendar!


School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.

Winter break, No School till Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.
  • Friday, January 6, 2017:  Tot Shabbat @ 5pm followed by First Friday Pot Luck Shabbat Dinner @ 6pm.
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6 B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6pm-8pm.
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6 B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6pm-8pm.
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017:  Shabbat Community Day for grades 1-6.  
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017: PreK-K class 10am-12 pm.
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

December 16, 2016

Dear Family School Families,

I hope everyone is staying warm!  We do have school next Tuesday, December 20, 2016 for grades 1-6 and the B'Nai Mitzvah Class too.
This past Tuesday, Yael Bernhard came to read her new book The Life of an Olive.  Each child received a signed copy. If your child did not come home with a copy I have it in my office, they just left to fast.  The story is a beautiful tale of the life of an olive tree.  She discussed her experiences in Israel, how she did her research for the book and how she created the artwork.  

Next week in grades 1-6 we will be celebrating Chanukah, reading stories, making dreidels, latkes and applesauce.  

We have 2 Congregational Chanukah Happenings this year: 

On December 24th we have Chanukah on Christmas Eve 6:30- 9:00 pm.  We will start with Havdalah and menorah lighting.  Bring your menorah! Chinese food and latkes for dinner and @ 8pm a comedy played called OY!  Featuring congregants and Rabbi Jonathan.  Dinner and the show are free, your donations will be most welcome.  All are welcome!

On Friday, December 30th from 6pm-8pm we are having Chanukah on Shabbat.  A Pot Luck Chanukah  Celebration.  Bring your favorite latkes, and another dairy/vegetarian dish to share.  Bring your menorah for the 7th night of Chanukah.  There will be candle lighting, and singing with Rabbi Jonathan.  All are welcome!  Please RSVP to info@wjcshul.org so we can set enough tables and chairs.

If any family would like to donate snack, you can drop off tortilla chips, salsa, pretzels, mini bagels or any healthy snack that we can store and use as needed.  Or, please contact me to arrange a date.  Thank you!

Please remember to scroll to the end of the email to see the school calendar!


School Reminders:

  1. Drop off and pick up is at the front door. 
  2. All doors will be locked after Tefilah at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays.
  3. All families are always welcome to stay for Tefilah. It is prayer time, led by our teachers and rabbi, that takes place in the first 30 minute period of the day (4:00 – 4:30 pm on Tuesdays). It is my favorite part of our Family School: not only do you have the opportunity to pray, but you also have the opportunity to see what our children know, and to witness their thoughts and reflections on what this means to them.
  4. Children will not be allowed to go out to the car without an adult coming in. If your child is in a carpool, please make sure to inform our office of these arrangements and that your child(ren) know who they are leaving with.
  5. Please remind your child to study. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to make a huge difference. When students are prepared for their class they feel good about themselves and are ready to work. Homework insures the success of each child. Each student only has one hour per week to learn a new language in Family School. Homework will reinforce what they have covered in class. Please be part of your child's success by talking and even learning with them each week.
  6. We do our best to keep interruptions to a minimum. If your child needs to leave early, please let me know ahead of time and the teacher will prepare what needs to go home and we will have your child ready for pick up.
  7. All electronic devices need to be turned off and be out of sight.

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6 B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6pm-8pm.
  • Winter break, No School till Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.
  • Friday, January 6, 2017:  Tot Shabbat @ 5pm followed by First Friday Pot Luck Shabbat Dinner @ 6pm.
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6 B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6pm-8pm.
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6 B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6pm-8pm.
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017:  Shabbat Community Day for grades 1-6.  
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017: PreK-K class 10am-12 pm.
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017:  Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone at (845) 684-4242, or by email at familyschool@wjcshul.org, with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee