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

Dear Family School Families,

Thanks to all who came to our Friday Night Shabbat Seder.  It was beautiful.  It is a great way to meet and greet and start Shabbat as a family.

Our Chanukah Bazaar was a great success!  We had wonderful vendors offering a variety of goods with affordable prices.  Gifts could be bought for all.  Thank you to the Congregational Learning Committee for all their efforts!

In Family School this week after Hebrew we had a great discussion about miracles.  What is a miracle, how do they happen,  are they always seen?  There were many good explanations and good stories to hear.  Please keep the conversation going this week.  Just breathing is a miracle. 

This Saturday, December 10th is our monthly PreK-K class at 10am with Morah Wendy.  We are looking forward to seeing all.

We have 2 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 an other 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.

  • Saturday, December 10, 2016:  10am-12pm PreK-K Class.
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.
  • 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
  • Tuesday, January 10, 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

December 2, 2016

Dear Family School Families,

We had a wonderful Tuesday in Family School.  Click here for a beautiful overview of the day written by Morah Jill.

Tonight, December 2, 2016 is a Family School Shabbat Seder Dinner.  6pm-8pm.  This is a potluck dinner Shabbat Diner. There is candle lighting, blessings, songs and dinner.  Plan on attending and bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.  It is a lovely way to start Shabbat with our Family School and congregation.  Tot Shabbat starts @ 5pm.

This Sunday, December 4, 2016 is our Chanukah Market and Bazaar 10am-3pm.   Please plan on coming to shop on that day!  We are sold out of vendor spaces and have many wonderful vendors selling books, jewelry, handmade doll clothing, cards, candles, wrapping paper, dreidels and gelt something for everyone!  Thank you for supporting our Family School.

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.

  • Friday, December 2, 2016:  Family School Shabbat Seder 6pm.  Tot Shabbat @ 5pm.
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016:  10am-3pm. Chanukah Bazaar.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6 B'Nai Mitzvah Class 6pm-8pm
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016:  10am-12pm PreK-K Class.
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Family School 4pm - 6:30 pm grades 1-6.
  • 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
  • Tuesday, January 10, 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

Dear Family School Families,

Even though there is no school this week I would like to take a minute to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. The teachers, myself and Rabbi Jonathan are so thankful that you choose to share your children with us!  In this turbulent world being part of this wonderful community can only give each one of us support and comfort.  Let us all continue to be supportive and thankful for each other.
We look forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday November 29, 2016.

December 2, 2016 is a Family School Shabbat Seder Dinner.  6pm-8pm.  This is a potluck dinner on Friday night. There is candle lighting, blessings, songs and dinner.  Plan on attending and bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.  It is a lovely way to start Shabbat with our Family School and congregation.  Tot Shabbat starts @ 5pm.

On Sunday, December 4, 2016 we are having a Chanukah Market and Bazaar 10am-3pm.  Please click here for more info.  If you would like to be a vendor please contact me.  Please plan on coming to shop on that day!  We have many vendors selling books, jewelry, handmade doll clothing, cards, candles, wrapping paper, dreidels and gelt something for everyone!  Thank you for supporting our Family School.

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.


Saturday, November 12, 2016: Shabbat Community Day and PreK-K class.  10am-1pm with a pot luck lunch.
  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016:  NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016:   Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 pm-8 pm.
  • Friday, December 2, 2016:  Family School Shabbat Seder 6pm.  Tot Shabbat @ 5pm.
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016:  10am-3pm. Chanukah Bazaar.

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,

Thank you to all families that attended our Shabbat Community Day.  Attending these scheduled days together as a family gives the children a chance to   become familiar with the flow of the Saturday morning services. On Tuesday's in tefilah they are learning  the prayers preparing them to participate in future Shabbat Community Day Services.  This is a foundation to build upon leading up to their bar/bat mitzvah and as growing young people to continue their Jewish journey.  Shabbat Community Days are part of the Family School curriculum but, we would love for you to attend any Shabbat Services. We are a congregation that LOVES young people!  It is a great way to build relationships and grow community. In these times of uncertainty it is a sacred space to find comfort and peace in. 

Our PreK-K Class met and made lovely Tzedakah boxes and learned what Tzedakah is all about.  They are all so sweet and ready to learn!  Thank you to our substitute teacher Wendy Gold, her love of children and judaism beams through to all!

December 2, 2016 is a Family School Shabbat Seder Dinner.  6pm-8pm.  This is a potluck dinner on Friday night. There is candle lighting, blessings, songs and dinner.  Plan on attending and bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.  It is a lovely way to start Shabbat with our Family School and congregation.  Tot Shabbat starts @ 5pm.

On Tuesday in Family School we are continuing on our journey exploring Hineni (being present) and Kavannah (intentions).  Please keep the conversation going at home with what does it means to be present and what intentions are.  We have had very thoughtful discussions here and will continue to delve deeper.  Each child will be making stones and writing  what their Kavannah is.  We have already created a list using their beautiful words!

Hebrew is moving right along and the students are rising to the occasion with great enthusiasm!  Please encourage your child to study at least 5 minutes per day.  It really does make a huge difference in their progress.

On Sunday, December 4, 2016 we are having a Chanukah Market and Bazaar 10am-3pm.  Please click here for more info.  If you would like to be a vendor please contact me.  Please plan on coming to shop on that day!  We have many vendors selling books, jewelry, handmade doll clothing, cards, candles, wrapping paper, dreidels and gelt something for everyone!  Thank you for supporting our Family School.

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.


Saturday, November 12, 2016: Shabbat Community Day and PreK-K class.  10am-1pm with a pot luck lunch.
  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016:  Family School snow day make up if needed. If not needed there is no school.
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016:   Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 pm-8 pm.
  • Friday, December 2, 2016:  Family School Shabbat Seder 6pm.  Tot Shabbat @ 5pm.
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016:  10am-3pm. Chanukah Bazaar.

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,

Wow, Tuesday was a great day in Family School in spite of the turbulence in the world!  Anxiety is running high, lets all breathe and be thankful for our wonderful community!  Please be sure to read Rabbi Jonathan's message that went out via email.
 
 All the students are excited and ready to learn!  We continued on our journey of Hineni (being present) and Kavannah (intentions).  Hebrew is moving right along and the students are rising to the occasion with great enthusiasm!  Please encourage your child to study at least 5 minutes per day.  It really does make a huge difference in their progress.

We had a wonderful Tot Shabbat and First Friday Shabbat Dinner.  If you have not attended one of the First Friday Shabbat's you are missing out terribly!   The first Friday of every month there is a pot luck Shabbat Dinner with the entire community and a Tot Shabbat.  It is a great inter-generational Shabbat celebration.  A beautiful community is growing with many relationships building.  We are like a garden blooming and growing.  We need each other and this is a lovely way to meet and greet.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 is our PreK-K Class @ 10am, it is also a Family School Shabbat Community Day. Services start @ 10 am, we end with a pot-luck lunch around 12pm.  This is part of the required attendance in Family School.  Please plan on attending and  bring a dairy/vegetarian dish  to share for our pot-luck.  This is also a special day because it is the New Member Welcome Shabbat.  Hope to see everyone!

On Sunday, December 4, 2016 we are having a Chanukah Market and Bazaar 10am-3pm.  Please click here for more info.  If you would like to be a vendor please contact me.  Please plan on coming to shop on that day!  Thank you for supporting our Family School.

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.


Saturday, November 12, 2016: Shabbat Community Day and PreK-K class.  10am-1pm with a pot luck lunch.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016:  Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016:  Family School snow day make up if needed. If not needed there is no school.
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016:   Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 pm-8 pm.

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,

We are happy school is back in the swing of things.  We officially started our Hebrew learning!  All the students are excited and ready to learn!  We continued on our journey of Hineni (being present) and Kavannah (intentions).

 Friday November 4 @ 5pm is our monthly Tot Shabbat and, our First Friday Pot Luck dinner follows at 6pm.  Please plan to attend this wonderful inter-generational Shabbat pot-luck dinner.  Candle lighting, blessings. songs and a great community.  A delightful way to start Shabbat!

 B'Nai Mitzvah class resume on  November 8th.  First through 6th graders will also have class on November 8th.   November 12th is Shabbat Community Day and our Prek-K class.  Please scroll to the bottom for the calendar schedule for the month.

On Sunday, December 4, 2016 we are having a Chanukah Market and Bazaar 10am-3pm.  Please click here for more info.  If you would like to be a vendor please contact me.  Please plan on coming to shop on that day!  Thank you for supporting our Family School.

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.

 
  •  Friday, November 4, 2016: Tot Shabbat @ 5pm and First Friday Shabbat Pot Luck Dinner @ 6 pm.        
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016: Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 pm-8 pm.
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016: Shabbat Community Day and PreK-K class.  10am-1pm with a pot luck lunch.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016:  Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016:  Family School snow day make up if needed. If not needed there is no school.
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016:   Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 pm-8 pm.

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 wonderful seeing so many of you for our Sukkot pot luck and for Simchat Torah! It is quite the experience to see the Torah totally unrolled while holding it, feeling it, possibly reading it or having someone else read it to you!  Adding to that the prayers and the dancing it is a lovely celebration to end the holidays with.

Our next day of regular classes is Tuesday November 1st for 1st-6th graders Friday November 4 @ 5pm is our monthly Tot Shabbat and, our First Friday Pot Luck dinner follows at 6pmB'Nai Mitzvah class will be on  November 8th.  November 12th is Shabbat Community Day and our Prek-K class.  Please scroll to the bottom for the calendar schedule for the month.

On Sunday, December 4, 2016 we are having a Chanukah Market and Bazaar 10am-3pm.  Please click here for more info.  If you would like to be a vendor please contact me.  Please plan on coming to shop on that day!  Thank you for supporting our Family School.

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, November 1, 2016:  Family School grades   1-6,  4pm-6:30 pm.
  •  Friday, November 4, 2016: Tot Shabbat @ 5pm and First Friday Shabbat Pot Luck Dinner @ 6 pm.        
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016: Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 pm-8 pm.
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016: Shabbat Community Day and PreK-K class.  10am-1pm with a pot luck lunch.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016:  Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016:  Family School snow day make up if needed. If not needed there is no school.
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016:   Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 pm-8 pm.

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.

Shana Tova,

Dee

October 13, 2016

Dear Family School Families,

Wow, it is hard to believe that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are over!  Now we journey on to Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
I would like to THANK Rabbi Kami, Jill Schwartz and Len Chodosh for providing fantastic children services for all children who attended Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.  Without their dedication, support and love our children's programming would not have been a success!  I would like to also THANK Pauline Tamari who generously donated coloring pages, stickers and Houses for Change tzedakah boxes for children's activities.Without Gwen Tapper, none of this would have been possible!  Thanks to her herculean efforts, patience and devotion all was perfect!  And, a GIANT THANK YOU to Rabbi Jonathan who gives his ALL to our congregation and community.  We are truly blessed to be part of this community with all very wonderful people! There are MANY, Many more people that volunteer tirelessly.  It takes team work at its finest and we are all on the same team!  Thanks to all!

 Please plan on attending the Family School Sukkot pot luck dinner @ 5:30 pm on Tuesday, October 18th.  This is for all students Pre-K - B'Nai Mitzvah. There is no regular class on this day. Rabbi Jonathan will lead us in a lovely Sukkot dinner in the sukkah. Come shake Lulav and Etrog!
  
Our Simchat Torah celebration is Monday, October 24th @ 6 pm.  There is no class on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 because it is Simchat Torah.

Our next day of regular classes is Tuesday November 1st for 1st-6th gradersB'Nai Mitzvah class will be on  November 8th. November 12th is Shabbat Community Day and our Prek-K class.
 Celebrating together as a community and family builds the foundation for growing and creating relationships with each other, our community and our Jewish lives. Please plan on attending
These holidays are part of the Family School requirements.

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.

  • October 18, 2016: Sukkot Pot Luck Dinner @ 5:30pm.
  • October 24, 2016: Simchat Torah 6pm.
  • November 1, 2016:  Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.
  • November 8, 2016: Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 pm-8 pm.
  • November 12, 2016: Shabbat Community Day and PreK-K class.  10am-1pm with a pot luck lunch.
  • November 15, 2016:  Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.
  • November 22, 2016:  Family School snow day make up if needed. If not needed there is no school.
  • November 29, 2016:   Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 pm-8 pm.

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

Shana Tova,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

Just a reminder that there is no Family School next week due to Yom Kippur, the following week October 18th is no class but there is a  Sukkot pot luck dinner @ 5:30 pm for all families.  Rabbi Jonathan will lead us in a lovely Sukkot dinner in the sukkah. Come shake Lulav and Etrog!  Simchat Torah is October 24th @ 6 pm.
 Celebrating together as a community and family builds the foundation for growing and creating relationships with each other, our community and our Jewish lives. Please plan on attending
These holidays are part of the Family School requirements.
Our next day of Family School Classes is November 1st.

SPECIAL NOTE: THERE IS NO TOT SHABBAT, FIRST FRIDAY OR SHABBAT COMMUNITY DAY IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER.

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.

  • October 11-12, 2016: Yom Kippur. October 12th Children Services start at 10:30 am 
  • October 18, 2016: Sukkot Pot Luck Dinner @ 5:30pm.
  • October 24, 2016: Simchat Torah 6pm.
  • November 1, 2016:  Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.
  • November 8, 2016: Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 pm-8 pm.
  • November 12, 2016: Shabbat Community Day and PreK-K class.  10am-1pm with a pot luck lunch.
  • November 15, 2016:  Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.
  • November 22, 2016:  Family School snow day make up if needed.
  • November 29, 2016:   Family School grades 1-6, 4pm-6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6 pm-8 pm.

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

Shana Tova,

Dee