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 [email protected] 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected], 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 at[email protected], 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 at[email protected], with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shana Tova,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

Wow, Family School started and three weeks just flew by!  This week we started our tefilah in the big tent. Everyone expressed their blessings, feelings and singing voices beautifully. Amazing children, amazing teachers, amazing rabbi, amazing community!  We are truly blessed! 
From the tent we went into the building to make challah with the hands g-d gave us.  I hope all challahs came out well!  A GIANT THANK YOU to Diane Colello for bringing her challah baking expertise to our students! Click here to read a letter from Morah Rose sharing what we did for the day.
Wishing all and healthy, joyful new year, Shana Tova!

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

Thank you to all families that attended our 1st Shabbat Community Day last Saturday and a big thank you to all our PreK-K families for starting there year that day as well. Thank you to Charlotte Scherer for being our substitute for Morah Jill on our first day.

The schedule below does not reflect any class time in October due to the High Holidays.  Please plan on attending services on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot Pot-luck and Simchat Torah.

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 2-3, 2016:  Rosh Hashanah.  
  • October 11-12, 2016: Yom Kippur.
  • 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 at [email protected], with any questions or concerns. Confidentiality is always ensured.

Shalom,

Dee

September 22, 2016

Dear Family School Families,

This week in Family School we continued our journey of Hineni, being present and preparation for The High Holidays.  Each child had the opportunity to blow the shofar.  They all were met with great success! Morah Jill wrote a beautiful description of our day.  Here is a link to read it.  Our students, your children are amazing, brilliant, kind, caring, thoughtful souls. Each child no matter what their age has passionate, thought provoking contributions to our school!
  
This Saturday September 24, 2016 is our first Shabbat Community Day. 10 am - 1pm, with a pot luck lunch. 
Shabbat Community Days and Friday night Shabbat Dinners are a required part of our Family School curriculum and attendance. Students are learning Shabbat morning prayers and joining in the service will only enhance your family and our community.  Sharing Shabbat with family and community is what we are building upon.  We are a warm, welcoming community that cares and supports each other and loves our children. That is why we call ourselves a Family School.

Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.

Saturday is also the first day of our PreK-K Class.  It starts at 10am and ends at noon with everyone joining together for our pot luck lunch.

I would like to offer a Huge THANK YOU to Len Chodesh and Stacey Brooks.  Len has been taking magnificent pictures of all the children and Stacey has created beautiful bulletin boards in the Family School with the pictures.  Thank you for all your efforts and continued support!

The schedule below does not reflect any class time in October due to the High Holidays.  Please plan on attending services on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot Pot-luck and Simchat Torah.

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, Sept. 24:  Shabbat Community Day, 10am-1pm.  PreK-K Class 10am-12am.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27:Family School for 1st–6th Grades, 4:00–6:30 pm. B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6:00–8:00 pm
  • October 2-3, 2016:  Rosh Hashanah.  
  • October 11-12, 2016: Yom Kippur.
  • October 18, 2016: Sukkot Pot Luck Dinner @ 5:30pm.
  • October 24, 2016: Simchat Torah 6pm.

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

Shalom,

Dee

September 15, 2016

Dear Family School Families,

What a magnificent first day we had at Family School!  Old and new students met, shared and became a community or as Rabbi Jonathan said a team.  Our students were excited learners and teachers to all.  Morah Ruti (aka Patricia Moger)  wrote a beautiful description of our day.  Here is a link to read it.  
We have amazing students, families, teachers and a wonderful Madricha, Nomi Kligler.  
We are going to continue to explore Hineni, being present and preparation for the High Holidays.

Our first Shabbat Community Day is Saturday, September 24, 2016. 10 am - 1pm with a pot luck lunch.  Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.  Sharing Shabbat with family and community is what we are building upon.  We are a warm, welcoming community that cares and supports each other and loves our children. That is why we call ourselves a Family School.

The schedule below does not reflect any class time in October due to the High Holidays.  Please plan on attending services on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot Pot-luck and Simchat Torah.

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, Sept. 20:Family School for 1st–6th Grades, 4:00–6:30 pm.
  • Saturday, Sept. 24:  Shabbat Community Day, 10am-1pm.  PreK-K Class 10am-12am.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27:Family School for 1st–6th Grades, 4:00–6:30 pm. B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6:00–8:00 pm
  • October 2-3, 2016:  Rosh Hashanah.  
  • October 11-12, 2016: Yom Kippur.
  • October 18, 2016: Sukkot Pot Luck Dinner @ 5:30pm.
  • October 24, 2016: Simchat Torah 6pm.

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

Shalom,

Dee

September 9, 2016

Dear Family School Families,

Rabbi Jonathan, the teachers and myself are looking forward to our first day of Family School on Tuesday September 13, 2016.  First through sixth graders are welcome to arrive early, snack is over promptly at 4 pm.  If your child will arrive after 4 pm please give them a snack in the car.  On our first day all parents of first through sixth graders are invited to come at 6pm to meet and greet with the teachers before dismissal.

Here is the schedule of the day:

3:30-4:00pm - Snack
4-4:30pm - Tefilah
4:30-5:30 pm - Hebrew Studies
5:30-6:30 pm Judaic Studies

The  B'Nai Mitzvah Class starts at 6 pm.  Class includes a pot luck dinner.  Please bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share.  Dinner is around 7 pm, class ends at 8 pm. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS CLASS ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016.  THAT DATE IS NOT LISTED ON THE CALENDAR YOU RECEIVED IN THE MAIL.

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 the 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, Sept.13:Family School for 1st–6th Grades, 4:00–6:30 pm.  B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6:00–8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20:Family School for 1st–6th Grades, 4:00–6:30 pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 24:  Shabbat Community Day, 10am-1pm.  PreK-K Class 10am-12am.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27:Family School for 1st–6th Grades, 4:00–6:30 pm. B'Nai Mitzvah Class, 6:00–8:00 pm

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

Shalom,

Dee

Dear Family School Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying these hot days of summer!

The teachers, the Rabbi and myself are looking forward to the start of Family School! The first day of Family School grades 1st - 6th is Tuesday September 13, 2016.  Snack is available from 3:30 pm, please come as early as possible to insure having snack.  If you can not arrive before 4pm please provide a snack for your child in the car. We officially start Family School at 4 pm and end at 6:30 pm. We are inviting parents to come at 6 pm on the first day to meet and greet with teachers. Tuesday September 13, 2016 is also the first day of the B'Nai Mitzvah Family Class. That class is 6-8 pm with a pot-luck dinner.  In addition to the bi-monthly B'Nai Mitzvah Family Class lead by Rabbi Jonathan there will  be a monthly Teen Family Class lead by Rabbi Jonathan for teens that are post Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The first Teen Family Class is Tuesday September 20, 2016 6-8 pm with a pot-luck dinner. A mailing and calendar will be sent to all families with teens. 
Our Prek-k students class will be 1 Saturday per month on Shabbat Community Day. The first Prek-k class will be Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10am-12pm. Shabbat Community Day is the day when we are all together as a Jewish community.
What a great way to stay connected! It is wonderful that we get class time in before the High Holidays. You can see the school calendar on our website with the congregations calendar.  Here is the direct link  http://www.wjcshul.org/calendar  Soon you will be receiving new Student Info Packets, there will be a hard copy of the calendar included. Please mail the packet back once completed.

We have created 3 changes this year that add to our continuing goal of connecting the Family School and the Congregation/community.  First, we have moved 1st and 2nd grade to Tuesdays. Now, 1st-6th grade will all attend on Tuesday. This connects our students to be a multi-age community  learning, praying, growing, and sharing together. 
 

Second, Our Prek-k class moved from Sunday to Saturday.  The intention is to connect and create community for our students, families and congregation. 

Third, Shabbat Community Day, Friday night Shabbat Seders and holidays are now part of the Family School calendar and curriculum. They will be counted as part of attendance.  We are a Family School because family attendance is part of our program.  Families learning, growing and being Jewish together is part of our goal.

As always, please feel free to contact me via email or my direct office line 845.684.4242

Shalom,

Dee