April 5, 2017

Dear Family School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Reminders:

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

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending

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

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