Dear Family School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Reminders:

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

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending

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

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