May 18, 2017

Dear Family School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Reminders:

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

Important Dates to Remember:

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending

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

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