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