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Religious School (K-6th)

Welcome

We look forward to welcoming your child into our kindergarten through 6th-grade Religious School program, which is on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Have a pre-K child? Make sure to check out our once-a-month Sesame Shul program for young students in their pre-K year. Contact Rabbi Schwartz for more information.

Parent Involvement

We welcome family involvement through our grade-level family program days as well as parent volunteers.

Our Curriculum

Kindergarten-Second Grade

The core theme of our spiral curriculum for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade is Let’s Discover Judaism.  Students explore Jewish values and holidays through the senses. Young children experience the sights, sounds, tastes and feels that connect us to Jewish tradition and learning.  Each grade will take a deep dive into specific values and holidays, while also learning about the stories from our tradition that exemplify these values and are told during our holidays.   Students will have opportunities to learn about the synagogue, prayer, and Israel. 

 

3rd Grade

The focus of third grade is Exploring the Bible: Beginnings.   Students will learn about the biblical account of creation and early human beings, the stories of the patriarchs and matriarchs, and the sage of the birth of the people of Israel as they left the oppression of Egypt.  Through stories, discussions, and project-based learning, students are introduced to the lifelong exploration and study of our most sacred text.   Students will be encouraged to reflect on their personal values, goals, and relationships, and will reflect on what it means to emulate the great heroes of the Bible and to learn from their mistakes.   The goal of third grade is for students to begin to make the lessons of Torah a part of their own lives.

Beginning in third grade, students will have the opportunity to select various electives according to their own interests.  In addition to popular electives such as cooking, students may select between classes on art and music appreciation, Jewish values through science, and others.  Electives will be in four to five-week sessions throughout the school year.

 

4th Grade

The core theme of our fourth-grade curriculum is Exploring the Bible: Values in Exodus.   Through the dramatic stories of the Book of Exodus, students explore Jewish values that can guide us in our lives today. From the courage of the midwives as they save the Israelite babies, to Moses standing up for justice, to Miriam’s thankfulness at the Sea of Reeds, we can learn something new about how to apply Jewish values to our own everyday challenges. We will use biblical stories to help students make connections between Jewish values and their role in the larger community.

Students will have the opportunity to select various electives according to their own interests.  In addition to popular electives such as cooking, students may select between classes on art and music appreciation, Jewish values through science, and others.  Electives will be in four to five-week sessions throughout the school year.

 

5th Grade

The main focus of our fifth grade curriculum is Israel. Students will be introduced to Israel's history and geography, as well as its political, commercial, and cultural life. Students will learn about Israelis their own age: what they do for fun, their favorite sports and foods, and what their schools are like.  We are also excited to participate in the "Circles" ("Ma'agalim") School to School Program, in partnership with the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism.  In this program, our students will connect with Israeli kids their age throughout the year and participate in a joined curriculum. 

Students will have the opportunity to select various electives according to their own interests.  In addition to popular electives such as cooking, students may select between classes on art and music appreciation, Jewish values through science, and others.  Electives will be in four to five-week sessions throughout the school year.

 

6th Grade

The core focus of our sixth-grade curriculum is The Prophets: Speaking out for Justice.  An ideal course of study before students undertake B'nai mitzvah preparation, students will explore the lives of the prophets and the Jewish values they exemplify.  The prophets focused on reminding the Jewish people how God wants us to live, and their messages are at the heart of Reform Judaism.  The central concept of the prophets remains important for us today and is at the center of Reform Judaism: we should work to create a more just society and to help those who are less fortunate than we are. Stories based on biblical texts bring each prophet vividly to life, while narrative provides historical context for considering the challenges faced by the prophets in their own day. Connections to modern-day events and people are explored as well, helping students discover the relevance for today in the ancient messages of our biblical ancestors.

Students will have the opportunity to select various electives according to their own interests.  In addition to popular electives such as cooking, students may select between classes on art and music appreciation, Jewish values through science, and others.  Electives will be in four to five-week sessions throughout the school year.

Tuition

See tuition and fee details for the Religious School program.

Attendance

Regular attendance is the foundation of every educational program and is essential in building a spirit of community. It is the policy of the religious school that all students attend at least 2/3 of the class sessions. Special arrangements for independent study can be made with the educator if there are special circumstances.

Special Needs

My child has special learning needs. Can I enroll him/her? Yes. Please be certain to complete the special needs section of the registration application; we will make every attempt to meet your child’s needs. If we are not able to accommodate your child, we will work with you to find alternative ways to strengthen your child’s Jewish identity. Please contact Rabbi Schwartz for more information.

Mon, October 26 2020 8 Cheshvan 5781