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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. Sign up now to volunteer with our Parent Volunteer Form (PDF).

Our Curriculum

Kindergarten: 

  • Focus: Jewish Values.  
  • Learning Through Stories: Children’s literature is an important vehicle for communicating values, introducing new ideas, and offering insights into human nature and perspectives. We use a combination of Jewish-themed books and quality secular books to generate an understanding of Judaic thought and heritage and share Judaic values. 
  • Holidays: Students also begin an introduction to the Jewish holidays, exploring what we do on each holiday.  
  • Engaging Activities: Students have meaningful Jewish learning experiences through music, tefillah, yoga, art, cooking, and gardening.

1st Grade

  • Focus: Discovering Myself in the Jewish Story.  
  • Topics: First graders study the stories of the book of Genesis, including our origins and creation, and our patriarchs and matriarchs and their role in the ongoing story of Torah and the Jewish people.  Jewish values are lifted up through the lens of these stories, followed by an exploration of how those values can be practiced today. 
  • Holidays: Students continue to learn about the Jewish holidays, exploring why we celebrate each holiday.  
  • Engaging Activities: Students have meaningful Jewish learning experiences through music, tefillah, yoga, art, cooking, and gardening.

2nd Grade

  • Focus: Discovering Myself as Part of the Jewish People. 
  • Topics: Second graders study the stories of the book of Exodus about our ancestors’ time as slaves in Egypt, miracles and our ancestors’ redemption from Egypt, and the giving of the 10 commandments.  Jewish values are lifted up through the lens of these stories, followed by an exploration of how those values can be practiced today.   
  • Holidays: Students continue to learn about the Jewish holidays, exploring how we celebrate each holiday.  
  • Engaging Activities: Students have meaningful Jewish learning experiences through music, tefillah, yoga, art, cooking, and gardening.

3rd Grade

  • Focus: Exploring my Relationship with God. 
  • Topics: Students explore ideas of God and holiness and discover a Jewish vocabulary for thinking and talking about God. Concepts include that we cannot know what God looks like, but we can see the things God creates; we are all made in God's image; life is a miracle, and all life is holy; and we are connected to one another and to God. 
  • Holidays: Students learn about the Jewish holidays, focusing on our personal connections to each respective holiday. 
  • Engaging Activities: Students have meaningful Jewish learning experiences through music, tefillah, yoga, art, cooking, and gardening.

4th & 5th Grades

  • Focus: Israel.  
  • Topics: Students are introduced to Israel's history and geography, as well as its political, commercial, and cultural life. Israel's struggle to coexist peacefully with its neighbors is presented in a thoughtful and age-appropriate way. Students learn about Israelis their own age, discovering what they do for fun, what their favorite sports and foods are, and more.
  • ELECTIVES! Students have the opportunity to select various electives according to their own interests. In addition to popular electives such as cooking and gardening, students may select among classes on art and music appreciation, Jewish values through sports, youth band, and others.  Electives are in 4-5 week sessions throughout the school year. We also welcome new elective ideas based on what students are passionate about. Does your student have a suggestion? Send it to Rabbi Schwartz!

6th Grade

  • Focus: The Prophets: Speaking out for Justice.  
  • Topics: Ideal for students undertaking b'nai mitzvah preparation, students explore the lives of the prophets and the Jewish values they exemplify. Stories bring each prophet vividly to life, and historical context helps students consider the challenges faced by prophets in their own day. Connections to modern-day events and people are explored as well, helping students discover relevance for today in the ancient messages of our ancestors. 
  • ELECTIVES! Students have the opportunity to select various electives according to their own interests. In addition to popular electives such as cooking and gardening, students may select among classes on art and music appreciation, Jewish values through sports, youth band, and others.  Electives are in 4-5 week sessions throughout the school year. We also welcome new elective ideas based on what students are passionate about. Does your student have a suggestion? Send it to Rabbi Schwartz!

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.

Tue, September 17 2019 17 Elul 5779