Dear Parents,

Imagine a Hebrew school where your kids don’t want to miss a day. They come in with a smile and leave humming a new Hebrew song.

Imagine a child who feels the warmth and spirit of Judaism and then imagine the pride of this child’s parents.

Welcome to The Chai Center Noskin Hebrew School where the values and tradition of Judaism are vividly brought to life!

The goal of our Hebrew School is to experience and deepen Jewish knowledge which will strengthen your children’s understanding of G‑d, their identification with the Jewish people, their involvement in the synagogue, their participation in Jewish life and their determination to live as Jews.

We need your help to achieve this goal! With your interest and participation, your child will see Hebrew school as a privilege and opportunity to learn about their Jewish identity. Thank you for taking on this commitment and welcome to the team!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and successful New Year!

Hebrew School Director

Rabbi Dovid Weinbaum


Curriculum

Through a curriculum that is updated yearly, our program is able to provide our children with the highest level of Hebrew education possible.

Areas of academic emphasis include:

1. Hebrew reading and vocabulary

2. Jewish history, its heroes and heroines

3. Holidays and traditions

4. Culture and current events

The Atmosphere

The underlying strength of our school is in its general warmth and spirit, providing a learning experience in an atmosphere of joy and liveliness.

Each month, we choose a Student of the Month from each class. The candidate is a child who is recognized for his/her positive attitude, participation and attendance.

Mishpacha Days, Jewish Month rallies, Friday night dinners, Junior Congregation, school contests, hands-on education, and family workshops as well as games, drama, and songs are blended into our curriculum.

Homework

Limited homework will be assigned. Homework will generally consist of a review, reinforcement or completion of classroom work, specifically Hebrew reading.

Our Approach

At our Hebrew School we strive to stress the beauty and warmth of Judaism and its Mitzvot. We place particular emphasis on the inclusion of Jewish ethics and values. Mutual tolerance and respect for fellow human beings are taught as basic principles of faith.

Aleph Champ/Hebrew Language Reading & Comprehension

Aleph Champ is a ground-breaking program that is the talk of the town. This system offers a new and innovative Hebrew reading technique that Involves ten easily attainable levels for children to master. Students are motivated and have clear goals defined for them. In addition to reading they will be able to write and understand basic Hebrew vocabulary.

Health and Wellness

Communication is key to allowing us to help your child. Please let us know if there are any important factors in your child's health, such as allergies, vision, hearing, medications, etc. This will help us to be understanding and cater to his/her needs. Of course, the greatest care will be taken to maintain the confidentiality of the student/family.

Contagious Illness: Please notify us in the event of a contagious illness so that we may notify the parents of other children in the class to be aware of the symptoms.

The Chai Center Noskin Hebrew School has someone certified in CPR/First Aid on duty at all times.

In case of minor injury, the first aider will treat the injury. For major injuries, G‑d forbid, EMS will be called as well as the parents. In the event the parents/guardians cannot be reached, the emergency contact on file will be contacted. If necessary, the child will be taken to the nearest hospital.


Hebrew School PTA -
President Mrs. Deena Abbe

We strongly encourage parents to become involved in school activities. Experience has shown that parental involvement in school and related projects contributes greatly and helps make events for their children a terrific success. We want your input because we value your wealth of knowledge and experience. Our Hebrew School PTA is a life source for our school.

The purpose of this committee is:

· To work with the director to initiate innovative programming

· To create and execute fundraising projects

· To create and perform communal activities for the Hebrew School.

We welcome your involvement. The more you get involved in your child’s education the more they will gain.


Drop Off/ Pick Up

Sunday: 9:30-11:30 am 

Wednesday: 4:30-6:30 pm 

There are two options for picking up your children:

You can park your car and come in to get your child, or you can enter our parking lot and join our carpool line outside the building.

Parking is available on the eastern side of the Chai Center and on Wednesdays parking is permitted on the adjacent property. Please do not park on Vanderbilt Parkway as this creates blind spots and can lead to accidents.

Leaving Class Early

Please note our new policy: If for some significant reason your child has to leave early, you are required to go to the office and sign them out. The secretary will then call your child who will come up. This is a safety precaution to protect your children. No child will be allowed to linger in the hallways or wait outside.

Hebrew School Days & Times

Kindergarten, first and Second graders meet Sunday mornings from 9:30–11:30 a.m. 
Third-sixth graders meet Sunday mornings from 9:30–11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 4:30–6:30 p.m., with an option to choose one day a week. 
Seventh graders meet Wednesdays from 4:30– 6:30 p.m. and two Sunday evenings each month, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Attendance

Regular attendance is crucial to your child’s success in Hebrew school. There is a direct correlation between attendance and achievement, interest and attitude. Furthermore, coming late disturbs the entire class and disrupts your child’s classroom routine. Any work that is missed due to attendance has to be made up.

Adhering to the attendance policy will be greatly appreciated and will help your child get the most out of Hebrew school. Great attendance will be rewarded.

Report Cards

Report Cards are issued twice a year: December and June.

Textbooks

Textbooks and workbooks will be supplied by the school. Books should be treated with care and respect. There will be a charge for lost books.

Communication

Your child’s happiness is our top priority. Communication between parents and staff is very important and will make the Hebrew school experience more pleasant for your child.

If there are any issues that are bothering you concerning your child’s education, do not disregard them. Please talk to us so that we can make your child more comfortable and alleviate any distress immediately.

We will be emailing important notices and newsletters to let you know what is happening during Hebrew school. Please check your email Hebrew school notices to monitor how your child is progressing.

Behavior Management Plan

Teachers will make all classroom rules clear to students.

Teachers will give one reminder of the rule. If the behavior continues, the student will be asked to observe from the back of the classroom.

If a child continues to be disruptive, they will ask the student to leave the classroom for three minutes to collect themselves. Parents will be contacted to review the episode. If disruptive behavior continues, a conference will be set up between child, parent and the director where a behavior management contract will be drafted.

Zero Tolerance Policy: Any student involved in harmful and/or dangerous behavior to himself or others, or destruction of property, will result in immediate suspension pending a conference between the director and the parents.

Kippah

All boys must bring their own kippah to wear in class. For sanitary reasons, please make sure your child has his own kippah every day. If he forgets his own kippah he will be given one.

Tzedakah

Tzedakah (charity) is a concept which is basic to Judaism. Our school attempts to develop a commitment among our students to share with the less fortunate by donating a few pennies a day to charity. Parents are asked to provide the students with a daily coin for tzedakah.

Snacks

A light snack should be given to your child to bring to Hebrew school. Water is always available for students to drink.