Director’s Letter 2019
Dear Religious School Families,
We are excited to plan the next academic year at Oseh Shalom. Our mission continues to be to provide an enriching Jewish learning environment filled with schoolwide programs, field trips, active learning, mitzvot, tefillah (prayer) and chesed (kindness).
Programs and Schedules:
- Pre-K meets twice a month, on Sundays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
- Grades K-2nd meet on Sundays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
- Grades 3rd-6th meet on Sundays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and midweek cyber-tutoring
ShalomLearning includes classroom and online components, as well as one-on-one tutoring. On Sundays, students learn about Jewish traditions, values, and history through classroom lessons that incorporate technology-based instruction. During the week, students work independently on learning Hebrew and prayers through self-paced online lessons. Once-a-week, students will meet with their classroom teacher via, Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime to reinforce their independent learning.
- Grade 7 is our B’nei Mitzvah Prep class. It meets on Sundays, 9:00-11:30 a.m. and mid-week cyber tutoring.
- Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prep: This Hebrew class will focus on trope and Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. The teacher will work with the entire class on required Saturday morning prayers and trope. Individual lessons will also be conducted on each student’s parsha. The Judaics class will be based on the Parashah Project. Students will learn about their Parashah and perform mitzvot throughout the year.
Grades 8th-12th will meet on alternate Sunday’s from 10:50 – 11:30 am. Students will participate in their Madrichim duties and then attend class during the last time block in the Teen Lounge.
- TeenConnect – This program meets the first and third Sunday of the month, plus several additional weekend outings. The purpose of the organization is to provide a hands-on learning environment where teens can actively participate in Jewish life as they progress to adulthood.
- Upper School Torah Study – This class meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month. It is designed for students who desire a more academic atmosphere. Students will delve into the Torah, learn commentary from the great Rabbis throughout history, and discuss/debate the modern relevance to central parashah themes.
- Madrichim Program (Teacher’s Aid) provides an opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills, while staying connected to the synagogue.
All Students participate in learning outside the classroom. Jewish education is not meant to stop at the classroom door. It is meant to be lived and applied to all aspects of our lives. Therefore, student participation is expected in our key programs.
- First Friday Family Services will be held at 7:30 pm on the first Fridays of the month. There is often an earlier 6 pm service for those who have earlier bedtimes. Attendance is required for students in 3rd through 7th grade. There is often a potluck dinner at 6:30 pm for all families.
- Students and families will also attend Oseh Experience These include holidays, Friday evening services and Saturday morning services. These events incorporate prayer services, learning, fun and social action. Dates for The Oseh Experience can be found on the school calendar.
- Each class will also host one Shabbat where families will be able to gather for a potluck meal and attend services led by the students and rabbis. Dates for Shabbat are:
- Saturday, February 1 – 6th and 7th Grade Shabbat Morning Services
- Friday, March 6 – 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Kabbalat Shabbat
- Friday, May 1 – PreK – 2nd, Kabbalat Torah and Family Service
Blessings to all families as we get this year underway.