School Policies

 

Attendance

Weekdays

  • Students who miss a lot of class fall behind. The experience of coming-in mid-conversation tends to sour what should be sweet.
  • For grades 3, 4 and 5, the Monday and Wednesday classes are an integrated curriculum.  Students who routinely miss one day a week are always missing half the conversation.
  • In 6th and 7th grade, the Monday and Wednesday programs are separate and complimentary.  Our expectation is that students not enrolled in a day school program will attend both the Monday and the Wednesday program.
  • If a child must miss many days of school, his or her teacher can offer at-home assignments to keep Hebrew skills sharp.  Remember that two days a week is not a lot of time to acquire and retain a language based in a different alphabet.

Shabbat

  • Shabbat attendance is mandatory beginning in 3rd grade.  Though only one grade leads each week, all grades 3 through 6 are expected to attend.
  • The good news: our Junior Congregation is engaging, and worthwhile for children and adults alike. Those who attend regularly find it forms an important part of the fabric of their week.
  • Junior Congregation is an essential part of the curriculum.  Students who attend regularly know the service. Bar- and bat-mitzvah prep goes smoothly.  More importantly, they are well set for a lifetime of feeling comfortable in a synagogue.

CBJ School is Nut-Free

Note that the synagogue as a whole is NOT nut-free.  Kiddush luncheons on Shabbat, for example, may well contain nuts.  But any event that is geared towards children or families with school-age children must be nut-free.  Foods labelled as “processed on shared equipment with nuts” are acceptable.

Kashrut

Catered meals: CBJ’s kitchen is strictly kosher, under the supervision of Rabbi Ezray.  Any meal catered at the synagogue must be strictly kosher.  Any food brought into the synagogue’s kitchen or heated at the synagogue must be strictly kosher.  If you have any questions, Rabbi Ezray, Bill Futornick or Rabbi Ilana will be happy to help.

Pot-luck meals:  Sharing food is an important aspect of building community. At a pot-luck meal, NOT all the dishes are coming from a kosher kitchen, and that’s ok.  Food brought to a pot-luck meal should be strictly vegetarian (no beef or chicken broth or bullion, for example).  Kosher fish is ok.  It should be served on disposable plates, using either disposable utensils or utensils brought from outside the synagogue.

Safety and Parking

Late Pick-up

Every child likes to be picked up on time, especially at the 6:30 p.m. pickup. It is our teachers’ responsibilities to ensure that all students are dismissed to parents or guardians safely and in a timely manner. If a parent in the second session is late by more than 15 minutes on a regular basis, a $1 fee per minute will automatically be charged to the family’s account and the office will contact the family for payment arrangements. The fee will be given as compensation to the teacher who stayed with your child. Please do not assume that there are other adults who are able to supervise. Until a student is picked up by a parent or guardian, your child is still under our care. This policy is for your child’s safety.

Drop-off & Pick up

  • Kindergarten – 2nd Grades: Parents must come into Beth Jacob and into the classroom to pick up students from Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades.
  • 3rd – 7th Grades: Children may meet their parents in designated car pick-up zones.

Dress Code

Congregation Beth Jacob is a House of Worship. Students need to dress appropriately for school and all services.

Appropriate clothing for Religious School

  • no spaghetti strap shirts
  • only appropriate words on clothing
  • no midriff showing
  • skirts or dresses that students can bend their knees freely for praying during Tefillah/Services.

Wearing a kippah is encouraged but not required,  in accordance with the religious practices policy of CBJ.

Special Needs

Congregation Beth Jacob strives to enable all children to access Jewish community and a Jewish education through a variety of programs designed to support individual differences.

Our programs are highly sensitive to each child’s physical, psychological, emotional, learning, and environmental needs. We strive to incorporate and welcome students with special needs into our religious school and work with our teachers, parents, and tutors to integrate all students into the classroom and other grade-appropriate activities. We also foster acceptance of children with special-needs into the social structure of the class. Confidentiality is maintained at all times and at no time will a student with special needs be identified as such to other students or parents.

Your child’s core teacher will determine which level is most appropriate for your child. We ask that all families share as much information with your child’s teacher in order to best help your child.