B”H

Parent - Student Handbook

Chabad Hebrew School

2018-2019

5779

 

 

A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to Valley Chabad Hebrew School, where Judaism comes alive and children are encouraged to ask and explore. Our experienced staff, hands-on curriculum, and holiday workshops are sure to make this year both educational and enjoyable for our students.

Our curriculum is designed to instill the children with a basic yet thorough understanding of our traditions and values, a strong sense of Jewish pride and a love of Jewish life. Our exclusive ALEPH-CHAMP reading program has been uniquely successful in motivating the students toward Hebrew fluency,

We firmly believe that the holistic approach we employ is the most effective way to educate children and ensure an enduring connection with our Heritage.

On September 9th - the first day of HS - parents are requested to attend a brief welcome breakfast and parent orientation at which the curriculum and school philosophy will be explained. It is also a time to meet the parents of other children in school.

Finally, I would like to ask that every parent volunteer to assist with one school program this year. Please email your selection or you can fill in your choice when you register your child. The committee's are:

  • Hebrew School Friday Night Dinner
  • Hebrew School Holiday Celebrations- During Regular Hebrew School
  • Sukkah Party
  • Chanukah Party
  • Chanukah Gift Wrap
  • Tu B’shvat Fair
  • Hamantash Bake
  • Purim Party
  • End-of-Year-Celebration

If you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please feel free to call and discuss them with me at any time. Looking forward to an exciting and successful year!

Yours sincerely,

Hindy Drizin

Director

 

PHILOSOPHY

Valley Chabad Hebrew School offers a warm and lively Jewish atmosphere where children attain a unique and exciting awareness of their Jewish identity. 

Indeed, a child equipped with Jewish knowledge and sensitivity to our beautiful teachings and traditions, is a child better equipped to face the awesome moral challenges that confront us each day.

Aside from the acquisition of Jewish knowledge, our approach places a heavy emphasis on creating a positive, vibrant and joyful environment to ensure the children’s continued interest in Judaism even as they move on in life. Our program is thus carefully blended with educational games, incentives, crafts, dramatics, family celebrations, and other engaging curricular activities.

We encourage you as a parent, to get involved and be in-tune with the material your child is learning. You may discover that your child’s Hebrew School education will add an enriching spiritual dimension to the life of your entire family.

 

GOALS

Our Goal is for each student to...

  • Identify strongly as a Jewish person. 
     
  • Know the why’s and how’s of Jewish life and gain an appreciation for the values and mandate of the Jewish people.

  • Master Hebrew reading.

  • Know the basic history of the Jewish people and its contemporary relevance.

  • Become comfortable expressing their feelings about G‑d, Torah, and religion.

  • Attain a Jewish perspective on life which will influence their involvement beyond their Hebrew School years.

 

PROGRAMS AND TUITION

  

3 year olds

4 year olds

 

Kindergarten

 

 

First Grade

Grades 
2 - 7

 

Sibling Discount

 

 

Introduce a new family to join Hebrew School

                       

$500

$500

 

FREE

 

Fees $1300

Fees $1575

 

10% Discount

 

 

10% Discount

 

Tuition includes all books, supplies and fees.

 

Bat Mitzvah Experience

A Club for Girls ages 11 – 13 Years

Stars pre and post Bat Mitzvah girls

The girls will learn what it means to become a Bat Mitzvah in the modern world through learning, art, creativity and social projects.

Course begins in January of each year and meets approximately 6 times.

 

Bar Mitzvah Experience

A Club for boys ages 11 – 12 Years

The boys will learn what it means to become a Bar Mitzvah in the modern world through learning, an interactive program and social projects.

Course begins in January of each year and meets approximately 6 times.

 

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Training

All students nearing Bar and Bat Mitzvah: 13 years for boys and 12 years for girls, are given special private training to prepare them in a meaningful way for their special day. Please email hindy@valleychabad.org to set up a meeting.

 

Shabbat Youth Services

Hebrew School Students are encouraged to attend Shabbat morning services. Services are held every Saturday 11:00am – 12:30pm. Children learn about the Parsha of the week, say prayers and play games.

 

ATTENDANCE

Hebrew School for all grades is held on Sunday morning from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM. For the benefit of your child and all students, it is imperative that your child arrives on time and remains in school until the end of the session.

Consistent and timely attendance is vital! Please make Hebrew School a priority and impart this sense to your children in unequivocal terms.

Please schedule parties, play dates, sports activities and meetings after Hebrew School is over.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

In the event of inclement weather, parents will be notified by email if Hebrew School has been canceled.

 

LOCATION

Valley Chabad Hebrew School is located in a bright and spacious facility at 4 Park Ave, Park Ridge, NJ. Our mailing address is 100 Overlook Drive, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

 

COMMUNICATION

During Hebrew School Hours: 201-819-3288

After Hebrew School Hours: 201-476-0157

Email: hindy@valleychabad.org

Please share your feedback and suggestions regarding any aspect of school. Your input allows us to constantly improve and upgrade our program and we value it greatly.

Hebrew School Updates, changes or notifications will be made through a weekly e-mail

Parent-Teacher Rapport is extremely important. A staff of dedicated teachers runs Valley Chabad Hebrew School. Each of them spends hours planning their lessons and designing creative methods of teaching. They are deeply concerned about the progress of each student and would be happy to discuss your child’s progress with you. Please call our office and we will make arrangements for you to speak with your child’s teacher.

 

SAFETY

Safety is of primary importance. Minor bumps, scrapes or bruises will be cared for by the school staff.

In case of a serious medical emergency, G‑d forbid, parents, family doctor and emergency responders will be contacted immediately. If, however, we cannot reach you or your doctor immediately we will use our best judgment on behalf of your child.

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

If your child has any special challenges or conditions (i.e. social, behavioral), the knowledge of which would help us in caring for them and maximizing their potential, please bring them to our attention. (Please note that this information will be kept confidential.)


DRESS CODE AND SUPPLIES

Boys must wear a kipah at all times. We recommend that each boy bring his own kipah.

For those who do not, we will supply one at school.

Tzedakah – Charity is an important part of our curriculum, and we encourage students to bring a coin every Sunday to help fill up the class Tzedakah Box. As their boxes fill, they will have the opportunity to count it and discuss where to appropriate the money.

 

YOUR CHILD’S BELONGINGS

Students are not permitted to bring CELL PHONES, i-pods, electronic gadgets or any dangerous objects to School. In the event that a student brings them or any other materials we deem inappropriate for learning, the teacher will hold it for safekeeping and will return it to the parents at the end of the day. We respectfully request, that parents take the lead in enforcing this rule and not put the administration in an uncomfortable position.

 

FOOD

Nut Free Snacks and water are provided by the school. Please avoid sending any food to school.

 

BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS

Valley Chabad Hebrew School strives to create an atmosphere that reflects our Jewish values. We take pride in our student body who respect teachers, fellow students, and the property of school.

We expect each student to:

  • Be courteous to fellow students and staff members
  • Follow classroom directions promptly  

 

 

VOLUNTEERS

Parents are asked to volunteer and help out with one Hebrew School Program to contribute in helping create a successful event. Please select one of the following programs:

  1. Hebrew School Friday Night Dinner
  2. Hebrew School Holiday Celebrations (Chanukah, Purim. Pesach)
  3. Hebrew School Fun Day Events (will take place during Hebrew School Hours)
  4. End of Year Ceremony


SAVE THESE DATES

 

Sunday, September 15th 2019

First Day of HS

Sunday, October 20th 2019

Family Sukkah Party

Tuesday, October 22nd 2019

Simchat Torah Celebration

Friday, November 1st 2019

Hebrew School Shabbat Dinner

Sunday, December 8th 2019

Chanukah Gift Wrap

Sunday, December 22nd 2019

Chanukah Party

Sunday, January 12th  2020

Tu B’shvat Fair

Sunday, March 8th 2020

Hamantash Bake

Wednesday, March 10th 2020

Purim Party

Sunday, May 17th 2020

 

End-of- Year Celebration

 

SIMULTANEOUS HEBREW SCHOOL FOR ADULTS

During Hebrew school hours Valley Chabad will be offering a series of courses for parents given by Rabbi Dov Drizin.

Have all your questions answered in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Courses will be held on Sundays between 9:45am – 10:45am

Course topics will be announced when the Hebrew School year begins.

Email  rabbi@valleychabad.org for more information.

 

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED

In order for our Hebrew School program to be most effective, the home and school must work hand in hand to promote a close relationship. The following are a few suggestions to aid you in allowing this to happen.

  • A growing child needs plenty of rest. Set a reasonable bed time the night before a school day.

  • Many of our students are involved in other extra-curricular activities (e.g. sports, music, etc.). All these are important; however please make your child’s Jewish education a priority.

  • There is a direct correlation between a student’s attendance, and his/her interest, achievement and attitude. Every time your child is absent, there is a loss of continuity to the program. Keep your child in school regularly.

  • Please help your child come to Hebrew School on time.

  • The place to voice your concerns of the school is with the school director and teacher in private. Please do not discuss school issues in the presence of your child.

  • Participation in synagogue services and celebration of Jewish holidays will greatly enhance your child’s interest in Judaism and strengthen his/her Jewish identity. Our director and teachers are always willing to provide resources, share their expertise, and help out however possible.

  • Show your child that you are interested in his/her Jewish education. Spend time with your child reviewing what he/she has learned in class and listening to him/her read Hebrew to you. This will greatly encourage and help foster a strong and positive identity.

 

 Valley Chabad Hebrew School strives to give your child an exciting experience in a nurturing Jewish environment all the while educating your child in ways of Judaism. We look forward to another fantastic year where you will see much joy from your children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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