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Religious School Registration 7/30/2015

Stefani CarlsonDear TBS Parents and Friends,

This year, Temple Beth Shalom Religious School will again provide Jewish education to our children, ages preschool through twelfth grade. We are looking forward to another year of learning, discovering, and growing together as a Jewish community!

Class Schedules and Teachers

The first day of school for all students is Sunday, August 30. The schedule of courses is as follows:

  • Pre-K meets on selected Sundays from 10:30-12 with Ms. Shari Weiner
  • Grades K-7 meet on Sundays from 9-12. Parents are encouraged to join us for T’fillah from 11:30-12:00 each week.
    • Grades K-1 with Morah Jean Beasley
    • Grades 2-3 with Morah Elisa Gretta
    • Grades 4-5 with Morah Abby Cymerman
    • Grades 6-7 (pre-B’nai Mitzvah) with Moreh Oudi Singer
  • Grades 3-7 also meet on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 (optional for Grade 3)
  • Grades 8-12 meet on selected Sundays from 12-2 with Moreh Oudi, Morah Stefani, and Rabbi Jim

The full school schedule is attached, and is also available on our website at http://tbshudson.org/calendar/. If you use iCal, you can subscribe to the TBS calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/webmaster%40tbshudson.org/public/basic.ics

Registration

We are going to use Google Forms for online registration again this year. Please use this link to register: http://goo.gl/forms/bahsq9VSSF

If you prefer paper registration forms, they are available for download here:

Tuition/Fees

Whether you register on paper or online, please complete the payment form to calculate your total fees and either either use our new online payment center at http://www.tbshudson.org/duesfeesdonations to pay with your credit card/PayPal account or mail the form to Temple Beth Shalom Religious School, PO Box 2230, Hudson, Ohio 44236 with your check (payable to Temple Beth Shalom). The registration fee of $30 per family is waived if tuition is paid in full by September 1, 2015.

Our fees have not increased for this year. They remain $550 per child for Sunday School, $200 additional for Thursday Hebrew, and $250 for Post-B’nai Mitzvah classes. We strive to take advantage of available grants and other programs to keep our fees low while still providing a rich educational environment for our students. If you cannot afford tuition, please contact me for confidential financial arrangements.

Save the Dates: Family and Intergenerational Learning Programs

One of the goals of Temple Beth Shalom is to provide educational experiences that cross generations and enable our congregational community to learn together. This year, we have several programs planned. Please mark your calendars and be on the lookout for flyers with more information and registration details:

“Apples and Honey” Family Field Trip to Beckwith Orchards, Kent (grades Pre-K - 7)
10A-12P Sunday, September 13, 2015

“B’nai Mitzvah Journey” Family Education program (grades 6-7)
11A-2P Sunday, August 30, 2015
5P-8P Saturday, November 7, 2015
5P-8P Saturday, March 12, 2016
9A-1P Sunday, May 1, 2016

“Shabbat 101” Intergenerational Learning Program (all ages - open to the community) Dinner and program from 6-7:30P, followed by special Shabbat “learning services” at 7:45P, with Oneg Shabbat to follow:
Friday, October 23, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015

The series will culminate in an Artist-in-Residence Weekend with Jewish musician and educator Naomi Less, including a special “Musical and sTorahTelling Shabbat Service” on Friday, January 29, 2016, and workshops and a luncheon on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

HuBSTY/NFTY Youth Groups

Once again, we will be offering a NFTY-affiliated youth program for students in middle and high school. HuBSTY-JYG is for students in grades 6-8, and HuBSTY-TYG is for grades 9-12. HuBSTY dues are included in TBS Religious School fees. Teens who wish to join HuBSTY but are not registered in TBS Religious School will be asked to pay dues of $36. All Jewish teens are welcome: you do not have to be a member of TBS to join HuBSTY.

High School Programs

Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to register for the monthly Post B’nai Mitzvah “Lunch & Learn” class, during which they will be working with Rabbi Jim to devise a confirmation class program (which will meet such times/days as are mutually agreed). Additionally, high school students who are interested in working with our younger students can register for our Madrichim program, which will incorporate volunteer opportunities with leadership training. Registered madrichim will also have the opportunity to serve as paid aides for retreats and special programs.

Pre-school Programs

In addition to our Parent-Child Pre-K class, TBS offers two other programs for families with young children. “Tot Shabbat” is held prior to the first Shabbat service of each month, and is a brief, fun, interactive service targeted at children ages 6 and younger, followed by a kid-friendly oneg. “TBS Tots Around Town” is a playgroup-style program for families with children ages 5 and younger which meets in various locations around Hudson and its environs. Families do not have to be members of Temple Beth Shalom to participate in Tot Shabbat or TBS Tots Around Town, and there is no fee for these programs. Please check the TBS calendar for event dates.

Learning Council and Volunteers

We love volunteers! Parents are welcome to help in our school at any time, whether with special projects or with general classroom activities. If you have a particular interest which you would like to share with our school, please let me know.

Recently, Temple Beth Shalom has founded a new Learning Council. This initiative brings together parents, teachers, teens, adult learners, and other members of the congregation who are interested in our educational programming. Parents are very welcome to join this group, and/or the Religious School subcommittee which will be forming soon.

 

Please share this information regarding TBS Religious School with your family and friends who may be interested in enrolling their children in our program. We would like to extend a particular welcome to unaffiliated families of young children. Families may enroll students in our Sunday School (grades Pre-K - 2) for one year before becoming members of Temple Beth Shalom.

Your prompt registration and payment are greatly appreciated. If you have questions about Religious School, or would like to join the TBS Learning Council, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 330-752-3349.

L’Shalom,

Stefani Carlson
Education Director

Registration Flyer 2015-16

Prayer Books for Religious School

Mishkan TFilah for YouthDear TBS Religious School Families,

We have been using the regular Mishkan T’fillah prayer books for our religious school services this year, to familiarize students with the siddur (prayerbook), and help them to understand the order and parts of the service and how they fit together, as opposed to thinking of individual prayers in isolation. However, these books have a few drawbacks: the English readings are frequently too difficult for students, the books themselves are bulky and hard for small hands to manage, and all of the Hebrew prayers are accompanied by transliteration (on which we do not want students becoming dependent).

This fall, the Reform movement released a new prayer book for students and families. “Mishkan T’fillah For Youth” contains a family Shabbat evening and morning service (with transliteration), as well as a weekday evening and morning “school” service (without transliteration), and supplemental songs and prayers, all accompanied by beautiful fullcolor artwork. Rabbi Jim and I have previewed this book, and feel it would be a strong addition to our program. We are planning to order these new prayer books for use in our school services and classrooms.

In celebration of this wonderful new resource, we would like to give all of our families the opportunity to participate. For each (fully tax-deductible) donation of $36 to our religious school book fund, we will place a book plate in one of the new siddurim to honor your family (or the person(s) or occasion of your choice).

Please click here to download the form to accompany your donation, so that we can be sure to honor you as you wish. We will be ordering the books over spring break so that we can start using them immediately after Pesach, so please submit your donation no later than Friday, March 20, 2015. Our goal is to raise enough to purchase 50 books. Any funds raised in excess of that amount will be held in the religious school fund for future prayer book orders.

For more information about the book, please visit https://www.ccarpress.org/shopping_product_detail.asp?pid=50144 If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Todah Rabah! Thank you very much!

Stefani Carlson
Education Director

Upcoming Events

18Aug
Aug. 18, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
TBS Annual Outdoor Service
19Aug
Aug. 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Matthew Asher Bar Mitzvah
20Aug
Aug. 20, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Board meeting #2 HH final prep, Levin's concert
27Aug
Aug. 27, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
Sisterhood NE Area Central District Area Day
4Sep
Sep. 04, 2017
Labor Day!
8Sep
Sep. 08, 2017 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Special Musical Service (With the Levins!)

From the Cantorial Soloist

Preschool and school-age children often get their best introduction to Jewish life through music! TBS Cantorial Soloist Robin Selinger has designed the website Totshabbat.com to provide children around the world with the best in fun, educational Jewish music. All songs can be streamed onto your computer, and many can be downloaded onto portable music players. Please check it out... and remember to bring young children to our Tot Shabbat services!