SCHOOL STARTS SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

 

WELCOME TO CONGREGATION B'NAI TIKVAH'S RELIGIOUS SCHOOL!
WE HAVE A LIVELY AND ENGAGING PROGRAM DESIGNED TO
CAPTURE THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF EVERY CBT FAMILY.

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MISSION OF CBT'S RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

  • To instill a sense of holiness and belonging as each child engages in the quest to deepen their Jewish literacy.

THE GOAL OF CBT'S RELIGIOUS SCHOOL CURRICULUM IS TO PRODUCE LEARNED AND COMMITTED JEWS WHO ARE...

  • Proud of their heritage
  • Excited about being Jewish
  • Familiar with rituals and customs associated with Shabbat and holidays
  • Comfortable being both participants and leaders in communal prayer services
  • Wholly respectful of others
  • Aware of the historical bond between them and Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel)
  • Literate in the Hebrew language
  • Wrestlers with God, Torah, and Mitzvot
  • Strong supporters of lifelong learning

WHEN DOES CBT'S RELIGIOUS SCHOOL MEET?

  • Grades K-7 meet each Sunday from 9:30-12:00
  • Grades 3-7 meet Tuesday afternoon from 4:00-6:00

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AVERAGE DAY OF CBT RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

On Sunday Mornings, beginning at 9:30am, the entire community [all grades K-7, teachers, Madrichim (teen teaching assistants), plus parents] gathers in the outdoor amphitheater for t'fillah (prayer service), singing, and learning. Upon completion of t'fillah, the students are dismissed to follow their teachers and Madrichim to their classrooms to engage in the material that will be covered that day.

During those 2 hours (10am-12pm) the students will have the opportunity to participate in curricular supportive activities, such as art, music, dance, and special learning opportunities with the full-time staff of the synagogue (Rabbi, Cantor, Education Director).

Along the way, they will also have the opportunity to be visited by our Hebrew support team who will engage the kids in small group reading and Hebrew skill building. A ten minute break, snack and schmooze time is also provided during the morning, coupling younger grades with their older buddy classes.

Tuesday afternoons begin at 4pm with grades 3-7 engaging in a student lead t'fillah service, supported by the teachers and Cantor. The class time is mainly devoted to Hebrew studies until dismissal at 5:45pm.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL REGISTRATION

School begins the first Sunday after Labor Day Weekend

Families must be members of Congregation B'nai Tikvah to enroll children in Religious School. Registration is done on line once their membership information has been processed.

New families will receive free synagogue membership for one year with enrollment in Religious School.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL CALENDAR

Please note that dates of school events – or even sessions – may change during the year. Read all school e-mails to keep up with changes. Be sure to print a copy of the calendar and keep it handy!

NEW B'NAI TIKVAH MEMBERS WITH 4 – 7TH GRADERS

While Hebrew is taught beginning in Kindergarten, it becomes more intensive (twice weekly) beginning in 3rd grade. If you have a child in 4th grade or above who has never learned any Hebrew, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss preparing them for Hebrew studies. Your child will benefit from starting Hebrew over the summer. The school director will be happy to recommend a Hebrew tutor.

If your child has been enrolled in another Religious School, please call so we can listen to your child's Hebrew and make sure he or she will fit in "skill-wise" in the appropriate grade.

MADRICHIM (TEEN SCHOOL HELPERS)

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CBT continues its successful program of inviting young adults who have become Bar or Bat Mitzvah to assist in our Religious School.

Students in Eighth Grade and above are eligible to become madrikhim, literally, “guides.”

We will help these role models for younger children to develop as leaders and teachers through participating in an ongoing regional training program, facilitated through the Contra Costa Midrasha’s (our regional teen education program) grant from the Brenden Mann Foundation. As part of the training program, they will be responsible for establishing personal growth goals, be expected to attend the mandatory trainings, they will learn the skills necessary to act as adjunct instructors in conjunction with the classroom teacher, and they will create and implement a lesson as part of their final project.

For the madrikhim, this guidance and experience in our school will impart to them valuable skills for later life. In addition, these young people who work as support staff for the Religious School are an essential asset to our synagogue community, and we are delighted to have them with us.

The teens who participate in the madrikhim program can earn community service hours for their time, as well as a salary for those in grades 9-12.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

B'nai Tikvah is very fortunate to have generous contributions from our congregants to assist students needing learning accommodations. Since each student needs an individual plan, contact the school director as soon as possible so that a plan can be ready for the first day of school.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The Religious School Committee works to enrich the children's school experience. Examples of areas of interest are major school events and curriculum input. If you seek additional information, please call the synagogue office so we can put you in touch with the current committee chair.

COMMUNICATION

Monthly e-mails keep parents abreast of school events. Teachers send out weekly e-mails to keep parents up-to-date on what children are learning as well as upcoming class activities. E-mail is also used to let parents know about volunteer opportunities throughout the year, particularly school wide holiday events.

In person meetings are always welcome! Please stop by and say hi!