Policies & Procedures (out of date)

Programs, Policies & Procedures The ABCs of attendance, arrival and dismissal, books, homework, safety & security, etc...

Attendance: Excessive absenteeism will definitely limit your child’s level of comfort, learning and sense of satisfaction in religious school. Continuity and participation is key in our time-limited, experience-packed program. Attendance is recorded daily for every student (present/absent/tardy/early dismissal.) Make every effort to have your child in class on time and to stay to the completion of the session. Call the school to contact the teacher when your child is unable to attend a session. The school will send home (via email or postcard) a memo with class assignment and homework. Please help your child to complete missed assignments. Good attendance counts, and will be rewarded in our program.

Assessment Report Cards: Your child’s academic performance, effort and achievement will be valued and assessed by the teacher in January and May. We encourage and assess your child’s level of involvement with the learning process, including commitment to peers by cooperating on classroom and community projects. We promote the student’s ability to empathize with others and to participate with others in kindness and peace. Contact your child’s teachers with any questions concerning your child’s assessment report.

Books: We recommend you set aside an accessible area to house your child’s growing library of Judaic texts and workbooks. Take the time to look through your child’s books. Discuss what is of mutual interest to you. Enhance the home Judaic library with copies of traditional and contemporary Jewish texts. Let your child help you to select new texts for the Jewish Home Library. New textbooks should be covered and labeled with your child’s name. Contact the school office if your child loses a book. We will order a new book at your request, with payment.

Book Bags: Temple Sinai Sisterhood has designed and produced an attractive, useful book bag, appropriate for every age group. Please come to the office to purchase a Temple Sinai Religious School book bag as soon as possible. What a perfect way to keep all religious school books, supplies and notices conveniently in one place! Book bags are sold for $10, and benefit our religious school program. For more information or to place an order, contact Heidi Marks via email: heidi@templesinainj.org.

Building Community Connections: Play dates and get-togethers between classmates and families are strongly encouraged, not only for our youngest students, but for upper elementary and middle school as well. Please use the grade level student lists that have been provided in your August packet for this invitation purpose. Why not invite the families of your child’s classmates to a Shabbat or holiday gathering?

Calendar: Temple Sinai’s Religious School calendar follows the calendar of the Summit Public School System. We align our school vacations with their vacation calendar. We understand there will be conflicting vacation schedules from students of other school districts that cannot be avoided. However, we hope families will make every effort to attend classes and special programs during a non-Summit vacation when the family is not away. The school will make every effort to not schedule a special program during the various district’s vacations.

Car Pooling: We encourage parents to form car pools to reduce the automobile traffic at our school. The class list distributed in August may be useful for arranging car pools. Each family receives a car pool number to be memorized by student and parent. The number system enables an orderly and swift dismissal system. If you need assistance with car pools, please call the office.

Cell Phones, Game Boys & MP3 Players: If your child brings a cell phone, Game Boy or MP3 player to religious school, these must be TURNED OFF and stored in a book bag during school hours. We prefer that our students leave these items at home or in their carpool car, as they are distracting to the student and to others. Students are always welcome to call a parent from the school office. If a student does not cooperate and uses these items during class, the item will be confiscated to the school office.

Closings: When there is inclement weather, please check the Temple Sinai website, www.templesinainj.org, your email or call the Temple Sinai main phone line, 908-273-4921, for notification of school closings.

Communicating with teachers, the director and administrative assistant: You can help us to help your child by letting us know what is on your mind immediately, without delay. Please send a note to your child’s teacher and call the office (908-273-3617) to ask Heidi Marks to contact the teacher so that the teacher can call you. Parent-teacher conferences are available upon request. Conferences with Patti Kahn can be scheduled directly with Patti or through Heidi Marks. Patti and Heidi will also correspond with parents and students via email: patti@templesinainj.org; heidi@templesinainj.org. Our door is open, we care about your concerns and we want to get to know you!

Early Dismissal Procedure: We discourage early dismissal. However, when it is absolutely necessary parents must park the car and come into the school building, directly to the office (never to the classroom) for early sign out. Our staff will bring the child from the classroom to the office for you. Teachers are not allowed to release a child to a parent or substitute adult or sibling at the classroom door. No exceptions will be made. In addition, we ask that you pick up your child no later than fifteen minutes prior to regular dismissal so as not to disrupt scheduled dismissal procedure.

Emergency Contacts: In case of a medical emergency during religious school hours, parents will be notified immediately and children will be given whatever medical attention is necessary. If a parent cannot be located the school will use the signed Medical Emergency Form to treat a child. Please make certain your contact names and numbers on file in our office are current.

Family Connections: Families in grades 4-7 have the opportunity to learn in parallel adult/student tracks, the child’s religious school curricular subjects. Our outstanding program for lifelong learners is available to every family who wishes to participate. Rabbi Gershon, Cantor Friedman and several outstanding instructors teach the adult learning sessions and lead the family sessions. For more information about this uniquely satisfying adult and family Jewish learning program, contact Patti Kahn.

Food Allergies: We do not serve peanuts in our school. If your child has a food allergy, we want to partner safety with you. Please contact the religious school office so alternative food provisions can be made for snacks, holiday and special program menus.

Homework: Homework is an integral part of our learning year. We provide a Homework Book for each student to record Judaic and Hebrew homework. All students in grades 3-6 will receive Hebrew homework each week. Oral (out loud) recitation of Hebrew syllables, words and prayers is the only method that will assist your child’s level of fluency in Hebrew reading. Language acquisition cannot be accomplished without oral recitation and basic vocabulary development. In addition, your child will be required to complete written exercises in the book, and to demonstrate understanding of prayer concepts. You should be seeing/hearing your grade 4-6 child complete Hebrew homework weekly. Our Judaic program is enriched with project work. Periodically students will have special Judaic projects and/or assignments to complete at home.

Programs for Each Grade: Parents are warmly invited to accompany their children to community celebrations, experiential workshops and special student presentations throughout the year. Please refer to the Special Programs side of the calendar pages to note the dates of your child’s grade level Program: Opening Day Orientation; Parent-Teacher Night, Shabbat Dinners, Special Social Events, Family Programs, Teacher Appreciation Shabbat; Consecration; B’Mitzvotav Orientation; B’nei Mitzvah Meeting; Confirmation; Graduation and special Temple Sinai programs.

Registration: Registration packets will be issued in the spring for the following school year. Registration is accompanied by a registration fee, tuition and book fee. A late fee is required in the event of late K-7 registration. All tuition and fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the school year. All Temple dues must be paid in full prior to the start of school for a child to be admitted to class. We appreciate your cooperation. Should you have questions or require assistance, please call the Temple bookkeeper, Cindy Broderick, 908-273-4921 X17, who is happy to work with you.

Religious School Committee: Religious school committee parents meet monthly to discuss and to implement school policies and procedures. They work on the long-range school mission and vision and assist the Director of Education. We appreciate their great efforts on behalf of the congregation’s students. You are invited to contact the religious school chairperson and/or the V.P. of Education from the Temple Executive Board.

Chairperson: Joanne Rosenberg religiousschoolcommittee@templesinainj.org

V.P. of Education: Ken Gelman VP_Education@templesinainj.org

Safety and Security: Please follow all procedures for a safe, calm and considerate car line up at arrival and dismissal; for early dismissal from the office only and for notifying the office if an individual, other than the parents, will be picking up your child. The school will provide periodic fire drills for students. Be certain your child does not bring to school any sharp objects or potentially harmful implements. Always notify the school if your child is having social difficulties in our classrooms or programs. We will respond. If there should ever be a security situation where school administration should deem a school session not safe, parents will be notified and children will be removed from the school premises.

For general building safety and security, it is Temple policy that everyone enters our Temple Home through a doorway monitored by a Temple or School representative. Please emphasize to your children that neither you nor they should open an unmonitored door for anyone. Nor should you or your children ask anyone to open an unmonitored door for them. Thank you for your help in observing this basic (and prudent) security policy.

Social Action: Along with the mitzvah of bringing tzedakah money to school (see below), our students and families will have an opportunity to take action by participating in each month’s special charity drive. In addition to our planned social action projects, we may request special attention and allocations for special needs that may arise during the year (i.e. Katrina; Darfur; Assisting Israel). We appreciate your family’s participation.

Tzedakah Program: Tzedakah means “justice.” Students are encouraged to contribute money every time they come to Sunday, Monday and Wednesday class sessions, to help to create justice for all people. Please arrange for ways in which your child can earn money at home, to develop the value of responsibility for one another--each person can make a difference in the world.

Visitors: We are delighted when children want to bring a guest to share in a class session. We ask that the parent notifies the school of the visit ahead of time. Bring the guest to the school office to sign them in, so we can track who is here and where they are.