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The students of Pine Brook Jewish Center’s Religious School ushered in the 2013-2014 academic year with much enthusiasm, ruach and excitement. In anticipation of what I trust to be an outstanding year, each child received a piece of chocolate to symbolize a good and sweet year of learning.
You are all aware that Tefillah, prayer, is a core element of our curriculum. We daven together and reinforce what the students study in the classroom. Furthermore, on each Sunday, our teachers rotate in leading our students in davening Havdallah, a service where we separate Shabbat to the hustle and bustle of our routine everyday activities. We use this opportunity to wish each other “Shavuah Tov”, a greeting for a good week ahead. We are enhancing our program by bringing in different melodies and encouraging our students to find their own spiritual journey and integrating their knowledge into building lifetime skills. Please make this the year to join us in family functions, programs and class services; listen to your child read a tefillah and appreciate the joy of learning. I urge you to attend an education committee meeting, get involved, and take an active role in your child’s Jewish education.
Our Religious School is now ready to take its place in cyberspace. Todah rabah to Sisterhood and other generous donations for making our dream come true by purchasing an interactive white board for our students. We will be able to invigorate our curriculum and have interactive lessons. Sundays are going to be different and lots of fun this year for our Kitah Hey students. They will have the opportunity to sign up for specialized clubs, chugim, and will have a voice in choosing their activities. Collaborative teaching has been added to Kitah Gimel and Kitah Aleph now has a new Hebrew curriculum.
We have forty five students enrolled in our primary grades, Gan through second); twenty three students registered for our B’Yachad, Hebrew High, who are staying connected with Judaism and our community. It is so gratifying and rewarding watching our students grow and discover their Jewish identity.
I would like to take this opportunity to formally welcome Mrs. Julie Carus and Mrs. Sandy Gonzalez to our faculty. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge and will be a valuable addition to our excellent staff of teaching professionals.
I look forward to seeing you at our many events scheduled for this year. As always, my door is always open to hear your suggestions, comments, and goals for our school.
Religious School Director