5 things you have to find out about Shoresh this year
There are a couple things you have to find out about Shoresh this year. (You won't believe #5!)
1: Brit Kavod / Honor Covenant
We're putting our Brit Kavod (Honor Covenant) into place right away at Shoresh! We're committed to the Jewish value of kavod (respect). We put this into action by encouraging everyone in the Shoresh community (students, teachers, parents, staff, and others) to treat each other with kindness, dignity, and respect. We're maximizing learning and community by holding each other to our shared expectations and responsibilities. That means complimenting someone when they're doing the right thing, and gently referring to the Brit Kavod (Honor Covenant) when they aren't. Our shared expectations are that everyone: 1) makes safe choices; 2) tries their best; 3) uses kind words and kind actions; and 4) respects themselves, others, and our school. Read more about our Brit Kavod (Honor Covenant) that we're implementing this year.
Shoresh provides a healthy snack at the beginning of the session to help set students up for successful learning and identity-building. A small packaged snack, fruit, and water will be available to students each week. Sliced cheese and grapes will also be available for students to take as they enter the chapel for the family Shabbat service. If your child needs more to help them bridge from their after-school snack to dinner after Shoresh, or has food restrictions, please plan accordingly so they arrive at Shoresh ready to participate and learn.
3: Family education programs
Our successful family education programs will continue this year. Kindergarten through 5th grade classes will, like last year, have one family education program during the school year. 6th grade families will continue the three-part b'nei mitzvah series. The new component is that each program's schedule will extend to include a potluck meal. Kindergarten through 5th grade family education programs will welcome parents at 5:00 pm and then continue after the family Shabbat service with a potluck dinner. 6th grade family education programs will occur on Shabbat mornings and include a potluck breakfast.
This year's family education programs will take place on the following dates:
- Kindergarten/1st grade - October 19
- 2nd/3rd grade - November 30
- 4th/5th grade - May 17
- 6th grade - October 27, December 1, February 9
4: Hebrew @ Home
In addition to Friday Shoresh sessions, 2nd-6th grade students participate in Hebrew @ Home, weekly individualized online sessions with Hebrew teachers. Teachers enjoy being able to customize learning to what the student needs to work on, and students enjoy having one-on-one interactions. This year, Hebrew @ Home will still be one 30-minute session per week. The slight change is that families will select the time that works best for them, and the teacher will be assigned accordingly. Friday and Hebrew @ Home teachers will collaborate and track students' progress together throughout the year. The Hebrew @ Home sign-up will be available in mid-September, and Hebrew @ Home will begin the week of September 23.
We're thrilled to welcome several new teachers and welcome back several returning teachers! I'll introduce our teachers as the year proceeds, and they are excited to get to know our students as they play introductory games and do team building activities at the beginning of the year. Please welcome them!
The Torah teaches us to "impress [the mitzvot] upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up." (Deuteronomy 6:7) May we engage in this sacred work together as a community to help our children explore their Jewish identities and grow their Jewish roots.