Here is an update on our Fall 2020-2021 program!
Following recommendations from the King County Health Department and Beth Shalom’s COVID committee, and in line with Seattle Public Schools, CBS’s religious school will be offered remotely starting in September, with some opportunities for outdoor family learning and community building. As a small school, we are nimble and able to adjust plans as the situation with COVID-19 changes. We still hope to transition to a hybrid virtual/in-person model once it is safe to do so.
We’ve reflected and learned from our experience teaching remotely last spring, and our teachers will continue to study best practices in online Jewish education. We are committed to offering a high-quality learning experience that reflects our school’s mission and goals while taking into account students’ developmental needs and the reality of the challenges of remote learning. As a result, here are a few things that will be different this fall:
For all students
– When possible, we are keeping students with familiar teachers and/or ozerim to help maintain continuity and connection
– In addition to weekly learning with their teachers, students will have opportunities to participate in Hebrew through Movement with our Hebrew Specialist and Israel learning with our shinshinim.
– Our youngest students will meet for a more limited time. All sessions will include built-in breaks and opportunities for movement
– PreK-2nd grade Tefillah, typically held on Sundays, is being reimagined to move to a weekly pre-Shabbat Friday afternoon family prayer experience
– 3rd-5th grade classes will use their Sunday morning Tefillah time with Rabbi Rose to focus on what the wisdom of the siddur and Jewish prayer can offer us in these uncertain and challenging times
– 3rd-5th grade classes will continue to meet virtually on Tuesday afternoons
– Each student will be asked to sign up for a 45 minute mid-week Hebrew learning slot.
Though our learning in September will start remotely, we invite your family to join us for an outdoors, socially distanced school kickoff program on Sunday, September 13, our first day of school. This is a chance to meet teachers, see classmates, and participate in some fun family Jewish learning. It will also be an opportunity to pick up books and supplies for use at home. We will share additional details about this program soon as well as information about participating virtually if you are not comfortable coming in person.
We recognize that each student learns differently and each family has its own level of comfort participating in remote learning and in-person events. Please reach out to Rachel Wachtel, Education and Youth Director to discuss craft a positive experience for your child/children this year.
Please view the calendars above for more details about the hours and program for each grade.
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Pre-K-2nd Grade Program:
Students attend class Sundays from 9:30am-12:30pm
In Pre-K through 2nd grade students are introduced to the Hebrew language and the Hebrew alphabet. They practice reciting brachot (blessings) for Shabbat, Holidays, and food. They study key Torah texts connected to Jewish values. Each grade has a key topic they study and a special event that pairs with it.
|Halutzim (Pre-K)||Shabbat||Shabbat dinner||Tzedakah (charity)|
|Kitah Gan (K)||Genesis||Museum of Biblical Figures||Hachnassat Orchim (welcoming visitors)|
|Kitah Aleph (1st Grade)||Israel||“Trip to Israel”||Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick)|
|Kitah Bet (2nd Grade)||Midrashim (stories)||Author Celebration||Talmud Torah (Torah learning)|
3rd -5th Grade Program:
3rd-5th graders attend class Sundays 9:30am-12:30pm & Tuesdays 4:30-6:30pm
Students study Torah texts including Cain and Abel, the Exodus from Egypt, and the Joseph story. Each grade level focuses on key Mitzvot (commandments), and one or two thematic units which pair with special events.
|Grade||Topic/Topics||Mitzvot (commandments)||Special Event/Events|
|Historical Jewish figures||Mitzvot related to Shabbat and Jewish time||Havdallah|
(ceremony ending Shabbat)
|Jewish History and Israel||Kashrut (dietary laws) and mitzvot related to the garden||“Trip to Israel”|
|Jewish lifecycle and the structure of a service||Mitzvot related to prayer||Mock Jewish wedding|
Hebrew: Our 3rd through 5th grade students participate in Hebrew learning twice each week. During Hebrew time they work in small groups of students at the same Hebrew level. Learning emphasizes fluent reading, understanding of key Hebrew words, and a basic understanding of the meaning of each prayer studied.
Religious School Community Breakfasts: This year, the Religious School Community, including students, teachers, and parents, will come together for breakfast one Sunday each month. On these Sundays, breakfast will be served from 9:00-9:30am.
Tefillah: Pre-K-2nd grade students start their Sunday mornings with an engaging and age-appropriate 20-30 minutes of Tefillah. We invite parents (and younger siblings!) to join us for this morning Tefillah. 3rd-5th grade students participate in Tefillah twice a week led by our Assistant Rabbi. Their Tefillah experience is built around asking questions and exploring their own relationship with prayer.
Tuition Pricing for 2020-2021
CBS believes that Jewish education should be accessible to all. The synagogue’s budget offsets the cost of Religious School to keep it affordable, reflected in the “standard tuition.” The actual cost to educate each child, retain excellent teachers, and provide quality, innovative programming is higher than the standard tuition, reflected in the “unsubsidized tuition.” Members who are willing and able to are invited to pay the unsubsidized tuition or make a tax exempt donation. Standard fee rates are available to members of CBS. Non-members kindly pay the unsubsidized rate. If you are interested in becoming members, please contact Carol Benedick.
|Grade||Standard Tuition||Unsubsidized Tuition|
|Halutzim, Gan, and Kitah Aleph|
(Pre-K, K, and 1st Grade)
|Kitah Bet (2nd Grade)||$1,185||$1,555|
|Kitah Gimmel, Dalet, and Hey|
(3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade)