Current Curriculum & Program Information

 

For the 2016-2017 school year, mark these dates on your calendar!


First Wednesday class for Midweek Hebrew (Grades 3-6) begins on 
Wed., Sept. 7 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

First Evening of Upper School (Grades 7-10) begins on
Wed., Sept. 7 from 6:15 - 8:15 pm 

First Sunday School (Grades K-7) begins on 
Sun., Sept. 11 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monday Small Group Hebrew session begins on
Mon., Sept. 12 from 4:30 pm - 5:40 pm (subject to adequate enrollment)**  
or 5:25 pm - 6:35 pm (subject to adequate enrollment)**

Tuesday Small Group Hebrew session begins on
Tues., Sept. 13 from 4:30 pm - 5:40 pm (subject to adequate enrollment)**
or 5:25 pm - 6:35 pm (subject to adequate enrollment)** 

Important Changes to RS Scheduling 2016-17

Sunday Classes
Sunday classes for Kindergarten – 7th Grade will meet from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  We will do our best to honor one (1) mutual placement request for Sunday classes. This placement request must be mutual and in writingAll requests must be submitted by July 31, 2016, to Natacha Myers at [email protected]

If your child would benefit from any accommodations to make his/her learning experience more fulfilling, please contact Rabbi Steve to schedule a time to discuss.

To make our Sunday school curriculum more accessible and engaging for our 3rd – 6th Grade students we are piloting a new hugim program—experiential group activities which will allow students to explore different ways Judaism can relate to their lives.  We will offer a variety of options which will allow these students to find their own paths into Jewish life.  Please join us after drop off on our first day of Sunday Religious School, Sunday, September 11, for a Back to School Parent Breakfast followed by a parent meeting to hear more about what we will be offering and how it will work. 

As part of our focus on developing a foundational knowledge and love of Judaism, our Kindergarten – 2nd Grade classes will continue to explore Torah, mitzvot, holidays, Hebrew, and more through hands-on, engaging activities.

Students in 7th Grade will attend Sunday morning classes through January 29th.

Midweek Hebrew
During our Hebrew classes, we will be seeking to incorporate some of the principles of Hebrew Through Movement, a trend in congregational education which is based on the idea that people learn languages by relating vocabulary to body motions (for example, learning the difference between the Hebrew words lashevet and la’amod by sitting down and standing up, respectively).  By utilizing more movement-based learning, we are aiming to better engage and more efficiently educate the students in the Hebrew language.

We will again be offering Wednesday Hebrew classes for 3rd – 6th Grades from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm.  For those students who are able and interested, we will open at 4:15 pm and offer snacks and the opportunity to socialize and/or play games with friends until class starts.

Alternatively, Monday and Tuesday Hebrew Small Group Sessions (3rd – 6th Grades) will meet either from 4:30 pm - 5:40 pm or from 5:25 pm - 6:35 pm each day.  These classes are for students who may benefit from learning in a smaller class environment or students who have a conflict on Wednesday afternoons.  These new times are in response to feedback we have received and will include a short prayer service from 5:25 – 5:40 pm for both Small Groups.  There is a $650 fee in addition to Religious School tuition for these classes and their availability is subject to adequate enrollment for each class.

We also offer one-on-one private tutoring with one of our teachers for students in certain circumstances at a rate of $75/session, which will be billed for 25 sessions at the beginning of the school year.  If choosing this option, please contact the Religious School office to schedule your child’s sessions.

When registering for the Midweek Hebrew, please indicate your choice of class on the registration form.   

Upper School
7th – 10th Graders will meet for classes on Wednesday evenings.  Students are asked to join the congregational minyan at 6:15 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm (provided by CBT) and class from 7:00 – 8:15 pm.

Religious School registration for 2016-2017 has begun! Register by June 10, 2016 to receive the early bird activities and materials fee discount.

Religious School 2016-17 sessions are as follows:

SUNDAY & MIDWEEK CLASS HOURS 

SUNDAY:

Grades K-7

(Grade 7 meets on Sundays through Jan. 31st)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
MIDWEEK:  Hebrew Program, Enrichment & Specials  
 

Wednesday Traditional Class (grades 3-6)  

4:30-6:30 pm          
Lower School

 

**Students in Grades 3-6 with special needs requiring small group sessions or students with conflicts on Wednesday afternoon may sign up for Monday OR Tuesday afternoon small group sessions. There is a $650 fee in addition to Religious School tuition for these sessions. Please contact the RS Office for grade level specific time slots at 301-299-9751.

  Monday or Tuesday small group work (Grades 3-6)**

4:30 or 5:25 pm time slot**

  Wednesday (grades 7-10)

6:15 – 8:15 pm 

Upper School*
 *(dinner provided)

                    
Grades K-2 meet once a week on Sundays.
Grades 3-6 meet twice a week on Sunday and Wednesday or attend Monday or Tuesday small group work (for an additional fee) instead of Wednesday.
Grades 7 meets twice a week, on Sunday* and Wednesday evenings.
Grades 8-10 meet once a week on Wednesday evenings.

Task Force Report
 

Upper School at a Glance

5776 
2015-2016 

We’re very excited to begin the New Year. We’ve revised and updated the curriculum, returning to some successful familiar programs from years’ past, and we have created some new programs.

Seventh & Eighth Grades:

The Seventh Grade Program is made up of three components: B’nai Mitzvah preparation, Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. On Sundays, the students will focus on the Holocaust and the History of Anti-Semitism. We are using curricular materials developed by Yad VaShem, Israel’s premier Holocaust Education Center. There are also three required Teen Issues programs which Seventh Grade parents and students attend together. The programs will be held Sunday afternoons following Religious School in the first half of the year and focus on a variety of important/timely topics facing teens. These programs will be on: October 11; November 15; and December 20. The teachers are Rani Schlenoff and Rachel Hyman.

The Seventh and Eighth Grades split their Wednesday nights between two courses, our study of Mitzvot and Tough Choices.

As the students are reaching the age of mitzvot, for half of the year we will concentrate on both text study of the commandments coupled withhands-on activities putting their studies into action during the Wednesday night program. Amont the mitzvot they will cover are visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, respect for elders, compassion for animals, concern for the environment, being careful with speech (shimirat halashon), seeking peace, tzedakah, kashrut and love of Israel. 

"Tough Choices," is a study of Hot Teen Topics from a Jewish perspective. Students will utilize Jewish texts and history to determine how the tradition can guide them through their choices on issues regarding body image, speech, stereotypes, dating, peer pressure, and finally, developing a relationship with Israel. The discussions will be led by Rani Schlenoff and Hava Shirazi. Become a fan of The Rani Hava Show on Facebook.

Ninth Grade: We are introducing an entirely new curriculum created specifically for high school students using movies, television and popular media taught by Rachel Hyman in the Youth Lounge. Each unit will provide an enjoyable, meaningful and low-pressure environment for students to watch films, television shows, and other media, and discuss them in the context of how they relate to Jewish themes. Students will be empowered to lead discussions on the propriety and meaning of the messages in the media from both Jewish and secular viewpoints. We will also incorporate a mitzvah project in conjunction with the movie snack concessions stand and the class will decide as a whole where to send the Tzedakah collected.

Tenth Grade: Rabbi Weinblatt, who will be assisted during the year by Cantor Kapell and others, will teach the Confirmation program, Great Books and Ideas of the Jewish People. The confirmation program is designed to have the students reach a high level of comfort with Jewish text and thought, with selections of biblical, rabbinic and modern thought. During the year there will also be a weekend trip to explore “Jewish New York.” In the spring, the students will prepare to conduct the Shabbat service for their Confirmation ceremony.

Click here to read the Washington Jewish Week's article about our BLT's "Spread Over Us Your Sukkah" disabilities awareness and inclusion program held on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012