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Religious School Registration 5779

Guide to Oak Park Temple’s 5779 (2018-2019) Jewish school year
Please read through this information carefully because there have been many changes to our programs for the coming year. This guide is important for new parents AND veteran parents! There are many dates you need to know about!

It is time to register for the 5779 (2018-2019) school year at Oak Park Temple!

The first Wednesday of classes for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders (6th graders not in first semester family class) is September 5, 7:00-8:00pm
The first Sunday for all classes, gan through tenth grades, is September 16:

  • Gan – 6th grades meet 9:30-12:00
  • 7th-10th grades meet 11:30-1:00


Registration is completed here through OakParkTemple.org. Log In, go to "My Account" go the "School Enrollment". Please log in and register as quickly as you can! The sooner we know how many students to expect, the better! This year we are asking each family to pay $50 with registration (per family, not per child). The rest of your payment can be divided as you wish. If you have any difficulty accessing your shul cloud account please let me know!

So much is new for 5779 (2018-2019)! Please read through this e-mail so you know what to expect in the coming year!
We are very excited to welcome Rabbi Kirzane to our community! These are the new programs Rabbi Kirzane is leading this year:
New junior congregation format with Rabbi Kirzane:
Gan, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades:
Every Sunday all of our gan, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders will begin in the sanctuary at 9:30. Parents please bring your gan, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade student directly to the sanctuary – not their classroom – and join your student for junior congregation led by Rabbi Kirzane and Ben Mann each Sunday. Teachers will take students to classrooms at the end of junior congregation.
4th, 5th and 6th Grades:
Our older students will also participate in junior congregation led by Rabbi Kirzane at 11:30 every Sunday. In addition to Shabbat and holiday worship, this junior congregation program is ideal for mastering prayer fluency. Parents are encouraged to join older students as well at 11:30.

Rabbi Kirzane is also teaching several family programs in the coming year.
Each program will include family learning followed by an adult only session with Rabbi Kirzane.

This is the schedule of dates for family programs led by Rabbi Kirzane:

  • September 23: 1st and 2nd grade Family Education
  • October 7: Gan family handprint workshop and Project Sandwich
  • December 2: 4th and 5th grade family education program and Project Sandwich
  • January 20: (11:30) 8th grade family education program
  • February 10: (11:30) 9th grade family education program
  • April 7: 2nd and 3rd grade family education: matza baking

  1. Kirzane is also leading a trip for our older (11th & 12th grade) teens in the spring of 2019. The location and date has not been set yet, more details will follow!

    Change to our Madrichim (TA) program:
    Last year we had nearly sixty students apply for positions in twelve classrooms. We cannot place this many students in classrooms. To increase the educational value of this program we are starting a more formal training process for middle school students. Next year we will not have any 7th graders working in classrooms. Instead of moving right into a classroom position, our 7th graders will participate in three leadership training sessions on Sunday mornings throughout the school year. Participation in these training sessions will be mandatory to work in a classroom the following (8th grade) year. The workshops will be on Sundaymornings and not conflict with the 7th grade class meeting time of 11:30-1:00. All madrichim must be enrolled and participating in their own grade level class.
    A separate e-mail will be sent to 7th grade families to register for the leadership training program. Enrolled students in 8th grade and older can apply to work as a madrich/madricha (TA) in a classroom. A separate e-mail will be sent with a link to the application.

    Other Important Dates for you
  • The first Sunday of every month is Project Sandwich. Families bring sack lunches prepared at home and a different grade level will assemble lunches each month. Lunches are delivered to a mission in Chicago.
  • September 30 is Simchat Torah, this year with a Klezmer band! Join the celebration at 7:00 on September 30.
  • Informational meeting about our exchange program with a congregation in Israel, Echad el Echad is on Sunday, October 14 at 11:30. Parents of 7th through 10th graders are asked to attend, but the meeting is open to all interested people.
  • Friday November 9, during the 6:30 service, our gan students will participate in consecration.
  • Sunday December 9 we have in a community Chanukah program for families of all grade levels.
  • January 11-14 our 10th graders and Rabbi Weiss participate in the L’Taken workshop through the Religious Action Center in Washington DC.
  • January 20 is the 3rd grade family Tu B’Shevat seder.
  • Wednesday February 20, is our Purim celebration (and carnival) for all ages.
  • March 1-3 is the annual Oak Park Temple retreat at OSRUI in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
  • Wednesday, May 1st we will have a memorial program for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  • Sunday May 5 we will celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day with special programs.
  • Friday May 3 at 8:00 our 10th grade class will lead Shabbat worship and share their ideas about Jewish identity. This is Kabbalat Torah for our confirmation class.
  • Friday May 10 at 6:30 all students graduating high school are called to the bima for a special blessing at this major transition in life.
  • Sunday May 19 is our last day of Jewish school for the 5779 school year.

    In addition to all of the above, here is a grade by grade explanation of what to expect this year:

Gan
Parents join students on Sunday October 7 to participate in Project Sandwich and to make a square for the class chuppah/quilt. You will need to bring your child’s Hebrew name to this workshop. Don’t panic if you don’t have or know the Hebrew name, Rabbi Weiss, Rabbi Kirzane and Cantor Green are ready to help you! Just let us know. After the gan students put their handprint on the square and artwork is completed, the students will return to class and parents will remain with Rabbi Kirzane. The chuppah is used at gan consecration on Friday, November 9 at 6:30.

1st and 2nd grades
September 23 is a 1st and 2nd grade Family Education program with Rabbi Kirzane. Parents will remain with Rabbi Kirzane after students return to classrooms.

2nd and 3rd Grades
April 7 our 2nd and 3rd grade family education program will be matza baking with Rabbi Kirzane and a professional chef!

3rd Grade
Parents of 3rd graders please note: This year your child will come for an additional hour of education each week. 3rd through 6th grades meet on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 as well as on Sundays 9:30-12:00. This is an important part of our educational program as it gives us an additional hour to work on Hebrew skills. In these grades students attend 3.5 hours weekly! This year Wednesday classes begin on September 5, a week and a half before Sunday classes begin on September 16.

  • · January 20 is the 3rd grade family Tu B’Shevat seder.


4th and 5th grades
December 2 is Project Sandwich followed by 4th and 5th grade family education program with Rabbi Kirzane. Parents will stay with Rabbi Kirzane after students return to classes.

4th Grade
Our annual OSRUI retreat is March 1, 2 and 3, 2019. Within the congregational retreat there is special programming for 4th grade families. This includes a special family workshop led by Rabbi Weiss and Leslie Weiss that begins Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation! Please note these dates now and watch for family registration information. You register 4th grade children for the retreat with schoolregistration, however families register separately.

6th Grade
Our 6th grade B’nai Mitzvah family class taught by Rabbi Weiss and Leslie Weiss continues this year. 6th grade families will receive a separate e-mail to select their choice for family class semester. There are twelve consecutive family class sessions. Families select either the fall semester or spring semester to participate. Students attend class without parents for the non-family class semester as well. Complete information, including Hebrew class schedule for 6th graders, will be in the separate e-mail. Semester selection is first come first serve, please look out for the e-mail.
6th grade parents please note these special dates:

  • December 16 is our yad making workshop for all 6th grade families.
  • January 13 is our tzedakah project fair for all 6th grade families.


7th Grade
This year 7th graders will not work as madrichim (TAs) in our classrooms. Students interested in participating in our madrichim program will participate in three leadership training workshops through the 7th grade year. These workshops will be on Sunday mornings and not conflict with the regular 7th grade class meeting time of 11:30-1:00. Participation in the leadership training program is mandatory for those students who want to work in a classroom in their 8th grade year.

7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade
7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grades meet 11:30-1:00 every Sunday. Teens working as madrichim (TAs) in younger classrooms must also be enrolled and attending their own grade level class. They leave the younger classroom at 11:30, pick up lunch that we provide, and join their own grade level class at 11:30. Attendance is taken in the older grade levels to make sure students working as leaders are following through on their commitment.

All 7th through 10th grade parents: Please join us for an informational meeting about our exchange program with a reform congregation in Israel, Echad el Echad. The meeting is Sunday, October 14 at 11:30am.

  • January 20: (11:30) 8th grade family education program
  • February 10: (11:30) 9th grade family education program


10th Grade
10th grade is our confirmation class which meets weekly with Rabbi Weiss from 11:30-1:00. Our 10th graders participate in the L’Taken workshop through the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington DC January 11-14. This workshop prepares students to visit Capitol Hill and lobby on behalf of their chosen issues in the offices of both Illinois senators and congressional representatives. It is an excellent and empowering program for our teens. Registration for this trip is completed with class registration. The 10th grade year culminates with Kabbalat Torah students leading Friday night Shabbat worship on May 3rd at 8:00.

 

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