Important Information and School Dates
We Can Be Reached At:
Beth David Religious School
1130 Vaughan Lane
Gladwyne, PA 19035
School Phone:610-896-7485 ext. 106 Fax:610-642-5406
Educational Director - Susan Levey 610-896-7485 x 106 Slevey@bdavid.org
Rabbi Beth Kalisch
Cantor Lauren Levy
Executive Director Jill Cooper
Rabbi Emeritus Henry Cohen
Cantor Emerita Lilia Kazansky
Teachers can be reached through the school office or by emailing Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is a true emergency, please come to the office or call 610-896-7485 x 106.
You will receive communications from each grade throughout the year via email, so be sure to notify Marci if your email has changed.
Sundays - Grades K-7 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesdays - Grades 3-7 4pm-6pm
Tuesdays - Grades 8-10 6:30pm-8:30pm
We are a NUT-FREE school. NO NUTS, PEANUTS, OR NUT PRODUCTS are permitted in the religious school at any time!
Our Snow/Inclement Weather Number: 1132
Listen to KYW (am 1060), TV-CBS and the website Philadelphia.CBSLOCAL.com for updates. Information will also be posted on our website, www.bdavid.org.
Personal Electronics Policy:
1. Personal electronic devices must be turned COMPLETELY OFF before the students enter the building and may be turned back on after dismissal.
2. Please DO NOT TEXT OR CALL your child to notify him/her that you are outside ready to pick them up. Early pick-up procedures are to call, send a note, or email Susan Levey at email@example.com and we will have your child ready for pick up.
During the school year, we schedule two safety drills. Rules will be posted in every classroom. Let your child know to expect safety drills.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Beth David:
A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a wonderful experience for your entire family, and the Beth David community as well. We are committed to a Hebrew program providing students with a understanding of the prayer service as practiced in our synagogue. Students will be able to know and understand the meaning of prayer.
Here are some important facts regarding Bar/Bat Mitzvah:
A tentative ceremony date is scheduled sometime in the middle of the fourth grade year for our B'nai Mitzvah candidates and their families. While it seems so far into the future, parents are thrilled that Beth David sends a letter with the Torah portion in such a thoughtful and celebratory manner. We value the meaning of taking serious steps to prepare for the special honor of B'nai Mitzvah. Students are expected to continue their Jewish education through confirmation, which occurs at the end of tenth grade.
Madrichim (student teaching assistants in grades 9-12): Our Madrichim are Beth David Religious School students. After becoming B'nai Mitzvah, these vivacious and extremely committed students continue their education in the upper school program and work with younger students in the religious school. Madrichim are such quality role models for our religious school students and we are proud to be their partners as they begin their young adult Reform Jewish journey in leadership and education. Yasher koach! (May they go in strength.) Please come in and meet them.
Money will be collected in every classroom at every session to be given to a specific charity or organization. It is important that the student should be accountable to him/herself. This way the student develops a responsibility in this important Jewish Community effort. This is an excellent value and self esteem educational tool! Tzedakah will be collected in an envelope during every session. The envelope will NOT be counted in class.
Students are to respect themselves, their classmates, their teachers and Beth David.
A. If a student disrupts a class, he or she will leave the classroom with the teacher. The teacher will explain to the child what he or she did that was unacceptable.
B. If the disruptive behavior continues, the student will be sent to the Educational Director's office. The Educational Director will discuss the situation with the student and report back to the teacher.
C. If the student is sent to the office a second time, his or her parents will be contacted.
D. If the student is sent to the office a third time, the Educational Director will arrange a meeting with the student, parents, and teacher.
E. If these procedures are not successful, the student will be subject to suspension, or alternate classroom education such as a private tutor, written assignment to be completed at home, special projects, or different schedules.
All students are expected to dress appropriately. Please inform your children that baseball caps or hats are NOT ACCEPTABLE for the Sanctuary.
Homework assignments are encouraged and expected at Beth David to promote the students' understanding of basic values and concepts of Reform Judaism and to provide opportunities for students and their families to explore Jewish learning.
To and From School: Arrivals and Departures:
Students need to arrive BEFORE 9:30 am on Sunday and 4:00 pm on Tuesday. Every effort to have students present for the entire session should be made by all of the religious school parents.
End of Session Dismissal Essentials:
We are pleased to have you as partners in our dismissal safety program for 2016-2017. We encourage you to find other families to car pool with to decrease the number of cars in the car pool line and your waiting time. We have access to sorting students by zip code and secular schools, just call us!
If You Must Leave Early:
If your student needs to be dismissed early, (we know that emergencies can happen), please email Slevey@bdavid.org (the earlier the email, the better). An early dismissal list is distributed to the teachers so they know what time to send those students to the main entrance.
BETH DAVID RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DATES FOR 2016-17
9/11 –first day!!!
11/5 (Attend on Shabbat)
2/11 (Attend on Shabbat)
5/13 (Attend on Shabbat)
5/21 Last Sunday
5/16 Last Tuesday
NO SCHOOL ON:
RETURN ON TUESDAY 1/3
RETURN ON TUESDAY 4/18