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Am Yisrael SJS Policies

 

  A. Allergies:

We do our best to ensure a safe environment for children who are allergic to nuts. However, we cannot guarantee a nut-free environment. Parents who have students with allergies are expected to give Mr. Sherman a detailed allergy plan, similar to what is handed in at a student’s public/private school. We will talk through the specifics and when appropriate confidentially share it with the faculty and staff.

 

  B. Attendance:

Please be in direct communication with Mr. Sherman and your student’s teacher(s) to communicate each absence via email, text or phone call. Prompt and regular attendance is required. Students who fall short of this standard will need to make up work on a case-by-case basis. Students who miss class due to a religious obligation in another synagogue, youth or mitzvah activities will be granted an excused absence when a note of explanation is provided by a parent or guardian and is not to exceed six sessions.

 

C. Behavioral Expectations:

Appropriate behavior is expected at Am Yisrael SJS. Our expectation is that our School of Jewish Studies is an environment where our students are able to thrive in their learning experiences. Teachers, together with students, will set specific classroom behavior expectations. Mr. Sherman and/or the teachers communicate with parents if issues arise. Every effort is be made to establish a pattern of mutual respect. Our teachers have a protocol for filling out incident report forms when inappropriate issues take place. Parents are notified as to the steps taken to rectify the situation in a timely fashion.

 

D. Dress:

The way one dresses is an important form of self-expression and has an impact on the learning environment. As an egalitarian congregational school, those who identify as male are required to wear a kipah within the synagogue and school buildings. Those who identify as female are welcome to wear kipotas well. We ask students to bring their ownkipot. If they do not have kipot, we will provide them. All post-B’nai Mitzvah students are expected to wear a tallit(prayer shawl) during morning prayer services and on the eve of Yom Kippur. From the time of B’nai Mitzvah, everyone is encouraged to wear tefillin when at services any morning other than Shabbat or holidays. We have several extra tallitot and tefillin for those who do not have their own. Our faculty and staff remind students of the blessings and the way to put on these religious articles if they forget. The following clothing items are strictly prohibited at our synagogue and school:shirts that show midriff, low rising jeans, short skirts or shorts (length must reach fingertips with hands at sides), low-cut shirts, clothing with holes, dirty clothing, clothing with inappropriate messages on it.

 

E. Drop Off:

Students are dropped off promptly to arrive in time for the start of each SJS session. Those who drop off for our Bet (2nd Grade) and younger classes may escort students to their classrooms. Please let Mr. Bogucki know if you are dropping off a student in one of these primary grades and he will show you where to park your vehicle. All students in Gimel (3rd Grade) and older must be dropped off in the circular driveway following Mr. Bogucki or his staff’s directions.

 

F. Electronic Device Policy, Updated July 2018:

We have spent a great deal of time discussing electronic devices with parents, students, faculty, staff and colleagues at other synagogues. Our policy is consistent with policies at local public, private and congregational schools in the area. In order to maintain a proper learning environment at Am Yisrael SJS, all students’ and madrichims’ electronic devices, such as cell/smartphones, mp3 players, hand-held gaming devices and tablets must be powered off during SJS hours, including times in-between class periods. All classrooms have a copy of the SJS School Directory, so that teachers may reach parents if necessary. Any exception to this policy must be approved in advance by Mr. Sherman. Devices found to be in use will be held until the end of that SJS session. Repeat occurrences will warrant parental notification. Should a parent need to reach his or her student or madrich(a) during SJS hours, please call Mr. Sherman’s cell phone at 847-708-1805 and/or the synagogue office at 847-446-7215. Students may power their devices on at 12:15 p.m. on Sundays and 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays to retrieve text or voicemail messages. This policy applies to all SJS sessions, Shabbat Family Programming (SFP), the High Holidays and other Shabbat or religious holidays.

 

G. Hydration:

We strongly recommend that each student bring a reusable water bottle to SJS. Students who bring water bottles are expected to bring them back and forth between home and SJS so water bottles can be properly cleaned. Please write or affix a label including one’s first and last names on each water bottle.

 

H. Kashrut:

All food brought for SJS snacks must be kosher, either dairy or pareve. Packaged kosher food is designated by a seal of certification, known as a hekhsher. Examples of the most commonly acceptable hekhsherscan be found via this link: http://www.kosher-directory.com/supervisions.htm Please note that a simple capital letter K without a circle or other shape is not a permissible hekhsher. A hekhsheris not required for fresh produce, packaged fruit and vegetables (such as mini-carrots or apple slices) if nothing is added.

 

I. Parking Lot:

Mr. Bryan Bogucki, Am Yisrael Building and Grounds Supervisor, is in charge of our parking lot. The safety of our children is Mr. Bogucki’s top priority and we all follow his and his staff’s directions in the parking lot at all times. We request that those with vehicles in the parking lot avoid letting cars idle. For questions, concerns or feedback, please contact Mr. Sherman.

 

J. Pick Up:

Students are only allowed to leave through the front doors of the synagogue or school buildings. Students are expected to wait in front of the synagogue building for pick-up. Students are never allowed to run across the driveway to reach the vehicle of the person picking them up. We also discourage picking up students early unless there are very special circumstances. When it is necessary to pick up a student early, the parent, guardian and/or caregiver must notify Mr. Sherman and check in with security in the SJS lobby and come up to the classroom to pick up the student. The student must then be signed out at the security desk in the SJS lobby.

 

K. Snacks:

At the beginning of the SJS year, parents are assigned specific weeks to provide snacks. Please remember that snacks must have no peanuts, peanut oil or traces of nut products. In addition, snacks must be kosher with a hekhsherand preferably be healthy. On their assigned weeks we thank our families in advance for bringing in a total of 85 servings of snacks (e.g. 3 containers of hummus with baby carrots, string cheese, etc.). New for this year now that Banner Pre-School meets in our SJS building: If you bring your snack within 30 minutes of the start of SJS for the day it is assigned: Please deliver snacks to our SJS lobby and we will divvy them up appropriately to the classrooms and refrigerate perishable leftovers. If at all possible, please bring in big bags, boxes, or fresh fruit as opposed to individually packaged snacks in order to avoid excess waste. If you have any questions, please let Mr. Sherman know. If you cannot bring in snacks on Sundays: please contact the synagogue office 847-446-7215 and/or Mr. Sherman csherman@amyisrael.org or 847-708-1805 (cell) to coordinate a separate time to bring the snacks in to the synagogue office (as opposed to the school building) the week(s) leading up to your assigned week. The synagogue office hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Fridays once daylight savings time ends on Nov 4, 2018. The synagogue office will be open until 5:00 p.m. when daylight savings time returns on Mar 10, 2019.

Sun, May 19 2019 14 Iyyar 5779