Wednesday Lower School Classes:2nd-7th grades
Snack:            4:00 pm
Class:             4:30 pm
Dismissal:       6:30 pm

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures:
Students gather in Stein Hall for snack beginning at 4:00 pm.  If you want your children to have a snack please arrive before 4:15 pm.  Please meet your child/ren inside the main doors at 6:30 pm for pick-up.

Sunday Lower School Classes:2nd-7th grades
Class:             9:00 am
Dismissal:      12:00 pm

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures:
Students report directly to their assigned classroom. Students in will be dismissed to the main doors of the synagogue for pickup by parent/authorized adults at 12:00 pm.

Curriculum Outlook for Grades 2nd-7th

2nd Grade
This grade begins their formal study of Hebrew and Judaic education.  Children now begin to participate twice a week in our program in preparation for understanding more in looking toward becoming a B’nai Mitzvah.  Students continue to build upon the prayers (tefillot) from previous years.  Our overall objective is to begin providing students with a love of the Siddur, Hebrew language, Tanach, Israel, Jewish ritual and a basic understanding of God.  Students begin an in-depth exploration of holidays, a look at Jewish symbols and the core concepts of Mitzvot.  2nd graders also enjoy art, music and participate in special school/family programs focused on building community. On Wednesdays our 2nd-5th graders will be combined and do experiential educational programming each week including field trips, speakers, art focused programs, and education about Jewish values. This year our 2nd grade class will meet on Sundays and Wednesdays.

3rd Grade
Students continue the study of prayer (tefillot).  They continue learning key Siddur vocabulary and gain a further understanding of the content and rituals associated with these tefillot.  They continue to work on writing Hebrew and continue learning how to chant the service to participate in Shabbat services. The curriculum continues to explore the Tanach and more emphasis is placed on learning about Israel’s history, politics, commercial and cultural life.  Students will also enjoy art, music and participate in special school/family programs focused on building community.  On Wednesdays our 2nd-5th graders will be combined and do experiential educational programming each week including field trips, speakers, art focused programs, and education about Jewish values.  Our 3rd/4th grade class will meet on Sundays and Wednesdays.

4th/5th Grade
The Fifth grade curriculum is focused on learning the Shabbat Shacharit Service during Sunday school classes.  Hebrew classes are designed to complement Siddur Hebrew through challenging students to think critically about prayer meaning and discovering how to find personal meaning through prayer.  Discussion of Jewish practice is also explored within the Jewish world, daily and holiday rituals and history.  Study of the Tanach offers the opportunity to question and discuss biblical text through reviewing weekly Midrash and finding age appropriate meaning.  In recognition of the intense B’nai Mitzvah training students will be completing for the next 3 years, students receive their own Siddur with a personally designed cover created by their parent(s). At the end of 5th grade, students successfully participating in our program receive their Silver Kepah. On Wednesdays our2nd-5th graders will be combined and do experiential educational programming each week including field trips, speakers, art focused programs, and education about Jewish values. Our 5th grade class will meet on Sundays and Wednesdays.

6th Grade

Sixth grade students continue their preparation to become a B’nai Mitzvah. The Hebrew curriculum emphasizes the Shabbat Torah service and preparing students to understand the lessons to be learned in both the weekly Torah and Haftarah parshiot.  Hebrew proficiency is mastered through key prayers in the Torah service & additional prayers in the Shabbat morning service; emphasis is also on understanding the meaning of these prayers and the traditions followed when davening.  Proficiency in Jewish Studies is rewarded with the honor of a Greenie Beanie at the end of the school year. We have added a Shabbat program component and also give 5th and 6th graders an opportunity to lead services in the Main sanctuary.  6th grader students also have the opportunity to participate in a community-wide 5th/6th grade Shabbaton. On Wednesdays our 6th & 7th graders will be combined and do experiential educational programming each week including field trips, speakers, art focused programs, and education about Jewish values. Our 6th grade class will meet on Sundays and Wednesdays.

7th Grade

Being they are entrenched in studying to become a B’nai Mitzvah we gear our curriculum to complement that time of their lives.  Throughout the year the students will gain an understanding of Midot and Mitzvot (values and commandments) within Judaism.  There is also an emphasis on the connection between their Torah portion and community organizations through the Torah U’Mitzvot project. As students are in the midst of experiencing a Jewish Life Cycle event, students will learn about other key lifecycle events and the importance of passing on traditions from one generation to the next.  These students also have the opportunity to study the 100 questions you need to know the year you become a B’nai Mitzvah.  On Wednesdays our 6th & 7th graders will be combined and do experiential educational programming each week including field trips, speakers, art focused programs, and education about Jewish values. Our 7th grade class will meet on Sundays and Wednesdays.