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2016-17 Religious School Registration

A Message from Alisa Levine

Dear Parents of incoming Temple Israel Religious School students,

I hope that your children have experienced much joy in Jewish learning this year; it has been my sheer delight watching them grow. While I will not be here to greet students this Fall, with the arrival of Spring the time is upon us all to start thinking ahead towards the next Religious School year. Within this email you will find all of the information needed to re-enroll your child(ren) in Temple Israel Religious School (TiRS)’s 2016-2017 (5777) academic year. I am confident that our Religious School program will remain healthy and strong under Rabbi Silverman’s leadership. Together we hope to ease the transition for all as we enter the 2016-2017 (5777) academic year. Below is a special note from Rabbi Silverman:

A Message from Rabbi Rachel Silverman

Dear TIRS parents, 

I’m looking forward to meeting you when I arrive in Sharon in a few months. It has already been a pleasure working with Rabbi Fish, Benjamin Maron, lay leaders and, of course, Alisa to manage this transition. I feel blessed and grateful to have the chance to lead the Temple Israel education program beginning this summer. As we discussed when I came to visit at the end of March, we will begin the school year on a very similar schedule to this past year. I anticipate the opportunity to experiment with Shabbat programming over the course of the year, soliciting your feedback and participation throughout the process. 

New This Year

  • The class schedule has been consolidated as follows:
    • Afternoon classes meet on two afternoons only:
      • Mondays
        Middle School: Grade 7 at 2:30pm
        Elementary: Grades 3, 4, & 5 at 3:30pm
      • Thursdays
        Middle School: Grades 6 & 7 at 2:30pm
        Elementary: Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 at 3:30pm
    • Sunday mornings, all students K-6 will continue to meet during one session only: 9:40am-Noon
  • All students entering grades 4 & 5 may enroll in our two Enrichment hours, which meet from 9:00-9:40am, and from noon-1:00pm
  • In order to be as flexible as possible, parents may choose any of the following options for their children entering Grades 3, 4, & 5:
    • Traditional program: students attend the above-mentioned traditional classes at TiRS on Sunday mornings, plus Monday and Thursday afternoons.
    • Weekday Havurah program: students attend traditional classes at TiRS on Sunday mornings, plus Thursday afternoons. In lieu of our traditional 2-hour class on Monday afternoons, students attend a weekly 1-hour Havurah group at a time to be determined. Havurah groups will be made up of no less than two and no more than four students. Sections and schedules will be confirmed by mid-August. Being part of a Havurah requires cooperation between parents in the group and with the group leader. We can only accommodate 12 students per grade in our Havurah program. We will begin a waiting list if/when we meet this limit.
    • Special Situations program: students attend traditional classes at TiRS on Sunday mornings, plus Thursday afternoons, and opt out of Hebrew classes on Monday afternoons. In order to enrol in this special situation category, a letter of understanding must be reached and will remain on file in the education office.
  • To assist you in planning, please refer to the TiRS Schedule and TiRS Fee Schedule. School runs September 15, 2016 through June 11, 2017.

Please read all reminders below, and then click here to start the registration process. You will need your Chaverweb login for this process (there is one per household). If you should need assistance at any point, please feel free to be in touch (781-784-1280).

Reminders:

  • Before any registration can be approved, the Temple Office must receive a non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of $175 for one child in school or $250 for two or more children. This deposit will be deducted from your total invoice; the balance will be billed monthly in 10 installments. Deposits must be mailed separately and, if received by May 26, 2016, you will earn your family a $25 credit towards your account. Religious School tuition and fees will not appear in your account until your June 2016 statement.
  • Early bird registration will help us be most efficient, and will ensure that you receive a $25 credit towards your tuition. Please remember that we must have both your registration forms and deposit on file before Thursday, May 26, 2016 for you to receive this savings.
  • Tuition fees are subject to change pending approval at the annual Congregational Meeting in May. Any additional increase will not exceed 2%.
  • Please make sure that all pre-printed enrollment information is up to date and that all contact information is current.
  • While we will do our best to accommodate family needs and special requests, the school administration will make all class assignments and we will notify parents of assignments in our August back to school mailing.
  • Registration for the year 2016-2017 commits you to payment of the full year’s tuition regardless of attendance.
  • A student becoming bar or bat mitzvah must be enrolled in, and attending, the Religious School, Day School, or Hebrew High School at the time of his/her bar/bat mitzvah.

Temple policy requires payment of all financial obligations, prior and current, by the conclusion of the registration period, unless alternate arrangements have been made. Please contact Benjamin Maron, executive director, if you have any questions concerning finances.

Wishing you and yours all the best as we approach this exciting new year,

Alisa Z. Levine,                    Rabbi Rachel Silverman,
Director of Education            Incoming Rabbinic Director of Community Engagement