Religious School Policies

Attendance

  • Consistent attendance builds lasting friendships and establishes success in Religious School. Curriculum builds from week to week so when a child misses multiple sessions they are really at a disadvantage – in terms of participating in class and becoming a part of the classroom community. Please make every effort to limit your child’s absences.
  • Students must attend 67 percent of classes (19 weeks) in order to matriculate to the next grade. If attendance falls below 67 percent, students will be required to do written make-up work and an agreement must be reached between the school and the family in order for the student to matriculate to the next grade. The Director of Education, the Senior Rabbi, and the Congregation’s President have the authority to withhold matriculation if the family does not comply with the agreement.

Regular Dismissal

  • Open Room: Students must be picked up in their room.
  • First and Second Grade: Students must be picked up in their room, unless other arrangements are made with the teacher for a child to meet their parent or designated person in another part of the building.
  • Third through Eighth Grade: Students are dismissed from classrooms unless a parent makes another arrangement with the teacher. 

Early Dismissal

  • Please make every effort for your child to attend school regularly, arrive on time, and stay for the entire class. Should special circumstances require you to pick up your child before the end of school, the following policy is established with the safety of your child in mind:
  • If a child is being picked up for early dismissal, a written note must be turned into the Education office, and must list who will be picking up the child if it is different from the parent.
  • At the time of early dismissal, parents must come to the office before picking up their child, sign their child out, and receive a card which the parent then gives to the teacher. Adults may be asked to show identification.
  • Teachers will not release a child without a card from the office.
  • Only custodial parents or adults indicated on the written dismissal note may pick up students from school for early dismissal. 

Discipline Philosophy

  • Our discipline policy is based on a set of beliefs that shape the way we respond to our students and help them develop into responsible Jewish adults. These principles are consistent with sound psychological principles and with the Jewish values we live by.
  • Principles of our Discipline Philosophy
  • 1.  Students and staff are expected to behave in a way that exemplifies the values of derech eretz (good manners) and kavod (respect).
  • 2.  All students, even when they have made mistakes, deserve dignity and respect.
  • 3.  Students learn from living with the natural consequences of their actions. By allowing our students to live with the natural consequence of their actions, we send the message that they are capable of making decisions in their lives and learning from their successes and mistakes.
  • 4.  Our role is to help provide appropriate, natural consequences, and to help our students think through their decisions, so they will make even better choices in the future.
  • 5.  Parents are our partners in developing appropriate natural consequences and in encouraging our children to make good decisions. If at any point you feel your child has not been treated fairly or appropriately at Religious School you are encouraged to contact the teacher or to call the Director of Education.
  • If a student engages in unsafe behavior, or if they make it difficult for the teacher to teach or for others to learn, the following steps will be taken: 
    • Expectations will be clearly communicated by the classroom teacher, and a natural consequence determined. 
    • If inappropriate behavior persists, the teacher, the Director of Education, and the student will discuss the student's behavior, encouraging him or her to make different decisions. Parents may be called at this point.
    • If the meeting of the student, teacher, and Director of Education does not help the student to make better choices, the parents will be called by the teacher or the Director to enlist their help. A conference of the parent, teacher, and Director of Education may be held.
    • Continuing occurrences of disruptive or troubling behavior can result in the student being permitted to return to class only if accompanied by a parent. 
    • Finally, if deemed necessary, the Director of Education, the Senior Rabbi and the Congregation’s President have the authority to remove the student from Religious School.

Health and Safety

  • The health and safety of your child is paramount. Please help by following these guidelines:
    • Every student must have up-to-date medical emergency information on file in the school office. In the case of a major injury, the staff will call the parents and arrange for emergency care.
    • Please inform the Director of Education of your child’s special needs (educational, physical, psychological, etc.).
    • When dropping off or picking up children, please observe the orange cones, traffic signs, and safety patrol parents, and do not exceed 5 miles per hour in the driveway or parking lot.
    • Instruct your child to proceed directly to his or her classroom. 
    • Students should dress according to weather conditions.
    • Be aware that the school will schedule periodic fire and tornado drills.
    • Students may not bring to school the following: toys, playground equipment, balls, skates or skateboards, electronic games, or iPods. They may bring a cell phone that must remain turned off and put away during school.
    • If a student complains of feeling ill, the parents will be called. The school may not dispense medicine unless the medicine is accompanied by a doctor’s note.

Security

  • Students and parents should enter and exit the building through the main Temple entrance facing the front parking lot. All other doors in the building will remain locked during school and must not be opened to enter or exit. These doors are for emergency purposes only.

Snacks

  • Open Room: Snack provided each week by the school.

  • First and Second Grade: Snack provided by parents on a rotating basis. The classroom teacher will organize sign up.
  • Third through Sixth Grade: No regular snack, but snacks may be provided for special programs or holiday celebrations.
  • Seventh and Eighth Grade:  Bagel and cream cheese snack provided each week as part of their structured social time.
  • Hebrew School snack: Snacks and drinks for purchase until 4:28 PM. Sponsored by the Brotherhood.
  • Allergies:
  • Allowed snacks for all grades: fruit, vegetables, pretzels, graham crackers, bagels, cream cheese, challah, juice, and water. Any food items not on this approved list (such as items for family programs or holiday celebrations) needs to be approved by the Director of Education.
  • It is the responsibility of the parents of students with life threatening food allergies to inform the Director of Education and the classroom teacher. If a child has a life threatening allergy to a food, that food will be forbidden in that child's classroom. If a child develops a food allergy during the school year, parents must notify the school.
  • We make every effort to keep nuts out of the school including peanut butter, nuts, items containing nuts, or prepared foods whose labels indicate they were produced in facilities that also process nuts. We cannot guarantee that we are a nut free school.
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Guests

  • Only students who are members of Wise Temple and/or are registered in the Religious School are eligible to attend Hebrew and Sunday school classes. Guests under the age of 18 are not permitted on the premises without adult supervision and are not permitted to attend classes. Prospective students are welcome to visit the religious school facility in the company of their parents.

Questions? Terri Snavely, Education Administrative Assistant, 513-793-2997 or tsnavely@wisetemple.org