January 24, 2021 |

Notes from Robin

Posted on September 10, 2020

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Dear Religious School Families:

Gratitude

Thank you for your outpouring of support and positive feedback as the year has gotten underway.  I feel blessed to work with such a supportive community, fantastic faculty members, and terrific kids!

Remaining Remote

I am writing today to inform you that the Education Committee and I have decided that religious school needs to remain remote through at least winter break.  We are successfully engaging students remotely, and a shift to in-person RS would entail risks that we are not comfortable taking on. Please note that a hybrid model is not realistic given the technology, space, budget, cleaning, and training required.

We are conscious that our area’s COVID cases are rising, and other local RS and supplemental programs remain remote. A number of programs that offered in-person options are now fully remote, and they face staffing shortages as teachers have been exposed to the virus or are home with sick children.

We further recognize that we will bring together students from multiple school districts and cohorts if we return to in-person religious school.  We believe it is important that we play our role in not increasing the risk that our students, and by extension their secular schools, will be affected by COVID.

A Desire to Connect In-Person – Let’s Dance!

While our learning will remain remote, we are committed to some outdoor in-person options co-sponsored with the Youth Department.  The first program will be a socially distanced dance party on Sunday afternoon, November 8, in the TI parking lot.  Click here for the flyerClick here for the waiver.

Community members will be on hand to assure social distancing, and students will be spaced with at least one parking space between them.  This will be a drop-off event; parents may not remain on-site.  No food will be served, and everyone must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth for the event’s duration.  Participants should bring a water bottle.

We look forward to dancing with you!

Providing Feedback

As we move into November and December, your feedback will be crucial to our continual improvement.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey with your child.  Please complete the survey for each of your children.  And of course, you are always welcome to reach out to any of us.

Livriut U’lshalom, (for health and with peace)

Robin Kahn, Director of Education and Teen Engagement

Michelle Wilen, Education Committee Chair (wilenms@yahoo.com)

Rebecca Katsh-Singer, Education VP (rebecca.katsh@gmail.com)

 

 

 

Dear Religious School Families:

What a unique first week!  Thank you for your patience and encouragement as we rolled out our online program.  We ironed out a few wrinkles, and we are all getting used to this new way of teaching and learning.  Personally, I enjoyed seeing our kids’ faces on the screen, hearing about their summers, and listening to our classrooms come alive with Jewish content.

SHABBAT TEFILA

This Shabbat tefillah begins (9:15-9:45).  Rachel and Anna, our song leaders, can’t wait to sing and daven with you.  Their energy is contagious!  Start your weekend with Shabbat tunes and your TI community.  The links for these services are on the Shabbat tab in your Zoom links spreadsheet.

IFS….

  • If you missed this week because life is crazy, we’ll see you on Shabbat.
  • If you had trouble with links, the spreadsheet, or anything else, please call 617-823-1312, and I can walk you through it.
  • If you have not already done so, please bookmark the spreadsheet, so it’s easily accessible anytime you need a link.

TODAH RABAH – WITH IMMENSE GRATITUDE

A loud and resounding shoutout to our teachers, aides, and madrichim.  I appreciate their inspiring lessons, providing tech support, and endless smiles.  Thank you!

I also want to thank the TI Board and Education Committee for their continuous support in ensuring that our online program is of the highest quality! Thank you!

OVER THE NEW FEW WEEKS, our focus’ will be reconnecting with each other, getting used to online classes’ norms, and of course, Rosh HaShanah Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah.

COMING SOON:

  • Saturday Night, October 10: Family Improv with the Bible Players
  • Sunday, October 25: Apples & Honey Olympics with Ramah Sports Academy (better late than never!)
  • Sundays, November 8, 15, & December 13 & 20: We’re traveling to Israel (virtually) for a one of a kind experiential tour.

Shabbat Shalom,

Robin

RS Registration for 2020-2021 is now live: Click here

Robin Kahn

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Director of Education and Teen Engagement

Temple Israel of Natick

cell: 617.823.1312

https://rs.tiofnatick.org/

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