September scroll article 2015

As we begin a new school year, we reaffirm that Temple Beth Shalom Religious School provides a safe and healthy place for our children to learn our history, heritage, values and religion. We welcome you all to partner with us as we provide our students the tools and support they need to step up and represent Israel and the Jewish people. By empowering our students with knowledge and faith, they feel confident to go out into the world with a sense of pride in their Jewish identity and a feeling of belonging to a community with shared values and traditions.
This year we unroll a new curriculum following the Torah portions of the week in a whole-school learning format. We will enjoy using www.g-dcast.com as a tool to refresh our views on the lessons of the Torah. We will engage our students in focused activities and projects chosen especially to expand their knowledge, challenging them to think and create. In addition, you will see some changes in the way Family Shabbatot are organized, hopefully reaching more of our families more frequently. It is going to be an exciting year!
Teaching staff this school year includes Kathy Nystrom, Gail Lehman, Rochelle Gale, Jacob Hoekzema, Jane Bialosky, Hannah Nystrom, Michal Pollack, and of course, Rabbi Birnholz, Cantor Rubinstein and myself. Paula Hoekzema will once again be in the school office and we welcome teen volunteers, Ben Tardif, Alexandra Heyer, Alexandra Katz, Maya Jenkins, Anna Birnholz and
Jacob Livingston. Thank you to all for making this com-
mitment and giving your time and dedication to our stu-
dents.
Hebrew classes meet on Wednesdays, September 2, 9, 16 and 30. Sunday classes this month will be held on September 20 and 27. On Wednesday, September 20 we will offer a pizza dinner in the sukkah following Hebrew school. We hope you will rsvp and join us to celebrate.
Consecration for our newest students will take place during our Sunday assembly on October 4. Mazal Tov to Miles Livingston, Ari Weiss, Isaak Weiss and Brady Wilgoren and their families on this joyous occasion. May your Torah studies always be sweet!
Mark your calendars for our Pancake Breakfast fund raiser on Sunday, October 25 and be sure to purchase your tickets early from the Temple office. Your full bellies ensure that our school is well supported!
As we begin anew, I wish you all a safe, meaningful, happy, healthy, and prosperous Shanah Tovah u’metukah – from the Pollack home to yours….



Mindy Lessem Pollack