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From Rabbi Joe Eiduson

Thank you for allowing us the privilege of working with your children! Beginnings are exciting, wonderful, amazing, and awe-inspiring! The CBS faculty members are so excited that it is the start of a new year, even though this new year will be very different from those we have experienced together in the past. On Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, our computer screens, iPads, cell phones, and tablets will be buzzing with the voices of students and faculty engaged in meaningful online Jewish learning and growth.

On Sundays, we will offer two seventy-five-minute online morning sessions for our students in grades pre-kindergarten – 5.
On Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we will offer online Hebrew instruction to our 4th and 5th graders.
On Wednesdays, our 6th graders will participate in our expanded and improved virtual Gesher program. 
Finally, our 7th – 12th graders will meet virtually on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a variety of Jewish online learning experiences.
 
All classes will be live and taught by CBS faculty. Students will be able to interact with their teachers and classmates during class; and for students grade 3 and above, individually during expanded office hours. Our revised Mifgash (morning meeting) experience will also support students’ social-emotional well-being during these challenging times.
During the summer months, we learned a great deal about online learning, and we have made modifications to our program based on what we discovered. We are enthusiastic about these changes and hope they will ultimately improve online learning at our wonderful school. Every student in Kindergarten – grade 7 will receive an individualized kit of essential school supplies and learning materials during our physically-distanced pick-up day at the temple on Sunday, September 13. Details about picking up these supplies will be provided in early September.
We view parents as our partners in the educational process and encourage you to become involved as your children learn online. We also encourage you to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns during the year. If your questions or concerns deal with events within the virtual space, please contact your child’s teacher. On any other issues, please feel free to simply call me.
We plan to return to live classes and programs at the temple as soon as it is safe and responsible for all students, faculty, staff, and families. As we want nothing more than to return to being together in-person, we will continue to monitor public health data and guidelines, follow the guidance of our COVID-19 Taskforce, and look forward to welcoming students back to our classrooms as soon as conditions allow. Once the decision is made, our turnaround time to reopen the temple will be one week.
Finally, we are determined to assist families with 2020 – 2021 tuition, recognizing the hardship this crisis has placed on so many. We are committed to helping our community and, in this ever-changing landscape, it is crucial that we provide our children with stability. If you need tuition assistance due to COVID-19, please contact our Executive Director, Steve Winer, at executivedirector@cbnaishalom.org. 

Again, welcome back, and I assure you that we will do everything within our power to make the CBS virtual learning experience rewarding and fulfilling not only for your child but also for your entire family.

Rabbi Joe Eiduson, RJE
educator@cbnaishalom.org

Wed, October 21 2020 3 Cheshvan 5781