Our teaching staff is a diverse group of full-time professional educators, most of whom have advanced degrees in education. All of our teachers are passionate, caring and dedicated role models and work to create inspired, engaging and fun experiences for our students.
Our focus is on creating meaning in the lives of our families through hands-on projects that are exciting and concept-driven. We take those moments and give families the opportunity to explore them during safe, fun events at the synagogue. We also model ritual practice for families to bring into their homes. But we wouldn’t call any of this homework.
Not initially, although we do ask that our religious school families become members six years before their child would become Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
Yes. Call Rabbi Stuart Seltzer at 410/486-8641, ext. 234 to make arrangements.
Your knowledge of Hebrew, or lack thereof, has no bearing on your child’s success. Through 5th Grade our students learn Hebrew largely through prayer. We introduce conversational Hebrew in 6th Grade. More important than your ability to read or translate Hebrew is your show of support and encouragement.
The most powerful thing our kids can learn is how to balance being a Jewish person with other valuable interests and pursuits. Coming to RRS shouldn’t be a forced choice. It’s an important component of the full life of a child, which may also include sports, dance classes, music lessons, or other after-school activities and enrichment programs.
We focus on inclusive learning environments where each child’s learning style is assessed and engaged. We work with each family to create the most effective learning environment for their child and then work with the student to ensure success.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah students must have completed at least six years of religious education and currently be enrolled in a formal program of religious instruction in one of our schools – either the Rosenbloom Religious School or Krieger Schechter Day School. The family’s membership at Chizuk Amuno is also required, and must begin at least three years in advance of the big day. For further details, consult the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook or contact Debby Hellman, Bar/Bat Mitzvah coordinator.
Balashim – Kindergarten
Giborim – First Grade
Kochavim – Second Grade
Halutzim– Third Grade
Solelim– Fourth Grade
Nachshonim– Fifth Grade
SPARKS– Sixth Grade
Atid– Seventh Grade
Balashim (Kindergarten) and Giborim (Grade 1)
Sundays 9:15 – 12:00 p.m.
Kochavim through SPARKS (Grades 2-6):
Sundays 9:15 a.m. – noon
Wednesdays 4 – 6 p.m.
Atid (Grade 7):
Wednesdays 4-6 p.m.
Periodic special programs and experiences
Balashim (Kindergarten) and Balashim (Grade 1) classrooms are located in the Kindergarten/First Grade hallway, on the first floor, to the left of the gym.
Kochavim through Solelim (Grades 2-4) classrooms are located on the second floor above the synagogue administrative offices.
Nachshonim through Atid (Grades 5-7) classrooms are located in the Middle School wing.
The Youth Lounge is located downstairs near the security guard.
The Esterson Auditorium is located near the gift shop.
The Stulman Auditorium is located next to the Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center.
The Krieger Auditorium is located across from the Main Sanctuary.
All students should be dropped off by bus or carpools at the Esterson entrance only (the entrance near the administrative offices of the synagogue).
All students will be dismissed to carpools at the Esterson Entrance only.
On Wednesdays, students who come before 4 p.m. (on buses or carpools) should go to the Youth Lounge. Students who arrive at 4 pm should walk directly to their classrooms. At 6 p.m., teachers will escort their students to the Esterson entrance and remain with them until their carpool family names are called.
On Sundays, at 9:15 a.m., parents of Balashim (Kindergarten) and Giborim (Grade 1) students should continue to walk their children to the classrooms (located in the Kindergarten/First grade hallway, on the first floor, to the left of the gym) until they feel comfortable arriving by themselves. If your child arrives late, please bring them directly to the classroom. If the classroom is empty, walk to the office to learn the room of your child’s special activity. The teacher will escort the children back to the Esterson Entrance for dismissal. Teachers will remain with their students until their family carpool name is called and students are dismissed.
On Sundays, at 9:15 a.m., Kochavim through SPARKS (Grades 2-6) students should walk directly to their classrooms. The teacher will escort the students back to the Esterson entrance for dismissal at 12 p.m. SPARKS (Grade 6) students who leave at 11:15 a.m. should meet their parents at the Security Guard.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING REGULAR DISMISSAL: Should you choose to walk into the Esterson entrance/Garden Lounge to pick up your child, it is imperative that you notify an RRS Faculty or Staff member of their departure for the day.
For dismissal a carpool line is formed in front of the school entrance. Teachers are assigned to monitor the carpool traffic and will assist you in this area.
To help the teachers efficiently dismiss the students to their carpools, please put the family-carpool name on your front windshielf. Please make letters large and dark so that they can be seen clearly at a distance.
Cars cannot park and be left unattended in front of the building – even for a second. This will block the carpool lane and slow down dismissal.
Teachers will note your carpool name and inform students when their carpool has arrived.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Religious School office. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
If you want to bring a friend to Religious School, please consult with Rabbi Seltzer and/or Erica Allen ahead of time so the teacher may be informed in a timely manner. Guests who arrive without permission from the office will be asked to go home or wait in the office. Parents are also invited to visit the classroom. Out of consideration for the academic program, please contact the office ahead of time.
Please see the RRS website for a list of supplies your child will need to bring from home in their backpack. Textbooks will be distributed in class.
Caring for others is an important aspect of Judaism. One way in which we show that we are concerned about others is giving tzedakah. Tzedakah in the form of small change is collected each class day.
If you wish to bring in food for classroom parties or holiday celebrations, please remember that we maintain the rules of KASHRUT. Only baked goods purchased from a kosher bakery, or packaged foods clearly marked as kosher may be used. For early arrival, all snacks need to be dairy or pareve.
Chizuk Amuno strives to maintain a nut-free environment. Please do not bring any food into the facility which contains peanuts or tree nuts.
We also encourage everybody to bring something intangible: Menschlichkeit.
Make good choices over bad
Extend respect to everyone
Never speak badly about anyone
See what should be done, and do it
Consider the ideas and feelings of others
Have a heart and good humor for all