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                        TABLE OF CONTENTS
MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY                                                      6
RELIGIOUS LIFE                                                              9
PARENT PARTICIPATION                                                        9
     Kehillah Schechter Parent Organization (KSPO)
     Chaperone/Driving Policy

STRUCTURE OF THE SCHOOL                                                     14
OVERVIEW OF THE CURRICULUM                                                  15
     Language Arts
     Study of Sacred Text
     Hebrew Language
     Social Studies
     Mitzvot and Holidays
     Study Skills
     Special Subjects (Art, Music/Shirah, Physical Education, Technology,
     Library, Drama)

LEARNING DIFFERENCES                                                        25
     Tutoring and Support Services
     Reviewing Special Needs Students’ Placement at KSA
     The School’s Expectations for Parents of Special Needs Students

PARENT/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION                                                 28
     School Calendar
     E-Mail Bulletins
     Parent Alert Notification Service
     Back-to-School Nights
     Conferences and Progress Reports
     Communicating Parent Concerns
     Contacting School Personnel

HOMEWORK                                             33
    Home Reading Program
    Assigned Homework

FAMILY EDUCATION                                     35
    Family Education Mission Statement

SCHOOL INFORMATION                                   36
    Inclement Weather
    Special Events
    Milestone Events
    Shabbaton – Family Retreat
    Staff Workshops

SCHOOL HOURS                                         39
    Daily Schedule

SCHOOL POLICIES                                      41

KASHRUT POLICIES                                     43
    Group Consumption
    Peanut and Tree-Nut Free Classrooms for Snacks
    Peanut and Tree-Nut Free Snack List
    Field Trips

DRESS CODE                                           46
    Daily Dress
    Kippot, Tallit, and T’fillin

PERSONAL CELEBRATIONS                                47
    Birthday Parties

NURSING                                              48
    Physical Examination
    Special Health Concerns
    Administration of Medication
    Minor Complaints

    Contagious Conditions

TRANSPORTATION                           50
    Drop Off
    Bus Rules

ADMISSIONS                               52
TUITION ASSISTANCE                       54
FACTS PAYMENT PROGRAM                    55
RENTALS                                  55
INFORMATION SECTION                      56
GOVERNING STRUCTURE                      71

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the new school year! New beginnings are so exciting not only for our students, but
also for us as teachers! We all look forward to the first day when our children get out of their cars
and off the buses eager to see their old friends and meet new ones. As teachers, we are excited
to build upon our existing relationships with our students and engage in new ones each year.

Our school is blessed with so many wonderful people—our staff is second to none, they are a
warm, nurturing and very talented group of people. We love each of our students and their
families and are so proud of what each student and family adds to our school community.

Schools are complex places and with so many things going on, it may not always be easy to know
who to call when you have a question or concern. This handbook is designed to help you in your
quest for information and to know more about what is happening throught the year.

Please know that as parents, you are always welcome to visit us at school, to drop by and
experience the magic of Kehillah Schechter Academy for yourself.

If you have a question and are having trouble finding the answer, please don’t hesitate to give us a
call and we will guide you in the right direction.

I look forward to working with all of you this year and hope to see you around school!

B’hatzlachah (With Much Success),

Marc Medwed
Head of School

At Kehillah Schechter Academy (KSA), we are devoted to inspiring Jewish children
to embrace the knowledge and faith of their heritage. Our goal is to teach our
students to become educated, committed, and ethical members of both their
Jewish and American communities. We empower our students to learn and to
seek knowledge with confidence and enthusiasm within a challenging and
supportive environment. Our school reaches into the family, creating a
partnership in faith and in learning.

We strive to achieve our mission by building our program on the following

Jewish Heritage

We are guided by the Torah and the teachings of Conservative Judaism in both
our learning and behavior. In our dealings with children, parents, and each other,
we use our Jewish heritage as our model. We show the children that being
Jewish is exciting and meaningful through observing rituals, doing mitzvot,
studying Torah, having proficiency in Hebrew, and loving Israel.

Integrated Curriculum

Kehillah Schechter Academy uses a uniquely integrated approach to general
studies and Jewish learning. Rather than divide the school day into separate
segments for these areas of study, it incorporates Jewish education into secular
education. Teachers are well versed in both general studies and Jewish learning.
Therefore, they can incorporate Jewish precepts, rituals, language, literature, and
history into the normal school day. In certain subjects, curriculum is specifically
designed to provide education in Jewish topics while working on the skills
necessary for all areas of study.

Hebrew language, however, is taught to every grade by Hebrew speaking
teachers. The children learn modern as well as Biblical Hebrew. The Hebrew
teachers also incorporate general skills into their lessons.

Whole Child

Kehillah Schechter Academy is dedicated to nurturing the growth and
development of the whole child: cognitive, physical, creative, emotional, social,
ethical, and spiritual. At our school, being Jewish is an integral part of each child's
identity and experience.

Child at the Center

We provide a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment for learning where
adults and children work together in mutual trust and respect. It is a place where
children can try new challenges and not be afraid of making mistakes. We strive
to foster in children self esteem, independence, and a better understanding of
themselves and others.

Individual Needs Recognized

Each child has a unique approach, pace, and style of learning. The teacher
considers the goals and objectives of what he or she is teaching and the varying
abilities and learning styles of the child in guiding the student to reach his or her
potential as a learner. Evaluation and record-keeping is ongoing throughout the
learning process. The child is evaluated individually in terms of his or her own
growth and development as well as according to developmentally appropriate
goals and objectives.

Varied Learning Experiences

There are a variety of ways students learn to think, express themselves, and
gather information. To enhance learning, our curriculum centers on the teaching
of different themes and combining classroom subjects and the arts into a
coherent program. This gives the children the opportunity to focus on both
learning individual skills and experiencing enriching activities that are logically
interrelated. The children learn to make connections between diverse subject
areas and skills and see how they are related to each other, to themselves, and

Learning Process

Students develop a curiosity and a love for learning. They take responsibility for
their own learning through making choices, meeting expectations, and aspiring
for excellence. Children learn in many ways, including: their studies, what is
happening around them, and through exploration and discovery. They acquire a
broad base of knowledge and develop skills in communicating, reading,
computing, researching, problem defining and solving, critical and creative
thinking, ethical and moral behavior, and social action. Becoming responsible for
one's own behavior is also a learning process. The children learn respect for
themselves, as well as for other people and their feelings.

Learning From Others

We believe that children learn from each other as well as from parents and
teachers. The children in our school interact in large and small groups within
their grade and also in mixed-age groups. The students are encouraged in their
learning by their teachers' enthusiasm and commitment. By their actions, the
teachers show the children how to talk to each other, behave morally and
ethically, learn, solve problems, respect the environment, and make meaningful
and educated choices.

Family Involvement

Opportunities for family involvement allow the parents and children to grow
together in their enthusiasm for learning and for Jewish life. The students and
the school both benefit from the parents' involvement in the classroom, class and
school celebrations, continuing education classes, the Kehillah Schechter Parent
Organization (KSPO), committees, and Board of Trustees. The participation of the
family in the school and in Jewish tradition and practices enables the student to
realize the importance of these values at home and school and enhances the
parent-school partnership.

KSA Parental Comportment Policy

The school believes that a positive, constructive and cooperative working
relationship between the school and a student's parents/guardian is
essential to the fulfillment of the school's mission. Should a
parent/guardian conduct actions that are not in agreement with the
aforementioned statement, or are disruptive to the education of the
student or the furthering of the school's goals or missions, the school
reserves the right to terminate the relationship with the family. It is further
understood that failure of the parents or guardian to comply with the
Parental Comportment Policy could result in termination of the student
from the school with no release from financial obligation.



The religious life at Kehillah Schechter Academy, within the guidelines of
Conservative Jewish principles, revolves around the rhythm and harmony of the
calendar events, such as Shabbat, holidays, and specific school traditions. Our
students have the opportunity, on a daily basis, to put into practice the mitzvot
(sacred deeds) which they are taught. Ritual observance is lived each day
through Torah (study), Avodah (prayer and ritual), and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of
loving kindness). Each student has the sense that being Jewish is an integral part
of his or her identity.

Kehillah Schechter Academy is more than an educational enterprise - it is a
community in the broadest sense of the word. The school can only succeed with
its mission of providing a rich secular and Jewish education with the commitment
and involvement of the community - teachers, parents, extended family, and the
Jewish community at large.

The role of the parents in meeting the school's goals cannot be overstated.
Parents are essential to the fabric of the school. Parental involvement is welcome
in every aspect of school life. Parents are encouraged to observe in the
classroom and to participate. Participation may include sharing skills and
knowledge with the children, scheduling and coordinating field trips, chaperoning
class programs, inviting students to their places of work, and helping out on the
playground or in the office.

Outside the school's walls, numerous committees attend to the innumerable
issues and details essential for the operation and growth of KSA.

Some parents are members of the Board of Trustees of the school.

Throughout the school year, there are programs geared toward our families.
These events are sponsored by the school, by the KSPO, or by individual
departments. The events include Back to School Nights, learning sessions for
parents, and special milestones or holiday events. Families greatly enjoy
participating in these programs and connecting to the school community.

Kehillah Schechter Parent Organization (KSPO)

The Kehillah Schechter Parent Organization (KSPO) actively seeks the
membership and the involvement of the entire parent body. The parent
organization serves as a liaison between the Executive Board and the parent
community in furthering the educational goals of the school, and enabling
families to enhance their Jewish identity and observance.

KSPO sponsors many monthly activities for our students and our families. Four
days each week, KSPO sponsors hot lunch for a fee paid in advance. Information
about the hot lunch program will be sent out by KSPO, and is available on the

Chaperone/Driving Policy

At Kehillah Schechter, we believe parents are our partners in educating their
children; having you participate on field-trips is a wonderful opportunity. It gives
you insight into what your child is learning and to experience it first-hand. It also
helps to foster the relationship between your child’s teachers and you.

Your role as a chaperone is an important one, and while enjoyable, it requires
that you accept certain responsibilities.

The purpose of the Chaperone and Driver Guidelines is to provide you with an
overview of the chaperone's responsibilities, and to make recommendations for
appropriate responses to various situations that may arise during the course of a
field trip.

Should you require any additional information, or have any other questions or
concerns, you are invited to meet with your child's teacher or principal to discuss
the matter.

Chaperone Guidelines

      A chaperone must be a parent/guardian of a child in the class taking the
       field trip or must have permission from the Head of School.

      A chaperone must be willing and physically able to participate in all

      A chaperone must have completed, submitted, and received confirmation
       of a CORI form. The form may be turned into the Business Office Manager
       for processing. When the report has been received, the Business Office
       Manger will inform the classroom teacher of the chaperone’s approval.
       The CORI form may be downloaded from the school website.
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      Arrive on time and bring a watch.
       It is important that chaperones be on time since trips are planned to
       depart and return to school at specified times. Performances, tours, or
       activities during the trip are scheduled and delays may disrupt the field trip
       for everyone.
      Dress appropriately.
       The KSA dress code is in effect for all field trips. Please consult the
       appropriate section of the handbook if you have questions. Casual,
       comfortable dress is recommended. Listen to the weather report and
       anticipate weather changes. When in doubt bring rain gear or dress in
      Know the children in your group.
       Introduce yourself and be sure that you know the names of the children in
       your group. Name tags or a list of students' names will be supplied by the
       teacher. If a child refuses to follow your instructions, inform a teacher as
       soon as possible.
      Model appropriate language and behavior for students.
      Talk to the teacher.
       Don't hesitate to ask questions if you have doubts as to what should be
       done in a given situation. The teacher is in charge, and her/his directions
       must be followed at all times. Please speak to the teacher privately if you
       have any concerns.
      Watch carefully.
       Always think of the children's safety first. Be alert to potential dangers-
       stray animals, strangers, etc. Do not take chances. If necessary, move
       children to a safe place and inform the teacher.
      Follow all safety rules.
      Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages during the field trip.
      Do not bring along siblings or other children.

       Your responsibility is to the children in your group. Insurance regulations
       do not permit parent chaperones to bring other family members on school
       field trips.
      Do not leave children alone or unescorted.
       It is your responsibility to keep the group together and, when necessary,
       escort children to the lavatory.
      Do not purchase souvenirs or food without prior permission of the

      Do not physically restrain a child.
       Unless a child poses an imminent threat to the safety of him/herself or
       others, chaperones should never physically handle a youngster. Should a
       child refuse to follow your directions, inform the teacher immediately.
      Do not release students to anyone other than the teacher.
       Parents/guardians who want to take children home during a field trip must
       secure permission from the teacher.
      Do not administer ANY medications to a student. The teacher should be
       the only person giving medication. No permission is needed for the
       teacher to administer medication.

Driver Guidelines

If you agree to drive students on a field trip, the following guidelines are to be

    All of the guidelines, expectations, and policies that are listed above under
     the Chaperone Guidelines.

    You must have completed our school CORI Request Form and the
     Volunteer Classroom Field Trip Driver Form. These must be processed 48
     hours prior to the trip departure.

    Your car must have an up-to-date registration, inspection sticker, currently
     be in sound operating order and carry insurance at the proper
     compensatory insurance level of 100/300.

    Do not use your cell phone while you are driving, unless it is an emergency.

   A one to one ratio for seatbelts to passenger must be followed at all times,
    as well as the use of appropriate car or booster seats when necessary.

   Maintain and operate your vehicle in a safe manner in accordace with the
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles.


     The supervising teacher will be responsible for the first aid kit and
      emergency contact information.
     Report illness or injury to the teacher for assessment and follow up. Follow
      instructions given by the teacher.

Kehillah Schecher Academy offers kindergarten through 8th grade. The School is
organized into five teams; kindergarten (Gan Aleph and Gan Bet) and grade 1,
grades 2 – 4, grades 5 – 6, grade 7 and grade 8. Each team is led by a teacher who
also serves as a team leader.

In order to enhance the feeling of being one community, grades are interspersed
in rooms throughout the school.

Students eat lunch in the following grade combinations: K-1, 2-4, 5-6 and 7-8.
Kabbalat Shabbat services for 2nd-4th graders are held together. Other pairings or
groupings of grades are convened for various purposes throughout the year.

KSA views the Upper School ( grades 5-8) as a transition from Elementary School
into High School. In a Kindergarten through 8th Grade environment, the older
students have their own curriculum and program, while still mixing with the
younger students. Students are also active in school service, helping younger
students. This allows them to serve as role models for all the grades in the

The approach for our older students uses a team of teachers to provide students
with a curriculum that recognizes both their intellectual and emotional
development. There is a separate section within this handbook for the upper
school that explains the curriculum, policies, and expectations for these students.
Our curriculum is designed so that each year is an important part of the total
program. In our school, many parts of our curriculum are integrated to
encourage children to recognize patterns and relationships within their learning.
We have summarized individual areas of learning to give an outline of the
curriculum. More detailed information is available from the Department Chairs.

Language Arts

Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are integral parts of all learning at our
school. Our Language Arts curriculum uses these communication skills, combined
with thinking skills, to explore all subject areas. Our goals for the children are for
them to become independent readers for both information and pleasure,
effective writers and speakers, and critical listeners and thinkers.

In our classrooms we provide an environment rich in language experiences to
encourage both a love of language and a desire to use language as a tool for
discovering the world around us. Our students read and write in many genres
guided by their own interests as well as the theme being studied.

Learning to read includes comprehension of the meaning of the text, ability to
analyze the plot, characters, setting and theme, critical thinking, and appreciation
of literature. At each grade level, students read and are read to from many types
of literature, including fiction and non-fiction, drama and poetry. Younger
students begin with the study of letters, sounds, words, and sentences in the
context of meaningful language. The students learn to read critically and to
analyze literature in all subjects.

The goal of the writer is to communicate meaning in his or her written work and
to apply correct spelling and grammar. We use process writing as well as lessons
in mechanics to teach writing. The students participate in a variety of writing
experiences and group discussions. We help the students use their oral language
and reading skills to assist them in developing their writing skills. In individual or
group conferences, the children learn grammar and punctuation and explore
different authors’ writing styles, which they can use in their own writing. Older
students use these skills to write research reports in addition to other forms of

Study of Sacred Text

Torah is a central part of our Jewish lives. We study Torah and our relationship to
God and the Jewish people throughout the grade levels in our school. Our goal is
for the students to connect to the themes, values, and laws of the Torah while
analyzing the text critically. While the students view Torah as Kadosh (holy), they
are encouraged to explore the meaning and ask questions.

Torah study begins in the lower grades through a variety of media including
stories, songs, drama, and art. Children study the weekly Parasha as part of their
T'fillot on Mondays and Thursdays. In 3rd grade, the students receive a copy of
B’reshit and begin to study Torah in the original text. Torah study intensifies in
the intermediate grades when the children learn to use the grammar of the Torah
text to better understand the words. They are introduced to Rashi script and
Rashi commentary. The children use the commentaries to better understand
Torah and to find contemporary meaning in their lives. Students in 5th grade are
taught Torah Cantillation and read Torah at a service. After that point, they
become part of the rotation of Torah readers in the school.

Sections of the Prophets and Writings are introduced in the Upper School.
Students in the Upper School also study Mishnah and Gemara. They use the
original text as their source and interpret the text through the commentaries and
their own ideas.


Our goal in Math is for the children to develop thinking skills that enable them to
devise logical solutions to increasingly complex problems and to develop an
understanding of numbers and computation. Careful attention is given to the

development of a solid foundation in mathematics, including the concepts of
numbers, geometry, measurement, and algebra.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum and
Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework are used in developing our
Math curriculum and in choosing the materials to support our curriculum.
Students use hands-on materials to help them understand new concepts and to
assist in problem solving. They learn to transfer their knowledge onto paper and
to use their math skills in all areas of the curriculum.

Throughout the program, students investigate answers to their questions,
explore new problems and solutions, and recognize patterns and generalizations.

In grades 3-4, when appropriate, classes are leveled by skill. The grouping is fluid
and can be changed as students demonstrate increased math skills.
In the Upper School, student math groups are assigned according to a student’s
performance, interest, and ability level. Accelerated groups are provided for
students working above grade level. Students requiring review or building a
foundation of basic skills are placed in the Foundations level class.

Hebrew Language

Hebrew as a living language is an integral part of our school. Children are
introduced to Hebrew print around the classroom and say the appropriate
Hebrew blessings before eating their snacks.

The students are taught Hebrew using a variety of activities that are written for
and widely used by Jewish Day Schools. Our program uses the four skills to teach
language: reading, writing, speaking and listening, incorporating a controlled
vocabulary and sequenced language patterns. These skills enable our students to
read Israeli literature and to write creatively in Hebrew.

The students learn about the Jewish calendar and how holidays are celebrated in
Israel with their Hebrew teacher. During the year, plays are performed in Hebrew
for the entire school community. Poetry, songs, and newspapers are actively
used in classes. Many of our students’ works have been published in the national
Hebrew magazine, Tov Lichtov.

Special groups are formed for children who speak Hebrew fluently in elementary
grades. Hebrew language classes in the Upper School are leveled with
accelerated, grade level, and intensive. The groups are determined by the
previous year’s teacher. Some Lower School classes are leveled as well.


In our science program, students question and explore various facets of the world
around them. They study Physical, Earth and Space, and Biological Sciences.
They develop their experimentation skills and they learn to observe, question,
hypothesize, predict, and analyze data.

Our K-3 students have a Science Specialist who meets with them in small groups.
Much of the Lower School Science curriculum is developed using current
published and teacher designed units. Many Science units are integrated with
Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Torah.

The 5th graders participate in an Innovation Convention, an event that gives
students an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in solving problems, thinking
creatively, experimenting, and working with data as they invent a new product or

Students in grades 6, 7 & 8 study Energy Science, Life Science, Physics and
Chemistry. Students are exposed to the latest findings and research. In addition,
they can participate in the annual Science Fair to answer a challenging problem
and demonstrate what they have learned. This is offered as an elective.

Our 6th graders participate in a week long study of ecology and the environment
at the Teva Learning Center, a Jewish outdoor nature study center. This program
is for Jewish Day School students from many different schools throughout the
Northeast. Upper School students use a Science lab for experimentation. Their
program is a three-year program with one year each of General Science, Physical
Science, and Life Science. In 7th grade, students travel together to strengthen
their bond as a class and to prepare for their 8th grade Israel excursion. The
destination of this trip will be announced shortly. 8th graders participate in the
annual science fair with 9th graders from our sister school, Ironi Gimmel, in Haifa,
Israel. The 8th graders then go to Israel, as the class trip, to continue their
research; Ironi Gimmel students come to KSA in the Spring when the projects are
put together and presented at the annual school Science Fair.


T'fillot (prayers) are a part of each day in school. In each grade, the children add
portions of the daily Shacharit service to their morning prayers. Much of the
service is sung together as the children gain skills in leading services as well. In 1st
grade, the children receive a Siddur (prayer book) in the spring, as their Hebrew
reading skills and their familiarity with the prayers are developed.

Our students pray using the weekday Nusach (traditional melody). On Friday
afternoons, students in different grades of the Lower School join together for the
Kabbalat Shabbat service.

Students also have Shiurei T'fillah (lessons in prayer) both during and separate
from their class services. This allows them to explore the meaning and history of
the prayers and to build Kavanah (direction in prayer).

There are many opportunities in the school year for parents to join their children
during the morning service. Parents are encouraged to wear Tallit and T’fillin
when visiting.

Social Studies

Our Social Studies curriculum begins in kindergarten with "My Family and I" and
expands through the grades to study the modern world with an emphasis on
American government, history, and America's place in the world. Geography and
literature are integrated throughout each year's studies. Jewish history is
included at each grade level while modern Jewish history is taught in the upper

It is our belief that Israel plays a very important role in Jewish life. Therefore, in
addition to yearlong inclusion of Israel in the children’s studies, an intensive unit
on Israel is taught each year preceding Yom Haatzmaut. Our emphasis is on a
personalized, experiential encounter with materials about the land, the people,
Israeli society, current issues, and the relationship of the Diaspora Jews to Israel.

We look to our Jewish, Zionist, and American heritage as great sources of moral
and ethical principles.

Mitzvot and Holidays

In the study of Mitzvot and holidays, the children progress from the basic study to
a deeper sophistication and understanding, including using the Torah as a
resource. Teachers help build a child's understanding of related rituals and

Different themes for each holiday are stressed in each grade level so that the
child builds his/her knowledge and conceptual foundation based on ability and
developmental readiness. Children are encouraged to find personal meaning in
the observance of each holiday.

In the study of Mitzvot, the goal is for the child to know and understand the
Hebrew terminology surrounding the Mitzvah and to understand and find
personal meaning in the values and morals that are related to the Mitzvah. The
4th grade children celebrate their annual Milestone Event on the theme of

Being Jewish is exciting and meaningful. At Kehillah Schechter, we want the
children to be knowledgeable participants and leaders in the Jewish community.
Our school has many school-wide events and celebrations related to the holidays
that give us an opportunity to share our love of the holidays together.


Beginning in 7th grade, our students have the opportunity to begin the study of
Spanish in addition to Hebrew. Through oral and written work they explore the
Spanish language and culture. In our school, we recommend that some students
participate in the Academic Lab class as an alternative to embarking upon the
study of a foreign language.

Study Skills

Our school integrates study skills into every grade. In the lower grades, students
learn to take responsibility for their personal and classroom belongings and for
their learning.

In the upper grades, the students learn to organize their study strategies through
long-term projects, research reports, and multiple assignments. As they develop
their research and note taking skills, they become more independent in
completing their assignments. Students use a homework assignment book to
help them plan the work they have outside of school.

As they mature, students learn to use primary sources along with other source
material to write papers. They review outlining, note taking, and test taking
strategies. They continue to develop their library skills using both the school and
outside libraries and learn to locate and integrate information found

Special Subjects

Art, music, computers, drama, dance, and creative movement are an ongoing
part of our elementary classrooms. We have regularly scheduled classes with Art,
Music, Physical Education, Computer, and Library Specialists.


In our Lower School, all classes meet with the Art Specialist weekly. The students
experiment with materials and design, learn about color, line, and space, and use
their creativity to produce pieces of art. The children develop a heightened
awareness of the world around them. In many cases, they use Jewish life as an
inspiration for artwork. As they focus on different study areas, the children are
introduced to great artists and their work.


Music is an important part of the Lower School student's education. Classroom
teachers incorporate music into the curriculum and Lower School students have a
class weekly with the Music Specialist. There they learn about music theory, the
basics of rhythm, pitch, and harmony along with basic note reading and ear
training. They also learn about the various periods in the history of music and
study different composers and their works.

Through singing, instruments, and movement, the children explore different
cultures. Through music, we teach about holidays, language, and the
appreciation of musical styles and instruments. The children use music to study
time, motion, and sound.

The Music Specialist introduces the children to new songs, rhythm, musical
theory, and instruments. The children are active participants in the full music

Our school offers after school and lunch-hour instrument lessons for an
additional fee. These lessons are arranged through our Music Specialist. Students
may study one of a variety of instruments. In the Upper School, students may
choose between Makhela choir and Orchestra/Jazz band, all of which perform at
many school and community events throughout the year.

A Shirah (Hebrew Singing) Specialist comes into classrooms in the lower grades to
teach songs associated with Jewish prayer, holidays, and culture. This class
augments their Hebrew language skills and enriches their Judaics studies while
providing an opportunity for students to enjoy participating in Jewish music and
to develop their connections to the Jewish people.

The entire school participates in our annual Zimriyah (Song Festival). A theme is
chosen for the year and each grade learns Hebrew songs to go along with the
theme. In the Spring, they perform their songs along with movement and dance,
to which the entire community is invited. The Zimriyah is a joyous event.

Physical Education

Our Physical Education program teaches children to respect and care for their
bodies through exercise and movement and to master developmentally
appropriate physical skills in our state-of-the-art physical education wing.
Children MUST bring or wear sneakers to school on gym day.


Our school integrates technology with the curriculum in each class. Technology
classes are taught in a computer lab where each student has his/her own
computer to use; additionally, some computers are kept in the classroom with
software that supports the learning environment and Our computer teacher
meets regularly with grades 2-5 in small groups to learn basic computer skills and
to work on creating multi-media presentations.


The library is an integral part of our school. Lower School students have a weekly
library class with the school librarian. They learn library skills, listen to stories,
and have the opportunity to borrow books.

Among the library’s collection are fiction and nonfiction books, magazines,
reference books in both General and Judaic studies, audiovisual materials, and
teacher resource materials.

Our library catalog is computerized. Students learn to access books and materials
through our computer catalog and on the Internet. The library has student
computer stations available for research.

Overdue notices will be sent to parents after 30 days. There is no fine for
overdue books, but at the end of the year, parents will be billed for lost books


The drama curriculum is complemented by a variety of performing arts programs.
Programs are available as part of FastTRACK and Sheer Arts Summer Enrichment

Students may elect to participate in the biennial all school Hebrew Musical play.
Rehearsals are held after school and at times that are least intrusive to the school
At KSA, we value each child’s contribution to our school and community of
learners. We are dedicated to a differentiated instruction approach for all
students. While our program incorporates a variety of teaching methods and
learning experiences, within the classroom some students may require additional
support services or classroom accommodations to meet their academic needs.
These will be implemented both in and out of the classroom setting.

The progress of every child is monitored and evaluated by the classroom teacher
and/or support staff. If the classroom teacher and/or special needs teacher have
a concern about the child’s learning, the parents will be contacted. A team
meeting will be scheduled to assess the child’s learning situation and to set
appropriate goals to meet the child’s needs. Parents may also express their
concerns and initiate a meeting.

In some cases, educational testing may need to be done outside of the school to
assess the child’s learning needs. The testing may be done either by the child’s
hometown public school system or a private educational psychologist who
specializes in testing. Private testing fees are the responsibility of the parents.
Check your health insurance policy as some provide coverage. Your hometown
public school is obligated to test your child at no cost.

Tutoring And Support Services

Developing an appropriate educational program for a child is an ongoing process
that involves the parents, classroom teachers, and support staff. Open and
ongoing communication between parents and teachers is essential for success.

Our school offers support services for our students and families. These include
special needs teachers, inclusion specialists in the upper grades and a Hebrew
resource teacher. All of them consult with the classroom teacher about
appropriate strategies and materials for all students.

The special needs teachers work in the classrooms, in small groups outside of the
classroom, and with the classroom teachers to modify curriculum. Emphasis is
placed on helping the child to work successfully in the classroom by modifying the
curriculum as needed and differentiating instruction so that all students benefit
to the best of their ability from the material presented.

Gateways, The Jewish Special Education Collaborative, is a nonprofit organization
committed to helping students with learning differences succeed at their day
school. Gateways provides specialized services above and beyond the school's
existing support. Their staff includes Occupational and Physical Therapists,
Speech-Language Pathologists, and Special Educators (Reading, Learning
Disabilities). The Gateways Team provides services to students in and out of the
classroom, consults with classroom teachers, and meets with school staff,
Kehillah's Special Needs Teachers and parents. In addition, some testing is
available through Gateways. To find out if this program would be helpful for your
child, please contact Claudia Michaels-Brodsky, KSA Lower School Special Needs
Coordinator or Pam Levanos, KSA Upper School Special Needs Coordinator, at
781-769-5555. For general information about our programs, please contact the
Gateways Program Coordinator, Ilene Greenwald, at 781-769-5555, or check out
their website at There is an additional cost for Gateways

If a child needs additional tutoring beyond what is available through the school
program or Gateways, parents are responsible to hire and pay for a tutor. In
order to ensure the child’s success, all services, even those received outside of
school, must be coordinated with the student’s school program. The tutor must
work closely with the classroom teacher and communicate regularly with the
special needs teacher. Recommendations for tutors are available through the
special needs teacher.

Reviewing Special Needs Students’ Placement At KSA

The parents and school must work together to ensure that placement at Kehillah
Schechter is appropriate for the student with special needs and that learning
needs are being successfully addressed. We strive to make certain that each child
is placed in a learning situation where he/she can succeed. Students must be
able to develop positive self-esteem, feel successful within the program, and
learn with their class for most of the school day. It is our goal to allow every child
who wishes to experience a day school education.

The school will review the recommendations of the Individualized Educational
Plan (IEP) developed by the child’s hometown school system and other private
testing and will try to provide the necessary services or accommodations. The
school is not obligated, however, to implement recommendations or goals that
are in conflict with the educational philosophy of the school or that call for
services that we cannot currently provide.

There are some students with significant learning challenges whose academic
needs may not be able to be successfully met within our program. We may not
always be able to meet the needs of students with significant behavioral or
emotional difficulties that are disruptive to classroom learning. Every effort will
be made to help a child and his/her family. However, when the child’s or family’s

needs cannot be met within the limits of our program, then parents are
counseled and advised about finding an alternative school placement.

It is the responsibility of the Head of School to make immediate decisions
regarding students who endanger the health or safety of others or themselves.

The School’s Expectations for Parents of Special Needs Students

Parent cooperation is crucial to the success of the student with learning
challenges. Parents are expected to follow through with recommendations,
maintain communication with the school, and assist their child at home. It is the
financial responsibility of the family to pay for all services and testing beyond the
scope of what is available through our in-house special needs or guidance
programs. Services offered by the Gateways Team are contracted separately by
parents. To ensure the success of the student, the partnership between the
school and parents is crucial.

Further information about our special needs program and Gateways is available
through the Special Needs Coordinators.

Learning begins with the family, and one of the goals of our school is to work with
the family to extend and develop that process. The role of the parents is to be
informed and involved in their children’s education.

The quality education we strive for at Kehillah Schechter Academy can happen
only through an effective partnership between the parents and the school. Good
communication is an essential component of such a partnership. The teachers
and staff at KSA are ready to work with families when there are any concerns
regarding the child's development, particularly when the concerns involve his/her
experience at school.

School Calendar

A calendar for the upcoming school year is posted on our website (www.ksa- Parents should check it regularly to note holidays, special events, half
days, and days when school is closed.

E-Mail Bulletins

The school utilitzes email to notify families of important information. Please
update the school office if your email changes. Copies of all school-wide emails
also appeare on our website for reference.


Check our blogs regularly to now what is going on in school. The school has an
official blog which is written by the Head of School and special guests. Each
classroom teacher also publishes a blog to share news and thoughts from their

Parent Alert Notification Service

This service allows us to send a telephone, text, or e-mail message to families
providing important information about school events or emergencies.

Back-to-School Nights

Back-to-School Nights are scheduled for the fall, one for grades K – 1, one for
grades 2 – 4 and one for grades 5 – 8. This is an opportunity for parents to visit
their child(ren)'s teacher(s) and classroom(s) and to hear what the children will
be studying during the school year.
This year, the dates are:
              K-1: Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 PM
              2-4: Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 PM
              5-8: Monday, September 12, at 7:00 PM

Conferences And Progress Reports

In each school year, there are two scheduled parent/teacher conferences,
November 10/11 and March 21/22. Sign ups for conferences are done
electronically. Information will be emailed to you in late September.

In addition, parents will receive Progress Reports. In K - 5, the school has two
progress reports that include a checklist and comments. In 6, 7 & 8, the parents
receive two progress reports that include letter grades and comments as well as
two mid-term reports. This is to help students prepare for the transition to high

Communicating Parent Concerns

If parents have concerns that the reports do not address, we ask that they follow
the procedures presented below. When an issue arises, the parent should first
contact the child's classroom teacher in school. Often, the parent and the
teacher together have the information to handle the issue.

   1. To make an appointment with the teacher to discuss an issue, write a note
      to the teacher, leave a message in the office, or email the teacher. In order
      for the teacher to devote full attention to parental concerns, a meeting or
      phone call must be scheduled for an appropriate time and place. The
      teacher will call or email the parent to set up this meeting or to arrange for
      a convenient time to call.


   3. If a parent has a question or concern regarding a subject area taught by a
      specialist (art, music, library or gym), he/she should leave a message in the
      office for the appropriate teacher. Please know that several of our
      specialists only teach part time. If a parent feels that the issue is urgent,
      he/she should tell the school secretary, who will get the message to the

   4. If a parent has a curricular concern, he or she should contact the
      appropriate department head (see the faculty listing at the end of this

   5. For some issues, the teacher and parent may need a follow up meeting or
      assistance to devise a plan to deal with a specific problem. Part of this
      plan may be to establish a schedule for reporting progress and receiving

   6. If a parent has followed the steps outlined above and is still concerned,
      he/she should make an appointment to discuss the issues with the
      Assistant Head of School (see below ).

   7. It is critical to always go to a teacher first with a concern. It is appropriate
      to leave a message for the teacher with questions about:
      □ your child's progress
      □ your family going away
      □ meeting with the teacher
      □ homework
      □ something that happened in school

Contacting School Personnel

It is important for parents to know who to turn to for everyday issues. Please
direct your questions to the appropriate person as outlined below:

The Director of Admissions & Recruitment – Sandi Morgan Dunn (smorgan@ksa-
who will help you with:
   □ Admissions & Recruitment
   □ FastTRACK After-School Program
   □ Transportation
   □ Sheer Arts Summer Program
   □ Makhela Choir
   □ School Play
   □ Special Programs

The Director of Finance/Tuition Assistance Coordinator – Irving Dunn (idunn@ksa-
who will help you with:
    □ Oversight of Business Office
    □ Tuition Assistance Award Committee Coordinator

The Business Manager - Sandy Spector (
who will help you with:
   □ Student Accounts
   □ Billing & Collections
   □ Tuition Assistance Administration
   □ FACTS Payment Plans

The Accounting Specialist – Ellen Powell (
who will help you with:
   □ Billing – Extended Day, Homework Club, FastTRACK, Bus
   □ CORI, Chaparone & Drivers Licenses Forms

The Facility Director - Steve Greenberg (
who will help you with:
   □ Rental of facility
   □ Building and Grounds Maintenance

The Receptionist - Rita O’Brien (
who will help you with:
   □ Communication with Teachers
   □ Telephone Correspondence

The Assistant to the Head of School/Office Manager – Nancy Anderson
who will help you to make appointments with:
   □ Head of School, Marc Medwed
   □ Assistant Head of School, Richard Waldman (Discipline, Records,
       Standardized Testing)
   □ Assistant Head of School, Ivonne Krasnick (Students and Parents)
   □ Assistant Head of School, Dr. Nitzan Resnick (Teachers, Curriculum, and
       Professional Development)

The Administrative Assistants – Freya Maltz & Sue Shulman
who will help you with:
     □ Child’s absence
     □ Dismissal and bus changes (
     □ FastTrack afterschool program changes
     □ Email address changes
     □ Milk and challah orders
     □ Bar/Bat Mitzvah calendar
     □ RenWeb Assistance

     The Director of Institutional Advancement – Fran Kantor (
     who will help you with:
        □ Oversight of Intitutional Advancement Office
        □ Capital Campaign
        □ Feasibility Study
        □ Israel Arbeiter Gallery
        □ Planned Giving

     The Director of Major Gifts and Annual Campaign –
     Sara Ades Goodwin (
     who will help you with:
       □ Annual Campaign Development
       □ Give or Get
       □ Major Gifts
       □ Ruach Newsletter
       □ Grandparents Liaison
       □ Alumni Connection

     The Development Associate– Tracy Andryc (
     who will help you with:
       □ Administrative Support
       □ Gifts, Checks, Acknowledgements
       □ Support for Israel Arbeiter Gallery
       □ Database Management
       □ Tribute Cards

     The Event Consultant – Ellen Kaye-Singmon (
     who will help you with:
        □ Israel Arbeiter Gallery Events
        □ KSA Annual Fundraising Events

Other people to turn to:
If you have questions about KSPO: Vicki Dyckes
Hot Lunch: Sheryl Katzman,

If you have a Board related question: Dr. Michael Agus, President

Home Reading Program

Parents are encouraged to share appropriate books with their children by reading
aloud in a family setting. Some of these books could be in Hebrew for those parents
who are comfortable with it. Reading at home provides a special time between the
parent and child with books as the central theme.

Assigned Homework

The purpose of homework is to give students the opportunity to work on and be
responsible for their own learning outside of school. Homework assignments reinforce
and supplement the skills or concepts learned in school and build the students' ability
to carry out independent work. Homework gives students experience in following
directions, raising additional questions for study, and developing responsibility,
organization, and good study habits. Homework assignments and responsibilities can
take many forms including skill practice, independent reading or writing, assigned
reading and writing, special projects, and research.

Teachers have different expectations and purposes for giving homework at each grade
level. The students need to learn to be organized, manage their time and materials
effectively, plan projects, and explore resources. In the earlier grades, the emphasis is
on shorter assignments, usually practice and reinforcement and beginning
explorations of topics that encourage the child to develop and use good study habits.
As the children progress, the assignments become more complex, stressing the
acquisition of knowledge. At this point, good study habits, effective time
management, and organization are necessary tools for success. Our goal is to help the
child develop the skills necessary to be a responsible and independent learner.

Parental support is essential to accomplish our goal. While a child is learning to work
on his/her own, parents can provide a time and place that is free of distractions.
Children need help structuring their homework time. Parents can show interest in
homework by guiding, encouraging, and clarifying. Parents should give comfort and
support rather than active assistance and instruction.

It is recommended that time be set aside each day for homework. If a child does not
have assigned work, the time should be used for reading. Reading can be silent, the
child reading to the parent, or the parent reading to the child.
The following gives parents a sense of approximately how much homework to expect:

      Grade 1              Assigned homework a few times a week
                           lasting no more than fifteen minutes each
                           evening. Students are also assigned projects
                           to complete with their families.

      Grade 2              Assigned homework four times a
                           week lasting about twenty minutes each

      Grades 3, 4 & 5      Assigned homework five times a week
                           lasting between twenty minutes to forty-five minutes each

      Grades 6, 7 & 8      Assigned homework five times a
                           week from one and half to two hours each
                           evening including many long-term assignments.

At "Back to School Night", each teacher will share with parents his or her expectations
of homework and suggestions for parents. If a child is regularly spending a
tremendous amount of time on homework, very little time, or if an assignment is too
difficult, please contact his/her teacher immediately.

We ask that students not do any written homework on Shabbat or Chagim.

Family Education has developed into its own identity at Kehillah Schechter Academy.
Families value the opportunities we provide to share experiences around Jewish
Holidays, Culture, Israel, the Arts and Mitzvot. Family Education continues to grow
and offer unique opportunities for our community. We are recognized for our
commitment to excellence in engaging families in creative Jewish experiences. We are
honored to have been awarded the Sh’arim Grant from CJP (Combined Jewish
Philanthropies). This will enable us to continue to expand our offerings and build an
active family learning partnership.

Family Education Mission Statement

We, at Kehillah Schecher Academy (KSA), are committed to inspiring Jewish Families to
embrace and connect Jewishly to the world around them through the teachings of the
Conservative Movement. Family Education creates a partnership among students,
parents, staff, and community. We empower our families to become active learners
and search for ways to enhance their Judaism. Through Family Education
opportunities, we encourage meaningful intergenerational experiences that support
families in their own Jewish growth. We see ourselves as a community within a larger
community that respects and integrates with one another in a supportive

Our major goals and objectives include:

    Initiate contact with new families in order to assist in the process of integrating
     them into our school community.
    Provide opportunities to explore Jewish life and values and our connection to
     Israel in a creative way.
    Continue to build a sense of community.
    Broaden family experiences to include ongoing opportunities of Tzedakah and
     Gemilut Chasadim, both in Israel and in our own community.
    Help families make decisions/commitments to Jewish life through different
     models of Jewish Family learning.
    Connect our School Community to the larger Jewish Community through
     community projects and events and by serving as a resource for Jewish
     opportunities in our area.

Family Education is always interested in exploring new avenues to pursue for our
community, and we invite you to share your ideas. If you would like to join our Family
Education “family” or want further information about Family Education opportunities,
please contact Marla Olsberg, Family Educator, at

Inclement Weather

Our first concern is the safety of our families and staff. It is important to realize that
we don't necessarily close when the Norwood Public Schools are closed. If our snow
removal company tells us that our parking lot will be safe and the roads are improving,
we may decide to open, but with a suitable delay. On such days, staff members will be
arriving late. Therefore, parents may not drop off their children more than 1/2 hour
before the delayed starting time. We try not to close school once it is in session, but
we do consider it upon the advice of the local police when the roads are becoming
worse and driving more hazardous. We understand that many parents are working,
but our first concern is to have the children, and our staff, arrive home safely.

We announce our cancellations on the radio and television stations, as well as with our
Parent Alert Notification Service beginning at 6:00 a.m.

Special Events

Our school year is enriched with a variety of special events. These events are listed in
the annual school calendar on the website.

Parents are notified of field trips through their child's teacher. Some events happen
outside of school time, such as our Zimriyah (Hebrew Song Festival) and the school
play. Events like this are considered a part of the school program and all children are
required to attend. A recital is scheduled near the end of the school year for those
children who are part of the musical instrument program.

Each class has an annual milestone event. Often, these special programs begin at 8
a.m. (earlier than the regular start of school). The 2nd grade Havdalah service is on a
Saturday evening. Parents should check the school calendar and make plans


Zimriyah is a school wide evening performance of Israeli song. It is an integrated school
wide curriculum performance where students learn through music both the values of
Israeli life, the cultural pieces which are central to our shared Jewish peoplehood
experience with Israel and experiment with their language through music and song.
There are chances for children and adults to dance in addition to the performance. The
8th grade class is celebrated for their time in the school as they model the transition
from older student to younger student.

Milestone Events

Milestone events take place mostly during morning hours and are part of the grade
wide celebrations of Jewish ritual moments in their lives. Most of the grade milestone
events happen during the tefillah (the morning prayers) that the students participate
in. Parents are invited as full participants in this service with their children. Around
that service are other presentations, performances and activities that vary in each
grade. There is usually a light breakfast associated with the program for which parent
volunteers are welcome and valuable members. (Siblings who are students in the
school, especially in older grades, are welcome to attend the milestone.)

Shabbaton – Family Retreat

What is a Shabbaton? A Shabbaton is a family weekend away with other families from
the school. The idea of a Shabbaton is to have a restful Shabbat experience guided by
ritual practices of Conservative Judaism, to which our school ascribes. These
experiences are part of a fun filled family oriented program of play, rest and learning
together as families. The hope is to build community in among KSA families as well as
provide a chance for everyone to have a shared Shabbat experience together. This
year’s Shabbaton will take place June 1 – 3, 2012, at Camp Ramah in Palmer, MA.


Our school is committed to the environment and the Mitzvah not to destroy our world.
Therefore, we attempt to recycle whenever possible and encourage parents to equip
children's lunches with reusable containers and cutlery.


Every student in the school has a locker or cubicle to keep coats, lunches, books, and
other belongings. The student is responsible for keeping it neat and taking all food
items home each day.

There is no adhesive tape allowed in or on the lockers. Students may use magnets to
hang appropriate pictures and/or posters inside the locker. No locks are allowed on
any locker in the school. Therefore, valuables should be left at home.

Lockers are assigned by the classroom teacher and are used for the school year. At the
end of the year, the student must empty his or her locker completely.

Staff Workshops

Throughout the school year, the students have time off from school for Staff Days to
enable the teachers to work on curriculum related issues. The staff uses the time to
explore and develop new and exciting materials and teaching techniques to best meet
the needs of the students. The school calendar lists these dates.

Daily schedule

Hours for the school are as follows:

      Grades K – 3 M - F          8:15 - 3:00
      Grades 4 – 5 M - F          8:00 - 3:00
      Grades 6 – 8 W,F            8:00 - 3:00
                   M,T,Th         8:00 - 4:00

   On Fridays, during the winter months, school is released at 2 p.m. We begin the
                   2 p.m. dismissal on Friday, November 18, 2011.
            Friday dismissal returns to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2012.

Extended Day services are available at the school for an additional fee until 6:15 p.m.
on Mondays through Thursdays, Friday until 4:15 (3:15 during early dismissal weeks).
Children in all our grades are eligible for the program.

The school doors open at 7:45 a.m. K - 3 students are expected to arrive by 8 a.m. and
to be ready by 8:15 a.m. K - 3 students who arrive before 8 a.m. must go to the art
room. 4th through 8th graders are to arrive by 7:45 a.m. to be ready to begin by 8 a.m.

The doors will be kept locked at all times other than drop off and dismissal. If your
child is coming in late, please call the school. The school is equipped with an alarm
system and a video monitor for the doors. Visitors must check in at the reception desk
at the main door and receive a visitor’s pass.

When a child arrives late, the parent must accompany him/her through the main
entrance (Door 1) to check in. Please do not walk your child directly to class.
Attendance must be taken and for emergency purposes, we must account for all
students who are in the building.

When a child leaves early, the parent must come to the reception desk at the main
door to sign him/her out. The receptionist will page the child to come down to the
office to meet his/her parent.


FastTRACK is the after school program and, in addition to offering a wide variety of
enrichment programs, includes Extended Day, Homework Club, Orchestra, Jazz Band,
Instrumental Music, Voice Lessons and all school Hebrew Musical Production.

FastTRACK offers over 40 enrichment workshops each week. Our program is filled with
innovative and fun activities. There are several new workshops never before offered in
FastTRACK. We will be utilizing the wonderful expanse of the academic, art, music,
nature and physical fitness facilities of our campus.

These activities are age appropriate, and academically, athletically and socially
oriented. They are aimed at exposing, educating, engaging and exciting our students.
Creativity, energy and excitement fill our campus during the after school hours. Each
afternoon offers a variety of activities, enabling students to explore and develop
different interests.

Extended Day is available Monday through Thursday until 6:15 p.m. and on Friday until
4:15 (3:15 during early dismissal weeks). Extended Day offers students an opportunity
to relax and socialize after a busy day of classes in a structured environment. All
students, not in class or with their parents, while on the school premises must be in a
supervised program. The FastTRACK catalog of programs is issued three times a year.
More information may be requested by contacting Sandi Morgan Dunn at

Private, half-hour music lessons are held throughout the school year. They are
coordinated through Ken Faria and given at the school, from 3:15 – 5:30 p.m., Monday
through Thursday. More information may be requested by contacting Ken Faria at


In the event that a child is ill and will not attend school, the school must be notified by
a phone call or email. The office will inform the classroom teacher who keeps records
of absences. If a child has missed more than two days, please arrange to speak to the
child's teacher about missed lessons.

A child who has an extended illness of a month or more is responsible for the
schoolwork missed once he/she is physically ready. While the child is absent from
school, for an extended absence, he/she can arrange to work with a tutor provided by
the child's hometown. The tutor works with the school and receives materials from
the child's teacher. Once the child is back at school, we gradually help the child make
up the schoolwork guided by the child's health. Ongoing communication, both during
the illness and once the child is back at school, is crucial.


We are guided by the Torah and the teachings of the Conservative Movement in our
behavior and our working with children. Our staff members are role models for our
children. We encourage our students to resolve conflicts through words and to refrain
from inappropriate behavior.

Our fundamental values that we expect students and faculty to live by and to work
together towards are:

1. ‫( ואהבת לרעך כמוך‬V’ahavta l’reyacha kamocha) You shall love your neighbor as
yourself: our school’s community and guests are to be treated with respect and
courtesy at all times. Our school is committed to a program of teaching children how
to respect, include, and value one another in all grades. Parents will also play an
essential role in this process.

2. ‫( בל תשחית‬Bal Tashhit) Do not destroy: respect for private and public property is
to be given at all times.

It is expected that all children will demonstrate behavior that is conducive to the
learning process. However, when incidents occur that cannot be resolved between
the student and his/her teacher, the Head of School or Assistant Head of School will
talk with the student. It is our goal to help a child learn responsible behavior; parents
are an essential part of that process.

Some behaviors are of a more serious nature. Examples of these behaviors include,
but are not limited to, any behavior that threatens the safety of themselves or another
child such as hitting, biting, consistent rudeness and/or disruption. A child who
exhibits these behaviors will be sent to the office. This will allow the class to proceed
and give the child the opportunity to be removed from the situation and to have time
to think about his/her actions. Parents will be expected to pick the child up
immediately if it is deemed necessary. Upon the child’s return to school, a plan will be
instituted to allow the child to make up missed class time. The school, the parents,
and the child will work together to set short and long term goals for the child.

Children who have been sent home more than twice will be considered on probation
at our school. In extreme circumstances, a child may be put on probation after the
first incident. The Head of School, Assistant Head of School and child’s teacher will
work with any child who is on probation and his/her family. If, after determination of
the Head of School, KSA is not the appropriate placement for the child, the child will be
permanently dismissed.

Kashrut Policy
Group Consumption

ALL food for group consumption, whether in the school or out of the school, whether
for students, families or at a community function, MUST have a hechsher, be prepared
in the school building from hechshered ingredients, or come from an approved kosher
caterer or accommodator. This includes all food brought in to share in the classroom;
class cooking projects, milestone events, meals provided on field trips or overnight
trips, and so forth.

Foods cooked at home MAY NOT be brought in for group consumption, regardless of
the kashrut of the home. Items purchased in supermarkets must carry one of the
recognized kosher labels.

These include:

(for a complete list, check out

Fresh bakery goods must come from a kosher bakery. The school office maintains a
list of these establishments.

Foods that are brought in that do not meet these standards will be held in the office
for parents to pick up after school.

Any questions about Kashrut should be directed to the Head of School.


To simplify kashrut observance, students should bring a pareve (not meat or dairy) or
dairy lunch from home. No meat or poultry items may be brought for lunch. (Some
products look like meat; please send a note in your child’s lunchbox when your child
has that kind of product in his/her lunch.) Fish, non-meat pizza, eggs and vegetables
are permitted. Shellfish and seafood that lack fins and scales are not kosher and may
not be brought to school. Please note that “imitation crab” items often have actual
crab in them and “beef (or chicken) flavored instant soup” often contains real beef (or
chicken) flavoring. These items are not kosher. If an unacceptable item is brought into
school, the staff will tactfully and privately point out the problem and provide a
substitute lunch. Please do not send foods that require warming in the microwave for
lunch. The kitchen does not have a microwave. Students are not allowed to share
food in school.

On KSPO meat-lunch days, there will be designated (and covered) tables for those
students eating the meat lunches. Students eating their own lunches will be at
different tables and all the regular rules about bringing in only dairy food continue to

Peanut and Tree-Nut Free Classrooms for Snacks

As you are undoubtedly aware, over the last decade there has been a significant
increase in peanut related allergies throughout the United States. Nut allergies are
particularly unforgiving. Exposure to even tiny or trace amounts can produce
anaphylaxis in allergic individuals, which is life threatening unless immediately treated.

Our mission as a school has always been to create a safe and caring community for
each of our students and our staff. That is why we have chosen to create a peanut and
tree-nut free culture in our classrooms.

Here is what is required:
For classroom snacks, do not send your child to school with ANY products that contain
peanuts, peanut flour, peanut oil or peanut butter or other nuts. This includes snacks
with almonds, coconuts, filberts, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts,
pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts.

Please note: Food labels/ingredients may change over time, so it is always
recommended that you read the label before purchasing snacks. Please read labels
carefully to make sure the products are nut free. Food with a label that reads "May
contain traces of peanuts/nuts" is NOT acceptable.

Peanut and Tree-Nut Free Snack List

Approved suggested classroom snacks:

All fresh fruit
Dole Fruit Bowls
Sun-Maid Raisins (not chocolate covered)
Applesauce Cups
Motts Fruit Blasters
Applesauce Tubes
All Fresh Vegetables Including: Carrots with Dip
Celery Sticks with Cream Cheese or Dip
Only Betty Crocker or Nabisco Fruit Snacks , including: Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit By The Foot, Gushers, Shark Bites, Fun Fruits
Scooby Doo Fruit Snacks
Hi-C Fruit Snacks
Nilla Wafers
Oreos & Mini Oreos (not mint-creme)
Chips-Ahoy (not minis)
Nabisco Wafers
Teddy Grahams
Pepperidge Farm - Milano, Chessmen, Shortbread and Sugar Cookies
Nabisco - Barnum Animal Crackers,
Cameo Cookies
Fig Newtons
Nutri-Grain Apple Cinnamon/Brown Sugar Twists
Rold Gold Pretzels
Snyders of Hanover Pretzels
Ruffles Potato Chips
Lays Potato Chips
Keebler Club Crackers (original only, not sandwiches)
Nabisco Saltines
Wheat Thins
Vanilla & Chocolate Pudding
Dole Fruit-n-Gel Bowls
Delmonte Fruit & Gel To-Go Bowls
Yogurt (not soy brands) - Gogurt, Danimals, etc.
T. Mazettis Carmel Apple Dip (with apples)
Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars (not with almonds)
Hershey Kisses (not with almonds & not Hugs)
Milk Duds, DOTS, Sour Patch Kids
Honey Grahams & Sticks Ritz Crackers (plain)
Honey Maid - Cinnamon Grahams & Sticks
Pnngles (original only)

Field Trips

When on a field trip or any outing from school, the only foods that students may
purchase are foods that carry a recognized hechsher (kosher symbol), food from a
certified Kosher restaurant/caterer, or UNCOOKED dairy or pareve foods, i.e. ice
cream or fruit.

All chaperones and drivers must adhere to the same standards as the students.

If you have any questions, please call the school office.

Daily Dress

We ask that children dress in a manner that is respectful, neat, and clean. As this is a
place in which we pray and we study Torah, we must remember at all times to be
dressed appropriately. This means that:

   1. No bathing suit tops, halter tops, spaghetti strap shirts, or very short skirts or

   2. No clothing with holes.

   3. No outfits with offensive sayings.

* The Upper School has a separate dress code. (See Appendix, page 66)

The Head of School has final authority to decide if something is inappropriate to wear
to school and to inform the child and/or the family.

Kippot, Tallit, and T'fillin

Both boys and girls learn to read Torah and to lead services at our school.

Boys and men are obligated to wear a Kippah at all times while at the school. Girls and
women are also encouraged to do so. Students must bring their own Kippot to school.
It is suggested that children leave three kippot in their lockers at all times.

Boys who have reached the age of Bar Mitzvah must wear a tallit and t'fillin during the
Shacharit service. Girls who have reached the age of Bat Mitzvah are encouraged to
do so as well. Students must purchase their own tallit and tefillin for use in school. In
addition, all students, whether male or female, must wear kippah and tallit when
reading from the Torah, serving as shiliah/shilihat tzibor (leader of the service) or for
any other honor in the service.

Birthday Parties

A birthday celebration is a very happy time for a child. Here are a few guidelines that
we hope will be helpful in planning parties:

When you invite children to your child's party, try to include the whole class or at a
minimum, all the boys or all the girls.

Please ensure that the menu is in conformance with the school's kashrut policy.


If parents would like to celebrate their child's birthday in school, please notify the
child's teacher in advance.
The school employs a part-time nurse. She is on the premises every day from 9:30 –

Physical Examination

A state-required health form must be completed for each new student and students
entering 7th grade. A certificate of immunizations that meet the current MA School
Vaccination Requirements must be submitted prior to the start of school. For
returning students, a health screen form should be filled out along with a copy of
current immunization records from the physician. This will enable us to keep abreast
of any changes in your child’s medical history as well as to keep our records current.
Students must have updated medical forms and emergency numbers submitted to
begin school in September.

Special Health Concerns

Please let the school nurse know if your child has medical, physical, emotional or
behavioral issues that may require individual attention (for example, vision or hearing
problems, asthma, allergies, special medications). A meeting prior to the start of
school can be arranged to discuss a plan of care to best meet the needs of your child.

Administration of Medication

The school nurse may not give prescription medication without a physician’s order and
medication authorization form signed by the parents. Parents are asked to be sure the
pharmacist fills a separate bottle to leave in school. All medicines with the exception
of epi pens and inhalers will be logged in and kept locked in a medication cabinet in
the nurses office. Over the counter medications that have been approved by our
school physician may only be given to your child if you have signed the medication
form and after assessment by the nurse.
Minor Complaints

If a child experiences a mild discomfort, such as a sore throat, headache or nausea, the
nurse will evaluate the child and determine the appropriate treatment according to
the guidelines on the child's medical information form. If a child is not well enough to
remain in school, the parents will be notified and pick up will be arranged. A sick child
may not remain in school. Parents must arrange to have their child picked up
immediately. Children left in school can be contagious to others.

Contagious Conditions

If a child has a contagious illness (for example, flu, strep throat, etc), or a contagious
condition (for example, head lice), please notify the school at once. The school will
alert families in the class. If a child has been sent home with a contagious condition,
the parent should follow a doctor's advice about returning to school.

Children with strep infection or other contagious illnesses need to be on antibiotics for
a full twenty-four (24) hours and remain fever free before returning to school.

When children have been treated for lice, they need to be checked by the school nurse
before returning to class.

Children who have a fever, (99.8 degrees or above) or complaints of illness, should be
kept home from school.


In the event of a medical emergency, the child will be taken, by ambulance, to
Norwood Caritas Hospital and the child's parents will be notified immediately. The
school must have current emergency phone numbers on file for each child. Please
update all changes, even temporary ones, on your RenWeb account as necessary.

Drop Off

Please drop off your child by the entrance to the gym (awning). Please pull up to the
end of the drop off lane (near the outdoor basketball court) and wait for a Kehillah
staff person to open the car door and help your child/ren out. Do not get out of your
vehicle, it slows down the “drop off” process and increases the opportunity for
accidents to occur. Do not double-park so that your child must walk behind another
car to get to the sidewalk. K - 4 students are expected to arrive by 8 a.m. and to be
ready tp begin at 8:15 a.m. K - 4 students who arrive before 8 a.m. must go to the art
room. 5th through 8th graders are to arrive by 7:45 a.m. to be ready to begin at 8:00


Students in grades K-5 are dismissed at 3:00 p.m. every day, except for Fridays, when
dismissal is at 2:00 p.m. during early dismissal weeks. Students in grades 6-8 are
dismissed at 4:00 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday
and Friday, (2:00 p.m. on Fridays during early dismissal weeks.) Please park in the
parking lot and walk to the entrance by the gym (awning) to wait for your child/ren.
Students will not be allowed to walk to the parking lot unaccompanied. Please do not
come into the building as it causes a fire code hazard when too many people gather
in the doorways.

We will also have buses and vans supporting families from, Chestnut
Hill/Newton/Needham and Providence/Cranston/N. Attleboro communities, dropping
off and picking up our children. Please do not block the circle area during drop off and
pick up.

Use Extreme Caution: Please be extremely cautious during pick up and drop off. Do
not talk on your cell phone. Drive under 5 MPH while on our campus and watch for
people and cars. Our number one concern is the safety of each child.

Bus Rules

Children are required to behave on the bus. The bus driver keeps a list of children who
misbehave which he/she shares with the Assistant Head of School. For the 1st incident
(of any kind) the child/ren will be assigned a special seat. For the 2nd incident, the
parents will be called. For the 3rd incident, the child will not be allowed to ride the bus
for a number of days (to be determined by the Assistant Head of School).

The rules for the bus include:
       1. staying in seat
       2. no yelling or screaming
       3. no hitting or other physical contact
       4. no climbing on the seats
       5. talking respectfully with the driver and the other passengers
       6. no throwing objects within the bus or out the windows
       7. no arms, legs, or heads out the windows
       8. no touching other children’s homework or belongings

Parents should remind children to look for their belongings before getting off the bus.

Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child
and your family. We invite you to learn about Kehillah Schechter Academy by viewing
the web-site, requesting a recruitment packet, speaking to the Director of Admissions,
and most importantly, visiting our school. The goal of our admissions process is to
determine whether your child’s needs would be appropriately met at our school and
whether our school is a match for your family. We encourage those families who
support our mission and philosophy to seek admission for their child.

The steps in our Admissions Process are as follows: Contact Sandi Morgan Dunn,
Director of Admissions, by phone (781-769-5555) or e-mail: to
request a recruitment packet and to schedule a visit.

      Meet with the Director of Admissions and Head of School, Marc Medwed, to
       learn more about KSA and to tell us about your child. This will be followed by a
       comprehensive tour of the school.
      Attend an Open House, a Song and Story Hour for Preschoolers, Kindergartners
       and Parents, or a Spectacular Science Sampler for 1 st through 5th grade
       students. Please check out our link for a calendar of recruitment programs for
       the 2011-2012 school year.
      Complete the Application Form found in the packet or on-line, including the
       Release of Information Form, and submit it with a $100 non- refundable check
       made payable to KSA.
      Give the appropriate AISNE (Association of Independent Schools of New
       England) Student Evaluation Form found in your packet or on our web-site: (K-
       1), (2-6), or (6-12 English and 6-12 Math) to your child’s current school or
       teacher. These forms must be returned by the application deadline in order to
       finalize the admissions process.
      The priority deadline for applications for siblings or children of faculty and staff
       is November 1st.
      The deadline for Kindergarten (Gan Aleph and Gan Bet) and 1 st grade
       applications for the following year is December 15th.
      The deadline for 2nd-8th grade applications for the following year is February
      We will accept applications for students in all grades after these deadlines on a
       space-available basis. We will also accept new students mid-year on a space-
       available basis.
      Applicants for Kindergarten (Gan Aleph and Gan Bet) and 1st grade visit the
       school in late January for a small group (1 ½ hour) session with the Kindergarten
       and 1st grade teachers and staff. They are also scheduled for a (½ hour)
       individual screening with the Screening Coordinator on a subsequent day. At
       the same time, parents will meet with a member of the Administrative Team to
       answer any further questions.
      Applicants for 2nd - 8th grade visit the school for a half or full day, joining their
       peers in their current grade. The individual 45 minute academic screening takes
       place during the visit.
      Admission decisions are made by a committee consisting of the Head of School,
       Director of Admissions, Screening Coordinator, Team Leaders, and appropriate
      When applicable, Gateways (Jewish Special Education Collaborative) staff,
       meets with the parents to determine what services are needed for their child to
       be successful in our school.
      Decision letters are sent on March 9th, or in the case of a mid-year or late
       applicant, when the application and admissions process has been completed.
      Tuition Assistance packets are available in January and decisions are sent in
       early April.
      Tuition agreements signed by both parents (or one parent in a single parent
       family) and deposits must be returned by April 10th in order to secure a place
       and officially enroll your child in our school.
      New parents will be invited to a New Parents Welcome Reception at the home
       of a current family in February and to appropriate school and family events in
       the spring.
      Kindergarten students will be invited to an ice cream party before the start of
      New students are encouraged to enroll in our summer Sheer Arts, SMART, or All
       Sports programs for one or more weeks in order to become familiar with the
       school, students, and staff.
      Current families are encouraged to refer new families and will receive a $500
       tuition rebate if the family enrolls in the school.


Tuition for the 2011-12 school year is $13,000 for Gan Aleph, $19,800 for K – 5 and
$21,300 for Grades 6 – 8.

Tuition covers only about 80% of the cost of educating a child at KSA. The rest is made
up by monies raised through the Institutional Advancement Office. Many parents,
Board members, and others support the school financially so that it can provide the
quality education that it does for its students. All parents are required to raise or
donate $613 a year through the “Give or Get” program.

Give or Get is a mandatory fee of $613 per family as reflected in each tuition
enrollment contract. It is billed by the Business Office and must be paid by June 1 st.
Families may choose to "give" it via check or through a FACTS payment plan or "get" it
by soliciting a friend or business to make a donation to KSA in any amount. If you
choose to "get" the fee, the donor will receive, as a benefit of their gift, an ad in the
KSA Spring Tribute Journal and a listing on our website.

Important Note: As per the IRS guidelines, the Give or Get fee in not tax deductible.
Give or Get will not be counted towards Annual Campaign gifts or benefits.

New families requiring tuition assistance should request the tuition assistance packet
from the school at the time of application in order to meet the scheduled deadlines.
The decision to admit a student is independent of financial need. Funds for tuition
assistance come directly from the school’s operating budget and on a very limited
basis are supported by outside resources.

Tuition Assistance packets are available from the Business Office. These packets are
available at the beginning of December. Application for tuition assistance is made by
submitting FAST's on-line application form. The deadline to apply and mail your
finalized 1040 Federal tax return for 2011 is Friday, January 13th, 2012. In the case of
divorced or separated parents, the school requires financial information from both
parents. A complete set of details are included in the tuition assistance packet.

Tuition assistance decisions are confidential and are made by an anonymous
committee. Financial need and availability of funds determine the amount of the
awards. All tuition assistance is awarded for one year only, and families must reapply
each year. Approximately 60% of our families receive some tuition assistance.

Announcements of awards are made at the beginning of March, if all required
information has been received on time. Tuition assistance requests and applications
completed after the deadline run the risk of limited funds being available.

Kehillah Schechter Academy is making use of the FACTS Tuition Management Program
to allow families other payment arrangements outside of the single payment in May.
FACTS allows monthly payments directly debited from the family’s checking or savings
account. Families fill out an agreement online via FACTS web portal, conveniently from
your home or work. Families, that do not pay in full, are required to enroll in the FACTS
Tuition Management Program.

In addition to tuition, FACTS can accommodate monthly payments for the following:
6th and 7th grade trips, the 8th grade Israel trip, Shabbaton, Bus payment, Give or Get,
or Capital Campaign commitments. Payments for trips and activities must be made in
advance of the start of the activity.

Please contact Sandy Spector, Business Manager, with any questions or to add one of
the above options onto your FACTS account.

The School facilities are available for rental. In the past years, families, associations
and community groups have rented the gym, gallery and classrooms for Bar/Bat
Mitzvah and birthday parties, indoor soccer practices, basketball leagues, meetings,
training sessions, speakers, book clubs and services. The School requires two members
of the extended KSA community to serve as sponsors for the rental group. Contact
Steve Greenberg, for additional information.




Table of Contents
1. Your Schedule, Classes, and Teachers –
   What to Expect Throughout the Day.
     Schedule and Classes
     Attendance and Tardiness
     Hafsakah, Lunch, and Recess
     Lockers and Desks
     Computers and Other Electronic Devices

2. Upper School Programs and Policies
     Derekh Eretz
     Honkhim (Advisors)
     Interaction with Lower School Students
     Grade Trips

3. Grading and Standardized Testing
     Grading/Progress Reports
     Standardized Testing

4. Dress Code

5. Bar/Bat-Mitzvah Celebrations
      For the Family of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah
      For the Guests of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

   What to Expect Throughout the Day

Students in Upper School take more classes than they did in the Lower School and
have more teachers, who are specialists in the areas they teach. A typical schedule
includes Language Arts, Math, Hebrew, Science, Social Studies, Judaics (including
Tanakh and Rabbinics), Spanish (beginning in 7 th grade), Language Arts (7th grade) or
Humanities (8th grade), and Physical Education. Students will receive a detailed
schedule on the first day of school.

School begins at 8:00 a.m. every day. Students are expected to be unpacked, settled,
and ready to begin school promptly at 8:00 a.m.

On Wednesdays and Fridays school ends at 3:00 p.m. (Please note: during the winter
months school ends at 2:00 on Fridays.) On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday school
ends at 4:00 p.m. No students will be allowed to remain in their classrooms after
dismissal. Students who do not ride one of the buses and who are not picked up by
parents at dismissal time must be enrolled in either the extended day program or in
one of the after-school programs.


Regular attendance is crucial to a student’s success in school. When a student is
absent, he or she is responsible to get and complete all missed work. We recommend
that a parent call the office or email the homeroom teacher and make arrangements
to pick up the assignments. If a student knows in advance of an absence, it is his or her
responsibility to inform all of his or her teachers and to obtain the necessary work.

Students who are late to school need to be signed in at the main office, where they
will receive a note admitting them to class.

Students are expected to be punctual throughout the day. Parents will be notified
about persistent tardiness.

By law, we are required to report the number of times a student is absent or tardy.
This information is recorded by the homeroom teacher and appears on the report


Hafsakah Students will have a mid-morning break between classes during which they
may socialize with friends and eat a snack. Students are encouraged to bring healthy
snacks (such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, or yogurt).

Lunch Students will bring their lunches to school, or may sign up for the KSPO hot
lunch program on days it is offered. All lunches need to be dairy or pareve, in keeping
with the school’s kashrut policy. Due to fire safety regulations and to simplify
maintaining the kashrut of the school kitchen, students will not be allowed to use the

Students are expected to stay in the lunch room for the entire lunch period, including
birkat hamazon, unless they are meeting with a teacher for academic help. Students
are expected to maintain appropriate decorum in the lunchroom and to clean up after
themselves. Finally, students are not allowed to use electronic devices (Ipods, Ipads,
Itouch, etc.) at lunch, but they may be used at recess only.

Recess Recess time is designed for recreational purposes, and students should not
bring books or other study materials with them to recess. Except in cases of extreme
weather, all students are expected to be outdoors and should have appropriate attire.
Everything needed for recess should be brought to lunch. Students are expected to
remain on the playground for the entire recess period, unless they are meeting with a
teacher for academic help.


Students are assigned desks and lockers for the school year in which to keep all of their
personal belongings. No student may tape anything on the outside of his/her locker or
desk. Students are responsible for keeping these areas clean.


The amount of homework varies from teacher to teacher. On average, students will
have approximately two hours of homework each night. Students who find they
consistently have more than two hours of homework a night should speak with their
teachers and/or advisor, to review organizational strategies and to consider modifying
assignments, if appropriate. While a certain amount of anxiety about schoolwork is
normal, students should not feel overwhelmed.

Homework boards are maintained in every classroom on which subject teachers
record all assigned work. In addition, many of the teachers own and maintain a
website where homework is posted. At the end of each day, students should check the
homework board to ensure that they have written down all of their assignments and
that they have packed all necessary materials to complete their homework. Teachers
also record quizzes, tests, and due-dates for long-term assignments on the large
calendars found in each homeroom, and students should consult these regularly as


Teachers expect that students have access to computers at home for homework (in
particular, word processing and web research). In addition, there are times that
students may be required to use a computer for classwork during the school day. At
the beginning of the year, teachers will review appropriate guidelines for in-school
computer use. In general, students will work in school on KSA-owned computers.
Students should own a flash drive (“memory stick”) on which to store their work and
transport files between home and school.

Students who wish to bring in and use their own laptops in school may do so, provided
they follow all rules for appropriate computer use.

Some students may choose to use an electronic calendar to record assignments.
Students who wish to do so should discuss this option with their team leader.

Cell phone use is not permitted during school hours, except when a student is given
explicit permission to use it by a teacher or staff member. All student cell phones must
be turned off and stored in a locker during the school day. Parents who need to reach
their child during the course of the day should leave a message in the school office,
and the homeroom teacher will relay it to the student. If students need to reach their
parents, they will be directed to use the telephone in the school office.

Should a student be discovered using their phone without permission, the following
actions will take place:
    □ For the first incident, the student will receive a verbal warning by the teacher or
    □ For the second incident, the student’s phone will be placed in the office for the
    □ For the third incident, the sudent’s phone will placed in the office and not
       returned until the end of the school year.
    □ Records will be kept of each incident.

Music players (such as iPods) may be used only during recess and must be stored in a
locker at all other times.

Students who misuse electronic devices will receive a warning. After a repeated
offense, the device will be taken away and held by the homeroom teacher until the
end of the day.

As students enter the Upper School, they are expected to assume more personal
responsibility for their own learning. Note-taking, test-taking skills, organization, and
time management are just a few areas that become more important as students get
older. Non-academic issues can also present challenges to students, including social
relationships among students in the same grade and in different grades , as well as
issues outside of school.

Teachers and administrators are available to help students with both academic and
non-academic issues. Learning how to access different kinds of support and help is an
important part of school and teachers are available to support students both inside
and outside of the classroom.


Derekh Eretz, in its broadest sense, entails acting with consideration and kindness to
others. Treating people respectfully, acting appropriately, following directions, and
being honest and truthful, is not limited to a specific time or class; rather, these are
constant values throughout the school day. Derekh Eretz should permeate the entire
school day, and carry over to out-of-school celebrations (such as a classmate's Bar/Bat
Mitzvah or a community event).

When students do not act with appropriate Derekh Eretz, the following steps will be
       □ Students and teachers will meet to review the events that led up to the
         incident, describe the inappropriate behavior, discuss more appropriate
         ways of handling the situation, and develop a plan (including appropriate
         consequences) to prevent this type of behavior from recurring.
       □ When appropriate, other teachers or administrators (Assistant Heads of
         School or Head of School) may participate in the meeting.

At the beginning of the school year, the homeroom teachers will help each grade
formulate appropriate classroom expectations. Homeroom teachers will review
strategies to help students succeed in meeting these expectations. These may include
taking a break, going out of the class to regain control, and/or reflecting in writing
about specific behaviors or incidents. Please refer to the section on the Discipline
Policy (below), for more details about how more serious or recurrent behavior
problems are addressed.

Homeroom activities vary each week and may include social and academic
components that build on classroom learning and, in turn, create a foundation for
successful learning throughout the day. The homeroom teacher in each class checks in
with every student during this time. In addition, homeroom teachers will:
 Disseminate relevant information to students about school events and day-to-day
 Address concerns that the students may have as a class.
 Help students create an environment in the classroom that is conducive to learning.
 Meet with parents regarding any concerns they may have.
 Run morning meetings.
 Maintain regular communication among all subject teachers.

C.   ‫“ חבורה‬HAVURAH”
All Upper School students participate in Havurah. This is a weekly discussion session
that gives students an opportunity to discuss social, school-related, and personal
concerns with a teacher in a safe environment. Sometimes, the group discusses a topic
that the teacher has chosen, such as peer pressure, study skills, conflict resolution,
drug and alcohol abuse, managing social relationships, or choosing a high school.
Other times, students will suggest topics based on their current concerns.
Confidentiality within the Havurah setting is underscored to ensure open
communication. When appropriate, parents will be informed of classroom issues.


Being dugmaot (role models) is a central theme in the Upper School. There are many
opportunities for students to interact with younger students. Sometimes this happens
informally (for example, in the hallway or on the bus). But there are also structured
interactions scheduled throughout the school year, designed to foster relationships
between the older and younger students in our school. For example, younger students
look forward to guest Torah readers, buddy time (which may meet weekly for Kabbalat
Shabbat or other special occasions), and visiting older grade classrooms for joint
learning experiences.


Each fall, the 6th grade participates in a week-long program at The Teva Learning
Center in Falls Village, Connecticut. This program is designed to complement our
science and Judaic curricula by highlighting Jewish environmental values. Our 7th
graders will have a group trip, destination to be determined, in the Spring. The trip
will include activities aimed at building our 7th grade community by focusing on
appreciating individual differences, conflict resolution, and fair fighting, as well as
responsibility to community beyond oneself. Students are expected to attend their
class trips, as no alternative classes or programs are offered at school during the week
of these trips.

The 8th grade trip is a 10 day Israel Experience, with a focus on science, technology,
Jewish living and history. The trip is part of the year long science research project that
occurs between our 8th graders and the 9th graders from our sister school in Haifa, Ironi
Gimmel. The result is that students form strong relationships with their Israeli peers.
The trip is the culmination of a KSA students’ educational experience as they learn
about Israel the moment they begin here and helps to foster a love of Israel – an
important belief held by Kehillah Schechter.

More detailed information on all of these trips will be provided as we approach the
trip dates.


Teachers review with students what constitutes appropriate behavior, both within a
classroom setting and during less formally structured times of the day (such as lunch
or recess). As outlined in the “Derekh Eretz” section above, there are specific steps
that teachers generally follow when students behave inappropriately (for example,
disrupting a class, bullying a peer, or speaking disrespectfully to an adult). If, however,
a teacher deems a student’s misconduct to be of a more serious nature, the following
steps may be taken:

 Parents may be notified immediately. In the case of vandalism or other damage to
  school property, parents will be required to pay the school for the damage.
 In certain cases, a student may be suspended from school. The decision to suspend a
  student is made solely at the discretion of the Head of School.
 KSA has a “no tolerance” policy for the use of illegal drugs or alcohol, sexual
  misconduct, and serious acts of violence. Students involved in these activities will be
  suspended or expelled, at the discretion of the Head of School.

Bullying and Harassment Policy

At Kehillah Schecher Academy, every child has the right to:

1. learn in a safe and positive environment,
2. be free of harassment including (but not limited to):
    □ Physical: punching, poking, kicking, strangling, hair pulling, beating, biting and
        excessive tickling
    □ Verbal: hurtful name-calling, teasing and gossip
    □ Emotional: rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, humiliating, blackmailing,
       rating/ranking of personal characteristics, manipulating friendships, isolation,
       ostracizing and peer pressure
    □ Sexual: exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual propositioning, sexual harassment and
       abuse involving actual physical contact and sexual assault
3. receive the help of caring adults if any of the above rights are violated.

Bullying is a serious offense in the Upper School and will not be taken lightly. Once a
student is found to be bullying another student, that student will be subject to the
following discipline protocol:

1. On the 1st offense, the student will be spoken to by the child’s teacher.

2. On the 2nd offense, the student’s parents will be notified and the student will
receive a warning that disciplinary action will be taken if the behavior does not stop.
That warning will go into the student’s file.

3. On the 3rd offense, the student will be restricted from being with the group during
unstructured times (lunch/hafsekah) for up to one week. Additional actions may be
taken if deemed necessary by the Administration. In addition, the parents will be
notified, and they will be made aware of the student’s negative behavior.

4. If the student continues to bully or harass other students, the student will be subject
to more stringent disciplinary actions. These actions may include detention,
suspension or, in severe cases, expulsion from the school.


Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year. Parents will meet with various
teachers and members of the student’s team.

Additional conferences may be scheduled if deemed necessary, and parents should
feel free to contact teachers throughout the year to discuss any concerns they have.

If a student is not succeeding academically (for example, if he or she consistently
misses homework or receives poor assessment scores), the teacher of that subject will
inform the student’s parents and team leader, so that we can all work together to help
the student get back on track.

Two written report cards are sent during the year, which include both letter grades
and written comments. Additionally, two mid-semester reports are sent. Parents
should feel free at any point in the year to contact subject teachers or team leaders to
discuss their child’s progress.

We have a unified grading system. The following outlines the numerical values for the
letter grades students can earn:

98-100 = A+

94-97 = A

90-93 = A-

88-89 = B+

84-87 = B

80-83 = B-

78-79 = C+

74-77 = C

70-73 = C-

68-69 = D+

64-67 = D

60-63 = D-

0-59 = F


The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP 4) of the Educational Records Bureau (ERB)
is administered in the fall of 7th grade to assess curriculum as well as individual and
group achievement. The specific testing dates are noted on the school calendar. Test
results will be mailed to parents approximately five weeks later.

Students applying to private high schools may be required to take the Secondary
School Admissions Test (SSAT). Information about the test will be available through the
8th Grade Team Leader in the fall of 8th grade, but parents are responsible to register
for the exam and submit the appropriate application fee. Information about the SSAT
may be found at:

The SSAT test is always administered on a Saturday, but it may be taken on a Sunday
for religious reasons. KSA students are encouraged to avail themselves of this
opportunity, and they should speak with their own Rabbi to get a note requesting a
Sunday exam.

In our school, in addition to studying secular subjects, we also pray together and study
texts which are sacred to our people. Jewish tradition teaches us that we must be
aware of human modesty in all of our behavior. In general, the way we dress should
reflect pride in ourselves and respect for your teachers and your school. Please follow
these guidelines when choosing a school wardrobe.

1. Clothing should be neat and in good condition (e.g., no holes).
2. Words on clothing should be respectful and not offensive or suggestive. Clothes that
   advertise or endorse illegal or inappropriate products or activities (such as alcohol,
   cigarettes or drugs) are not allowed.
3. All shirts must cover the shoulders. Sleeveless t-shirts and blouses are not allowed.
   Halter tops, spaghetti straps, low-cut necklines, cropped shirts, and very tight or
   see-through clothing is also not appropriate. Shirts must be long enough to cover
   the midriff when bending or raising arms.
4. Pajama pants are not appropriate and may not be worn to school.
5. As the weather turns warmer in the spring, please keep in mind that shorts and
   skirts must be no shorter than two inches above the kneecap. Low-hanging pants,
   short shorts, and short skirts are not appropriate.
6. Jewelry, hair fashions, make-up and other accessories should be moderate and not
7. Boys must wear kippot at all times. Girls may choose to wear kippot. Neither boys
   nor girls may wear hats indoors at any time.
8. Outdoor coats and jackets may not be worn in classrooms. They should be kept in
   your locker when students are indoors. Students should leave an extra sweater or
   sweatshirt in school for chilly days.

If a teacher determines that a student is dressed inappropriately, extra clothing will be
provided by the school for the remainder of the day.

A Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is an important milestone in the student's life. In school,
we spend time discussing this as a life cycle event. Each family chooses to celebrate
their child's becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah differently.

Because we at Kehillah Schechter view this event in terms of its context within
Conservative Judaism, we are committed to its connection with Jewish values. These
values include the observance of Shabbat, Kashrut, and Derekh Eretz (courtesy to
others) in terms of the synagogue and each other. We offer the following guidelines to
help families keep these values in mind:


When planning your simcha:
Please invite the whole class to your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. It is important not to hurt
  someone’s feelings by leaving him or her out. It might be helpful to give a call to the
  school office to see if there are any new students in the grade before sending out
The reception should be kosher.
Any Bar/Bat Mitzvah on Shabbat should include arrangements for children who do
  not ride on Shabbat to stay within walking distance of the synagogue. If you are
  having a reception on Shabbat, make sure that the location is close enough for the
  children who do not ride on Shabbat to be able to attend comfortably. If you are
  having a party on Saturday night, please remember to start it after Shabbat ends,
  leaving time for Shomer Shabbat guests to travel to the function.
Inviting staff members of KSA is completely optional. If you invite KSA staff, please
  understand that staff may have other family commitments that prevent them from
  attending your simcha. As an invited staff member, they will attend joyfully as a
  guest. Staff is not expected to assume any professional supervisory roles during the
You should consider including tzedakah as part of your plans for this important
  milestone in your family’s life. Your synagogue rabbi, rabbis at the school, or the
  school’s family educator can help you with this.


Before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah:
 Respond to the invitation promptly.
 If you will require home hospitality because you do not travel on Shabbat, or if you
  have some other special request, you should let your host know as soon as you can.
 You should respect the customs/traditions and style of the family.

During the Service:
Dress in Shabbat clothes. For boys this means dress pants and a collared shirt: jackets
  and ties are nice but not absolutely necessary. Kippot should be worn at all times,
  including at the reception. Girls should wear a dress or skirt and blouse, with sleeves
  of a reasonable length. Dress pants are acceptable for girls at some synagogues.
Enter the Sanctuary quietly and take your seat. Open your siddur or humash and
  follow along/participate in the service.
Do not distract the Bar/Bat Mitzvah in any way.
Do not disturb the people around you. They are there to daven and celebrate with
  the Bar/Bat Mitzvah family.
Please do not bring a gift or an envelope with a check to the synagogue. You may
  drop this off at your friend’s house on a non-Shabbat day.
After the Bar/Bat Mitzvah finishes reading Torah and/or giving the D'var (reflections
  on the portion) it is customary to extend praise such as Mazal Tov or Yasher Koach, in
  place of clapping. If you have any questions as to what is appropriate at a specific
  synagogue, please contact that synagogue directly.
It is preferable not to have cell phones on Shabbat. If you absolutely must have one,
  please keep it on silent mode and do not use it inside the synagogue on Shabbat.

During the Reception:
 Behave with consideration for others.
 Wait your turn to eat.
 If there is a buffet, take only what you will eat in moderate quantity.
 Do not play with the food at the meal.
 Do not change the seating arrangement.
Do not wander around the synagogue.
Respect the property of the synagogue.
When in doubt, think of the following: How would I feel if one of my guests were
  behaving at my Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the way I am now? If you would disapprove of the
  behavior at your celebration, the obvious answer is: Do not do it.
Remember that everything you do reflects back not only on you but on your family
  and on your school. Behave in such a way that you can be proud of yourself and that
  your hosts can be proud that they invited you.


 Institutional Advancement is responsible for a range of initiatives that provide the framework to build
 lasting relationships and to secure philanthropic funds in order to support KSA’s mission and vision.

 The office is located at 2 Commerce Way, the building on the left as you enter the parking lot. If you
 have any questions or would like to discuss your gift, please stop by and visit or call at: 781-769-
 9400. Team members and their email addresses are, as follows:

             Fran Kantor, Director of Institutional Advancement
                         Tracy Andryc, Administrative Assistant
  Sara Ades Goodwin, Director of Major Gifts & Annual Campaign
                                   Ellen Kaye, Event Consultant
                            Trine Lustig, Fundraising Consultant

 Annual Campaign

 The full cost of a KSA education is not completely covered by tuition. The school depends on the
 Annual Campaign to cover 9% of the day-to-day expenses required to operate the school and to
 enable tuition assistance for those families who could not otherwise send their children to KSA.

 You can help KSA meet its annual financial needs by giving an outright* donation in response to a
 letter or personal solicitation and/or by supporting a fundraising event.

  *Outright gifts offer the greatest value to both the School and the donor; KSA is able to allocate
  the entire amount toward fulfilling its mission and the entire amount may be eligible to be
  claimed as a tax deduction.

 Events that support the Annual Campaign

        Online Fall Auction will run this year from November 28 through December 18. It is an ideal
         way to purchase unique holiday gifts and support the school at the same time.

        Chaijinks will take place this year on Sunday, March 11. It is the school’s largest fundraising
         initiative. In addition to being an event for KSA families, it is also a wonderful way for people in
         the greater community to get to know our school and provide their financial support. Our
         tribute journal is an important component of Chaijinks; parents, grandparents, alumni families,
         community members and businesses can demonstrate their support of KSA by purchasing ads.

Benefits of giving to the Annual Campaign are as follows:

        Gift                                          Benefits
        $50,000   Sponsors - Amoodim - ‫עמודים‬         2 tickets to Chaijinks + inside cover tribute journal
        $25,000   Benefactors - Bonim - ‫בונים‬         2 tickets to Chaijinks + gold ad in the tribute journal
        $10,000   Founders - Meyasedim -              2 tickets to Chaijinks + silver ad in the tribute
                  ‫מיסדיים‬                             journal
        $5,400    Donors - Tormim - ‫תורמים‬            2 tickets to Chaijinks + bronze ad in the tribute
        $2,700    Supporters - Tomhim - ‫תומכים‬        full page white ad in the tribute journal
        $1,260    Leaders - Manhegim - ‫מנהיגים‬        ½ page white ad in the tribute journal

Partnership Program

Businesses may support the school by donating a percentage of each qualified sale to our Annual
Campaign. A link to their business will be reflected on our website. For more information, please call
Sara Ades Goodwin at 781-769-9400 or email her at

Israel Arbeiter Gallery of Understanding

Dedicated in 2007, the gallery is named for Israel “Izzy” Arbeiter, a Holocaust survivor and lifelong
rights activist who lost several family members in the Holocaust. The mission of the IAG is to provide a
venue in which children and adults can learn about the Holocaust, explore the causes of hatred, and
participate in programs and events whose purpose is to promote understanding between people with
different beliefs and backgrounds.

This year’s Righteous Among Nations program is on Thursday evening, November 16 and will feature
In the Shadow of the Acropolis, a 30-minute documentary that tells the compelling story, through the
eyes of the Ackos family, of how the Jewish culture in Greece was almost wiped off the map during
World War II; with special guest speakers Kitty and Michael Dukakis. Proceeds from this event will
help to support the gallery. For information on how to become a sponsor, please contact Sara Ades
Goodwin at 781-769-9400 or

                                Governing Structure
Kehillah Schechter Academy is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to operate and
maintain an educational institution teaching both general studies and Judaic studies
consistent with the tenets of Conservative Judaism. The school is governed by a Board of
Trustees. The Board of Trustees develops the policies that guide our school. Members of
the Board serve a two-year term. The Executive Committee is comprised of officers of the
Board and designated Trustees who meet regularly throughout the year. The Chairperson of
each of the standing committees reports directly to a member of the Executive Committee.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committees:

Our standing and Ad Hoc committees include, but are not limited to:

        Committee on Trustees
        Development
        Teachers Contract Task Force
        Finance and Budget
        Endowment
        Strategic Development
        Head of School Evaluation and Support
        Marketing and Branding
        Advisory
        Real Estate
        Strategic Planning

2011-2012 Executive Officers and Board of Trustees

 Executive Officers                                     Trustees

 Mark Goldstein, Chairman of the Board                  Aaron M. Albert
 Dr. Michael Agus, President                            Dr. Akiba Covitz
 Andrew Butler, Immediate Past President                Vickie Dykes
 Leslie Crane, VP of Development                        Jeffrey Fredberg
 Michal Fandel, Clerk                                   Elkan Gamzu
 Tamara Fellman, VP of Community Relations              Rabbi Ed Gelb
 Judi Greenberg, Executive Vice President               Ruthy Gomolka
 Mark Levitt, VP Finance                                Irv Kempner
 Stuart Salzberg, Member-at-Large                       Ron Lang
 Jason Shulman, Treasurer                               Ed Rubin
 Dr. Steven Stein, Member-at-Large                      Dr. Marty Sirkin
                                                        Sue Sherman
                                                        Thomas Shane
                           Kehillah Schechter Academy Staff 2011-2012
Marc Medwed                              
Head of School
Fran Kantor                              
Director Of Institutional Advancement
Ivonne Krasnick                          
Assistant Head of School
Students/ Parents communication
Coordinator of Team Leaders
Dr. Nitzan Resnick                       
Assistant Head of School
Curriculum, Teacher Professional
Richard Waldman                          
Assistant Head of School
Discipline, Educational testing, Student records

Dana Bar-Or                              
Ivonne Krasnick                          
Lori Novick-Carson                       
Language Arts
Dr. Nitzan Resnick                       

Kathy Schwartz                           
Grades K & 1
Batya Foreman                            
Grades 2,3,4
Marge Klayman                            
Grades 5 & 6
Dana Bar-Or                              
Grade 7
Amy Freedman                             
Grade 8

Kathy Schwartz                           
Gan Aleph
Stella Kamentsky                         
Gan Aleph
Sarah Kanigsberg                         
Gan Bet
Alicia Reines-Leo                        
Grade 1
Marcia Shimshak                         
Grade 1
Batya Foreman                           
Grade 2
Sara Zenlea                             
Grade 2
Lisa Grossmann                          
Grade 3
Julia Horowitz                          
Grade 3
Sharon Duman-Packer                     
Grade 4
Marilyn Sandperl                        
Grade 4

Laura Ball                              
Carol Fanger Bell                       
Library/4th Grade Math
Ghilly Einhorn                          
Nava Eisenberg                          
Ken Faria                               
Music & Orchestra
Shira Horowitz                          
Reading Specialist
Sharon Jacobs                           
Science Gan Aleph- Grade 3
Suzanne Jacobs                          
School Counselor
Stella Kamenetsky                       
Kathy Kats                              
Claudia Michaels-Brodsky                
Special Needs Coordinator/Screening Coordinator
Daiva Navickas                          
Technology & Education Integration
Marla Olsberg                           
Family Education Coordinator/4th Grade Chumash
Benchmarks Co-coordinator
Bracha Oren                             
Shira (Music)
Iris Rozenberg                          
Sarah Shay-Davidson                     
Hana Berman                         
Grade 5/Benchmarks Co-coordinator
Renee Werber                        
Grade 5
Richard Brancato                    
Grade 6
Miriam Klausner                     
Grade 6
Marge Klayman                       
Grade 6
Mindy Schiller                      
Grade 7
Laura Ball                          
Grade 7
Ariel Margolis                      
Grade 8
Andy Pankin                         
Grade 8

Laura Ball                          
Inclusion Specialist
Dana BarOr                          
Hebrew Grades 6,7,8
Hana Berman                         
Tanakh/Judaics/Science Grade 5
Richard Brancato                    
6th Grade Language Arts
Rabbi Lisa Eiduson                  
7th Grade Tanakh/Rabbinics
Ghilly Einhorn                      
Elah Grandel                        
Joan Jackman                        
Math Grades 5,6,7,8
Suzanne Jacobs                      
School Counselor
Kathy Kats                          
Miriam Klausner                     
Tanakh/Hebrew Grade 6
Marge Klayman                       
Math Grades 5 & 6
Michelle Kwitkin-Close              
Tanakh Grades 6 & 7/Rabbinics/Math Grade 7

Pam Levanos                            
Special Needs Coordinator, ACL Grades 7 & 8
Ariel Margolis                         
Science Grades 6 & 8/Math Grade 8
Rabbi Joseph Meszler                   
Grade 6 Rabbinics
Bob Minder                             
Grade 8 Humanities
Maureen Mintz                          
Facing History Specialist
Daiva Navickas                         
Technology & Education Integration
Lori Novick-Carson                     
Grade 8 Humanities
Andy Pankin                            
Inclusion Specialist
Rabbi David Paskin                     
T’fillah/Rabbinics Grade 8/Tanakh Grade 7
Dr. Nitzan Resnick                     
Science Grades
Anita Rodriguez-Hennessey              
Spanish Grades 7 & 8
Mindy Schiller                         
Language Arts Grade 7
Max Werber                             
Inclusion Specialist /Academic Lab
Renee Werber                           
Language Arts/Social Studies Grade 5
Susan Whitman                          
Science Grades 6,7,8

Hannah Abelman                         

Jill Berish                            

Dierdre Familo                         

Paula Garland                          

Nancy Anderson                         
Assistant to the Head of School/Office Manager
Susan Barbato                          
School Nurse
Freya Maltz                            
Administrative Assistant

Rita O’Brien                               
Sue Shulman                                
Administrative Assistant

Fran Kantor                                
Director of Institutional Advancement
Tracy Andryc                               
Development Associate
Irving Dunn                                
Director of Finance/Tuition Assistance Coordinator
Sara Ades Goodwin                          
Director of Major Gifts & Annual Campaign
Ellen Kaye                                 
Event Consultant
Trine Lustig                               
Development Consultant
Sandi Morgan Dunn                          
Director of Admissions & Recruitment
Ellen Powell                               
Accounting Specialist
Sandra Spector                             
Business Manager


Sandi Morgan Dunn                          
Director of FastTRACK, Director of Sheer Arts
Summer Program, Director of Makhela & School
Laura Ball                                 
After School Coordinator
Rita O’Brien                               
After School Coordinator

Barbara Edwards                            

Amy Freedman                               

Ilene Greenwald                            

Steven Greenberg       
Facility Director
Steve Boyd             
Building Maintenance
Alex Leao              
Building Maintenance


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