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Welcome to Westchester Reform Temple Religious School 
Before making your class choice selection, please take a moment to read our 2015-2016 School Year Overview for Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Religious School Models.

Kindergarten through 6th grade Religious School students are engaged in a variety of learning experiences. Students explore our liturgy and holidays, and as they progress through the program they learn the Alef-Bet, to read Hebrew, and explore Judaic studies topics such as the Jewish life-cycle, Israel: Land, History and Society, What Does it Mean to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?, and Facing History: An Introduction to the Holocaust. We have various models to meet the needs of our students and their families.

ALEF (“A”) and BET (“B”): Our Alef and Bet students participate in weekly services led by our clergy: Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and their parents join together on Sundays for a musical service, while older students meet with the clergy for services mid-week.  Students enjoy learning both traditional melodies and the latest in Jewish popular music with a music specialist, and share in a variety of special events and projects.

SHARING SHABBAT: Our Sharing Shabbat program is designed for parent participation. Students and parents attend a Saturday morning family service that is followed by an oneg: bagels, coffee, cookies and conversation for children, parents and teachers. Students then go to their classrooms and parents are invited to engage in discussion about Jewish life and literature with our clergy. During this time, childcare is offered for three- and four-year-old children. All Shabbat activities end at 12pm.

2/GATHER: We piloted our 2/Gather program this past year. It is designed for 5th and 6th Grade students with parent participation. It features a small group, individualized, flexible mid-week schedule for Hebrew learning. Students have follow-up homework sessions via phone or web built into the weekly schedule. Students and parents gather on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:30am for a musical family service that is followed by an oneg: bagels, coffee, cookies and a short Torah study session.  Students then go to their classrooms for community study until 12:30pm to explore Judaic studies topics.

J-LECTIVES!: All 5th and 6th Grade students (regardless of the program they choose) are expected to participate in J-Lectives. These experiential activities take our students out of the classroom and into the world, helping them make new friends and find their own Jewish paths. We offer a wide-range of activities to meet every interest and schedule. 5th and 6th Grade ALEF, BET & Sharing Shabbat students choose two J-Lective activities per semester; 2/Gather students choose three J-Lectives per semester. We encourage students who participate in community service and other events at the Temple to apply for J-Lective “credit” for their participation. 

7th Grade: In 7th Grade, all students from our various learning models come together to form one learning community that meets on Wednesdays from 5:15-7:00pm. The curriculum provides social action opportunities, Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation (students learn how to craft a D’var Torah – explanation of their Torah portions – as well as review “bima skills”), elective class choices, community building activities and a shared supper time each week.

Teens @ WRT – 8th Through 12th Grade: MERCAZ, CONFIRMATION & POST-CONFIRMATION 
On Wednesday evenings, the halls of our Beit Midrash echo with the sounds of teens learning and enjoying each other’s company. The evening begins with supper at 6:30pm, and continues with “Chavurah” time (for peer group conversations) and elective class choices. Students in 10th Grade prepare to be confirmed by studying with our clergy on Wednesday evenings and engaging in social action activities on select Sunday mornings throughout the year. Students in all grades are encouraged to participate in trips – a Civil Rights Journey trip to the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC. (9th Grade), retreat at Eisner Camp (10th Grade)


SCHEDULES FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12 GRADE 
Quick Overview of our School Schedule here

ALEF:

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade: Sundays 9:00-11:00am
3rd and 4th Grades: Sundays 9:00-11:00am and Tuesdays 3:45-5:00pm

(Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Family Service 9am-9:30am)
(4th Grade Students only join 5th and 6th grade students for Mid-Week Service at 4:35pm)
5th and 6th Grades: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45-5:45pm

BET:                                                                                                                                                  


Kindergarten through 2nd Grade: Sundays 10:30am-12:30pm

3rd and 4th Grades: Sundays 10:30am-12:30pm and Wednesdays 3:45-5:00pm
(Kindergarten through 4th Grade BET family Service 10:30am-11am)
5th and 6th Grades: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:45-5:45pm

SHARING SHABBAT:

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade: Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm

3rd and 4th Grades: Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm and Thursdays 3:45-5:00pm  

5th and 6th Grades: Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm and Thursdays 3:45-5:45pm

2/GATHER:

5th and 6th Grades: Sundays 10:30am-12:30pm
and a mid-week, 40-minute Hebrew session
(Join Sunday Family Services 10:30-11:15am)

7th Grade

Wednesdays from 5:15-7:00pm

Teens @ WRT – 8th Through 12th Grade MERCAZ, CONFIRMATION & POST-CONFIRMATION 

Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm