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The School Day

Beginning the Day

The doors open each day at 8:15 am. Gan (kindergarten) students arrive at 8:15, Students in grades 1-5 arrive before 8:30 am. All classes begin at 8:30 am. In the morning, parents may choose to walk their students to the classroom or drive to the front of the building for drop off.

Academics

Students gain foundational knowledge and build key study skills through our integrated curriculum of Language Arts, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,) Judaic Studies and Hebrew.

Jewish Values and Traditions

Each student develops his/her own moral compass and individual Jewish identity by exploring Jewish history, culture, ritual, and celebration.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Students develop tools to identify and communicate feelings and engage respectfully with other through a school-wide social skills practice. All teachers are trained at implementing the Responsive Classroom, evidence-based approach to teaching SEL.

Specialist Studies

Classes rotate between our subject specialists for learning opportunities that augment and enhance their school-day experience. Specialty subjects include art, music, library time, digital citizenship, and physical education.

Recess

At SJCS, we believe that active kids make for healthy and engaged learners and that recess provides a great opportunity for social emotional growth.  To promote this, we strive to have all students participate in multiple play breaks each day and provide opportunities for mixed grade recesses when appropriate. During recess, teachers facilitate organized games, as well as guide  individual play to ensure safe and inclusive activities.

Snacks and Lunches

Students bring their own snacks for morning and afternoon snack. SJCS is a meat-and-peanut free school. Five days a week, students are able to purchase hot-lunch from our on-site kosher kitchen. Students eat lunch in the classroom while many teachers choose to read aloud.

Regular Dismissal

Gan (kindergarten) students are dismissed at 3:15 pm. Grades 1–5 are dismissed at 3:30 pm. On Fridays, from November–February, all grades are dismissed at 2:30 pm to allow families who observe Shabbat to prepare.

Before-and-After-School Enrichment (BASE)

Families seeking before and after-school care can enroll in BASE. BASE features a number of activity options, catering to a wide range of interests, ages and abilities. Options change with each session, but typically include arts and crafts, kung-fu, homework club, drama, games and sports and free play. BASE ends at 5pm, Monday–Thursday, with extended care available until 6pm. BASE ends at 5pm on Fridays until Daylight Savings and then at 3:30pm.