The doors open each day at 8:15. In the morning, parents may choose to walk their students to the classroom or drive to the front of the building for drop off. Classes begin at 8:30am.
Most grades use the morning hours for general studies, including writing, reading, math, social studies, science, group and collaborative work. We offer children hands-on opportunities to explore through all of their senses and experiences to make learning real and meaningful.
Each day, classes rotate between our subject specialists for learning opportunities that augment and enhance their school-day experience. Specialty subjects include art, dance, music, library time and physical education.
At SJCS, we believe that active kids make for healthy and engaged learners. Our playground includes climbing structures, a playhouse, a gaga pit, four-square, tetherball, hopscotch and a kickball court. Our dedicated recess team facilitate organized games as well as oversee individual play.
Students bring their own snacks for morning and afternoon snack. SJCS is a meat-and-peanut free school. Five days a week, students are invited to purchase hot-lunch from our on-site kosher kitchen. Students eat lunch in the classroom while many teachers choose to read aloud.
SJCS facilitates a lifelong intellectual, emotional, and spiritual connection to study. Curiosity and critical thinking skills are developed through learning about our shared history as Jews. These skills are then utilized in order to apply lessons and mitzvot to our everyday life experiences. Judaic studies at SJCS enrich students’ education through immersion in a second language, as well as by teaching the values of T’fillah (Prayer), Tz’dakah (Justice through Giving), Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World) and connection to Israel. Afternoon Judaic studies offer many opportunities for blending between grades and coming together as a school for holiday celebrations.
Kindergarten students are dismissed at 3:15. Grades 1–5 are dismissed at 3:30. On Fridays, from November–February, all grades are dismissed at 2:30 to allow families to prepare for Shabbat.
Families seeking before and after-school care can enroll in BASE. BASE features a number of activity options, catering to all 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.