Rashi_Family_Handbook

Rashi_Family_Handbook
The Rashi School
Family Handbook
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The Rashi School is an accredited member of the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), the
Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools (PARDeS) and is a beneficiary of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP).
15 Walnut Park, Newton, MA 02458
Phone: 617-969-4444
Fax: 617-969-9949
Email: [email protected]
www.rashi.org
Table of Contents
Rashi Staff Directory
The Rashi School Mission Statement
Letter From the Head of the School
Affili ation with Reform Movement
Core Values
The Rashi School Philosophy
Policies and Procedures
After School Play Dates
Allergies / Anaphylaxis Policy
American Holiday Celebrations
Arrival
Attendance
Back-to-School Night
Bar or Bat Mitzvah
Birthday Celebrations
Board Meetings
Bus Transportation
Cell Phones
Class Placement Policy
Closing and Delays
Code of Conduct
Communication
To Whom Do You Turn?
Computers
Acceptable Use Policy AgreementGrades K-8:
Daf Kesher/E-mai\ to Parents
NEW Dismissal Procedures NEW
Afternoon Pick-up
Donations to Rashi
Dress
New Friday Dress New
Extended Day
Fans
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Field Trips
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Financial Aid
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Food
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Forms
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Gift Policy
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Governing Structure
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Headphones
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Health
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Homework
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Kippot Policy
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Library
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Lost and Found
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Nondiscriminatory Policy for Students ....28
Pets
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Pizza Thursday
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Progress Reports
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Conferences and Report Cards
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Psychological Resources
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Recycling
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Safety and Security
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Student Leadership
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Telephone Messages/E-mail
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Toys at Rashi
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Visitor Policy
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Parent Visitors
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Our Jewish Community
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Living Jewishly: Ritual & Observance ....32
Kashrut Policy
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Jewish Holy Day Absences
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Kabbalat Shabbat
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Tefillot (Morning Prayer)
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Board of Directors
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The Rashi Executive Committee
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Board of Directors
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Rashi Board Committees Chairs
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Institutional Advancement
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Yachad
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Rashi Staff Directory
Name
Dept.
Samuel Abramovich
Coral Ambuter
Serena Androphy
Sophia Bergmann
Heidi Chappie
Keith Civin
Aaron Cohen
Becky Cohen
Stephanie Cohen
Joshua Conescu
Nathaniel Cutter
Maya Dalzell
Charles Dubois
Rabbi Joe Eiduson
Judi Fanger
Heidi Farber
Charles Feeney
Ruth Feiner
Manya Fine
Leigh Flannery
Joni Fishman
Adrienne Freedman
Amy Gold
Bonny Parlee
Goldberg
Megan Harris-Linton
Hannah Heilman
Janice Hirshon
Sandi Intraub
GaryKlapman
Suzy Klein
Rachel Kostegan
Miri Kutas
Sara Ledewitz
Shlomit Lipton
Doris Lowy
Technology Coordinator
School Nurse
Kindergarten Teacher
Music Teacher
1 st Grade Teacher
7th and 8th Grade Social Studies
Teacher
Jewish Studies Teacher
6th Grade Language Arts and
Social Studies Teacher
Assistant Teacher
Assistant Teacher
Physical Education Teacher
Hebrew Teacher
Supervisor of Custodial Services
Head of School
Director, Annual Giving and
Human Resource Development
Kindergarten Teacher
Financial Officer
Librarian^"1 Grade Assistant
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Office Manager
Assistant Teacher
Dean of Students
Assistant to the Head of School
Lower School Learning Specialist
Theater Specialist
6th Grade Math/Science Teacher
Assistant Teacher
Lower School Learning Specialist
5th Grade Teacher
5th Grade Teacher
Delet Fellow
Assistant Teacher
Hebrew Teacher
2nd Grade Teacher
Assistant Head of School
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Alexandra Malin
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Sharon Miller
Yael NeemanSchubert
Jon Nelson
David Nollman
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Rosh Ruach (Song Leader)
7th and 8th Grade Language Arts
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Director of Operations
Jewish Studies Coordinator
Director of Admissions
Dean of Faculty
3rd Grade Teacher
3rd Grade Teacher
Social Justice Coordinator
Jewish Life Coordinator
Middle School Math Teacher
Delet Fellow
Director of Annual Giving &
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2nd Grade Teacher
Director of Institutional
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Art Specialist
Extended Day Coordinator
Hebrew Teacher
Assistant Teacher
4th Grade Teacher
Lower School Head
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Accountant
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David Passer
Rabbi Ellen Pildis
Anne Puchkoff
Debbie Reck
Sandy Rosen
Dave Rosenberg
Stephanie Rotsky
Jennifer Rudin-Sable
Jeptha Runyon
Rebecca Sage
Nancy Schachter
Kathryn Schatz
Wendy Schiffman
Phoebe Schnitzer
liana Segal
Barbara Shapanus
Ifat Shatzky
Rachel Shaw
Charlotte Sheer
Sue Sherman
Joshua Sneideman
Doreen Softer
Glenda Speyer
llene Stellar
Yael Torbin
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The email address of any Rashi staff member is first initial, last name (with no
hyphens) @rashi.org, e.g. Manya Fine is [email protected]; Jennifer Rudin-Sable is
[email protected] Email for Rabbi Joe Eiduson: [email protected]
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The Rashi School Mission Statement
The Rashi School, the Boston Area Reform Jewish Day School, is founded on the
recognition that Judaism is concerned with intellect and knowledge, emotion and
spirit, action and observance. Accordingly, our educational program emphasizes
academic excellence and fosters the development of Jews with critical minds and
compassionate hearts, who will become responsible members of society and whose
lives will be shaped by the Jewish tradition.
We believe that Judaism is the single most valuable means by which to help our
children grapple with the challenge of how we live and with the question of the
meaning of human existence. We treasure the traditions of western civilization and
American culture, and our connection to the land and people of Israel. We value the
study of the arts and sciences, and principles such as democracy, pluralism, and
gender equality. To be an authentic Reform Jew today is to be grounded in both
American culture and Judaism, and to integrate these worlds.
In the spirit of Reform Judaism, we respect the autonomy of the individual and
therefore encourage each child to learn to question and to make his or her own
decisions. Simultaneously, we recognize the legitimate demands made on us by our
society, by the Jewish people, and by God.
We perceive the School to be a partner with the home and the synagogue in helping to
raise children who are lcnowledgeable, thoughtful, responsible and compassionate
Jews; children who have a sense of self-worth, who love and respect others, and who
have a feeling of reverence for the natural world.
Letter From the Head of the School
Dear Rashi Parents,
We are proud of the many opportunities available for parents to be actively involved in their
children's education at the Rashi School in Newton. As you consider the unique opportunities
offered by Rashi, please also keep in mind the important responsibilities you have as a Rashi parent.
As a Reform Jewish day school, we urge parent participation in all facets of school life. This family
handbook will help you understand the importance of your involvement in and support of your child
and your child's school. We believe that what follows deserves your careful consideration.
As teachers and administrators we ask that you:
•S Insure that your child has sufficient scheduled time and quiet surroundings for home study
S Make us aware of any changes in your child's behavior or attitude toward Rashi
S Consult with us and arrange individual conferences and phone conversations in order to
discuss any issues that arise with your children either at home or at school
•S Speak with your children often about schoolwork, demonstrate your interest and help the
School equip your child with the ability to inquire, interact and accept constructive criticism
•S Maintain regular school attendance by scheduling family trips only during school holidays
Your positive effort, cooperation and understanding allow us to be effective in our work. Your sons
and daughters are successful because they see the involvement of their parents in school activities.
Our teachers are inspired to even greater heights as they observe your involvement and feel your
support in the education process and in the total life of our school community.
I encourage you to attend "Back to School Night" and other special programs to see classes in action.
I invite you to review this handbook with your child and support its policies. I hope you will become
an active member of Yachad, our parent/teacher organization and read the materials that your child
brings home each week. We pledge to work closely with you in directing your child intellectually,
socially and emotionally. Rashi is a community of caring parents and teachers who demonstrate this
commitment through involvement in the life of the School.
Finally, to ensure excellence in our education program, we ask the entire Rashi family to participate
in annual giving to the School. We rely upon support from those we have educated in the past, our
alumni, from strong community supporters and from parents and grandparents of students who are
enrolled currently in our School.
We thank you for sharing with us the responsibility of nurturing the next generation of Jewish adults.
Together, may we continue to go from strength to strength.
Rabbi Joe Eiduson
Head of School
Affiliation with Reform Movement
The Rashi School is a charter member of the Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools
(PARDeS) and is associated with The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). The rich resources of URJ
and PARDeS are available to us in areas such as curriculum development, classroom materials,
organizational development and programming.
Reform Jews are heirs to a vast body of beliefs and practices embodied in Torah and other Jewish
sacred writings. All Jews have an obligation to study the traditions that have been entrusted to us
and to observe those mitzvot — those sacred and time-hallowed acts - that have meaning for us
today and that can ennoble our lives, as well as those of our families and communities. We
recognize that if Judaism were not capable of evolution, of reform, it could not survive. Therefore,
the educational environment at the Rashi School is infused with the fundamental principles of
Reform Judaism, including:
• Egalitarianism: Boys and girls are given the opportunity to observe all aspects of the
Jewish tradition in an equal way; the contributions of both women and men to Jewish life
are highlighted;
• Informed Choice: The Rashi School enables children and their families to be well
equipped to make informed choices with regard to Jewish belief and practice; and
• Emphasis on Social Justice: The curricula and programs emphasize human rights for all
people. Through study and practice of tzedek (justice) we create sensitivity toward
inequities.
Core Values
hi 1996, the Rashi School was chosen as one of a select group of five Reform and Community Day
Schools from across the country to participate in a project to help day schools plan for the future.
Rashi was chosen because of its established reputation, its commitment to pursuing educational
excellence, and its willingness to engage in the work of visioning for day schools in the 21 st century.
Through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's project, Day Schools for the 21 st
Century, Rashi identified the Core Values of the School. These values represent what the Rashi
Community holds dear. They provide a common language that bonds the Rashi community together.
The Core Values include:
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Kavod
Kehillah
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Limud
Respect
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Social Justice
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Learning
For a complete copy of the Day Schools for the 21st Century Action Plan, Contact Jennifer
Rudin-Sable, Jewish Life Coordinator.
The Rashi School Philosophy
The Rashi School provides a developmentally appropriate environment for our children. We offer
opportunities for our students to practice essential Jewish values as they engage in educational and
social experiences that build a deep appreciation of learning and foster a desire to become active,
lifelong learners.
Our Program Fosters:
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Academic excellence in secular and Jewish studies
Proud, knowledgeable and compassionate Jewish children
Integration of Jewish and American values and tradition
The Hebrew language as a gateway to our past, present and future
A connection to the land and people of Israel
A caring Jewish community
A Reform Jewish educational environment
The Rashi School concentrates on preparing students for success in an increasingly complex and
competitive society. Students are encouraged to continually engage in intellectual challenges. The
Rashi School's integrated curriculum, which combines a strong program of general studies with
Jewish studies, Hebrew language and the values of Jewish tradition, is integral to this process.
Policies and Procedures
From A to Z
After School Play Dates
If your child is having a play date after school and if the play date necessitates a change in your
child's carpool or pick-up schedule, parents must send a note informing the teacher of the change.
Please be sure to include your child's full name, the date and your signature. Students may not
make phone calls during the school day to arrange play dates. If a friend will ride the bus with your
child you must contact us, in writing, at least one day prior.
Allergies / Anaphylaxis Policy
There are some children at Rashi with severe allergies to specific foods. This is known as
anaphylaxis. These children can experience a life threatening reaction when exposed to food they
are allergic to, sometimes even simply by touching a child who ate that food at home and did not
wash the residue off before coming to school, or by inhaling the odor from someone else's lunch.
hi order to safeguard these children, you are asked to avoid peanut butter, peanuts, and nut
products in your child's lunch. If requested, we will provide a suggested list of alternate foodproducts that are nut-free.
Rashi works in partnership with parents of children with food and other allergies to reduce the risk
of an anaphylactic reaction. Teachers and administrative personnel re-learn each August how to
use an EpiPen and how to recognize the symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction. We ask that
parents of children with food allergies provide a number of non-perishable snacks for the teacher to
hold, so that when food is brought into the classroom for special occasions, their child may enjoy
his/her own special treat. We also ask that, in planning for special occasions in the classroom, all
parents seek information from the classroom teacher regarding any special situations (like food
allergies) and bring food that can be shared by all.
American Holiday Celebrations
At Rashi we learn about our American heritage through formal study as well as by celebrating
many American holidays. We create education programs around Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We also observe Presidents' Weekend, Patriots' Day, Mother's and
Father's Days and Memorial Day. We do not celebrate or observe Valentine's Day or Halloween
within the Rashi School day or curriculum.
Arrival I
Children should arrive at school at 8:00 a.m. There is limited supervision for K-5 children arriving
at school between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. in the Chadar Ochel (cafeteria). Middle School students may
be upstairs in the Middle School area from 7:45 a.m. but must be in homeroom by 8:00 am.
Supervised morning drop off occurs at 8:00 a.m. AH students are to be dropped off on the
Jackson Road side of the building; you may park there in order to walk your child into school.
Upon arrival, students should proceed directly to their classrooms. Please use caution when
crossing the parking lot, as buses and cars are arriving.
Classroom instruction begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. It is important that students are in their
classrooms by 8:10 a.m. Should your child arrive after 8:15 a.m., a parent must proceed to the
office and sign him/her in. This will allow us to keep accurate attendance/tardiness records, as well
as to update the daily bus schedules. Tardiness and absences will be reported on report cards.
Attendance
Unless a student is ill, it is important that he or she attend school every day. Irregular attendance is
the most frequent cause of learning loss. It is unsettling to both the student and the class. At Rashi,
schoolwork depends upon interactive learning and discussion. Since learning at Rashi is not
"textbook driven," it is difficult to recreate the context and content of missed classes.
Rashi strongly discourages families from taking vacations during the time that school is in
session. If a vacation is unavoidable during scheduled school time, parents should contact their
child's classroom teachers at least two weeks prior to the planned absence so arrangements can be
made for making up missed work. The teacher may also assign a project, such as a travel journal.
All assigned homework and projects are due on the day the student returns to school. New skills
and concepts may be introduced while the child is away. In that case, knowledge gaps might be
created by the absence and parents may need to arrange for academic tutoring.
Sometimes students are unexpectedly absent for extended periods of time due to illness or family
emergencies. In these cases, it is helpful if parents communicate with the classroom teacher
regarding the length and the reason for the absence. Please note that in cases of unexpected and
unavoidable absences, the classroom teacher will work with the parents and the student to ensure a
smooth transition back into the classroom.
Upon their return, students will be given ample time to complete any missed work and the teacher
will assist the family in thinking about how to close the gaps left by the absence.
Back-to-School Night
Back-To-School Night is an opportunity for parents to learn about curriculum and classroom
procedures. Parents meet our teachers including Hebrew teachers and specialists. Please note that
teachers cannot discuss individual student progress at Back-to-School Night due to the sheer
numbers of adults present. If you have specific academic concerns about your child, please call the
teacher and schedule a conference. Back-to-School Night is a parent-only program. All parents are
strongly encouraged to attend. In order that teachers and administrators can focus on answering
your questions and speaking about our program on an adult level, students and siblings do not
attend.
Bar or Bat Mitzvah
Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an integral part of a student's Middle School experience. Students prepare for
and celebrate their Bar/Bat Mitzvah in their congregational community. We strongly encourage
students and their families to affiliate with a congregation well before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah year.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Resources
The Jewish Life Coordinator has numerous books and other resources that will be helpful with
everything from choosing the location for your simcha (joyous event) to understanding your child's
parasha (Torah portion) to strategies for dealing with Bar/Bat Mitzvah struggles and finding ways to
make the Bar/Bat Mitzvah more meaningful. Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parent Family Education Sessions are
held throughout the year. You are also encouraged to contact the Jewish Life Coordinator with
questions about Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Rashi
Many members of the Rashi staff are involved in assisting you and your child during the Bar/Bat
Mitzvah experience:
1. Jewish Studies Coordinator
The Jewish Studies Coordinator plans the Jewish Studies curriculum. Bar/Bat Mitzvah is
explored through the life cycle curriculum designed by the Jewish Studies Coordinator and
implemented by the Jewish Studies teachers. The Jewish Studies Coordinator also works
with students to prepare for their in-school Bar/Bat Mitzvah Minyan. The in-school
Minyan, usually held the Thursday morning prior to the actual Bar/Bat Mitzvah, is an
opportunity for the Rashi Middle School community to celebrate and honor the Bar/Bat
Mitzvah and his/her family. The Jewish Studies Coordinator assists students in leading
their Bar/Bat Mitzvah Minyan. The Jewish Studies Coordinator offers a Bar/Bat Mitzvah
elective which is an opportunity for students to further prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah in
school. The Jewish Studies Coordinator also helps students select the class Bar/Bat
Mitzvah gift, purchases the gift and coordinates the presentation of the gift at the in-school
Minyan. Finally, the Jewish Studies Coordinator determines an appropriate Rashi Book
Gift, purchases the books, and works with families to facilitate the presentation of the book
at the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
2. The Jewish Life Coordinator
The Jewish Life Coordinator provides resources for families throughout the process of
planning and preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The Jewish Life Coordinator is available to
assist families in affiliating with congregations. Families can expect that their simcha will
be acknowledged in the DafKesher (Rashi's Newsletter) on the Friday before the Bar/Bat
Mitzvah. Should a date conflict appear on the Rashi calendar, the Jewish Life Coordinator
will contact the effected families and work with them to resolve the conflict. Families often
assist one another with the set up, clean up and purchase of food for the in-school Minyan.
The Jewish Life Coordinator facilitates Minyan assistance sign up and sends out Minyan
reminders to families who are assisting. The Jewish Life Coordinator also designs parent
programs to support parents in planning and preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and designs
programs to support parents and students in planning for Jewish involvement after Bar/Bat
Mitzvah.
3. Social Justice Coordinator
Every Rashi student selects an organization that he or she wishes to support through his or
her Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The Social Justice Coordinator meets with students to explore and
select their tzedakah organization. Students create a poster describing their organization
and present it at their in-school Minyan. The Middle School community makes a
contribution to the organization in honor of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
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4. Assistant to the Head of School
The Head's Administrative Assistant sends out quarterly letters in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th
grade inviting families to submit Bar/Bat Mitzvah dates. She maintains a database of all
Bar/Bat Mitzvah dates and distributes list of Bar/Bat Mitzvah dates each time a new date is
added.
Class Gift
Each year the class gift is selected by the students in the 6th grade. The same gift is given to every
student. This gift means that individual students are not obligated to give gifts to one another. The
class gift is presented at the Thursday morning Minyan. The cost of the class gift is included in the
7th grade fees.
The Rashi Book Gift
Each year the Jewish Studies Coordinator selects a book to be presented to Rashi students from the
Rashi School at the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The book is purchased by the School. Parents should select
another parent or a teacher to present the book at the actual Bar/Bat Mitzvah service.
Invitations
Families are expected to invite the entire grade to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service and to the reception.
Families may invite staff members to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah with the understanding that the staff
members are not obligated to attend and are not attending as staff but rather as guests. Families are
not obligated to invite staff.
In-School Minyan
Every student celebrates his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah with the Rashi Middle School community. The Inschool Minyan usually takes place on the Thursday before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. This is an in school
celebration. Parents provide refreshments following the Minyan, either bagels or donuts and juice or
milk. The School provides paper goods. Families are encouraged to invite their immediate family to
the Minyan. The room is small so families need to limit their invitations.
Birthday Celebrations
In School:
Students are invited to celebrate their birthday in school. Each classroom teacher has his/her own
guidelines for school birthday celebrations. Please speak to your child's classroom teacher about
how to celebrate your child's birthday in the classroom. Whenever parents plan a classroom event,
we require that all food brought to school in celebration is kosher and nut free. Consider providing
healthy choices for the children and be sensitive to special dietary needs (allergies) of the children
in your child's class.
At Home:
Although birthday parties are a home event, we ask you to remember that your family is part of the
Rashi community. At Rashi we work hard to create a positive classroom community for every
child. Please j oin us in our efforts to create a kehillah, a positive and respectful community, at the
Rashi School by:
• Scheduling your child's party on a day other than Saturday (Shabbat) to ensure that religious
observance will not prevent a classmate from attending your child's party.
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Demonstrating sensitivity to all students when distributing your child's birthday invitations. While
many children invite all of the children in the class to their birthday parties, this may not always be
possible. Please do not send invitations to school with your child. Invitations should be sent
using the US Postal Service or other appropriate means.
Remembering that children often discuss parties before and after the event and that excluding just a
few of your child's classmates from the party is disruptive to the classroom community.
Referring to the kashrut guidelines when planning your child's birthday party to ensure that every
child attending the simcha (celebration) will be able to partake.
Board Meetings
Board of Directors meetings are listed in the S chool calendar and are open to anyone who would like
to observe unless the Board goes into executive session. The Board seeks ways to strengthen our
communication mechanisms to facilitate dialogue and exchange of information. Board meeting
agendas and approved minutes are posted in the school foyer.
Bus Transportation
Please call David Passer at x233 if you have any questions about bus transportation services.
Rashi offers three bus routes to school in the morning and home in the afternoon:
• Red bus route services West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Brookline and Brighton
• Yellow bus route services Needham, with an additional JCC stop on the way home
• Blue bus services Metro West, Wellesley and Weston
Buses will drop-off and pick-up students in the bus lane in the School's parking lot. This service is
currently provided through Local Motion.
The City of Newton provides free or significantly subsidized transportation for students who live in
Newton and go to schools also located in Newton. Information on this service has been sent to all
Newton resident families
If you've signed up for bus service we assume that your child will use it every day unless you tell
us otherwise. Any changes to your child's bus pick-up (end of the day) schedule must be made in
writing. Please remember to include your child's full name, the date in question, your signature
and a contact phone number on the note. A last minute, emergency change may be communicated
to the school office via fax (617-969-9949) or via telephone (617-969-4444). DO NOT LEAVE
THIS INFORMATION IN A VOICE MAIL BOX. Please notify us of changes no later than 2:00
p.m.
Cell Phones
Students are not permitted to use cell phones during school hours (8:15- 3:00). Cell phones should
be turned off and placed in a student locker. Cell phones are disruptive and distract students from
learning.
Challah
Yachad, the Parent Organization, sells challah as a fundraising project. It is important to watch for
the flyer in the Rashi Daf Kesher. There will be only one opportunity to order during the year.
Buying challah is optional. If you do order a challah, it will be sent home with your child on Fridays.
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Class Placement Policy
Class formation is a complex task to which teachers, learning specialists and administrators bring
their expertise and knowledge about your children. They balance gender, academic achievement,
student relationships and numbers to provide the best possible learning situation. Each year
classes are regrouped so children get to know and learn with everyone in the grade. In very
exceptional circumstances parents may make a request in writing, addressed to the Division Head,
before May 15th. However, the final decision about class placement rests entirely with the school
administration and no student will be informed of class assignment in advance.
Closing and Delays
Rashi bases its snow cancellations on many factors including the road conditions in the communities
from which students and staff come, hi case of snow, Rashi School closings are announced on
WHDH-TV Channel 7, WCVB-TV Channel 5, WBZ-TV Channel 4, and through our parent email
list. We do not operate a School-initiated phone chain for parents.
Occasionally it is necessary to delay the opening of school. Please listen carefully to school
announcements on the radio or television during inclement weather. Again, a notice will be posted
over email if the opening of school is going to be delayed. We know that such delays are disruptive
to everyone and request that you make every effort to bring your children at the announced time.
hi the case of storms that develop during the day, we try to keep the School open and will only
close under emergency circumstances. If this should occur the School will contact parents and an
announcement will be placed on the radio.
Extended Day may be canceled when weather conditions are poor. If this is the case, you will need
to make arrangements to pick up your child at regular dismissal time (3:00 p.m.) in order to insure
the safety of the children and staff.
Certain extreme circumstances may necessitate the complete evacuation of our building. We have
made arrangements with the Lincoln-Eliot School, a Newton public elementary school located at
the corner of Jackson Road and Pearl Street, one long block from our building, hi such
circumstances, we will contact parents or emergency contact people with further instructions.
Please make sure that we always have up-to-date contact information for you and for your back-up
people.
Code of Conduct
Rashi's yiN *p1 Derech Eretz Behavior Philosophy
The Rashi School will foster an environment conducive to learning through clear, consistent and
appropriate behavior standards that will be taught to all Rashi students and faculty and
communicated to the Rashi community. We believe it is a right of every student to be able to live,
work and especially learn in a respectful and well-ordered school environment. We accept that no
two children are alike and that individualized teaching of standards of conduct is essential, but that
one overall standard of conduct can apply to all. That standard includes teachings from Jewish law
and tradition as well as those that are a part of American law and tradition.
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We believe that among the common principles of these traditions are the values of self-respect,
7*QD Kavod for others, devotion to the Vb">T\\? Kehillah (community), and self-control. We are
committed to teaching such values and principles to our children through individualized instruction
and adult role modeling. An adult who demands responsible behavior by providing options and a
range of consequences forces children to think for themselves. This indicates to a child that the
solutions to problems can be found in the mind of the person who owns the problem.
Threats, intimidation and commands, on the other hand, tell children there is only one acceptable
way and it is the adult's way. These adult behaviors, in fact, condition children to believe that others
have the answers to their problems. Children in this situation are actually penalized for thinking and
soon learn that it does not pay to be responsible for their actions. According to recent studies,
students who have had the opportunity to struggle with issues and overcome adversity learn that they
are much more in control of the quality of their lives and their destiny.
It is with these principles in hand that we present specific standards of behavior to the faculty
and students of Rashi and to the members of the Rashi community.
"Who is worthy of honor? One who respects others." (Mishna Avot 4:1)
"pK l i t Derech Eretz is a set of rules and values that a human being should follow as he or she relates to other
human beings." (A Rashi Teacher)
We all strive to live by the rule that says "do not do unto others as you would not have them do
unto you'. Therefore we expect students and staff to treat each other with consideration, courtesy
and respect. We strive to regard others with tolerance and understanding to the same extent we
would expect to be treated ourselves.
• We respect others' physical and emotional well-being. We have a right to be treated
with politeness, courtesy and consideration and an obligation to treat others in the
same fashion. We will speak to each other in a respectful tone, listen carefully to
instructions, and follow directions to the best of our abilities.
• Behaviors such as intimidation, rudeness, bullying, verbal abuse, name calling,
teasing or unwanted physical contact (i.e. hitting, kicking, biting, spitting, pushing,
pinching or fighting) are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
"Our community is responsible for each of its members." (Sifra Bhukotai Ch.7)
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pN j i t is a recipe for creating a community dedicated to Kavod and Menshlikheit" (A Rashi Teacher)
Rashi is a community of parents, students, teachers and staff— past, present, and futurecommitted to learning, teaching, and the mutual welfare of everyone within our community.
• When anyone within our community is experiencing difficulty we are committed to offer
aid and support. Students, especially, are invited to reach out to any teacher or
administrator when they are experiencing difficulties. Every problem will be treated
professionally, in absolute confidence and with all due respect.
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"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?" (MishnaAvot 1:14)
"'pN *fVf is a way of living and practicing good values in our school and classroom. We show our respect for one
another by stepping back and giving space, thinking before we act or speak and therefore acting and living with
humility." (A Rashi Teacher)
An effective and productive learning environment requires cooperation and responsibility from
everyone in the Rashi community.
• Policies duly adopted by the Rashi Board of Directors and printed in the Rashi Family
Handbook are for everyone and need to be followed. Academic excellence in teaching
and in learning may occur in a free-flowing yet orderly environment.
• Students and faculty are responsible for being in class on time and for being prepared
with their textbooks and other materials as needed. The time for learning begins
promptly at 8:15 a.m. A responsible student completes assigned homework to the best of
his or her ability every day.
• All students and faculty need to be appropriately dressed as defined in the Parent
Handbook. Inappropriate dress can be a distraction, impair a child's health and safety or
show a lack of respect for others.
• For the safety of everyone backpacks should remain in an individual's locker or as close
to the locker wall as possible. Books and materials can be carried to and from class as
needed. Hallways must remain as clear as possible. We walk in the hallways because
running is not safe.
• We respect the rights of personal property and privacy as integral to managing and
organizing our daily lives, hi order to avoid even the appearance of dishonesty, students
will only open or enter another student's backpack or locker with the express permission
from that student or upon the direction of a teacher.
• We are honest. We do not steal or covet. A found item will be returned to its rightful
owner if it is apparent to whom the item belongs or else be turned in to the Lost and
Found.
"Wliich is the right course a person should choose? That which one can be proud about and which makes
others proud..." (Mishna Avot 2:1)
"^1N y\1 is a covenant of proper behavior incorporating respect for yourself and others." (A Rashi Teacher)
The Rashi building and grounds are a gift to us all. As such we treat Rashi property with dignity
and respect so that we can enjoy it ourselves and leave it to future generations to enjoy as well.
• Since we are proud of our School we accept responsibility for keeping the building and
grounds clean and free of trash at all times. We would never damage or deface School
property and we prevent and report others who do. Gum is never acceptable on School
grounds, and the lunchrooms and bathrooms are to be kept clean and neat at all times.
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"Do not separate yourself from the community." (Mishna Avot 2:4)
"yiN *p1 is a guide for how to conduct oneself and interact with others in a way that will positively reflect on a
person and will benefit the community." (A Rashi Teacher)
Rashi expects students and faculty to contribute to the academic, spiritual and social environment.
• Recess and lunch are times to relax, socialize and enjoy our friends. We say Ha'motzi
before eating and recite Birkat Hamazon afterward. We remain quiet and do not eat or
drink while these prayers are being recited. After lunch, we all pitch in to clean up the
lunchroom for the next group of students and faculty.
• Recess and lunch are inclusive rather than exclusive times. Since we are sensitive to hurt
feelings we do not exclude others from our lunchtime and recess activities. Everyone has
something valuable to contribute. As the title of a popular educational book reminds us:
"You Can't Say, You Can't Play."
• For the safety of everyone, playground equipment will be used properly and according to
the playground monitors' rules. Students and faculty stay in the play area and return
promptly and in an orderly fashion to class when recess is dismissed.
• During recess, assemblies, and between classes we may socialize but not in a way that
will disturb others. Assemblies are like classes. They provide an opportunity to learn or
provide a chance to display to others what we have learned, hi light of our rule of mutual
respect and our own desire to learn, we will listen attentively, participate when asked,
and follow the instructions of our teachers before, during, and after assemblies.
"Let the honor of others be as dear to you as your own." (Mishna Avot 2:10)
"yiN "pi is a universal code of conduct that precedes Torah." (A Rashi Teacher)
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Personal, academic and behavioral integrity are integral to being a Rashi student.
Rashi students and staff are honor-bound never to:
• Lie,
• Steal,
• Cheat,
• Gamble or
• Plagiarize,
• Act or speak abusively
• Commit forgery,
• Deface or damage school property
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Rashi students and staff represent the entire Rashi community and will conduct themselves
according to this standard at all times.
Rashi students and staff are expected to be polite, considerate, and cooperative at all times,
including when riding the bus to and from school and when in public on field trips. It is
simply unsafe and unwise to act otherwise. Best behavior is required when students and staff
are in public. This includes being polite and cooperative, not talking when everyone should
be listening, staying with the group at all times and (for field trips) dressing appropriately as
instructed.
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Certain criminal actions are not permissible for any member of the Rashi community at any
time:
o Substance abuse (excessive use of tobacco, alcohol, or use of illegal substances)
o Weapon possession
o Truancy
o Excessive tardiness
These actions and any other criminal act will result in serious disciplinary consequences, including
suspension or separation from the School community
Procedures For Infractions
Grades K - 8
The majority of students at the Rashi School work hard and follow the rules. When this does not
happen we have our yiN 7*vt Plan that sets standards and procedures that will insure a school
climate that maximizes student achievement and safety. ^IH 7*lt allows staff to handle discipline
problems in the best interest of the student through the use of the following set of principles:
• The student will establish ownership of the problem (ten Kavod)
• The student's respect and self-esteem will stay intact (nn Ruach)
• The student will solve the problem so it does not create a problem for others (fi^fip Kehilah)
• The student and the situation will be dealt with on an individual basis (pix Tzedek)
• The student will learn from his/her problem. (ti»>b Limud)
Teachers develop their own age and grade appropriate classroom y w 7*vt plans consistent with the
above listed principles. These individual management plans make optimum use of expected
behaviors, consequences and positive support for use in the classroom and common areas of the
School.
Many positive approaches are taken before behavior gets out of hand, including adult/student
discussions, counseling, lunchtime problem solving, lessons in conflict resolution and the use of
teacher assisted peer problem-solving, the Sukkat Shalom and open circle.
An official student behavior report is written only when:
• An adult has seen or heard the misbehavior/act, or
• There is overwhelming evidence that the student has committed the act, or
• The student admits the act, or
• The student repeats the misbehavior after a warning or discussion
By the time a parent receives the written report, the problem has been worked out. All we ask is that
a parent or guardian sign off on the report, as our way of knowing someone at home is aware there
was a problem. We do not ask anyone at home to solve the problem or provide punishment. If you
wish to help, feel sad for the child and wish him or her luck carrying out his or her solution. It is the
responsibility of the student to return the signed report the next school day.
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We will work with repeat offenders in a variety of ways. A staff member will contact parents if a
concern is serious or a repetitive pattern (defined as two or more similar behaviors) has developed.
We will share some ideas about how you might try to support the work we're doing and listen to any
information you feel would assist us in helping your child experience success following The Rashi
School yn< f i t Plan.
In the event of a serious offense such as behavior on or off School property which is detrimental to
the welfare of safety of other students or School personnel, willful destruction or defacing of School
property, acts of physical violence/aggression, repeated instances of non-severe behavior that
interfere with the School's ability to provide educational opportunities to other students, continued
disobedience or defiance of proper authority and including the second offense for having a toy
weapon in their possession, the option of in-school suspension or out of school suspension will be
considered. The School's weapons policy recommends automatic suspension from school when any
student is involved in a weapons offense through the possession, threatening to use, or use of a
dangerous weapon.
Communication
All too often, the only conduit of information between home and school is the child. A wise
Kindergarten teacher once explained to parents, "If you promise not to believe everything your
child says about me, I will promise not to believe everything your child says about you." While we
encourage children to speak openly about home and school, there is no substitute for direct
communication between school, faculty and parents.
Sometimes parents see or hear something in their child's classroom about which they have
concerns. We encourage you to approach your child's teacher first. It might be helpful to ask why a
particular action or approach was taken in order to deepen your understanding of what you
observed or heard. Hopefully the issue will be resolved.
Due to the needs of our students and using best practices from around the nation, the Middle
School has created a special program called Gar 'in and added the position of Dean of Students. It
is the Dean's primary responsibility to have knowledge, understanding and communication with
every Middle School community member concerning each of the students in the Middle School.
You should always feel comfortable initiating communication with the School. Trusting
relationships and partnerships are built over time. We will use the following protocol and we ask
that you do as well.
If you are still uncomfortable, we ask that you speak with your child's Division Head. Rabbi Joe
Eiduson is also available when you feel his expertise is needed. This process of bringing problems
to the people who can assist in a resolution should help eliminate the frustration that can occur
when issues are discussed only among parents.
Voice mail and e-mail is helpful to us. Our goal is to return calls within 24 hours (working days). If
it takes longer than 24 hours, please know that we are sometimes caught in the conflict between
our desire to give a quick response as well as our need to gather information.
If, after having followed all of the steps outlined above, you do not feel satisfied with the results
obtained, please send a written and signed statement of the issue(s) to Rabbi Joe Eiduson, Head of
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School, who will respond to your concern. To help you in this communication process, we have
prepared a. Parent Resource Guide: To Whom Do You Turn?
To Whom Do You Turn?
Rabbi Joe Eiduson, Head of School
• Questions about School philosophy, values and program
• Questions about overall School goals and broad scope of curriculum
• Issues that have not been resolved through dialogue in other settings
• Questions about activities of the Board of Directors, including Board policies
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Please don yt wait until a small problem becomes larger and larger.
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Shlomit Lipton, Assistant Head of School
• After conversations with Hebrew teachers, questions related to Ivrit (Hebrew Language
Instruction) including approaches to meeting the varied needs of students in Hebrew
• Questions about the broad goals and scope of the Ivrit program at Rashi
• Questions about Rashi's Professional Development Program and general course curricula
Sue Sherman, Lower School (LS) Head (Grades K-5)
Joni Fishman, Dean of Students (MS) (Grades 6-8)
Debbie Reck, Dean of Faculty (MS) (Grades 6-8)
We will use the following protocol and we ask that you do as well.
With a Question or concern about...
Your child's work in a particular class
A general academic concern
A general social concern
A specific academic or social concern
A concern about a teacher
A question about curricula
A concern about a learning issue or
accommodation
A question about a program or field trip
A question about High School applications
Please contact...
The teacher (email or voicemail)
The teacher (LS) - Moreh/ah Gar'in (MS)
The teacher (LS) - Moreh/ah Gar'in (MS)
Lower School Head or Dean of Students (MS)
Lower School Head or Dean of Faculty (MS)
The teacher or the Assistant Head of School
Lower School Head or Dean of Students (MS)
Lower School Head or Dean of Students (MS)
Dean of Students (MS)
David Passer, Chief Operating Officer
• Questions regarding financial aid policy and bill payment
• Questions about the Rashi School building and grounds
• Questions regarding building security
• Questions regarding school finances
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Wendy Schiffman, Director of Institutional Advancement
• Questions about donations to the school
• Questions about fundraising activities
• Questions about alumni communication and opportunities
• Questions about endowment opportunities
• Questions about public relations, marketing, and advertising
Rabbi Ellen Pildis, Jewish Studies Coordinator
• After conversations with classroom teachers, questions related to Tanakh (Bible) and
Tefillah (prayer)
• Questions about the broad goals and scope of the Tanach, Tefillah and Chaggim (holiday)
curricula
• Questions about Jewish practice at the School
• Questions and guidance about personal Jewish practice
Jennifer Rudin-Sable, Jewish Life Coordinator
• Questions about workshops and family programs
• Questions about classes for Rashi parents
• As a resource for planning family holiday celebrations and observance
• Questions about Yachad, our Parent-Teacher organization
• Questions about community events and programs
• Questions about Core Values Committee
• Questions about congregational affiliation
Stephanie Rotsky, Social Justice Coordinator
• Questions about Rashi Social Justice Programming
• Questions about Tamchui
Anne Puchkoff, Director of Admissions
• Information for prospective parents
Manya Fine, Office Manager
• General questions about The Rashi School
• Questions about student records
• Questions about calendar and program schedules
Coral Ambuter, School Nurse
• Forms required and procedures if your child requires medication during the school day
• Questions about school health policies
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Computers
Acceptable Use Policy Agreement- Grades K-8:
We are very pleased to be able to offer access to our local network and the Internet to the students
at Rashi School. Access to the Internet is an important part of Rashi's core value of Limud
(Learning) and use of the Internet must always take place with our core value of Kavod (Honor) in
mind. Members of the Rashi community are responsible for their behavior on the School computer
networks, just as they are in the classrooms and hallways. While we have taken precautions to
screen students from offensive and inappropriate material they may find on the Internet, it is
impossible to block every site from view. Please note that computers are only for student and staff
use and only during school hours. Students must be supervised by staff members when using
computers at Rashi and not by parents. Computer rooms will be closed at 3:00 p.m. each day.
As the network is an extension of the School, our school wide Derech Eretz policy applies to the
use of our School computers and networks. We take the use of computers and the Internet very
seriously at Rashi. Periodically, during the year, teachers will discuss the policies outlined below
with students.
1. School Network Policy
a. Users are responsible for the use of their individual accounts and should take all
reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use their accounts. Under no
condition should a user provide his or her password to another person.
b. Users will immediately notify the Technology Coordinator if they have identified a
possible security problem. Users will not go looking for a security problem since this
may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.
c. Users will use the network only for educational purposes.
d. Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the School's network or to go
beyond their authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another
person's account or access another person's files.
e. Users will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt any computer system or destroy data.
f. Users will not use the School's network to engage in any other illegal acts.
g. Students are not permitted to install software on any of our School computers or
workstations.
2. Computer Use Policy
a. Vandalism, which is any malicious attempt to harm or destroy the computers or data
stored on the computers, will not be tolerated.
3. Internet Use Policy
a. Students will not post personal contact information about themselves or others on the
Internet.
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b. Rules of "netiquette" will be followed which includes being polite, never using
inappropriate language, never disrupting other users and never harassing other Rashi or
non-Rashi Internet users.
c. Students will never communicate with people who are not related to the School
community.
d. Users will not use the Internet to gain access to material that is inappropriate for school
including pornography, material advocating illegal activities or material advocating
hatred and discrimination.
e. If a user INADVERTANTLY accesses such information as described above, he or she
should immediately inform a teacher.
f. Students will immediately inform a teacher if they receive a message or access a site that
makes them feel uncomfortable.
g. Users will not re-post a message that was sent to them privately without the permission of
the person who sent the original message.
h. Our network is for academic use only.
4. Copyrights and Plagiarism
a. Users will not plagiarize works they find on the Internet. Users will document the
sources of their work in a bibliography or notation.
b. Users will respect the rights of copyright owners. Users will obtain permission to use the
work of others and document that permission in their work.
Any violation of the regulations listed above may cause access privileges to be revoked, school
disciplinary action and/or appropriate legal action to be taken.
Valuable links for parents and educators:
Safe Kids Online - A terrific resource that includes the article "Child Safety on the Information
Highway" http://www.safekids.com
Parents' Guide to the Internet — U.S. Department of Education website with information and
resources, http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/intemet/
If you have any questions / comments, please contact:
David Passer, Director of Operations - [email protected]
Sam Abramovich, Technology Coordinator - sabramovich @rashi.org
DafKesher/E-mail to Parents
Announcements regarding special events, calendar changes and other important information
appear in the DafKesher (published bi-weekly) and are also sent by e-mail to parents.
NEW Dismissal Procedures NEW
At the beginning of the school year, you will let your child's teacher know what s/he will do at the
end of each school day (bus, extended day, individual pick-up, car-pool, etc.). Any changes to
your child's regular dismissal plan should be made in writing and with as much notice as possible.
In the case of a last minute change in dismissal plans, please call the School and speak to the
office staff. Do not leave dismissal instructions on voice mail. Please make sure you notify us
of any changes before 2:00 p.m. to allow enough time to notify your child and his / her
teacher.
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Dismissal and Pick-up
Dismissal is at 3:00 p.m. We will take a number of new steps this year to ensure that our dismissal
routine is as orderly and safe as possible. Staff members will be posted in the hallways and on the
stairway landings to help maintain order as students and parents move through the building.
Students in grades K - 5 who take a bus home or who participate in the Extended Day program
will be escorted by a staff member to the cafeteria / gymnasium. Bus students will check in with
their bus monitor and will be escorted outside to the buses when ready. Extended Day students
will have snack and will go on to other activities. Parents (or others) who are picking up students
are asked to remain outside, or to gather in the lobby area near the cafeteria until 3:00pm. Please
do not "hang out" outside your child's classroom prior to 3:00pm, as it can be quite disruptive to
the end of the day process in the class. If you are picking up students from K — 2 and students from
other grades, we suggest that you have the older students go to the first floor classrooms (K-2) and
meet you there. Middle School students are given the personal responsibility of getting themselves
to the buses or meeting their ride home on the "porch" in a timely manner. Middle School staff
members, and others, help supervise this process.
Many parents have asked us to institute a "live pick-up " system so that parents, or others picking
up your children, do not have to come into the building at the end of the school day. We will be
piloting such a system this school year. During the first few weeks of school, we will survey all
our families to find out how many are interested in such a service. When we know how many
people want to participate, we 'II devise an appropriate protocol and will of implement it in early
October
Please remember that we are all responsible for our students' safety during dismissal. As in the
morning, please use extreme caution while driving in the parking lot. We ask that parents refrain
from talking on cell phones during afternoon pick up. Please park in designated parking spaces
only.
Students not picked up by 3:10 p.m. will automatically be admitted to the Extended Day Program
and parents will be billed accordingly.
Early Pick-Up
Should you need us to dismiss your child early, you must notify the School in writing, indicating
the time that you will be picking up your child so that we can arrange for your child to be waiting
for you in the School office. Do not go directly to your child's classroom for early dismissal.
Please go to the School office.
Donations to Rashi
To make donations, please contact the School's Office of Institutional Advancement (617-969-4444,
ext. 235)
Dress
School is often messy as children work with paints, experiment in science class, conduct
archaeological digs, and play hard at recess. We want children to be comfortable at school and to
understand that their clothes will sometimes get dirty. At the same time, students are expected to be
well groomed and neatly dressed. We also recognize that certain events and trips call for nicer dress.
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Thus, your child may be asked to "dress-up" for trips to orchestra concerts or special celebrations.
Being "dressed-up" varies from age to age. For the younger children, a shirt or blouse with a collar
and pants that aren't jeans may be required. Clothing or hairstyles that distract from the purpose or
conduct of the School are not permitted. We respectfully ask students to adhere to the following
dress code guidelines:
1. Boys may wear long pants or tailored shorts that hang at the knees. Girls may wear
dresses, skirts, capris that go to the calves, tailored shorts that hang at the knees or long
pants. Jeans in good condition are acceptable.
2. Shirts may be worn untucked, but, if requested, the student must tuck in the shirt. If the
shirt becomes untucked or the midriff is exposed inappropriately, the shirt must be
changed. Students may not show midriffs.
3. Students may not wear spandex clothing (tube tops or bike shorts), spaghetti straps or
straps less shirts, tank tops, T-shirts with writing printed on the front or back, mesh shirts,
cut off shirts, sweatpants, mini skirts, pajamas or see through fabrics.
4. In the Lower School, headwear such as hats, visors, bandanas, or sunglasses are not
allowed except for kippot (yarmulkes). It is a Middle School privilege to be able to wear
hats in the School building. If hats become distractions, Middle School students will be
asked to remove them.
5. Outer coats must be put in the locker or cubby upon arriving at school. No outerwear or
coats shall be worn during the school day. Sweaters, sweat suit jackets, and light jackets
may be worn indoors and are not considered outerwear.
6. All students should have appropriate attire and shoes at school for gym class and recess.
Sneakers (no black soles) are required. For safety reasons, students should not wear flip
flops, clogs or other backless shoes for gym and recess
New Friday Dress New
One of our goals involves the creation of a Shabbat atmosphere on Fridays. In order to enhance
this experience and set the proper tone for such a celebration, we ask Rashi students to pay special
attention to their dress on Fridays. We ask that children wear nice j eans (other than blue), pants,
skirts, cords, dressy shorts and appropriate non-t-shirts (button down or collared shirts).
Whatever your child wears, we ask that clothing be labeled. Help keep our "Lost and Found"
collection small by labeling and reminding your child to search for belongings that don't come
home from school.
Extended Day
The Rashi Extended Day Program is conducted in accordance with the School's philosophy and
approach to working with children. Extended Day provides a nurturing and relaxed environment
that encourages creativity and acceptance. The program operates Monday through Thursday from
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (You may also sign your child up for 5:00 p.m. pick-up for a reduced fee.
Extended Day Does Not Meet On Friday.
A variety of organized activities, as well as monitored free time, are provided during the afterschool program. Various electives are also offered for an additional fee. Some of the electives
may include instrumental music, drama, dance, sports, creative movement and martial arts.
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Drop-Ins
Extended Day is also offered on an as-need basis. Students may "drop-in" to Extended Day
provided they bring a note to the office that morning. Drop-ins will be charged for a minimum
of two hours of Extended Day.
Fans
On warm days, we encourage children to drink plenty of water. Water bottles are fine to bring to
school, but no battery-operated fans are allowed. They are a distraction during class.
Field Trips
In the summer mailing you received an important Parent Information and Field Trip Permission
Form that provides blanket permission covering all field trips that your child's class takes
throughout the school year. You will be notified in advance of all trips and/or walking excursions.
Additional adult supervision is necessary when children leave the building for a field trip. A ratio
of one adult to five children in kindergarten through second grade and one adult to eight children in
the upper grades is necessary to ensure the children's safety. Adult chaperones may be asked to
supervise and, in some cases, to drive a group of students on a trip. In order for each chaperone to
enjoy the field trip with his or her child and other students in the class, younger siblings may not
accompany field trips. Teachers plan for field trips well in advance of the date of the trip. Please
contact your child's teacher if you are interested in chaperoning a particular field trip.
Financial Aid
Financial Aid at the Rashi School is allocated according to need. Rashi follows guidelines
established by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and also considers
extenuating circumstances that may not be reflected in standardized financial aid application forms.
The family of every Rashi student will receive information about the financial aid application
process toward the end of the fall semester.
Food
Plan with your child what he/she will eat, and pack enough for the day. Over-providing food is as
much of a problem as not enough. Each child should bring a healthy midmorning snack such as a
fruit, vegetable or cheese and crackers. Please pack juice boxes or a thermos for snack and
lunchtime drinks. Remember, no sodas are allowed and glass bottles are not permitted in school.
Small boxes of juice frozen the night before provide cooling for the food and are defrosted and
ready to use by lunchtime. We are unable to refrigerate or heat students' lunches. EXCHANGING
FOOD IS NOT PERMITTED. Lunches from fast food chains are not allowed! In some cases
there are children with severe food allergies (see the section on Allergies). You are asked to avoid
peanut butter, peanuts, and nut products in your child's lunch. No food is to be brought into any
classroom at any time unless approved by the teacher. To help our environment, please use
reusable lunch containers and bags. Please refer to the School's kashrut policy for specific
information regarding school lunches, treats provided by parents and snacks.
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Forms
These forms must be returned to the School Office before school opens:
> Parent information and Field Trip Permission Form;
> Release Authorization Form;
> Extended Day Enrollment Form (if applicable);
> Bus Transportation Form (if applicable);
> Medication Permission Form; and
> Immunization Record from physician.
Please notify the School Office of any change of address, phone number, email address or
other information on school records. Promptness and accuracy are necessary to maintain
school records and to facilitate efficient communication.
Gift Policy
Throughout the year students and parents often want to send expressions of appreciation to teachers
and staff. While we appreciate your desire to thank the many people who work so hard to make your
child's Rashi experience a positive and productive one, we ask you to recognize the complex
situations that can arise from bringing gifts to teachers and staff in School. Inequities amongst gifts
can be quite uncomfortable for the teachers and staff. Inequities amongst gifts can also be awkward
for students. Please refrain from sending teacher/staff gifts into School. Please remember that
expressions of appreciation to teachers and staff, such as notes or letters written by children and / or
parents, are most appreciated. During Tamchui please consider making a donation in honor of your
child's teachers. You can always honor teachers and staff by contributing a book to the library.
Please contact the Librarian for assistance in selecting a book. Yachad, Rashi's Parent/Teacher
Organization, honors teachers and staff by hosting a Back to School Luncheon and an End of the
Year Celebration. Please contact one of the Yachad Co-Presidents if you wish to assist with either of
these events.
Governing Structure
The Rashi School is a legal, nonprofit organization. School membership consists of the parents of
children enrolled in the school, the parents of alumni, and members of the Board of Directors,
committee members, staff and contributors.
Headphones
(Walkmans, Discmans, MP3 players, iPods)
The electronic devices listed above are to be used on the bus, prior to school, following school and
at other times not between the hours of 8:15 and 3:00. Students must place these items in their
lockers during school hours and will be reminded of this by their teachers.
Health
The School Nurse is available from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Her responsibilities include medication
administration, administering first aid and overseeing the health needs of all students. Children
who are in school are expected to take part in all activities. To ensure safety and effective
monitoring of unauthorized medications or drugs, students may not carry or self-administer any
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medications during the school day. Any medication taken during school hours must be left with
the nurse and taken only in the presence of the School Nurse. Medication must be labeled with the
student's name, doctor's name, name of the drug, dosage and time to be given.
All medications must be accompanied by a physician's order form completed by the
physician prescribing the medication.
Physical Examinations
All students are required to have yearly examinations. Please check with your physician to be sure
that immunizations are up to date. A physical examination form and immunization record must be
on file prior to the first day of school.
Illness
Children are sent home if they have a temperature or are vomiting. Children should not come back
to school until their temperature has been normal for 24 hours or there has been no vomiting for 24
hours, hi addition, if a child is prescribed antibiotics, he/she must be on the antibiotic for 24 hours
before returning to school. If a child must be sent home due to illness, the nurse will make every
attempt to contact the parent or guardian before releasing the child to an emergency contact.
Emergency information must be complete and updated as necessary.
Contagious Diseases
If your child comes down with a suspected contagious disease, keep him/her home and seek
medical attention. Suspected contagious diseases include, but are not limited to:
strep throat, impetigo, conjunctivitis, chicken pox, food borne poisoning, pertussis and influenza
accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea and high temperature. A more complete listing is available
from the School Nurse. Upon return to school, the parent should supply medical documentation
that her/his child is no longer contagious and may return to class.
It is helpful for parents to contact the School Nurse to inform her of any special considerations for
their child, such as administration of antibiotics.
Lice
All students are checked for head lice at the beginning of the school year. If a child is found to be
infected he or she will be sent home for treatment with a medicated shampoo. No child who has
head lice will be allowed to remain in school or to go home on the bus. A parent or guardian must
pick up the child from school. After the treatment, the child may return to school with a parent or
guardian and will be checked by the School Nurse before reentering the classroom. If the child is
nit-free, he or she may return to class. If the child is not nit free, then the entire procedure must be
repeated until the child is nit free. If you discover that your child has lice, please contact the
School. The School Nurse will then check his or her class. We cannot eliminate lice, but with
everyone's cooperation, we hope to control it.
Allergies
Please notify the nurse if your child has any allergies or special medical conditions. If your child
requires an epi-pen for allergic reactions, you must supply a pen to both the child's teacher and the
School Nurse. All staff has been trained in the use of epi-pens and in recognizing allergic
reactions.
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Homework
It is the Rashi School's philosophy that the assignment of homework presents opportunities for
extending and enhancing classroom learning, developing responsible, independent work habits and
strengthening the parent-school partnership.
Rashi considers homework a significant, contributing factor towards the accomplishment of
academic goals; we rely on parents to support us in this area. Should you feel that your child is
spending an inordinate amount of time on assignments, or that your child would benefit from
further enrichment opportunities or if you have questions about any other aspect of homework,
please feel free to discuss the situation with your child's teacher. If a student develops a pattern of
not handing in homework assignments, parents will be contacted.
Consistent with this view, homework is assigned in grades one through eight. Time spent on
homework will naturally vary across grade levels; teachers raise expectations and children gain
efficiency as the year progresses. At the Back-to-School Night, teachers in each grade will present
specific homework guidelines, including time expectations, for general studies, Jewish studies and
Hebrew assignments.
Kippot Policy
All students (boys and girls) are encouraged to wear kippot and tallitot at all worship services.
Through learning and experience, they will be well prepared to make a truly educated choice about
this practice in their own lives. Students are asked to maintain 2 kippot (provided by parents name inside) in school at all times.
Library
The library has been "under construction" and there are exciting updates to announce. The library
has been completely reorganized and is ready for use! Students will be able to borrow library
resources for pleasure reading as well as materials to assist them with their studies. Reference
materials may be used in the library.
Students will learn "Information Literacy Skills." These essential skills are a necessity in today's
"information overload" society; it is more important than ever for students to be efficient, effective,
and astute users of research tools. Students will learn the necessary skills for finding, using,
synthesizing and evaluating information. Through honed literacy skills, students will be informed,
active lifelong learners.
Lost and Found
The lost and found is located outside the Chadar Ochel (cafeteria). Please check the lost and
found regularly for items your child may have left at school. The Middle School lost and found is
located on the third floor. To avoid the loss of clothing, please label all clothes.
Nondiscriminatory Policy for Students
The Rashi School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights,
privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School.
It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of
its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other
School-administered programs.
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Pets
Out of respect for members of our community who have allergies, do not bring pets into the School
building at any time. Under certain circumstances, and with prior permission an animal may be
brought in for a special visit.
Pizza Thursday
Pizza Thursday is a fundraising program sponsored by Yachad. Twice each month a pizza lunch
including a drink and a dessert are distributed to those students who have ordered and paid for pizza
in advance. Please note that while only cheese pizza is served, the pizza is not from a kosher
restaurant.
Progress Reports
Conferences and Report Cards
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for all grades in the fall and the spring. Kindergarten has
two fall conferences and one spring conference. Conferences are an important means of
communication between home and School. Classroom teachers, Hebrew teachers and specialists
are available to meet with parents on conference days. We expect parents to attend these
conferences.
Approximately three weeks prior to conference days, you will receive the entire conference
schedule for your child(ren)'s classes. If your assigned time is inconvenient for you, please change
with another family. Please notify the Office if you have difficulty making other arrangements, or
if you have made any changes in a teacher's conference schedule, hi the Lower School, academic
checklists are sent out three times a year, at the end of each term; two of those times with a
narrative. In the Middle School, checklists are sent out four times a year, at the end of each
quarter; two of those times with a narrative. Feel free to request a meeting with your child's teacher
or Middle School Advisor at other times as well.
hi addition, teachers will communicate regularly with parents through phone calls, email, the
weekly newsletter and, if necessary, additional conferences. If you would like to speak with your
child's teacher, please leave a message on her/his voice mail and the teacher will respond within
one school day.
Psychological Resources
The Coordinator of Psychological Resources works closely with the Head of School, the Lower
School Head, the Dean of Students, and the learning specialists. The Coordinator provides in-school
consultation regarding:
• Student supports in the classroom;
• Interpreting assessments and implementing recommendations;
• Referrals for outside psychological services;
• Crisis intervention;
• The Middle School Gar'in (Advisory) program; and
• Admissions.
hi addition, the Coordinator provides professional growth opportunities for faculty and workshops
for parents on child development issues. Please note that the School does not provide diagnostic
evaluations and on-going psychological services.
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Recycling
Rashi encourages children to bring a "litterless lunch". Preserving our resources is both a Jewish
value and an environmental priority. Send your children's lunches in reusable containers and
thermoses. On those occasions when it is not possible to send a litterless lunch, children can
participate in our recycling program. Each classroom has containers for reusable materials. In
every classroom there is a trashcan for disposal of other refuse, such as apple cores and nonreusable items. The Schools' recycling project is a team effort, and we appreciate parents' support
in keeping our garbage to a minimum.
Safety and Security
The safety and security of students and staff is our primary concern. We've cultivated an excellent
relationship with the Newton Police Department and with the Community Policing Unit as well as
with the officers in the local district. Our building systems have been enhanced and our security
policies and procedures have been revised, following consultations with outside security experts.
Members of the Newton Police Department who would be "first responders" in case of an emergency
have visited the School to learn the layout and provide advice. We work with other similar size
Jewish day schools in the area to share information, exchange ideas and assist each other in
developing comprehensive emergency plans. Combined Jewish Philanthropies has conducted
security and life safety workshops for our staff. The Bureau of Jewish Education and the New
England office of the Anti-Defamation League provide us with up-to-date general and "special alert"
information, as does the Newton Police Department.
We have a "doors closed and locked" policy in effect at all times that a senior staff member is not at
the door. All visitors are identified before they are granted access to the building. Toward that end,
please DO NOT permit unidentified individuals to enter the building with you after you've been
granted access to the building. All visitors MUST proceed immediately to the main office, sign in
and obtain a visitor badge/sticker.
When students are outside the building at recess, supervising teachers and staff use mobile
telephones and/or walkie-talkies to have access to the School Office and to other emergency
personnel. Many other security measures are used inside and outside our building both when the
building is occupied and unoccupied. For obvious reasons, it is not appropriate list here all of these
security measures.
Student Leadership
The Rashi Middle School encourages and enlists the support of our students in improving the
policies and procedures in our community. All students are welcome to join the Student
Leadership Team known as the Knesset. The only requirement for participation is commitment to
regular attendance.
The Dean of Students serves as a faculty advisor to the Knesset. Middle School students elect a
president each January and June for a semester long term. The President presides over all meetings
and, with the support and counsel of the Dean, sets the agenda and organizes votes.
It is the responsibility of the Knesset to discuss the policies and procedures of the Rashi Middle
School and to make recommendations to the Head of School, all in consultation and with feedback
from their classmates.
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Telephone Messages/E-mail
Rashi has a voice mail and e-mail system. Staff extensions and e-mail instructions are listed in the
front of this Handbook. Parents and students should not call teachers at home. Staff and faculty
will respond to a note or telephone message within one school day.
Toys at Rashi
Students may not bring toy guns or toy weapons to school.
Students may not bring toys to school unless they are being used as part of an educational or
programmatic experience and a teacher makes a request to parents in writing. This includes toys that
involve trading. Trading cards require negotiation skills that are beyond the developmental level of
elementary school students. Unsupervised trading creates issues that permeate the social and
educational lives of the students. The only exception is electronic games (Gameboy) for students to
use during their bus ride. Once at school, students must place these items in their lockers.
Visitor Policy
Student Visitors
There are three types of student visitors who generally wish to visit the Rashi School during school
hours. (8:15-3:00)
1) Prospective Students - Visits to Rashi by prospective students must be arranged through the
Director of Admissions.
2) Former Rashi Students - Former Rashi students who are not prospective students are
permitted to visit the School during lunch and recess hours only. The student must have
prior approval from a division head.
3) Out of Town Visitors - Out of town visitors who are not prospective students must have
prior approval from a division head in order to visit the School. Students are permitted to
visit the School during lunch and recess hours only.
Parent/Adult Visitors
Parent involvement is welcome at Rashi. We are delighted when parents and special friends come
to school as guest teachers, classroom volunteers or to attend a special program or performance.
Teachers appreciate having advance notice if a parent wants to visit his/her child's class. Please
remember that Rashi is a learning environment designed for the students. Although students are
often delighted to see their younger siblings at school, younger siblings may be disruptive to the
learning environment. Teachers will notify families when it is appropriate to bring younger
siblings to a school program. Please feel free to call the classroom teacher or appropriate Division
Head if you are uncertain as to whether you may bring younger siblings for a particular event.
Unless there is an entire class or school program, visitors must check in at the office before
going to a classroom.
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Our Jewish Community
The Rashi School community is diverse. Our students come from a wide variety of Jewish
backgrounds, including Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and unaffiliated families. We
respect the varied religious backgrounds and beliefs of our students and their families. Children
and parents are always welcome to discuss religious ideas and to ask questions that stem from
other religious traditions. The focus of our program is connection to our Jewish heritage.
Our tradition places great value on community. Thus, we encourage Rashi families to affiliate with
synagogue and chavurot and will do what we can to help our families make a connection to a
supportive local religious community. Rabbis, Cantors and educators from the Boston area visit
our School and work with our children in a variety of ways.
Through our Family Education Program, we work with families to provide deeper understandings
and new perspectives on Jewish values and traditions. Through this learning we better equip
families to take responsibility for integrating Jewish practice, ritual and knowledge into the fabric of
their home.
Family Education serves as a resource to support families through their child's Jewish experiences at
Rashi. Rashi receives funding as part of Sh 'arim, the family education initiative of the Commission
on Jewish Continuity and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Throughout the year the Rashi
School provides:
•f Grade level programs for parents and students that are an extension of the classroom Jewish
Studies curriculum;
•S Grade level parent education programs that provide opportunities for parents to explore, at an
adult level, the Jewish Studies curriculum being taught in their child's classroom;
S Adult Education including a Friday morning Torah study group and other adult learning
opportunities;
•f Family Holiday Resource Packets;
S Resources and information to assist families with life cycle events (the birth of a child, Bar/Bat
Mitzvah, the death of a family member);
•S Community Holiday Celebrations that bring the community together to celebrate and learn about
holidays such as Purim, Sukkot and Passover; and
•/ Information to assist families in making congregational affiliation decisions.
Living Jewishly: Ritual & Observance & Respect
Kashrut Policy
Please note all italicized words are defined at the end of the policy statement.
Philosophy behind Rashi's Kashrut Policy
A Rashi education helps each student cultivate a personal understanding of Judaism and make
decisions as to how to incorporate Jewish practice into his or her life. At the same time Rashi takes
equal pride in creating an atmosphere of community where people of any background feel respected
and comfortable.
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At Rashi we believe that rather than imposing a single mold of Jewish identity or practice on our
students, we should seek to offer a variety of models for Jewish living and encourage them to make
informed choices on how to express their Jewish commitments in religious observance, family life
and ethical action. Choice does not come of itself but needs to be taught. Choice can flourish only
where there is respect for others who choose differently from one's self. Respect for difference is
taught, practiced and reinforced at Rashi.
Rashi's Community Eating Policy strives to balance a healthy respect for individual choices and
diversity on the one hand, with a desire to share and break bread together as a community on the
other. In keeping with the philosophy of balancing community needs and individual choices, the
Kashrut Policy addresses lunches and snacks, which are not intended to be shared, differently from
food which is intended to be shared by some or all of the Rashi community.
Finally, this policy only addresses Rashi's philosophy regarding Kashrut i.e. the observance of
Jewish dietary laws. Rashi's administrators in consultation with health care providers deal with
policy addressing food allergies and other health needs related to food annually.
Kashrut Policy for Lunches and Snacks - Food Provided By Families
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Food packed for individual lunches and snacks must never be shared among students. This
rule is important both because of individual variations in adherence to the practice of'kashrut
and because of issues of allergies and food intolerance.
Pork or shellfish may not be included in individual school lunches or snacks. This includes,
but is not limited to bacon, ham, pork sausage, pepperoni, shrimp, crab, etc.
Please avoid peanut butter, peanuts, and nut products in your child's lunch.
Kashrut Policy for Community Events - Food Provided By Families (Pot Luck)
Shared food must be dairy or pareve. Food may not contain any animal fat or lard. These food items
are not necessarily hekhshered but ingredients should be carefully noted. When you are providing a
treat for a class please consider the dietary/health needs of all the students. We never want a child to
feel excluded from a celebration. We also ask that families avoid peanut butter, peanuts, and nut
products when bringing food into the school.
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At all community events, organizers are asked to include some clearly marked hekshered
food (or food not requiring a heksher such as whole fruit) for those who choose to eat only
such items. Please use new disposable utensils and plates when serving these items.
You are welcome to share dairy ox pareve food cooked at home.
No pork or shellfish may be served at any Rashi event.
Kashrut Policy for Community Events - Food Provided by the School
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Food that is provided by the teacher or the School will bear a hekhsher or come from a
kosher restaurant or bakery.
PLEASE NOTE: Yachad sponsored optional lunch items such as "Pizza Thursday" pizza do not
contain any animal fat or lard. These items are not necessarily hekhshered.
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Basic definitions as used in the Rashi Kashrut Policy:
Hekhsher: A certification that a food is kosher. A variety of symbols are used depending on the
rabbinical authority responsible for certification.
Kosher food that does not require a heksher: Fresh whole fruits and vegetables and nuts.
Dairy* (milchig): Foods prepared with milk or milk by-products. For example: cheese, cream,
butter, caffeine, and whey.
Pareve ^(neither meat nor milk): This category includes fish, eggs, flour, rice, fruits, vegetables and
other grains, i.e., everything other than milk, meat or poultry.
*At Rashi dairy or pareve foods do not need to have a hekhsher, but may not contain meat or meat
by-products. In following the policy please ensure that prepared dairy ox pareve foods contain no
meat products by:
a) Buying food with a hekscher;
b) Buying from a kosher bakery or store. A list of hekhshered bakeries, restaurants, caterers and
products is available from the Jewish Life Coordinator or the Jewish Studies Coordinator;
c) Using no meat products in home-cooked foods; or
d) Carefully reading the list of ingredients, hi particular watch out for animal fat or lard in baked
goods or snack foods.
When students travel beyond the School building on School sponsored activities food provided by
the School maybe provided from non-kosher vendors as long as the food is dairy ox pareve. Parents
and students will be notified in writing of these arrangements along with notification of the activity.
Jewish Holy Day Absences
While the Reform Movement as a whole does not observe the second and eighth days of'Passover,
of Sukkot and the second day of Shavuot, some of our students and families at Rashi do. Out of
respect for those families, should these Holy Days fall during the school week, teachers plan
accordingly so that no tests are given. No special projects or assignments are completed or given
and no field trips are taken on those days. While students are responsible for the schoolwork
missed, they will not be penalized for their absences.
Kabbalat Shabbat
(Welcoming Shabbat)
On Friday afternoons the Lower School grades (K-3) welcome Shabbat with song from 2:15-2:45
p.m. Students in grades 4 and 5 welcome Shabbat using an abbreviated Kabbalat Shabbat litugy
from l:45-2:15p.m. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend either assembly. Weencourage
families to sit with their children. We ask parents to help us create a tone and atmosphere of kavod
(respect) during this special time. Middle School students welcome Shabbat as a community at
11:45 a.m. on Fridays.
Tefillot (Morning Prayer)
Rashi offers weekly Tefillot for the different age groups within the school. Kippot and tallitot are
available for all Tefillot at Rashi. Parents are always welcome to attend Tefillah with their
children. Community Tefillot are held on Mondays in grade clusters. Kindergarten through fourth
grade classes enjoy another in-class prayer experience each week. Middle School has aMinyan on
Tuesdays and Thursday mornings. There will be an early adult Minyan on Tuesday mornings from
7:30 to 8:00 on the third floor. Parents and students are welcome to join.
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Board of Directors, 2004-2005
The Rashi Executive Committee
President
Vice-President
Vice-President of Finance
Treasurer
Clerk
Ethel Magidson
Lisa Wallack
Edward Moller
Carole Marin
Jennifer Vidal
Janet Aserkoff
Robert Gervis
Jill Goldenberg
Jerome Somers
Board of Directors
Janet Aserkoff
Margie Berkowitz
Sarah Feldman
Robert Gervis
Jill Goldenberg
Ron Golub
Merrill Hassenfeld
Beryl Hoffman
Nancy Kaplan
Jim Kaufman
Susan Kohn
Alan Kopin
Wendy Kramer-Waida
Shari Levitan
Rick Mann
Betty Ann Miller
Dale Okonow
Kim Rubin
Marty Sleeper
Jerome Somers
Jill Stanzler-Katz
Jamie Weintraub
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Liz Baum, Immediate Past President
Rabbi Henry A. Zoob, Founding Chair
Patti Kraft, Honorary Board Member
Alison Kur, Honorary Board Member
Rashi Board Committees Chairs
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Board of Directors: The Rashi School Board of Directors creates plans, sets policies and takes
actions to ensure the viability of the School for future generations. Accordingly, the Board
develops and articulates the vision and mission of the School and supports the administration
in implementing the School's programs through development and maintenance of appropriate
resources. The Board has fiduciary responsibility for funds and ensures fiscal and management
accountability. The Board also employs the Head of School. Contact person: Ethel Magidson.
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Capital Campaign Development: This committee oversees the fundraismg efforts of the School
including: Annual Campaign; Parent, Grandparent and Community Campaigns; Public relations
planning and execution; Capital Campaign; Donor cultivation and stewardship. Contact people:
Jill Goldenberg, Co-chair, Lisa Wallack, Co-chair.
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Personnel: This committee oversees salary and benefits packages for staff. It serves as a
sounding board for any staff member seeking review of a decision made by the administration.
Contact person: Jerry Somers.
Educational Policy: A j oint committee of lay leaders and professional staff who work together to
address educational policy and curricular matters. Contact person: Rabbi Joe Eiduson.
Budget and Finance: Develops and presents budget to Board for approval; monitors budgetary
matters; develops and recommends policy in the areas of budget and finance. Contact person:
Carole Marin
Financial Aid: Oversees distribution of financial aid awards. This committee convenes in late
winter/early spring to review financial aid materials returned to Rashi from Princeton and to
distribute the funds set aside by the Board for financial aid. Members of this committee are not
parents in the School. Contact person: David Passer.
Cores Values Committee: Works with faculty, administration, Board and parents to implement
the recommendations of the Day Schools for the 21st Century Task Force. Contact Person:
Andrea Insoft.
Building: Working to find and secure permanent site; works with administration to meet current
site needs. Contact person: Janet Aserkoff.
Governance: Oversees Board member development and maintains bylaws. Key activities include
conducting trustee orientation and retreat, fostering stewardship of Board members, instituting
Board evaluation, ensuring nonparent Board members come to the School to see it in action, and
working closely with Nominating committee. Contact person: Jill Stanzler-Katz.
Nominating Committee: Identifies and recruits new Board members to fill vacancies. This
committee generally begins its work in late winter or early spring. Contact person: To be
announced.
Institutional Advancement
An excellent education requires a secure financial foundation. As a non-profit independent school,
Rashi adheres to a policy of rigorous financial responsibility and carefully manages finite resources.
Like other Jewish and independent day schools, tuition revenue alone is not enough to cover the
entire cost of an outstanding Rashi education. Approximately 80% of the actual cost of educating
each student is covered by tuition.
The Annual Campaign is an important resource for Rashi. Through philanthropic contributions
from Board members, parents, grandparents, community members and friends of the School, the
Annual Campaign is able to support the School's operating budget. Each year we strive for 100%
parent participation in the Annual Campaign. Contributions range from $ 18 to over $ 18,000. Each
gift is a beautiful expression of support for Rashi.
As a beneficiary agency of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Rashi also receives funding for each
student. Additionally, the School receives matching gifts from donors' companies. Contributions
benefit every student through improved academic programs, increased financial aid and enhanced
teacher salaries and professional development opportunities.
Currently, Rashi is in the initial phase of a Capital Campaign. Funds are needed to purchase land
and build a new facility for our School. Our Campaign Goal is $30 Million. To date, we have raised
close to $3 Million.
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The Annual Dinner, held each spring, raises significant funds from our parent community, the
greater Boston Jewish community and friends of the School. This event is typically held at a hotel in
downtown Boston and is typically attended by over 500 guests. Some donors wish to fund special
programs. We have received targeted grants from individuals, families and foundations that have
supported programmatic areas including theatre, art, music technology and security.
The Alumni Association connects Rashi alumni with each other and with the School. Many alumni
come back to Rashi to help with special projects and programs. Each year, we host a special event
for our alumni. The Sheldon A. Cohen Grandparents Association connects Rashi grandparents
with their grandchildren. Volunteer opportunities for grandparents include but are not limited to:
making latkes and hamentashen, guest teaching, judging for the science fair as well as participating
at Kabbalat Shabbat. Many grandparents serve on committees as well as the Board of Directors.
Each spring, Rashi hosts Generations Day, an afternoon celebrating grandparents and special
friends. Aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, nannies, friends and grandparents spend a Friday
afternoon together and with their Rashi student. Together, we welcome Shabbat as a community.
The Office of Institutional Advancement is also responsible for overall marketing and public
relations for the School.
Yachad
Yachad, Rashi's Parent Teacher Organization, is a very active group. Yachad's most important
mission is to provide opportunities for parents and grandparents to participate with their children in
special programs.
Yachad organizes room parents from each grade as a core of leaders to encourage others to become
more involved at the Rashi School. Yachad is dedicated to enhancing the parent community by
providing social opportunities for parents to meet and mingle, hi addition, Yachad supports the
admissions office by formally welcoming new families.
Yachad is also involved in several fund-raising opportunities such as Pizza Thursday, weekly challah
sales, gift-wrap and Passover candy sales. These events provide Yachad with funds to enhance
holiday/ritual celebrations for our children.
During this school year Yachad will be striving to work more cohesively with all of the constituent
groups within Rashi. Yachad holds monthly meetings and provides numerous volunteer
opportunities. If you are interested in becoming more active in Yachad, please contact Yachad's copresidents Jamie Weintraub & Wendy Kramer-Waida.
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