|Letter from the Head of School||3|
|Perpetuating Our Jewish Heritage
|Faculty and Staff
|Code of Conduct
|General School Rules
|Arrival and Dismissal Procedures||11|
|Illness and Injury
|Inclement Weather / Emergency Closings||16|
|T’fillah / Kabbalat Shabbat
|Lost and Found
|Cell Phones, Electronic Devices, Games, etc.
|Hot Lunch Program
|Fundraising and Annual Fund||23-24|
|A Note from Our Librarian
|Birthday Book Program
|Acceptable Use Policy||27-28|
|Parent and Student Agreement||29|
Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year. It is with great enthusiasm that we begin another year of learning and growing together.
This handbook sets out policies and procedures of The Day School. It may be revised or added to at any time by the administration and faculty. While we try to spell out policies clearly, please understand that there may be rules and expectations that while not spelled out may also be enforced.
This handbook, while similar to previous years, has numerous changes. Therefore it is important that you read it thoroughly. Parents and children should read it together, discussing any concerns or questions that come up. Making the handbook a family activity solidifies the unity of school and parents and can motivate worthwhile discussion.
The policies set forth in this handbook are for the purpose of creating a harmonious and safe school, supportive of its students, teachers, and parents. Feel free to discuss with me any issues or concerns regarding the policies that are written in this handbook.
Lastly, your child’s experience and your own will be greatly enhanced if you become an active member of the school community and PTO. We love to see you at The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew. Not only daily classes but family events, services in which our children participate, and
Community programs all enrich the lives of the children, families and the school.
The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew prepares children to thrive in a complex world. By cultivating academic excellence, values of progressive Judaism, physical well being and spiritual growth, the school provides children age 18-months through 8th grade with a multifaceted foundation on which to build their lives.
To fulfill its mission, The Day School strives to:
PERPETUATING OUR JEWISH HERITAGE / EDUCATING FOR EXCELLENCE
A 21st Century Program
The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew is an independent school with students from age 18 months through Grade 8. The Preschool opened in 1971 and the Day School opened in September 1991, with a Kindergarten and First Grade class. Each year thereafter a class was added through fifth grade. In 1998, the Day School expanded to include a Middle School. THE DAY SCHOOL provides a comprehensive, integrated curriculum offering full day, and extended-day, and extra-curricular programs. The school has a lifelong connection with Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, which shares the goal of preparing our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew is committed to providing each student with an excellent academic education, empowering each student to reach his or her greatest potential. The school provides an integrated secular and Judaic curriculum designed to stimulate the intellectual, social, physical and spiritual growth of the whole child. Parents are our partners in charting a successful teaching environment for our students. The environment utilizes tools, technology, and resources that help prepare our children to be critical, independent thinkers who realize that learning is not confined to either the school years or the classroom. The faculty is comprised of experienced teachers with a thorough knowledge of their subject area as well as the principles of child development, which promote intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical growth.
Graduating and transferring students have been accepted to many of the independent high schools in the greater Baltimore community as well as top public school programs. Upon graduation from high school our students have been accepted into a wide range of colleges, from Ivy League Universities to public and private institutions across the nation.
Combining the best of independent school and Jewish Day School education, the school is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS). THE DAY SCHOOL is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools (PARDeS).
The Day School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin. Financial aid is available to all qualified students.
Today, The Day School is one of about twenty Reform Jewish Day Schools in the United States and is a model to newer day schools across the nation. It is also one of approximately 2,000 independent schools providing high quality, individualized education.
THE DAY SCHOOL COMMUNITY CODE OF BEHAVIOR
Every member of the School community must work together to encourage and to maintain appropriate behavior within the School. Students, parents, teachers, the administration and all support staff share the responsibility of ensuring that behavior is appropriate at all times. The mission of The Day School is to nurture fundamental principles of Judaism including honorable behavior in all members of the community. While we work together to encourage academic excellence, intellectual growth and development, we must also strive to ensure that the behavior of our community members reflects the best principles of our Jewish heritage. Every member of the community shares the responsibility.
The standards of behavior at The Day School are based on our School mission. Every member of the community is expected to act in accordance with the mission and to be aware that he or she represents The Day School both on and off campus. We expect community members to behave with honor, to behave honestly, and to exhibit a sense of responsibility that shows consideration for others.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew is committed to providing students with an outstanding secular and Judaic education, and fostering both a lifelong love of learning and dedication to community service. The Day School motto, “Respect, Responsibility, Ruach,” guides our students to uphold our core values. Students are expected to exhibit respect for others as well as themselves, responsibility in all their actions, and joy and spirit in greeting each new day as a valued member of the Day School community.
This Code of Conduct details the behavioral expectations for all students.
Students will not:
All students should remember Hillel’s great rule: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow human being; this is the entire Torah, all the rest is commentary. (Talmud Shabbat 31 a)” We expect our students to exhibit Respect, Responsibility, and Ruach in all settings throughout the year.
GENERAL SCHOOL RULES
All lunch detentions will be served during the first available lunch period (which may or may not be the day the detention is issued). Written notification will be sent to parents after the lunch detention is served.
After School Detention:
If a student must remain for after school detention either because of multiple lunch detentions or to complete homework, parents will be called. Students staying after school for either type of detention will not participate in after-school activities. After school detentions take place from 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday.
Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:45 a.m. Homeroom begins at 8:00 a.m. for 4th – 8th grade and 8:10 a.m. for K – 3rd grades. To facilitate smooth drop off and pick-up, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:
- First homework assignment not turned in, teacher will talk with student to determine the cause.
- Second homework assignment not turned in, student will complete during working lunch for Middle School, teacher discretion for Lower School.
- Third homework assignment not turned in, notification to parent via e-mail, call, note or home.
- If a student does not turn in homework on a regular basis, teacher will notify administration.
If copies of your records are needed at any time during the school year, there is a $25 processing fee. The fee is waived for eighth grade students that are applying to high school.
A Parent Conference Day is set for November 17th and a spring date to be announced. Please make every effort to meet with the faculty on the day that is set aside. Parents or teachers may request a conference at any time.
- Prescription medications must be in the original container labeled with the child’s name, a date, directions and the physician’s name. The school must administer the medication as stated on the label directions. The school may not administer medication after the expiration date.
- The school may dispense non-prescription medication, with the proper authorization by the parents. All non-prescription medication must be in its original packaging and submitted to the school nurse or Head of School only.
Maryland law requires that all school children must be immunized against diphtheria, pertusis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox and hepatitis B. Prior to the child’s attendance on the first day of classes, the student’s completed immunization record must be on file in the school office. If the immunization record has changed in any way since filing the records with the school, an updated record must be supplied to the school prior to the beginning of the school year.
In the event that classes need to be cancelled due to an emergency situation or inclement weather, THE DAY SCHOOL will notify WBAL television and WBAL radio as early as possible.
There will also be notification placed on the school’s voicemail and on the school’s website. You can access the voicemail system by dialing 410-764-1867. When you hear the recorded message hit *401.
The decision to close the school will be made based on the conditions in and around the school and the surrounding neighborhoods.
THE DAY SCHOOL DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY FOLLOW ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT’S DECISIONS CONCERNING SCHOOL CLOSURES.
Birthdays are special days in a child’s life. We will happily share this day with your child. We ask you to follow the following guidelines listed below:
As Jews, we love to celebrate! We observe all Jewish and national holidays. We do not observe Halloween or Valentine’s Day at The Day School. You will be asked from time to time to contribute treats for a celebration.
T’fillah and Kabbalat Shabbat are an important part of our program. These are times we come together and pray. Parents and grandparents are always welcome.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation provides Shabbat services weekly throughout the school year. Friday evening services usually begin at 6:15 p.m. These services are contemporary in nature and include honoring B’nai Mitzvot and their families. There are also monthly Junior Congregation services for children in grades Kindergarten through 8 and a PJ Shabbat for children in the Early Childhood age groups. Once a month, Friday evening services will begin at 7:30 p.m. These later services are more traditional in nature.
There are a number of occasions throughout the school year when students are invited to attend or participate in Shabbat services. Students must be supervised by a parent or responsible adult when attending services. Appropriate behavior and dress is required.
Tzedakah (righteousness and justice) is a fundamental value in our program. As Jews, we are commanded to engage in Tikkun Olam (healing the world.)
From time to time, your child’s class will take a field trip, which will enrich his/her day-to-day studies at The Day School.
Please mark all clothing, lunches, backpacks and book covers with your child’s name. Any article left in the Lost and Found basket for more than one month will be donated to charity. The Lost and Found basket is located in the Day School office.
Students are encouraged to make full use of the school’s technology to broaden their educational experiences. However, students must read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy (found at the end of this document) and are expected to adhere to the rules as listed below in the Code of Conduct for Responsible Use of Technology. Since changes occur so rapidly in the field of technology, it is impossible to list all contingencies in the rules below. Students are therefore expected to use good judgment and ask their teachers for guidance when needed.
Hot lunches are offered five days per week. The lunch is catered and parents are asked to volunteer to assist in serving. The menu is distributed for two months at a time. Lunches must be pre-paid for the two-month period. Order sheets and menus will be sent home with your child. These are posted on our website. They must be returned on or before the due date.
The Torah describes specific articles of clothing that the High Priest must wear when performing different tasks in the Temple. Our rabbis explain that the different clothing enables the High Priest to focus on the task at hand. So, too, do our students need to wear clothing that will help them focus on the task of learning.
The Day School has established a dress code that enables the students to specify clothing that is appropriate for an educational environment. The dress code was developed with an eye toward comfort, neatness and respect for the academic process. By eliminating student competition based on clothing, this policy will enable us, as parents and educators, to concentrate on more important values.
If a student is not dressed according to the code, parents will be phoned and asked to bring appropriate clothing. If the parent is not available, a clean, used uniform item will be lent to the student to wear that day and return.
Dress Code 2010-2011
Monday and Friday: Students will wear the white Day School Logo knit collared, “Polo” shirt, long or short sleeved.
Tuesday through Thursday: Students will wear any solid color knit collared, “Polo” shirt, long or short sleeved.
Turtlenecks & Undershirts
White Turtlenecks or undershirts may be worn under the “Polo” shirt.
Sweatshirts & Sweaters
Monday and Friday: Students may wear a white, navy or green colored sweater or sweatshirt, with or without The Day School monogram. It may not have a hood.
Tuesday thru Thursday: Students may wear any solid color sweater or sweatshirt without a hood.
Outerwear & Fleece
No fleece or outerwear may be worn in class. Unless permitted by the teacher due to unusually cold temperatures.
Pants must be khaki or navy “style” and color (Tan and Navy only and must be tailored-looking). Disallowed pants include those made of any kind of knit, nylon, and micro fiber or sweatpants material. Low-rise pants are not acceptable. Pants may not drag on the floor, have frayed bottoms, or be overly loose fitting. Shorts of a similar style and color will be allowed August, September, October, April, May and June. Must be at least 2” past fingertip length.
Skirts Khaki or navy skirts, skorts or jumpers may be worn. They must be at least 2” past fingertip length.
SHOES AND SOCKS
Sneakers and closed toe shoes with socks are acceptable. Socks & tights should be neutral in color.
Open-toe sandals, slides, flip-flops, Crocs®, pool shoes, sport sandals, or bedroom-type shoes that make sounds. Heelys® or other shoes with wheels. No patterned tights or socks.
Other body piercing or tattoos, unnatural hair colors (Ex: pink, blue, green, etc.)
Extended Day/Aftercare is available for children enrolled in The Day School. This program begins at the end of your child’s school day, and runs through 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition enrichment classes and sports are offered throughout the year for varying fees.
Financial Assistance is available to those who qualify. Please call the Admissions Office for more information.
It’s hard to imagine a more powerful team than school and parents working together for the good of children. That’s why serving as a parent volunteer is so vital to enriching your child’s education at an independent school. Depending on the school’s needs, you may serve as a classroom aide, field trip chaperone, or creative consultant for plays or arts festivals. You may provide a helping hand at special events, such as the school auction. Or you may contribute your unique perspective to high-level decision making as a board member.
Perhaps you never thought about why volunteering can be so beneficial to you as a parent.
For one thing, it lets you meet other parents who can give you deeper insights into the lives of your children and their classmates. (How much time do other kids spend on their homework? What projects and events are coming up that you haven’t heard of? And when your child says, “Everybody else is doing it” – are they really?) Meeting fellow parents may also enhance your professional connections and personal friendships.
For another thing, volunteering lets you really get to know your child’s school: who the staff and volunteer leaders are, why the school does what it does, and how the mission is carried out.
But perhaps most importantly, volunteering is an expression of your interest in, and commitment to, your child’s daily life. Here’s advice on how to make the most of volunteering.
Start by volunteering for an existing task. Don’t leap in with your own project until you’ve found out what the school says it needs. True, you know your own child. But the school knows its own culture. Ideally the school will make your proper role clear, including helping you distinguish between your positions as a parent and as a volunteer. Especially in the classroom, it’s important to remember that you’re there for the entire group, not just your child.
Shape your desire to volunteer to your ability to pitch in. Obviously volunteering is difficult if yours is a two-career family with no time to contribute during the day. In this case, let the PTO and school know you’re interested in activities that take place outside of business hours. Or seek out a short-term project, such as hosting a dinner.
Volunteer your expertise. We appreciate help from parents experienced with technology/computer upkeep, real estate, or insurance. This kind of volunteering may be especially suitable for working parents.
Consider the many ways in which you can help with fundraising. This may be as simple as pitching in on the yearly auction or making annual fund calls as part of the phonathon. Some parents even come to enjoy asking for money on behalf of a cause to which they feel committed. (Yes, really.)
The bottom line is this: Your gift supports the people and programs that make our school so special. This means talented teachers, small classes, reading and math resources that many other schools simply can’t afford, and exceptional offerings in everything from the arts to golf. While your child is in school, all this translates to more personal attention, increase intellectual stimulation, better discipline, and more rigor. In the future, it will mean greater credibility behind the academic credentials your child will possess throughout life.
Gifts are necessary because tuition gives your child access to more than you’re paying for. That’s why the school needs an endowment, auxiliary moneymaking activities, and, yes, fund raising. Because a school’s special resources drive the budget up, the school must turn to parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends for financial support.
What they are: As an employee benefit, more than 550 American corporations match their staff’s philanthropic contributions. Matching gifts allow you to double or triple your gift to a school.
How they work: After confirming that your employer is indeed matching gift corporation, get a matching gift form (usually from the human resources department), fill it out, and send it to the school with your gift. The school’s development office then submits the form to the company’s matching gift department, which sends the check directly to the school.
What it is: The percentage of parents who give a gift of any size to a school. All independent schools aim for 100 percent participation in the annual fund.
Why it’s so important: High participation is a vote of confidence, a sign that parents invest in their children’s welfare and support the school’s mission. This percentage can also have an impact on gifts from outside sources; most foundations consider parent participation rates before agreeing to donate funds to a school.
The Annual Giving Campaign is yearly and provides funding over and above tuition and fees. As with most private schools, tuition only covers a portion of the monies needed to educate your children. Therefore, participation in this campaign is essential to the continued maintenance of our school program.
The Library Fund is a way to acknowledge your child’s birthday by purchasing a book for the library in your child’s name. It is also a great way to say thank you or honor anyone at any time.
PTO Activities are crucial assets in providing services for the students and faculty. The PTO is a strong link between the school and families. They are also a great way to connect families and make friends.
Our continued success depends upon your participation and support. We greatly value your support
Our mission and intention is to enhance the educational experience of all of our students. We create and support Mitzvah projects, foster a sense of community with social events and raise money to fund and support school programs and needs. We provide a strong link between the School and families. We have a close-knit relationship with the teachers. This allows us to supply them with what they need.
The PTO supports fundraising, social and Mitzvah activities during the school year. Some of these functions are: Muffins for Mom, Donuts for Dads, the annual Arts Festival and more. Your participation in the PTO is an extremely valuable and important contribution. We could not accomplish our goals without the time and dedication of our parent volunteers. You are absolutely essential to the success of your child’s/children’s life at The Day School. All parents with children from the Toddlers to Eighth Graders are part of the PTO. You are invited to attend all PTO meetings. We welcome and encourage your involvement, energy and ideas. There are many opportunities for you to volunteer. Please go to the PTO link of The Day School (listed below) to print out the volunteer form.
A NOTE FROM OUR LIBRRIAN
Welcome to a brand new school year. Here at the Myerberg Library, we’re excited to be back, and are looking forward to the year. This year, we’re excited to continue library programming, such as author visits, book clubs, and special reading incentive programs!
Each class will be visiting the library on a bi-weekly basis. During the library period, we’ll be hear great stories, learn important research skills, and of course, borrow library books.
Students in Morah Marcin’s class will be allowed to check out one book at a time. All other students will be allowed to borrow two books at a time. Books are loaned for a two-week period. Overdue notices will be sent out to students twice a month. After two notices, the books will be considered lost and a replacement fee will be charged. The average cost of a book in our library is $15.00. If the book is found within 4 weeks, we will refund your money. In addition, a fee will also be charged for any book that is damaged beyond repair. We would appreciate your help in caring for library books: please have your child set a special place in the home where library books are kept away from younger siblings and pets. In addition, books should be kept in a plastic grocery bag within your child’s book bag, away from water and food. Accidental spills and heavy rain may result in damaged books.
The Myerberg Library is an exciting place to be, and we are looking forward to a fun year, filled with tons of great books. If you have comments or suggestions about these guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact me. Furthermore, if you have suggestions for books or a library program, or would like to serve as a volunteer, please let me know. I can be reached at (410)764-1867, ext. 271, or via email (email@example.com).
The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew
Birthday Book Program
The Myerberg Library
The collection of our library has continued to grow because of your participation in the Birthday Book Donation program. This program was designed to honor our children on their birthdays, while at the same time, help build our school’s library collection.
Please consider honoring your child with a donation to the Myerberg Library. At the time of your child’s birthday, he/she will select a book from the “new book shelf.” A special bookplate will be made and placed in the book. In addition, your child will also have the honor of being the first one to check the book out of the library.
Birthdays occurring between the months of September and June will be acknowledged during the school year. Birthdays occurring during the months of July and August will be acknowledged on your child’s first visit to the library when school resumes in September.
If you would like to honor your child with a donation, please complete the form below and return to The Day School office, c/o Morah Lewin, along with a check in the amount of $15.00 made payable to Myerbeg Library.
If you have any questions, please contact the library at 410.764.1867 ext. 271
A gift for the Myerberg Library has been presented by:
Relationship to Child:___________________________________
IN HONOR OF:
Date of Birth:___________________
The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew
Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources
2010 – 2011
The school offers various types of technology resources, including Internet access for educational purposes only. The term “educational purposes” includes classroom activities and limited high-quality self-discovery activities as directed by teachers and administrators.
Adherence to the following policy is necessary for continued access to the school’s technology resources.
1. Respect and protect the privacy of others.
2. Respect and protect the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic resources.
3. Respect and protect the intellectual property of others.
4. Respect and practice the principles of community.
Students may, if in accord with the policy above:
Limitations of Liability:
The school makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the school system will be error-free or without defect. the school will not be responsible for any damage suffered, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruption of service. The school is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. The school will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through unauthorized use of the system.
Consequences for Violations:
Appropriate discipline for student violations will be determined by the Head of School or her designee. Violations of policy guidelines, or any state or federal rule or regulation, may result in disciplinary action beginning with loss of use of resource privileges and up to and including expulsion. Violations which may be criminal in nature will be referred to law enforcement officials.
Parent and Student Agreement
I UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT MY OBLIGATIONS AS DESCRIBED IN THE SCHOOL ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY. I UNDERSTAND THAT IF I VIOLATE THE RULES IN THIS POLICY MY USE OF TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES MAY BE TERMINATED AND I MAY FACE OTHER DISCIPLINARY MEASURES.
I UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT MY OBLIGATIONS AS DESCRIBED IN THE PARENT AND STUDENT HANDBOOK. I UNDERSTAND THAT IF I VIOLATE ANY OF THE RULES OR GUIDELINES, AS A STUDENT, I MAY FACE VARIOUS DISCIPLINARY MEASURES.
Student Name (Print): _______________________________________________________
Grade: ________________________ Date: _____________________________________
Student Signature: __________________________________________________________
Parent or Guardian Signature: _________________________________________________
Printable pdf Signature page (Only)