What Makes BAS Education Programs Special?

  • A feeling of belonging and caring for one another. Through our Chaverim (buddies) program, each younger grade is matched with an older grade in order to build community across grades in our school.  Each student has a chaver/chavera (buddy) in another class.  Chaverim get together for a variety of activities throughout the year.  Our fall family programs bring together the chaverim and their parents, so the parents can also make connections.

  • Our children learn Hebrew through decoding, reading, writing, speaking, and singing Hebrew.  Our teachers teach Hebrew using engaging, systematic methods.  Hebrew is incoporated into our explorations of Torah, tefillah, holidays, synagogue, music, and everyday words in class.  We assess our students' Hebrew reading skills throughout the year to ensure that everyone is progressing.  Our Inclusion Teacher and teen madrichim (aides) work with individual students who need extra support or enrichment. 
  • Our wonderful staff! Our teachers are experienced educators, deeply dedicated to our students and passionate about Jewish education. Our teachers engage in 21 hours of professional development per year, where they learn the latest in pedagogical advancements, communicate with the Education Director to work toward performance goals, and work collegially as a staff to enhance our education programs.
  • Our Inclusion Teacher provides a wide range of supportive services to our students, including working one-on-one with students, overseeing teen aides who work with students, and collaborating with teachers to meet students' needs.
  • Our children are reading Torah, leading prayers and enjoying Shabbat services with their families. Our services on Saturday mornings are filled with singing, praying, and finding personal meaning in the weekly Torah portion.  Families also join together for Friday evening services followed by a communal dinner.  
  • Our students experience Jewish living inside and outside the classroom. Through experiential, multi-sensory teaching methods, students enjoy experiencing Jewish living.  Students build connections with each other, as they discover the relevance of Torah study, the beauty of our Jewish rituals, love of Israel, the meaning and joy of our holidays, the impact of our Jewish history on who we are, and what it means to be a mensch. Learning in our programs enriches Jewish living at home, at synagogue, and in our community, which in turn deepens their Jewish education and identity. 
  • The very supportive Bet Am Shalom community. The School Board is the committee that oversees the school and youth programming. It is made up of a group of very dedicated, caring congregants who work hard to continually enhance the educational experience for our children.

 

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