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Kivunim Materials
Kivunim Parent Handbook for 2016–17
Kivunim Registration Materials
Simcha Book Club Form
Children's Books—Library Wish List
Kehillat Israel Religious School Video Project
B'nai Mitzvah
B'nai Mitzvah Handbook
B'nai Mitzvah Kiddush Planning Guide

About Kivunim

Kivunim means "directions." Students have a variety of paths to follow, as they pursue Jewish learning. Read how we implement this goal below.

KI's Kivunim School is an integral part of our community. It is not only the place where children begin a lifetime of Jewish study; for many young families it is the centerpiece of the KI experience. And with many classes led by adult volunteers, it is also a center for adult learning through teaching.

KI pioneered a new model of training a pool of supplementary school teachers. In 1991, the school received a grant from the Covenant Foundation to fund a pilot program in developing "avocational" teachers by recruiting adults, who were not necessarily professional or trained teachers, to learn to teach elementary grade students in religious studies. That the project was an outstanding success is demonstrated by its emulation at other supplementary religious schools around the country. Read about the Avocational Teacher Program here.

In 2013, Kivunim School received funding from the Ravitz Foundation for development of the learning program and materials and from the Covenant Foundation for writing of the new curriculum.

Our preschool is for children aged two through four. The primary focus of this class is on holidays, with a few Bible stories sprinkled in. Class time includes stories, songs, movement, crafts, and experiential learning. Classes are held once or twice each month on Sunday mornings; children are accompanied by a parent. Preschool dates are given in the calendar below.

Read about our KIvunim School on this page: KIvunim School—A Snapshot.

Students in the Red, Orange, and Yellow levels—grades K-2—meet on Sundays in our multi-age Alef class. Students in the Green, Blue, Purple, Silver, and Gold levels—grades 3-7—meet on Sundays and Wednesdays in our multi-age Bet class.

Several times throughout the school year, our Red through Gold level classes meet on Shabbat—whether on Friday evening, Saturday morning, or Saturday evening—instead of Sunday morning. The students experience services and community, and begin to take on leadership roles in the synagogue. School families provide a potluck meal for the congregation on these Shabbatot.

The school has adopted a no-nuts policy to protect its students with nut allergies. No peanut butter, nuts or items containing them, or prepared foods whose labels indicate they were produced in facilities that also process nuts will be served at Kivunim. Families are asked to keep these restrictions in mind when providing food for school snacks or potlucks. Parents whose children have other food allergies are asked to notify the staff of necessary precautions.


School Hours
Grades K–7 Sunday 10:00 a.m.–noon
Grades 3–7 Wednesday 4:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Preschool One or two Sundays per month 10:00 a.m.–noon

Contact the Education Director () for more information.



Calendar for 2016–17

Notes: Calendar dates and programs are subject to change.
Check special Preschool schedule in Registration materials.

September 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  1 2 3
  IGAC meeting at 5:30    
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Labor Day No Kivunim Friday night service
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
First day of KIvunim: family program, all KIvunim/IGAC kickoff community KIvunim
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
KIvunim KIvunim
25 26 27 28 29 30  
KIvunim/Deb Bolton at 1:30, music program KIvunim  


October 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  1
 
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Erev RH/Family Program for High Holiday RH1 RH2 KIvunim Family Friday Shabbat (not a School program)
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
KIvunim Kol Nidre YK/No KIvunim
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
KIvunim/Erev Sukkot KIvunim
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
KIvunim/Soup in the Sukkah Yizkor Simchat Torah/KIvunim No KIvunim
30 31
KIvunim


November 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5
KIvunim
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
KIvunim KIvunim
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
KIvunim KIvunim School Shabbat/IGAC -- birth life cycle event
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
No KIvunim No KIvunim Thanksgiving
27 28 29 30
No KIvunim KIvunim


December 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3
Friday Night Service/KIvunim
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
No KIvunim KIvunim Progressive Dinner
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
KIvunim KIvunim
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
No KIvunim No KIvunim
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
No KIvunim No KIvunim


January 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
No KIvunim KIvunim
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
KIvunim KIvunim Friday Night MLK Service
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
No KIvunim KIvunim
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
KIvunim KIvunim
29 30 31
KIvunim


February 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4
KIvunim
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
KIvunim KIvunim
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
No KIvunim No KIvunim
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
No KIvunim Presidents Day KIvunim
26 27 28
KIvunim/IGAC tzedakah event


March 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4
KIvunim
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
KIvunim KIvunim Purim/KIvunim for Megillah Reading/Spiel
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
KIvunim/Purim Carnival KIvunim
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
KIvunim/IGAC: Literacy Festival/Dan Mishkin KIvunim
26 27 28 29 30 31
KIvunim KIvunim


April 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
   
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  KIvunim
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
KIvunim/IGAC Program about death life cycle events KIvunim/Yizkor No KIvunim Benny Kalt Bar Mitzvah
School Shabbat
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
No KIvunim
30
KIvunim/Yom Ha'atzmaut/Family Israel Program


May 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5 6
KIvunim  
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
No KIvunim KIvunim
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Last Day of School/IGAC Religious School Goes Outside/Lag b'Omer
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31




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