Shule COVID-19 Response

September is here and Shule is beginning! We learned a lot this spring about virtual Shule and are privileged to have resources and a lot of thoughtful and creative people on the Shule committee, BWC Board and staff who have been working hard to make this a successful year. And a big thank you to all of our parents for their support and dedication to continuing their child's Jewish social justice learning.

Below is a description of some of the ways that Shule will be different this coming year as we move to a virtual, physically-distant but socially-connected year.

 

Here are some ways we've adapted Shule for the virtual setting:

 

  • Looping teachers: Where possible, we have moved teachers up with their classes so that children can have a familiar face and relationship leading them through this virtual year. This process of moving teachers up with their students is called “looping.” The classrooms that will have a familiar teacher include Alef (1st), Giml (3rd), Hey (5th), Zayin (7th). 

 

  • Limiting class size: Our goal this year is connection and depth. We are limiting the size of each zoom session. This maximizes the teacher’s ability to connect with the students and for the students to connect with one another. Some classes will have small groups sections, one happening after the other on Sunday morning. 

 

  • Making music more accessible: This year, Jonah, the music teacher will come to the classes directly. 

 

  • Consolidating communication: We are streamlining parent communications by transitioning to a free parent-teacher communication platform called Classtag. This consolidates class communication for Shule (Brookline IL Peretz School of the Boston Workers Circle), Zoom link information, the Shule calendar, and class projects on a classroom specific page. Registered parents have each been added to their child’s class page. 

 

  • Brand new, hands-on learning program: The Mishpokhe Learning Program is an opportunity for younger students who struggle to thrive in Zoom classrooms to stay connected and engaged. This option can be in addition to Shule for families that want an opportunity to learn together and have shabes with the community. It can also be an alternative to Shule for students who learn best in person rather than through a virtual class. You can find out more HERE.

 

Looking forward to creating this year together!

 

You can find the Shule Calendar HERE.

 

Questions? Contact BWC Education Director Meira Soloff, meira@circleboston.org.