Sunday School Insider

Hi, Teaching Teams!

Here are the current announcements:

IF you haven't already,
PLEASE TAKE THIS 5-MINUTE SURVEY ABOUT YOUR SUNDAY SCHOOL YEAR: Click here.

CHECKLIST FOR THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
  • Meet with the DRE and your fellow teachers/interns to discuss how the year went, what worked, what didn’t, and how to improve the class for next year. Answer the Doodle Poll the DRE sent you.

  • Pass on the class materials to next year’s teachers.

  • Please update your curriculum on Google Drive so the teachers who come after you will have the benefit of your experience.

  • Turn in any receipts for items you want to be reimbursed (by the end of June). Form with instructions is here.


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Upcoming Dates:
  • June 2: Women's retreat
  • September 8 and 15: Mandatory teacher training (You come one of those dates. Try to come the same day as your teammates.)
  • September 16: First Day of Sunday School (meeting at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School)
Upcoming IFFP Events and Adult Groups: Click here.
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Repeat Announcements

MOVE TO CHARLES E. SMITH JEWISH DAY SCHOOL
Some board members and staff met with CESJDS and talked through some of the concerns you expressed. 
  • Storage: They are willing to give us the classes that need storage most near to the storage room. Those are the nursery, preK, kindergarten, and 1st grade. They would be located near the elevator, and their stuff would be in the storage room downstairs across from the elevator. All the other rooms would be in one hallway in order of grade. (See the location of the rooms in the updated map above and also attached. When we were at CESJDS, the rooms we used were all in the lower part of the map.)
  • Parking: We didn't realize it at the time, but there is a nursing home next to CESJDS that has parking we can use, and all the front parking lot is available for us to use.
  • Gathering Space: If we move there, we would experiment with using the gym instead of the cafeteria and with using the stage which is between the cafeteria and the gym
Why Move from Einstein HS?
As you know, it has been hard for us all to work with the Montgomery County agency which coordinates the rental of public school facilities. We lost storage at the end of last year and this year, and now we have a lot more rules and increased fees that have led us to 
- pay for 3 hours of rentals when we only need a room for 1 hour
- tear down the cafeteria every Sunday
- set up the cafeteria whenever we are not having a regular gathering
- have the December holiday party at night in another location 

Survey about New Space
At the board meeting, I passed on your feedback about moving from Einstein to Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. The board is still listening to feedback and no decision has been made. Click here for the results of the survey.

Last Day of Sunday School: May 20th
We usually schedule snow days, but Einstein has new rules. And it just ends up being too expensive to reserve the days and then cancel them when we don't need them. So we will not have optional snow days this year.

Socials NEXT Year
Only 4 of you weighed in, but you were unanimous in saying that you want to do the social events this way next year:

1) Teachers do NOT recruit social event coordinators on the first day of Sunday School.
2) IFFP assigns a fall picnic date to each class. 
3) Teachers announce the picnic date in their weekly emails.
4) IFFP posts the dates in the weekly bulletin and the online calendar.
5) Parents bring sack lunches for their families. 
6) We eat in the cafeteria if the weather is bad. We eat outside if it is nice.

If you have or are an intern

When you need a sub

Have feedback? Let us know here: survey. Or stop us in the hallway. We are all ears. And we change what we do because of teaching teams' input.

The contact info for your class volunteers is here.

Field Trips (2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades)

Since we want everyone to feel at home in our classrooms, we try to allow a diversity of opinion. So please be aware of your own political and religious assumptions while leading discussions.

Hebrew and Music Schedule and Teachers: Click here.

Substitute Teacher List is on the Google Group's Main Page.

Weekly Email Lists for Each Class

Classroom folders for drills, volunteers, and attendance

Links you may need:
Tips from IFFP Teachers
Sunday School Priorities

To Be Announced Next Week:
WHAT IFFP MEMBERS SAID ABOUT SUNDAY SCHOOL: Click here.

CHECKLIST FOR THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
  • Meet with the DRE and your fellow teachers/interns to discuss how the year went, what worked, what didn’t, and how to improve the class for next year. Answer the Doodle Poll the DRE sent you.

  • Pass on the class materials to next year’s teachers.

  • Please update your curriculum on Google Drive so the teachers who come after you will have the benefit of your experience.

  • Turn in any receipts for items you want to be reimbursed (by the end of June). Form with instructions is here.


OPENINGS: 1 half-time Hebrew teacher (See Teaching Hebrew.), 1 Music teacher, interns

Please respond right away when Cindy sends you the new Teaching Team Manual and the Child Protection Policy summary. They have really important information for the upcoming school year. And they are taking place of the physical forms that you used to sign. So much easier! Just put a comment in the documents to let us know that you read and understand the manual and Child Protection and Discipline Policies Summary.