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Services and Agencies

The Cheder partners with various agencies to provide support and counseling for our students.  The impact of these services cannot be fully expressed.  The agencies and service providers have become more familiar with the cheder culture and with improved communication with the Rebbies, Teachers and the principles, the impact on the students has been revolutionary.

 

We provide three agencies the opportunity to work at cheder and collaborate closely with them. They offer a variety of services including: Play Therapy, Speech therapy, Talk Therapy, ABA and other supportive therapies. They are BAPS, Achieve, and Kids First. Each agency has a unique approach and their therapists.

 

Their contact information is: 

BAPS - 845-596-2271

Achieve Behavioral Health Intake Department

845-425-5252 ext. 330

Kids First - 845-425-2299

 

We encourage you to reach out to them if you feel your child is struggling emotionally, socially or with areas of executive function. 

Please reach out to these agencies to discuss the area of your concern and insurances they accept. We recommend keeping it in mind and bringing it up when meeting with your son’s Rebbi and/or teacher at PTC. 

 

Launch of Programs

Dear Parents,

The cheder is pleased to share with you information about the following programs.
Tzivos Hashem registration is open. Registering your son in TH will provide him the opportunity to get credit for the ongoing missions, rise in rank and win prizes.
Our Tzivos Hashem program corresponds with many activities run throughout the year.  Sign up now for the early bird discount. When signing up chose Cheder Chabad Monsey Boys as your school. The sign-up link is provided here.
Chidon Grades Four and up can register for chidon. Go to Mashpia.com: Login into your account and click on the the blue Chidon Enroll button.
Mishnah Beyodi is a program that encourages talmidim to gain fluency and be competitive in select masechtos mishnayos. This program is for Grades 3-8 with two tracks. Mishnah beyodi also has a chidon.  
Cheder Talmidim won the top levels last year in the National Program. Register Now! Last year was a success, and we have no doubt that this year will be even bigger and better!
Once you register, you will receive updates throughout the year, as well as FREE program materials.

Sincerely,
Rabbi Kaplan
Rabbi Goldberg

 

Grade 8 Mesivtah Prep, Rebbies and ELA Program

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28 Av, 5782


Dear Eighth Grade Parents,


We are in the final stages of setting up a successful year for our Eighth Graders. Kita Ches is a pivotal year in it being one side of the transition and connection to mesivtah.  The research stage for the mesivtos involves reaching out to cheder to find out about the talmidim and the cheder will be an important resource for you in making your decision and putting in place a plan A and Plan B for mesivtah

Eighth Grade is also a key year academically.  Mesivtah is a place where the dominant approach to learning is independent learning. The modal of the yeshiva takes shape in mesivtah. Talmidim spend many hours learning with a chavrusa in a beis medrash and are expected to come in with the skills, interest and motivation to learn on their own. 


Now that the boys are all bar mitzvah they can focus their learning exclusively on the goals of a yeshiva bochur; every talmid should strive to be able to successfully prepare Gemoro on their own (make a laining), to learn Chumash Rashi independently as well as mishnayos.


Rabbi Shimon Dubinksy will be teaching the grade all day with the exception of the 1:45-3:00 pm slot. During that time, the talmdim will daven minchah and we divided into groups to learn a sichah, Tanya and improve their ELA by writing essays on the Tanya they are learning. 


This unique approach was successfully launched last year and was very matzliach.  Last year, the students wrote essays on the first 11 perokim of Tanya. They were given instructions on how to write an essay, and the essays were graded. Talmidim enjoyed the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas on the Tanya and present the Alter Rebbe’s themes in a compelling way. 


More information about the groups will be shared IYH end of next week. Rabbi Dubinksy will be teaching the talmdim until 2:00PM on Wednesday and Thursday of this coming week. 

Orientation and First Week

Orientation - Date and Dress code

Tuesday, 3 Elul, August 30 10AM - 12PM

Rebbies of first through eighth grades will be in their classrooms to greet your son and settle him in his desk and cubby.  

Pre1a orientation will take place on Wednesday, 4 Elul, August 31. 

Timings for Pre1a are as follows: 

Last names:

A-K 9:00-9:30

L-P 9:45-10:15

S-Z 10:30-11:00

Students are required to wear shoes that are inline with the cheder dress code. Beyond the shoes or sneakers, students aren’t required to wear the cheder uniform to orientation. See cheder dress code

 

First week - dismissal times 

Cheder will end at 2:00PM on Wednesday & Thursday, August 31 & September 1.

Friday, September 2nd, Cheder ends at 12:00PM.

Sunday, September 4th, 1:30PM 

Monday, 9 Elul, September 5, Cheder ends 4:10PM for the younger grades and at 5:00PM for grades 6-8.

General Studies begins on Monday, Labor Day. 

 

Back to School Night - Save the Date

Back to school night for the boys Cheder will take place Tuesday, 10 Elul, Sep 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM. A detailed breakdown of the scheduling will be provided in the days leading up to BTSN. 

Principals and Cheder Faculty Update

Update on Departments and Principals

As we prepare for the coming school year, we are expanding our infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of students ka”h. Towards this end, the principalship of the divisions is being restructured.
Rabbi Goldberg’s primary focus will be the first four grades, Pre-1-A through Third Grade and Rabbi Kaplan’s primary area of focus will be the older five grades. 
 
Rabbi Kaplan and Rabbi Goldberg will continue working together and supporting each other in their respective areas. 
 
Rabbi Silverstein will lead dismissal on Sunday and Friday and Rabbi Margareten will lead dismissal Monday - Thursday.  Rabbi Margareten will monitor the hallways between 2-4PM Monday-Thursday. 
 
We would also like to remind you about the ongoing support staff who are working with your children day to day:
Rabbi Sosover - services coordinator 
There are various opportunities available to support Cheder children who struggle with the day to day.  If you feel that your child is having a hard time and would like to discuss it with a professional please contact him at extension #2119. In general, Rabbi Sosover can observe your child in the classroom and provide you with a professional opinion.  
 
Rabbi Kessler - bochen and Gemoro support 
Rabbi Kessler assesses all younger students individually on their kria skills. He also works with the Rebbies to help students learning Gemoro build their skills. 

Mendy Spater - Sports Coach and Recess Monitor
Now in his second year, we are planning a more robust approach to recess supervision and guided sports which will be announced to the talmidim in the first few weeks of cheder. 

Strengthening Sundays

A COMMITMENT TO DAILY LEARNING

Chazal instructs us to fortify areas of perceived weakness, i.e. applying stricter muktza rules on yom tov than on Shabbos. This guides us to strengthen and raise, rather than lower expectations in areas of weakness. 

At cheder chabad, our Sundays are exclusive to limmudei kodesh learning. Keeping in mind that some parents have Sundays off and would like to spend it with their children, cheder ends earlier accommodating this valuable connection. The cheder recognizes this connection between parents and children and contributing to children’s well-being thereby improving students’ ability to succeed in learning. 

Our experience is that parents being home and other factors, lead to weakened Sunday attendance. Weak attendance on one day reduces the value of learning in the students eyes and shifts the students' mindset from learning to babysitting, thus hindering the cheder’s overall ability to lead in education. 

A Rebbi sitting in a half empty classroom, reflecting on what to teach the disgruntled half remains in a jeopardized state going forward.

Consider what it is like for a student to sit in a half empty classroom reflecting on his friends who must be out having fun, and thinking that whatever is learned today, will be repeated tomorrow. Is what they are learning a filler rather than learning a key part of the ongoing subjects.  

Our Rebbis structures their week in a way that Sundays are a critical part of the week, a key part that if missed is difficult to make up. Sundays are filled with special programming, tests, new beginnings in added tefilos, rules of dikduk, Chumash, Mishnayos and Gemoro. 

We are proud of the parents who go the extra mile and make sure their children attend every Sunday despite living far away and despite having Sunday school programming which makes it an extra hectic day. We encourage every parent to make this commitment and strengthen the Torah learning for all our students.  Your commitment will benefit your child on a daily basis, instilling in them the value and critical importance of every day. 

A day of absence is a missing building block in the wall that we erect for Hashem.  The Midrash in Shir Hashirim 8:9 explains: “אני חומה” – the Yidden say to Hashem “We will stand firm in mitzvot and good deeds like a wall”.

Eighth Grade Extracurricular Areas

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The Eighth Grade Year at Cheder Chabad is truly a special year. Guided by the saying of chazal הכל הולך אחר החיתום, we strive to provide our talmidim with the greatest experience possible.

Extracurricular Learning

Minchas Chinuch shiur 

When it comes to learning Torah, we want to open horizons in Torah for our talmidim beyond the basic curriculum provided in chadorim and yeshivas. 

A weekly shiur in minchas chinuch, presenting a window into chakiro, investigation and the depth of pilpul, is now entering its third year. 

The shiur is given by the Rosh mesivtah, Rabbi Lustig shlita, who has a gift of presenting deep and complex ideas in an organized and clear way. Refreshments are served and the shiur is followed by Maariv. 

Chavrusa Program 

A unique opportunity is available to select talmidim of grades 7-8 to learn one on one with a kollel yungerman at Kollel Beis Levi Yitzchok funded by Cheder. There are certain conditions that must be met in order to be approved. A talmid must commit to learning at least twice a week and the learning must consist of an area of hosofoh. Students may not use the time to review cheder subjects.  Please contact Rabbi Kaplan if you are interested in hearing more about this program and if you would like your son to join. 

Programs and Speakers 

Throughout the year we bring mashpiim, bochurim shluchim and Rabbonim to farbreng, farher and give shiurim to the talmidim. These events may be connected to a special day on the Chabad calendar or with a milestone connected to the learning goals of the class.

Learning Chassidus 

The Eighth grade is the year when talmidim begin learning Tanya as a text based part of their curriculum and truly initiates their engagement with texts of chassidus. The goal for the year is to learn the first eleven perakim of Tanya. Talmidim are provided with a list of topics in each perek on which they are required to write an essay. Talmidim are instructed on various aspects of essay writing. The papers will be graded based on the instructors guidance and set expectations. 

Mesivtah Preparation

We encourage parents to begin actively looking into a mesivta for your son right after Chanuka.  Mesivta registration is unique in that every year is vastly different. Nevertheless, it is safe to say that no mesivta opens registration before Chanuka. 

When thinking about a mesivta keep in mind your child's social, academic, spiritual and material needs. Also keep in mind that you may not end up with your first choice and it is important to be open to other possibilities and not to stubbornly pursue a yeshiva in which he won’t be accepted.  We therefore encourage you to register your son in more than one mesivta. 

The application process may include documentation, an interview, written references from the Rebbi and principal as well as self assessments of your child. 

It is worthy to take a look at what mesivta applications ask so that you have a good understanding of what is expected from a Lubavticher bochur graduating Eighth Grade in the area of chitas, Rambam, Mikveh, shnaiim mikro, mivtzoim, and more

Trips 

The funds for the graduation trip are raised by the students. All plans and trips must be done with the guidance and permission of the Rebbi. The cheder does not run the graduation trip. The principal will spend time with the class discussing various lessons learned from past experiences and suggesting how to share the responsibilities in the class so that things are organized and responsibilities shared and they don’t put too much on one student. 

It is common for students to express frustration at the pressure of what they need to get done. Please be empathetic, reassure them that everything will be okay, and send them back to their Rebbi and Principal in order to resolve their frustrations. Please do not get involved in planning or in serving in any role, treasure, accountant, travel agent, etc. in place of your son. 

Fundraising 

The Eighth Graders fundraise towards their end of year trip. More will

Be shared about this after Tishri.

Graduation 

The graduation takes place on a Tuesday evening, in the week following the last day of school.  The class mothers enhance the event with some design, colors or balloons.  

The class appoints representatives who work closely with the menahel planning the program, speakers, presenters and features of the program. 

Students are encouraged but not compelled to speak 

It is appropriate to thank the Rebbies and teachers and to recognize unique, school related, achievements. 

Graduation Trips

Information will be forthcoming after yom Tom. 

Yearbook 

A yearbook is a great way for the students to compile and retain positive memories about cheder and help them keep up their cheder friendships as they part ways and go to different mesivtos.  

The yearbook also provides the opportunities to families and friends to offer well-wishes to the graduating students in the form of print ads. 

The cheder website features a link that can be shared with family and friends where they can post and pay for their ads. 

The ad money is held in the Cheder account until the money is needed for the graduation trip.

Improved Communication - Blog

Communication Summer 2022

We hope you and your families are enjoying your summer and are gathering fresh koichos for an improved upcoming cheder year.   At cheder, we are reflecting, improvising, planning and preparing for an outstanding year. 

Last year’s updates and improvements were primarily in the area of learning, we added a curriculum update to our newsletter, implemented smaller learning groups in some grades, augmented our kria and ksiva resource room capacity, in depth classes by a visiting Rebbi, and added more assessments for more skills throughout the year. 

While we focus on one area, we don’t lose focus on the others and we continue raising the bar in all areas.

An area of focus this coming year will be on strengthening our chassidishe environment.  Creating an atmosphere requires focused and deliberate efforts that keep in mind an impact beyond the individual. We are looking forward to sharing these programs, events and programs with you. 

Good communication between the school and the parents is important to us.  Open communication between Cheder and the parents creates an optimal environment for our children to learn and grow.  Our experience has shown that when a child knows that the school and his parents are in close contact it brings out the best in them. Bringing out the best in our children is our goal. 

In improving our communication, we are adding two features to our website, a blog with messages and articles from the principals about the cheder’s goals and a contact form in which you can post a question to the principals which will be directed to the correct department head. 

Setting Up a Win Win

B”H

Dear Esteemed Parent Body,

I’d like to address a recurring issue that has come to my attention. I will preface by expressing the desire of the Cheder, on behalf of the melamdim, hanhala and faculty as a whole, to work together in partnership with you to better the chinuch and overall experiences of your children.  Our goal is, unequivocally, to educate and nurture each child collectively and individually, according to his ways, and to provide a safe and enriching Torah environment for your son to beezras Hashem flourish in.  I write this letter with the certainty that our goals are mutual.  We work for you, but in order for us to be mechanech your son in the most appropriate and effective way, we need your dedication, your partnership and most importantly your trust.

Throughout my time serving as menahel, I have seen the manner in which parents approach the school when an issue arises.  The parent often cleaves to their child’s perspective and fiercely leaps to their defense, without delving further into the issue.  This is a “lose-lose” for several reasons.  If the parent gets a concession from the school, the child learns to see the school as an adversary.  The school is also put in a hard place as it damages our relationship with our parent body, who we value and respect very much. If the parent does not get a concession from the school, the child sees them as having failed to protect them or meet their requests.

A child is not considered a kosher witness in front of a Beis Din for a reason.  Their stories sometimes become skewed and their perception is naturally colored by their own feelings and experiences.  This is a natural part of childhood.  Children should certainly be listened to, respected, and validated. There is no end to how often or how thoroughly we should hear and respect all of the thoughts, feelings and words of our children.. The point I am trying to make is that it is absolutely crucial to look deeper and gather more information pertinent to the situation.  Part of a productive working relationship between the Cheder and the parent body means working together as team mates and partners, and recognizing that we are on the same side, bound by a mutual goal.

We welcome your questions and very much appreciate open discussion.  The concerns of a child should be investigated, and problem solving is an important part of growth and propels us forward.  The issue arises when parents approach us on the offensive, seemingly uninterested in gathering more information, and placing full blame on a Rebbe or the school.  Let us work together as a school and parent body to present a unified front to our precious children.  It is to their benefit as well as ours.  Together, we can work together to improve your child’s experience.

Respectfully,

Cheder Chabad Monsey

 

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