Welcome to B'nai Shalom Day School! Use this website as a "cheat sheet" for important information but please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments or feedback; my door is always open. We are thrilled to have you join the B'nai family and look forward to a great 2021-2022 school year.
Due to the many health & safety protocols in place for the school year, many of our "normal" procedures will be altered for the safety of our students, staff and faculty.
New Family Guide
Due to health & safety protocols, all families must use the carpool line.
Staff will bring students to the parent’s cars and drivers are responsible for buckling those students required to use car seats. Please remain in your car until a staff member brings your child to you.
B'nai Shalom’s Business Office Hours: 7:45 AM – 4:00 PM
K - 8 School Hours: 7:50 AM – 3:30 PM
- Morning carpool drop-off is between 7:30 – 7:50 AM
- Afternoon carpool pick-up is at 3:30
Preschool Half Day Hours: 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Preschool Full Day Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
You can find each grade level supply list on the Supply List webpage found here.
Additionally, each student will also need a few basic personal items: backpack, lunch box, and water bottle. Please remember to label your child’s belongings.
B'nai Shalom is a kosher facility. All students should bring healthy, dairy only, snacks and lunches to school. Only Preschool lunches will be refrigerated. Upper School students are allowed to heat their lunches in the microwave in the Moadone.
B’nai Shalom Day School observes the traditional dietary kashrut laws. We handle this at BSDS with sensitivity knowing that within our community there are families who do not observe kashrut and, among those who do, it is observed at many different levels. All food brought into the school must be dairy or pareve. Meat, poultry, meat products and shellfish are NOT allowed in the building. All food to be distributed to the children by teachers or by a class parent must come from a store-bought package with kashrut symbols, made from scratch in the school kitchen with kosher ingredients or purchased from a bakery approved by the Beth David Rabbi. No food prepared in a teacher's or student's home may be distributed to students. All foods must be checked by Lisa Lasovsky prior to use in our kitchen or distributed in classrooms. This is to ensure that the highest standard of kashrut is maintained in the building.
All families should use PikMyKid to announce their child is ready to be picked up.
Half Day Preschool dismissal is at 1:00 pm. Drivers form a line in the parking lot. Students will be escorted to the front foyer for carpool. Preschool teachers will bring students to their cars where drivers are responsible for buckling the children into their car seats. PLEASE remain in your car until a teacher brings your child to you. To ensure the safety of all children, please do not congregate at the bottom of the front steps during dismissal time. Notify the school in writing by emailing the front desk firstname.lastname@example.org if a child is not leaving with his/her regular carpool. Students will not be allowed to go home with another adult unless we have an email or written, dated, and signed permission,. As mandated by our state license, preschool children must be signed out at the end of every school day.
Ganohn Katan, Ganohn and Infant Arrival and Dismissal
Ganohn Katan and Ganohn (PS 1/2) children must always be walked directly to their classroom regardless of drop off time. For the safety of our youngest students, parents are required to pick up Infants and PS 1/2 children from the classroom for dismissal. As mandated by our state license, Preschool children must be signed out at the end of every school day.
K- 8 Dismissal:
Drivers form a line in the parking lot. Students will be escorted to the front foyer for carpool. Staff will bring students to the parent’s cars and drivers are responsible for buckling those students required to use car seats. Please pull forward to buckle in your child to help keep the carpool line moving. PLEASE remain in your car until a staff member brings your child to you. To ensure the safety of all children, please do not congregate at the bottom of the front steps or in the foyer during dismissal time.
Notify the school in writing by emailing the front desk email@example.com if a child is not leaving with his/her regular carpool. Students will not be allowed to go home with another adult unless we have an email or written, dated, and signed permission. In the case of an emergency, phone permission from the parent or designee is acceptable.
A teacher will wait with students until 3:40 PM. Students who have not been picked up will be sent to the After School Day Care Program, and parents will be charged accordingly. The full-day After School Program closes daily at 6:00 PM. A late fee of $1.00 per minute will be charged to parents who pick up students after the above times.
Hours: 3:30 – 6:00 PM
All families should use PikMyKid to announce their child is ready to be picked up. Please follow normal dismissal procedures.
Extended School Enrichment Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parent-Student Handbook will provide you with more detailed information regarding policies and procedures on topics such as dress code, absences, birthday treats, field trip chaperone guidelines, behavior guidelines, and much more. The current school year’s handbook is provided below. Each school year, your family will need to review the handbook as it is updated regularly.
On Mondays, staff and students are encouraged to wear their B'nai gear to show their school spirit. Our online Spirit Store is currently open and all new students will be provided a B'nai Shalom t-shirt.
In addition to the communication you’ll receive from your child’s teachers, you’ll also be receiving the Blizzard Beat Newsletter, via email, every Friday filled with important information.
Also, another great way to stay connected with the daily happenings at B'nai Shalom is to follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Seesaw: Each student will have a Seesaw account where you can see updates, notes from teachers and a portfolio of your child's work. Your child's teacher will contact you with login information.
ZipWhip: All parents will be signed up for ZipWhip's Alert System. You will receive a text message in the case of a school closures, emergencies or other important matters. If you are unsure if you're signed up for ZipWhip, please contact email@example.com.
ParentsWeb: This is your online parent portal to view the family directory, make a change on who is authorized to pick up your child, view your K-8th grade student’s report card, and much more! When you enrolled your child at Summit, you created your username and password for ParentsWeb, and that is the login credentials you’ll want to save and keep using.
If you were not the parent who completed the online enrollment packet, then please follow the directions below to create a ParentsWeb account for yourself.
- Go to ParentsWeb to create a new user account then login.
- Select Create New ParentsWeb Account.
- Enter SMT-AZ into the District Code field.
- Enter your email address as provided in your application to the school.
- Click the Create Account button.
- You will receive an email from RenWeb Customer Support containing a link that will allow you to create your username and password.
- Please click on the link.
- A Change/Create Password screen will open.
- You may use the default username provided, or create a new username.
- Then type in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field.
- Click on the Save Username and/or Password button.
- Please save this information as this username and password will be used throughout the year to access ParentsWeb.
Annual Fund Campaign: Independent schools and preschools rely on annual fund drives to generate income for the operating budget. It is through the generosity of our contributors that B'nai Shalom Day School continues to provide exceptional educational services to infants through grade eight. The campaign begins each Fall and ends December 31. Every family is encouraged to make a donation to reach the goal of 100% parent participation.
Board of Trustees: The Board of Trustees is a group of parents and community members whose responsibility to oversee the execution of the school’s mission and strategic goals. The Board of Trustees acts as stewards of the school’s resources and financial sustainability, and compliance with all legal requirements of an independent private school. They hire the Head of School, and empower her to lead all day-to-day operations of the school, including academics, curriculum, programs, student discipline and school staff. Serving on the Board represents a significant commitment to the school and upholding the highest ethical standards of integrity, and a willingness to engage in high-level planning to ensure school excellence.
Parent Sunshine Committee: Formerly known as the Parent Teacher Committee (PTC). Parent volunteers play an integral part at B’nai Shalom. The Sunshine Committee (PTC) arranges for volunteers for a variety of school events such as holiday preparation, room parents, and providing meals for staff on teacher workdays.
PBL: Project-Based Learning are teaching methods in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem or challenge.
Preschool Family Shabbat: On the first Friday of every month, preschoolers and their families are invited to join us for a fun and musical Shabbat "service." Shabbat takes place from 8:30 - 9:00 am on the B'nai Shalom soccer field, weather permitting. Bring a blanket and enter through the the Beth David parking lot.
Spirit Day: Each Monday is spirit day. We encourage all students and staff to wear their B'nai Shalom t-shirts.
T'fillah: The study of Torah, mitzvot (commandments), rabbinic sources and liturgy teaches the Jewish prescription for living a life of goodness. Through daily tefilah (prayer), we also nurture a spiritual dimension, a quest for God and an appreciation of the beauty and sanctity in students’ everyday lives.