Kulanu Registration Policies and Procedures

Registration for Kulanu: The Youth Education Programs of Temple Isaiah, 2020-21 will be under way in mid May of 2020.  Given the unusual circumstances of the current time, we are only able to accept registration by mail.

The Kulanu program will run for all of its scheduled number of session in 2020-21, due to circumstances far beyond our control some sessions may be in on line format, but our hope is to have as many in-person sessions as local regulations and public safety allow.

A non-refundable registration fee of $75 for each student is due with your registration.  The first of four tuition payment is due no later than July 31, and the paid in full discount will be honored for anyone who does so

Class schedule, locations and times

All Classes meet on Sunday (this chart assumes an in-person program, times will vary for on-line sessions).

Bonim (Pre-K*, Kindergarten and Grade 1) 9am–10:45am
Bonim (Grades 2 and 3) 11am–1pm
Olim (Grades 4, 5, and 6) 9am–1pm
Gesher (Grade 7) 6pm—8pm
Next Dor (Grades 8-12) 6pm–8pm on Selected Sundays

* Pre-K will meet 2x a month through December and then be  a weekly class following Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend.

Class Placement

Students in the Bonim (Pre-K–3rd Grade) program will be divided into grade level classes in order to facilitate mixing of a variety of students and build connections. Students may request one friend to be placed with, and the request must be reciprocal in order to be guaranteed (Pre-K will be one class).

Students in the Olim (4th–6th Grade) program will be divided into a variety of groups through the course of the morning. Some will be multi-grade and some single grade. Students may request one friend to be placed with during three hours at are not Hebrew decoding, and the request must be reciprocal in order to be guaranteed.

Gesher will be held as one large class breaking up into different sub groups from time to time as the curriculum dictates.

Next Dor is not based on grade levels with the exception of certain occasional programs.

Leveled Hebrew Decoding

In the Olim Program (Grades 4, 5, and 6) students will be assigned to mixed-grade classes during the second hour of the day, based on Hebrew knowledge level, in order to allow for the best possible educational experience.

Mid Week Hebrew One-on-One Sessions
In order to further advance our students’ Hebrew learning, we will be offering an optional opportunity for students in 3rd to 7th grade to spend 15 minutes per week with a teacher one on one via phone or internet platforms in order to practice and review the Hebrew they are learning on Sundays and to assist with that week’s homework.  Students will be paired with their classroom teacher to the extent possible and will receive 25 tutoring sessions over the course of the school year.

Textbooks

Textbooks will be provided to students as dictated by the curriculum.

Handbook

The handbook describing the policies of Kulanu is available online here. The policies discussed include, but are not limited to, snow cancellation, discipline, health, withdrawal from school, and tuition adjustment.

Pre-K program-for four year olds

This class will meet twice a month through the fall, and then weekly following MLK Day Weekend. Jewish holidays, customs and traditions will be explored through cooking, art, music and story experiences with the children.

Gesher — 7th Grade

Our 7th Grade curriculum includes an in depth study of the history of the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel. 7th Grade includes a trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. for both parents and students (small additional fee applies) and opportunities for social engagement.

Next Dor — 8th–10th Grades

See the Teen Learning Page for all the details on our New Next Dor program.

B’nai Mitzvah Policy

To become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Temple Isaiah, a student must begin Jewish education at Kulanu no later than 3rd Grade and the student’s family must affiliate with Temple Isaiah by the time the student is in 3rd Grade.

Families Not Affiliated with Temple Isaiah

Families who are not members of a synagogue or who are members of another synagogue are welcome to enroll their children in Kulanu through 6th Grade. Children in non-member families who wish to enroll in 7th Grade and higher may enroll at the discretion of the Rabbi-Educator and Temple Isaiah staff. Please contact the office for more information.

Financial Assistance

A limited amount of money is available for scholarships. These funds are awarded on the basis of need and the Temple Isaiah Scholarship Committee handles all applications in strict confidentiality. Any family seeking assistance should request an application from the Temple Isaiah office staff immediately.

Communication Policy

Please include a family email on your registration form. The weekly Thursday e-news is our main way of communicating with families throughout the school year. Your child’s teacher will also send out weekly communication to keep you informed. Written notices will be mailed or carried home when appropriate.

Tuition Schedule (all grades require an additional $75 non-refundable registration fee)

Courses TI Member Unaffiliated
Bonim Pre-K $548 $852
Bonim (Kindergarten–3rd) $732 $1232
Olim (Grades 4–6) $1076 $1976
Gesher (Grade 7) $808 Contact Office
Next Dor (Grades 8–12) $496 Contact Office
Optional Mid Week Hebrew (grades 4-6) $375 additional Contact Office

 

Payment plan, Policies, and Discounts

Payment plan:

  • Minimum of 1/4 of total tuition due by July 31, 2020 or upon registration if after that date
  • Minimum of 1/2 of total tuition due by October 31, 2020
  • Minimum of 3/4 of total tuition due by December 31, 2020
  • Payment in full by February 28, 2021.
  • 2% discount for payment in full by July 31, 2020.

Direct Debit is available for your convenience.

Large Bill Discount

Any family whose total bill (tuition & fees) is more than $2,400 may take a 5% discount on Tuition Only, not to reduce the total bill below $2,400. Registration fees may not be discounted. Discount for large bills may not be combined with discount for payment in full.

Discounts for Payment in Full:

Any family who pays in full for total tuition and registration fee by July 31, 2020, may take a 2% discount on Tuition only, to a maximum discount of $55 per family. Discount for payment in full may not be combined with large bill discount.

Discounts apply to tuition only. Registration fees are not eligible for discount, nor do they count towards the large bill discount.

Policies:

1.Temple Isaiah is committed to providing a Jewish education for all of our students. The success of our program depends on your financial support. Tuition payments are due on the payment plan dates stated above. A monthly payment option is also available and can be set up by contacting Beth in the Temple office at 301.317.1101 or emailing her through the Contact Page. If payment is 60 days in arrears and you have not contacted the office to make payment arrangements, your children will not be able to continue their education in Kulanu until the bill is satisfied or appropriate arrangements are made with the Temple Administrator.

Families will not be permitted to register for the 2020–2021 school year if their 2019–2020 financial obligations to TI and Kulanu are not fully paid or if satisfactory arrangements have not been made with Shelley Engel, Executive Director, at 301.317.1101.  

2. Any SPECIAL PAYMENT SCHEDULE must be worked out and approved IN ADVANCE in writing through Shelley Engel.

3. Bills will be due and payable according to the above schedule. Your child’s enrollment may be terminated if payment is not made promptly according to this schedule.

4. Withdrawals from Kulanu made before August 15 will receive a full refund of any tuition paid. Any withdrawals made after August 15 but before the first day of school will receive a refund of tuition, less $100 per child. Withdrawals made after the first day of school will receive a refund of tuition paid for remaining classes less $150 per child. Please note the registration fee is non-refundable. Waivers to this policy are at the discretion of the Rabbi-Educator.

5. If a minimum number of students are not registered for a specific class or any unforeseen circumstances warrant, that class may be cancelled or combined with another class. If a class is cancelled all collected tuition and fees will be refunded.