Following days and nights of intensive training, brainstorming, sharing ideas and formulating plans, our teachers JPK – 12, are ready to embark upon a new world of teaching and interacting with students. The teachers have clearly gone above and beyond and our hope and prayer is that this endeavor will strengthen and deepen the school – home partnership, for the benefit of all our students.
This email contains information and guidance for parents and students to navigate and make the most of our distance learning. The information is enclosed division by division, with links to the materials. The central location for all learning materials and instructions for all divisions is located here. You will need to login with a google account. (If you need help, see video instructions below)
Any South Campus parent who was not able to pick up materials today, can come tomorrow morning between 11 and 12 to receive them. Call first to the Girls’ Office, 305-947-6000.
Parents can expect to find the following in the appropriate file (your child’s class) of the Google Drive.
1. A davening video is in its own folder, and is usable each day.
2. There is a daily folder containing: a Judaic studies lesson, a Secular studies lesson, extension activities and read alouds. The lessons are not tied to any time of the day – you may access the file and have your child(ren) engage in the activity whenever it is convenient for you. The children should not go ahead, but do the work for the assigned day.
Supplies were sent home for each child. The teachers will be in touch with each parent directly, over the next few days. Supplementary activities and links to appropriate sites for further materials/activities will be contained in the folder entitled “ancillary materials.”
The students’ daily learning program, while abbreviated, should replicate a typical school day. Participation in the daily lessons is mandatory for all students, circumstances permitting. Student work will be assessed and graded by the teachers. Students should dress in the school uniform to help create the sense of seriousness which the ongoing learning requires. All lessons are pre-recorded, so that the students can receive instruction at whatever time works for your family. Every day begins with davening and that day’s folder contains the day’s lessons. Each day will include the main subjects according to the grade and will include specialties, in accordance with the regular weekly schedule. Grades 1-2 will have approximately 2 hours per day, not including davening. Grade 3, 4 and 5 will have approximately 2.5 hours, not including davening and specialties. Not all the time is teacher presentation, time is built in for reading and review. Teachers will be in touch with each parent at least once each week. Click here for the full learning plan.
The stretch of time between Purim and Pesach typically show the growth of our talmidim – in a way that even they can see and appreciate. We are determined to not only maintain the level of growth that students have experienced but to significantly add to it so that the same feeling of accomplishment is felt. Rebbeim, Teachers and Staff have worked Herculean hours under tremendous pressure to be ready to roll out an entire new way of teaching and learning in a few short days. Just wait until our students see what is waiting for them. We think that they are all in for a pleasant surprise! Daily interactive Gemara shiurim via ZOOM (available by phone for those without access), three additional shiurim plus lots of great Pesach and Haggadah preparation. The General Studies teachers are pumped for accomplishing so much. Weekly projects and assignments in each subject area will be completed by students according to the schedule provided. We are hoping that our students will be inspired, productive and will even exceed all our expectations! Please check out this link with RMS expectations, Daily Schedule and Students’ Advisor/Advisee assignments.
Much thought and discussion was put into creating a schedule that keeps in mind the needs of our students: Continuing their growth of the past few months is paramount, along with the realization that it will be much harder to work in this adjusted environment. When we add to the mix the unique individual situation of each family, we are certainly left with a wide spectrum of needs.
We anticipate that the new learning will be a good fit for some boys, while a challenge for others. Please give it a few days as we all figure things out a little better, and then let your son’s Rebbe know how it is going, what adjustments would be helpful for your son, etc. BE”H this will be a unique learning and growth-filled experience for our students. Click here for the full learning plan.
As we now move onto our distance learning, please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing, and if there’s any help that you might need. The Yeshiva will reopen, IY’H, as soon as it is safe to do so. Please be very careful to guard your health and the health of others. Let’s increase our Tefillos to Hashem to bring a quick end to this plague, and an end to all sickness and suffering, with the coming of Moshiach, speedily in our day.
Rabbi Y Bergida
Rabbi Y Dreyfuss
Rabbi E. Palgon
Rabbi N. Grossman
All YTCE Faculty are currently receiving intense training in distance learning and are prepared to do whatever they can to make this transition as smooth as possible. While there may be some bumps along the way, particularly in the beginning, YTCTE is committed to provide the best education possible during these trying times. Details of the learning plan will be shared later today. As always, please feel free to reach out if we can assist in any other way!
In light of the announced closure of Miami-Dade and Broward Public Schools and in consultation with Daas Torah, we have made the difficult decision to close school for Grades JPK – 12, effective immediately. (DACHS Motzei Shabbos JCC is also cancelled.)
Teachers will be asked to come into school on Sunday for continued training and preparation in conducting distance learning, which will commence Tuesday. Faculty and parents, watch for further information.
With the President’s declaration of a National Emergency over the Coronavirus Pandemic, the next few days will be crucial in determining how widespread the virus really is in the country and in South Florida. It is not the time to be gathered in schools or any public place.
The decision to close should not be interpreted as a reflection of a worsening situation, but rather out of great caution to help give the authorities time to identify the extent of infection in the wider community.
We need to redouble our Tefillos and be extremely careful to follow all safety warnings.
We hope and pray for a speedy reopening. We will keep you informed of developments.
Have a safe, healthy and uplifting Shabbos.
There has been no change in the status of our remaining open for the time being. We will inform you as soon as possible, if there is a change.
As a precautionary measure, teachers in KES will be sending home workbooks and materials today in case the students don’t return on Monday. If we are open, you are asked to send the books (and Haggadas) back to school. In fact, we suggest not emptying any backpacks at this time.
ECE materials should be kept at home and stored for a time when they may become necessary.
If any parents are planning to keep their children at home during this outbreak, please inform us so we can try to keep them in touch with the classroom learning. We are training the teachers for the eventuality of distance learning, however we have not yet developed a plan for both staying open and helping those unable to attend. We will try to be helpful as needed.
At this time YTCTE is remaining open. The circumstances are evolving rapidly and at the Yeshiva we are closely following CDC and local public health advisories. Our Medical Advisory Committee is also being consulted for their guidance in these matters.
As soon as there are any updates the information will be posted here.
May Hashem send a Refuah Shelaima to all those affected and protect the rest of us from harm.