End of Year Packet Links

Below is a letter emailed to parents at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

June 14, 2019

Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying the onset of summer.  Please see some important end of year information as well as information in preparation for next school year.

All of this information can also be found at www.torahacademy.org on the Parent Page.

REPORT CARDS:  Final 2018-2019 report cards were emailed home in addition to being posted to ALMA. If you did not receive the report card and do not see the final grades for the year posted on your child’s Alma page, it may mean that you have outstanding financial obligations or library/textbooks due.  Families with outstanding school balances should contact Norm Leist at nleist@torahacademy.org. Families who need help navigating Alma should contact Eliza Delman at edelman@torahacademy.org.

SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR 2019-2020:  A one-page School Calendar as well as an electronic calendar for the upcoming school year can be found at https://www.torahacademy.org/parent-portal/calendar/ The calendar is updated throughout the year.  A paper calendar will be available for families in August.

FRIDAY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE:  Please note the dates for next year for regular 4:00 p.m. Fridays will be from August 23 to October 18.  Short Fridays, with a 2:00 dismissal time, will run from October 25 until the end of the school year.

The Columbus School District will not supply bus transportation for early dismissals. This means that there will be no public school bus service on short Fridays and early dismissal days. The Bexley School District  will provide service on all early dismissal days.

TUITION FOR 2019-2020:  Tuition Assistance determinations for the 2019-2020 will be emailed out before July 1.  Families who elect to pay tuition in full must submit payment by August 1, 2019. Families who are paying in installments through FACTS will make their first payment in September.

SUMMER READING LISTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:  See below for information specific to all grades.

Lower School Summer Reading Challenge:  Students entering grades 1-6 can participate in a summer reading challenge to prevent summer slide.  Use form which can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Irr6Ti-Jrunpsb_S3kFThPU_O9DICCUeedq4liXvcyM/edit?usp=sharing to keep a list of the books you have read and earn prizes.  

  • Incoming 1st and 2nd graders:  Read 20 books which can include picture books.  Record the books’ titles along with a parent signature to earn a reward from Principal, Mrs. Miller!  
  • Incoming 3rd-6th graders:  Read new chapter books.  Read 15 or more chapter books and you will receive a reward from Mrs. Miller when you return from school.

Lower School Suggested Reading Lists from the CTA Library can be found at https://www.torahacademy.org/lower-school-library-reading-lists

Upper School Required Summer Reading and Assignments:  There are required Summer Reading and Assignments for all students entering grades 7-12.   They have been emailed home and are posted at www.torahacademy.org/upper-school-summer-assignments

High School Community Service:   All CTA High School students are required to fulfill 15 hours per year of community service.  It is the hope of CTA that our students will learn to look for opportunities to help others and then follow through on offering their assistance.  Students can get a head start during the summer. Details about the policy and forms to download can be found at https://www.torahacademy.org/high-school-community-service-form/

CTA UNIFORM:  CTA’s Uniform Policy can be found at

https://www.torahacademy.org/parent-portal/uniform-policy/

There continues to be two ways to get logo shirts.  Lands End has a selection of CTA uniform items. Please use the preferred school number when you shop.  You can also bring approved shirts to CTA for logo application. Each logo is $7 paid to CTA. The summer deadline and locations for drop off for logo application is July 19.  Watch your email for reminders and details or contact Shari directly.

Remember, there is a “Uniform Gemach” with second hand items.  Check with CTA parent, Perle Benmoshe at pbenmo@yahoo.com  for times to look through what is available.

STUDENT SCHOOL SUPPLIES: A list of student supplies for grades K-6 can be found at https://www.torahacademy.org/school-supplies/  New this year, many supplies for in-school use like tissues and hand sanitizers, etc will be purchased by the school to alleviate costs to parents. 2nd-6th grade will receive assignment notebooks on the first day of school.  

Grades 7-12 will receive their school supply lists on the first day of school, but they should come to school on the first day with a folder, paper, and writing utensils.  All students in grades 7-12 are expected to have their own Hebrew English dictionary by any publisher. Also, all students in grades 7-12 should have their own system for tracking their assignments, tests, and commitments. Some students prefer a paper assignment book while others prefer a digital system on their electronic device. Either is acceptable.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:  

  • Columbus Bus Transportation:  All NEW students will need to enroll by August 1.   Use this link to enroll: https://www.ccsoh.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=4818
  • Bexley Bus Transportation:  ALL students must complete Request for Transportation and Emergency Medical forms by July 1 for transportation in the 2019-2020 school year and mail to Bexley Schools Central Office, 348 S. Cassingham Road, Bexley, Ohio  43209.

Forms can be found at https://www.bexleyschools.org/BusinessOperations.aspx

Questions can be directed to the Bexley School Transportation office at 614-372-0516 to arrange for bus transportation.

High School Option:  In addition to car pools, some high school parents have made arrangements to use the Bexley Beat shuttle service for transportation to CTA.  Contact Richard Sharp at bexleybeat@wowway.com or 614-588-3282 for more information. This service is not coordinated by CTA.

UPDATED MEDICAL IMMUNIZATIONS:   By law, every student must have an updated emergency contact form on file each school year.  Those will be distributed in the back to school packet in August. Please submit an updated health history noting changes in your child’s health.  Note that:

  • As required by Ohio law, students will be excluded from school on the 15th day if immunization mandates are not met and forms are not on file.
  • Incoming 7th grade and 12th grade students should pay special attention to current guidelines.
  • All students should please submit an up-to-date immunization record.

Immunization guidelines and all forms are explained and available on the CTA Health Services web page along with other health related requirements and all forms which can also be accessed from the Parent Page on the CTA website.

JULY 4th PARADE:  Show your CTA pride when we all join together to walk and ride in the Bexley Community’s July 4th Parade.  To help decorate and be included in email updates, contact Shari.

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS: The school office will be closed during the month of July.  If you need access to the building or have a pressing matter to discuss, please contact Norm Leist at nleist@torahacademy.org or 864-0299 ext. 200.

SUMMER CONTACT INFORMATION:  If you have any questions or concerns over the summer, parents should contact Rabbi Drandoff, Head of School, at adrandoff@torahacademy.org, Nicole Miller, Lower School Principal, at nmiller@torahacademy.org, or Lou Staffilino, Upper School Principal, at lstaffilino@torahacademy.org

Best wishes for a relaxing summer.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Avrohom Drandoff

Head of School