FOR OUR PARENTS
FOR OUR PARENTS
We make your child happy day after day
Nursery and VPK
Please dress your child in comfortable clothing to ensure their enjoyment of the day. Children should not be afraid to get dirty or messy. Please also dress children appropriately for the changing seasons. We will be going outdoors twice daily barring severely inclement weather. Specifically, in the wintertime, please send your child to school with a sweatshirt. Dressing in layers is helpful as the weather in Jacksonville fluctuates throughout the day.
- All boys should wear a kippah and tzitzit, daily. Boys may wear shorts.
- Girls should wear skirts. No sleeveless shirts will be permitted in the classroom.
- Bottoms: Boys: navy pants – long pants only, no shorts. Girls: Blue plaid skirt Navy skirt All skirts must cover the knees, even while sitting.
- Tops: Light blue or royal blue collared polo shirts with TA logo Light blue or royal blue button down shirts with TA logo Button down shirts must be tucked in at all times. Girls must cover their elbows at all times.
- Sweatshirts are permitted in any color. Footwear: Please note that the footwear guidelines have been developed with children’s safety as the primary goal.
- Only closed shoes may be worn. (No backless – clogs or naot) No wheelie sneakers. No crocs or flip-flops of any kind. Socks must be worn at all times.
Nursery and VPK:
8:30am-2pm, Monday through Friday
8:30am-3pm, Monday through Friday
8:30am-4pm, Monday through Thursday
Drop-off and Pick-up Policy
Mornings can get busy at home and sometimes families may be in a rush. At the end of a long day, families are anxious to get home. Safety, however, is our top priority.
Please familiarize yourself and your children will these Drop-Off Line and Pick-Up Line rules so that we can all arrive and leave school safely.
Parents are asked to enter the Torah Academy driveway carefully and slowly. Please keep in mind that there is a blind spot as you come around the curve.
- Please pull up to the school entrance, coming around the circle to the right. Traffic in the circle is only one way.
- Beginning at 8:15am and continuing until 8:30am, a staff member will be outside to greet your child. After 8:30am, please park in a designated parking spot and walk your child into school – they must be signed in.
- It is important to park in a marked parking space. Never leave your car right in front of the school. For security reasons, the circle must be kept clear at all times.
- Please DO NOT ever leave a baby or small child – sleeping or otherwise – in a car alone, whether the car is locked or unlocked.
- Only two cars will be loaded at a time. Please pull up to the school entrance gate and the staff member on duty will call your children to the car. All children will be escorted to the car. Students who run ahead without an adult will be asked to return to the starting point and begin walking to the car again, properly.
- As you leave the Torah Academy driveway, please come to a full stop as marked. There are often walkers and bikers on San Jose Blvd, as well as older students who walk or bike home by themselves.
PLAY & LEARN
After School Late Stay
After-care is provided for children after school ends for the day at the rate of $5.00 per hour, per child. Students must be pre-enrolled in after-care before utilizing the service and must be picked up promptly. Continued attendance at after-care is contingent on proper behavior during after-care.
Lunch in School
The Torah Academy of Jacksonville is an orthodox school and we are honored to cater to a diverse student body. Thank you for respecting our commitment to Kashrut.
A major part of orthodox Jewish life is keeping kosher and as such, all foods brought into the Torah Academy must be certified kosher. If you are unsure if a certain food is acceptable, please ask the Head of School – or any of our Judaic Studies faculty – and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have in a sensitive and caring manner.
School Lunch Policy:
The Torah Academy’s policy mandates that students bring lunch from home on a daily basis. All lunches must be dairy or pareve. No meat meals are allowed in school.
School Snacks/Shabbos Parties/Birthday Parties:
All snacks must have a proper kosher certification. Families may opt to purchase large bags of snacks and portion the snacks out into sandwich bags – please be sure that the original packaging bears an acceptable kosher symbol.
Home-baked goods may not be brought into the Torah Academy building at any time for public consumption – ie, a birthday party or Shabbos party. Sending home baked goods as part of your child’s snacks is perfectly fine.
Snacks for Shabbos parties and birthday parties must be store-purchased with an acceptable kosher certification. These snacks may be dairy or pareve.
For a list of acceptable kosher symbols, please see below or click here
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