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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of Torah and religious education is taught? 2017-11-09T17:13:52+00:00
Students at Solomon Schechter study Bible through two approaches.  They study a Book of the Bible at every grade to know the narratives of the Bible.  Students also discuss the weekly Torah Portion.  The Torah is studied in Hebrew presented in age-appropriate Hebrew.  We introduce the Biblical Prophets in grades five and six.
We introduce the students to the holidays and traditions of the Jewish people.  We celebrate Shabbat in every class singing Shabbat songs and prayers so that each student is comfortable with the spirit and the celebration of Shabbat.
We teach the students how the elements of prayer and what the prayers mean so they are familiar with the main prayers in our Siddur.
We conduct a Passover Seder in every grade so our students know how to lead the Seders in their own homes.
How does SSA incorporate Israel into the curriculum? 2017-11-01T14:00:51+00:00
Israel permeates our school curriculum both academically and experientially.  We celebrate many Israel based Israel events in all grades in the school.  We include in those the three Pilgrimage Festivals in which Israel plays a major role.  Each class is paired with a twin class in Be’er Sheva, Israel and we maintain regular contact with our sister school, Afik, in Be’er Sheva.  We exchange mail, emails and a regularly scheduled Skype calls between classes. This partnership is nurtured through the Israel Engagement Initiative of Federation CJA. The annual highlight of our contacts with Israel is our annual 10 day Israel trip by grade 6 when we visit Afik School and major attractions in Israel.
Our school is Ivrith Be’Ivrith so all our students learn to be functional in Hebrew, the language of the People of Israel and the Jewish People.
The school brings two young women as part of the Bnot Sherut Program when the young women are the emissaries of the State of Israel and spend their year with our students.  The Bnot Sherut help our students experience Israel in our school in Montreal.
Our students are partners with Israel by giving some coins for the State through the Jewish National Fund.
Each grade in the school studies one Hebrew Language Unit prior to Yom Ha’atzmaut to examine in greater depth an aspect of Israel.
What level of independence is expected of the child at the beginning of the year? 2017-10-11T21:50:12+00:00

Children will come in at many different levels. Teachers and parents will work together with the children to help them become more autonomous. As children move up through the grades, students develop greater independence.

How are the parents involved in the school? 2017-10-11T21:49:47+00:00

Parents are welcome to be as involved as much as or as little as they would like. Parents can join the Home & School and participate in their committees. Parents are also encouraged to get involved at the board level.

What is the adult-student ratio? 2017-10-11T21:51:16+00:00

Jr. PreK – PreK: Average 16 Students (2 Educators)

Kindergarten: Average 22 Students (2 Educators)

Grades 1 -6: Average 23 Students (2 Educators)

What services are offered at SSA for student’s emotional, social and psychological well-being? 2017-10-11T21:51:55+00:00

Student Services offers social skill and conflict resolution groups; individual support to and enrichment to our students. The professional staff work hand in hand with our teachers for the benefit of all students.

Are the academic programs being updated on an on-going basis? 2017-10-11T21:53:11+00:00

Our goal is to make sure that our students are integrated into well-rounded programs that focus on both the academic and social needs of the student. Our teachers are regularly involved in professional development to continuously review and refine the academic program.

Is there a French program at the Pre-school level? 2017-10-11T21:53:34+00:00

French is taught in the pre-school by theme, through the introduction of French vocabulary, songs, drama, éducation physique and more. In addition, enriched French is taught to the entire preschool. Jr. PreK children have an additional hour and a half of French per week. PreK children have an additional three hours of French per week.

Are there extended hours and/or PED Day programs? 2017-10-11T21:57:11+00:00

Early drop off is available for all grades (JPK-6) from 7:30 AM, and extended day is available for all grades until 5:30 PM for a small fee. During the extended day program, educators are available to assist students with homework and facilitate educational activities. PED Day programs are available on most PED Days and half days.

What services are offered at SSA for student’s emotional, social and psychological well-being? 2017-10-18T17:17:44+00:00

Student Services offers social skill and conflict resolution groups; individual support to and enrichment to our students. The professional staff work hand in hand with our teachers for the benefit of all students.

Are the academic programs being updated on an on-going basis? 2017-10-18T17:18:03+00:00

Our goal is to make sure that our students are integrated into well-rounded programs that focus on both the academic and social needs of the student. Our teachers are regularly involved in professional development to continuously review and refine the academic program.

Is there a French program at the Pre-school level? 2017-10-18T17:18:31+00:00

French is taught in the pre-school by theme, through the introduction of French vocabulary, songs, drama, éducation physique and more. In addition, enriched French is taught to the entire preschool. Jr. PreK children have an additional hour and a half of French per week. PreK children have an additional three hours of French per week.

How does SSA educate the whole child, apart from the academics? 2017-10-18T17:26:46+00:00

SSA is committed to the social and emotional development of our students. Your child’s sense of well-being is valued and important. Every month we focus on a different value, and then recognize those students in monthly citizenship ceremonies.

Are there extended hours and/or PED Day programs? 2017-10-18T17:18:48+00:00

Early drop off is available for all grades (JPK-6) from 7:30 AM, and extended day is available for all grades until 5:30 PM for a small fee. During the extended day program, educators are available to assist students with homework and facilitate educational activities. PED Day programs are available on most PED Days and half days.

What level of communication is there between parents and teachers (Pre-School, Kindergarten, Grades 1 – 6)? 2017-10-18T17:19:11+00:00

Parents in the Pre-school and Kindergarten have the opportunity to speak to their children’s teachers every morning when they drop their child off at their classroom. If a parent would like to talk to a teacher for something specific that requires more time, they can e-mail their teacher or call the school and the teacher will get back to them as soon as possible.

For Grades 1 – 6, we encourage parents to write a note to their child’s teacher using the agenda, by e-mailing or calling the school and the teacher will get back to them as soon as possible. If an in-depth discussion is required, we suggest setting up a meeting with the teacher.

What is the difference between the English section and the section française? 2017-10-18T17:20:49+00:00

Solomon Schechter Academy houses two schools under one roof.

In Kindergarten and Grades 1 & 2, students in both the English and French sections are together for all subjects. However, in Grades 1 & 2, an English Math stream is available to those children who have specific needs as determined by Student Services. As well, for students in the English section in Grades 1 & 2, they have an option of additional French conversation or additional English literature.

From Grade 3, students in the French section also have a literature course taught in French. Students in the English section have the option of doing Math in English or French and having the extra French literature course.
As part of our strategic plan, we are currently implementing changes to continue to raise the bar for our students, to ensure that they can thrive in both French and English in Quebec.

How does SSA deal with bullying? 2017-10-18T17:21:06+00:00

SSA thoughtfully created an updated Code of Conduct intending on prevention and developing pro-social behaviour. We have a protocol in place to intervene appropriately and effectively, when needed.

How does SSA encourage students to do mitzvahs / good deeds in the community? 2017-10-18T17:21:29+00:00

As one of our core values at SSA, Tikkun Olam (repair the world) is woven into the fabric of our school. Throughout the year, all our students are encouraged to participate in various Tikkun Oklam projects throughout the community. For example, our students helped packed food baskets at MADA, participated in Federation CJA’s Feed The Truck, and will collect toys for Chai Lifeline. A garden is also planted and harvested by our students which is then donated back to the community.

How does SSA incorporate Israel into the curriculum? 2017-10-18T17:21:47+00:00

We teach students about Israel from the Torah as the promised land. Every week students are encouraged to contribute to JNF and connect on a national and zionist level. Each class from Grades 1-6, is paired with a class from Afik School, our sister school in Beer Sheva and regularly engage in Skype conference calls. In Grade 6, our students go on a 10-day trip to Israel to make connections with what they’ve learned at SSA. Each year, we teach a different unit about Israel before Yom Ha’atzmaut. We also have two Israeli young women (Bnot Sherut) who come to SSA for a one-year term to bring Israel and Israeli traditions to our children.

What kind of Torah and religious education is taught? 2017-10-18T17:22:10+00:00

Students are introduced to the stories from the Torah in language geared for their age. We introduce the students to the holidays and traditions of the Jewish people. Every Friday, we celebrate Shabbat in every class so that each student is comfortable conducting a Shabbat service. Beginning in grade two, we teach parachat hashavuah and torah each week. In grade five we also teach Prophets. We teach the students how to pray and what the prayers mean. We pride ourselves on respecting the different levels of …

How much homework do the students receive? 2017-10-18T17:26:26+00:00

The number of minutes varies year-to-year. Grade 1 students have an average of 20 minutes per night. Grade 6 students have an average of 60 minutes per night. Teachers are working to ensure that homework given is effective and moderate based on the level of students. We are also looking at innovative new ways to deliver homework.

What is SSA’s Kashrut policy? 2017-10-18T17:22:28+00:00

Parents are asked to respect the laws of Kashrut and ensure that their child’s meal is either meat or dairy. We encourage children not to share their meals so they can begin to incorporate the laws of Kashrut into everyday life.

What type of performances do students take part in? 2017-10-18T17:22:47+00:00

Starting in Kindergarten, students participate in one or more French theatre performance, English Happenings or Hebrew Chagigah performance each year. Each year, the school has a large scale exposition involving all grades.

How often (and how long) do the kids have gym (JPK – 6)? 2017-10-18T17:23:09+00:00

Students in JPK-K have gym for two blocks of 30 minutes for a total of one hour. In Grades 1-6, students have 3 blocks of 40 minutes for a total of 2 hours.

How does SSA integrate technology into the education? 2017-11-07T17:10:22+00:00

We recently launched our Beverley and Harvey Greenberg Makerspace where people can come together to create, learn and explore new ideas. Our Makerspace will have the materials for building computers, robots, and multi-media products through video, welding, wood-working and using 3D printers.

How does SSA integrate STEAM into the curriculum? 2017-10-18T17:25:25+00:00

Our school’s SMART floor affords students the opportunity to study Science, Music, Computer Animation, Jewish Arts, Robotics, Theatre, Chess, Israeli Dancing and Technology. The SMART floor introduces students to curriculum that enhances critical thinking.

Computer Animation
Creative computing prepares our young people for more than careers as computer scientists, or programmers. It supports and allows young people to learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
In our Animation class we explore computing languages to program custom projects. We animate creative storyboards and observe the stages that the Pixar’s software animators use to create their state-of-the-art movies, and much more.

Robotics
Technology is one of the fastest growing industries, STEM education is a way of giving your child the necessary building blocks for future success, and the field of robotics is booming!
In our Robotics class, students get acquainted with the fundamentals of 3D construction, programming concepts, electrical and mechanical engineering while making an intelligent robot that can perform complex linked tasks.

Art
The objectives of the art course include enthusiasm for original creations outside of the virtual world in which we all live today; and reinforcement of Jewish and Hebrew curriculum through art in order to strengthen the students’ Jewish identity.
Each child is an individual who is capable of individual creative expression. Art class will be a stimulating and fun time for each child to express themselves with professional artistic guidance.

Music
In addition to traveling through music history, students will be improving their musical literacy in recorder ensemble, and the end goal will be to create a band with students on various instruments such as trumpet, trombone, baritone and tuba. Coloured “belts” are assigned to increasingly more challenging songs. Students will be improving rhythm skills using the dumbek, claves, rhythm sticks and glockenspiels.

Israeli Dancing
The basic steps of Israeli Folk and Modern Dance will be taught as well as dances that represent the cultural mosaic and dynamic rhythm of Israel. Come and join in our circle

Chess
The objective of the chess course include helping students to develop logical and analytical skills and improving their chess game skills.

Theatre
The new theatre course will begin with a variety of games and exercises. The teacher would introduce a script that the kids would begin to work on and adapt it to fit the class. Students will have a chance to practice their acting skills in a fun and exciting program.

Makerspace
In the fall, we will be opening our new and innovative Beverley and Harvey Greenberg Makerspace. A Makerspace is where people can come together to create, learn and explore new ideas. Our Makerspace will have the materials for building computers, robots, and multi-media products through video, welding, wood-working and using 3D printers.

How do students benefit from enrichment? 2017-10-18T17:25:46+00:00

In every class, there is a teacher and assistant who work regularly with small groups to deliver enrichment and remediation when needed. Beginning in Grade 1, students have enriched Math where they are able to work on higher level reasoning in preparation for provincial and national math competitions. In the QAMT math provincial championship, SSA has been the winner 7 of the last 9 years. Starting in Grade 4, students have the opportunity to partake in an enriched French program. Our students also practice and compete in the Annual Bible Contest and robotics competition.

What is the teaching philosophy at SSA? 2017-10-18T17:26:07+00:00

While respecting the past, we prepare our students for the opportunities and responsibilities of contemporary society. By embracing our unique Canadian, Quebec and Jewish traditions and culture, our teachers provide an environment that fosters respect for diversity and strengthens the fabric of our society. Through our innovative and dynamic approach to education, we nurture each child, inspiring a passion for lifelong learning while providing the necessary foundation for achievement and success. Our Academy, with our dedicated faculty, is committed to excellence in education and Jewish values.

How does SSA educate the whole child, apart from the academics? 2017-10-20T20:11:54+00:00

SSA is committed to the social and emotional development of our students. Your child’s sense of well-being is valued and important. Every month we focus on a different value, and then recognize those students in monthly citizenship ceremonies.