1.    When does the school day begin and end?

Shacharit begins at 8:05 am. We ask that all students arrive at 8:00 am so that davening may begin on time. The school day ends at 5:39 pm on Monday and Thursday, at 4:55 pm on Tuesday and on Wednesday, and either at 3:34 pm or 1:58 pm Friday, depending on the season.

2.    Who should I see if I miss davening?

Rabbi Gutstein

3.    Am I allowed to use my cell phone in school?

You may use your cell phone anywhere in the school except in class.

4.    What should I do for breakfast and lunch?

Breakfast is eaten after shacharit. Lunch is eaten either 5thor 6thperiod. You may bring food from home for breakfast and lunch, go out to one of the kosher restaurants, or purchase food in the cafeteria with either cash or with a food card which may be purchased from the cashier in the cafeteria.

5.    Who should I see if I need help with my locker?

Ms. Burson, our Registrar, in the educational administrative suite.

6.     What should I do if I lose my schedule and need another one?

Our registrar, Ms. Burson, in the educational administrative suite, can print out another schedule for you. Or if you know how to use the student portal, you can log in and print out a schedule yourself.

7.     Who should I see if I need help finding my classroom?

There are many people who can help you find the right classroom – anyone in the hallways, a Senior Leader, a teacher, or a member of the office staff.

8.     What do I do if I am absent?

Your parents should call the office. If they forget to call the office, they may also send a note with you on the day you return to school. Either a phone call or a note from a parent is necessary in order for you to return to class. If you know that you will be missing several days of school for a family event or vacation, the days must be approved by Mr. Harris and your teachers so the work you miss can be made up. The office staff must also be notified.

9.     What should I do if I am absent on the day of a test?

When you know that you will be absent on the day of a test, email your teacher to let him/her know in advance and to schedule a time for you to take the test. If you are sick on the day of a test, it is also a good idea to email your teacher. If you did not email your teacher, bring a note when you return to school and ask your teacher when you should take the test. Do not assume that your teacher will give you any more time to prepare for the test. Always be ready to take the test the day that you return to school.

10.    What should I do if I have to leave school in the middle of the day?

If you are going out to lunch or are leaving the building during a free period and will not be missing any class periods, you must sign out at the front office. We have an Open Campus policy. If you will be missing any class periods while you are out, a parent must call the office and inform the school that you have permission to leave and miss class. When you return, you must stop in the office to sign in and get a pass admitting you back to class.

11.    I’ve never had a free period before. What do I do during that time?

Usually you will have a friend with the same free period as you. You can learn in the Beit Midrash, hang out by your locker or in Mr. Zbaraz’s or Mrs. Tsadok’s office, sit outside in the front (when the weather is nice) or do homework in one of the learning commons. Spending time in the commons area affords you a GREAT opportunity to make new friends – especially from other grades.

12.    What should I do when I have a question about a homework assignment?

As soon as you realize which other students are in most of your classes, exchange phone numbers and or email addresses. That way, you will always have someone to call or text if you miss a day or if you have questions. Make sure that the person you rely on is a responsible person whom you can trust. In addition, you may always email a teacher if you have a homework question. All of your teachers’ emails are on our website and on the student portal. Ask you Senior Leader to show you how to get onthe student portal.

13.  The week feels so long and then I have homework on the weekends. What should I do when teachers assign so much homework for the weekend?

Unfortunately, you may get homework over the weekend. Most of the time, however, the assignment was not given on Friday, so you should try to take advantage of every opportunity you have to get a head start. For example, if you are assigned a project, spend 10-20 minutes working on it the first night it is assigned. Or spend a few minutes of your free period getting started on it. That way, you get a sense of how long the project will take you and you can budget your time from there. Try not to procrastinate! Also, there are many adults in the building who are happy to help you learn ways to budget your time and feel better about your work-life balance. Speak to one of them

14.  What should do if I want to change a class?

If you wish to change a class before freshman orientation, contact Mrs. Nussbaum at admisisons@icja.org. If you wish to change classes after school begins, contact Dr. Green to request the change. Dr. Green will review your request and respond to you as quickly as possible.

15.  I don’t see a list of required school supplies in any of my mailings? How do I know what to buy?

We do not have school supply lists.Much of your work will be done on your iPad. If there is a specific supply a teacher wishes you to purchase, he or she will let you know on the first day of class and you will have several days to purchase it. If you wish to purchase notebooks or folders, purchase whatever you are comfortable using.

16.  How do I try out for band?

Please contact Mr. Harris and he will let you know when tryouts for band will be.

17.  How do I get my Judaic and general studies textbooks?

The general studies books that are not on your iPad have been placed in your locker before the first day of school. The exact texts that you need for your Judaic studies classes will be emailed to you in a separate mailing, together with an order form for ordering the textbooks from Rosenblum’s Book Store.

18.   How do I know what shacharit and mincha minyan to attend?

Freshmen daven in their own, separate gender, groups for shacharit. You will be told which shacharit minyan to attend. During the second semester, freshmen girls may join one of the many school minyanim for shacharit. For mincha, all students are assigned a minyan group for the entire school year. Students transferring into Ida Crownmay choose one of the many shacharit minyanim to attend.

19.   What is the consequence for not dressing in uniform?

Shirts: For the first and second violation, the student will be sent to the office and given a shirt to wear that must be returned to the office on the following day, cleaned and folded. A note will be sent home to inform parents of the violation. The shirt that was worn in violation will be kept at the office until the end of the quarter. For the third violation, the student will be sent home with a one-day suspension.

Skirts: For the first and second violation, the student will be sent to the office and given a maxi skirt that must be returned to the office the following day, cleaned and folded. If a skirt is not available, the student may be asked to go home to get a change of clothing. A note will be sent home to inform parents of the violation. The skirt that was worn in violation of dress code (i.e. it did not cover the knee or had a slit) will be kept at the office until the end of the quarter. For the third violation, the student will be sent home with a one-day suspension.

Slacks:  We cannot maintain a stock of slacks in all possible sizes. Therefore, on both the first and second violations, students will be sent home to change. If, for whatever reason, the student cannot go home, he will remain in the office until arrangements can be made. A note will be sent home to inform parents of the violation. For the third violation, the student will be sent home with a one-day suspension.