8:45 Breakfast (optional)

9:00 Parents & students gather in the sanctuary


The fee for religious school is $100 for the first child and $75 for each additional child in the same family.

There is no charge for Tot Shabbat, however a $25 donation is suggested to help cover supplies.

If you have any questions please email

An Exciting New Year Will be Beginning Shortly! 
After a summer of renewal, I look forward with great enthusiasm to another year of creativity in the classroom, of sharing ideas through interesting discussions, and of students becoming more and more a part of the Shir Chadash community. 
To kick off the year, we will all (parents, students, & teachers) meet in the Sanctuary at 9:00am, Saturday, September 8th, for a story, of course, and an introduction to the new curriculum.  Students will then go upstairs for class, and parents are welcome to join Torah Study.  If you haven’t attended before, let me assure you that no preparation or special knowledge is required. Our “Bagel Break” is set up by 8:45am so you can bring your children early for a Shir Chadash breakfast. As before, no food is allowed in the classrooms. 
We will also have a registration table set up on September 8th at 8:45am, but, if possible, please print out the attached registration forms and send them in with a tuition check, made out to Congregation Shir Chadash, to our treasurer, Jim Thrasher, at 31 Timberline Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.  Tuition is $100 for your first child and $75 for each additional child. 
They say “the more, the merrier,” and that is especially true in our classrooms, so if you can help us grow, please do! If you have younger children or friends with children who are unaffiliated, please encourage them to try out our Religious School FREE for one month. Our Tots Program is also free, although we request a donation of $25, if possible, to cover materials.  
Finally, after class, we hold a Shabbat morning service in the sanctuary that concludes our morning together with beautiful song and the peace of Shabbat, reciting the same prayers as Jews all over the world. The Religious School students who attend have the opportunity to be part of this intimate experience with their Congregation, to see the Torah up close and hear what they are learning come alive. You and your children are a very vital part of our Congregation and they are welcome whether they sit with their friends or with you; whether they squirm or sit quietly, so please, come to Shabbat services with your children so that they can have the full Shir Chadash experience. The service is concluded by 11:45am. 
And this year, five of our students will become Bar/Bat Mitzvah!  All five will occur on a Sharing Shabbat and we are all invited to support and celebrate these youngsters as they make the Torah their own.  Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Shir Chadash is an inspiring and moving experience— wonderful for your children to see. Watch for the upcoming dates in your monthly newsletter.  
I look forward to seeing you on September 8th and sharing with you our exciting plans for the coming year!  

Sue Marcoe

Religious School Coordinator

(845) 723-4045