Synchronous Education Plan

The following information describes the Bader Hillel Academy Synchronous Education Plan.  For those who have chosen not to attend BHA in-person, our Synchronous Education Plan allows for students to participate by live stream in our classroom instruction.

Classes for the start of the 2020-2021 BHA school year will be live streamed for virtual students. Virtual students will join their classes at regularly scheduled times synchronously, and follow a schedule consistent with in-person students. Google Classroom will be the primary tool for access to daily learning activities and resources, for grades 3rd through 8th. All students, 3rd Grade and up, will be provided a Chromebook to access materials.  (Subject to signing separate Chromebook agreement). The Google Classrooms can be accessed through our Virtual Learning Gateway

One of the most consistent pieces of feedback we received from families last spring, was that students found it challenging to navigate multiple online systems during distance learning. At the start of the school year, all teachers will be using Google Classroom to manage their courses. This will streamline teacher communication with students and simplify students’ (and families’) ability to keep track of their assignments. It will also simplify the process by which students submit work and receive feedback from their teachers.

For grades K5-2nd we will be utilizing the new, upgraded Class DoJo. Over the past months there have been many upgrades and modifications to the platform. Our teachers are confident that this platform will work best for this young age. Teachers will work with their students so they can access their profile with minimal support.

Teachers are responsible for fostering a connection, and relationship with each student, whether that child attends in-person or digitally. Teachers will be responsible for providing “live” (synchronous) distance education and instruction to virtual students.  

Despite the fact that the learning expectations, rigors of assignments, and grading will be the same as students attending in person, the experience may feel different in a virtual setting.  Certain activities may only be possible in-person.  

Most materials will be provided digitally. For those materials that cannot be provided digitally, families will need to come to the school, to pick-up and exchange materials on Fridays to ensure learning materials are available. 


   In-Person Learning   Synchronous Learning 
Where does the learning occur? At school At home
When does the student attend? During the normal school day Students will join their classes in all subjects via live stream in real time (synchronous learning). For the non-core subjects such as mask breaks, recess, P.E., and arts, students will not be provided synchronous time.
What does the instruction look like? Classroom instruction is delivered in-person with a blend of direct instruction, individual student work, and/or small group instruction Students will “attend” class from home via live stream in real time.
What safety protocols will be in place? Students will remain socially distanced. Face coverings will be used as specified in this document. Regular cleaning and sanitizing protocols will be implemented. All learning takes place at home.


Roles and Responsibilities for Students

  • Students must follow the daily schedule.  Attendance and performance will be monitored and count towards the overall grade.  This is critical to enrollment in BHA, and your child’s academic success.  

  • If a student will need to be absent, the classroom teacher must be notified in order for the absence to be excused.  

  • With your parents, create a daily schedule that includes a healthy bedtime, physical activity, time outside, school-work time, meals, family games/activities, etc.

  • Dedicate appropriate time to school work including balance of school and break times, screen times, etc.

  • Create a workspace free of distractions when doing school work.

  • Reach out to teachers and staff as needed for questions and support.

     Students Should:

  • Access your Google Classroom Portal through the BHA Virtual Gateway review your class assignments and updates

  • Check Email regularly for updates from teachers

  • Submit all work by the assigned due date

  • Be in contact with their teachers at least twice a week to discuss questions, classwork, and progress


Accessing Google Classrooms

Beginning this year at Bader Hillel Academy, we are looking for new and easy ways for students and parents alike to monitor their progress from outside the classroom.  For our students who will be joining into their synchronized classrooms, we have created a simple, one step document that will allow each BHA student to access their complete Google Classroom forum.  From their Classroom homepage, each student will be able to access every individual subject, as well as their “live” synchronous classes.

For a step by step guide, please follow the following:

  1. Using your internet browser, go to the BHA Synchronous Gateway

  2. Next, login to your child’s grade/class page.

  3. Inside the individual grade level, there is a daily schedule with times for every class subject.  Along with the times, there will be a link to your child’s google classroom homepage.  ( PLEASE NOTE: This will only be accessible for people with a BHA email address.

  4. Once inside their classroom, each room will have an individual google meet link on their front mast of the page to access their virtual classroom.


Roles and Responsibilities for Families

We recognize that learning from home can be a challenge as you manage your own work/personal demands during this time. The guidelines below are meant to help facilitate a successful distance learning environment. 

  • Ensure your children have access to a distraction-free workspace that is conducive to learning. 
  • Work with your child to establish a healthy daily routine, including regular wake-up and bedtimes, focused time for academic work, and time for off-screen and outdoor activity. 
  • Take an active role in monitoring assignments and progress by checking in with your child daily about their current tasks, assignments and assessments. 
  • Engage with your child in conversation about their school work. Ask your child to provide a brief summary of their work and their learning in each class daily. 
  • Encourage regular student communication with teachers and participation in their teacher scheduled learning sessions. 
  • Communicate regularly with teachers and school leadership, especially if your child is struggling with distance learning academically, socially, or emotionally. 

 BHA Teachers Will:

  •  Provide objectives and opportunities to keep students on track with their grade level.

  •  Check email daily and respond to emails from students and families within 24 hours. 

  •  Provide regular feedback to students on work submitted. 

  •  Teachers will post a weekly schedule at the start of each week on the class portal page, to facilitate a students' ability to stay on track.

  •  Assign work that is meaningful and relevant to their lives.

  • To reach your child's class information and Google Classroom, go to the  Virtual Learning Gateway and make sure you log in with your child's BHA email address. 

  • If your child has been receiving specialized instruction for Judaics, please reach out to Mrs. Landes

If your child has been receiving specialized instruction for Secular Studies, please reach out to Ms. Kramer  


 Questions related to:   Contact:
 A specific class, an assignment, or resource Relevant Teacher (See directory below)
 A technology issue/request 

(expect a lag time at the start of the school term)


Bader Hillel Academy Staff Directory




Hagit Aslack

K5-6th Grade Ivrit

Miriam Bates

Judaic Tutor

Jane Cebulski

Special Education

Brittni Clark

Middle School Science

Cristy Danielson

4th Grade General Studies

Anthony Davila


Catherine Ellis

1st Grade General Studies

Leah Emmer

3rd Grade General Studies, 5th & 6th Girls Bat Mitzvah

Rachael Fales

1st Grade Paraprofessional 

Ellie Faustich

Middle School Math

Maureen Gordon


Rabbi Yossi Hecht

2nd Grade Judaic 7th & 8th Grade Judaic

Randi Kramer

Learning Specialist

Elliot Kramsky

2nd Grade Paraprofessional 

Batya Landes

Curriculum Developer Judaic

Kali Lehman

3rd Grade Paraprofessional

Nicole Lesnik

2nd Grade General Studies

Sue Linski

Front Office

Juliya Lotman


Mary Luedtke

3rd Grade General Studies

Staci Maiman

Reading Splst

Chaya Mann

4th Grade Judaic

Katy Merkel

K5 Paraprofessional 

Rabbi Shlomo Munitz

5&6 Judaic

Sean Peterson

MS Paraprofessional 

Marie Petrakovitz

Mental Health

Judy Pierson


Marissa Rubino

4th Grade Paraprofessional 

Ellen Schneiderman


Suzanne Seymour


Devorah Shmotkin


Jacob Sklar

Kriah Reading

Michael Tepper

SS MS 7&8 Ivrit Basketball

Doba Thaler

1st judaic

Yechezkel Thaler

MS Judaic

Jen Tracey

5th GS

Sandy Truntz

Title 1

Randee Waxman


Rivkie Wilschanski

Student Council 

Mary Wishne


Rochel Leah Wolvovsky

K5 Judaic

Shlomo Wolvovsky

Adjunct Studies/MS Judaic


Access the  Virtual Learning Gateway and make sure you log in with your BHA email address. 


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