Thursday, April 12, 2018

Grade 1 Update

This week we learned that, just like the United States, Israel has a birthday. This year it will be celebrated on April 19. We looked at pictures from a Day in Israel and discovered that in Israel there things are the same as in the United States (kids ride the bus to school, families have dinner together in their homes) and things that are different (camels, the Dead Sea). The students really enjoyed the pictures!

In Hebrew, we learned two new letters: Pay (פ), which has a penny next to its pocket, and samech (ס), which has a smile. We are close to having learned the entire Hebrew alphabet and are really good at singing the aleph bet.

Bar taught us about Jerusalem and showed us a video of Grover traveling around Jerusalem with a young friend. Then we made stones and wrote wishes for the Kotel (the Western Wall).

We also got to help hang Mezuzahs on the Gan and Kiteh Aleph classroom doors. They already have Mezuzahs, but we hung new ones down lower so that everyone can have access to a Mezuzah when they go through the doors.

There is no Religious School for the next two weeks because it is school vacation. Have a wonderful break and we’ll see you in a few weeks.

Shinshin Update

Hey everyone! This week the kids continued their journey throughout Israel and this week's stop is Jerusalem! The kids learned about landmarks in the city, the history, culture and more.

Grade 5 Update

Dear Kitah Hey families, 

This week we have been discussing the idea of justice which is a fitting topic as it fits right in with the havruta discussions we have been having during or Passover electives. In Hebrew, we played several games including a classwide competition of charades which involved the Hebrew words for the ten plagues and other words related to the Passover story (i.e Miriam, Moses, Desert, Water). The students enjoyed these fun activities! They are continuing to practice their Aleinu prayer and have now learned how to chant about half of the prayer! Tonight and Wednesday night we will have an exciting Question and Answer session with the rabbi where students will be able to ask burning questions they still have about Passover, justice, and anything else they are wondering about Judaism.

Tali and Diana

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Grade 4 Update

Happy Passover!  We were provided with matzah, butter, jam, cream cheese and mandarin oranges as a Kosher for Passover snack. 


The art elective chose fabrics for their collage. Thank you for your assistance, Claire. 

 Robin and art elective students discussing the 4th question. Why do we lean or use a pillow?

This week we are summarizing and completing our work over these past weeks. We will be sharing with students from the STEM and sign language groups. 

We are all pleased with the Passover electives. The teachers spent many hours in preparation, the students have provided wonderful feedback. Overall the electives proved to be fun, interesting and successful!!!

Madrichim Update

This Sunday Madricha Rachel Greenburg set up a Passover scavenger hunt for the 3rd grade class. Each team had to find clues around the social hall to spell out Pesach. They also had to battle some plagues along the way (frogs, darkness, blood). The students did great and had such a fun time. Rachel's activity was very creative and provided a wonderful movement break opportunity for the end of the day. Great Job Rachel!

Sarah Wintman

Grade 2 Update

Hello second grade families,

On Sunday, we began talking about counting the Omer and made a calendar. We enjoyed joining the seventh grade with hanging the new mezuzot that they decorated. The mezuzot are more accessible to people who are in wheelchairs, shorter people, or small children. Grades 2-7 had about two lines each that they said at the hanging, which we had the honor of participating in.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we have continued practicing our letters and sounds. We have been working in partners so that everyone gets a chance to read and help someone else with their reading. With April vacation almost upon us, the homework will be simply to have a great and relaxing vacation!

Looking forward to hearing what everyone did for their vacations,

Margie and Rachel

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

6th and 7th Grade Update

Hello 6th and 7th families!

We hope everyone had a nice Pesach. This week, we talked about sustainability as part of our B'nai Telem curriculum. We read an article that discussed the top ten things we can do to increase our sustainability. We shared the way we are already sustainable in our own lives, and thought about other ways we can improve. We then created our own list of ways to be sustainable, and connected them to the Jewish learning we have done throughout the year.

We hope you all have a restful spring break!