Camp Am Yisrael (Infants/Toddlers with Parent[s])
Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 in Lower Level Youth Lounge in SJS building
Gan (3.5-5 year olds)
Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 in Room 1 on main level of SJS building
What a terrific first day at SJS…… As the children enter the classroom each week, they will find a Question of the Week (the current question is posted on the classroom door). With the help of the children, a list of Chesed (kindness) words was made and that is on the door as well. For the first the day of class, I thought the following book would be appropriate “ I say Shehecheyanu” . The children were greeted to some lovely Shira (Music) with the Cantor. We had Tefillah with the children from Camp Am Yisrael which is very special. Along with the Aleph Class we completed an All About Me paper which is on the windows of Room 1.
Ask your child…How did we know what happens next in class??
Answer: We have a class schedule to look at.
Aleph (1st Grade)
Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 in Room 2 on main level of SJS building
- Classroom rules and Kehilla contract — Students worked together to create a Kehilla (contract) that we will support in our classroom.
- Hebrew Through Movement — The Aleph students began learning our first words:
- To Sit לָשֶׁ בֶ ת & To Stand לָקוּם
- Holidays — We began learning about Rosh Hashanah by creating a list of everything we already know about Rosh Hashanah, followed by making a list of questions we still have about the holiday. We followed up our class discussion by reading, Penguin Rosh Hashanah by MacLeod, Jennifer Tzivia.
- Today, Aleph and Bet were able to come together to begin forming a Kehilla thought prayer. The students focused on the prayers Ma Tovu, Barchu, and Sh’ma.
Bet (2nd Grade)
Gimel (3rd Grade)
Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building & Wed, Sep 21 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building
Our first classes are off to a great start! This week we completed our first unit of the Teshuva (returning) unit.
- Students learned a bit about their classmates and any similarities they may have
- Students reviewed the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
- Students understood the concept of teshuvah as “returning” and starting fresh with a clean slate.
- Students explored the fact that no human is perfect, and we all “miss the mark” in some ways, and the important thing is that we learn and grow from our mistakes.
Table Talk: What are things we do as a family to practice Teshuvah? What actions can we take to make this happen?
MyShalomLearning Activity: 3.1.2
Log into http://my.shalomlearning.org and click on Teshuva, Week 2. Watch the video, “Tomato
Says Sorry” and answer the questions:
- What was Tomato doing that was bothering everyone?
- How did other vegetables feel?
- How did Tomato learn a lesson in saying sorry?
Next Week: We explore what it really means to say sorry.
Please have your student log into http://my.shalomlearning.org, and post an “update.” The update should say something like, “Hi Mrs. Sender, [student’s name] was here.”
This week in Hebrew, students reviewed the letters Shin, the Kamatz and Patach vowels, and our “total physical response” words – לָקוּם (stand) and לָשֶׁבֶת (sit). Next week students will review the letter Bet בּ . Additionally, next week students will learn more “total physical response” action words. For homework, students should complete Lesson 1 on http://my.shalomlearning.org.
*Please note – All students are expected to login to http://my.shalomlearning.org, their learning management system, and practice Hebrew at home for 30 minutes a week. They will complete different vocabulary and grammar exercises; discussion board questions and record themselves reading the prayers for the teacher to review during the week.
Have a great week!
Dalet (4th Grade)
Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building & Wed, Sep 21 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building
It was so nice to meet all the new learners that will be in my class this year. I enjoyed hearing about one family adventure from all of them as we began exploring our stories and our roots as part of our first unit of the year: Zikaron (Memory).
Heh (5th Grade)
Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building & Wed, Sep 21 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building
For the first session of Ta’amei haMiqra (Torah Trope), we learned the importance of placing the emphasis on the correct syllable of a word to avoid ambiguity; e.g., you sign a CONtract, but do not want to conTRACT a disease. Next we listed all the common English punctuation marks (period, semi-colon, comma, etc.) and the hierarchy of list. Both of these concepts are very important when learning Torah Trope. Finally, we applied some Torah Trope melodies to an English text – the opening passage of the first Harry Potter book. –Mr. Lerner
It was very special for me to see so many familiar faces as we start off our new year. The goal of the Heh curriculum this year is to use Torah Values as a framework to look at our interpersonal relationships. We began today by introducing the concept of “Tochecha” -which can be defined as Rebuke or Criticism and coming up with what our feelings might be towards that concept. Next step: Examine Torah texts that speak about Tochecha. –Mrs. Cohen
The students introduced themselves. This week the students were introduced to the Hebrew Step-by-Step “Boot Camp” curriculum. The learning atmosphere in the classroom has been welcoming and respectful. The students reviewed the Hebrew alphabet, and we worked through the first three lessons in Hebrew Step-by-Step. Lastly, the boys and girls practiced Hebrew sounds by playing a Hebrew Match-A-Rhyme. –Moreh Igal
Vav (6th Grade)
Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building & Wed, Sep 21 starting in Room 10 on upper level of SJS building
Zayin (7th Grade)
Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building & Wed, Sep 21 starting in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building
Prozdor (8th Grade)
Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building
Pardes (9th-10th Grades)
Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Room 6 on upper level of SJS building
On September 25, Pardes students have been strongly encouraged to attend Selichot services at Tower Breach in Winnetka at 6:00 a.m. in lieu of their regular Sunday session. If for whatever reason they are not going to attend, then they are expected to attend regular Sunday class with Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz at 10:30 a.m., followed by a current events discussion at 11:30 a.m.