SJS Class Updates Oct 5, 2016

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 in Room 1 on main level of SJS building

Aleph (1st Grade) 

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 in Room 2 on main level of SJS building

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 in Room 3 on main level of SJS building

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building

Shalom Parents,

This week we started our unit for B’tzelem Elohim- being created in God’s image.

Recap: We discussed and explored Torah and other Jewish texts that relate to the subject of B’tzelem Elohim. We started with the text in B’reishit, discussing what the Torah means when we read these specific words. We then moved to a midrash that describes another interpretation of the idea of the divine image. As the lesson progressed, we explored from within. What makes each student unique and special? How are we as individuals created to be like God? How are the members of my family special?

Table Talk: Talk with your family about what makes all of you unique and special, talk about ways to be proud of your family, and the members within it!

MyShalomLearning Activity: 3.2.2

Thinking about how we treat others.

Watch the following video on http://www.my.shalomlearning.org:

“Life Lessons Sharing & Respecting Others”

  1. Who DID NOT show respect for others? What were the consequences?
  2. Who DID show respect for others? What were the results?

Next Week: We will begin to explore the idea of using B’tzelem Elohim as a guide for how we treat others. If we are all created in the image of God, how should we treat each person?

In Ivrit (Hebrew) the students continued to work through their Hebrew packets at a self-paced rate.  Additionally, the students reviewed the following Hebrew letters: Kaf, Lamed, Mem, Mem Sofit, Nun, and Nun Sofit.

Please make sure that your student(s) are logging into Schoology weekly, and are practicing their Hebrew daily (approximately 10 minutes a day).

Have a great week!

B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building

We discussed rituals: they are all around us. We discussed the importance of Jewish rituals are how they helpe us to achive our goals. The students were asked to think about something in their lives that they would like to change and how they are performing teshuvah. -Morah Anna
 We continue to work on Hebrew Step-By-Step (HSBS) Boot Camp # 2.  Every two students are in the midst of working either with a teacher or Madrich/a. –Mrs. Moustakis

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building

We continued our in-depth study of Teshuvah. The students explored what it means to be a good friend. The students applied Rabbi Hillel’s phrases to their own social interactions.    -Morah Anna

The class continued to work very nicely to finish the first two Hebrew Step-By-Step Boot Camp booklets.  Many students in Kitah Heh are on booklet # 3.  It is a pleasure to see your children’s enthusiasm to read well.  Many of them are rising to this challenge.                        –Mrs. Moustakis

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

Thus far this year, we’ve talked about making a difference, specifically through the lens of “t’shuva” and “tzedaka.” Throughout our discussions and my introduction, I shared how I have made a difference by developing children’s toys appropriate for the synagogue experience. On Wednesday, we had the chance to play with MagneticShul and share it with the Kitah Gimel students. The excitement was amazing. As the students choose their B’nai Mitzva Projects, I hope this serves as an example of recognizing a challenge (or problem) and designing a solution to help make a difference.

On a different note, it has been a pleasure to teach and learn with the students thus far this year. Recently an opportunity came up that is allowing me to relocate closer to family in New Jersey, and my wife and I decided to seize the chance. It has been my honor to learn with Vav this year, and the students met their new teacher Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Hazzan S for short) on Wednesday.  B’shalom, Justin -Mr. Sakofs

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

Once again we plowed ahead with the Hebrew Boot Camp, entering Book 3. As we focused on the speed reading exercises, we discovered there are at least 3 words per page of similar root or meaning. As we become further aware of meaning within the Hebrew, it is helping to make reading even more fluid.
On a different note, it has been a pleasure to teach and learn with the students thus far this year. Recently an opportunity came up that is allowing me to relocate closer to family in New Jersey, and my wife and I decided to seize the chance. It has been my honor to learn with Zayin this year, and the students met their new teacher Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Hazzan S for short) on Wednesday.  B’shalom, Justin  -Mr. Sakofs

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS) in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building.   

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS) Room 6 on upper level of SJS building.  

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