Am Yisrael SJS Highlights: Sun, May 14 & Wed, May 17, 2017

Jason Milch

Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play (0-3 year olds)

We look forward to seeing our youngest students with their families for our final session of this school year.  We will talk about where to donate the Tzedakah money that the group collected and our plans for the future.  We can’t wait to sing with you and see you learn-by-play!  -Mr. Sherman

Gan (3-6 year olds) 

We discussed what prayers we would put in the Western Wall.  They are very thoughtful wishes/prayers and are listed on the door of our classroom.  We learned about the holiday of Lag B’Omer.  You should check out our pretend bonfire we made hanging in the hallway.  Shira and Tefillah were big hits as usual. -Morah Lynn

Aleph (1st Grade) 

This week the Aleph students learned their last letter of the alphabet: kaf.  The students also learned about returning items that they have found that do not belong to them in a Shaboom episode: “Finders Returners: The Lost and Found Episode.”  Finally, the Aleph students decided to donate their Tzedakah this year to the Ark and Israel Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It has been a wonderful year and I have truly enjoyed working with your children.  Have a great summer!  -Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade) 

Shalom,

We started our day by working with the Hebrew Step-By-Step folders and practicing reading. The beautiful weather gave us a chance to have our Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) session outside.  Then we had a question and answer session where the students asked any questions they had about modern Israel and we looked for answers together.  We ended our day with a wonderful Tefillah. -Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade) 

Shalom Gimel Families,

This was our final ShalomLearning Jewish values lesson of this school year, with the completion of the seventh and final unit of the curriculum.  We finished by playing a game show, incorporating each of the seven values that we studied and experienced in the classroom and with our families throughout the school year: Teshuvah (Taking Responsibility for our Actions), B’Tzelem Elohim (Honoring the image of God in ourselves and others), Gevurah (Using one’s inner strength to do what’s right), Achrayut (Doing what you can to make the world a better place), Hakarat HaTov (Seeking joy and being grateful), Koach Hadibbur (Understanding the power of words) and Shalom (Helping to create a calmer, more peaceful world).

Recap:

  • Students reviewed the names and meanings of all 7 unit values covered throughout the year.
  • Students used their knowledge and personal experiences to relate previous values to the value of Shalom.
  • Students explored a variety of ways we create peace within our families.

Table Talk: Share how you will make the world a better place until you continue ShalomLearning next year!

Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life this year as we studied Jewish values and Ivrit together.  We look forward to your continued learning next year, as Jewish learning is truly a lifelong process that gives you a wonderful way to look at the world and maintain the Jewish tradition for you, your family and future generations.

B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender & Morah Myra

Dalet (4th Grade)

I can not believe the school year is coming to an end.  It is was a pleasure to teach my Dalet  students this year, who showed so much love for learning to read from the Siddur. I am excited to teach them again next year.  I wish everyone a healthy and safe summer.
In order to access the prayers that the students as a whole chant so beautifully and to keep the skills fresh, please go to the following link on our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/practicing-tefillah.html.  -Mrs. Moustakis

Heh (5th Grade)

It is hard to believe that this school year is coming to an end and that my students are going to be going to be in the Vav class next year. I will miss teaching you.  You are such a great class.  Please continue to do well with all the Jewish values you have learned this year.  I wish you a healthy and safe summer.  In order to access the prayers that the students as a whole chant so beautifully and to keep the skills fresh, please go to the following link on our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/practicing-tefillah.html.  -Mrs. Moustakis

Shalom,

We had a great year together, and I greatly enjoyed teaching Kitah Heh.  It was a pleasure watching you all grow and learn.  Thank you so much!  I hope you have a great summer, filled with memories, laughs, and lots of Hebrew!  The direct link on our website that I referred to in your report cards to keep your Hebrew skills fresh is:  https://www.amyisrael.org/hebrew-step-by-step.html-Morah Anna

 

During our second to last week of Torah Trope class, the Heh students took and in-depth look at the Chumash, noting the books, parashot, and aliyot markings.  -Mr. Lerner

This week our Heh class discussed Pirkei Avot.  Students were broken up into small groups and each had an excerpt from Pirkei Avot to study together. Thank you for a great year.  I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable summer.  -Morah Sandra

Vav (6th Grade)

This week we started to learn about the Knesset, how it works and where it is located. We learned how many seats there are, who gets a seat and how the Prime Minister is elected.  I would encourage you to please ask your child for the details. Also please ask your child what it means to elect a party, not a person.  Have a great Shabbat!                     -Mr. Arnet

During our final week of B’nai Mitzvah Academy, the Vav students took and in-depth look at the Chumash, noting the books, parashot, and aliyot markings.  We reviewed the blessings after the haftarah, and also learned about the triennial Torah reading system, used here at Am Yisrael.  It has been a great honor and privilege to teach your children this past year.  L’hitra-ot-Mr. Lerner
This week our Vav Class spent much of our time together creating a project to give back to Am Yisrael.  Thank you for a great year.  I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable summer.    -Morah Sandra

Zayin (7th Grade)

This week we started to learn about the Knesset, how it works and where it is located. We learned how many seats there are, who gets a seat and how the Prime Minister is elected.  I would encourage you to please ask your child for the details. Also please ask your child what it means to elect a party, not a person.  Have a great Shabbat!                     -Mr. Arnet

This week in Zayin we spoke about anti-Semitism in the United States and globally and how it is similar/different than in the past.  One student mentioned an interesting current event relating Israel’s commemoration of 70 years since the end of the Holocaust.  The students explored anti-Semitism in Europe, specifically and how it has evolved over the years.   Thank you for a wonderful year!  Have a great summer!

B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender

This week our Zayin class spent much of our time together creating a project to give back to Am Yisrael.  Thank you for a great year.  I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable summer.    -Morah Sandra

Prozdor (8th Grade)

This week we started to learn about the Knesset, how it works and where it is located. We learned how many seats there are, who gets a seat and how the Prime Minister is elected.  I would encourage you to please ask your child for the details. Also please ask your child what it means to elect a party, not a person.  We also spent a moment looking over a very famous line from last weeks Torah portion. The line was “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”  We spent some time discussing in class what this pasuk (verse) means and what we learn from it.  Have a great Shabbat! -Mr. Arnet

Pardes (9th & 10th Grades)

On May 14, Pardes students reflected upon their recent field trips to Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest and Islamic Foundation North in Libertyville.  Although keenly interested in the similarities we share and respectful of our differences, students expressed their gratitude for being born Jewish, and appreciated the familiarity and comfort of their home at Am Yisrael. -Cantor Simon

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