Gan Class Updates 2017-2018 (5778)

Gan Class Update 5-6-18

Please note that our final day of SJS for this school year is Sun, May 20.  We hope that many children will join their students for all or part of SJS for some time in the classroom and in the Sanctuary.  There is also a catered Shavuot kiddush lunch.  Please be sure to RSVP if you would like to join us: http://evite.me/6NP7Pm3eVY

Gan has been assigned to bring sugar flavored oatmeal packets for the end of the year Am Yisrael SJS Food Drive to support the clients of the Ark.  Please note that you are welcome to bring any item, we have just found that assigning specific items helps with the variety of foods that we receive for these food drives.

Class Update:

Shalom, my name is Ms. Sara Preis and I am the Omanut (Art) Teacher at Am Yisrael.  I sustituted for Morah Lynn Washer this week.  Gan we enjoyed reading a story from this week’s Torah Portion about helping those who are less fortunate and about being a kind and giving person. We also enjoyed music and Tefillah with the older kids, as well as visiting the different Chugim for the Chug Presentations! Written Thu, May 10, 2018

Ms. Sara Preis

Gan Class Update 4-29-18

Please note that our final day of SJS for this school year is Sun, May 20.  We hope that many children will join their students for all or part of SJS for some time in the classroom and in the Sanctuary.  There is also a catered Shavuot kiddush lunch.  Please be sure to RSVP if you would like to join us: http://evite.me/6NP7Pm3eVY

Gan has been assigned to bring sugar flavored oatmeal packets for the end of the year Am Yisrael SJS Food Drive to support the clients of the Ark.  Please note that you are welcome to bring any item, we have just found that assigning specific items helps with the variety of foods that we receive for these food drives.

Highlights from the Gan…. With the help of the children from SJS and Rabbi Salazar, the finishing touches were put on the Torah today. We then talked about Jerusalem the City of Gold, which we were going to use gold paint and make different buildings you might find in Jerusalem, but unfortunately my gold paint did not cooperate, so we drew with yellow crayons. We read a nice story about a family moving to Israel and how the Grandma learned new Hebrew words from her granddaughter. We had a small tasting of hummus and pita chips with the children. As always, the children had a great time at Tefillah. Written Sun, Apr 29, 2018

Morah Lynn Washer

lwasher@amyisrael.org

This picture above, taken Sun, Apr 8, includes Gan and AlephBet.  These two classes recently joined together to help lead Friday evening services.    Written by Mr. Charlie Sherman, Head of School Thu, May 3, 2018

Gan Class Update 4-22-18

Highlights from Gan….Happy 70th Birthday Israel!!! We did some arts and crafts that helped us celebrate Israel’s birthday!! The children were treated to a story read to them by our Mystery Reader, which was Sydney’s father.  As always, we enjoyed Tefillah with Mr. Sherman/Mr. Marc in the Sanctuary. We made tissue paper flowers and a card for the Rabbi to wish her a hearty Mazel Tov on her installation as President of the Rabbinical Assembly.

Just a quick side note, high five to all the children in the Gan who did an AMAZING job helping to lead the congregation at services. Written Sun, Apr 22, 2018

Morah Lynn Washer

Gan Class Update 4-15-18

This picture above includes Gan and AlephBet, as these two classes joined together and will be helping to lead Friday evening services this Fri, Apr 20.   Please RSVP if you haven’t already: http://evite.me/sjezUypmy8  Written by Mr. Charlie Sherman, Head of School Thu, Apr 19, 2018

 

Highlights from the Gan….This week we talked about the importance of treating each other with respect, regardless of who they pray to and what they look like. I read a book called Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam that Ari’s Dad shared with us last week, when he was our mystery reader. I emphasized to the children that if anyone ever says anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, that they are expected to tell a teacher, a trusted grown-up or a parent.  We also talked about where Jerusalem is and what direction it is from where we live. The children participated in the all school photo shoot. We also practiced the prayers the children will be leading this upcoming Shabbat.  We hope to see everybody.  Written Sun, Apr 15, 2018

Morah Lynn Washer

Gan Class Updates 4-8-18

Highlights from the Gan…We each shared one special thing from our Seder with our classmates. I showed the children a child-friendly video about which foods are Kosher. We discussed whether you keep Kosher or not and the idea that as long as you treat people with respect you are a good person. The children helped me find the symbol on our snack to show that it is Kosher. We made a fish, which we learned is Kosher. As usual, we discussed the Parashafrom this week’s Torah reading. During Tefillah, we went into the Sanctuary to practice our prayers which we will be sharing with our families and the Congregation on April 20th, 2018.

Morah Lynn Washer

Gan Class Updates 3-11-18 & 3-18-18

This Week:

Highlights from the Gan…. We read a fun Passover story called “The Matzah
Man”, a take on the ginger bread man story. The children practiced one of the
four questions during Shira. With the help of the art teachers the children made
their very own Afikomen bags. We colored a paper that has the order of the
Seder on it. We learned a song to go along with it and shared it with some of the congregants.  I wish everyone a very meaningful Seder and a wonderful Spring Break.

Last Week:

Highlights from the Gan… we continued our usual discussion of the weekly
Parsha. I read the children the story “Sammy Spider’s Passover” which was a big hit among all the children. We made bricks to form a pyramid and we made a picture depicting us crossing the Sea of Reeds (on the classroom window). I
reinforced several words or concepts about the holiday of Passover with the
children. Here are just a few examples- what does Seder mean (order), name
something you will find on the Seder table, what is a Haggadah (it has the story of Passover in it), and finally what does Moses mean (drew you out of water).

Morah Lynn Washer

lwasher@amyisrael.org

Gan Class Update 3-4-18

Highlights from the Gan…We began a discussion of what we know about the
upcoming holiday of Passover. I had the children play the game “Operator” to
reinforce the concepts of Passover that were discussed. We went over the Parasha that was read the prior Shabbat. The children enjoyed singing along with the Cantor during Shira. While in Tefillah, the children showed off their Israeli dancing skills while singing “Oseh Shalom.”

Morah Lynn Washer

Gan Class Update 2-11-18

Highlights from the Gan… I reviewed the parasha from Shabbat yesterday, which has now become a permanent part of our class.  I then began talking to the children about the story of Purim.  We made two different types of graggers, one made out of paper plates and using the Mac and Cheese boxes that several of your children brought in this week.  The boxes of Mac & Cheese fulfill two mitzvot- when shaken they are able to blot on the name of Haman and they also help to feed the hungry.  If you haven’t sent one in yet, please send in a box of Mac & Cheese on Sun, Feb 25.  If the Mac & Cheese is Kosher we will donate it to The Ark.  If the Mac & Cheese is non-Kosher, we will it to the Northfield Food Pantry.  We continue to work on our recognition of Hebrew letters, the children were using their pretzel snacks, to make them into letters (please see pictures directly below).  Finally, we had a mystery reader, Gillian Tam, who read a great story to our class as part of one of her Bat Mitzvah projects.

Gan Class Update 2-4-18

Highlights from the Gan..We read the story, “Honi the Treemaker” and had a very nice discussion around the story. We went over the parasha (Torah portion) that was read yesterday, a small excerpt from the parasha talked about Moses being afraid to do something for the first time. I asked the children if they were ever afraid of something the first time they tried, but did it anyway and I gave them all a high five for sharing and trying something they were afraid of. We continued with learning more Hebrew and with the recognition of letters. I discussed with the children the importance of taking care of the Earth and we listed various ways we can help take care of the Earth. Tefillah was a big hit with Mr. Sherman/Mr. Marc and the puppets. Please remember to send in one box of oatmeal with your child on Sunday, February 11. Please send in with your child one Kosher box of Macaroni & Cheese for an special art project. We will NOT eat this box of Mac & Cheese.  Please remember that Laura Alpert is selling cookbooks for a Bat Mitzvah Project and the money benefits Am Yisrael ($18.00).

Morah Lynn Washer

Gan Class Update 1-28-18

Highlights from the Gan….What a busy day of learning! We took a mini field trip to see the basket where we are collecting food for The Ark, and saw that it was empty except for the oatmeal that I had put in. We talked about how if each one of us brings in one container of oatmeal, we could fill the basket and make a difference for the people at The Ark. In honor of Tu B’Shevat we made a birthday card for the trees, as well as talked about the importance of trees. Tefillah was a big hit as always…

Please remember that Laura Alpert is selling cookbooks for a Bat Mitzvah Project and the money benefits Am Yisrael ($18.00).

Morah Lynn Washer

Gan Class Update 1-21-18

Highlights from Gan….We were so busy learning so much.  We discussed how many Mitzvot there are in the Torah (613).  I asked the children how many Mitzvot they think we should do in one day.  We asked the Cantor for the correct answer and were told we should try and recite 100 blessings in a day.  We reviewed our Hebrew words and I added some new words. I also discussed this past week’s parasha, Bo.  The Hebrew word “Bo” means come.  Theparasha contains the last three plagues, one being darkness.  I asked the children which color paper black/white would their pictures show up best on, they of course answered white.

Please remember that Laura Alpert is selling cookbooks for a Bat Mitzvah Project and the money benefits Am Yisrael ($18.00).

Morah Lynn Washer

Gan Class Update 1-14-18

Highlights from the Gan… we started off our most recent session of SJS by sharing what we did on break.  It sounds like the children had a great time. We reviewed our Hebrew words and then introduced Family members into the mix. I shared with the children a bit of the Parasha that was read yesterday. We talked about how Moses talked to G-d, but was nervous because he stuttered.  A discussion then began that even if you have some type of disability or were different you could do something important. We discussed how Martin Luther King was just one person and how he made a difference. The children were all involved in this lively discussion. Tefillah big hit as always.  Laura Alpert has completed the cookbooks she was working on for one of her Bat Mitzvah projects. Please feel free to order one for $18.00 checks can be made out to Am Yisrael.

Morah Lynn Washer

lwasher@amyisrael.org

Gan Class Update 12-17-17

Highlights from the Gan… We enjoyed having a Hanukkah Party along with the AlephBet Class.  The morning was spent making drip mats, decorating cookies, playing Hanukkah games and hearing Hanukkah stories.  What a great day had by all!

Please feel free to contact Mr. Charlie Sherman csherman@amyisrael.org if you are interested in becoming a mystery reader.

Morah Lynn Washer

lwasher@amyisrael.org

Gan Class Update 12-10-17

Highlights from the Gan….We read another nice story about Hanukkah which all the children seemed to really enjoy. The children were busy working on a sticker book that tells all about Hanukkah. We discussed how many blessings are said on the first night of Hanukkah (3) and all the rest of the nights (2). The children enjoyed Tefillah with the plush Torahs and puppets as always. Shira (Music) was a huge success among all the children.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Charlie Sherman csherman@amyisrael.org if you are interested in becoming a mystery reader.

Morah Lynn Washer

Gan Class Update 12-3-17

Highlights from the Gan..We started off class discussing the most recent Torah portions. I asked the children what holiday is coming up to which they all replied in unison-Thanksgiving, since it is a time for giving thanks we only did what seems the most logical. We made pictures to be sent to lone soldiers in Israel. I continue to make sure the children have the words we are working on mastering as well as the Hebrew letters. We were treated to a wonderful story by our mystery reader…Jacob’s Mom (Mrs. Carrie Feig).

I wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Charlie Sherman csherman@amyisrael.org if you are interested in becoming a mystery reader.

Morah Lynn Washer

Gan Class Update 11-19-17

Highlights from the Gan..We started off class discussing the most recent Torah portions. I asked the children what holiday is coming up to which they all replied in unison-Thanksgiving, since it is a time for giving thanks we only did what seems the most logical. We made pictures to be sent to lone soldiers in Israel. I continue to make sure the children have the words we are working on mastering as well as the Hebrew letters. We were treated to a wonderful story by our mystery reader…Jacob’s Mom (Mrs. Carrie Feig).

I wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Charlie Sherman csherman@amyisrael.org if you are interested in becoming a mystery reader.

 

Gan Summary 11-12-17

Highlights from the Gan…. I shared an overview of this week’s Parasha, which was all about kindness. We then took a “field trip” to the Sanctuary and looked at various parts of the Sanctuary and learned the words for them in Hebrew (ie. Ner Tamid– Eternal Light). The children continue to master the letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. So we found it fitting to ask the Cantor to sing the Aleph-Bet song during Shira (Music).  Tefillah (Prayer) was so much fun with Mr. Sherman/Mr. Marc and the puppets. We completed our very own Synagogue Books.

Gan Summary 11-5-17

Highlights from the Gan… We began the day reading a story about Abraham and the mitzvah of welcoming of guests. One part of the story, a character asked where G-d can be found, which as we all know G-d can be found everywhere. The children then began working on a book about the Synagogue, which will be completed next week. The students were greeted to a story by our mystery reader (Mae’s Grandpa). We began introducing the following Hebrew letters –Aleph, Bet and Gimel. Shira (Music) and Tefillah (Prayer) were huge hits as always.

Gan Summary 10-29-17

Highlights from the Gan…We talked about some of the things that are found in the Synagogue. The children made a picture of what a Synagogue might look like in the future. During Art class, the children started to make a Star of David. This will be a masterpiece once it is completed. Our mystery reader (Marcia Adelman, Jane’s Grammie) came in to read a story about Tzedakah and then we made our very own Tzedakah boxes. Huge thank you to Marcia Adelman for reading a story and reinforcing a very important value.

Morah Lynn Washer

lwasher@amyisrael.org

Gan Summary 10-22-17

Highlights from the Gan…What a great day of learning! The day started off with a reading of the Torah story about Noah and his Ark. During Shira (Music), the children showed the Cantor that they have ruach (spirit). We made Peace Doves which are on display in the classroom (on the windows). Then I finally shared with the children why I reached out to all their Parents…We made our very own edible Arks. The children had such a great time creating their very own edible Arks. We ended our learning about Noah and his Ark, making one more picture showing the Ark and many raindrops. Tefillah (Prayer) as always was a big hit.

 

Gan Summary 10-15-17

Highlights from the Gan…What a GREAT class. The children were able to meet the sofer (scribe) today in the library. He talked to the children about what a Torah is written on and what is used to write a Torah. We discussed how many days it took G-d to create the world (the amount of time range from thousands of years to only many years). After completing a packet, the children know how many days it really took. The Gan Class sang with such ruach (spirit) during Tefillah (Prayer). It is wonderful to hear all the joyous voices during Shira(Music).

 

Gan Summary 10-8-17

Highlights from the Gan… Chag Sameach from the Rabbi’s Sukkah. What a lovely way to spend the Holiday of Sukkot with the Rabbi and at her very own Sukkah. Each of the children took part in the ritual of shaking the lulav and turning the etrog the correct way and of course reciting the appropriate blessings with the Rabbi’s help. The Rabbi did some teachings/discussions with the adults while the children were busy making their very own decorations for their Sukkahs. What a beautiful day we had!

Gan Summary 9-24-17

Gan Highlights from 9-24-17..What a busy day of learning !!! We enjoyed our first class of Shira (Music) with the Cantor. The children were challenged by the Cantor to do some singing without him and they rose to the challenge. We read “Ziz and the hardest word” which the children really enjoyed. I then had the children make a pretend puddle of water and throw their poor choices out, which are posted on the classroom door (this is known as Tashlich). We also read about Jonah and the Whale and then the students made their very own whale and Jonah. The children showed Mr. Sherman/Mr. Marc their ruach(spirit) during Tefillah.

Gan Summary 9-17-17

Highlights from the Gan class….We read a story about the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashanah.  The children were treated to hearing the Shofar being blown by one of the older students.  We learned the Hebrew word for apple and then discussed which color apple is our favorite, by far the red apple had the most votes.  I had the children paint with the most common colored apples and they made the most beautiful pictures (hanging on the window of our classroom).  We made a list of hopes we would like to coming in the New Year, which is also posted on our classroom window.  The children enjoyed Tefillah with Mr. Sherman/Mr. Marc and learning the melody to some of the prayers they will hear during the High Holidays.

Gan Summary 9-10-17

Highlights from the Gan…. What a GREAT first class!!  Instead of making rules for our class, we made A Values Tree (which is hanging in the classroom), the leaves have words on them such as Shalom, Chesed and Kavod.  Every Sunday, we will have Shira (Music) and Tefillah (Prayer) unless the Cantor and Mr. Sherman /Mr. Marc are called away for some reason.  We learned a variety of Hebrew words today and we will continue to increase our Hebrew vocabulary each week.   I look forward to spending the year getting to know each and every one of your children.

Morah Lynn Washer

lwasher@amyisrael.org

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