5th grade

Morah Melissa Kaufman & Morah Iris Shapiro

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/11 – This morning the students had pictures taken with their “babies”. They also were able a to fill out Simcha planners, trying to decide what food they would serve and special prayers to say, at their baby naming ceremony in the future. We had a lovely service so that all our
“babies” would have a Hebrew name. Then we had a Seudat Mitzvah reception afterwards to celebrate. We enjoyed T’Fillah with 4th – 6th grade led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/11 – Remember Tzedukah for the Beth Am Food Pantry, Box Tops for Education. Cookbook dividers for the Cookbook.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/4 – Today in class we worked on: creating a naming certificate for our “baby”. We filled in the required information and spent time decorating them. When we completed our work, we began working on the holiday dividers for our holiday cookbook. In addition to drawing the picture, we did research in our holiday book to help us decide what to draw. Everyone is looking forward to the baby naming ceremony next week. We had Shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/4 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah, and pictures. Don’t forget to bring in your “baby” and treat for next week.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/28 – The students shared many “Mazel Moments” with the class. We finished up with our ‘Keeping Quilts”projects. They came out very nice. We will present to our “babies” during the Baby Naming ceremony on November 11th. Students worked and decorated their “baby” birth certificates. We chose ab English and Hebrew name for our “babies” using baby naming books and the internet. We had an OSRUI camp presentation. We were able to watch a video of a few Beth Am students having fun at one of our Jewish overnight camps! The students listened and discussed the poem by Zelda, “Each of Us Has a Name”. We enjoyed shira with the 4 & 6th classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/28 – Remember Tzedukah for the Beth Am Food Pantry, Box Tops for Education. If you have not brought in two photos and a 3- ring binder- with dividers, please do so.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/21 – learning about the Jewish customs and traditions surrounding choosing a name for a child. We learned that there are a variety of reasons why parents choose a name for a child. It is one of the most important jobs that a parent has. Students shared how their name was chosen for them. Then we discussed how surnames originated. We learned that many of us got our surname from the job we did in the town where we lived. Finally, we worked on completing our “Keeping Quilt” project from last week. We had Shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/21 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah, and pictures. Don’t forget to return the form about your name.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/14 – We started off the morning with students sharing a “Mazel Moment” with the class. We finished reading the book, “The Keeping Quilt” by Patricia Palacco. We read several handouts on the Baby Naming Ceremony and the Brit Milah. The students were able to work on a crossword puzzle with key words and terms associated with a baby naming. Students were able to create and design their own object or item to present to their own “babies” during the Baby Naming ceremony on November 11th . 4th – 6th grade had T’Fillah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari. 4th – 6th grade enjoyed Shira led by Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/14 – Remember Tzedukah for the Beth Am Food Pantry, Box Tops for Education. If you have not brought in two photos and a 3- ring binder- with dividers, please do so.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/7 – learning about the Jewish customs and traditions around the birth of a new baby. Our study began by reading Chapter 4 in our LifeCycle book. We learned that there are different ceremonies for boys and girls. We watched 3 YouTube videos to help us under the process better. Naming of a child: https://tube/pc24lbhixfm, ceremony for a girl: https:// YouTube/lFd42rkwrb8, and ceremony for a boy: https:// YouTube/sofkphv4txM. Finally, Morah Shapiro read the book, “The Keeping Quilt”, by Patricia Polacco. We had Shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/7 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah, and pictures.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/30 – We started off the morning with students sharing a “Mazel Moment” with the class. Students filled out a Mew Year’s Resolutions. They wrote goals, and hopes for the New Year. We will revisit this handout at the end-of-the-year to see if they have been achieved. We broke up into five groups. Each group was given one of five books of the Torah information handout to research. Then they acted out or taught the the rest of the class about the book they researched. Students watched two clips https://youtu.be/a5Brbqgngrc and https://youtu.be/WtVhMGidIok on How to Sew a Sefer Torah and an interview with a Scribe, they were both very interesting. We filled in our Jewish calendar chart on Simcha Torah. We enjoyed and T’Fillah and Shira with 4th – 6th grade.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/30 – Remember Tzedukah for the Beth Am Food Pantry, Box Tops for Education. If you have not brought in two photos and a 3- ring binder- with dividers, please do so.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/23 – It was so great to have this session of religious school at the synagogue. We started the day meeting just with our classroom to collect tzedakah, attendance, and then play a name game. Secondly, all Gan – 6th grade met in the sanctuary for an all school T’fillah led by Morah Ari and Rabbi Prass. We sang, prayed, and looked around our Jewish space. After that Gan – 3rd grade rotated thru 3 stations: (a) visiting the Sukkah with Rabbi Bellows and learning about how it is built; the lulav and the Etrog (b) a workshop where we saw how early American Jews were able, and sometimes not so able, to procure the citron etrog needed as one of the four species of the chag. We saw how Jews here tried to get them from many different countries including Greece, Jamaica, and Morocco, none of which proved to be reliable sources. Finally, the Ludmir family in what was then Palestine launched an etrog farm that has provided American Jews with everything they need for the chag ever since. (c) looking at how Sukkot is a Jewish time of Thanksgiving and that there are similarities between the American thanksgiving and Sukkot. After the three rotations, all of Gan – 6th grade gathered back together for Shira led by Morah Ari and a story by Rabbi Bellows, about why it always rains on Sukkot.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/16 – Welcome Back Students and parents! It is nice to see familiar faces as well. We are really excited to able to teach your child and get to know all of you throughout the year. We have an exciting year packed full of great things, all relating to the Jewish life-cycle and Jewish holidays. We started off the morning with an opening ceremony with the other classrooms. Our class Tzedukah’s organization is the Beth Am Food Pantry-we felt it is important to “give back” to own community. We played a getting-to-know-you game using the Jewish calendar pictures. There was a discussion of the year-in-review and all the wonderful highlights we will have this year. We broke up into two groups and learned about the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and filled in our Jewish calendar chart. Each student started to work on their memory books and an all about self-Jewish Star craft. We enjoyed Shira with 4th – 6th grade, let by Morah Ari. Ask your child about these things!
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/16 – Remember Tzedukah for the Beth Am Food Pantry, Box Tops for Education. If you have not brought in two photos and a 3- ring binder- with dividers, please do so. No class JCYS next week. We will be at Abbott Court on September 23.