5th grade

Morah Melissa Kaufman & Morah Iris Shapiro

 

Today in class we worked on:
3/17 – Today in class we enjoyed a very funny Megillah reading with the other classrooms. Then we set up our Purim carnival booth and raised a lot of money for our Tzedukah which is the Beth Am Food Pantry. We had a blast Stacking For Snacks! The students did a very nice job. Thank you for contributing with prizes!
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/17 – Please remember to bring your supplies, a notebook, box tops, and tzedekah

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
3/10 – reviewing the information that we learned about the holiday of Purim. Students were in groups of 4 and 5. Each group came up with their version of the Purim story. Some were set in modern times others were in the future. Everyone enjoyed watching each other’s spiel. When were done, in groups, we practiced how we will run our Purim booth for the Purim Carnival. Others were creating posters for our booth and some posters to sell our cookbooks. Please, everyone remember to bring supplies so we will have a successful booth. We had Shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/10 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah, and pictures. You can start to bring in supplies for our Purim carnival booth.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
3/3 – Sharing Mazel Moments with other
classmates. Students learned in their Holiday book about the importance of the Jewish holiday of Purim. They were able to fill in their holiday chart in their Memory Books. Morah Shapiro read the book: “It Happened in Shushan-A Purim Story” by, Harriet K. Feder. We had a guest speaker from Keshet, We were lucky to have a speaker, Lori Zisook who is an inclusion facilitator from Keshet. She facilitated a wonderful discussion and had activities so that the students could understand the needs of children who have challenges in their daily life. We enjoyed having T’fillah with the other classrooms which was led by Rabbi Bellows and our Madrich Matthew.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/3 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah. Supplies for the Purim Carnival.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/25 – learning about the Jewish holidays that happen in the summer or ones that we have not studied yet. Students were divided into groups of 3 or 4 students. Each groups was assigned one of the following holidays: Log B’Omer, Tisha B’Av, Yom Hashoah, Yom Haatzmaut, or Rosh Hodesh. Using our holiday book, we researched why the holiday is important. The Jewish traditions involved in celebrating the holiday and when it is celebrated. After our researched was completed, we shared the information with the whole group so that we could fill out our holiday chart. Many of us learned information that we did not know. We had Shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/25 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah, and pictures. You can start to bring in supplies for our Purim carnival booth.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/17 – Sharing Mazel Moments with other classmates. Next, we watched a video of a traditional Jewish wedding. We compared and contrasted it to our wedding. We also filled out a form stating what qualities we might to see in our future spouse. It will be fun to see if some of these things come true in the future. We enjoyed having Shira and T’fillah with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/17 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah. Ideas for the Purim Carnival.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/10 – summarizing our wedding. We discussed what liked and what needs to be improved for the future. Next, we had a discussion on Jewish values and the importance of Jewish education. Rabbi Prass came into our class to lead the discussion and do an activity with us. Some day when we get married, we will be having to make decisions about Jewish values and the importance of Jewish educations. The students learned a lot and did well discussing this topic. Morah Shapiro read us a story about a group of women who secretly did many acts of loving kindness. This story helped to continue our discussion of Jewish values and the importance of doing tzedekah projects. We had Shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/10 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah, and pictures.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/3 – Today in class we enjoyed a day of wedding festivities. The bride and groom were showered with blessings and candy at the Aufruf. Our students along with the others classrooms took part in this exciting ritual at T’fillah. We then had a wonderful Faux wedding ceremony. All the students did an amazing job and had a fun time too. We celebrated with a delicious wedding reception with toasts and cake. We thank all the guests (aka 5th grade parents) that were able to join us this morning.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/3 – Tzedekah for the Beth Am Food Pantry. Box tops for Education.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/27 – getting ready for our mock wedding which is Sunday, February 3, 2019. After we were given our parts, we were told how to line up for the processional. Then we practiced where to stand and read our parts. We are excited for next week! When there was a minute when we were not practicing, some of us made a poster or two for our holiday cookbook sale. We had Shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/27 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah, and pictures. Remember to dress as you are going to Shabbat services. Don’t forget to bring your assigned treat. Bring $5.00 to purchase a copy of our class holiday cookbook.

 

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/20 – Sharing Mazel Moments with other classmates. Students were able to pick parts for the “mock wedding” that will take place on Sunday, February 3rd. In the Holiday Book we read about the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, the Birthday of the Trees. Students filled out a questionnaire for the wedding program asking what the Chuppah, Ketubah and wedding ring mean and symbolize to them. They wrote their own modern ketubah, using the traditional ketubah formula. They also had the opportunity to decorate their ketubah. We enjoyed Shira and T’fillah with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/20 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah, and Holiday Cookbook recipes.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/13 – learning about the traditions and customs involved with a Jewish wedding. We read the chapter in our lifecycle book about Jewish weddings. To reinforce many of the terms and ideas, we watched the following YouTube videos: https://youtu.be/VF4CunGGWxw and https://youtu.be/MxQ87qN7E9o. Morah Shapiro read the book, “Someone for Mrs. Sussman”, by Patricia Polacco. The story is about how Mr. Sussman would like to find a wife by using a matchmaker. The matchmaker works very hard to find the appropriate match. We had Shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/13 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah, and pictures. Bring in your recipes.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/16 – Today in class we worked on: Rabbi Prass came into th classroom to share a couple of his Tallit and some facts pertaining to Tallitot. It was wonderful to see the students share their own families ones as well. We watched the movie “Keeping Up With the Steins”. We discussed the relationship between the grandfather and the thirteen year old boy. There is a lot of discussion about what the boy really wants for his Bar Mitzvah celebration versus what his parents wanted. Since we have only a small amount of time, we could only watch a small part of the movie. Be sure to take it out at the library. We ended our action-packed morning with T’Fillah. Have a great winter break. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year! See you all back on Sunday January 6, 2018. We enjoyed having Shira with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/16 – Remember Tzedukah for the Beth Am Food Pantry, Box Tops for Education. Cookbook dividers for the Cookbook.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/9 – continuing our study of becoming a Jewish adult. Our focus today was on why we wear a Talit. We discussed the parts of the Talit and its importance. Morah Shapiro read the book, “The Always Prayer Shawl” by Sheldon Oberman. We learned how important the tradition of wearing a Talit is. Students were given the opportunity to design their own Talit and why it is important to them. Next week, we would like student to bring in a Talit from their family to share. We will be doing our sharing on December 16. We had Shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/9 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah, and pictures. Remember to bring in a family Talit to share with the class.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/2 – Today in class we worked on: learning about the holiday of Hanukah. We read the chapter about Hanukah in our holiday book. As a class, we discussed Hanukah traditions and customs that students experienced within their families. Everyone wrote about their holiday family experiences and completed the holiday chart information about Hanukah. We read in our Sacred Time book preparing how to be a Jewish adult. We enjoyed Shira and T’fillah with the other classrooms. Happy Hanukah to you and your family.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/2 – Remember Tzedukah for the Beth Am Food Pantry, Box Tops for Education. Cookbook dividers for the Cookbook.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/18 – organizing our Holiday Cookbook. Each student was assigned to one of the following groups: Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Purim or Shavuot. Each group formed a paragraph including information about the holiday, why we celebrate the holiday, and how each student wants to remember the holiday. After that assignment was completed, students began working on dividers and covers for the cookbook. We will be asking for recipes very soon. We had Shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/18 – Please bring supplies, memory book, box tops, tzedakah, and pictures. Remember, no class next week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving with you and your family.

 

 

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.