Today Mr. Y taught 5th grade as Ms. Cryan was out sick. Hopefully Ms. Cryan is already feeling better and will be back very soon! The students participated in their first Hebrew lesson of the year! Those who were here last year seemed to pick right up where they left off. There are two fabulous assistants in class this year, Leah and Naomi, both of whom are very helpful and dependable and often make it so the teacher can spend individual one on one time when needed. At snack we had a discussion about Tzedakah and Maimonides' list of the 8 levels of giving (8 being the highest)…
When we returned to the room we split up into 3 groups for a Rosh Hashanah lesson. One group discussed Customs of the holiday with guidance from Leah, one group discussed facts and history with Naomi and the other group met with Mr. Y and talked about foods eaten at Rosh Hashanah and the symbolic meaning. After discussion, a student from each group presented their groups' ideas to the class. We also got a visit from Jack, a class assistant, who played the shofar, actually two shofarim for the class which led to a discussion about the shofar and its significance at Rosh Hashanah services! Thank you Jack! It was a fabulous second day!
Hello families! We had a great first day of school at SSJS. During morning meeting the class got to know each other a little bit more with the question “What did you do this summer?" and we discussed what classroom guidelines we want for the year. Our top three guidelines are: 1) Teamwork 2) Grit 3) Step Up and Step Back. The students also enjoyed their first music class and dove right into Hebrew. Each of them took a pre-assessment that’ll help me understand their needs as learners and how I can best help them. All of the students showed so much grit and perseverance during the assessment! I emphasized just trying their best and they all did that. We then reviewed five of the Hebrew letters and listened to the Aleph-Bet Song. We ended our day previewing our “Welcome to Israel!” book and briefly talked about why we think studying Israel is important. Before the students left, I had each of them fill out an exit ticket to help me get to know them more and I sent a letter home to families introducing myself. If your child was not here today and did not get a letter, I will be mailing them out this week to your homes. There is no homework this week but starting next week I will be sending home charts of the Hebrew alphabet and vowels for students to practice and review.