Here is the weekly update for this week:
Hello families! I hope you all had lovely high-holidays. This week we started off by decorating our tzedakah jar. The students learned that collecting tzedakah is a mitzvah, and my hope is that we can fill up this jar at least twice throughout the year and donate it to charities. Therefore, please try to send your child to school with any spare change you or they may have that they would like to donate to our tzedakah jar. We collect tzedakah every morning.
During Hebrew, the students went to their Hebrew groups. In my Hebrew group we continued to review the Hebrew letters and reviewed three more vowels. We ended our Hebrew session reading the Sh’ma where the students showed grit remembering the letters and vowels while reading. Looking ahead, when we come back I plan on introducing the Ein Keloheinu אֱין כֱּאלֹהֱינוּ, prayer, which is one of the prayers we want 5th grade to learn this year. The homework for my Hebrew group is to review the Hebrew letters handout and the vowels handout in their folders, and practice reading and writing them.
After music, the class came back together and we learned about Sukkot. We talked about the significance of the holiday, the sukkah, and the four species. We then practiced the order of shaking the lulav and etrog. I sent home two handouts about Sukkot and the Four Species. If your family would like to learn more about Sukkot, please take a look at these handouts. We ended our morning reading about and discussing the Israeli government, the national anthem, and the mitzvah of Ahavat Tzion. The students talked about the similarities and differences among the Israeli and American government. We listened to the Hatikvah and wrote about which part of the anthem we felt was important. And lastly, we thought about how we as Jews, can love and remember Israel. One example we read about is how Jews plant trees in the country, so as a class we made our own tree of what we will do to love and remember Israel.
I hope you all have a nice too weeks off, and I’ll see you again on Sunday, October 15.