What does the phrase “acts of loving kindness” mean?
We had a great morning today! After our usual community gathering and music class, we went back to our classroom and worked on a project to be donated. We made tie blankets and the students worked together beautifully! We also made cards to go along with the fleece blankets. Students learned that this “act of loving kindness” is called Gimilut Chasadim. After creating these presents for those in need, we got right to working on Hebrew reading and writing. Have a nice few weeks and enjoy your break!
Congratutions for the 4th grade putting on a wonderful play! Everyone contributed equally as we had many stage managers and directors all helpingout. We learned the bracha over eating snacks. donuts and had an amazing game of Dreidel. Fourth graders did a wonderful job up on stage singing for the holiday. Thank you parents who contributed to the in- class Chanukah celebration!
Hello families, There was a lot of energy in the air this morning in anticipation of Chanukah starting tonight! We had a great morning talking about Chanukah, singing Chanukah songs and rehearsing for our Chanukah play (that will be next Sunday December 9). In Hebrew we reviewed the letters and vowels we had previously learned and we also added a few new letters as well. Wishing everyone a very happy Chanukah!
We had a great morning! After our usuall community gathering and music class, we talked about G-d and explored the question "Does G-d know what I'm thinking or what I'll do?" After our G-d talk discussion we talked about thanksgiving and how it is related to Jewish holidays. We decided that thanksgiving is the closest related to sukkot because they both are holidays that celebrate the harvest. After our discussion we created art work that had the Hebrew word for thank you (todah) in the middle and then students wrote/drew what they were thankful for around it. The pictures were beautiful so make sure you ask them to show you. Finally, we wrapped up our morning together with Hebrew lessons. My class reviewed the letters and vowels we have been working on. We will start a new set of letters after the break. Happy thanksgiving! See you all in 2 weeks.
I can’t believe that it is already November and that we started talking about Chanukah today! After our community gathering and music class, we started talking about Chanukah and discussed the story of Chanukah! We also talked about Jewish symbols and what those symbols represent. Students started making a collage of Jewish symbols and will be working on those more in 2 weeks when we meet next. We ended our morning with Hebrew and my class Worked on reviewing letters and vowels that they learned last week by playing games and completing matching exercises on the front board. Looking forward to seeing you all in two weeks! Enjoy sleeping in next Sunday!
We had a great mroning today! After praying as a community about peace durin our morning meeting, we headed to music class where we learned a new version of "Henei Ma Tov". This version of the traditional prayer was to the song, "In the Jungle". Students really got into the singing and even made up a dance to go along with the words. After music, we read the graphic novel Bible which was great because the story we read matched up with the question we talked about in the book, "I Have Some Questions About G-d". We had a very meaningful conversation around the question, "If There is One G-d, Why Are There So Many Religions?". To dive deeper into an understanding of this complicated question, we read three different interpretations by three different Rabbis, all who each had something a little bit different to say. After we read the Rabbi's interpretations, we made our own interpretations about why there are so many different religions even though there is only one G-d. The answers were incredible! Make sure you ask your children about what their answer was or which Rabbi they identified with the most. We ended our morning with Hebrew. In my class, we learned the letters shin, sin, bet, vet and tav. We also learned most of the vowels and practiced saying and reading the letters with the words. Overall, it was a grreat morning! Have a nice week.
Our morning together started with a community gathering with the whole school in the auditorium. We sang songs, met with Michelle and learned more about the traditional Jewish prayer, the Shema. After music we talked about g-d and dove deeply into the question “Where does god come from?”. After talking another g-d we read some torah stories in our graphic novel bible. After reading the stories, students broke off into 3 groups to create skits about the stories we were reading in the graphic novel Bible. Students were enthusiastic about this task and were excited to perform their skits to the class. We ended the morning with Hebrew. This week in Hebrew we reviewed the vowels and talked about the process of reading Hebrew and blending the letters and vowels. Have a nice week!
This Sunday was jam packed as per usual. We started together as a whole school in the auditorium for a community gathering where we sang a few songs, which was very nice to gather as a group. After the community gathering we had a nice music class and learned the dance steps to the classic Jewish dance, The Horah. We learned more about g-d during our Judaic studies portion of the morning, and talked about the proof we have that g-d exists. After discussing the proof, students were asked to draw, color or paint their personal proof that there is a g-d. I was blown away by their deep and thoughtful thinking towards Thai very complicated topic. Students were encouraged to share their pictures and tell the class a little about why they chose to create what they did. We finished up the morning with Hebrew class where students played “Around the World” with the Hebrew letters. By the enthusiasm that was shown, I’d say it was a pretty exciting game. Looking forward to the Sunday’s to come. Have a nice week!
Hello families! This week was especially exciting for the fourth grade at SSJS! We spent the whole morning learning about Sukkot and doing activities related to Sukkot. We started the class by talking what the holiday of Sukkot is all about and how we celebrate. Then we made decorations for our SSJS sukkah. While we were in the sukkah, we learned about the lulav and etrog, as well as how we shake them while we are in the sukkah. After everyone had a chance to shake the lulav and smell the etrog, we sat outside and enjoyed the sunshine while singing songs about Sukkot and the Torah. When we went back inside, we participated in the school wide soup kit making project. Students worked with their partners to assemble jars with beans and spices to donate to people who are in need. Finally, we ended the morning by doing a Sukkot STEM project. Each small group was given some raw pasta, a few gum drops and a paper plate to assemble their own sukkah. Students were given 15 minutes to complete this challenge, and I am happy to report that each group completed the challenge and made their own sukkah. Overall, the morning was filled with learning, problem solving and laughter. Looking forward to the coming weeks with your amazing students!