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!