It's hard to believe that our Sunday School year is drawing to a close. Your amazing children have enriched my year with their humor, wisdom and goodness. I sincerely hope that they will visit me next year.
On Sunday, April 30th we learned about Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. We studied Hebrew vocabulary words related to this holiday. Some key words are Dehgel - flag,
Cachol - blue, and Lavan - white. I told the children about my first visit to Israel, which took place the year after I graduated high school. I lived on Kibbutz Gesher Haziv for one year. I then told a story with props about work life on a Kibbutz (collective farm). We looked at the geography and culture in Israel.
I'd like to acknowledge our teaching assistant, Sam Erlich. He's been with me for several years, and now he's heading off to college. Sam is one of the most conscientious and mature young people I've ever met. Incredibly intuitive and kind, Sam has touched the lives of your children and has become a devoted friend an colleague to me. We at SSJS wish Sam all the best as he embarks on his new adventure.
Please join us this coming Sunday at 10:45 SSJS graduation ceremony and a party. I look forward to seeing you.
Sunday School was great fun this week. We continued to learn about Passover and we decoded common Hebrew words from prayers.
Each child made a beautiful Pesach plate, and some children cut out pictures of King Pharaoh and laminated them, creating trading cards. We also read a book about a young girl who rescued a baby lamb and brought it to a seder, where she could hold and bottle feed it. We are indeed a classroom of animal lovers.
Thank you so much for contributing to our Seder last week and special Todah to Melissa Hackel who coordinated the seder. Have a joyous Passover. Love, Mindy
Our Second Graders have been eagerly awaiting our model Seder, which will take place this Sunday from 11:00 to 12:00 in the classroom. I want to thank each of you for your efforts in coordinating this Pesach celebration and sending in food. We'll be creating one long festive table, and the children will read from "My Very Own Hagaddah" while following the traditions of the holiday meal. You are invited to share this event with us.
We've been learning Hebrew words and phrases related to Passover. With the foundation of sight reading Hebrew letters and vowels, our children are beginning to decode multi-syllable words. In addition, there is an increasing amount of Hebrew spoken in the classroom to enhance comprehension.
On Sunday, March 26th, I read a book by Sylvia Rouss entitled " The Littlest Frog" and told a story about Elijah's cup. I hope that you enjoyed a re-telling of these tales. Elijah the Prophet has been a frequent visitor to our class in stories. When you sing "Eliyahu Hanavi" at your seder, this mystical, magical character will be familiar.
I am happy to be sharing this holiday season with you. Love, Mindy
This week our class began the study of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew). The Passover story is a springboard to exploring powerful subjects such as freedom, faith and departing from the status quo. It's exciting to hear your children's insights into the issues evoked by the tale of the exodus from Egypt.
In Hebrew, we explored the final letters of the Aleph Bet. The following letters are written differently when they occur at the end of a word: Mem, Tzadee, Nun, Chaf and Fey. The Hebrew word for final is Sofit, so we refer to these letters as Mem Sofit, Tzadee Sofit, etc. We practiced Hebrew writing and decoded Passover vocabulary words.
Each child made a matzah person and created a story line about a run-away matzah - as in the story "The Gingerbread Man". You may be interested in a book entitled "The Matzah Man" by Naomi Howland.
I look forward to more Pesach fun, including our model Seder. Have a wonderful week. Love, Mindy
We had a great time on Sunday exploring the exciting holiday of Purim. The children had an opportunity to act out the Purim story with puppets, and they did so with enthusiasm. We laughed a lot and are happily anticipating this coming Sunday's show and Purim Carnival.
We learned about the letter Zion which makes a "Z" sound. Key words are Zebra (pronounced with a soft "e" and Zahav (gold). You may know the magnificent song by Naomi Shemer entitled "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav" meaning Jerusalem of Gold.
Many thanks to Lauren Fusfeld, Nathaniel's Mom, who conducted a fabulous baking project. Lauren shared the recipe she used for our families to enjoy.
Hamantashen (80 cookies)
4 c. flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 c. butter (2 sticks)
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
4 T. milk
Filling (e.g., raspberry preserves, chocolate chips.)
Mix flour and baking powder in small bowl.
Melt buter and mix with sugar in big bowl.
Add eggs to sugar mixture, then vanilla and almond extract.
Add dry ingredients to sugar mixture gradually. Then add milk.
Roll out dough to a quarter-inch thick. Cut into 2-inch circles. Add filling. Form triangles.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Chag Sameah - Happy Purim.
Mindy Elins, M.Ed
CREATE WITH MINDY
As always, it was great to be with your children on Sunday.
We worked with the Hebrew letter PEY, along with it's additional forms of FEY and FEY SOFIT (final FEY). There are slight variations between the three forms of PEY, and it would be helpful for your child to go over Chapter 20 in our textbook with you. Key words for PEY are the holidays Purim and Passover.
To begin our Purim studies, we watched a brief video about the holiday. One of our parents is coming in on March 5th at 10:00 AM to help us make hamentashen. If you'd like to join us, please let me know. You can reach me at email@example.com . Thanks in advance!
Have a wonderful February vacation. Love, Mindy
We had a delightful time this Sunday. The children were thrilled to see one another and excited about the Patriot's game.
We are working on Chapter 19 in our Tiyulim book, which gives us practice with the Hebrew letter Sin. Sin, like last week's letter Samech, makes an "S" sound. As our textbook points out, Sin is the "non-identical twin" of the letter Shin. Shin and Sin are both three pronged characters. What differentiates the two is this: Sin has the dot above the character on the left, while Shin's dot is on the right. We used colored dot magnets on the whiteboard to demonstrate what a difference a dot can make.
Our story was about a young fisherman, who was discontent with his livelihood. Each time he longed to change professions, his wish was granted. Please ask your child how the story ended.
We enjoyed some Tu Be'Shevat songs and will soon prepare for Purim fun. Your children have been asking to bake. If any parents would like to lead a baking project, please let me know. It would be fun to make Hamentashen (on 2/12 or 3/5) or Challah on any Sunday. Please let me know if you're interested.
Have a great week. Love, Mindy
There was quite a bit of excitement in our classroom as we reunited after vacation. The children were thrilled to reconnect with one another!
We learned about the letter HET which makes a "CH" sound. Two key words for Het are Challah and Hanukkah. We focused on the Hebrew word for milk: "Challav". Each child designed a plastic milk bottle, and some children presented commercials about their Challav.
It would be wonderful if you might find time to go over chapter 17 (Letter Het) of Tiyulim with your child.
I told a story about Elijah the Prophet. In the story, an elderly Rabbi travels in search of something. Please ask your child what the Rabbi discovered.
Shavuah Tov - Have a good week! Love, Mindy
Mindy Elins, M.Ed
CREATE WITH MINDY
My Hanukkah will be bright this year, having shared the holiday fun with your beautiful children.
Today we studied vocabulary words in Hebrew that are related to Hanukkah. We read a wonderful book entitled "All About Hanukkah" by Judith Groner and Madeline Wikler. The book illuminated the amazing story of the Macabees, a small army determined to keep their faith alive against all odds. Some of the children took on roles and helped to act out the story.
We made 3-D Hanukkah menorahs (Hannukiot) and puppets of Judah Macabee. We finished the class with dreidel playing in small groups.
I'd like to wish each of you delightful holidays. We'll reunite on January 8th, 2017!
Thank you so much for all the goodies and supplies you sent in. You contributed to a great Hanukkah feast.
On Sunday, all the students of SSJS had the fabulous experience of making candles out of beeswax. The beeswax sheets, with their interesting texture, were fun to work with. Enjoy the candles as you share the light of Hanukkah. I want to thank Dori Stern, our amazing director, for bringing this joyful activity to us.
Hanukkah celebration will continue next Sunday.