Shalom Parents! I hope you had a meaningful Yom Kippur! Last week was a wonderful whirlwind of learning! We focused on some basics, such as Judaism having its own calendar; that our common Jewish history and the background for what we do and believe as Jews is found in the Torah; and the Torah is written in Hebrew. We learned that the Hebrew day starts at sunset - that's a little confusing, isn't it? But it will help explain when our holidays and Shabbat start. We also talked about Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. The Jewish year is now 5779. (That is not meant to be taken as the literal age of the world; much of what we learn in the Torah is metaphor and/or requires additional explanation! e.g., "an eye for an eye" is about monetary compensation, NOT revenge.) On Rosh HaShanah, we repent (say we are sorry), pray and give tzedekah, which is a donation, whether that be money, time, clothing, food, etc. This helps remind us it is time to think about how to be a better person in the coming year. On Yom Kippur, tradition teaches us that our "fate" for the coming year is sealed - but if we have truly prayed, repented and vowed to help others in creating a just society (i.e., tzedekah), we will have a year blessed with life.
REMINDER: Please pack a nut-free snack for your child! Also, I did not distribute the bookbags or index cards last week; they will be distributed this week.
My name is Vicky Scolnick, and I am the 3rd grade teacher at SSJS. This is my 10th year with SSJS, and my "umpteenth" year teaching at Sunday schools in Phoenix, NYC, Chicago and the Boston area. I am looking forward to getting to know all of this year's 3rd graders, and teaching them some of the highlights of our beautiful and amazing shared heritage! Speaking of the year - the Jewish year is now 5779, having just celebrated Rosh Ha'Shanah last week. So Shana Tava oo'metukah - a Happy and Sweet New Year! As you may know, we no longer have storage lockers available at Oak Hill. Therefore, I will be sending your child home with an SSJS book bag. I have also purchased a spiral-bound index card pack for each student. Please check the note cards each week, as they will contain a summary of what we have learned in class as well as homework. Would you please do your best to ensure your child brings this bookbag, along with textbooks, a pencil, and the aforementioned index cards? That would be VERY helpful! Also, please pack a nut-free snack for your child. Even if you think your son/daughter won't be hungry, watching the other kids eat a snack can be a lonely and hunger-inducing time. I try to bring something in case someone forgets a snack, or is very hungry, but I don't have a car, and work during the week, so, unfortunately, I cannot always get to a store to buy extra snacks. My final request is to have your daughter or son bring a pack of colored pencils to class each week, if possible.