Week of Feb. 8–Jewish Studies

 - by Morah Rachel

WOW!!! What a wonderful, memorable Shabbat it was.   Thank you again for all your efforts!! We are so proud of your (our) kids!!

AND now back to our regularly scheduled class….. The new letter is…..

ס   Samech  (don’t get it confused with the final Mem!!!)  With words like:

סבא Saba    grandfather

סבתא  Savta    grandmother

סוד    sode    secret

כיסא kee-seh  chair

סלט חסה salat chasah  lettuce salad

סנאי  s’nah-ee  squirrel

סוס   soos     horse

By the way,  just like in the word

טו Tu

in our holiday

טו בשבט  Tu B’Shevat (15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat) ,

we have learned a new vowel that makes the sound  u or ooo

ו  imagine the letter vav with  a dot in the middle OR 3 dots on an angle underneath a letter.

פרשת השבוע Parshat HaShavua  The Torah portion of the week is

תרומה Terumah … about contributions and donations.

Ulichnie’s Update February 5th

 - by erinulichnie

Hello!

This week flew by so quickly!  I am so excited to see our class reach Haggigat HaSiddur tomorrow.  Everyone has worked so hard.  Mazel tov to all of our families and students!

This week in reading, we started a new chapter book series, Magic Tree House.  We learned to identify nouns and categorized nouns as a person, place, or thing.  Our spelling list included short oo words.  Most kids were able to take their AR tests this week.  Don’t forget library day is Wednesday.

Here is a link to our nouns song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcXy6_Mqe54

In writing, we are learning to write an opinion piece.  We are trying to convince our readers to feel the way we do.  Students are using a topic sentence, and including reasons with details.  We have written a toy review, book review, movie review, and restaurant reviews.  We are also working on handwriting a couple times a week.

Our math lessons were amazing this week!  I was so impressed with what we accomplished.  I introduced place value, expanded form, chunking, and standard addition for double digit addition.  We used manipulative to build numbers with ones, tens, and hundreds.  We played games with partners and rotated through stations with math activities.  Students also completed a timed addition and subtraction quiz.  Don’t forget to create your 100th day of school shirt and have your child wear it on Wednesday the 10th.

Here are some photos from Tu B’shvat musical.

Our field trip to Seussical the Musical was super fun!

Here we are enjoying music and stories.

Thanks for all you do to make your children so awesome!

We’re back! Week of Feb.1—Mazal Tov מזל טוב

 - by Morah Rachel

Best wishes to Kitah Alef  and our families as we reach our Haggigat HaSiddur!  YES, IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!

Yes,  and here is our latest blogpost just in time for this special week!! We are so excited about our celebration this Shabbat.  Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow (Thursday)  for our Final and Photo Op Rehearsal at 2 pm in the sanctuary.  And on this Shabbat (FEB. 6th) for our Haggigat HaSiddur!!  We are so proud of what our students have learned and can’t wait to share it with you & the entire congregation.  We will be kvelling!!!  (SO Proud!!)

מזל טוב  MAZAL TOV    Best wishes to all our families!

תודה רבה  A VERY Special thanks to Natalie Dayan for coordinating siddur covers, supplies , etc. etc.   Also thanks to Sandy Shapiro for decorating the bags and Rivka Ohayon for the Hebrew names.   A big thank you to Nancy Davis who photographed and arranged our centerpieces!!!

If we forgot to mention anyone,  let us know!  We LOVE appreciating parents!!! Also our thanks  goes to Robyn Waring for her patience and help this and every year!

We will be doing a bit of regular classwork this week….  don’t worry!!

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Here are the answers  (one more time) to Frequently Asked Questions:

1. When do we have to be there?     On this coming Shabbat morning, Feb. 6th,  we will meet your children at 11 AM in the Youth Lounge. (by the maintenance office).   Please drop them off and return to your seats to enjoy.  (We sent home a diagram of the sanctuary so that you can see where your child will be standing on the pulpit and then you will know where to sit for best viewing.)   We encourage all to come earlier (especially if you have a part in the service) so that you can sit with your child until 11 AM in the main sanctuary.  And the whole family can kvell (be proud) of the adult’s participation in our service!!

2. What to wear?? Shabbat clothes are appropriate!!!

3.  How long is the presentation?  Our presentation should take about 1/2 hour  and then there will be a light kiddush afterwards.  ENJOY!  There is free babysitting for the littler ones if needed during services.

4.  Can we take pictures/videos???     NO!!!        Our FINAL REHEARSAL will be tomorrow Thursday, February 4th  at 2PM in the sanctuary.  IT’S A KODAK MOMENT!!!  Please bring cameras and videos on Thursday as there will be no pictures taken on Shabbat.    Uniforms are worn on Thursday!

5.What part do I have?

Adult Parts in Service:  (Aliyot and the Torah service should begin a little before 10 AM!!) Please don’t miss your part!!

Aliyot     Lynda Leffler, Kari Ducali, Craig Morgenthal, Corey Zimmerman

Torah Reading    Yaniv Zagagi

Hagbah  (Lift Torah)–  Bradley Zaner

Gelilah (Dressing Torah) –Jeremy Weil

Prayer for our Country– in English   Billie McNett

Prayer for Israel– Hebrew – Joseph Dayan

English- Shai Tzabari

Ashrei –Sandy Shapiro

Open & Close Ark for Return of Torah–David Bregman, Efrat Rocca

Eyn Keloheynu– older siblings of our students (Please inform your older kids !!!)

Adon Olam–Kitah Alef!!!

Kitah Alef students don’t have to be nervous for any of this because we are well prepared.   Neither does an adult!   If a parent needs to practice their part in the service, we will be happy to help you ! Let us know!!

6. What about the  new Siddur (prayerbook)  and the covers?

They are beautiful and unique.  WOW!!  PLEASE Don’t take them home!!!

PLEASE NOTE:     When you enter the synagogue on   Shabbat morning , you can pick up your child’s siddur from the table in the Main Lobby and take it with you to your seat.  Towards the end of the service, the Rabbi will ask you to stand at your seat and give the siddur to your child. Folded inside the siddur will be a paper with the parents’ prayer that will be recited from your seat.   Hugs and kisses after the parents’ prayer will be perfect!   The new siddurim will NOT be going home with you.  We will collect them after services and they will be happily used each Friday for Kabbalat Shabbat at school!!!

 

Some learning is happening this week with our new letters:

נ  Nun  ן   Nun Sofit   Final nun0

Our special friend has BOTH נ   ן   Nun and Nun Sofit in his name!!!!

נתן  Natan

Other words  with these letters are:

מנגן menagen   plays an instrument for a boy

מנגנת  menagenet  plays an instrument for a girl

שכן  shachen   boy neighbor

שכנה  sh’chenah  girl neighbor

שכנים   sh’chenim  neighbors

כלי נגינה  k’lay neginah   musical instruments

נדנדה  nadnayda   swings (on the playground)

שולחן  shulchan  table

גן  gan   garden

This week’s Torah portion…. is משפטים Mishpatim.  Ask your child about many of the mitzvot we have learned about in preparation for this Shabbat!!!

Week of January 25–Jewish Studies

 - by Morah Rachel

טו בשבט שמח Tu B’Shevat Sameach!!! Happy Tu B’Shevat!!  It is the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat on this MONDAY!!!  We will be celebrating  trees on Monday!!!  Don’t forget about our Tu B’shevat program on Monday evening at 6:30PM   We’re singing one of our favorite songs!!

עצים Etzim Trees….. check out our own blogs to see our individual trees we created on Wixie on the iPad !!

Here’s that special someone whose name begins with our letter מ mem:

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משה  Moshe

AND a special someone else……. מורה מזל  Morah Mazal!!!!  We love having her in our class a few times a week!!!

From last week, the portion of the week פרשת השבוע Parshat HaShavua was בשלח Beshallach about the Israelites leaving Egypt and the Red Sea parting.  It was a special Shabbat as well ….. called

שבת שירה  Shabbat Shira   Shabbat of Song as the Israelites sang a song of thanksgiving after getting to the other side safely.  There was lots of singing this week!!! And a special concert!! WOW!

This week’s portion is יתרו Yitro  (Moses’ father-in-law ) all  about the 10 Commandments!!!

AND we’re getting closer to our BIG SHABBAT  2/6/16!!!   We’re ready, are you??

Week of January 18–Jewish Studies

 - by Morah Rachel

PLEASE READ THE BLOGPOST—- FAQ’S ABOUT HAGGIGAT HASIDDUR  Many of your questions will be answered in that post.   THANKS to Natalie Dayan for all her efforts in getting the Siddur Covers made and her informative emails!   Also thanks to Rivka Ohayon for the Hebrew names to put on the covers. It’s going to be a great Shabbat!!!

OY! Do we have fun in Kitah Alef!!!!!

We were able to practice writing and eating כ ך out of twizzlers.  Here are a few examples:

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In honor of Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day, you should be hearing lots of songs about the parts of a tree.   We made a tree and labeled the parts on our laptops and even labeled Morah Hanna with all the tree’s parts.

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עץ Etz  Tree!!!

גלידה גלידה G’lidah g’lidah!!! ICE CREAM for the letter Lamed!!!We had so much fun  even on a a cold day in Kitah Alef!!! Sorry —no pictures because the ice cream was gone very quickly!!!

 

אריאות Ariyot Our letter lion has also reminded us

לקרוא Leek-row!! TO READ!!! Our new letters are:

מ Mem

ם Mem Sofit (final mem) Words like:

מילון milone dictionary

???? מילים עם milim im ??? words with question marks?? like:

מי me who?

מה mah what?

כמה kamah how many?

למה lamah why?

מלך melech king

משפחה mishpacha family

שמש shemesh sun

שמים shamayim heavens

ים yam sea

AND our very special person that starts with our  new letter……

picture to follow!!!!

 

Jewish Studies–FAQ’s about Haggigat HaSiddur

 - by Morah Rachel

We are so excited about our Haggigat Hasiddur, 2/6/16 …

(It’s soon!! ) and hope that you are excited too.  It will be great!!

Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

1. When do we have to be there?     On Shabbat morning, Feb. 6th,  we will meet your children at 11 AM in the Youth Lounge. (by the maintenance office).   Please drop them off and return to your seats to enjoy.  We encourage all to come earlier (especially if you have a part in the service) so that you can sit with your child until 11 AM in the main sanctuary.  And the whole family can kvell (be proud) of the adult’s participation in our service!!

2. What to wear?? Shabbat clothes are appropriate!!!

3.  How long is the presentation?  Our presentation should take about 1/2 hour  and then there will be a light kiddush afterwards.  ENJOY!  There is free babysitting for the littler ones if needed during services.

4.  Can we take pictures/videos???     NO!!!    BUT SAVE THE DATE!!!!    Our FINAL REHEARSAL will be on Thursday, February 4th  at 2PM in the sanctuary.  IT’S A KODAK MOMENT!!!  Please bring cameras and videos on Thursday as there will be no pictures taken on Shabbat.    Uniforms are worn on Thursday!

5.What part do I have?

Adult Parts in Service:  (Aliyot and the Torah service should begin a little before 10 AM!! All the rest of the parts are after this.) Please let us know which part you want if you don’t have one yet.   SO FAR we have:

Aliyot     Lynda Gridley, Kari Ducali, Craig Morgenthal

Torah Reading   Yaniv Zagagi (hopefully!!)

Open Ark for Taking out Torah          ????

Hagbah  (Lift Torah)–  ?????      Galila    (Tie Torah)  -?????

Prayer for our Country– in English        B. McNett

Prayer for Israel– Hebrew     Joseph Dayan

Prayer for Israel–English  ?????

Ashrei— Sandy Shapiro

Open Ark for Return of Torah– David Bregman and ?????

Eyn Keloheynu– older siblings of our students (Please inform your older kids !!!)

Adon Olam–Kitah Alef!!!

Kitah Alef students don’t have to be nervous for any of this because we are well prepared.   Neither does an adult!   If a parent needs to practice their part in the service, we will be happy to help you on Thursday or anytime. Let us know!!

6. What about the  new Siddur (prayerbook)  and the covers?

Siddur covers must be at school by Monday, February 1st whether you finish them in the building or at home.   Each one will be beautiful and unique.  WOW!! Thanks to all who did great work in getting these decorated!! THANKS to all the talented parents who helped!

PLEASE NOTE:     When you enter the synagogue on  that Shabbat morning , you can pick up your child’s siddur from the table in the Main Lobby and take it with you to your seat. ( We will let you know where to sit in the sanctuary  so as to be in the best position to be able to see your child on the pulpit !!) Towards the end of the service, the Rabbi will ask you to stand at your seat and give the siddur to your child.   Hugs and kisses after the parents’ blessing will be most appropriate!   The new siddurim will NOT be going home with you.  We will collect them after services and they will be happily used each Friday for Kabbalat Shabbat at school!!!

Mazal Tov again on this wonderful simcha.  We are so proud of your (our) children!!  If there are any questions, please let us know.  SEE YOU FOR THE FINAL REHEARSAL ON THURSDAY, FEB. 4TH AT 2PM FOR PHOTOGRAPHING!!

Week of January 11–Jewish Studies

 - by Morah Rachel

ראש חדש שבט  Rosh Hodesh Shevat!!!  It’s a new moon and a new Hebrew month…Shevat!  So that means that the holiday of טו בשבט Tu B’shevat is 2 weeks away!!  We will be celebrating trees!!!!

טו בשבט  Tu B’Shevat   the 15th day of the month of Shevat is Jewish Arbor Day. This year it falls on the secular calendar on January 25.     WE LOVE TREES!!  We are  starting to sing and talk about trees!!!

עץ  אילן  etz   ilan      two words for tree

עצים  etzim   trees

אילנות  ilanot  trees

פרשת השבוע  Parshat HaShavuah  The Torah portion this week is: בא Bo

We are now in the 2nd book in the Torah שמות Shemot. Names..and that means we are learning all about Moses and the Children of Israel in Egypt.   We remember all this from Pesach!!

אריאות  Ariyot  Our letter lion next introduces us gleefully to:

ל Lamed   with words like:

ילד  yeled  boy

ילדה  yalda  girl

חולה   choleh  sick for a boy

חולה   cholah   sick for a girl

אוכל   o-chel  eats for a boy

אוכלת  o-chelet eats for a girl

חלה   Challah  special twisted bread for Shabbat

גלידה  g’leedah   ICE CREAM  (a very tasty word this week!!)

 

חגיגת הסדור  Haggigat HaSiddur—- Only one month to go!!

Thanks to all who are helping us get ready for our big day, Feb. 6th!!  If you haven’t responded to us about a part in the service for one parent of each child, please do it now!!!  Let us know if you want a Hebrew, English or non-speaking part.   It will be great for the students to see your participation that Shabbat morning!!

The students’ parts for חגיגת הסידור  Haggigat HaSiddur have been distributed. These Hebrew and English  parts are being practiced daily at school —-so don’t worry!!!  It will be great!!    NO STRESS!!  The children don’t need to memorize anything! Practicing reading the parts can be helpful at home!!!

Siddur covers are a wonderful, personalized  gift from the parents.  PLEASE respond  and participate  so that we all can create this special treasure for our students.  Thanks sooooooo much to  Natalie Dayan who is coordinating our efforts.

Once again, our final rehearsal for this milestone event is on Thursday, February 4th at 2 PM in the sanctuary.  This is the only opportunity for photographs and videos!!   More information to follow!!!

Ulichnie’s Update January 8th

 - by erinulichnie

It was so good to see everyone back at school this week!  It sounds like all of our families had exciting adventures over winter break. In spelling, we worked hard on blends that start with gr, pr, and tr.  We will be continuing blends for a few more weeks.  Students also learned about contractions and the apostrophe. In reading, we are still working each day on the daily 5.  This week we did not take AR tests, but we will resume next week.  Students can test during class Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.  We also took the STAR reading assessment this week.  We take this test each quarter to get a reading level for each student and monitor growth.  I will send those results home next week.  I am excited to see how fast we are improving.

In writer’s workshop, we finished up our non-fiction unit.  Students have been writing teaching books and how-to writing.  We wrote about weather this week.  Our topics were clouds, rainbows, and tornadoes.  We even included a table of contents and put everything into a book.  This fit nicely with our science unit on weather.

  In math, we worked on lessons on capacity.  We estimated and measured how many cups are in a gallon.  We also worked on comparing the capacity of different types of containers.  We used the vocabulary words: compare, capacity, most, and least.  We created a cute gallon bot to help us learn about capacity.  Students also worked on problem solving with addition.  We learned to circle important information, draw a picture, write a number sentence, and label the answer.

In science, students learned about tornadoes and different types of storms.  We went to the science lab with Mrs. Jaffa and created our own tornadoes in a bottle.  It was super cool!

Upcoming Events: January 15 & 18  No school January 25  Tu B’Shevat music program in the evening January 26  Field trip to Seussical the musical  

Ulichnie’s Update December 13

 - by erinulichnie

What a fun filled week!  I can’t believe we only have one more week before our winter break.

Last week in reading, we read Hanukkah stories.  We are continuing to work hard in reading groups focusing on reading strategies.  We are also working on blends in word work this week.  We will continue with blends next week, too.

In writing, we learned about “how to” writing.  Students learned to list the steps to explain how to do something.  We also learned to use transition words, for example, first, next, then, and finally.  We completed our “How to Catch a Turkey” writing and wrote a “How to Make Latkes” piece.  Ask your child:  what is the secret ingredient to latkes?

In math, we focused on measurement this week.  Students measured with nonstandard units, like paper clips and cubes.  They also measured with standard units, inches.  We worked on estimation, as well.

In science, students had fun learning about magnifying glasses, thermometers, and weather this week.  We observed different objects with magnifying glasses.  We also used thermometers to measure temperature and observe weather conditions.  We learned about important weather vocabulary words.

We had a great field trip last week to Fort Menendez.  Students enjoyed the hands on activities.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out.

Our class also had a fantastic Hanukkah party on Friday.  Thanks to all of you who were able to attend or sent in items.  We created cool challah covers, decorated donuts, and played dreidel.  The kids had a great time.  We even made latkes later Friday afternoon.  They turned out pretty good, but some students decided I need more practice.  :)

Weeks of Dec. 14 and Jan. 4, 2016!!–Jewish Studies

 - by Morah Rachel

The last week of the school year and the first…… Oy! Time is flying!!!

Thanks to Ms. Hallett for helping us out with our latest blogposts for Chanukah!  Check out your child’s blog folio and see the “singing” Chanukiyah.

מזל טוב Mazal Tov to the 3 students who received EXTRA CREDIT for reading our blog…..   אליהו זאב יעקב  Eliyahu, Ze’ev and Yaakov!!! The answer to the question was…… 44!!! Yes, 44 candles are needed for the whole holiday of Chanukah!  There will be more opportunities in future blogposts for extra credit.   Keep reading!

We are  just beginning our newest Ariyot book… it is purple!!!

Our new letter, כ , (with a dot in the middle) Kaf,  has lots of new words like:

כד  kad  pitcher

כדים  kadim  pitchers

כותב   kotev  writes for a boy

כותבת kotevet writes for a girl

כואב  ko-ev  hurts

כחול  kachole  blue

כיתה  kitah  class

 

פרשת השבוע  Parshat HaShavua  The  weekly portion of Torah continues even if we don’t have school!!  This week is  ויגש Vayigash…. Joseph reunites with the whole family!

ויחי Vayechi is the following week’s portion about the blessing of  Efraim and Menashe and the 12 tribes.  We end this book of the Torah and begin….

שמות Shemot   Exodus!!!

Yes, we will be finishing the first book of the Torah בראשית B’reisheet  Genesis and begin the next    שמות Sh’mot Exodus.   Here comes Moses & ALL.  When finishing a book of the Torah we say:

חזק חזק ונתחזק  Chazak, Chazak, V’Nitchazek   Be strong and let us be strengthened as we continue to learn!!

חגיגת הסדור   Haggigat HaSiddur   Our Celebration of our new Prayerbook

Lots of information will be coming your way about our big event on 2/6/16.   It will be a Shabbat to remember!!  FYI Adult parts in the service for  our Haggigat HaSiddur  on that Saturday morning need to be distributed.  If you want to read Torah or Haftarah or lead Ashrey, it’s a good idea to start practicing!  Please,  let us know what one parent per family would want as a part in the service.  We have Hebrew parts, English parts, and non-speaking parts.  First come … first serve!!  Let us know  and we can help you practice and learn your part.

AND we have begun practicing our own parts for  חגיגת הסדור Haggigat HaSiddur.  No need to memorize or worry… we are reading our parts at school and will send them home if needed.  SAVE THE DATE.. 2/6/16  Also note that our dress rehearsal will be on Thursday, February 4th, at 2:00 for videoing and picture taking!  This is truly a Kodak moment….. no photography on Saturday!!

ALSO please note that there are new songs for our new letters  and  for Chanukah on VOICETHREAD.  It will always be part of the homework assignment to sing and point to the words of the new songs.  If there are still difficulties in logging on to Voicethread, let us know.  The students will be assessed to see if they have accomplished their assignment on Voicethread. ( Just sing and follow along!)

In 2016……………….

אריאות  Ariyot  We are thrilled to be continuing in our new purple book. On the Smartboard we enjoy practicing what we know about the letters.

AND there’s more!!!  This is the first time that we meet 3 different versions of a letter.

כ כ ך Kaf (with dot in center), Chaf (No dot) and Chaf Sofit (final Chaf found only at the end of a word)

כ Chaf has words that we are learning like:

בוכה  bocheh  cries for a boy

בוכה   bochah cries for a girl

כוכב kochav  star

כוכבים kochavim  stars

AND A FINAL LETTER

ך   Chaf Sofit can only be found at the end of a word like:

איך  Aich?   How?

כך Kach    That’s the way

It also appears often in our prayers!!! In the V’Ahavta especially!

 

אריאות  Ariyot  Our letter lion next introduces us gleefully to:

ל Lamed   with words like:

ילד  yeled  boy

ילדה  yalda  girl

חולה   choleh  sick for a boy

חולה   cholah   sick for a girl

אוכל   o-chel  eats for a boy

אוכלת  o-chelet eats for a girl

חלה   Challah  special twisted bread for Shabbat

גלידה  g’leedah   ICE CREAM  (a very tasty word this week!!)