Last Post Of This Year—– OY!!

 - by Morah Rachel

Our last blog post of Jewish Studies for this year 聽馃檨

The school year has flown by!! We have enjoyed every moment with this fabulous group!!

We have lots of fun planned for the last聽days of Jewish Studies this school year filled with reading and writing and singing and dancing!! 聽Don’t forget over the summer to read, write, and speak Hebrew. 聽Also, even if we are not at school, Shabbat,聽 and Torah readings continue!! 聽See you at shul???

驻专砖转 讛砖讘讜注 聽Parshat HaShavua This week’s Torah portion is聽 讘讛注诇转讱聽 Beha’lotecha And we learn about what the Kohanim did in the old days.

We have enjoyed our Torah service on Thursdays with the Chazzan. Each one of us has had the opportunity to be called to the Torah and say our full names in Hebrew and say the blessings. 聽Thanks to 聽Chazzan Holzer for leading us!!

Check out their blue writing notebooks to see what they can read in their own cursive handwriting. 聽We’ll be writing lots more in cursive from now on!! 聽Please use their blue writing notebooks to practice cursive reading & writing over the summer!

Thank you to Rabbi Rosenblum for davening with us on Tuesdays. 聽We appreciate you taking the time to be with us and answering a lot of 聽our questions!!

We know the Birkat HaMazon… the Grace after Meals… and we all led it at lunch !!



诇讛转专讗讜转 聽L’hitraot……. See you later!!!


To our sweet 讻讬转讛 讗 聽Kitah Alef class and loyal readers:

Thank you for the generous gifts that you so kindly gave us. 聽We appreciate all your kindnesses!

We have truly loved teaching this class and expect great things from them in the future. 聽Thanks also to the wonderful families who have been so supportive.

讘讗讛讘讛 B’Ahava 聽 With love,

诪讜专讛 专讞诇 讜诪讜专讛 讞谞讛 聽Morah Rachel and Morah Hanna

May 22 and 29—Holiday…. after…. Holiday…….

 - by Morah Rachel

Hope that everyone had a wonderful Shavuot holiday!! So proud of our students that remembered the 10 commandments in Hebrew!!!聽 (It seems like it was just yesterday that they recited them at our Haggigat HaSiddur in February!!! )聽 And we looked beautiful at our Bikkurim Festival at school….. all in white and flowers in our hair and fruit ready to donate.聽 聽WOW!!!

And we hope that you have a meaningful Memorial Day as well.

驻专砖转 讛砖讘讜注 聽Parshat HaShavua These weeks’ Torah portions are 谞砖讗聽 讘讛注诇转讱聽 Naso and BeHa’alotecha聽 and we learn more about the Kohanim.

As we get close to completing our cursive letters, we know that there will be plenty of time to practice using all that we have learned.聽 Writing and then reading what we wrote is so important!!! Check in the blue notebook to see what we will be writing next!

Listen for more songs and fun!!

May 14— 讞讙 砖讘讜注讜转 砖诪讞 Happy Shavuot

 - by Morah Rachel

If you are reading this on Sunday…….. Happy Mother’s Day!!聽 讬讜诐 讛讗诐 砖诪讞聽 Yom HaEm Sameach.

THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH..….. we received such yummy treats and cards and flowers and more during聽 Teacher聽 Appreciation week.聽 Morah Rachel and Morah Hanna thank you for everything but your children are what we are most grateful聽 for.

We had a wonderful time for 诇讙 讘注讜诪专 Lag B’Omer and enjoyed Color War last Thursday! And we thank Shelly 讛砖诇讬讞讛 HaShlicha from Federation who taught us this past week in honor of聽 讬讜诐 讬专讜砖诇讬诐 Yom Yerushalayim聽 Jerusalem Day.聽 See the Kotel (Western Wall) we helped build!!

The holiday of 聽砖讘讜注讜转 Shavuot is the next holiday and we will celebrate it on May 19-21. We are so proud that we are learning all about the 10 Commandments!聽 (we remember lots from February!!)聽 AND we will be able to write them in cursive!!聽聽

Don’t forget we will wear white on Friday, the 18th and bring fresh fruit to be donated in honor of 砖讘讜注讜转聽 聽Shavuot聽 and

Bikkurim聽 The Festival of the the First Fruits聽 讘讻讜专讬诐

讞讙 砖诪讞 聽Chag Sameach!!聽We will finish counting the Omer….49 days!! Time flies from Passover!!

Lots to do…… cursive continues... And we practiced our Hebrew聽 about what we wear…… Begadim聽 聽讘讙讚讬诐聽 聽 Clothes

With real models…. one boy and one girl and we labeled what they were wearing.

讗谞讬 诇讜讘砖转聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 讗谞讬 诇讜讘砖

Anee Lovesh聽 聽I聽 wear…..聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 Anee Loveshet聽 I wear….

驻专砖转 讛砖讘讜注 讘诪讚讘专 Parshat HaShavua The Torah portion this week is Bamidbar…. we begin the 4th book of the Torah (Numbers).

Week of May 7— Jewish Studies is busy!!! (and fun!!)

 - by Morah Rachel

We had a wonderful time on 诇壮讙 讘注讜诪专 Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of counting the Omer聽 between Pesach and Shavuot. Kudos to Coach Z and all the teachers for planning such a fun Color War in honor of the holiday!!!聽 We all were winners!!

We enjoyed making our Lag B’Omer campfires (诪讚讜专讛) Medurah and dancing the Hora Medurah around our campfire.聽 Be careful!!!!

Hope to see y’all at the Lag B’Omer pool party today (Sunday, 5/6)聽 at the Center!!

讗专讬讗讜转 讻讜转讘 聽Ariyot Kotev 聽Ariyot Writes in聽CURSIVE !!! 聽

We are very busy practicing our handwriting, writing cursive words & creating stories!聽 聽Cursive really does flow!! 聽Please remember to continue reading —old stories from Ariyot ( it’s a good idea to keep old Tal Am workbooks for this purpose) and the new words in cursive. 聽Review is key!! 聽The writing homework should not take very long to complete (3-5 minutes maximum), but they need to be able to read what they wrote as well!!

聽We are learning the letters 砖 拽 讞 讚 讻 讻 讱 Shin, Kof, Chet, Dalet,Kaf, Chaf and Chaf Sofit.聽It’s amazing how well we can write in cursive and how much fun it is to write like the grown-ups do!!! 聽We are moving fast….. so keep practicing!!!

驻专砖转 讛砖讘讜注 讘讛专 讜讘讞拽转讬 Parshat HaShavua Behar U’Bechukotai聽 This week has another double Torah portion and is about how good it is to study and how the land needs to rest every 7 years and about doing mitzvot.

We are testing their prayer skills individually and we are very proud of our 聽students!!! Hope you’re seeing them at home and at synagogue following the prayers and chanting them correctly!! WOW!! How far we’ve come!!

We are celebrating many things this week.聽 聽WE APPRECIATE BEING APPRECIATED at the Teacher Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday.聽 We will celebrate Morah Hanna’s birthday on Friday.

AND of course,聽 讬讜诐 讛讗诐聽 Yom HaEm Mother’s Day on Sunday.

We wish all of our moms 讬讜诐 讛讗诐 砖诪讞 Yom HaEm Sameach!! Happy Mother’s Day!! 聽Hope you enjoy our little gift & song! 聽We appreciate you not just one Sunday a year but everyday!!! We say thanks for being such good moms to our students and for helping us out in Kitah Alef!!

We are also celebrating on Sunday聽 讬讜诐 讬专讜砖诇讬诐 Yom Yerushalayim 聽Day of Jerusalem. We remember on this day 聽in 1967 Yerushalayim became one city. 聽Listen for more beautiful songs!!!



Week of April 30– Springtime in Hebrew Cursive

 - by Morah Rachel


Cursive homework continues!!!! 聽We are so proud of our beautiful handwriting!! It’s sooo fun! 聽We love writing carefully in our 聽writing notebooks! 聽We are writing the letters 讙 专 讛 讘 讘 聽Gimel, Resh, Hey, Bet and Vet. etc. 聽 WOW!!! We are moving very quickly —approximately one letter a day! We are being sticklers about HOW to write each letter. 聽Most letters are based on the letter Resh…. starting from the top like a crescent . 聽 Cursive writing homework 聽should be fun and not last more than 5-10 minutes each night. 聽Reading should continue at home of all the old Ariyot books. 聽 Reviewing means remembering!!

We are (finally) back to 聽a fun workbook 聽砖诇讜诐 讘讘讬转 讜讘讞讜抓 Shalom Babayit U’VaChutz 聽Shalom in the House and outside. 聽We know in Hebrew about washing hands with soap, clothes we’re wearing and food we’re eating!!

驻专砖转 讛砖讘讜注 讗诪专 Parshat Hashavua 聽Portion of the Torah this week is Emor.


诇”讙 讘注讜诪专 Lag B’Omer is this week!!!! 聽

On Thursday, May 3rd, our school will be celebrating the 33rd day of the Omer (Lag B’Omer….诇”讙 讘注讜诪专)

诇 聽Lamed equals 30

讙 聽Gimel equals 3

诇”讙 聽Lag equals 33

We will celebrate the 33rd day of the Omer with 讬讜诐 住驻讜专讟 聽Yom Sport!!! 聽More info to follow about Color War!!

Adding Another Chapter to Our Story

 - by arielnewton

Our first grade class has been hard at work developing their 鈥渢eaching voices鈥 as writers. 聽Teaching their peers about topics that they know best, each student has chosen a topic to use in their composition of a chapter book.聽 With a diverse group of authors, writing topics range from How to Pick Coffee Beans in Minecraft to All About People. We have recently been working on adding specific details to our texts.聽 Through the integration of comparisons and other writing strategies, we strive to make our books tangible to all audiences. With this in mind, we鈥檙e finishing up and making our final edits before our writing celebration this week!

Finishing another exciting chapter in first grade, we had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Science and History last week. We showed what we know about animal adaptations and habitats, visited and interacted with real wildlife, and explored the museum鈥檚 historical past and future exhibits. It was a blast! Please enjoy our candid photos below!



Week of April 23– Back to Alef

 - by Morah Rachel

Yes!聽 We know all the letters and it’s time to write like a pro!!

讗专讬讗讜转 讻讜转讘 聽Ariyot Kotev 聽 聽Ariyot writes!!! in聽CURSIVE !!!!聽 Cursive homework is fun!! 聽It should not be too tiring for them to finish up any work not completed in class. 聽We are moving fast (almost a letter a day!) and please let us know if there are any difficulties.

聽We begin with:


讗 聽Alef 聽We wll make cursive Alefs聽 out of twizzlers!! 聽 Remember that the direction of writing in Hebrew is right to left!!! Each student 聽received a blue

诪讞讘专转 聽 聽 聽machberet 聽 聽 writing notebook

in order to practice writing. 聽Every night writing practice will be expected if not completed in class!! 聽This does not mean that reading practice stops. 聽PLEASE help your child to review their 聽Hebrew reading and writing. 聽The most writing 聽to be done is 4-5 repetitions on a line. 聽If more is done and it takes too long, then your child has NOT followed the easy instructions. 聽This should be fun and not a burden! 聽The blue writing notebook will be sent home if work is not completed in class!!!

We are continuing with 讜 讬 谞 谉 聽Vav, Yud, Nun and Nun Sofit. 聽 聽We move quickly through the 聽cursive alphabet so we’ll be ready for Kitah Bet!!!

住驻讬专转 讛注讜诪专 聽Sefirat HaOmer 聽Counting of the Omer 聽 聽From the 2nd night of Pesach 聽we count each day until we reach the holiday of Shavuot. 聽We are anticipating receiving 聽the 10 Commandments!!! 聽We include this in our daily prayers. 聽Ask your child what day of the Omer is it today??

转驻讬诇讜转 Tefilot 聽Prayers 聽We have begun testing each student on the prayers that we have learned in our class. 聽It’s amazing to see what progress we have made!! The test includes reading, chanting and explaining the BIG IDEA of each prayer. 聽Don’t worry about this…. we have it under control!!

驻专砖转 讛砖讘讜注聽 Parshat Hashavua 聽Portion of the Torah this week is another double portion..

.讗讞专讬 诪讜转聽 Acharei Mot

拽讚砖讬诐聽 Kedoshim

and we learn the meaning of a scapegoat.

Engineering Wildlife

 - by arielnewton

In generals studies we have been learning all about animals and plants, their adaptations, and different habitats. As a result, this has prepared us greatly for our upcoming visit to the MOSH and allows us to explore our imaginations and apply our understanding of science concepts through the completion of another STEAM challenge.

Our first graders have been examining a variety of animals and their traits and characteristics in order to discover how adaptations help them survive in their environment. Having a solid understanding of how animals survive in their habitats, its time to apply what we know and get creative. This week we have begun phase one of our 鈥淓ngineering Animals鈥 project. 聽Students are to create a new and unique animal that will survive a particular habitat. Not only must they be able to justify how their animal鈥檚 adaptation(s) will help it survive, but their animal prototype must also have a moving part. As a result, this life science and mechanical engineering activity is perfect to display our class鈥檚 creativity, content knowledge, and over all critical thinking skills. We look forward to sharing our final products and presentations with you soon!

Also, please remember that our field trip to the MOSH will be this upcoming Tuesday, April 17th. Students should bring a bagged lunch and beverage to take with us on our adventure. Remember to wear MJGDS uniforms and arrive to school at our regular meeting time of 8:15 in order to ensure appropriate loading and departure with every child.

Weeks of April 9 and 16– Jewish Studies x times 2

 - by Morah Rachel

Due to the holidays, we’re running a little late on our blog.聽 Please forgive us!!!聽 There is lots of information below!!!

(Did you get a personalized clay Seder plate before the holiday?聽 Hope you and your families enjoyed聽 our art projects and our wonderful Seder leaders/singers!)

On Thursday of this week, we will remember the 6 million Jews and others聽 who died in the Holocaust and the kindness of many who helped save others.聽 Just FYI if you hear a little about this from your child.

Tiyul to shul is this Shabbat聽 4/14….. it’s just a lovely way to all walk a little together to come to services on Saturday morning.聽 Check it out!!

Back to regular business:

Here she is…… 砖专讛 聽 Sarah!!!! ( We call her 诪讜专讛 砖专讛 Morah Sarah)聽 Finally!! 聽Imagine that there is a dot on the left side for the letter Sin. (And guess who’s holding the letter Sin????? Mayer!!


讗专讬讗讜转聽 Ariyot 聽 Yes, we are completing the 4th book of Ariyot and finishing the Alef-Bet!! 聽Mazal Tov!!

转 聽Tof is the last letter 聽and we learn words like:

转讜讚讛 todah 聽 thanks

转讜专讛 转讜专讜转 聽Torah 聽Torot 聽 聽5 Books of Moses

转注讜讚讛 转注讜讚讜转 te-u-dah 聽 te-u-dot 聽certificate (s)

讗讜转讬讜转 o-tee-yot 聽 letters

转谞讜注讜转 te-nu-ot 聽vowels

诪转谞讛 诪转谞讜转 聽matanah 聽matanot 聽present (s)

讞讜讘专转 讞讜讘专讜转 聽choveret 聽chov-rot 聽workbook (s)

转驻讬诇讛 转驻讬诇讜转 聽tefila tefilot 聽prayer (s)

There is no “test” at the end of this letter….. BEWARE!!! 馃檪聽 Cursive is coming!! 聽 WOW!

住驻讬专转 讛注讜诪专 聽Sefirat HaOmer 聽Counting of the Omer 聽 聽From the 2nd night of Pesach 聽we count each day until we reach the holiday of Shavuot. 聽We are anticipating receiving 聽the 10 Commandments!!! 聽We include this in our daily prayers. 聽Ask your child what day of the Omer is it today??

转驻讬诇讜转 Tefilot Prayers 聽 At this point of the year, we are checking to see if our students can chant and read the prayers we have learned this year. 聽We are also learning more about these prayers with Rabbi Rosenblum.

Don’t forget that the Community Wide Celebration for Israel’s birthday will be on Sunday, April 15 from 12-3 at the JCA.聽 And we are singing at 12:15… please arrive at noon in school uniform and sing along.聽 聽 Come celebrate and have fun !!!

讬讜诐 讛注爪诪讗讜转 Yom Ha-Atzmaoot 聽 Israel’s Independence Day 聽is聽 next week . 聽Listen for some great songs about Israel’s Birthday on the 5th day ( 讛 Hay) 聽of the Hebrew month of Iyar. 聽We will wear blue and white on Thursday 4/19聽in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday!!

驻专砖转 讛砖讘讜注 聽Parshat HaShavua 聽Portion of this Week is 砖诪讬谞讬 Shemini聽 all about Kashrut.

转讝专讬注 Tazria and 诪爪讜专注聽 Metzorah We have 2 portions聽 for the following week. (We double up a few times in order to finish the Torah on time) We are learning about leprosy and gross contagious stuff and what our ancestors did about all kinds of medical issues……. it’s really fascinating for the kids.

Animal Adaptations

 - by arielnewton

This week in first grade we have been exploring plant and animal adaptations. This exciting topic has allowed us to complete a variety of STEAM activities and experiments. We joined Mrs. Jaffa in the science lab to explore the importance of one of our greatest adaptations as human beings鈥humbs! We completed a variety of seemingly 鈥渆asy鈥 tasks together, including tying a knot with yarn, buttoning our shirts, and cutting a corner from a piece of paper.聽 However, we then completed these tasks with our thumbs taped to the palms of our hands! The kids were shocked to see how difficult our previously completed tasks had become.

Later in the week we completed Mystery Science experiments exploring the importance of camouflage and the physical adaptations of species.聽 After constructing a make-shift forest in our classroom, students were sent on a mission to find 9 moths camouflaged in our learning environment. What a challenge! To reward their perseverance, students created their own moths to hide throughout the classroom. Students also answered the question, 鈥淲hy do birds have beaks?鈥 through an exploration activity. Given two different beak selections, students were asked to forage for food (uncooked macaroni) among a habitat filled with rocks (beans). They were able to distinguish which beak type was the best to forage in this particular habitat and composed a theory as to why birds have different beak sizes and shapes.


Don’t Forget!

For our model Seder next Tuesday at 1:00 pm, students may wear Shabbat clothing.