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05/01/2013 08:09:13 PM

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May 1, 2013                                                                                                                              21 Iyar 5773

NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday, May 2, 6:00:  Confirmation Class Pizza Night!!

Friday, May 3, 7:30:  Shabbat family service. Family services are a wonderful way to experience the joy of Shabbat. Join us for a prayer service filled with music, story telling and birthday blessings for all children with birthdays in the month of May.

Thursday, May 9, 5:30-7:30:  Rosh Hodesh for participating 7th grade girls.

Friday, May 10, 5:30:  Welcoming Shabbat.  Join Rabbi and Ellen Weiner for a fun and fabulous shabbat experience for your children and their families.  Please RSVP to Ellen at RebbetzinEllen@gmail.com

Sunday, May 12:  Last First Grade Parent Education day. 

Tuesday, May 14, 6:15:  Confirmation Class Dinner.  Our confirmation class and their families will join us for a dinner in their honor. 

Tuesday, May 14, 7:30: Congregation-wide Shavuot celebration and confirmationOn Shavuot we celebrate the giving of Torah.  Confirmation marks a further step into Jewish adulthood for our most dedicated students.  Please join us for a joyful service led by our Confirmation Class. 

Sunday, May 19, 12:00:  Rosh Hodesh for participating 6th Grade Girls.

Wednesday, May 22, 5:15:  Please join us for our closing ceremony!

MACCABIAH 5773

Week One:  White team won $18 for the Putnam Valley Food Pantry!

We still need sponsor families!!  If your family would like to donate $18 for one of the weeks, please send the money in an envelope labeled Maccabiah to school.

GRADE 5 AND 6 PARENTS:  PLEASE BE SURE TO SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL DRESSED FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND DON'T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR MACCABIAH TEAM COLORS (blue or white).

 

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED:

We are still in need of volunteers to help with dismissal.  All that is required is being here 15 minutes before you would ordinarily pick up your child from Religious School, and we'll guide you from there.  Please let Cantor Jamie know if you can help out.  Thanks!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

THERE IS STILL TIME TO COMPLETE SHABBAT ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:

          Grade 4 - 4x; Grade 5 - 5x; Grade 6 - 6x; Grade 7 - 7x

SNOW-DAY MAKEUPS: There WILL be Religious School on Thursday, May 16 (7th Grade ONLY) and on Wednesday, May 22, for Grades 2-4.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  Sunday, June 2, Israel Day Parade!

BAKITAH:  What's going on in our classrooms?

Each week, we will try to give you a brief summary of what each class has been doing recently.  We welcome you to discuss these topics with your children and, of course, feel free to enhance their learning with your own input.  We hope you enjoy it!

WEDNESDAYS

Grade 2 (Mrs. Young):  Reviewed Alef thru Final Tsadee and learned two new letters:  Koof and Resh.  We discussed how Moses ruled the Hebrews and how he divided up the work.  We discussed how we can be helpers in our own lives and started to introduce the story of The Ten Commandments.  

Grade 2 (Morah Elizabeth):  We practiced Hebrew letters and learned about Shabbat and traditions.  In small groups, we created our own countries with flags, languages, holidays, customs and foods and turned them into picture books to share with the class.

Grade 3 Chai (Mrs. Wilbur):  We're finishing up our Avodah section of the Chai curriculum.  We discused Jacob's dream and G-d's promise to protect the Jews.  We began work on a lesson plan they will be bringing home next week.

Grade 4 Chai (Mrs. Burns):  We learned about gossip, how to redirect the conversation, mirror, teach and become an adult.  We read a story of Yenta Pesha, who needs to learn from the Rebbe how gossiping, however little the words, can hurt someone a lot.   

Hebrew

Mrs. Usen:  As usual, we began our session by reviewing all letters and vowels.  We then introduced the Gimel and learned to read final Chet with the "ah" vowel below it.  We also practiced reading prayer words and phrases. 

Mrs. Rosenberger:  This week we continued working independently in Hebrew.  Some students have moved into Ramah 4!

Max for Ms. Lerner:  Students continued to work in books and binders.

 

THURSDAYS

Grade 7

Mrs. Gartner/Max:  All seventh graders watched "Keeping Up With the Steins," a wonder­ful film about a boy's search, with the help of his grandfather, for the true meaning in becom­ing a Bar Mitzvah.  We use this movie as a launching point for a discussion about this imortant topic.  

SUNDAYS

Grade 1 (Mrs. Usen):  This week we celebrated Matthew Z.'s birthday.  We also began an end-of-the-year review and summary of our Torah lessons.  We will continue this activity into next week.

THIS WEEK'S MACCABIAH EVENTS:

              Opening ceremony

       Team selection

       Team cheers

      Team mascots

       Jewish charades

      Jewish jeopardy

       Hebrew hopscotch

      Poster-making

       Game of tens

Hebrew -

Ms. Lerner:  We reviewed letters and vowels, and then worked in the Mitkadem books.    

Mrs. Rosenberger:  Students continued working idependently on Mitkadem. 

Mrs. Wilbur:  We continued working on V'ahavta which we are reading (without transliteration), syllable-by-syllalble, word-by-word.

Mrs. Young:  Aleph Bet and vowel flash card games.

Mrs. Goren:  In learning about Lag b'Omer, we discussed the meaning and tradition in Israel.  We sang songs and saw short films (one funny) about Lag b'Omer and ate bread with zaatar and olive oil.

-- Mazel Tov to our May B'nei Mitzvah --

Sammie Aaronson Cayla Halloran

Julia Wurzel  Hannah Fischer

                                           

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