education – 3rd Grade

Today in class we worked on:
5/15-
1. Today was our last day of the year!
2. We made cards for children without families to wish them a happy summer to go with our drive for Fill a Heart for Kids.
3. We played a game, where students made up questions based on what they have learned this year. Great questions and great game!
4. We joined Morah Ari for shirah where she asked our class to perform their 10 Commandments song and students were outstanding.
5. We then joined the rest of the school for tefillah with Rabbi Prass, Rabbi Bellows, and Morah Ari to close out the year.
6. Afterwards, we gathered around an ice cream truck.
7. Have a great summer and thank you for a terrific year.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/15-
1. Students received their illustrated Torah scrolls today. If you were unable to get yours, Rabbi Prass has it at the synagogue.

Today in class we worked on:
5/8-
1) We joined Morah Ari for a fun shira.
2) Today we reviewed last week’s parshaot we learned about Jacob and Esau reuniting and Jacob getting a new name, and Joseph and his coat, which caused envy among his brothers who sold him into slavery in Egypt. Students then had an opportunity to illustrate these for their Torah scrolls. We also worked on our A Child’s Bible Game Books for these chapters.
3) We joined Rabbi Prass, Morah Ari, Rabbi Bellows and the rest of the school and parents for a special Family Service for Mother’s Day.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/8-
1. Finish up your Gamebook through Chapter 12.
2. Continue to look for moments that remind you of God, and work to promote Shalom Bayit (peace in the home) in your home.

Today in class we worked on:
5/1-
1) Today we recorded a video of our 10 Commandments song! Students did a great job.
2) We also learned more from the Torah about when Jacob and Esau reunited and Jacob got his new name of Israel. And we learned about Jacob’s favorite son, Joseph.
3) We joined for an all school t’fillah led by Rabbi Bellows and Morah Ari.
4) Morah Ari led us in a fun shira and rekudei am (Israeli dancing).
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/1-
1) Continue to look for moments when God is around and practice gratitude with your family and parents.

Today in class we worked on:
4/24-
1) We joined Rabbi Bellows for tefillot
2) Today we continued to study Torah by reviewing and illustrating the two parshaot we studied last session – Jacob & Esau and the birthright, and how Jacob married two wives.
3) We also worked on our 10 Commandments song and choreography. Students did a fabulous job!
4) Since Morah Ari was out with laryngitis, Rabbi Prass led us in a special activity focusing on Yom Hashoah and Yom Hatzmaut in place of Shira.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/24-
1. Finish the pages in your Game book for the 2 chapters on Jacob.
2. Continue to work on your song, and look for moments that remind you of God.

Today in class we worked on:
4/10-
1. 1st – 3rd grades had a great tefillah with Rabbi Prass where we talked about the story of Pesach.
2. Today we studied 2 parshaot in our Torah book. We learned about the birth of Esau and Jacob and how different in temperament they were, even though they were twins. Esau was a hunter and his father’s favorite, while Jacob was his mother’s favorite and worked closer to home. While Esau was the eldest, he sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew when he was hungry, and later, with Rebecca’s help, Jacob managed to receive the blessing of the first born from Isaac instead of Esau. Rabbis tell us that Jacob was a better leader for the future of the Jewish people.
3. We then studied the next parshat, where Jacob was told to leave because his brother was very angry at having his blessing stolen. So Jacob went to the land of his mother’s birth to find a wife. One the way he had a dream of a great stair case with angels going up and down it and God told him his descendents would number the dust of the earth and they would always be brough back to the land God had given them. He went on to Laban’s home, fell in love with Rachel and agreed to work for seven years in order to marry her. At the end of seven years, Laban tricked Jacob into marrying her older sister Leah by having her wear a heavy veil. Saying the eldest must marry first, Jacob had to work for another seven years to marry Rachel.
4. We also practiced our song and played hodgy podgy with a kind of Pesach them.
5. 1st – 3rd grade sang Pesach songs with Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/10-
1. Practice our song. Also work on really listening to what people are saying. Continue to look for moments that remind you God is around us.

Today in class we worked on:
4/3-
1. We continued our Torah studies by reviewing the parshat of Rebecca and illustrated the highlights of the parshat. Students also practiced their 10 Commandments song and reviewed the parshat of Rebecca playing hodgy podgy.
2. We had a lovely tefillah with Rabbi Bellows and a fun shirah with Morah Ari, singing songs about Passover and learning about our next holiday.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/3-
1. Finish exercises in your Gamebook for the chapter about Rebecca and any prior chapters you have not completed.
2. Continue to look for opportunities to spread Shalom Bayit in your home, and moments that remind you that God is around.

Today in class we worked on:
3/13-
1) We began our day in our classroom with attendance, saying boker tov, and getting ready for Purim Sunday! It was so much fun seeing all the Purim costumes!
2) The entire school met for a t’fillah filled with Purim songs, seeing the real megillah, and having our madrichim lead us in a Purim Shpiel (play)
3) Then we broke into 3 rotations where we:
a. Made a dream catcher/fortune teller which helped us think about Queen Esther and how she handled the tough decision she was faced with. We then talked about how we handle tough situations.
b. Looked at the 4 traditional Purim Mitzvot and talked about ways to make them modern and we even made new Purim Mitzvot.
c. Had a Purim Sing Down, where we competed over who knew more songs with the Purim themes of: King/queen, happy, celebration, and more!
4) Then we all regathered in the atrium for more Purim Shira.
5) We ended the day gathering outside for the food truck. It was so nice to be in the sun, noshing, and enjoying Purim Sunday with each other.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/13-
1. There is Hebrew school this week.
2. Then we have Spring break from March 20 – 27.
3. Happy Purim

Today in class we worked on:
3/6-
1. Today was a very busy day.
2. We had tefillah with Rabbi Prass where we looked at the Megillah for Purim and talked about the upcoming holiday.
3. Then we moved on to our next Torah parshat about Isaac marrying Rebecca, the death of Sarah, and the purchase of Machpelah for a family tomb.
4. We had a rousing shirah with Morah Ari singing Purim songs.
5. We practiced our 10 Commandments song with our posters, and then played hodgy podgy with the story of Purim.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/6-
1. Finish the last page of exercises in the chapter of A Child’s Bible about Rebecca. Continue to look for opportunities to be kind.

Today in class we worked on:
2/27-
1. We joined the rest of the school for a special auf ruf for the 5th grade mock wedding and tefillah,
2. Today we illustrated the parshat we learned last week about Abraham’s gift to God when we learned that God wants children to be trained in the ways of Judaism as opposed to sacrificed to God. We also created posters for our song about the 10 Commandments.
3. We joined 1st – 4th grade again for a great shirah with Morah Ari and sang songs of Purim, which is coming up.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/27-
1. Complete the exercises in your blue Game Book for the chapter A Gift to God. Continue to look for special moments that remind you of God and work to practice gratitude in your life.

Today in class we worked on:
2/20-
1) Today we learned the parshat referred to as the Akeidah. This parshat discusses God’s request that Abraham sacrifice his favorite son, Isaac, to God. Abraham prepared to do so and showed his willingness to do God’s will. God stopped Abraham and provided a ram for the sacrifice and promised Abraham his children’s children would number the stars in the sky and dust of the earth.
2) We decorated Refuah Shlemah cards for friends at Beth Am who become ill and learned about the mitzvah of caring for the ill.
3) We also worked on our 10 Commandments song together.
4) We had a lovely tefillah with Rabbi Bellows
5) At Shira, Morah Ari took us to a camp setting and led us in singing several folk songs along our imaginary campfire. Rabbi Prass explained the Jewish relevance behind several of them.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/20-
Continue to work on your song.

Today in class we worked on:
2/13-
1) Today we reviewed last week’s parshat about Abraham & Sarah having a son and the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah. Students then illustrated the parshat for their Torah scrolls and worked in their “A Child’s Bible Game Book.”
2) We practiced our 10 Commandments song – students are doing a fabulous job! They even wanted to practice the song while playing Hodgy Podgy and were terrific.
3) We joined Rabbi Prass for tefilot and a lovely story and Morah Ari for shirah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/13-
1) Continue to practice your song. Complete the exercises in your Game book for the current chapter (and any not previously finished). Continue to look for moments that remind you that God is around and to practice opportunities for gratitude.

Today in class we worked on:
2/6-
1. Today we continued our study of the Torah by learning how Abram and Sarai had their names changed to Abraham and Sarah, were told they would have a son and name him Isaac, because they laughed with told because they believed they were too old. We also learned how God was frustrated by the evil being done in the cities of Sodom & Gomorrah, and Abraham got him to promise not to destroy the cities if there were 10 good people there. Unfortunately there were not, but Abraham’s nephew Lot and his family were rescued, but Lot’s wife chose to look back and was turned into a pillar of salt.
2. We also practiced our 10 Commandments song and played Hodgy Podgy to practice it and review today’s parshat.
3. We had a lovely tefillah with Rabbi Bellows and a fun shirah with Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/6-
1. Continue to practice your song and complete the exercises in “A Child’s Bible” for the chapter A Sad Tale of Sodom.

Today in class we worked on:
1/30-
1) Today we reviewed our parshat about Abram’s journey to Canaan, so students could illustrate the pashat. We reread the story for those who were absent last week. Students had time to illustrate this week’s parshat.
2) We had a lovely tefilat with Rabbi Bellows, and a fun shirah with Morah Ari
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/30-
1) Finish through chapter 6 in your Child’s Bible Game Book for next week
2) Continue to work on your 10 Commandments song.

1/23-
1) Today was a busy day!
2) We had tefilah with Rabbi Prass, then learned the next parshat in the Torah about Abram, the first Jew, and his journey to Canaan with his wife Sarai and nephew Lot. We looked the section of the parshat where Abram told Lot to choose where to go so their field hands would not fight over resources for their herds. From this act, we have the concept of Shalom Bayit – peace in the home – where we work to prevent arguments and strife in our home life.
3) We packed imaginary backpacks for a journey like Abram’s and walked around the school. Then we came back and worked on our 10 Commandments song and played hodgy podgy to review today’s parshat.
4) We also had a fun shira with Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/23-
1) Finish the exercises in you A Child’s Bible for the chapter about the long journey. Continue to practice your 10 Commandments song.

Today in class we worked on:
1/16-
1. Today was a packed day!
2. We reviewed our parshat on the Tower of Babel, students illustrated the story, then we worked on our 10 Commandments song, and played hodgy podgy to review what we have learned from the Torah so far.
3. We had a great tefillah with a great big tree (aka Rabbi Prass) where we talked about Tu b’Shevat and the love and respect we hold for trees.
4. We had a rousing shirah with Morah Ari singing fun songs about Tu b’Shevat.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/16-
1. Continue to work on your 10 Commandments song with this link: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc
2. Continue to practice kindness and graciousness on the people around you. Keep looking for special moments in your life that remind you of God.

Today in class we worked on:
1/9-
1) Today we began a new parshat of our Torah lessons – the Tower of Babel. Students were asked to name as many languages as they could and were then asked why they thought we had so many languages around the world. Today’s parshat explains that! We learned how the builders became so obsessed with building the tallest tower, to make it reach the sky, and to eventually challenge God, that they forgot about everything else. They forgot about each other, they forgot about the world around them. All they cared about was going higher. God became frustrated and made it so they could not understand each other and the groups who spoke the same language eventually wandered off across the world to settle together. We talked about the importance of having goals and working to achieve them, but the need to not be obsessed by them and forget about everything else.
2) We made thank you notes for Mrs. Cohen whose last day with the school was today.
3) We had a lovely tefillah with Rabbi Bellows and a fun shirah with Morah Ari where we sang songs about Tu b’Shevat, which starts next week.
4) We also worked on our 10 Commandments song.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/9-
1) Practice your 10 Commandments song 10 minutes a day. You can find the song here: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc

Today in class we worked on:
12/12 –
1. Today we reviewed the parshat about Noah’s Ark and illustrated it.
2. We worked on exercises in our Game Book.
3. We had a great tefillah with Rabbi Prass and a terrific shirah with Morah Ari.
4. We started working on our 10 Commandments Song, working on the words and the meaning of the song.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/12 –
1. Complete the exercises for chapter 4 in your GameBook. Practice the 10 Commandments song during vacation – you can find it here: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc
2. Have a great vacation!

Today in class we worked on:
12/5 –
1. We began the day with an all school t’fillah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari. As part of the t’fillah, our madrichim and several 6th graders led a short skit which told the Chanukah story.
2. Then we went back to class where we:
a. Today we talked about the Chanukah story – the historical parts of it, and looked at the miracle of a relatively small group of fighters ultimately defeated a large army, including elephants!
b. We talked about how in Judaism there is a tradition of celebrating some holidays with the description “They tried to destroy us. They failed. Let’s eat!” We also looked at how, when the Temple was finally rededicated after the Assyrians were driven out, the most recent Temple holiday (pilgrimage holiday) had been Sukkot, so the Jews had an opportunity to celebrate their holiday for 8 days, along with the miracle of the oil.
c. We talked about standing up for what we believe in and not succumbing to bullies.
d. And learned that the dreidel was used in Torah study when it had been study had been banned – if a group studying was found by soldiers, they would bring out the dreidels and begin to play!
3. Then we did an all school program with rotations looking at the current holiday of Chanukah. The stations were:
a. Dreidel: The letters on the dreidel, what they stand for, dreidel competition
b. ABC Chanukah: thinking of a Chanukah related word for each word in the English alphabet.
c. Craft which helped us think about how we can shine a light as Jews.
4. Creative Chanukiah Competition: the most creative chanukiah they could think of- We ended the day with an all school Chanukah shira.
5. Each child was given a dreidel to play with and an edible ring pop shaped like a dreidel.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/5 – N/A

Today in class we worked on:
11/21 –
1) Today we continued our study of the Torah by learning about Noah’s Ark. We learned that generations after Cain & Abel, people had become mean and evil, especially toward each other, and God was fed up. God had decided to start all over again. God found Noah, a man God considered righteous and who we are told walked with God, and told Noah to build an Ark big enough to hold two of each animal and his family to withstand a great flood. We learned that after the flood, God promised Noah to never again destroy the world with a flood and gave us the rainbow as a symbol of that promise.
2) We also continued to talk about the rules God gave us to live well together, including the laws after the flood not to kill and not to eat from animals that were still alive.
3) We listened to a song about the 10 Commandments that we will begin learning after Thanksgiving break.
4) We had a wonderful tefilah with Rabbi Bellows and a fun shirah with Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/21 –
1) Finish the exercises in A Child’s Bible (brown book) for Noah’s Ark chapter. Continue to look for things to be grateful for.
2) Begin listening to our 10 Commandments song which can be found here: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc

Today in class we worked on:
11/14 –
1) Today was a drawing day! We reviewed our last Torah parshat – Cain and Abel, and then illustrated it for our Torah Scrolls.
2) We talked about rules and God, and why we have rules.
3) We played a fun game with our Madrichot Mallory and Taylor.
4) We had a wonderful tefilah with Rabbi Bellows and the 1st-2nd graders.
5) And we had a great shirah with Morah Ari singing new and old songs as we prepare for Chanukah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/14 –
1) Make sure to complete the exercises in Chapter 3 in A Child’s Bible and A Child’s Bible Gamebook.
2) Keep saying thank you to people and looking for special moments during your week to add to our Eitz Tovim.

Today in class we worked on:
11/7 –
1) Today we continued our Torah study with the parshat about Cain and Abel. We discussed siblings, how we get along with them (or not), anger, doing our best, jealousy, and consequences of actions. We discussed giving gifts with intention instead of whatever is easy and what kind of gifts mean the most to them, and we discussed truth and lying when we have made an error.
2) We also discussed b’tzelem elohim being made in God’s image. We talked about how we are all made in God’s image, even though no one of us is the same, and how we choose to act is also a reflection of God’s teachings.
3) We had a wonderful tefilah with Rabbi Prass and a fun shirah with Morah Ari outside.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/7 –
1) Finish the exercises in chapter 3 of A Child’s Bible (the brown one).
2) Continue to look for things that remind you of God, for happy moments, and remember to say thank you to people in your life.

Today in class we worked on:
10/31 –
1. 1st – 3rd grade enjoyed T’Fillah (prayer) led by Rabbi Bellows.
2. Today was a drawing day. We reviewed our second parshat of the Torah – about the Garden of Eden. We looked at key parts of the parshat and illustrated it for our Torah scrolls. We also took down several questions for Rabbi Prass about God for a later session.
3. 1st – 3rd grade enjoyed Rekudei Am (Israeli Folk Dancing) outside led by Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/31 –
1. Complete the exercises in your Game Book for chapter 2
2. Continue to practice gratitude and pay attention to what is going on around you.

Today in class we worked on:
10/24 –
1) Today we discussed the Garden of Eden, where Adam named the animals, and God created a partner for Adam who he named Eve. We learned that everything was provided for Adam and Eve, but they were not to eat from the trees in the center of the Garden – the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life. The serpent tempted Eve, telling her that no she would not die if she ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, and convinced her it would be fine. She ate some fruit and also gave some to Adam who ate. After they ate from the Tree, they learned the difference from Good and Evil, and were no longer the innocents they had been. God was angered and when God asked how they came to eat the fruit, Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent, whose arms and legs were taken away and it was made to slither in the dirt ever after. Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden and work to care for themselves ever after.
2) We had a great tefillah with Rabbi Bellows where we learned about the Shma, and a fun Shirah with Morah Ari where we learned some Hebrew songs.
3) We added leaves of good things to our Etz Tovim – our Tree of Good Things, and discussed where we can find God, and the importance of letting God into our lives.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/24 –
1) Continue to look for moments that remind you of God, moments of happiness, and continue to practice gratitude by thanking people in your life.

Today in class we worked on:
10/17 –
1) Today was a fun, different day. Today was a taste of Macheneh Beth Am – Camp Beth Am. We had fun activities (tasty smores, played GaGa, and improvised a skit based on this week’s Torah parshat), learned text and brachot, and saw a special presentation from Reform Judaism’s overnight Camp OSRUI (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaga) to top it off.
2) And we even managed to start our next parshat in our “A Child’s Bible” reading about the Garden of Eden.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/17 –
1) Keep practicing saying thank you to people in your life this week. Continue to look for special moments that make you happy and special moments that remind you of God.

Today in class we worked on:
10/10 –
1. Today was a busy day! We started with tefilah with Rabbi Prass outside, then we chose our tzedakah project for the year – students chose #TeamTrees – a worldwide organization aimed at planting trees. All donations go to the Arbor Day Foundation to facilitate tree planting around the world. $1 = 1 tree.
2. Then we reviewed last week’s parshat – B’resheet or Creation. Students reviewed what was created on each day of creation. They then illustrated Creation, which will go into their illustrated Torah scrolls at the end of the year.
3. We also had a wonderful shirah with Morah Ari, singing great songs. Then we were visited by the 1-2 grade who showed us what they worked on today: learning the letter ‘tav’ and learning about the Torah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/10 –
1. Please complete the exercises in your ‘A Child’s Bible Gamebook’ for chapter 1 – pages 3-5. Please do with a family member if you need help.
2. Continue to practice thanking people in your life every day, and looking for special moments that remind you of God or that make you feel wonder.

Today in class we worked on:
10/3 –
1. Today we studied the first chapter of the Torah – Bre’sheet (In the Beginning).
• We studied how God created everything in 6 days and rested on the 7th, which is why we have Shabbat and have a holiday devoted to rest. We discussed the reason for resting and the benefits of resting.
• We discussed why Jewish holidays start at sundown because the Torah says ‘It was evening, it was morning, the first day.
• We talked about how humans were made in God’s image – and that means that everyone, no matter how they look, how differently abled they may be, where they come from, what language they speak – are all part of God’s image.

We also continued in our book “Partners with God,” looking at where we can find God. We listened to sounds from nature, and discussed remembering to take time to recognize what is going on around us. Our book noted that when we let God in and are aware of things around us, we can see God everywhere. When we close ourselves off from the world around us, we lose sight of God.

We also had a great tefilah with Rabbi Bellows, and a fun shirah with Morah Ari outside under the tent.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/3 –
1. Practice saying thank you to people this week. Really stop and recognize kindnesses. Also remember to look at moments that remind you of God.

Today in class we worked on:
9/26 –
Today was our first class back at JCYS – a wonderful and full day.

• We started with tefilah with Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari outside
• We went to our classroom, got our name tags, and talked about our upcoming year.
• We discussed the idea of circles and cycles in our lives and students listed different things that are go around and around, like life cycles, the week, the year, planet orbits, paper making, and around all the circles students listed there was one final circle – students were asked what encompasses all things. God encompasses all.
• We talked a bit about God, answering questions and letting students know we will be talking about God all year.
• Students were given their Torah Books (A Child’s Bible) and we read the introduction together. We will begin the first chapter of the Torah next week, and students will also illustrate the parshaot (chapters) for a complete scroll at the end of the year.
• We, along with 1st – 2nd grade, went to shirah with Morah Ari and sang some fun songs. It was fun to sing outside.
• We concluded class with our second textbook – Partnership with God, and students took turns reading aloud and answering questions. We read the first chapter, which discussed how we know God is around us if we can’t see God.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/26 –
1. Students were asked to pay attention to moments that make them think of God, special moments they are thankful for, special things that make them happy. We will begin adding to our Etz Tovim (Tree of Good Things) each week.

Today in class we worked on:
9/19 –
1) It was a joy and a privilege to welcome back, in person, all of our Kindergarten – 6th grade students!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
2) For our first session, we met at the synagogue, because the synagogue has missed our children! And we wanted them to spend time in our Sukkah.
3) We had a brief t’fillah (service) in the sanctuary to start the day and ended the day with shira (music) outside on the lawn.
4) In between that, we had 5 rotations which were:
a. Go into the Sukkah with Rabbi Bellows and shake the lulav & etrog
b. Talk about our best ‘fruits of our labors’ this last year that we would bring to the Temple in Jerusalem
c. We played Lulav, lulav, etrog (think Duck, duck, goose) so we could practice saying these ‘once a year’ words.
d. We wrote our own creative prayers for Sukkot (these were posted to Facebook)
e. We talked about Ushpizin (guests to the sukkah) and who we would want to invite to our sukkah. (these were posted to Facebook)
5) All the rotations were done by class so we could meet our Morim, Madrichim, and our Religious School friends. There was also some time to get to know each other and learn about what we will be studying during this school year.
6) Thank you to the many that brought in items for our Sukkot CBA Tzedakah Drive – Supporting FillAHeart4Kids. If you still want to donate, you can bring in the items thru next Monday, September 27th
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/19 –
1. Please remember tzedakah
2. Reminder, beginning next Sunday, we return to JCYS
3. The time of the session is 9:30 – 11:30
4. Thank you to the many that brought in items for our Sukkot CBA Tzedakah Drive – Supporting FillAHeart4Kids. If you still want to donate, you can bring in the items thru next Monday, September 27th. They are collecting:
a. $10 gift cards to McDonalds
b. New Winter hats/gloves for teens/adults- boys and girls.