education – 5th grade

Today in class we worked on: 

2/5-

  1. We had our 5th Grade Boker B’yachad today and the 5th Grade Faux Wedding.  It was great to see all the parents there.  
  1. The parents had time to study with Rabbi Bellows. 
  1. Owing to the 5th Grade Model Wedding we had an unusual morning schedule.  We had an all school Tefilla, which featured the 5th graders acting out a Shabbat Chatan V’Kallah.  We had the chance to shower them with soft candy.  
  1. Had our 5th grade FAUX wedding which was a way to show our families and each other all that we had studied.  
  1. We had a ‘sweet’ reception afterwards where we all were able to enjoy each other’s company.  

Homework to be completed by next class:  

NA 

Today in class we worked on: 

1/29-

  1. Boker Tov assembly! With all the classes together. 
  1. Continued to prepare for the Jewish Wedding next weekend. Our 5th grade Faux wedding is on 2/5/23.  Parents are invited. 
  1. At Shira we had a great time with Morah Ari, singing the “Tree Song” and Austin Rappaport’s suggestion “The Hope.” 
  1. At Tefilla, Rabbi Prass talked about the prayer in which we express our thanks for having adequate clothing.  We also enjoyed the 6th graders rendition of the events in this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Beshalach.  All in all, it was great day in our class at Beth Am. 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

Our 5th grade Faux wedding is on 2/5/23.  Parents are invited. 

Today in class we worked on: 

1/22-

  1. Boker Tov assembly! With all the classes together. 
  1. Began our Jewish Wedding Unit. Our 5th grade Faux wedding is on 2/5/23.  Parents are invited.  
  1. 4th & 5th grade had Shira led by Morah Ari.   
  1. 4th – 6th grade had T’fillah led by Morah Ari and Rabbi Prass.  

Homework to be completed by next class:  

NA 

Today in class we worked on: 

1/15-

  1. Began talking about Tu Bishvat, which is the birthday of the trees 
  1. At Shira we had a great time with Morah Ari getting into the spirit of Tu B’Shvat!   
  1. At the t’fillah with 4th – 6th grade, our class got to participate in a play about this week’s Torah portion 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

NA 

Today in class we worked on: 

12/18- 

  1. We had an all school t’fillah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari.  One student from each class helped with the physical holy objects.  We focused on the symbols of light we Jews use: the 2 Shabbat candles, then moved into making Havdalah (the wine cup, spice box, and twisted Havdalah candle), and then we lit the chanukiah in preparation for the first night of Chanukah.  At the end of t’fillah we had the opportunity to ask Rabbi Prass questions about Chanukah or the lights.  
  1. Then we went broke into 10 groups for the CBA Chanukah Candle Challenge (think Amazing Race for Chanukah).  The 9 challenges were: 
  1. Make a group magen (shield) just like the Maccabees 
  1. “figure out” the Chanukah story thru a rebus and then video it 
  1. Calculate how many candles you need for all 8 days including the shamas 
  1. Prepare a Chanukah song and record it (those will be posted on the CBA Facebook page) 
  1. Match Chanukah customs from around the world 
  1. Different spellings of Chanukah (the most correct one is the Hebrew one 😊) 
  1. Dreidel learning thru dreidel play 
  1. What are the important Chanukah gifts I can give (the answers will be posted on the CBA Facebook page) 
  1. What are my brachot (their work will be posted on the CBA Facebook page) 
  1. We regathered as an entire school to for a Chanukah shira led by Morah Ari.  We also heard the Chanukah story in the form of a play led by the 4th grade class.  

Homework to be completed by next class: 

  1. Please remember tzedakah. 
  1. Happy Chanukah!!! 
  1. There is Hebrew School this Week (12/20 & 12/21) 
  1. The CBA Winter Break schedule is: 
  1. Sunday, December 25 - Sunday, January 8 NO Religious & Hebrew School – Winter Break 
  1. Tuesday, January 10 - Tuesday Hebrew School Resumes 
  1. Wednesday, January 11 - Wednesday Hebrew School Resumes 
  1. Sunday, January 15 - Religious School Resumes 
  1. You can always access the school calendars by clicking here
  1. You can always access the entire CBA calendar by clicking here

Today in class we worked on: 

12/11-

  1. Boker Tov! With all the classes together. 
  1. We continued our B’nei Mitzvah unit  
  1. Watched keeping up with the steins and discussed how sometimes as a society we forget the importance of what a bar and bat mitzvah is 
  1. 4th – 6th grade had Shira led by Morah Ari. We had a great time with Morah Ari getting into the spirit of Chanukah, with some of the classic songs of the upcoming festival.  
  1. 4th – 6th grade had t’fillah led by Rabbi Prass & Morah Ari. Rabbi Prass went over the meaning of some of the prayers in our school siddur. We acted out, with the help of several members of our class, this week’s Torah portion which tells the story of Joseph and his brothers.   

Homework to be completed by next class:  

NA 

Today in class we worked on: 

12/4-

  1. We enjoyed the new morning schedule, which features a “Boker tov” assembly as Religious School starts. 
  1. At Shira, Morah Ari led us in songs for the upcoming holiday of Channukah.   
  1. Began our B’nei Mitzvah unit 
  • Watched Keeping up with the Steins and discussed how sometimes as a society we forget the importance of what a Bar and Bat Mitzvah is 
  1. At Tefilla, Rabbi Prass led us in a play describing the events in this week’s Torah portion of Vayishlach.  All in all it was a great morning of Jewish learning! 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

NA 

Today in class we worked on: 

11/20-

  1. Morah Ari led 4th – 6th grade Shira 
  1. Continued our Shabbat Unit 
  1. We used play dough to make Shabbat symbols such as challah  
  1. Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari led 4th – 6th grade T’fillah  

Homework to be completed by next class:  

N/A 

Today in class we worked on: 

11/13-

  1. Began talking about Shabbat 
  1. Review previously taught holidays 
  1. At Shira we enjoyed having Morah Ari back.   
  1. Finally, we finished our morning at Tefilla, led by Rabbi Bellows.  We enjoyed listening to a Dvar Torah on this week’s upcoming parasha of Chaya Sarah!   

Homework to be completed by next class:  

NA 

Today in class we worked on:

11/6-

  1. Our high school student Matthew Swolsky led 4th – 6th grade in Shira.
  2. We had our annual 5th grade Baby Naming.  It was the culmination of our unit on the Jewish rituals surrounding birth.
  3. Rabbi Prass and one of our high school students, Matthew Swolsky, led t’fillah with 4th – 6th graders

Homework to be completed by next class:

NA

Today in class we worked on:

10/23-

  1. At Shira, Morah Ari introduced 4th – 6th graders to songs that were relevant to the upcoming Torah portion of Parashat Noach.
  2. In class, we talked about Jewish baby namings
    1. Why we have Hebrew names
    2. The meaning behind our names
  3. At Tefilla, Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari built on the themes of the Torah portion and discussed some of the tzedakah projects Beth Am is working on. We also enjoyed having our madrichim lead us in the story/sermon.

Homework to be completed by next class:

NA

Today in class we worked on:

10/16-

  1. We had shira led by Morah Ari with 4th – 6th grade.
  2. Talked about Simchat Torah
  3. Begin talking about baby namings
  4. We had T’Filah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari with all of 4th – 6th grade.

Homework to be completed by next class:

N/A

Today in class we worked on:

10/9:

  1. We began the day with an all school t’fillah in our CBA sanctuary.  As part of the t’fillah, we talked about what makes our sanctuary space unique.
  2. Then we broke into 6 round robin rotations by grade:
    1. An ice breaker to get to know our classmates better
    2. Sukkah visit: with Rabbi Bellows where we shook the lulav & etrog
    3. Movement: Practicing reading/saying the words lulav and etrog by playing duck, duck, goose with the words lulav, etrog
    4. Craft: Talking about ushpizin (sukkot guests) and which ushpizin we want to spend time with this week of Sukkot.  Their ideas were turned into sukkah decorations.
    5. Building: we studied one of the original rabbinic texts (Mishnah Sukkah 1:1) about the Sukkah construction and then built a sukkah with either Legos, Lincoln logs, or designed them with colored pencils.
    6. Sukkot Brachot: We studied the traditional 3 Sukkot brachot, and then wrote our own creative ones based on the traditional themes.
  3. We all came back together for an all school shira in the sanctuary
  4. After shira we met with the mother and sister of Zac, who started Zac’s Zoo.  Our learners had lots of great questions for them and were clearly inspired by this project.
    1. The project continues thru Sukkot & Simchat Torah which is Tuesday, October 18th.  Our learners set the goal of bringing in 100 new stuffed animals.  Thank you to our 7th grader, Hayden Kidd who brought this project to Beth Am.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Next week, Religious School returns to JCYS
  2. Please remember tzedakah.

Today in class we worked on:
10/2-

  1. First at Shira, Morah Ari went over songs to help us prepare for the important holiday of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
  2. Read about Yom Kippur
  3. Talked about ways to say sorry and how to be better in the coming year
  4. At Tefilla, Rabbi Prass talked about how we can build community through the common experience of prayer.  We held our school service outside, despite the rather blustery weather.

Homework to be completed by next class:

N/A

Today in class we worked on:
9/18-

  1. All School T’fillah outside led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari. We heard the sound of the shofar in celebration of Elul.
  2. Preformed our Rosh Hasana skits
  3. Made Rosh Hasana cards for our CBA college students
  4. Finished reading the Rosh Hasana chapter in our textbook
  5. 4th – 6th grade had Shira with Morah Ari

Today in class we worked on:
9/11-
• We enjoyed a very active Sunday, starting with the Opening School Ceremony led by Rabbi Prass, who was dressed as a Candy Bar as a sign of our hopes for a sweet school year of Jewish Learning here at Beth Am. It was great to have so many parents with us.
• Getting to know you activities
• Began to talk about Rosh Hashana
• Worked on our Rosh Hashana skits
• Shira with Morah Ari and all of 4th – 6th grade