education – 5th grade

Today in class we worked on:
5/15-
1. 4th & 5th grade had Shira with Morah Ari
2. We wrapped up our school year
3. We played a review game
4. Talked about our favorite topic we covered this year
5. All school T’fillah with Rabbi Prass, Rabbi Bellows, and Morah Ari
6. Thank you for a great school year. I hope everyone has a fantastic summer

Today in class we worked on:
5/8-
1. 4th – 6th grade had Shira with Morah Ari
2. We talked about Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel independence day)
3. We talked about Yom Hazikaron
4. We enjoyed being in a special T’Fillah (prayer) with the rest of the classrooms and with Rabbi Bellows, Rabbi Prass, and Morah Ari. We also honored all parents. The 2nd Graders participated in an Olim Ceremony.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/8-
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
5/1-
1) We met at Chicago Jewish Funeral home to continue to discuss our death and dying unit
2) One of the Funeral Directors, Yehuda, showed us around and presented the information.
3) It was wonderful to have parents join us.
4) If you have any questions about today’s conversation, please reach out to us.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/1-
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
4/24-
1. 4th – 6th grade had an assembly with Rabbi Prass where we heard a song connected to the holocaust in commemoration of the upcoming Yom Hashoah, and a song about Israel in celebration of Israel’s upcoming birthday. We also had a chance to look at and choose cards about Israel which we found interesting.
2. We began our death and dying unit
3. Began talking about Yom HaShoah
4. 4th – 6th grade joined for T’fillah with Rabbi Prass
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/24-
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
4/10-
1. 4th & 5th grade had Shira with Morah Ari
2. We started talking about Passover
i. We talked about what passover means to us
ii. Created passover skits
3. 4th, 5th, & 6th grade had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari where we talked about asking questions is a Jewish way of learning.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/10-
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
4/3-
1) We started talking about Passover
We talked about what passover means to us
2) 4th – 5th grade had Shira with Morah Ari
3) 4th – 6th grade had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/3-
1) Save the date for May 1st, 9:30 for our 5th grade field trip

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) First, using special Purim song sheets Morah Ari led us in several Purim songs and polled everyone as to what their favorite flavor of Hamantashen was.
2) We started talking about Purim:
o Read from our textbook
o created skits about the Purim Story
3) Finally, at Tefilla Rabbi Prass discussed the current tragedy in Ukraine, one that has strongly impacted the Beth Am community, and Morah Ari led us in two very special prayers for peace.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/6-
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
2/27-
1. We enjoyed being in T’Fillah (prayer)with the rest of all the classes, Rabbi Prass, and Morah Ari. In addition, we enjoyed watching the 5th grade Faux Wedding Aufruf where we showered our 5th grade Faux bride and groom with soft candies.
2. We had our 5th grade faux wedding
3. Thank you to all of the parents that attended! It was great to see so many of you in person.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/27-
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
2/20-
1. First 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.
2. Returning to class, we first made “Get Well” cards for members of our Beth Am family who were under the weather.
3. We continued to talk about Jewish Weddings
4. We practiced our lines for our 5th grade faux wedding next week
5. At Tefilla, Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari facilitated a Havdalah Service.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/20-
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
2/13-
1. We continued to talk about the Jewish Weddings
2. We talked about how we would want our weddings to be
3. We talked about the symbols of a Jewish Wedding
4. We got our wedding parts
5. 4th – 5th grades had Shira with Morah Ari
6. 4th – 6th grades had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/13-
None at this time.

Today in class we worked on:
2/6-
1. We started learning about Jewish Weddings
a. We looked at various symbols and talked about what makes a Jewish home
2. We had Shira and T’fillah
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/6-
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
1/30-
1. We began talking about the next part of the Jewish life cycle: bar and bat mitzvah
2. We had Shira with Ari
3. We had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass & Morah Ari
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/30-
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
1/23-
1. We began talking about the next part of the Jewish life cycle: Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
2. 4th -5th grade had Shira with Morah Ari
3. 4th -6th grade had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/23-
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
1/16-
1. We started learning about Tu Bishvat
2. We had Shira with Ari
3. We had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/16-
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
1/9-
• We started learning about Tu Bishvat
• We had Shira with Ari
• We had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass

Today in class we worked on:
12/12 –
• We wrapped up our Hanukkah unit
• Played a review game
• We had Shira with Ari
• We had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/12 –
We start winter break this week. We are back on 1/9.

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. Studied and talked about Chanukah as part of the 5th grade curriculum on Jewish holidays.
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.
d. Creative Chanukiah Competition: the most creative chanukiah they could think of
4. 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 –
• We began talking about Hanukkah
• Played a review game
• We had Shira with Ari
• We had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass & Morah Ari
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/21 – N/A

Today in class we worked on:
11/14 –
1. We had our 5th baby naming , the culmination of our unit
2. We talked some more about a name
3. We named our “babies”
4. We had Shira with Ari
5. We had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass & Morah Ari
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/14 – N/A

Today in class we worked on:
11/7 –
1. We continued to talk about baby naming
2. We talked about the importance of a name by looking at our names
3. Had Shira with Morah Ari
4. Had T’fillah with Morah Ari and Rabbi Prass
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/7 –
1. Please bring a stuffed animal for our baby naming next week!

Today in class we worked on:
10/31 –
1. 5th grade enjoyed Rekudei Am (Israeli Folk Dancing) outside led by Morah Ari.
2. Our CBA 5th grade baby naming ceremony is happening on November 14
3. We worked on Chapter 1 & 2 in our “Sacred Time” text book which discusses the Jewish rituals around baby naming and Brit Milah.
4. 4th – 6th grade enjoyed T’Fillah (prayer) led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/31 – N/A

Today in class we worked on:
10/24 –
1. Finished our Shabbat and Havdallah unit and talked about ways to make Shabbat special for us
2. T’fillah with 4th – 6th grade led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari
3. Shira with 4th – 6th grade led by Morah Ari
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/24 – N/A

Today in class we worked on:
10/17 –
We had a camptastic day!
• Havadallah and Shira with Rabbi Bellows, Rabbi Prass, and Morah Ari
• Had some classroom time where we continued to talk about Shabbat and Havadallah
• Talked about Jewish foods and got to eat a yummy camp treat
• Learned about this week Torah portion by creating our own skits
• Talked about taking care of our bodies by playing GAGA (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaga )
• Had a presentation about Reform Judaism’s summer camp OSRUI (https://osrui.org/)

Today in class we worked on:
10/10 –
• Learned about Shabbat
o We discussed why Shabbat is important to each of the students
• We had T’fillah outside with Rabbi Prass, Morah Ari, and all of 4th – 6th grade
• We had Shira with Morah Ari outside with all of 4th – 6th grade

Today in class we worked on:
10/3 –
• Learned about the Torah and why it matters to us
• Talked about Simchat Torah
• We had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass
• We had Shira with Morah Ari
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/3 –
N/A

Today in class we worked on:
9/26 –
• We continued to study about the high holidays by talking about Sukkot
• We did some more ice breakers in order for students to continue to get to know each other
• We had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass
• We had Shira with Morah Ari

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.