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This Week at OKCJS

Important Dates

Library

4:30 PreK-3: Tu B’Shevat is on the horizon;  it’s hard to imagine a blossoming tree in the dead of winter, but Tu B’shevat is more than a “Birthday of the Trees”, but also a celebration of everything in nature and our jobs as custodians of the Earth. Thus there is an explosion of books on the subject, enough for our youngest students this week and Jan 27, the day before the holiday.

5:30 4-7: Older students will also learn about Tu B’shevat and specific mitzvot demanding that we protect the environment. But on Jan 20 — Inauguration Day — we will pivot back to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday to learn about the Black/Jewish alliance in America and what rabbinical sources had to say about race, prejudice, and justice.

PreK-7 – G’vurah, New Judaism Module

This Week’s Family Schmooze

Each week’s Judaism lesson comes with a discussion guide for the week’s lesson that is appropriate for the entire family. Copies were placed for you in your child’s blue folder. We suggest that you put the Family Schmooze documents on your fridge but just in case it might be easier to have access to the digital version, here’s the link to this week’s Schmooze.

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Join the La-bri’ut Sing Along

Composer Jay Rappaport has written a theme song for our Judaism curriculum La-bri’ut: To Our Health and Wellness. Today our PreK-7th graders learned this song. Join students at the other 28 plus Jewish schools that are also using the La-bri’ut curriculum for this sing along. Register for the event here.

Listen to the song online here. There is also a link to the song in Seesaw for your children to have access to the song.

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Sunday January 17

If you need help logging in to Zoom, text Rob Manson at the phone number in today’s email.

Important Dates

Sunday’s Schedule

9:15-12:15 High School
9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
10:00-10:15 Assembly – La-bri’ut Song
10:15-10:55 Lower El – Hebrew; Upper El – Judaism
11:15-12:55 Lower El – Judaism; Upper El – Hebrew
11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)

Library this week

Mrs. Rachel will be reading and teaching topics about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Tu b’Shevat over the next few weeks.

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National La-bri’ut Sing Along

Our Judaism curriculum this year is called La-bri’ut. La-bri’ut is what you say when someone sneezes or does not feel well. It means “to your health” and has the same meaning as when we say in English “feel better” or God bless”. Our children are learning Jewish values that can help them to “feel better” in this difficult year.

Get ready to rock out with the incredible La-bri’ut song, written and performed by Jay Rapoport, RJE.

Register here for the National La-bri’ut Sing Along

La-briut Song Video & Lyrics

Download the lyrics to the La-bri’ut Song.

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Hebrew Reading Test

The Diagnostic Hebrew Reading Test will be administered to students in grades 3-7 at the following times:

  • Monday 1/18 @ 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 1/20 @ 5:00pm
  • Wednesday 1/20 @ 6:00pm

The test will take approximately 30 minutes. Please have your student attend ONE of the testing sessions.

Students can find a copy of the test in their blue folders. Students should place their completed tests into the included stamped, addressed envelope and place it in the mail ASAP.

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Pick Up PreK-7 Supplies This Week

We begin a new Judaism module next Sunday. Please pick up your child’s supplies at CoM between 7a-2p M-F this week. Supplies are sorted by teacher. PreK-3 students get a blue folder and a box. Students in 4-7 get a blue folder. If you need to make other arrangements for pick up, contact Nora.

Glue Sticks

PreK-3 students will need a glue stick for one of their activities. They got glue sticks for an earlier module but if your child doesn’t have theirs, you can take one from the box on the table.

Family Schmooze Documents

Before giving the blue folder to your child, open the folder and from the left side pocket and take the Family Schmooze documents and put them on your refrigerator or another place where you can easily find them each week.  They will guide you through a family discussion that you should find to be very meaningful in this difficult year.

Hebrew Through Movement Photo Cards

Take the photo cards and put them in your child’s yellow Hebrew Through Movement folder.  (Rabbi Schicker’s students do not have these cards.)

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Sunday, January 10

We are back in regular school session this Sunday. Looking forward to seeing our students.

Sunday’s Schedule

9:15-12:15 High School
9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
10:00-10:15 Assembly
10:15-10:55 Lower El – Hebrew; Upper El – Judaism
11:15-12:55 Lower El – Judaism; Upper El – Hebrew
11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade plus Jake)

Pick up School Supplies this Week

PreK-7 parents can pick up school supplies for our next module at the Congregation of Moses this week, Monday through Friday from 7am-2pm. If you are unable to go during these hours, please contact Nora to arrange for a more convenient time.

PreK-7 Glitter Warning!

We know that some of our parents do not allow glitter. Please be aware that glitter is one of the items in the upcoming week’s activity. If you do not want your child to use glitter, feel free to take it out of the supply bag. It is an optional ingredient.

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Back to School

Did you see the school article in your congregational newsletter? Lots of photos of our students. If you missed it, take a look here.

Hebrew 1:1’s

Hebrew 1:1’s will be held as usual this week.

Monday’s Schedule

Drop in any time 4:30-6:30 to hang out with friends and teachers and get help with Home Learning Activities & Challenges or come for the following scheduled activities.

Story Time

  • 4:30 PreK-3 with Sam

Hebrew Through Movement (grades PreK-5)
Students will need a menorah, at least two Hanukkah candles and a dreidle. If you don’t have these items at home we show the children how to improvise.

  • 5:00 HTM with Sam
  • 5:30 HTM with Sam

Kahoot! Games (grades 4-7)
Practice the prayers you are learning in class by playing learning games with your friends.

  • 4:30 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg
  • 5:00 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg
  • 5:30 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg

Wednesday’s Schedule

Drop in any time 4:30-6:30 to hang out with friends and teachers and get help with Home Learning Activities & Challenges or come for the following scheduled activities:

Library

Library will be all about Moses, Miriam, and the beginning of the book of Shemot (Exodus). There will be some delightful books to read to the younger ones, and for the older students, they may be surprised to learn just how similarly the story of Moses tracks with some of their favorite literature.

  • PreK-2 @ 4:30
  • Grades 3-7 @ 5:00

Hebrew Through Movement (grades PreK-5)
Students will need a menorah, at least two Hanukkah candles and a dreidel. If you don’t have these items at home we show the children how to improvise.

  • 4:30 HTM with Nava
  • 5:00 HTM with Nava
  • 6:00 HTM with Mr. Mannaberg

Kahoot! Games (grades 4-7)
Practice the prayers you are learning in class by playing learning games with your friends.

  • 4:30 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg
  • 5:00 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg
  • 5:30 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg
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This Week @ OKCJS

View the VIDEO of our PreK-7 students that was shown at the Community Hanukkah Celebration on Sunday. Thank you Carolyn and Brad Kennedy at Lucky Dog Media for editing our raw video. You did an amazing job!

Winter Break December 20-January 3 (School resumes January 4).

Hebrew 1:1’s
Hebrew 1:1’s will be held as usual this week.

What’s Happening Monday
Drop in any time 4:30-6:30 to hang out with friends and teachers and get help with Home Learning Activities & Challenges or come for the following scheduled activities:

Story Time

  • 4:30 PreK-3 with Sam

Hebrew Through Movement (grades PreK-5)
Students will need a menorah, at least two Hanukkah candles and a dreidle. If you don’t have these items at home we show the children how to improvise.

  • 5:00 HTM with Sam
  • 5:30 HTM with Sam

Kahoot! Games (grades 4-7)
Practice the prayers you are learning in class by playing learning games with your friends.

  • 4:30 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg
  • 5:00 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg
  • 5:30 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg

What’s Happening Wednesday
Drop in any time 4:30-6:30 to hang out with friends and teachers and get help with Home Learning Activities & Challenges or come for the following scheduled activities:

Library
Right in the midst of our Chanukah week, younger students will get SILLY, as I read the GOOFIEST Chanukah books in the Library. Older students will learn why cheese is as much a part of Chanukah as fried foods as we delve into the Book of Judith, also an apocryphal book excluded from the canon. Judith’s story can be a little bloody, so be prepared for some gore from some of our finest renaissance painters! Come join Mrs. Rachel as she shares books from the Fisher Library with us.

  • PreK-2 @ 4:30
  • Grades 3-7 @ 5:00

Hebrew Through Movement (grades PreK-5)
Students will need a menorah, at least two Hanukkah candles and a dreidel. If you don’t have these items at home we show the children how to improvise.

  • 4:30 HTM with Nava
  • 5:00 HTM with Nava
  • 6:00 HTM with Mr. Mannaberg

Kahoot! Games (grades 4-7)
Practice the prayers you are learning in class by playing learning games with your friends.

  • 4:30 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg
  • 5:00 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg
  • 5:30 Kahoot! with Mr. Mannaberg
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