A Special Wednesday this Week at Drop-in

4th-7th: Prepare for the Great Kahoot! Challenge this Wednesday

Join your friends from 4:30-6pm this Wednesday to prepare yourselves to win at Kahoot! on Sunday, November 1. Also be sure to practice the Kahoot! posted in Seesaw on your own during the week.

Spooky Library Readings on Wednesday

With Halloween coming up, Mrs. Rachel will be focusing on all the creepy, crawly, and spooky that is very much a part of Judaism! With everything from demons, dybbuks, ibburs (ghosts), golems, witches, magic, and amulets riddling every major text, it’s hard for her to choose which to present — quite a conundrum! Come this Wednesday to find out. PreK-3 at 4:30. 4-7 at 5.

Weekday Schedule

Drop in at other times for our usual fun weekday fare. Monday-Thursday from 4:30-6:30. See schedule in the sidebar.

Posted by Nora Chaus

What to Know for Sunday October 25

What to do if you need help during school hours

Between 9am and noon on Sunday phone number to text or call ‭(269) 270-2825‬ (Rob Manson). Don’t call, text or email Nora during school hours. You will get a quicker response from Rob.

If you are having trouble logging in, find Zoom Classroom Links in sidebar.

Where we meet

Grades PreK-10 will meet in the Lower Elementary Classroom.

Important Zoom Update

For the security of our students, please be sure to update your Zoom app on your computer, phone or tablet. The newest version is 5.3.2.

High School

High School meets from 9:15-12:15. Steph says, “don’t forget you’re making a treat today”. Better Together meets right after High School at 12:15.

Still having trouble with apps?

Nora is happy to meet with parents and/or students 1:1 to help resolve any issues or confusion you have with apps. Email Nora to set up an appointment.

Posted by Nora Chaus

Hebrew Through Movement Vocabulary – Level 3

This chart should NOT be shared with students. It is for parents only. With Hebrew through Movement, students learn by HEARING not reading.

Several parents have asked for the HTM vocabulary lists so we will be posting each level on the blog as we introduce it.

HebrewTransliterationTranslation
(הַ)שׁוּלְחָןHa Schulchan(the) table
(הַ)כִסֵּאHa Keesay(the) chair
אֶלElto
עַכְשָיוAch-Shavnow
רַקRakonly
לֹאLono
וְV’and
(הַ)מֹורֶׁהHa Moreh(the) teacher m.
(הַ)מֹורָהHa Morah(the) teacher f.
(הַ)מַדְרִיְךHa Madrich(the) teacher’s assistant m.
(הַ)מַדְרִיכָהHa Madricha(the) teacher’s assistant f.
(הַ)לּוּחַHa Loo-ach(the) board
(הַ)חַלֹוןHa Chalon(the) window
(הָ)רִצְפָהHa Ritzpah(the) floor
Posted by Nora Chaus in Curriculum, Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

Importance of Home Learning

In our virtual learning model, our home learning assignments are very important. We included home learning in our model so that our students wouldn’t have to spend so much time staring at a screen. The home activities and challenges are primarily analogue with the computer being used only to present the instructions.

The Sunday classes and the home learning together are the equivalent of what we used to do on Sundays. They are designed to complement each other. The Hebrew home learning (grades 3-7) helps prepare the student for their Sunday lesson and the Judaism home learning (grades PreK-7) encourages independent exploration of the concepts introduced on Sunday.

You can expect your student to have one required Hebrew home learning and one required Judaism home learning each week. Please be sure to set aside time each week for your student to complete their home learning.

Posted by Nora Chaus

Noah’s Ark at the Library

We’re chugging right along with the Torah. Next Shabbat is the story of Noah, and Noah’s ark books abound! Problem is, which to choose? I decided to focus on community helpers, small and big.

I went with a charmer called THE CHAMELEON THAT SAVED NOAH’S ARK by Yael Molchadsky. Things are humming right along in the ark, except the chameleons are proving to be picky eaters. Then, Naamah (Noah’s wife) discovers worms eating all the produce! What to do? The tiny chameleons show the way by gobbling up the worms (except 2 of course), thereby saving the food supply. Even little ones can help in a big way!

Our 2nd book was a midrashic tale called OG’S ARK by Allison Marks, depicting the giant Og, who looked pretty scary, but loved animals and helped Noah herd them onto the ark in exchange for a place to rest (on TOP of the ark!) during the flood. Though his size made him an outcast, he ended up being the biggest helper of all!

(Og, King of Bashan, is actually in the Torah, but lived on extensively in midrash. For a whimsical outline of his exploits, try this: https://www.chabad.org/…/Memoirs-of-Og-the-Not-So…).

Finally, I was able to corral some more older students to read a book I introduced last week — JONAS SALK AND THE POLIO VACCINE by Katherine Krohn. Aside from reading the book, I also put together a slide show of the era. They had never heard of Salk or polio (aren’t they lucky!), so this was a good lesson.

All these books and more can be checked out from our website https://fisherlibrary.rmwebopac.com/.

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What’s Happening Wednesday?

Come join us. We have a lot of fun on weekdays. Pick one or more of the following activities and then plan to stay and hang out with your friends and teachers. Call your friends and arrange a time to come together.

Library

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Library with Mrs. Rachel
  • 5:00 4-7 Library with Mrs. Rachel

HTM (grades PreK-5)

Kahoot! Games (grades 4-7)

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

Help with Home Learning

4:30-6:30 Drop in any time to hang out with friends and teachers and get help with Home Learning Activities & Challenges 

Posted by Nora Chaus

Sukkat Shalom Lesson 2 Home Learning

Activity instructions for PreK-3

There is a link to this video in the Seesaw Class App. If your student needs help with with this activity, encourage them to drop in to the Lower El Zoom classroom between 4:30-6:30 M-Th.

Sukkat Shalom Lesson 2 Activity

Everything in the activity bag is sorted by weeks 1-5. Please make sure your students keep everything together in their bag so that supplies will be reused throughout the year. A new activity bag will be provided before each 5-week module.

Challenge instructions for grades 4-7

Sukkat Shalom Lesson 2 Challenge

The written challenge instructions are in your student’s blue folder. If your student needs help, encourage them to drop in to the Lower El Zoom classroom between 4:30-6:30 M-Th.

Family Schmooze

The Family Schmooze document for Lesson 2 is in your student’s blue folder. Enjoy the learning together.

Posted by Nora Chaus in At Home Activities & Challenges, Curriculum, Judaism

What to know for Sunday 10/18

Important Zoom Update

Please make sure you update Zoom to the newest version before Sunday. Current version is 5.3.2. The Zoom app does not notify you when there is an update available so it’s good to check for updates regularly.

Sukkah Building Contest

Winners will be announced Sunday. 3rd prize is a $6 Amazon gift card; 2nd prize is $9 Amazon gift card and 1st prize is $18 Amazon gift card.

We have entries from Akiva, Jonah W, Margot and Elijah T. Anyone else? Post a photo of your sukkah on Seesaw asap.

What to do if you need help on Sunday

Phone number to text or call ‭(269) 270-2825‬ (Rob Manson). Don’t call, text or email Nora. You will get a quicker response from Rob.

If you are having trouble logging in, find Zoom Classroom Links in sidebar.

Posted by Nora Chaus

Creation Stories at the Library

IN THE BEGINNING…

Yup, post-Simchat Torah, that’s where we will be in the Torah cycle this coming Shabbat, meaning it’s time for creation stories!

I chose a beautiful one called HOW TZIPI THE BIRD GOT HER WINGS by Bernard M. Zlotowitz and Dina Maiben. G-d creates Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden) as well as the animals, charging them to tend the Garden; unfortunately, none feel like doing so until little Tzipi, the wingless bird, encourages them all to work together to be partners in G-d’s creation. Suddenly, Tzipi sprouts wings and soars!

The kids immediately understood that they too must be partners with G-d in maintaining this earth. But our partnership also extends to OUR ability to create for the greater good, leading me to read a new book in our library — JONAS SALK AND THE POLIO VACCINE, a biography in comic book form by Katherine Krohn.Though meant for the slightly older kids who were also tuning in for library today, I took a chance that the younger kids would be interested in Salk’s story.None of the kids had ever heard of polio, which meant that the vaccine had done its job of eradicating it from our lives, for which we can all thank Jonas Salk. He and the others who worked with him were truly partnering with G-d to make this world a better place. Read more about him here: https://www.ijn.com/coronavirus-vaccine-race-hearkens-to…/

Jonas Salk vaccinating child.
Posted by Rachel Haus in Lower Elementary Library, 0 comments

Hebrew Through Movement Vocabulary – Level 2

This chart should NOT be shared with students. It is for parents only. With Hebrew through Movement, students learn by HEARING not reading.

Several parents have asked for the HTM vocabulary lists so we will be posting each level on the blog as we introduce it.

HebrewTransiterationTranslation
ּכּולָםKoolameveryone
קְבּוּצָה אKavootzah Alephgroup alef
קְבּוּצָה בּKavootzah Betgroup bet
לְאַטLa-atslowly
מַהֵרMa-hayrfaster
בַּמָקוֹםBa-Makominstead of
Posted by OKCJS Director in Curriculum, Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)