Sunday, December 13

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

Important Dates

  • Community Hanukkah Celebration today @ 2pm.
  • Winter Break December 20-January 3 (School resumes January 4)
  • We will have 1:1 and Monday/Wednesday drop in this week.

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)

Props Needed for Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

All students in PreK-3 and in Mr. Mannaberg’s 11:55am HTM class will need the following props this week and next:

  • Hanukkah menorah
  • One or more candle for the menorah

They will need these props on Sunday 12/6, Sunday 12/13 and any weekday they come. We will be doing a two week Hanukkah lesson using HTM.

Your child won’t want to miss Library this week!

On December 16, 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!

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Wednesday, December 9

Library

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

Hebrew Through Movement (grades PreK-5)

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

Kahoot! Games: K’dushah, Kiddush and L’cha Dodi (grades 4-7)

  • 4:30-6:00 with Mr. Mannaberg

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

Two full weeks of books on Chanukah!

Two full weeks of books on Chanukah? It doesn’t get any better!

For December 9, our youngest students will enjoy fun rhyming books about the basics of the holiday, while older students will delve into the text that started it all — The Book of Maccabees — from the Apocrypha, “hidden” books that never made it into the Tanach. But if Maccabees was never accepted as canon, how did Chanukah become so popular? And was there really a jar of oil that lasted 8 days? Find out next Wednesday!

On December 16, 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!

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Sunday, December 6

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

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)

Props Needed for Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

All students in PreK-3 and in Mr. Mannaberg’s 11:55am HTM class will need the following props this week and next:

  • Hanukkah menorah
  • One or more candle for the menorah

They will need these props on Sunday 12/6, Sunday 12/13 and any weekday they come. We will be doing a two week Hanukkah lesson using HTM.

Important Dates
School resumes Sunday, December 6.
Community Hanukkah Celebration Sunday December 13 @ 2pm.
Winter Break December 20-January 3 (School resumes January 4)

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Asynchronous Learning

Our asynchronous learning is not “homework” or review, it is new material that is not covered in person – and is an essential part of our curriculum. In order to reduce the amount of time spent on Zoom, we moved the pieces of our lessons that can be accomplished with individual work to our home learning platform. Most of our asynchronous assignments are analog in order to provide a respite from digital learning. To be successful, the asynchronous learning must be completed before class on Sunday as it is an essential piece of the curriculum.

Please do check in with your child and make sure they are completing their asynchronous learning each week so that they are prepared for class on Sundays. Assignments can be found in Seesaw. If you log into the Seesaw Class App as your student you can see what assignments they have that are unfinished. If you have questions about your child’s asynchronous assignments contact Nora Chaus or your child’s teacher.

Grades 3-7 Asynchronous Learning – Hebrew

Our 3rd grade asynchronous home learning lessons are created by Nora Chaus and Naomi Verne. Our 4th-7th grade lessons for Hebrew in Harmony were created by Rabbi Schicker and another rabbi. All of these asynchronous lessons give both support and flexibility to our students as they complete work that we used to do in the classroom.

PreK-7 Asynchronous Learning – Judaism

Content is introduced on Sunday but the real learning happens during the asynchronous lessons. Our students explore each week’s topic through activities and challenges. PreK-3 children complete activities that teach the lesson content through exploration and play. Grades 4-7 tackle weekly challenges with a heavy emphasis on problem-solving and creativity. Students asynchronous learning in Judaism is showcased during synchronous learning on Sundays.

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Sunday, November 22

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)

Thanksgiving Break

No school Monday 11/23 through Sunday 11/29. School resumes Monday 11/30.

High School

High school will be learning about indigenous history within North America and how Thanksgiving began. We will explore the intersectionality of Indigenous and Native Jews, in North America, Central America, and South America. We will better understand cultural traditions within different indigenous Jewish communities. We will also plan to rematch on some games from last week 😊

Ometz Lev Overview for PreK-7 Parents

In case you missed it, here is the Ometz Lev video:

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This Week at OKCJS

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

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)

  • 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 games with your friends.

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

Ometz Lev – New Judasim Module

Our PreK-7 students begin a new Judaism module today. Take a look at what your child will be learning.

Ometz means “strength” and Lev means “heart”. Ometz Lev literally means “strength of the heart” or “inner strength”.

Ometz lev is anchored in the second principle for caregivers working with people who have faced trauma: “calming”.

To regulate one’s emotionality, one needs to have inner strength, i.e., strength of the heart, to recognize when big feelings are taking over and to identify the appropriate coping tools to help return to a regulated state. Referencing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, once a person’s physiological needs (food, water, air, shelter) are met, then safety needs must be taken care of, including one’s personal security, especially the ability to recognize and calm one’s big feelings.

Over the next 5 lessons, our children will be learning how to identify and modulate their own big emotions. You can join in their learning with the Family Schmoozes included in our curriculum.

Ometz Lev Family Schmooze #1

Bring the Ometz Lev discussion to your family table. Use the Family Schmooze documents on the left side of your child’s blue folder to guide the discussion or find this week’s Family Schmooze #1 linked here.

New Zoom Login effective this Sunday

Where to find new login instructions

  1. In the right side of your child’s new blue folder.
  2. Linked from the sidebar of the Parent Blog.
  3. Linked here.

You will need to be logged into the Google account that you have given us to open the document.

What to do if I have trouble logging in on Sunday?

Text or call Rob Manson at ‭(269) 270-2825‬.

New Seesaw login for parents

Based upon parent feedback, we are recommending that parents use the same Seesaw app as the students use. Login instructions to log into your child’s Seesaw account are behind the Family Schmooze documents on the left side of the blue folder. You will be able to see your child’s assignments when using the Seesaw Class app which many parents have found useful.

Instructions for downloading the Seesaw Class app can be found in the sidebar of the Parent Blog at https://www.okcjs.net/seesaw/.

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New Zoom Login

There will be a new login to Zoom beginning Sunday.

Where to find new login instructions

  1. In the right side of your child’s new blue folder.
  2. Linked from the sidebar of the Parent Blog.
  3. Linked here.

You will need to be logged into the Google account that you have given us to open the document.

What to do if I have trouble logging in on Sunday?

Text or call Rob Manson at ‭(269) 270-2825‬.

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Things for parents in your child’s blue folder

Family Schmoozes

On the left side of your child’s blue folder are the 5 Family Schmoozes that you can use to guide dinner table discussions with your children about our Ometz Lev modules. They are numbered and the number will match your child’s Ometz Lev assignment in Seesaw. The schmoozes are appropriate for all ages.

New Seesaw login for parents

Based upon parent feedback, we are recommending that parents use the same Seesaw app as the students use. Login instructions to log into your child’s Seesaw account are behind the Family Schmooze documents on the left side of the blue folder. You will be able to see your child’s assignments when using the Seesaw Class app which many parents have found useful.

Instructions for downloading the Seesaw Class app can be found in the sidebar of the Parent Blog at https://www.okcjs.net/seesaw/.

New Zoom Login

There will be a new login to Zoom beginning Sunday. Login instructions are on the right side of the blue folder.

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PreK-3 Warning about What’s in the Bag

Some messy craft supplies you might want to control

Inside the bag there is a jar of hand soap and some glitter. You might want to keep this out of little one’s hands until we are ready to use it the week of January 10 for Ometz Lev (Inner Strength) Lesson 5. These items are inside a large ziplock bag labeled with the number 5. The students will use these messy items to make something akin to a “snow globe”. We will remember to warn you about these potentially messy items when we make the assignment so that you can choose to supervise or prohibit the activity if you want.

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