We had a great first day in Kindergarten! When we walked in, Mrs. Bernstein had books and games for us to choose from, all having to do with the High Holy Days - Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
She also had a special flower for each of our parents. On the flowers there was a note that said:
"Much I have learned from my teacher, more from my colleagues, but most from my students (Talmud, Ta'anit 7b). Dear Parents, we wanted to share this quote with you as we welcome your child to an exciting year of Jewish learning. please accept this very small toke along with gratitude for entrusting us to care for, and learn with, your most valuable possessions! thank you for being our partners in your child's Jewish education L'Shalom, Mrs. Bernstein, Alex, Noah and Peter"
During Circle Time today, we created a class brit (contract) that included rules for how we need to act in our classroom to make it a good place for everyone to learn. The most important rule is to show kavod (respect) to others.
Then, Mrs. Bernstein read us a book called No Rules for Michael, which is all about how having rules helps us get along with others.
Cantor visited our classroom today! He blew the shofar for us and we talked about the three sounds that the shofar makes: Tekiah, Teruah, Shevarim. Check out this video of the shofar being blown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb0A_cPlHlk
At the end of the day, we went to art class with Mrs. Schulgasser. Each of us made a Magen David (Star of David) with facts about ourselves. Mrs. Bernstein will put our picture in our star and we'll have a special name tag for when we come to class!
Grade 1 had a great first day! We started off with some learning in our classroom and then went to T'filah with Rabbi Denker and Cantor Lawrence. They taught us about Rosh HaShanah and how it is the start of our year. They even did a dance about the year going around and around!
When we got back to class, we created a brit (contract) with all of the rules for how we are going to participate in class together. We decided that to make our classroom a place where everyone feels heard and respected, we need to do things like not talk when others are talking and keep our hands and feet to ourselves. We can add to our brit as the year goes on and we learn new things that will make our classroom a fun place to be!
Then, our library volunteer, Ms. Lowe, came in and read us a special story about one of the holidays that is coming up - Sukkot! Next week, we'll have a special program all about Sukkot and are excited to celebrate the holiday.
After Ms. Lowe read to us, we spent some time in the Library checking out books to take home. It will be fun to have something new to read when we are done with services on Yom Kippur!
When we were done checking out books, Ms. Levy let us put together puzzles, like this one about Noah's Ark.
Grade 2 began our day by introducing ourselves to our class for the year! We wrote on worksheets our names, which schools we go to, and some other basic interests we have. We sat in a circle and everyone shared what they had written down. We then went over class rules and expectations.
Next we had Kehillah in class. We had a snack of animal crackers and water. During our small snack break, Mrs. Milgrom came into class with a stranger! We learned that his name is Noam, and he’s from Israel. It was interesting to get to meet him.
Afterward we went to T’filah. We talked about Rosh Hashanah and the upcoming holiday, Yom Kippur. We also learned a fun sing along song to help us learn about the upcoming holidays.
Next, when we got back in class, we got our first Torah lesson. We got a worksheet and gave correlations between the Torah and books we read every day. After, we drew different mitzvot from the Torah, exemplifying the Tree of Life.
To end class today, we began our Hebrew vocabulary books. We learned the letter shin after reviewing what we’d learned last year about the Hebrew language.