Sunday, September 9, 2012

What a Wonderful First Day!!!

Thank you for a wonderful first day of Religious School!  The weather outside was beautiful, but your smiling faces, enthusiastic participation in class and joyous praying during Tefilah are what made the day most beautiful to me!

I was lucky enough to see the first graders in music with Rick Calvert singing and laughing and participating joyfully!  In Ms. Greenberg's first grade class, the students played a getting to know you game in which they danced and moved around to remind their classmates of who they were and what they liked!  Ms. Greenberg shared that she likes to swim and I told the kids that I like to use the computer.  If you are in first grade, let your parents know what your motion was and what some of your classmates like to do!  First grade looks like it's going to be so much fun!

Mrs. Pozzi's second graders sure are growing up!  They spent some time today making Rosh Hashanah New Year's cards for the members of the Jewish Home for the Aged!  The cards are bright and beautiful!

Third and Fourth grade students began talking about the school year; learning how to address their teacher, Ms. Besser, and say "Good Morning."  If you are in third or fourth grade, be sure to teach your parents the words and phrases that you learned today!  The students also read about Rosh Hashanah and made inferences about the holiday from pictures and readings.  They learned that Rosh Hashanah begins on the first of Tishrei, but talked about how we begin celebrating the night before.

Mr. Singer's fifth grade class spent time getting reacquainted and sharing their adventures from the summer!  I was lucky enough to hear that many students were able to travel (some all over the world), relax, attend camps, spend time with family and friends and just have fun!  The fifth grade seems excited to work together for this important year, and I can't wait to see their successes throughout the year.

Sixth grade began talking about their expectations for the school year and their hopes for their class along with Mr. Holum.  They began working on a set of class rules and have homework to write out their individual thoughts on what makes a good and successful classroom.

Dr. Stein's seventh graders jumped right into their Hebrew instruction, working on vocabulary for Rosh Hashanah.  They also got to know each other through some games and began an "All About Me" project.  Finally, they made Rosh Hashanah cards using their new vocabulary words.

Our Eighth graders worked with Dr. Kaye and  completed ice breaker activities and worked on team building exercises.  They discussed the nature of the Ethics class and what they would be studying throughout the year, the teacher aide program, and introduced the topic for their next session: Is war ever justified? The Ethics of War.

Rabbi Offner met and began working with the 9th grade Confirmation class, getting to know one another and  reviewing the year's curriculum.

Today was a busy but invigorating day!  I was pleased to meet with the parents that were able to attend the breakfast this morning and enjoyed seeing so many parents join us for Tefilah.

Tefilah today, was a really amazing experience!  Rabbi Offner and Cantorial Soloist (and our awesome Music Teacher) Rick Calvert led a full house of children and their parents in our weekly Tefilah Service.  Each of the classroom teachers joined the Rabbi and Mr. Calvert on the bimah for a reading and students and parents alike participated in a beautiful service.  If you joined us today, please join us again soon.  If you were unable to make it, please consider coming to our weekly Sunday Morning Tefilah service at 11:30 on Sunday, September 23rd.

We look forward to seeing our 3-7 grade students at Religious School on Wednesday afternoon!  As a reminder, we do not have Religious School on Sunday, September 16th in preparation for Rosh Hashanah.

Thank you again for a wonderful start to a wonderful year!

-Miss Nancy Kahrimanis

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