Boker Tov (good morning)!

Our 3rd-5th grade students are off and running, jumping right into rich learning, while also getting to know one another, and their teacher, Morah Alyssa.

Here is a note from Morah Alyssa:
“Welcome back everyone, or as we say in 3rd-5th, “Bruchim Haba’im!” This week, we spent most of our class time getting to know each other, creating a Brit (covenant, or agreement) for how we want the class to function, and practicing our classroom routines. We also started Unit 1- Yamim Noraim (the High Holy Days) with a story, game and conversation about how we feel on the first day of school.  Next week, the conversations and activities will transition from the new school year to the new Jewish year, and some of the thoughts, actions, rituals, and prayers that go with it.
Morah Alyssa”

Take the time this Shabbat to ask your kids:

  • What can you do to make this year even better than last?
  • What are you excited about this school year? This Jewish year?
  • What do you hope will be new, or different this year?

This week we also had spirited communal t’filah, coming together in the sanctuary to sing and pray together. Returning students, sang beautiful, comfortably recalling melodies and words that they learned last year, and our new students jumped right in, at once becoming part of our vibrant prayer community.

We explored this week’s parashah (Torah portion), Ki Tetzei, in which we continue learning all sorts of rules and mitzvot that God and Moshe lay out for the people of Israel.  We focused specifically on the way we treat other living beings, considering the value of treating all animals and people kindly, and with respect.

Consider together:

  • What are ways that we can show our love and respect for all of God’s creations on a daily basis?
  • How can we show kindness to other people every day?

Shabbat Shalom,