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Gimel (3rd Grade)

Shalom Gimel Families,

This past week we completed our unit on achrayut, with a focus on the responsibilities we have within our families.  We concentrated on how best to treat our family members.  We also reviewed the key concepts within the achrayut unit overall, to help concretize the importance of making sure that our students understand that they can make the world a better place based on the positive choices that they make within their own personal lives. 


This week we started our new unit on hakarat haTov (Recognizing the Good). As we looked at the value of  hakarat haTov, I wanted the students to find specific quirks or character traits that wouldn’t necessarily be noticed as “good” unless we call them out.



· Students made connections from ideas learned in previous weeks to roles within their families. 

· Students examined how their families function, and how everyone uses achrayut so that families work as systems. 

· Students used the Jewish concept of achrayut to feel comfortable approaching difficult situations with their families and peers 

· Students learned the value of hakarat haTov, translated as “recognizing the good.”

Table Talk: What are some things for which you are grateful?  How do you show that you are grateful? How does recognizing the good in others help us to learn more about ourselves? How can meditation help us to recognize the good around



Ivrit (Hebrew): The students learned about the Hebrew letters: Tzadee Sofit (Final Tzadee), Pey, Fey, Chet, and the “ay” vowel. Additionally, the students have been working on the following tefillot (prayers): V’ahavtaVayomer, Yotzer Or (the last sentence of the Barchu), and the Amidah



· Tomorrow (2/8/19) SFP will take place from 6:00 – 7:00pm

· SJS will not be in session on 2/17

· A SJS student and B’nai Mitzvah student, Ben Goldfeder, is collecting items for the Ark as part of his Mitzvah project. The Gimel class has been asked to please bring in travel-sized toothpaste. Bins are located in rooms 7 and 8, and students can be placed there.



Shira Sender


-Written 2-7-19 by Mrs. Shira Sender,


Please click here to read class updates from previous weeks.



Sunday Gimel SJS Schedule


Starting Time Ending Time Title of Session Room/Space Educator(s)/Leader(s)
9:15 a.m. 10:10 a.m. Ivrit (Hebrew) Room 5 Mrs. Shira Sender
10:10 a.m. 10:20 a.m. Shira (Music) Room 1 Cantor Simon
10:15 a.m. 10:55 a.m. Yahadut (Judaica) and/or Omanut (Art) Room 5 or Lower Level Art Room Mrs. Shira Sender, Ms. Sara Preis & Ms. Sheila Serota
10:55 a.m. 11:05 a.m. Snack Room 5 Mrs. Shira Sender
11:05 a.m. 11:25 a.m. Finish and/or Reflect on Yahadut lesson Room 5 Mrs. Shira Sender
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Chugim (Choice Acitivities): See directly below Various Various


Sunday Chugim (Choice Activities)


Starting Time Ending Time Title of Session Room/Space Educator(s)/Leader(s)
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Alef/Bet Helpers Room 3 Ms. Diane Rosenfeld
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Band Chug Lower Level Library Mr. Marc Nevins
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Gan Helpers Room 1 Morah Lynn Washer
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Kadima Chug Rooms 9 and 10 Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm and Mr. Allan Arnet
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Kahoot Chug Room 8 Mr. Dennis Gelbart
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Musical Drama Chug Room 6 Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Omanut (Art) Chug Lower Level Omanut (Art) Room Ms. Sara Preis and Ms. Sheila Serota


Wednesday Gimel SJS Schedule


Starting Time Ending Time Title of Session Room/Space Educator(s)/Leader(s)
4:15 p.m. 4:50 p.m. Tefillah (Prayer) Sanctuary or Courtyard Mr. Sherman & Gimel, Dalet & Hei Teaching Team
4:55 p.m. 5:35 p.m. Ivrit (Hebrew) Room 5 Mrs. Shira Sender
5:35 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Yahadut (Judaica) Room 5 Mrs. Shira Sender


NOTE: Please click here to access Gimel SJS Curricular Learning Objectives, Materials and Resources.


Thu, March 21 2019 14 Adar II 5779