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Hei (5th Grade)

Hei Updates followed by their weekly schedules:

To finish our unit on tochechah (respectfully and constructively correcting others) we created a series of one-page comic strips illustrating situations where someone is corrected for their behavior in a way that demonstrates compassion and a desire to be helpful. Many of these comic strips are autobiographical, and we will be adding them to the walls of our classroom as we redecorate. Great job, Hei!

-Written 11-18-18 by Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.),

We have just about completed our first unit in the Mensch Handbook. We spoke about what you have to do like shoveling the snow in front of your house. We also spoke about going the extra mile like, not only shoveling the snow in front of your house, but continuing on and shoveling the snow in front of your neighbors house as well. What about making cookies for your neighbor just because. Visiting a sick friend or helping an elderly neighbor with their groceries. 

All these extras or as I like to say the "just because"   is what makes us a true mensch. As the weather turns to cold, let us not forget those around us who might need extra help, someone to check on them or maybe even shop for them. Let us all try and add one "just because" today. Try it, it is contagious. 

-Written 11-14-18 by Mr. Allan Arnet, 

Kitah Hei spent their afternoon reviewing their Teir I siddur words by quizzing each other, reviewing in small groups and playing a game. We also began looking at Tier II words through call and repeat to begin listening to the sounds.  To learn common Hebrew words found in the Siddur, Tier II, please click on the following link:

-Written 11-12-18 by Morah Aviva Tilles, 

The past couple of weeks in the Hei class have been very productive ones.  Last week the students dove into the meaning of B'tzelem Elohim, being made in the image of G-d.  They discussed what it means to treat all people like they are made in the image of G-d and how that helps us to treat people better.  This past week we worked on the tier 1 siddur words.  We played games practicing our basic level Hebrew vocabulary.  Go ahead and ask your child to tell you some words they know in Hebrew, you may be surprised at how many words they already know.  We wrapped up this week by diving into the prayer Shalom Aleichem and playing a popcorn game where the students worked together to complete the prayer one word at a time.  We paid special attention to following along and pronouncing each word as it is written instead of how we have heard it before.  Next week we will continue our Hebrew vocabulary and explore more B'tzelem Elohim.

-Written 10-10-18 by Mr. Marc Sender,

Please click here to read class updates from previous weeks.

Sunday Hei SJS Schedule

Starting Time Ending Time Title of Session Room/Space Educator(s)/Leader(s)
9:15 a.m. 9:50 a.m. Sunday Morning Minyan Sanctuary Morah Aviva Tilles, Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm, Mr. Allan Arnet, Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)
9:55 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Yahadut (Judaica) Room 9 Mr. Allan Arnet
10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Yahadut (Judaica) and Ivrit (Hebrew) Room 6 Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Chugim (Choice Activities): 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 Hei 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 7 Mr. Marc Sender
5:35 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Yahadut (Judaica) Room 7 Mr. Marc Sender


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

This picture, taken during a Wednesday Tefillah session at SJS, includes Kitah Hei and Kitah Dalet, as these two classes joined together twice this year to lead Friday evening services.  

Tue, June 18 2019 15 Sivan 5779