3rd Grade with Morah Kathy

February 26, 2017

Dear parents,

This week’s lesson involved the game of telephone. We had a great time playing the game and then talked about how the Torah is a little like the game. We talk about the Torah’s content and pass it along one generation to another and interpret it different ways at different times. We also took time to finish our work on the bowls for the upcoming event ” Empty bowls”.

I hope everyone has a great week,

Kathy

February 19, 2017

Dear parents,

Today we had a catch up and review day. We spent quite some time on our Hebrew reading skills and worked on our knowledge of blessings. We also finished our study of Tu B’shvat and added it to our personal calendars of the year. Next week’s lesson will be about Leviticus 19:18, ” Love your fellow human being as you love yourself.”.

I hope to see everyone then,

Kathy

February 12, 2017

Dear parents,

Today we began our work on the annual Empty Bowls event by forming our bowls out of clay. In a few weeks we will continue our work by adding the glaze. In the classroom we learned about Tu B’shvat, the New Year of the trees. We learned about the first job given to humans, that of tending to the Garden of Eden, and how important it is that we still take care of the earth. We also learned about the commandment in the book of Leviticus that states “When you enter into the land [of Israel] you should plant a tree.”. We concluded our study with learning the blessing for the eating of fruit and an edible fruit tree.

I hope everyone has a great week,

Kathy

January 29, 2017

Dear parents,

This week’s lesson centered on Leviticus 19:17. This sentence tells us that we should tell others when they have done something wrong but warns us not to do so in a way that would embarrass them or make them feel bad. The students acted out their own versions of this commandment and truly entertained the class.

We also had a chance to go to the kitchen and cook with Morah Colleen. I hope everyone enjoyed their treat.

Until next week,

Kathy

January 22, 2017

Dear parents,

In today’s class, we focused on the formula for a blessing. After reviewing the words that constitute a blessing and making sure the meanings of the words were understood, the students worked together to form a rebus of the formula. Their choice of pictures was truly well thought out and appropriate. It was very impressive the way they worked together.

We also had a lesson with Morah Nina in which the students made an almond tree from all recycled objects. The tree is on display in the classroom if you would like to stop in to see it.

Until next week,

Kathy

January 15, 2017

Dear parents,

The students did a great job this week with the special activies designed to help others. Some students chose to make blankets for suffering animals, some birds of peace to pass the message on to others, some made dinner for people that would otherwise go without, some made activity bags for sick children that could not be at home while others chose to clean the nieghborhood. I want to thank them all for their hard work as well as the parents that volunteered their time to help out.

I hope to see everyone next Sunday when we will return to our regular schedule,

Kathy

January 8, 2017

Dear parents,

Today we continued our study of the laws to live by from the book of Leviticus. Our concentration was on the line from chapter 19 that tells us not to speak poorly of a deaf person and not put a stumbling block in front of a blind person. We had some role playing that involved pairs of students, one wearing a blindfold and one not, and changed the interactions between them. Some were helpful to the partner, some were not and some were not allowed to communicate. After much discussion, the students came to the conclusion that one did not have to have a handicap but that the rule was a general one that meant we are not to do anything to anyone that would hinder their ability to succeed.

We also had time for a library visit where some of the students checked out books. If your child brought home a book, please help them remember to return it when they are done reading it.

Have a great week,

Kathy

December 11, 2016

Dear parents,

This week’s lesson was centered around the holiday of Chanukah. We used a model of the ancient Temple to retell the story of how the Syrian Greeks had defiled it and what it took for the Jewish people to restore it for use. We also learned some of the history of the dreidel and how its Hebrew name, sivivon, came about. We reviewed the blessings and brought a copy home to use during the holiday.

Next week, the annual Latkapalooza will be held at Beth Shalom congregation. Services begin at 9:30 which will lead directly into the rest of the morning activities in the ballroom at 10:00. I hope to see everyone there as there will be much to do for the entire family.

Have a great week,

Kathy

December 4, 2016

Dear parents,

We had another busy morning. We did a lot of work getting our wall hangings up to date. The wall hanging is a quilt-like project that by the end of the year will highlight all that we have learned throughout the year. If you are in the area, stop by to see how your child is doing. We also had a session of alephbet yoga which is always a fun activity which keeps us on the move.

This month is filled with many activities that you will not want to miss. Next Sunday the Chanukkah Bazaar will take place starting at 10:00 a.m. We will not be going down during class time but please feel free to shop with your children when you pick them up. Next week will also be a Family Ice Skating event at PPG Place. For more information and registration, please contact Yael at eads@rodefshalom.org. And don’t forget Latkepalooza on December 18.

I hope everyone has a great week,

Kathy

November 13, 2016

Dear parents,

Today we studied the concept of Kashrut. We spoke of how thinking about the foods that we eat can make us more grateful for all that we have. It can also serve to remind us to acknowledge that it is God that provides us with this bounty. This then brings us closer to God which is the concept generated by the book of Leviticus which is our focus for this year. You can find out more about this from the letter that was sent home with your child. We also enjoyed an art session with Morah Nina in which we learned about Pittsburgh pop artist Burton Morris and created our own pictures using his style.

Next week is a very special week with our all school T’fillah service and family activities to launch our five year anniversary celebration. I hope that everyone will be able to attend.

November 6, 2016

Dear parents,

The theme of the day dealt with how the worship of God has changed through the centuries.Where as in the days of the Temple the people brought physical presents to God, usually termed sacrifices, today we communicate through our thoughts and prayers. All of these can be considered presents to show our love and devotion. The students wrote their own prayers and wrapped them up as presents to make the process very private and personal.

We also enjoyed a singing session with Morah Molly.

I hope everyone has a great week,

Kathy

October 30, 2016

Dear parents,

Today was a busy day as usual. We worked a bit on our Hebrew reading skills and also a bit of Hebrew conversation. We reviewed the Hebrew month of Tishri and the cycle of the holidays. We added this to our wall hanging. This wall hanging is a project we will be working on all year that provides the students, with a glance, of all the things studied throughout the year. We also got to cook with Morah Nina where the students made chumus and pita. I hope the snack did not ruin their lunch.

I hope everyone has a great week,

Kathy

October 16, 2016

Dear parents,

Today we concentrated on the holiday of Sukkot which begins tonight at sundown.We studied the reasons behind the celebration and learned some of the blessings used in the celebration. We also learned about the Ushpiziim, our symbolic sukkah visitors. These visitors our some of our early ancestors that were of great importance in the developement of Judaism. We continued this theme in Morah Nina’s art class where the students used their creativity to make one of these people.

I hope everyone has a joyous holiday,

Kathy

October 9, 2016

Dear parents,

Today was spent on a bit of a review since it has been a few weeks from the last time we met. We reviewed the importance of the letter Koof, the concept of Holiness,how it relates to our relationship with God and also the holiness of the holidays. We also spoke of how Yom Kippur has its own candle lighting blessing and perhaps why it is not grouped with all the other holidays. I hope the students enjoy the coaster/ magnet that they made. We also continued our study of the Hebrew letters through the D’vash program and had a library session where some of the students took out books. Please remind them to return them when they have finished reading them.

Next week we will be studying the holiday of Sukkot and learning the blessing unique to the holiday.

September 18, 2016

Dear parents,

It was another very busy morning. Along with services and Alef-bet yoga we had a session of Hebrew letter and vowel recognition with our D’vash program. We highlighted the letter ‘koof’ as it begins the word ‘kadosh-holy’. We used Legos to construct the ‘koof’ and then took the two pieces of the letter to form other objects. We emphasized how the top part can be considered to be a representation of G-d and the bottom part to be ourselves. Just as the top part shelters the bottom piece, so does G-d shelter us. We discussed what the word holy means to each of us and what other words we can use to better understand the concept.

We also learned a bit about Rosh Hashanah as we will not be having anymore Sunday sessions before the holiday.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy 5777.

September 11, 2016

Dear parents,

I hope your children had good things to say on the way home from Sunday school today. I had a good time getting to know some things about the students through a questionnaire they all filled out. Dan Nichols was there to help out with services which is always a fun time. We took a tour of the Biblical garden and had an art session with Morah Nina. It was a very busy morning. Next week we will start with our regular studies which will include continuing with the D’vash program of Hebrew learning and our study of the Book of Leviticus.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone then,

Kathy

September 6, 2016

Dear future friends,

My name is Kathy Lobelsohn and I hope to have the pleasure of getting to know all of you during the coming school year. Each Sunday morning, we will not only be learning something new, but also be giving you a chance to share with everyone else some of the things you already know. There will be new friends to meet, games to play and projects that will be fun to make. The first few weeks will be dedicated to getting to know each other and learning about the great holiday season that is about to begin. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and beginning our year of adventure this coming Sunday when our special guest will be Dan Nichols. He will be joining us for Tfillah at 10:30 and all are welcome.

Until then,

Kathy

P.S. Parents, have you had a chance to sign up for the once a month Chai Mitzvah learning sessions with our rabbis? If not, there is still time to contact Kate and get registered.

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