Weekly Summary Page

3rd and 4th Grade

September 19, 2021

We had an amazing first class! We spent the time getting to know each other and also studying the holiday Sukkot. Students spent time building a sukkah with a partner with given materials as part of a STEM building competition. I am looking forward to spending the rest of the year learning with your children.

September 26, 2021

We had a great morning of learning. We talked about the upcoming holiday, Simchat Torah and then attended the community wide Sukkot celebration. It was amazing seeing the children interact with the different members of the community and participate in the various activities that were offered.

October 3, 2021

The morning is jam packed with learning, creativity and trying new things. We began the morning by learning about Rosh Hashanah (since we started Sunday School after RH). Then we picked up right where we left off with Simchat Torah. We talked about finishing reading the Torah and then restarting right away by reading the first story of the torah in graphic novel form and then creating our own interpretations of the story of creation. We ended the morning learning about the job of a Sofer and got to practice writing the Hebrew Aleph-Bet with a quil and ink.

October 31, 2021

We had a nice morning of learning together. We talked a lot about G-d and worked together to answer the question that one of the students asked, “If G-d created the world, who created G-d?” We also began talking about the torah portion of Noah and will continue that next week when we have a STEM challenge. Finally, we learned the Shema and began learning the V’ahavta. Have a wonderful week!

November 7, 2021

We had a great day together in 3rd and 4th grade. We talked more about G-d and worked together to think more about the question “Why are there so many religions?” The highlight though was our STEM Noah’s Ark building challenge. Students were given a wide range of materials and were asked to build an ark for Noah, his wife Na’ama and 4 pairs of animals. Looking forwarad to next session! Have a nice week!

November 14, 2021

This week we got a head start on Chanukah. We began our discussion on Chanukah and even started making our own Chanukiahs (menorahs) out of clay. Students will paint their chanukiahs next week and even be able to bring them home. We wrapped up the day finishing our study of the v’ahavta and shema and will begin learning the prayers for Chanukah next week.

November 21, 2021

We finished up our chanukiahs this week by painting them. Students are excited to use these menorahs on Chanukah 🙂 We also talked a lot about Chanukah and what it is all about. As a class, we played a review game about Chanukah and students were amazing, recalling lots of facts and traditions about Chanukah. We wrapped up the morning learning the blessings for Chanukah so make sure to ask your child to help when you light candles! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

December 12, 2021

We had a busy day of learning. We spent the first part of the morning answering the question “Does G-d understand Hebrew best?” Students had a lot of thoughtful anecdotes to add about praying to g-d and how they connect to g-d. Next we learned the prayer Adon Olam. We wrapped up our morning talking about what a “Brit” is. Students talked about all of the different contracts in their lives. Looking forward to next week!

February 6, 2022

We had a fun morning together. We talked about G-d and worked together to answer the question, Does G-d punish bad people? We had amazing discussions around this topic and the students enjoyed answering some questions on the white board. As a class, we read the Comic Torah and talked about the story of the Golden Calf. Finally, we ended the morning with Hebrew and prayers. We covered the Shema, V’ahavta, Adon Olam and Oseh Shalom. Looking forward to an amazing upcoming week. Stay warm 🙂

Sydney Bluman

Sydney Bluman

Sydney Bluman is the 3rd and 4th grade teacher at SSJS.