Weekly Summary Page6th Grade Classroom
March 21, 2021
March 14, 2021
March 7, 2021
February 28, 2021
Hello SSJS Families,
This week in class we discussed the story of Purim. During class our discussion focused on this video version of the story. We also discussed the four mitzvot of Purim: listening to the story, giving to the less fortunate, feasting, and giving presents to those we love. The last mitzvah, giving to those we love is called Mishloch Manot and each student got to make two in class today, one for themself and one to give to someone else.
We also had a brief ethical discussion at the end of class today. We looked at a story of someone who goes shopping in stores, but then makes his purchases online and how the Talmud has opinions on stories like this too.
Next week we will be continuing Purim (even though the holiday was last week!).
I look forward to seeing everyone next week.
As always, if you have any questions then feel free to reach out!
February 7, 2021
January 31, 2021
January 24, 2021
January 10, 2021
December 13, 2020
December 6, 2020
November 22, 2020
November 15, 2020
It was so nice to see your students in class today! Each week they are a joyful, thoughtful, and passionate group of learners!
Our discussion today focused on the Roman Empire and how Jewish life was impacted by that time. We then played a game — that is typically played by children in Israel. In this game, we emphasized the power of change and adaptation in our lives which they had to deal with during the Roman Empire (and we are dealing with a lot now too!).
For Hebrew, we focused on reading words and how to put the words together. Each Hebrew group did some practice with words that were transliterated from English into Hebrew to help make the learning take on a new lens.
I look forward to seeing everyone next weekend!
As always, let me know if you have any questions,
November 8, 2020
November 1, 2020
Hello 6th Grade SSJS families,
Today in class we had a fun and lively discussion about what it means to be a leader. We connected this theme of leadership to Jewish leaders that we have discussed from the Torah so far including Moses, Joseph, and the matriarchs and matriarchs. In order to delve deeper into qualities of a leader we made a cloud poem together. You can see the piece of work that we made attached to this email.
We also spent a long time talking about strength. We discussed the idea of mental versus physical strength. In order to shift up Sunday School as a place where we normally focus a lot on mental strength, we practiced some physical strength today. We did some stretching and brief exercises to become a stonier community together.
During Hebrew groups we also focused on putting letters together into words today. In Hebrew 1 we focused on writing words while in Hebrew 2 we practiced reading the words of the Sh’ma prayer.
I look forward to seeing everyone next week for class! As usual, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out.
October 25, 2020
Hi 6th Grade Families,
It was so good to see everyone on Sunday again! It feels nice to finally be getting in the swing of our classes being weekly after all the holidays that started our year.
This past week during Hebrew groups we did some letter review and also worked on decoding and practiced writing. Make sure that your student has paper and something to write with every week for Hebrew!
Last Sunday, we focused our discussion on family and familial values. As a case study, we looked at the Torah story of Joseph. Later on in class, we had our first ethical dilemma discussion. I was incredibly impressed with how thoughtful the students were during this first complex conversation.
Next Sunday we will again be in Hebrew groups. The groups are:
|Hebrew 1 (9:45-11)||Hebrew 2 (10-11:15)|
As always, feel free to reach out with any questions!
October 18, 2020
|Hebrew 1 (9:45-11)||Hebrew 2 (10-11:15)|
September 13, 2020
Hello 6th Grade Families!
I am Arinn Polinsky, the 6th grade teacher for SSJS this year. I am so excited to get to begin this year all together and was super impressed by the student’s dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm yesterday. A bit about myself, I did my undergraduate work at Brandeis University and then took some time off to work as a Special Education Teacher. I am a current graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology at Boston University. I love to run, knit, cook, and spend time with my friends and family.
This year we will be focusing on a new Jewish value each week. Yesterday, we discussed the theme of community and what it takes to become a community. As an exercise in this, we made our own class norms page. I have attached an image of it to this email.
The second piece of our weekly classes will focus on important Jewish events, historically and currently. Historic events include Biblical stories, Jewish life in the Roman Empire, and Jewish life 1600s Europe. Our study of current Jewish life will revolve mainly around holidays and thinking of new ways to celebrate them. For example, yesterday we discussed Rosh Hashanah and the phrase “have a sweet new year.” In order to celebrate our class’ sweet new year and the holiday coming next week, we had lollipops together.
The final piece of class each week is going to be Hebrew study. We will be divided into two groups for Hebrew class. From 9:45 to 10am Hebrew 1 will meet and from 11 to 11:15am Hebrew 2 will meet.
If you have any questions at all, please reach out! I am happy to talk through anything and look forward to a successful year all together.