840 Vernon: The Blog of Am Shalom

This is the blog of Am Shalom, Reform congregation in Glencoe, Illinois.

First Grade Learns about God

Today at Sunday school on 10/29/16

Ms. Kara's students learned about the difference between what God created versus what humans created. They drew a line down the middle of the page and drew pictures of different items that God made on one side and items that humans made on the other. The students also made invites for the 1st grade family day, which will be taking place on Sunday November 6th, 2016.  See you there. 

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3rd Grade Happenings

            Today we start off by going over the fun letters that the kids learned during Hebrew School and cool ways to remember them Bet, Tav, Shin, Mem, Kaf, Lamed.  After going over the letters, we did tzedakah. Sophie was our collector today our total tzedakah today was $11. Next, we went to services.

            Halfway through services, we had an emergency drill the kids did AWESoME!!! We walked outside while covering our ears. We walked across the street and waited for everyone to wave green cards then we were cleared to go back inside and finish our services. The we got to go outside to the sukkah. Cantor Markowitz taught the class about the sukkah and prayers we say when we enter our Sukkahs and when we celebrate.. Cantor has songs about the delicious smelling etrog and shaking our lulav.. We all get to shake it every direction.

            When we return to the room we begin to work on our Yads and Dana hands out the Simhat Torah pages so that the kids can work on the puzzles, read along or do their yad! We talked about how sweet it is to study torah and how whenever you love a book you are tempted to read it again and again which is why on Simhat Torah we read the end where Moses dies and immediately turn to the beginning and read the story of creation. This way we are always able to happily focus on creation and new beginnings and re read our wonderful torah.

The kids were told to bring in a baby picture and information about their beginning to share as we are about to start our bible unit and creation in class. Dana said it could be a Xerox and the kids laughed at her, finally she said a print out of a picture and they understood!!!

Written by Jacob Sherman

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Israel's Birthday & Mother's Day

To start off the day we talked about our week.  Then collected tzedakah just over $12.00. Then we went to services. When we got back from services we continued making hand made gifts for our mothers to help celebrate Mother’s Day! We made flowers out of tissue paper. We passed out jars to be decorated as vases or if they wanted to keep the lids then they would have Tzedakah jars/banks at home for their moms with the date they were made with love. Anyone finished could make a card or additional flowers if they had more than one mother to honor.  Meanwhile David was  telling stories about Israel’s birthday and ways that Israel came to be. And as usual David spoke with  funny voices and acted the whole thing out and again as usual everybody loved it. Everything we made today was for our wonderful mothers. Today was a great day and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Boo Haman! says our Kindergarten

Check out our kindergarteners "booing" Haman and then great megillah that they made!

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Shabbat Bags: Kara Marks' First Grade

On Sunday February 28th 2016, In Ms. Kara's class we worked on our Shabbat bags. The children  colored pictures of candles, challah, and grape juice, and made their own challah covers. They also read stories about Shabbat and went to a concert with Dan Nichols. Written by Sam

 

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A Great Sunday: Dana Poncher's 3rd Grade

The day started with two words about your week, as usual. The class slowly trickled in, until they were all almost here. We have AMAZING attendance. David read two stories about keeping kosher. While he did this, the kids decorated crowns for Purim so that they could help determine what would be good supplies to use for our Purim booth – March 13th. We taught the kids about the story of Jacob, and Esau, talking about how Jacob acquired Esau’s birthright and blessing. The kids had wonderful input on what would be good for the younger kids to use to decorate Etc…… After we finished we went down to services and a concert with: Dan Nichols, Josh Nelson, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Cantor Rosalie Boxt, and Shir Chadash.

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Spice Painting: Kara Marks' First Grade

On Sunday February 21, 2016 at Sunday school, Ms. Kara's the students participated in multiple fun activities. They learned about the end of Shabbat and also sung songs. Then, they began their art project. We took different colors of paint and mixed it with spices. The kids used these mixtures to paint  pictures  of Havdalah. The idea for this project is that when it dries, it will smell like the spices you use at the end of Shabbat. Finally they headed to services. Written by Lizzie

 

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Creation and Shabbat: Kara Marks' 1st grade

Written by Noah, our class madrich (helper)

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE HE In Sunday school today, January 31st, we were working on our creation workbook and finished Day 1, when God created night and day, Day 2, when God created the sky, Day 3, when God created the Earth, the sea, and the trees, and Day 4, when God created the sun, the stars, and the moon. We also worked on our Shabbat workbook and learned about Oneg Shabbat, the meal and celebration at the end of Shabbat. 

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All Around our School Today

by Rabbi Anne Persin

I may just have the best job at Am Shalom! I get to visit tons of classrooms throughout the day and see what they see, experience what they experience, and even - at times - color what they color.  

Today was a pretty normal FABULOUS day…

I learned about Tu BiShvat with Mrs. Riske’s 3rd Grade class.

I got to go to storytime with both Mrs. Ringel’s & Mrs. Salk’s Kindergarten classes.

I sang songs at t’fillot.

I talked about the symbols of havdallah with Mrs. Kogan’s 2nd grade class.

I made the prettiest flowers in Mrs. Bright’s 4th grade class.

I memorized the 5 books of Moses in both Hebrew & English at Mrs. Poncher’s 3rd grade class.

We have such a rich and varied program here at Am Shalom.  I feel incredibly blessed every day when I come learn and live and love Judaism with all of our kids.

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Tu Bishvat: Bonnie Levy's 2nd Grade

This past week, we talked about Israel and the need for trees, how pre-schoolers call it “The Birthday of the Trees” and often draw a birthday cake and sing “Happy birthday dear trees…”

We were more sophisticated as we discussed the joy trees give as well as our responsibility to be aware of ecology and the environment.  Songs were sung, 2 wonderful picture books were read, mazes and puzzles were played and our artists had a field day (no pun intended!) on the chalkboard.

When I showed the kids the letters how the letters  ayen and final tsadee—which spell  AYTZ the word for  tree in Hebrew -- and how they could look like branches on a tree--the artists went to work on our chalk board.  The almond tree with its blossoming pink flowers adorned our room.  They got so excited about the green and pink chalk that they created a mural that was fantastic!

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Spice it Up: Dana Poncher's Third Grade

Today in Dana’s third grade class, we started the day reviewing Hebrew letters and vowels learned so far. Dana explained that today we would continue making our Havdalah kits, we would learn about Tu B’Shvat and go to T’Fillah. We collected $32.78 for tzedakah we had a student who brought in a large donation – she was proud and we let her know how awesome she was!

We went to services with the older kids. After services we began continuing the kits. They made their spice bags, Elie showed everyone what spices and other jewels and bells were going into their bag. Everyone who was not here last week made their Kiddush cups. We gave them bags to decorate and hold their kits in. We will be adding the candles next week. We started to learn about the holiday Tu B’Shvat. Tu B’Shvat  is when we celebrate the birth of the trees. It is the birthday of ALL trees, because it is hard to celebrate the birth of every individual tree. Then Dana stated to read about Tu B’Shvat, and David finished the story. He used his funny voices and creatively acted parts out. As always everyone enjoyed the story.

We are also continuing our Spice Up Our Life Drive. As we know Dana is extremely competitive and the spice drive is only for the third grade. Knowing Dana she wants to have more spices than any other third grade class. Other than Dana’s competitiveness it helping in the spice drive really helps other people. Please make sure that your spices that you bring in are unopened.

Also the class is making Jacob feel very welcome in our classroom. We had a fun and productive day in our class.

 

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Fruitful Day in First Grade!

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1st grade celebrated one of the most important parts of nature today: TREES!!

They thought about all of the amazing things that trees do for us and why they are so grateful that we have trees in our world.  They then painted pots so that they could plant their own little tree (or flower or herb or vegetable!).  In Tefillah (services) they had so much fun singing with Cantor Markowicz and they even got to hear a story from Rabbi Steve!  It was a great, fruitful day!

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Be a Light: Second Grade

This week at Religious School, 2nd grade was all about storytelling and the story to tell was, of course, Chanukah! They talked about the chanukiyah, (the menorah for Chanukah) and the miracle of the oil. They learned about the Great Temple in Jerusalem and Judah Maccabee. They found out that they, too, can be a light in the world. Oh! And, of course, chet was the letter of the day in celebration of Chanukah! 

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What's Going on in the Sixth Grade

Per usual, the 6th graders were sinking their teeth into some serious history this Sunday at religious school.  Now that they are in Junior high, they are finally able to see how stories, such as the Chanukah story, fit into world history - and it is amazing to watch them get it!

 

Some classes talked about Alexander the Great, some about the fall of the Kingdom of Judea.  One class even wrote their own prayers for the lighting of the Chanukah candles.

 

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Dreidel Rap: Mrs. Riske's 3rd Grade

Mrs. Riske's class learned A LOT about Chanukah Sunday.  Not only did they learn that the word Chanukah means dedication or that Judah Maccabee was incredibly brave, but they learned how important it is that each and every one one of us keep the light of Judaism burning brightly!

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David and The Spider: Dana Poncher's Third Grade

Today we had an awesome day! We compared Sukkot and Thanksgiving - wow we were brilliant. We collected Tzedakah, unfortunately we had eight people absent which definitely impacted our Tzedakah. We are very proud of our Tzedakah collections. We talked about how there are a lot of wonderful ways to give Tzedakah and sometimes it's your time and your kindness not always money. Several of our students are serving meals for Thanksgiving.  We went over the letter Ayin and then we left for T'fillah led by Rabbi Steve and talked about Thanksgiving and a little about the upcoming holiday - Chanukkah. After T'fillah we went to music led by Kadi House, she was so awesome. We learned new songs, sang in the round and had so much fun. We love Kadi!! Then David read us an awesome book about David and the Spider-  עַכָּבִישׁ   with wonderful voices and motions. He is an awesome madrich! We made a get well card for Elie- we missed her and wanted her to know it. Then we studied Shabbat, cleaned up and told everyone to have a great Thanksgiving.  See you all December 6th!

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Shabbat: Dana Poncher's Third Grade

Once everyone was seated we surprised David Sommer by all singing Happy Birthday! Then we started our day with a hebrew lesson and review of the letters that we have already taught - they are all catching on and excited to show off what they know. The kids learned a few new vowels and letters. After hebrew, we went to services. When we got back from services, we began to study and read about Shabbat. Dana talks about how on Shabbat we need to focus on Shabbat and being jewish. The children learned about creation, and how there were six days of work and one day of rest. That day of rest is Shabbat, and is a holy day. We talked about the different items used to celebrate Shabbat i.e. Kiddush Cups, Hallah, and Candle sticks. The kids all recited the prayers over the bread and wine. We talked about how they might make Shabbat special in their homes and took time to listen to the maccabeats sing L’cha Dodi.

 

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First Grade Family Day is Coming!

We are getting ready for First Grade Family Day on November 15th. Enjoy this cute video of our first graders!

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God's Creation Notebooks: Kara Marks' First Grade

In Miss Kara's class, we made invitations to our Family Day, which is on November 15th. We are learning about God and creation. We also received a great tzedakah donation of $90.05 from one of our students! We started writing God's Creation Notebooks and finished with the shoe game!

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Mitzvot: Kindergarten Classes

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