February 12, 2013
Kitah Dalet - Hagit Weinberg
We are continuing practicing the Torah service in January and February and we reviewed the before/after Torah blessing, before/after the Hafftarah blessing. We are working on the Ashrai reading/chanting and started the Chatzi Kaddish.
Todah Rabah to a terrific class. For the first time ever, no one missed our Family Ed day! We hope you and your child had a memorable day. The frames with Hebrew names were mounted and sent home last Sunday. Thanks so much for attending and being a part of your child's Lakeside experience. Our Torah books were sent home as well, since we are now beginning our "Avodah" study next week. We will be talking about the different ways and kinds of prayer. We will be in touch to let you know what is going on in class so you may have further discussions at home with your child.
Dear Kitah Gimmel and Dalet Parents and Students,
Next Tuesday on April 17 our older Hebrew school students and Madrichim will have the opportunity to hear Christos Nicola speak about his book the Secret of the Priest’s Grotto. Below is a description of the book. I know his speech will not only be interesting but a different look at the history of the Holocaust. We will meet in the sanctuary and students will listen to Mr. Nicola for an hour and have Hebrew class for an hour.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday April 17, at 4:00 pm. Students of course can come without parents as well.
The Secret of Priest’s Grotto combines natural history and family history to tell the remarkable story of the Stermer family, an extended Jewish family that survived the Holocaust by hiding in the labyrinth of Ukrainian caves known as Priest’s Grotto to escape Nazi persecution. In 2003, while exploring this remote cluster of caves, a team of experienced cavers and adventurers, including the authors, unexpectedly uncover artifacts indicating that the caves had once been inhabited. Following the clues, the explorers discover an astonishing and poignant story of a family who endured a perilous life underground and survived to recount their story.
Winner of the Sydney Taylor Honor Award
for Older Readers
Recommended by the National Council for Social Studies as a Notable Book for Young People
Named one of the Best Children's Books of the Year by Bank Street Center for Children's Literature
"An articulate, hardhitting narrative...At once sobering and uplifting, this is an astounding story of survival, powerfully told."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Part survival adventure, part searing history, and part discovery story...there’s no denying the power of [this amazing account]..."
-Booklist, starred review
"...a unique and absorbing addition to the library of Holocaust testimonials written for younger readers."
About the Author
Christos Nicola has devoted over three decades to the study and exploration of caves in the Former Soviet Union, Caribbean, Europe, and the Americas. He is the founder of the Ukrainian American Youth Caver Exchange Foundation, a student exchange program dedicated to fostering the exchange of information between young cavers in America and Ukraine. He lives in New York.
Dear Dalet Parents,
It was a pleasure meeting many of you at the parent teacher conferences to discuss individual progress. If we did not meet and you would like to discuss your child’s learning, please give me a call in the evening at 847-748-8184.
Questions about homework are always welcome. Students know they can call themselves after they notify their parents. Thus no one has an excuse for not preparing homework (did not know/understand etc.). The book is pretty straightforward but learning takes effort. Practice becomes increasingly important as we advance in the curriculum.
I have started mixing seating after boys sat on one side and girls on the other. Mixed seating helps with practicing male and female expressions in classroom exercises, makes it easier to practice dialogues in groups, and even helps with classroom management.
Preparation, progress, and retention remain good for most students. All advance in reading and pronunciation. Classroom behavior is usually good. What more can I ask for? We say “yashar koach” to congratulate on a job well done, while encouraging continuation. So yashar koach to your children and you!
December 8, 2011
Dear Kitah Dalet Parents,
Today in class we practiced and reviewed the Chanukah blessings for the first night. We reviewed that on the first night we day 3 blessings and the rest of the nights we only say two.
We continued practicing the blessing after the Haftarah and started chanting this blessing. Also students were introduced to the Ashrai Blessing which translate to: "Happy are the people who dwelling in God's House.
I am looking forward to meeting and seeing some of you at next week conferences.
December 5, 2011
Dear Kitah Bet Parents,
All bet students will be having a party this Tuesday, December 6
in honor of them finishing the Yotzer prayer. Please bring peanut
To all students with special food requirements please either
bring an individual snack or snack for everyone.
Kitah Bet Teachers
December 1, 2011
It is hard to believe that next week, December 6Th, 2011 will be
our last lesson for this semester. We will review the prayers we
studied, including all related key words. Students should
continue practicing the reading of the Avot and Imahot, and the
Gevurot, (all part of the Amidah the standing prayer) prayers
during the winter break, (pages 5 and 16 in the book), to retain
their fluency in reading.
In addition, we will learn the blessings for Chanukah and will
end the lesson with a small Chanukah party. I would appreciate
if each student will bring a nut free treat for the whole class.
I would like to take this opportunity and wish you and your
family a Happy Chanukah and a very Happy New Year 2012.
Looking forward to seeing you at conferences,
Kitah Gimmel Teacher