Each week, we will post a few class update highlights and upcoming programs, as well as some pictures from Religious School here. To see even more pictures, please visit our Facebook page. Here is the album from our “Incredible” first day of Religious School!
- Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, and 11:15 a.m. for the second session, please arrive early enough to drop off and have the student settled in his or her classroom before 9:00 or 11:15 a.m. Thank you!
- There is no Bagel Bar this Sunday. We apologize for the inconvenience. There will still be coffee and tea available.
- Just a reminder that we are a nut free facility, please do not send snacks with nuts. Thank you! Please make sure you’ve heard from your child’s class about snack assignments. And we recommend sending your child with a water bottle.
- Don’t forget about tzedakah. We pick a different program or agency to benefit every month.
Hebrew School Reminder: It is important that your child read out loud when practicing, and that—much like rehearsing a play or learning a musical instrument—consistency and repetition are the keys to success. Reviewing the assigned material for 10 minutes, 2-3 times during the week works like a charm!
Children one year away from Kindergarten have the chance to become acclimated with religious School while starting to learn about Jewish holidays, and also building friendships! Each class includes stories, art projects, music, cooking, an introduction to Hebrew words, and a snack. This year the class will just be for your little ones, no parent participation necessary. The first three sessions take place on September 30, 2018 (Fall Holidays Theme); October 28, 2018 (Shabbat); December 2, 2018 (Chanukah) from 9:00-10:45 a.m. You can see more info about Junior Kindergarten here.
The core of the curriculum for our youngest students centers around the holidays of the Jewish year, and a beginning effort is made to acquaint the children with simple concepts and rituals associated with Jewish life. Our methods are experiential – the children learn through touching, seeing, hearing, tasting, and creating. The Jewish experience is shared through music, drama, dance, art, and literature.
The focus of the curriculum for the first grade is the Jewish home. We focus on the celebration of Shabbat and begin our exploration of Biblical heroes and heroines. Basic, simple prayers are introduced through participation in our children’s services.
Please send your child with a water bottle each week. Please also consider sending in a fidget toy for your child, if this is something that helps them to focus. If you send it in a ziploc baggie Mrs. Rozner is happy to store it in the classroom.
Second graders will study the synagogue. We want to help them to see the temple as a place to meet, discuss, learn, interact, share, and experience Jewish life. We prepare our students for active participation in our synagogue and they are introduced to the ceremonial objects and symbols in the sanctuary.
Mrs. Bruns class has a great time with their visit with Rabbi Cohen for their Q&A with him. Read more about this delightful visit here.
Second Graders will participate in Feed the Hungry on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on Feed the Hungry and what each student should bring to school.
Mrs. Bruns 2nd Grade class made cards and hung them on the board for the family that stayed in their classroom over Winter Break. She has been doing this for several years and this is a phenomenal first… When they walked in their room after break, the family who stayed in there had left the class a note.
In Third Grade we begin to discover what Torah is and to see Judaism from a new historical perspective. From creation to Moses, our children are taken on a fascinating journey through time. The third grade holiday focus is on Chanukah. Please save the date for the Third Grade Family Dinner on Friday, January 18, 2019. And on January 27th for the Kids on the Block program.
Third Graders will participate in Feed the Hungry on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on Feed the Hungry and what each student should bring to school.
Reminders for Ms. Suzanne’s Class:
- Please make sure your child brings a snack every Sunday! A few students have forgotten their snacks, so I wanted to make sure to send this important reminder.
- Hebrew Practice: At the front of your student’s workbook, you’ll see a chart for keeping track of daily Hebrew reading practice for Mon-Fri. If they miss a day, please use Saturday as a ‘make-up’ day.
- Torah Scroll Year-Long Project! This year we cover the stories from Bereshit, Genesis. After learning about a story, students will create artwork depicting each story. I collect the artwork so that at the end of the year each student can assemble his/ her pictures into a Torah scroll to take home as their final project and reminder of all they learned!
Please make sure your child has turned in a pocket folder so I have a safe place to store their artwork throughout the year.
Israel, Tzedakah, prayer, and God are the major units of study this year. The students begin to understand Tzedakah as much more than dropping a quarter into a can. They will come to understand the impact that our Prophets have had on Tikkun Olam and Social Justice. The holiday focus is on the High Holy Days and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, with students now studying from a more personal and historical perspective versus a simpler ritual outlook. This expanded study of holidays continues through Confirmation. Please save the date for the Fourth Grade Family Dinner on Friday, May 15, 2019.
Fourth Graders will participate in Feed the Hungry on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on Feed the Hungry and what each student should bring to school.
The Fourth Grade Creative Prayer Service (not to be missed!) will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019.
So far this year Fourth Grade students have been learning about mitzvot and working on a community quilt project. Each student will get to design their own quilt square, and the finished creation will be hung on the classroom wall. At the end of the year, the students will be able to take their own square home for a keepsake. Be sure to ask them about both!
The Jewish Life Cycle and understanding the Five Books of Moses are central to our fifth grade. We strive to help our students understand the Jewish view of life and our special way of celebrating our important events from birth until death. The Fifth Grade year teaches children about Lifecycle events: birth and naming ceremonies, Brit Milah/circumcision, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, marriage, family life, aging/death/mourning. One of the most special programs of the year is the Wedding portion of the 5th Grade Lifecycles program. On March 11, 2018 we celebrated when Rabbis Sid and Debbie Helbraun renewed their vows. Students created invitations, the Ketubah, the Chuppah and organized the reception. It was a beautiful event! Please enjoy the photos here.
The sixth grade school year focuses on the Tanach, the Hebrew Bible, the Land of Israel, and a taste of conversational Hebrew. We strive to instill an interest and love of Eretz Yisrael, past and present, and spend time exploring the pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah year and what that means regarding Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. To keep the students active, we have created a schedule that allows them to move through three rotations, interacting with each teacher.
The Sixth Grade Siddur Ceremony in October was a beautiful morning. You can see photos here.
January 13th we again invite parents for a parent meeting and for the annual Yad Making activity.
The 6th Grade class made their very own yads last January! Students were even able to try them out by reading from our Torah scroll, which was completely unrolled across the length of the Slotnick Social Hall. This is always a special program for students and families.
On February 3rd, 6th Graders and their parents are invited to attend a presentation by Lillian Gerstner from the Illinois Holocaust and Museum Center on their “Circle of Life” program. To learn more about the “Circle of Life” program, please visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s website.
B’nai Mitzvah students will have the opportunity to share their own ideas with their peers in addition to interactive discussions with the Rabbi on Torah and current events. “Moving Traditions” is gender based, nationally recognized program in which students meet in small groups and explore issues important to them, have fun, and are “real” with one another. The annual Holocaust trip will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
In place of meeting every Sunday, our students join us for mini-units, two in the fall and two in the spring. The goal is to help students realize the responsibility and the challenges involved in being an “adult” in the Jewish Community. Experiential field trips, incorporating mitzvot, will also take place.
On Sunday, January 20th we will have our annual Mariano’s shopping trip event. Volunteer parents are needed to deliver the food to The ARK and the Northfield Food Pantry on Tuesday, January 22nd. Please call the school office if you wish volunteer.
On Sunday, February 10th, 8th Graders will attend (and parents are invited) Facing Forward, where they experience a day in the life of a homeless person.
Taught by a team of teachers, rabbis, and guest facilitators, our ninth grade focus is on strengthening the students’ Jewish identity, with participants creating new friendships or deepening existing ones, and developing a new connection to temple.
Ninth Graders spent their first sessions with Rabbi Heaps, getting to know each other and also thinking creatively about prayer. They participated in a challenge to create “visual tefila,” where they went around the temple, took pictures, edited those pictures, and interpreted them as another form of prayer. The pictures are impressive! We also created a class for the students on “Remind,” an app used by many schools to send out announcements and share files within classes. If your 9th Grader is not in our “Class” on Remind, they can join by downloading the app (available on both Android and Apple phones), setting up an account, clicking “Join a Class,” and typing in “@Jeremiah9t.”
For parents of 7th-9th Graders: You are invited to attend a presentation on Sunday, February 3rd, by the Response Center on Teens and Social Media. More details to follow.
Tenth Grade And Confirmation
Confirmation is a sacred and meaningful chapter in a young Jew’s life. It marks a milestone in one’s religious education and comes at a time when it is expected that young people will have some definite feelings about their values and hopes for the future. Guided by the rabbis and the Confirmation teachers, the students enter a year of personal exploration – an exploration of their relationship to their fellow human beings and their relationship to God. Tenth Grade will begin their year at the Challenge Course in Northbrook on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Confirmation will take place on May 19, 2019.
Purim Carnival: Sunday, March 17, 2019!
Feed the Hungry
Here is some helpful information when your class helps out with Feed the Hungry. In an effort to incorporate Tikkun Olam into your children’s lives, we will occasionally be making lunches with them in the Slotnick Social Hall during the first Religious School session (9:00-10:45 a.m.), to be delivered to the church later in the day. They will be given a short, age appropriate explanation of Feed the Hungry before making a small assembly line to make sandwiches and pack lunches.
We are asking for your help in this great effort. Please send your child with enough food for 5 lunches. This includes:
- 1 loaf of bread (for 2 sandwiches per lunch)
- 2 slices of lunch meat for each sandwich (any kind of meat is fine)
- 5 bags of chips
- 5 pieces of fruit (any kind is fine)
- 5 baggies with 2 cookies in each.
Due to common allergies, we request that the cookies be brought already in small baggies. Temple Jeremiah will supply the bags for the sandwiches and the brown bags for the lunches.
Children will be making the sandwiches and bagging the lunches themselves so please send the materials above and do not make the lunches yourself.