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4's Class - Miss Deana's

Miss Deana & Morah Raizel 4's Class June 20, 2024

From Miss Deana 

Wow, what a year we have had! I’m so thankful I was given the opportunity to teach your child, and they will be moving on with a little piece of my heart.  We will surely miss the children’s smiling faces, funny stories, and all the “sheesh ka bibbels” we said together.

I hope as the children continue to grow they remember all the fun we’ve had as a classroom, as well as how much fun I had with your child individually. Miss Jaelyn and I hope you all have a safe and happy summer, and we look forward to seeing those smiling faces in the Pre-K/TK clas.

From Morah Raizel 
I want to thank you for the opportunity to teach your children this year and share the joys of Judaism with them.  The time I spent with them was one of the highlights of my day.  They have grown and have learned so much.

Wishing you a safe and relaxing summer!

Miss Deana & Morah Raizel 4's Class June 7, 2024


What a great week we had! I still can't believe this was our last full week together. During our morning circle we used our touch and feel box using items from the classroom. On Monday, the children used dot paints on coffee filters to create some amazing flowers. Another fun activity the children did this week was making their challah boards, and challah covers. Each one of them was so excited to show them to you.  They worked really hard on them!


We spent some time this week working on their fine motor skills. From playdough, moon sand, and slime to scissors, stickers, and tape. Needless to say, their fine motor skills have improved so much over the last few months.   We have been practicing our songs for our end of the year performance. Our end of the year performance is Monday June 17th in the multipurpose room. The children have been singing and dancing and can’t wait for the big day. Have a great Shabbos


We are almost there!  Shavuos is in a few days.  The children are getting excited as the momentum before this special day builds up.  We learned about the Jewish people preparing for the historical event of the giving of the Torah.  They prepared for three days beforehand and camped around the mountain, “like one man with one heart”.  There was incredible harmony when the Jewish people received the Torah.  Hashem loves it when we get along.

We learned about the Jewish people thinking that it was a good idea to sleep the night before the Torah was given.  To fix that, we stay up learning Torah on the first night of Shavuos. We decorate our homes with flowers because Har Sinai was decorated with flowers, and we eat dairy because the Torah is sweet like milk and honey. 

The children reviewed the Ten Commandments, the aseres hadibros.  We read the book, Shavuos Guess Who by Arielle Stern.  On Friday, we learned about Rus and how she is connected to the holiday of Shavuos.

Wishing you a restful and rejuvenating Shabbos!

Morah Raizel - 4's - MAY 31, 2024




It’s Shavuos time!  Last week we finished with Lag B’Omer. This week we began talking about Shavuos.  We read the book, The Very Best Gift by Genendel Krohn.  It describes how Hashem asked all the world's nations if they would like to accept the Torah.  There was one nation that said yes, the Jews!  We said, “naaseh vinishma, we will do and we will listen.”  We continued to talk about the mountains that were all vying for the opportunity to host the giving of the Torah.  There was only one mountain that was quiet and did not boast.  It was Har Sinai!  Har Sinai understood that Hashem made him just right and he was content.  Since Torah comes from the word, hora’ah, which means lesson, Hashem wanted to teach us that all of our gifts come from Hashem.


Next week we will continue learning more about Shavuos with discussions, art, stories, and more.


Wishing you a restful and peaceful Shabbos,


Morah Raizel - 4's


Dear Parents,

The children are getting very excited about Lag B’Omer!  Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s story is miraculous and fascinating.  The children love hearing about the interesting details of his story.  He hid in a cave for 13 years and ate carobs and figs.  His son Elazar lived with him and they were sometimes frequented by Eliyahu Hanavi, Elijah the Prophet, who taught them the secrets of the Torah.  After twelve years, Rabbi Shimon emerged from his cave and was instructed to return to the cave.  After another year, he was told to leave the cave on Lag B’Omer.  Lag B’Omer is the day that he passed away and his students were instructed to rejoice and not mourn which is why Jews all over the world will be making special Lag B’Omer events.

Wishing you a restful Shabbos and joyous Lag B’Omer,

Morah Raizel

Friday, May 17, 2024

Due to emergency surgery, Miss Deana was out last week. Miss Ana together with Miss Jaelyn are in the class to support and assist the students with their lessons and activities. They are working together to ensure a smooth continuation of the curriculum and to provide any additional help the students may need during Miss Deana's absence. 

Judaic News

This week we got to focus on Israel.  We looked at pictures and talked about why Israel is special to every Jewish person.  On Tuesday, we had our Israel celebration where the children visited different cities in Israel.  They started in Yerushalayim, where they made pictures of their wishes from Hashem and then taped them to the “Kotel”.  They joined in Israeli dancing in Tel Aviv, dug for artifacts in Be’er Sheva, and painted in Tzfat.  The experience ended with singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Israel and eating delicious cupcakes.  Of course, we had falafel for lunch.  It was delicious.

On Wednesday, I asked the children what they love about Israel.  Here are their responses:

  • Senator: Because I’m gonna give Hashem a heart.

  • Mussia P: There’s strawberry juice there?

  • Milana: Because Hashem gave us the Torah.

  • Tzion: I love to kiss the Torah in Israel.

  • Masha: Um…kissing Hashem’s cheek.

  • Michael: Because I like to go there.

  • Pinny: Um…eat some food.

  • Arnella: Going there.

  • Tova: Eating chicken.

  • Leah: Seeing the curtains.

  • Shira: Eating candy.

  • Harrison: Saying the prayers.

  • Musia G: Eating pasta.

  • Yossi: Hugging my Tatty.

  • Sarah: I love davening and eating cookies.

We ended the week by continuing to talk about Rabbi Akiva and his learning about his student, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.  The children are excited about the upcoming Lag B’Omer festivities. 

We will continue to learn more about the incredible story of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

Wishing you a restful, and peaceful, Shabbos!

Morah Raizel



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