1st Grade

Mar 10

posted Mar 8, 2017, 9:49 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

This morning we focused on Purim!  There is no Religious School next week but the kids were all very excited to hear that there would be a Purim Carnival!  We hope you can all attend next Sunday as it promises to be a super fun day for the children.

We read the story of Purim, we learned about  Ahasuerus, Vashti, Mordechai, Esther and Haman!  We made puppets for each character and then the kids took turns acting out the story for their classmates.  In addition, we had a great time painting one of the banners that will be used at the Purim carnival.

Please ask your children about the Purim story, who the heroine was and what they painted on the banner.  We will see you on March 19th.

Mrs. Leah and Miss Lexi

Mar 3

posted Mar 1, 2017, 9:02 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 9:01 AM ]

As you all know, this morning we enjoyed a morning full of activities related to Jewish Disabilities Awareness.  We were lucky enough to hear Benjamin Tarasewicz (Benjamin Breaking Barriers) speak about his life living with autism.  Then we attended four workshops that brought awareness to those with disabilities:  loss of hearing, eyesight, sensory issues, anxiety.  We talked about how we can be good friends to people who are different than us and we learned to recognize that although some people may have disabilities they are just those without disabilities in so many ways.  I’m sure you can come up with several questions on your own to ask your child about those with disabilities, what kind of disabilities there are and how those with disabilities should be treated.  See you next week.  Mrs. Leah and Miss Lexi

Feb 10

posted Feb 8, 2017, 9:00 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

This morning we learned the letters TZadi and Final. TZadi.  We are have worked our way thru lesson 11 in our textbook.  The students are so proud of their learning and so are we!  

After our Hebrew learning, we talked about Tu B’Shevat.  We talked about how valuable trees are to us and to other animals as well.  The kids worked on a beautiful art project and we read some beautiful stories about this holiday.

Some questions to ask your student:

1.  What final Hebrew letters have they learned?

2.  Where are the final letters found in a word?

3.  What is the holiday of Tu B’Shevat all about?

We will see you next week!

Mrs. Leah and Miss Lexi

Feb 3

posted Feb 1, 2017, 9:01 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

We were very please to see so many 1st graders in attendance this week!  We are moving along steadily in our textbook so if you have been absent please make sure your student is caught up.  This week we learned the letter hey.  We are learning prepositions as well.  We’ve learned “on” and “in".  Today we learned “the”.  The students have also been taught quite a few of the vowels.  

The class had a visit from the music teacher, Bryan Goldstein who reviewed Shabbat and Havdalah songs.

The class discussed what a Sefer Torah was, how the Torah is decorated and what the decorative pieces are called.  The term Etz Chaim is used to describe the wooden poles to which the parchment is attached.  The kids worked on an art project that illustrates the decorations and their names.  Next week we will begin talking about Tu B’Shevat which the kids always enjoy.

1.  How would you say “Mom is in the house.” in Hebrew?

2.  What is a Sefer Torah?

3.  How do you say “on”, “in, and “the” in Hebrew?

We will see you all next week!

Jan 27

posted Jan 27, 2017, 10:56 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Today we learned the letters kaf and koof. We learned the words kippah (yarmulke) and koof (monkey). We have now completed lesson 9 in our text book. We enjoyed recess and an art project.

There is a kindergarten and 1st grade Shabbat dinner on February 3rd. You can sign up online or ask the office for more information.

We will see you all next week.

1. How do you write the letter kaf?
2. How do you write the letter koof?
3. Why is it important to give tzedakah?

Mrs. Leah and Miss Lexi

Jan 13

posted Jan 13, 2017, 9:03 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Hello Parents!

This week we talked about Shabbas, specifically how we prepare to celebrate it and the blessings we say over the bread and wine.  We read the story of Bim and Bom and sang the song that goes along with it.  Remember this will be an ongoing project for us in between the holidays.  As we continue with this, we will be making a Shabbat box that will include all the essential components of preparing for Shabbas.

In addition, we reviewed our Hebrew letters and learned Vav.  

Thank you for continuing to bring Tzadaka,  and all that you do!

Two questions you can ask your student are:

1. What are the things we need to celebrate Shabbas?

2. What is the blessing over the bread?

Ingrid and Mara

Dec 16

posted Dec 14, 2016, 9:41 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Dec 14, 2016, 9:52 AM ]

Today we enjoyed talking about Chanukah and making a menorah craft.  As you can imagine, the kids are all very excited for this holiday to arrive!  We learned three letters today -  mem, final mem and gimel.  We have completed all lessons in the Ready, Set, Go Alef Bet Book thru lesson seven.  Please ask/discuss with your child:  What Hebrew letters have they learned so far this year?  See if they can write them down on paper.  What vowels do they know?  What is the holiday of Chanukah about?  Who was Judah Maccabee?


A reminder that attendance is really important! We hope you are using the online tool that goes along with our workbook and working to catch up with your student when they are absent.  Wishing you a very Happy Chanukah as well as a happy secular New Year.  We will see you on January 8, 2017.

Mrs. Leah and Miss Lexi

Dec 9

posted Dec 9, 2016, 8:32 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

This morning we reviewed all the letters and vowels we've learned so far and completed lesson 5 in our Ready, Set Alef Bet book. The class was excited to talk about Chanukah and the kids always love working on the art project. We ended our morning by watching the Shalom Sesame Chanukah episode with the kindergarten class. See you next week!

Mrs. Leah and Miss Lexi

Nov 18

posted Nov 18, 2016, 11:26 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

This past Sunday we learned the letter Bet.  The kids are enjoying learning the letters and we have started talking about Hebrew vowels and how they work with the letters we have learned.  We also talked about Shabbat.  We were able to have a short recess, snack and enjoyed some Israeli Dancing.  Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and we will see you in December!


Mrs. Leah and Miss Lexi

Nov 11

posted Nov 9, 2016, 9:25 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Wow!  We had a busy and full morning!  Thank you all for coming to our family program - Full of Gratitude, Hakarat Hatova.  We appreciate your participation very much.  Everyone did a wonderful job on their Tzedakah box and  the blessing bags are a wonderful opportunity to help another person. Before you all arrived, we started our morning with Barak visiting us and discussing what winter looks like in Israel.  Turns out it looks just like Colorado did last Sunday morning! 

See you next week!

Mrs. Leah and Miss Lexi

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