3rd Grade

Mar 10

posted Mar 8, 2017, 11:27 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Dear Third Grade Families,
  today was a very productive class. We started with repetition of our Siddur Celebration prayers. The kids are doing very well and we are so proud of their progress. After we finished that, the kids decorated their own banner for the Purim Carnival that will take place next Sunday. We concluded class with a brief lesson on the history of Purim and Esther. No formal classes next week, but we encourage you all to come to the carnival! It will be a lot of fun!

As always, we look forward to seeing the kids next class.
Sarit and Madrichim

This weeks 3 questions:
Where is modern day Persia? (Iran)
What day was Hayman going to kill all the jews? (13th of Adaar)
What does Purim mean? (Fate was reversed)

Jan 27

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

Dear third grade families,

  Welcome back from our brief MLK break. Today we had a very special guest. Albert from our congregation came into the sanctuary and taught the kids about teffilin, their purpose, and how to wear them. Aside from that, the students were hard at work polishing our siddur presentation for the end of the year. We are very proud of the progress and can't wait for you all to see it!
  As always, we look forward to seeing you all next week.
Sarit and Madrichim

this weeks questions:
1.) why do we wear tefilliin?
2.) who wears tefillin?
3.)what is inside the tefillin?

Jan 13

posted Jan 11, 2017, 11:54 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Hello third grade families,

  We hope you all had a wonderful break and are ready to get back into the swing of things. First, we'd like to thank you all for your help during our family program-- the siddur cover decoration. They all turned out wonderfully, and we couldn't have done it without you! Your siddur as well as the cover will be passed back to you at the end of the year when we present the prayers we have been working on all year.

  Speaking of which, that's how we started off class. We ask that if you know the melody the synagogue uses, you practice the V'Ahavta at home with your kids, as they forgot the prayer over break.

  We would like to say a special thank you to Rabbi Gruenwald, who took time out of his morning to come and deliver his wonderful sermon this morning. We are so happy with how everything turned out and hope you are, too.

  As always, we look forward to seeing the kids next week.

Sarit and Mardrichim

Dec 16

posted Dec 14, 2016, 3:01 PM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Dec 14, 2016, 4:25 PM ]

  Dear third grade families,

  With Chanukah quickly approaching, the kids were eager to learn the story of Matitiachu and the Macabees, as well as the story of the destruction of the temple. But before we got into all that, the students continued their practice of prayers for the Siddur Presentation at the end of the year. We are so impressed by how well the students are improving their skills. After break, we continued class with the creation of our own Channukiahs --which are different  from Menorahs!-- and we are so amazed at how they turned out! As per usual, photos are attached! Our weekly visit to student taught class included a lesson on how to write Alef in script. Feel free to ask them to demonstrate, any and all practice improves the abilities of the students. We concluded class with some review questions about Chanukah, and a few Hershey's Kisses as well!
  We have heard your suggestions, and are more than happy to include a few questions about what we covered today. We hope these will help you further understand our lessons, reinforce said lessons, and spark some conversation with the kiddos.
Weekly Questions:
1) what are the two miracles of Chanukah?
2) Where is the Village of Modi'n? Who lived there?
3) What did Matitiachu say to the jewish people in Greece when they were forbidden to practice Judaism and forced to worship idols?
4) Why do we play with Dreidels on Chanukah?

As always, we look forward to seeing the kids next class. Have a restful break, see you February 5th! Happy Chanukah and Happy New Year. Stay warm.
Sarit and Madrichim

Dec 9

posted Dec 9, 2016, 8:25 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Dec 14, 2016, 11:14 AM ]

Dear 3rd grade families,

Ad usual,it is always such a pleasure to teach your wonderful children☺ they are an amazing group and I enjoy teaching them!

We started off with our Sidur Celebration practice, the kids are very enthusiastic and are working hard preparing for the presentation.

I started teaching about Chanukah, and I will continue with Chanukah learning next week as well. We learned the story of Chanukah, showed on the map of Israel and discussed the two miracles of the holiday.

For Art we created a window decorations for Chanukah which they can be put on their window at their rooms.

Thank you,


Dear third grade families,

  Today the kids were hard at work. We began class by reviewing what we learned before break, then broke into our textbooks and began working on putting all we've learned together and reading entire sentences. We are so proud of the students and how quickly they grasped the concepts presented.

  However, the students can't learn as efficiently if they don't bring their materials. As such, we ask that parents help their little ones remember to bring their materials -- including textbooks and notebooks-- to and from class every Wednesday. If at any point one of these items are lost, please contact either us or the main office about how to receive a new one. We want the kids to learn as much as possible this year, so having their materials with them and ready to go would help tremendously with this endeavor.

  As always, we look forward to seeing the students next class. Shabbat Shalom!

Sarit and Michelle

Dec 2

posted Dec 2, 2016, 9:26 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Dear 3rd grade families,
Welcome back from Thanksgiving break, hope you all had a wonderful time with friends and family!
Today at Hebrew school we went over the phonetic awareness, vowels and final letters.
We had practice our beginning reading in the book. Homework -  p. 5  (read, match sister letters)
Please make sure to send your child with the book and notebook every Wednesday.
Thank you very much,
Ms. Sarit and Michelle the madricha. 

Nov 11

posted Nov 16, 2016, 11:07 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Dear third grade families,

Today the kids were hard at work memorizing their Siddur presentation. We are so blown away by the hard work the kids put into memorizing the prayers. We can't wait to see them present at the end of the year. We also had a mini lesson in script Hebrew letters from one of our students. We encourage parents to work with their kids on reading and writing Hebrew letters and vowels.

We also discussed the Tanakch which includes the Torah, prophets, and writings. We learned that the Tanakh is the complete compilation of Jewish works. We briefly discussed that the torah makes up the first 5 books of the tanakh since they are the five Books of Moses. These books cannot be edited or changed as they are the direct words of God.

As always, we look forward to seeing the kids next class. Have a great week!

Sarit and madrichim.

Oct 21

posted Oct 19, 2016, 9:43 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Dear third grade families,


  Welcome back from the high holidays, we hope everyone had a wonderful Rosh Hashanah and an easy fast.


 We dove right in with our Siyum Hasefer prayers, which we will practice every week leading up to our celebration at the end of the year. Afterwards, we began studying Sukkot and the traditions it encompasses. We discussed the importance of the holiday, and asked how the kids would feel if they had to travel in the desert for 40 years, and further traditions that we still practice today, including building our own sukkah and having a festive meal inside it. For our weekly craft, the kids drew their own sukkah with all four plants, the Etrog, Lulav, Willow Branch, and Myrtle twigs.

Afterwards, we wished Eli, who just turned nine, a very happy birthday and headed upstairs to the synagogue's sukkah, and enjoyed some refreshing milkshakes and concluded the lesson with some Israeli Dancing-- which they can do inside the sukkah!

As always, we look forward to seeing the kids next week.

Sarit and Madrichim

Sep 30

posted Sep 28, 2016, 9:08 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 8:40 PM ]

Dear third grade families,


The kids were hard at work learning the sounds that correlate to the Hebrew letters. Please continue to have your kids spend a few minutes a night reviewing and practicing. It does wonders in the classroom! 

We also began analyzing patterns in letters and their sounds. We discussed sister letters  that sound the same but aren't interchangeable in words. We used the English example of c and k to illustrate this for the children ( c and k sound the same but cookie can't be written as kukey). 

Also, we were finally able to implement our shekel system. Kids earn points (shekels) for good behavior, answering questions correctly, bringing their materials, and completing homework. Likewise, they lose points for doing the opposite. It is vital for the learning of the children to do their homework, and we want to reward kids for preparing!

The kids have a quiz next week on the sister letters, a bit of studying is encouraged! 

As always, we look forward to seeing the kids next week-- NO CLASS ON SUNDAY!

Sarit and Madricha

Shana tovah and shalom, third grade families!


 Today was a busy day of learning. Even though we had a substitute for Sarit, the students gleaned new information about the ten days of repentance between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. We discussed the relevance of Yom Kippur and the difference between being religious and  following traditions.  As a class we discussed some of the things we express remorse for during the high holidays, and revisited the shofar's importance during this holy time. The children also learned about what a mitzvah is, what a sin is, and the difference between the two. The story of Adam and Eve was also retold to explain why Yom Kippur falls when it does. We concluded class with the creation of Rosh Hashana cards, can't wait for you all to see them!

No class next week, but we look forward to seeing the kids soon.

Madrichim and Elinor, substitute for Sarit.

Sep 23

posted Sep 23, 2016, 8:57 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Dear 3rd grade families,
Thank you all for making the effort and making sure the kiddos are coming on time, I know it's pretty hectic at this time of the day so thumbs up to all!!!
Today we went over our vocabulary list and add some more Hebrew words!
Next, we went over the vowels we already learned and learned the new vowel that the letter Yud is making. We learned the zero vowel which makes any letter sound as a constant standing by itself, we also learned what happens when the zero vowel is attached to an Ah or Eh vowel.
Last but not least, we went over the Alef Bet sounds. Please have your child go over the letters sheet I sent home and practice the letter sound correlation.
Please don't forget to send them with the books, notebooks and any worksheets I send home.

Thank you, Ms. Sarit.

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