Saw your message about not receiving any postings till now on this site. I am a technological zero, so Gretchen may be the best to help you with this. But, just in case, I thought I'd try to send you something directly. If you get it, let me know by sending something to my person email (you'll see it below). If not, I'll remind Gretchen to tend to this.
This is what's been posted thus far:
For the first 6 weeks (until approx. mid-November)
4th/5th Chai teachers*:
Meagan Prince - firstname.lastname@example.org
Benny Shlesinger - email@example.com
6th Chai teachers*:
Oriana Kahn Hurwit - firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Epstein - email@example.com
*Mitkadem split according to Ramot levels ----------------------------------------------------------
We are off to a great, enthusiastic start to Talmud Torah in grades 4, 5 and 6. We hope you have gotten similar reports from your children.
So far, we have spent our time getting acquainted and organized in order to begin our 3 strand curriculum: the Chai program (the class will be divided into two sections - the 6th grade and the 4th//5th grades - for that), Mitkadem (self paced Hebrew studies), and Hebrew Through Movement (spoken Hebrew).
Each Sunday and Wednesday we will start the class with “Tidbits”, 10-15 minutes about a particular subject. On this past Wednesday our focus was on the special characteristics of (and some little known facts about) Sukkot. We continued working on our art projects for the Simhat Torah celebration which we started the first day of school. Additionally, discussions were held about class expectations, as well as those of the school, and finding out where the kids’ interests lie so that we can take that into consideration when planning our Tidbit sessions. Time was also devoted to assessing where each student is with regard to modern, spoken Hebrew. We will continue with each of these items tomorrow, with the expectation we will begin the full curriculum on Wednesday next week.
We wanted to bring a couple of items to your attention.
Given the size of our class, we will not be taking special notice of student birthdays this year, so as to prevent the possibility of someone being overlooked. If your child has a birthday during the school calendar and he or she wishes to bring in something (food) to share with the others, we are happy for that to happen. In order to ensure that our class time will not be disrupted, any snacks provided will be given out during break time or when class is dismissed at the end of the day. Please remember that we are a peanut free zone!
On Wednesday several students expressed a desire to be called by names different from those in the school roster. We have decided that such changes will only be made if the name is one that the student is known by (and uses) at home in your families and at regular school. If this is true for your child, please let us know. We will not be agreeing to such changes without your input.
We are looking forward to a great year! Should you have any questions or concerns at this point, please feel free to contact one of us.