October 28, 2020 |

Grades PK, K and 1 (2020-2021)

Posted on September 6, 2020

2 Tefila Updates From Anna
Summary from 10/17:
Have you ever wondered why Jewish holidays start at night instead of during the day? Today, grades Pre-K through 4th learned about the lunar calendar and how the Jewish religion is tied to the moon. For example, the holiday of Rosh Chodesh celebrating the start of the new month begins the night of the new moon (or when no moon is in the sky).
Summary from 10/24:
Going with our theme of Jewish time, this Shabbat we learned a new way Jews mark the passage of the week- a new parshah in the Torah! Our torah portion on this shabbat is Parshah Noach, or the building of Noah’s Ark. As a group, we discussed what we would bring with us the ark (food, family, games, and our favorite animals) and sang the song “Rise and Shine” to tell the story of the great flood.
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Hello PK/K/1 Families!

What an exciting day we had!  The Apple and Honey Olympics was AMAZING.  I am so impressed at everyones skills, dance moves and sportsmanship.  Thank you to Robin for being our Coach today and helping us learn some Hebrew words while we played. Thank you to all the families so much for your flexibility with the timing for today’s class and for picking up your materials for this fun event.
Next week we will revisit the story of Creation and review what God made on each day of the week.  We will spend time learning about how we can take care of the world that God Created.
Our Apple and Honey Olympics was filled with fun activities.  Ask your student which even was their favorite.
Have a wonderful week!
Sunday, September 18, 2020

Hello PK/K/1 Families!

It was so lovely to have class together this morning.  Today is the first of many weeks that we will meet in a row and Shira, Zach, and I are very excited about all the good learning that will be taking place.
During Morning Meeting we are practicing responding in Hebrew and we are learning Hebrew words for “good morning” and “thank you”.  Almost all of our students were feeling Yellow or Green today and were excited and ready to learn. During our movement breaks, we have started to add in Aleph Bet yoga poses.  Today we made the letter shin by laying on the floor and raising our head, feet, and hands. We began our study of the Torah by reading the story of God and Creation which is part of the Parsha that was read this week during Saturday morning services.  Students learned that God created different things on the first six days of the week and rested on the 7th day which we call Shabbat.
Next week we will be participating in the Apple and Honey Olympics, a beginning of the year tradition at Temple Israel of Natick.  Please see Robin’s email about the schedule changes taking place.  All Kindergarten Hebrew groups will take place at their regularly scheduled time.
Each student got to make their own Creation in class today.  Ask your student to share what they made with you.
Have a wonderful week!
Sept. 13 – Music with Anna:
Shana Tova! Today, the PreK through 4th graders welcomed the new school year and the new year of 5781 with dancing (like Miriam) and a shofar blast (or at least the song version by Ellen Allard). It was wonderful to be together as a kehillah (community) again and to see so many familiar and new faces. I am looking forward to learning and growing through music and prayer with the PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders!
Shavua Tov,
September 13, 2020

Hello PK/K/1 Families!

It was so nice to be together again!  We LOVED seeing so many smiling faces, connecting with students that have already experienced Religious School at Temple Israel and meeting some new students too.
Our time together goes by so quick but we squeezed a lot in today.  During Morning Meeting we learned to use the Mood Meter to share how we are feeling today.
We will use the Mood Meter weekly to check in with students and see how everyone is doing.  Next, we worked together to make a class Brit.  We first listened to a story about how learning online might be a little different than learning in person and then shared our ideas as a group. Before moving onto a new activity we had a silly movement break which allowed us to run and jump and stretch before we got into our new learning.  In future classes, our movement breaks will include Aleph Bet Yoga that Shira will lead.
Students were super excited to hear that we will have an opportunity to be together in person on September 27th for a socially distant Tashlich.  We hope that you will be able to join us.  Robin has already sent this information to you in an email. During our next online class, we will begin our study of Creation and taking care of the world around us.
Each student was asked to share a special item with the group so that we could learn more about them.  Ask your student about the item they shared.
L’shana Tova!
Michelle, Shira and Zach



Dear Pre-K, K, and First Grade Families:


We, Michelle and Cheryl, are writing to introduce ourselves as the PK/K and grade 1 teaching team.




I, Michelle, have been a member of Temple Israel almost my whole life and have been working with the students in our community for more than a decade both in the Religious School and with our Youth Groups.  I am looking forward to the challenges and potentials of moving our learning to an online platform in September and October.  On Sunday mornings, we will study stories from the Torah and Jewish values.  




I, Cheryl, have lived in Natick for 15 years and worked with students in the Religious School for five years. I have two boys and also works with students in the Natick public schools. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we will be learning about Jewish holidays and traditions and learning about Israel. 




Our Kindergarten students will be learning and practicing Hebrew letters with Michelle in small groups each Sunday morning.  


First-grade students will be practicing and solidifying their knowledge of the Hebrew letters in small groups with Cheryl on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. 


Throughout the week, Shira Taman and Zach Schneider will assist us.  Shira is beginning her second year as a Religious School faculty member and has twins the same ages as the students in our class!  Her knowledge and love of Israel and her calming and nurturing nature are a positive presence in our classroom community.  Zach is an 8th grader in Framingham and recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at TI; he was the first Zoom Bar Mitzvah!


We hope that everyone will give their very best effort and have a positive attitude as we navigate this unique learning journey together.  We are looking forward to our classes with the students and hoping for smiling faces and great enthusiasm.  


Cheryl can be reached by email at cbstrunsky@comcast.net.


Michelle can be reached by email at MichelleNelson624@gmail.com.




Michelle and Cheryl


P.s. Please watch for an email from Robin with information on how to access Zoom links and classes.