September 22

קבלת שבת ביחד עם כיתה ה

What a wonderful way to welcome Shabbat together with Kitah Hay, singing and reciting Kiddush together!  Kitah Dalet is looking forward to many more together with the OJCS fam!  Thank you for inviting us Dr. Sagi and Kitah Hay! תודה רבה

kol hakavod to our leader chazanim Ben Dougherty (gr. 5) and Efraim Levitan (4B)!

וכיתה ד1 נהנים לעשות קידוש עם כוונה! – Kitah dalet 1 does kiddush together and help each other!

September 10


Dear Parents,

We are starting our year with our 7 habits, beginning with the end in mind, teaching our students to be self-directed learners.  I understand, that it might seem challenging in another language, but it is important to remember that these are our building blocks. Students can realize that it is okay if they don’t understand or recognize some words. In their readings at home, I strongly encourage them to read the text two times on their own and to underline, highlight or circle any words that they are not familiar with.  The next day,  they  come to class  eager to look them up and work together with me and their peers to clarify and include the words in their personal dictionaries for future reference. There are also questions that they can answer if they have time in class.  We will continue to work on these skills of owning their own learning and being proactive.

The goal at home is to read independently, working their way through the text and practicing their reading. The vocabulary piece will be emphasized in Hebrew class.

This is how we learn. When we step out of our comfort zone, that is when real learning takes place! That being said, we will recognize IVRIT B’IVRIT (speaking only Hebrew in class).  One step at a time ,with more determination, I am confident that we will make progress and the results will be worth it! 🙂

Every day for their reading, students are encouraged to:

-Read the text twice

-Indicate any words that need understanding

Should you have any questions, please contact me:


September 6

A great week in Kitah Dalet!

The first week in Kitah Dalet has been great. Students are enjoying a smaller class setting and are getting right back into a good routine. We are so happy to welcome our new students Eliya and Patrick. They have made lots of friends in Kitah Dalet already. It is heartwarming to see how everyone has reached out and made them feel right at home in our school.

We have taken time to review the 7 Habits that we will be following this year to reach the OJCS North Stars. During a class discussion, one child said our learning is like a ladder that we can keep climbing and learning and go higher than Grade 4. Another student said our learning has infinite possibilities. A special web activity taught us how it is important to work together and be responsible for each other.

We, teachers, think our students are going to reach for the stars and have an amazing year!

The Grade 4 Team

May 27

Reading recordings for the Week of May 27th

all reading parts this week are about Jerusalem. Following are the parts and questions. Please answer in your machberet with full sentences.



1. בידי מי היה הכותל המערבי 19 שנים?

2. מה שם המלחמה בשנת 1967 וכמה ימים היא היתה?😉



1. כמה שערים יש בחומת העיר העתיקה?

2. יש שער אחד סגור. מה שמו?



1. באיזה תאריך כבשו חיילי צה”ל את העיר העתיקה?

2. דרך איזה שער נכנסו חיילי צה”ל לעיר העתיקה?



1.מה מציין יום ירושלים?

2. לאן הולכים בעצרת ירושלים?

May 6

Reading Homework

  1. Your homework assignment for the coming two weeks is to read your book and do the following:

If you got the book  – אם תרצו אין זו אגדה – you need to read and do only assignment number 1.

  1. Write 10 new words and their translation, so you can explain them to your group.
  2. Write a minimum of three questions about your story (you will discuss it with the group who read the same story).
  3. For those who choose a challenge: Write a sentence with each of the new words you taught yourself.

This assignment is due Friday, May 17th.

Following are the recordings for the book אם תרצו אין זו אגדה

Pages 3-9:

Pages 10-14:

Pages 15-24:

May 2

Tonight I Remember… אנחנו זוכרים

Both yesterday and today we learned about Yom Hashoah in class, with Liam, Inbar and Morah Ada.

To help remember the people who lost their lives we will each remember a specific person.

Please add, in the comment space, who you remember… and tell us a bit about them.

We also invite whoever reads our post to add names they choose to remember or share a story from their own family’s history.

As per you request, here is the movie we watched together: הכוכב של אנדרה וטאטי

מעין זוכרת

April 29

Listening Comprehension for Week of April 29th

Welcome back everyone.

I hope you all had a wonderful Passover break.

Now that pesach is over we are counting the days until Shavuot. This is what your listening comprehension is about for Monday and Tuesday. I recommend to listen to, or read (or both) the questions prior to the part itself. Then listen a number of times before you attempt to answer…

Please answer in your מחברת and don’t forget to use full sentences when answering.


Questions for Sfirat Ha’Omer – Part 1

1. כַּמָּה שָׁבוּעוֹת וָכַמָה יָמִים יֵשׁ מֵחַג הַפֶּסַח עַד חַג הַשָׁבוּעוֹת?
2. מָתַי הֵבִיאוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת קָרְבַּן הָעֹמֶר לִירוּשָׁלַיִם?
3. מָה הָיָה מֻתָּר לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לַעֲשׂוֹת אַחֲרֵי קָרְבַּן הָעֹמֶר?

Sfirat Ha’Omer – Part 1


Questions for Sfirat Ha’Omer – Part 2

1. אַחֲרֵי מָה עוֹשִׂים אֶת סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר?
2. אֵיךְ אֲנַחְנוּ עוֹשִׂים אֶת סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר כַּאֲשֶׁר יֵשׁ 25 יָמִים בָּעֹמֶר?

Sfirat Ha’Omer – Part 2

The next two parts, for Wednesday and thursday, are about the Havdalah.


Questions for Havdalah – Part 1

1. מָתַי אֲנַחְנוּ עוֹשִׂים הַבְדָלָה (אַחֲרֵי מָה)?
2. מִמָה אֲנַחְנוּ נִפְרָדִים בַּהַבְדָלָה?
3. בְּשָׁבוּעַ יֵשׁ יוֹם קָדוֹשׁ וְיֵשׁ יָמִים שֶׁל חוֹל. מַהוּ הַיוֹם הַקָדוֹשׁ וּמָה הֵם יְמֵי חוֹל?

Havdalah – Part 1


Questions for Havdalah – Part 2

1. עַל מָה אָנוּ מְבָרְכִים בַּהַבְדָלָה?
2. אֵיזוֹ מִילָה עוֹזֶרֶת לָנוּ לִזְכֹּר אֶת סֵדֶר הַבְּרָכוֹת בַּהַבְדָלָה?
3. מָה מַזְכִּירָה כָּל אוֹת בַּתְּשׁוּבָה שֶׁל שְׁאֵלָה מִסְפָּר 2?

April 14

Quick Reminders

Shalom kitah Dalet,

I hope you all took advantage of the beautiful “Aviv” day we had yesterday and spent time outdoors :).

I am writing to remind you to please practice your parts for tomorrow  – read with a loud, clear, slow voice and don’t forget to make eye contact once in a while.

It will be a good idea to listen to the songs again, and sing along…  Continue reading