April 30

Welcome Back!!!!

Dear students,

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your Passover break, had a chance to relax, and spent some time with your family. Now that we are coming back refreshed and ready for the last part of the year. Before the break, we finished our Train final project. We enjoyed traveling with each of you on your virtual field trips. It’s a good chance now to remind you to visit your classmates’ blogs and comment on each other’s projects. As our unit comes to an end, we will, as always, end it with a quiz where you will have a chance to show your skills in the unit, both vocabulary and reading comprehension. It is a good reminder to check your homework board for scheduled quizzes and assignments.

This week, we are starting a new unit, ‘Restaurant,’ where we will have a chance to explore different types of restaurants, food, and culture. Practice ordering in a restaurant, create new restaurants, and visit each other’s restaurants. This will give us a chance to practice new unit vocabulary and apply it in conversations. This week, we will look deeper into Jacob’s experiences during his time in Haran, exploring the challenges he faced and the lessons he learned.

Welcome back! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Here is a preview to our next unit:


April 12

What is Freedom for me? A student guest post by starielle

Freedom (פסח Addition)

Recap of פסח

A long long time ago, בני ישראל were slaves in מצרים. They had an EVIL ruler and his name was פרעה. He made the Jews suffer. The Jews prayed to ‘ה. Hashem sent a helper משה to try to convince פרעה to let his people go! He said No. And that is when the 10 מכות hit מצרים. All of the plagues hit the Egyptians and not the Jews. Blood, Frogs, Lice, Wild animals, Cows, and goats and more will die, Boils, Hail that was fire, Locust, Darkness and the worst plagues DEATH OF THE FIRST BORN SON! The evil ruler פרעה kept saying no until his son died. The Jews quickly escaped. Their bread didn’t have time to rise so it turned into מצה. 


What does Freedom mean nowadays?

Freedom, a thing the world really needs. Freedom, what does it mean? Is it when people have to flee, or can they live happily? What does freedom really mean? To the world not just for me?


Freedom is when someone gets to live happily. Nobody is a slave. Nobody needs to pretend to be someone they aren’t. People who are aloud to believe what they want to. Everyone is kind to one another. No one is held hostages. You don’t have to worry about being killed from war. You can live a happy life. Freedom means a bunch of different things to people, but to me freedom means to live a happy life.


  • A student


Passover plateHappy passover

September 7

Setting goals for the new academic year inspired by Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 

We started our year with a powerful message from the Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! In our class, we’ve used this story to inspire our students to set their own goals for the year ahead.We discussed its message, and then asked each student to create their own academic and personal goals for the year, and how to overcome challenges. The results were inspiring, they’ve taken ownership of their success, understanding that they’re the captains of their educational journey. Throughout the year, we’ll revisit these goals, celebrate milestones, and provide guidance.

שנה טובה!



September 4

בְּרוּכִים הַבָּאִים לְכִתָּה ה’

Dear Grade 5 students,


I’m very excited to welcome you back tomorrow and get to know each of you. I have already posted our first weekly plan for the week,you can find access to our planner under the name “Weekly Slides – כִּתָּה ה’ שֶׁל הַמּוֹרָה מָרִינָה.”I have added a bookmark on our Grade 5 blog so that you can quickly access our schedule. On our planner, you can also find additional resources, the Digital Library, Parshat Vayetze (our Parsha of the year), and more. You will receive further instructions tomorrow in class. 


בְּהַצְלָחָה לְכֻלָּם,


הַמּוֹרָה מָרִינָה



May 11

וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ”- רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא”

In the spirit of Lag BaOmer, and Rabbi Akiva’s teachings: ” love your neighbour as yourself” we brought both classes together to incorporate the themes of teamwork, self-control, kindness, joy, gratitude, forgiveness, modesty and humility with the “Win-Win” mindset ( one of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®)

Through meaningful discussions and activities, the students focused on understanding how to resolve conflict in a positive way, so that everyone can be happy with the solution.

Having a Win-Win mindset means:

  • Seeing life through a lens of cooperation instead of competition
  • Balancing courage for getting what you want with consideration for what others want
  • Being kind to others and trying to make them happy
  • Working to find solutions to problems that make everyone happy

We finished off our time together with spreading kindness and leaving each other meaningful messages.

April 4

Passover Celebrations in Grade 5

Passover is an important Jewish holiday that celebrates the freedom of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. It is a time of joy and reflection, and a time to come together with family and friends. This year, we celebrated Passover with our students in a fun and engaging way, with a Model Seder and various educational games.

The games were a great way to engage with the students and help them learn more about Passover. It was also a great way to bond and create memories together.

!חג האביב שמח וחופשה נעימה

March 24

Restaurant Project-work in progress…

Working on our next project, which summarizes what we learned in the Restaurant unit:

  • Students applying the vocabulary and the skills that were learned in the unit of the restaurant.
  • Students get a chance to build their own restaurant in the classroom.
  • Students are choosing the type of the restaurant,creating menus and using the vocabulary to communicate at the restaurant.

February 16

כַּבֵּד אֶת אָבִיךָ וְאֶת אִמֶּךָ

כַּבֵּד אֶת אָבִיךָ וְאֶת אִמֶּךָ, לְמַעַן יַאֲרִכוּן יָמֶיךָ עַל הָאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר אֱלֹהֶיךָ נוֹתֵן לָךְ ( שְׁמוֹת, פֶּרֶק כ’ פָּסוּק י”ב)

In this week’s Parashat Hashavua : Parashat Yitro, The Israélites receive the ten commandments.

This week, Grade 5 explored the concept of the fifth command:  respect your parents!

We started by writing all the things that our parents do for us ( and it was a lot!!!)

Next we discussed what it means to respect our parents, and shared examples on how we do it in daily life.

We ended up making a list of all the ways we can fulfill this command:

הַכָּרַת הַטּוֹב ( SEEING THE GOOD)

לְהַגִּיד תּוֹדָה ( SAYING THANK YOU)


הַקְפָּדָה עַל כְּלָלִים (COMPLIANCE WITH THE RULES)

הִתְחַשְּׁבוּת ( CONSIDERATION)

הֲבָנַת נְקֻדַּת הַמַּבָּט שֶׁלָּהֶם ( UNDERSTANDING OUR PARENTS PERSPECTIVE)

We concluded this learning with writing ( in Hebrew and English) thank you notes to our parents ( trying to be as specific as we can) to express our gratitude.

Here are a couple of examples of the amazing cards they made: