August 2015/ Av 5775

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students:

I am happy to welcome you to my class this year. Sixth grade is a very important year; we are going to learn a great deal together. Generally, at the end of sixth grade students know most of the prayers that are part of the bar/bat mitzvah service. 

Class will meet on Thursdays after school and on Sunday mornings. This year the religious school is using a wonderful program called the CHAI curriculum which focuses on the three pillars of Jewish life:  Torah,  Avodah, and G’milut Chasadim. Translating these pillars into “regular English” – this means that the sixth grade on Sundays will be delving into:  (1) bible study (the prophets in sixth grade);  (2) prayer and one’s relationship with God; and (3) acts of loving kindness – doing mitzvahs to make the world a better place. In addition, we will be learning about all of the Jewish holidays as they occur during the year.

In Hebrew on Thursdays we will be starting with a review of Hebrew letters and vowels. Then we will be learning the prayers which comprise the Saturday morning Shabbat service and utilizing a book which partners well with the CHAI curriculum, called Kol Israel (All of Israel) The Prayers of Our People. The Hebrew book has an online component for student homework; prayer practice and online assignments will be expected for successful completion of sixth grade. 

I have been teaching religious school for at least seven years. It is something I am passionate about – and love particularly the pivotal sixth grade year. My email contact for religious school is Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments now and during the year. 

I look forward to partnering with you to have a wonderful, nurturing learning experience. Enjoy the rest of the summer. … and see you on Sunday, August 30th!


Mrs. Brown

Diane P. Brown 

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