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 MrsBrownTBC@aol.com. 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!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Brown

Diane P. Brown