Sixth Grade – כיתה ו

Welcome to the Sixth Grade!

Weekly Newsletter for the week of 9/22/2023

Judaic Studies

Advanced Middle School Judaics

In our Advanced Mishnah Class, we have been learning about Rosh Hashanah and why we didn’t blow the shofar when Rosh Hashanah coincides with Shabbat. We also learned who instituted this edict and why he did so. We then began discussing Yom Kippur and learned the differences between a Torah Fast Day, like Yom Kippur, and a Rabbinic Fast Day, like Tzom Gidalya, which was last Monday.

In our Advanced Chumash Class we began in the beginning of the year with the story of Abram and his discovery of Hashem and monotheism. We last discussed his valiant and heroic mission to rescue his nephew Lot, after he was taken captive. We then discussed why he refused any of the spoils of war and the reason why he didn’t want to accept them. Now we have moved onto the story of Hagar and her birth of her son Yishmael.

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Dr. Ehrlich

Middle School Judaics

This week we covered Parashat Ha’azenu in great detail. 

We learned that Prior to Moshe rabeinu’s “Niftar” = “exempt”  [ask your children about this word, please] passing, he wrote a song called “Sheeras Ha’azenu” . In this “song” he compares the Torah to rain.

We can not live without rain. 

We can not live wothout Torah.

Please see the email in which I enclosed all the info.

We learned about the 5 Inuyim = discomforts that we [over bar/bat Mitzva] practice on Yom Kipur;

No eating

No drinking

No annointing

No bathing

No wearing leather shoes

[There is 1 more for adults (who are married)].

We discussed and acted out, asking forgiveness from eachother prior to Yom Kipur.

We learned some important saying/ideas from Pirkei Avot i.e. “Speak little and do a lot” Please discuss

On Friday, Rabbi Kuritsky gave out bagels for all to practice; washing,saying bracha of Aln’telat Aydayim and Hamotze

Shabbat Shalom 

Have an easy and meaningful fast.

Bon Voyage to our favorite twins Sarina and Ariella

I sent home 10 pages about Yom Kippur. Please read and discuss.

Rabbi Kuritsky


Secular Studies

Sixth graders learned a lot about literary devices as we focused on similes, types of conflicts, and imagery. We continued with character analysis for Fish in a Tree, sharing our wonderful ideas!

6th graders finished the first Unit” Intro to Earth Science” and “Nature of Science” . Mrs. Belli was so proud of all of them for receiving a very good score on the first Test. During a mini-lab, 6th graders figured out how to calculate the density of an irregular solid shape using the “water displacement” method.

Greetings and Salutations!

This week in Social Studies we began learning about the civil war in earnest. There was a lot of interest in the soldiers themselves and how they would have prepared for such a battle. I am very happy with how curious the 6th graders have been. 

Ms. Tatic