We are off to a great start here at TOR. This past Sunday, the temple was filled with our future. Students of all ages were learning, running, playing, and praying together. As I flitted around from place to place, making sure that teachers had what they needed and students moved to where they were supposed to be, I was so happy to see the eager faces and excitedly raised hands. So far the new layout and schedule seem to be working quite well. Everyone got to where they needed to go on time and without incident. The change of scenery every 45 minutes or so is really good for our kiddos. It keeps it fresh and different for them. I think they enjoyed the recess time for snacks as well.
Thank you to all of the parents who stayed for the parent meeting. If you were unable to stay, Click Here for the handout that I presented. Again, it is my desire for every parent to volunteer for at least one need this year at school. If you were unable to sign up for something, please email me and I’ll let you know what is available for you.
I have also updated the “About” page on this website. It has the overview of our program. If you have any friends or family who are interested in what we are doing here at TOR, please direct them there!
Please make sure to read the announcements that follow!!
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Tonight, Wednesday, September 13th – 6:30pm to 8:00pm – Whole School Hebrew School Program. (Grades 4 – 7) Pizza will be provided. We will begin at 6:30 with pizza and social time. We will then jump into a group activity about Rosh Hashanah and the three elements that make up the New Year – Teshuvah, Tefillah, and Tzedakkah. Throughout the evening, students will be individually pulled and assessed for their Hebrew skill levels. This will help us to appropriately place them for tutorials.
Also Tonight, September 13th – 6:30pm to 8:00pm – Teen OR. Join us for a great conversation about New Beginnings. Ending with a campfire with s’mores!
Friday, September 15th – 6pm – Tot Shabbat
Saturday, September 16th – 6:30pm – Selichot Usher in the high holy day season with a BBQ dinner, havdalah and service. Dinner is $5 per person. RSVP to Evite.
Sunday, September 17th – 9am – Religious School – Men’s Club is still working on transforming the sanctuary for the high holy days. Please plan to stay and help! We can’t do it without you!
Wednesday, September 20th – 7:30pm – Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Thursday, September 21st – 10am – Rosh Hashanah Service and Children’s Program. If you have not already registered your child (ages 3yrs through 4th grade) please do so immediately. High Holy Day Kids Program Sign Up
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My updates will look a little different this year, since the students move teachers. Many of you will also get an update directly from your child’s teacher.
Miss Laurie’s Class: Our PreK/Kinder kids started the day with a fun music session with Carol. They sang songs and talked about the upcoming holidays! The class then moved to tefillah and learned that even though we are all different, everyone is strong in their own special way. Later, the students learned about Rosh Hashanah and made holiday cards. We will be sending the cards with donations to the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston to help with flood relief.
Ms. Ashley’s Class: Students who have Ms. Ashley for Judaics, should have received an email from her on Sunday with a recap of the day. They began their lessons with Shalom Learning and talked about teshuvah. Students are thinking about things that they can do better in the coming year.
Ms. Erica’s Class: Students in 2nd/3rd grade have Ms. Erica for Judaics and Hebrew. This week they spent time getting to know each other and also talked about teshuvah. The fourth graders then came to Erica for their Special Topics elective.
Ms. Karen’s Class: 1st, 4th and 5th graders have Ms. Karen for Hebrew. This week they learned each other’s names and a little bit about each other through a fun game with M&Ms. Please make sure your child knows their Hebrew name. If they don’t have one, give me a call! Remember, as we get further into the year, it will be essential that students are practicing their Hebrew during the week.
Mr. Barry’s Class: The 6th grade students have Barry for Judaics, Hebrew and Special Topics. This week they got to know someone in the class that they didn’t know very well. They discussed the different topics that they wanted to learn about this year. Barry also gave them a list of important phrases for B’nai mitzvah.
Avi and Art: Our 7th graders spent a good portion of the morning with Avi. They began their Hebrew review and showed what they already know. After tefillah, Art brought out the Torah and they discussed the proper care of it and looked inside!
Remember to keep in contact with your child’s teacher. If you have questions about the curriculum or concerns about progress, please speak up. We are partners in your child’s education! Have a Great Week!