GRADE 4

Sundays, 11:15 am - 1:00 pm;
Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:20 pm

Teachers: Rabbi Ben Newman + Ellen Flaks                                        
(+ Debra Aronson on Wednesdays)

In this stimulating year, our students focus their Hebrew studies on reading prayers and singing the Shabbat blessings, the Shema, the V’Ahavta, and Mi Chamocha, as well as Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem. Our study of Jewish values allows the children to learn important lessons that have been passed down from our rabbis through the ages. This is accomplished through literature, class discussions, improvisation and drama. We celebrate all the Jewish holidays with an emphasis on the special customs and traditions that accompany each festival, both in the synagogue and at home. We also collect Tzedakah every week in Grade 4, and the class selects an organization to which these funds will be contributed at the end of the school year. It is a privilege and meaningful experience for this grade to be responsible for the design and performance of the Temple’s Purimshpiel during our annual Purim Carnival.

GRADE 4 OPPORTUNITIES + EXPERIENCES

  • Student Shofar Sounders for Grades 3 – 6. Learn + rehearse with Cantor Robin, and blow your very own shofar during our Family Services on Rosh Hashanah + Yom Kippur.

  • Rosh Hashanah Family Service, followed by Family Holiday Activity, Monday, September 10, 2:00 – 3:45 pm

  • Yom Kippur Family Service, Wednesday, September 19, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

  • D’rachim (“Pathways”) enrichment program for students in Grades 4-6,
    Sundays at 10:15 am, before Religious School class

  • Study Lounge available in the Temple lobby on Wednesday afternoons after class, 4:20 – 5:20 pm

  • Grades 4+5 Family Shabbat Dinner + Service, Friday, March 1, 6:30 pm

  • Sharing Community collection, led by Grades 4+5, Sunday, March 10

  • Produce and perform in the Annual TBS Purimshpiel, Sunday, March 17 at 11:00 am sharp! Rehearsals in class in the preceding weeks, as well as a special dress rehearsal on Saturday, March 16, 2:00 – 3:30 pm –
    SAVE THE DATES!

  • Purim Carnival (immediately after the shpiel, in lieu of regular class), Sunday, March 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Lead the Temple’s Annual Grade 4 Toiletries Drive for Midnight Run, culminating on Tzedakah Day/Last Day of Classes, Sunday, May 19

Sunday ARRIVAL + DISMISSAL

Please note that on Sunday mornings, we begin with Assembly in the Sanctuary. We encourage all families to join us for their children’s Assembly. Dismissal for Grades K+1, parents will pick up their children directly from the classroom. Students in Grades 2+3 will be dismissed to the parking lot. 

Grades 4-6 will end the day with Assembly, starting at 12:40 pm. We encourage all families to join us.

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GRADES 4+5 SHABBAT AND FAMILY DINNER + SERVICE

Join your child’s grade for a Shabbat dinner at
6:30 pm with family, classmates, and teachers. Then, at 7:30 pm, we welcome the entire congregation to our lively Family Shabbat Service, in which your child’s grade will participate.

Friday, March 1
Families with students in all grades are encouraged to attend all our monthly Family Services.

THE SHARING COMMUNITY

Once a month, Temple Beth Shalom provides a lunch of baked ziti and loaf cakes for some 200 hungry men, women and children through The Sharing Community in Yonkers. As part of a continuing effort to make Tzedakah an integral part of our program, the Religious School will once again be leading this endeavor, and families in Grades
4 + 5 will be asked to sign up on our emailed Google document to contribute:

Sunday, March 10, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
As always, the entire congregation is encouraged to sign up to contribute food each month.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are also looking for Religious School Class Parents in all grades. We appreciate your input and invite you to share talents, interests, hobbies, and professions. We also need your help with Tzedakah project.