This Week in 2nd Grade

October 21, 2018

Shalom! We had a jam-packed morning today! We start each week sharing our favorite mitzvah that we've done during the week and the one thing we are most grateful for from the week. The kids write their "gratitude" on a piece of paper and hang it on the board. During our Morning Meeting, we play "Guess the Gratitude" and take turns trying to match the gratitude slips to our friends. I can't wait for you to have the chance to read their gratitude slips at the end of the year. What sweet children you have!!!

After our Morning Meeting, we reviewed and learned more about Shabbat. Ask your child why it is traditional to eat two challah on Shabbat and what it represents. We made Creation Wheels to help us remember the story of creation and the purpose of Shabbat. He rested by admiring all of his hard work and creativity and gearing up for another week ahead. As a very special treat today, we got to bake our own individual challah with Mrs. Kite! They smelled delicious!

Back in our room, we generated a list of mitzvot that 2nd graders can do to make the world a better place, one mitzvah at a time! Ask your child what s/he can do this week.

Finally (can you believe we had time for more?), we learned our first Hebrew letter, BET! Ask your child to show you how to write a bet. If they need a prompt, remind them to kick the ball, dive down, take your pencil out of the water, kick the ball again even farther, dot! Next week we'll learn the letter TAV.


As I mentioned at Open House, I injured my shoulder earlier this year. Unfortunately my doctors have finally thrown in the towel on conservative treatments, and I will be having surgery later this week. There will be a substitute teacher in our classroom beginning next Sunday, October 28th, through mid- to late-November. Sylvia and Rachel will still be there each week with the sub and they are all ready to keep the learning and fun moving forward. I have left lesson plans for the weeks I'm out and have gone over them in detail with both Mrs. Kite and Sylvia, so your children are in GREAT HANDS!!! I'll miss seeing your 2nd graders and can't wait to get back to them! (If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime at


Congratutions to the 10 students who completed our first Mitzvah Madness challenge! This week we challenged the second graders to:


Good luck to everyone attempting the challenge!


This month's tzedakah is being donated to Magen David Adom, Israel's Red Cross. Our 2nd graders have already raised just shy of $55 to help others! The kids have been so proud to share the extra chores they've been doing to help those less fortunate! Please continue to help your child truly understand the mitzvah of tzedakah by having them earn their own money during the week to donate.