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Workout with Micah

Hi Kitah Alef,

Micha (from Grade 2) made a warm up video.

There are so many skills to learn when creating and sharing a video. 

Can you think of some….

If you tried the video you can give Micah feedback through google hangout, or write him on chat.


…and here is another one:

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Last minute Siddur Party details

Woohoo! We are less nervous now that we had a few rehearsals in the gym … and we were great! 

Please try to have your child/children at school as close to 8:30am as possible.

I am linking you to the children’s sitting arrangement so you can plan your spot. I recommend that you sit opposite to where your child is on the stage, so you see them better (i.e., if your child is on the right side of our semicircle, you are better off sitting on the left side of the stage.

Also, we ask that the children wear their nice clothes for the celebration (NO track pants or hoodies). 

If they rather wear their uniform that is ok as well; however, please make sure it is with no stains or holes, and use a white shirt. 

To save their nice clothes, we ask that they bring uniform with them, to change into after our celebration.

Looking forward to having you join us on this special day!


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Winter Fun Day!

Good morning Grade 1 parents and students!

Our exciting Winter Fun Day is quickly approaching and before we can fully immerse ourselves in the wonder of snow and ice… We need consent forms filled and returned. I have printed paper copies for those who have not handed back in and extended the return date to Friday, February 7th, 2020. These copies will be coming home tonight.

As mentioned in a recent email you can indicate on the form whether your child wishes to partake in skating or tobogganing so we can allocate appropriate numbers of staff to each activity.

Regardless of the activity,  helmets MUST be worn.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss M


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Cette semaine… janvier 13-17


I hope you all had a nice break and are getting back into the rhythm of school!

In class, we have started talking about simple and complex sounds, in French. Over the next few weeks, your child will be receiving “Le sons du jour” packets that covers sounds we have been reviewing. This week’s packet includes the sounds “ou”, “on”, and “in”. Each page follows a similar formula:

  1. Read the sentence. Circle the sound.
  2. Re-write the sentence.
  3. Draw the sentence.
  4. Fill in the missing sound.
  5. Read the words out loud. Colour the picture when you are done.

Your child can listen to the sentences below:





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Proud Teacher Moment

What an amazing feeling it is to walk in on my students during recess and find  a few of them playing (IN HEBREW) a game I used with them yesterday to practice hebrew vocabulary.

They truly exemplify OJCS’s star – “We own our own learning. We own our own stories.”

And to make matters BETTER. As I was writing about this, I heard my students using the Hebrew song I taught them for lining up during transition time in another class. 

My heart feels so fulfilled at this moment! My dream (having OJCS students using Hebrew NOT ONLY in Hebrew class) is coming true… 

I am truely soooo proud!


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Kabbalat Shabbat Schedule

Throughout the year OJCS grades K to 5 invite families to join in for Kabbalat Shabbat.

Please note the following dates for Kita Alef’s OJCS Kabbalat Shabbat, as we would love to see you there (grandparents are welcome as well):

Grade 1     

10-Jan-2020 at 1:30 PM  

15-May-2020 at 3:15 PM


Grades K through 5: 

7-Feb-2020 at 2:30 PM   

12-Jun-2020 at 3:15PM

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Modeh/Modah Ani…

What beautiful singing during  our morning T’filah today.

I asked the kids to tape them so we can put it on the blog for those who need practice.

So… If youre child is new to this T’filah, please have them listen to this once in a while.

…and you can listen simply for the joy of it… 

Ani Modah every morning for being these wonderful kids’ teacher. 🙂

What are you thankfull for when you wake up in the morning? Please help your child share their answer in the comments on our blog.

Here is the recording:

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A Wonderful Start… (and homework too)

What a wonderful first week we had in Kitah Alef!

We already know each other better, are settling into our daily routines, and working together on our leadership skills; being kind, helpful, patient, active listeners, turn takers, collaborators, team players, wonderful decision makers and so much more.


Starting soon, we will have two helpers every week that will be in charge of our morning routines and throughout the day if/as needed. They will also be our Imas and Abas during Shabbat; However, unlike in ADK, they will not necessarily be the ones bringing the challah that week.. Following is the link for the list of dates for when it is your child’s turn. Please mark your calendars. WE ARE STARTING THIS FRIDAY.

Is it my turn to bring in Challah or flowers/plant?

We will also begin the plant/flower rotation. We like our class looking welcoming and happy. We have a student bring flowers or a plant (one that does not require much attention please) every Monday morning. This is part of taking care of our learning environment, making it more pleasant to be in, as well as providing oxygen 😉 and often Hebrew lessons – parts of the plant, colours, etc…  This too, is on the attached list above. Please put on your calendar as well.


Really! you should have seen the excitement when I told them they are bringing homework home today. 

Lets do our best to keep up this kind of SPIRIT. 

We have started working at school on our reading, and as of today, I would like the children to begin practicing what we do in class at home.  I believe that to become a good reader you need to practice regularly, and reading at home allows for that.

Also, having some homework encourages the learning of how to be responsible, manage time and plan ahead; a skill that will assist them throughout their careers as students, and later in life.


As of today, they will be bringing home their reading booklet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please have your child re-read the page we are on (the one we did at school that day), then sign on the bottom and make sure they return it to their note tote, as we will use it daily at school. They can colour in the letter with pencil crayons (NO MARKERS please).

This week’s sounds will be:

  1. Monday, Sep 9 – Ah and Bah/B
  2. Tuesday, Sep 10 – Shah/Sh and Lah/L
  3. Wednesday, Sep 11 – Tah/T
  4. Thursday, Sep 12 – Sah/S

As mentioned in Kitah Alef blog, they should not have more than 30 minutes of overall homework per day, so please keep me in the loop as to how this is working out for your child. Best is to write a little note in the reading book itself, as I look over it daily, and provide those signed with a stamp or sticker ;).

Know that if it takes your child too long, they do not require to read the whole page, but rather a few lines.  if that is the case, please mark up to where they read.

Finally, please make sure they follow with their finger (or the back of a pencil) as they read.  This will assist greatly as the reading becomes more challenging.

Thank you so much.

Happy reading,

Morah Ada