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Grades 4 - 6

Grades 4 – 6 meet twice a week with some schedule flexibility. 

  • Grade 4 is offered either Sunday/Wedneday or Monday/Wednesday.
  • Grade 5 is offered either Sunday/Wednesday or Monday/Wednesday.
  • Grade 6 is offered either Monday/Thursday or Wednesday/Thursday.

There is also an alternative option for Grade 6: 6th Grade Family Discovery Program. Please see details below. 

4th and 5th Graders will participate in a retreat January 25 – 27, 2019 and 6th graders and parents will participate in the 6th Grade Shabbaton on February 2, 2019 (dates subject to change).

Each grade will be honored in the Spring at a Kabbalat Shabbat service.

 

Grade 4: Jewish Living

Through participating in a Jewish community, our 4th grade learners focus on the Jewish lifecycle, including brit milah/bris, consecration, bar/bat mitzvah, and many other lifecycle events, up to the rituals of mourning. 4th graders also build on their basic Torah story skills through studying the Book of Genesis more deeply with our Rabbinic Intern, Erin Binder. They will raise money to feed families on Thanksgiving and engage in other Tikkun Olam projects. 4th graders begin Hebrew decoding and continue developing a love of Hebrew through our Hebrew Through Movement program twice a week. The 4th graders sing and pray together in tefillah with our songleader and clergy, and will be honored during a Shabbat evening service in the spring (Date TBD). Please save the date for our annual 4th and 5th Grade Retreat at the URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington,MA We are excited to announce that our 4th and 5th graders will participate in an exciting and engaging 4th and 5th Grade Retreat at URJ Camp Eisner January 25– 27! More details will follow!

 

Grade 5: Jewish Peoplehood: Israel and Jewish History

Through participating in a Jewish community, our 5th grade learners focus upon Jewish History, Israel and the Holocaust. 5th graders practice their Hebrew reading skills twice a week, while also developing a love for the Hebrew language in our Hebrew Through Movement program. They sing and pray together weekly during tefillah with our songleader and clergy, and will be honored during a Shabbat evening service in the spring (Date TBD). 5th graders are asked to participate in 2 Tikkun Olam activities during the year (outside of Religious School – more information will follow). Please save the date for our annual 4th and 5th Grade Retreat at the URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington,MA We are excited to announce that our 4th and 5th graders will participate in an exciting and engaging 4th and 5th Grade Retreat at URJ Camp Eisner January 25– 27! More details will follow!

 

Grade 6: Belief in Action

Through participating in a Jewish community, our 6th grade learners explore how we should engage with others and our community and experience the Jewish calendar through the lens of Jewish values. The spiritual path of Mussar states that Jewish values can only be learned through practice, so learners in the 6th grade are constantly being given the opportunity to learn, practice, and then reflect on the things they are learning together. During the fall, the 6th grade researches nonprofit organizations and conduct a school-wide vote for where to send our communal Tzedakah money. In the 6th grade, learners practice their Hebrew decoding and prayer skills in preparation for becoming Bar/Bat mitzvah twice a week. They also sing and pray together weekly during tefillah with our songleader and clergy. 6th graders are asked to participate in 4 Tikkun Olam activities during the year (more information will follow). Our 6th grade families join together for a one day 6th Grade Shabbaton on Saturday February 3, 2019 (more information is below).

Please note that 6th graders who have Fall Grade 7 B’nei Mitzvah in the Fall of 2018 will be expected to attend Rabbi Sirkman’s Thursday Doin’ Drash class in the Spring of Grade 6 while they are already at Religious School. 

 

6th Grade Family Discovery Program

An alternative to our two day a week program, 6th graders and a parent can instead participate in a family education chavura model which entails: 

• Monthly family study with Rabbi Miller
• Monthly Shabbat Experiences
• Family Tikkun Olam Social Action Opportunities
• Weekly Hebrew for Grade 6 learners
• Grade 6 Family Shabbaton in February
• To apply for this program, there is an additional application.

Please note that 6th graders who have Fall Grade 7 B’nei Mitzvah in the Fall of 2018 will be expected to attend Rabbi Sirkman’s Thursday Doin’ Drash class in the Spring of Grade 6 while they are already at Religious School.
 

Sixth Grade Shabbaton: A Shabbat of Learning for 6th Graders and Their Parents
All Grade 6 families will participate in a day-long Shabbaton on Saturday February 2, 2019 (10 am – 4 pm at the Edith Macy Conference Center) with our Education Team and Clergy. More information will be sent via email.