Sunday, March 7

Be sure to view the following on the Parent Blog post for Sunday.

  • What parents have been told about asynchronous assignments in La-bri’ut and Hebrew.
  • What HTM students have been asked to bring to class

HTM

Here is a link to the HTM pictures for Pesach and Purim. Students have these photos in their yellow folders. Be sure to use these photos as props if you don’t have actual matzoh, chametz and maror. I will do a brief English review of the day’s vocabulary during assembly. I will screen share the pictures and you could, too, if you want.

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Sunday, February 21

If you need help logging in to Zoom during school hours, text Rob Manson at (269) 270-2825.

Grade 3-HS Teacher’s Meeting the Sunday at 9:30

We will meet to discuss students choices to turn off video and discuss our concerns and how to best respond. This is a discussion, not teacher training. Sam will take charge with the students from 9:30-10.

Progress Reports

If you have not received your progress reports in the mail, please let Nora know. Please plan to put your completed reports into the mail to Nora no later than March 1. If you can’t meet this deadline, please let Nora know.

Instructions for progress reports can be found in last week’s teacher’s blog post here.

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Sunday, February 14

If you need help logging in to Zoom during school hours, text Rob Manson at (269) 270-2825.

PreK-7 Assessment Spreadsheets

Because several of us have been having trouble finding these spreadsheets, I have moved all of the assessment spreadsheets to:

Teachers Portal|Curriculum|Assessment Spreadsheets . . .

They can also be found in the sidebar of the Teachers’ Blog at https://teacher.okcjs.net and linked below:

Document assessment weekly as a part of Hebrew 1:1.
Shalom Uvrachah Assessments
HTM Vocabulary Assessments
HiH Prayer Assessments
Hebrew Reading Assessments
Asynchronous Learning Assessment

PreK-7 Teacher Training this Sunday @12:30

Cary will lead us as we prepare to teach the 4th module of La-bri’ut, K’hillah. Training will last until 1:15. Nora will be available to answer your questions about progress reports after the training.

PreK-7 Progress Reports

Progress reports forms are being snail-mailed to all teachers. The report forms contain attendance data and Hebrew Reading Assessment scores. A few blank forms are included in case you make error(s). A stamped, addressed envelope is also included so that you can mail your completed forms back to Nora.

Here is a link to the blank form on the Teachers’ Portal just in case you need extra copies.

Instructions for Completing PreK-7 Progress Report Forms

These reports cover material taught through January 31.

  • Behavior assessments are subjective.
  • Judaism assessments
    • Asynchromous learning is objective. The data about which assignments your students completed can be found on the Asynchronous Learning Assessment spreadsheet. To “meet expectations”, students must complete 75% of required assignments (La-bri’ut activities for PreK-2 , Shalom Uvrachah or Hebrew in Harmony Challenges and La-bri’ut Challenges for grades 3-7).
    • The other Judaism assessments are subjective.
  • Hebrew assessments
    • Asynchromous learning is objective as above.
    • Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) is objective based on your assessments documented on the HTM Vocabulary Assessments spreadsheet. Once you have documented your assessments, calculate the % of the vocabulary you taught through January 31 that the student has mastered. Mark the student “At Expectations” if they have mastered at least 75% of the vocabulary you taught. Mark them “Above Expectations” if they meet expectations and also demonstrate exceptional responses in HTM class and/or have mastered considerably more than 75% of the vocabulary you taught. Nora will print a copy of each child’s data on the spreadsheet and attach it to your progress report when it is mailed to the parents.
    • Hebrew in Haromony (HiH) is objective based on your assessments documented on the HiH Prayer Assessments. Once you have documented your assessments, your student will meet standards if they can independently read the text, sing/chant their congregation’s melody and they understand the overarching meaning of the first three prayers studied this semester. This means they must score at least 2 (Independent) on those three skills for each of the three prayers. To exceed expectations they should score 3 (Bima Ready) on a good portion of those three skills. Nora will print a copy of each child’s data on the spreadsheet and attach it to your progress report when it is mailed to the parents. NOTE: Cary, please email Nora D. and Ellie’s HTM scores to Rabbi Spivak so that he can enter them on their progress reports.
    • Our Benchmarks
      • HTM:  Demonstrates understanding of 75% of the vocabulary words introduced this semester. 
      • HiH:  Independently reads the text, sings/chants their congregation’s melody and understands the overarching meaning of the prayers studied this semester.
  • Hebrew Practice Recommendations
    • Teachers should fill in how long and how often students should practice Hebrew each week. Our minimum recommendation is 5 minutes per day, 5 days per week. You can recommend more.
    • Teachers can make other recommendations for Hebrew practice that the student needs to succeed. Discuss with Nora if your recommendations will cost the parents money or require the school to provide an additional service.
  • Teacher Comments
    • Summarize the student’s strengths.
    • Explain any ratings that are below expectations and make recommendations for how to improve.
    • Be sure to sign and date the Progress Report.

High School Progress Reports

High School will use a different Progress Report form that identifies students’ strengths and areas for improvement. They will be snail-mailed to Steph with attendance data included and a stamped, addressed envelope to return to Nora.

HTM Schedule

The HTM Schedule for the next two months has been created and can be found in the sidebar.

Sunday’s Schedule

  • 9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
  • 10:00-10:15 Assembly – Introduction to Purim
  • 10:15-12:15 High School
  • 10:15-10:55 Lower El – Hebrew; Upper El – Judaism
  • 11:15-12:55 Lower El – Judaism; Upper El – Hebrew
  • 11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)

Announcements

Security update to Zoom available. Current version is 5.5.2.

Important Dates

  • 2/14 PreK-5 students bring box of pasta to class to serve as graggers for HTM.
  • 2/14 @ 12:30 PreK-7 teacher training for K’hillah module.
  • 2/14-19 Parents will pick up school supplies for Module 4.
  • 2/21 @ 9:30 am Grade 3-HS teacher meeting about students turning off video.
  • 2/21 @ 2pm Kalamazoo Community Jewish Purim Celebration on Zoom
  • 2/25 @ 7pm TBI Purim Celebration on Zoom
  • 2/28 No School – Winter Break
  • 5/14/2021 – Student Led Service @ TBI on Zoom with awarding of Shana Winter award to last year’s winner, Abby Strongin.
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Sunday, February 7

HTM Schedule

The HTM Schedule for the next two months has been created and can be found in the sidebar.

Progress Reports

PreK-7: Plan to finish the Hebrew Prayer Assessments and Hebrew Through Movement Vocabulary Assessments for your students this upcoming week.

All: I will put your Progress Report forms in the mail before Thursday. We will set a mutually agreeable date for them to be returned to me when we meet for teacher training on 2/14. (Steph, can you stay for the first few minutes of the teacher training that begins at 12:30 on 2/14. If not, you and I can discuss the following week.

Teacher’s Meetings

PreK-7

2/14 K’hillah Training 12;30-1:30

Grades 3-10

I am learning that there are lots of reasons students turn their video off and that teachers and parents have many different opinions about students doing this. I want to be sure that our students’ aren’t just tuning us out and would like us to meet and explore this issue. There are techniques we can learn that will motivate students to stay engaged in class. I am thinking we could meet before school on 2/21 from 930-10. Does that work for all of you? Please RSVP.

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Sunday, December 13

Asynchronous Learning

I have documented your student’s progress with their homework asynchronous learning. It is on the second tab of the Attendance Spreadsheet. A lot of progress was made this week.

Please encourage your students to use their time of during the break to catch up on their asynchronous learning.

Class Blogs on Seesaw

This week I set up the class blogs on Seesaw. This is the way your students will be able to see each other’s work. I will demonstrate how to view the blogs during assembly. Activities have to be manually approved for the blog. I will be responsible for doing that every week when I document which assignments your students have done.

Important Dates

  • Community Hanukkah Celebration today @ 2pm.
  • Winter Break December 20-January 3 (School resumes January 4)
  • We will have 1:1 and Monday/Wednesday drop in this week.

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December 6, 2020

Sunday’s Schedule

9:15-12:15 High School
9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
10:00-10:15 Assembly
10:15-10:55 Lower El – Hebrew; Upper El – Judaism (including video recordings for Hanukkah, see below)
11:15-12:55 Lower El – Judaism (including video recordings for Hanukkah, see below); Upper El – Hebrew
11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade plus Jake)

Important Dates
Community Hanukkah Celebration Sunday December 13 @ 2pm.
Winter Break December 20-January 3 (School resumes January 4)

Video Recordings for Hanukkah

Please record your students’ answers to the questions listed below. The video recordings will be edited and shown at the Community Hanukkah Celebration on December 13. I suggest that you do this during your Judaism class time and recognize it will cause you to go over your usual time limits for that class. Here are the questions:

Here are the questions:

1) Name a miracle that happened on Hanukkah
2) What is your favorite fried food to eat on Hanukkah?
3) What is your favorite Hanukkah song?
4) What is your favorite flavor of sufganiyot?
5) What is your favorite topping for latkes?
6) Which is better: sufganiyot or latkes?
7) What material would you make a dreidel out of?
8) How many presents do you get during Hanukkah?

I’m thinking that the littles may only know the answers to #6 and #8. Please feel free to eliminate any questions that you don’t think your students know the answer to.

If you use the Spotlight feature in Zoom, you should be able to get good videos of the person answering the quesiton. Record to your hard drive and then upload to the Video folder on the Teacher’s Portal.

HTM Hanukkah Lesson

This week and next we will be doing the HTM Hanukkah lesson Level 1 on page 84-5. Our NEW vocabulary will be:

לְהַדְלִיק
נֵר
חֲנֻכִּיָּה
שַׁמָּשׁ

I am thinking that שַׁמָּשׁ will not be a new word for most of your students so I think you can break your new word limit of 3 and teach all 4 words each lesson.

Teach the blessing. PreK-3 should teach the first line of the blessing at the bottom of page 85. Mr. Mannaberg, if your students have learned other lines of the blessing you can sing them together.

Remember to use the HTM sequence: warm up/review, introduction of new vocabulary (using script on page 85), integration of old words with the new. End the lesson by singing the blessing again.

Do not teach any other new words these next two weeks.

Home Learning – Let’s Call it Asynchronous Learning

Maybe if we use the term “asynchronous learning” parents and students will consider it to be “real work” that is required.

I reviewed Seesaw and plotted all of the assignments that students did on a spreadsheet. Here is what I learned:

  1. K-2: All of the students but one have done at least one activity. About half of the students have done most of the activities.
  2. 3rd Grade: NONE of the students have done any assignments
  3. Upper El: One student did NONE of the assignments. About half of the students have done most or all of the assignments and the other have have done a few assignments.

The spreadsheet is the second tab on the Attendance Spreadsheet. I will keep this data current and we can use the information for progress reports.

LATER ENTRY: There is a flurry of activity on Seesaw. Parents and students are emailing me. Many are working hard at getting caught up. I will reassess next week and let you know the progress.

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November 22, 2020

Sunday’s Schedule

9:15-12:15 High School
9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
10:00-10:15 Assembly
10:15-10:55 Lower El – Hebrew; Upper El – Judaism
11:15-12:55 Lower El – Judaism; Upper El – Hebrew
11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)

Thanksgiving Break

No school Monday 11/23 through Sunday 11/29. School resumes Monday 11/30.

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November 15, 2020

New Zoom Login effective this Sunday

Where to find new login instructions

  1. Linked from the sidebar of the Parent Blog.
  2. Linked here.
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November 8, 2020

New Login for OKCJS Zoom Classroom

Beginning 11/8 we will transition to new Zoom login credentials. As a part of this transition the new login to our Zoom account has changed to zoom@okcjs.net. The password has not changed.

See instructions for logging in by clicking on How to Host a Zoom Meeting in the sidebar of the Teacher Blog.

PreK-7 Hebrew Assessments Due this Week

Teachers, please bring your students’ Hebrew assessments up to day. See instructions in last week’s blog post for instructions.

Schedule

9:00 Upper El Team Meeting (Rabbis & Cary) – Upper El Main
9:15 High School begins – HS Main
9:30 Zoom classroom opens for socializing – Lower El Main
10:00 Assembly begins – Lower El Main
10:15 PreK-3 students stay in Lower El; 4-7 students to Upper El Main
10:30 Parent Coffee – Parent Coffee
10:45 Nomi, Sam and 3rd graders to Naomi Main
11:15 PreK-3 students to Lower El Main & 4-7 to their teacher’s classrooms
11:50 4-5 & Jake to Mr. Mannaberg’s classroom

Rob & Nora: Zoom Setup

  1. Disable ability to write on shared screen
  2. All teachers will be co-hosts (Rob will be host)
  3. Nora will set up the following breakout rooms before 9am. (Breakout rooms will be open before making Rob the host.)
    • Lower El Main
    • Upper El Main
    • High School Main
    • Parent Coffee
    • Cats & Dogs
    • Sports
    • Girl Talk
    • Best Friends
    • Play Time
    • Nava Main
    • Nava 1
    • Nava 2
    • Sam Main
    • Sam 1
    • Sam 2
    • Naomi Main
    • Naomi 1
    • Naomi 2
    • Mannaberg Main
    • Mannaberg 1
    • Mannaberg 2
    • Spivak Main
    • Spivak 1
    • Spivak 2
    • Schicker Main
    • Schicker 1
    • Schicker 2
    • Schicker 3
    • HS 1
    • HS 2
    • HS 3
    • HS 4
    • HS 5
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Sunday, November 1

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Set your clocks back one hour at 2am on Sunday.

Schedule

9:00 Upper El Team Meeting (Rabbis & Cary) – Upper El Main
9:15 High School begins – HS Main
9:30 Nava, Sam and Nomi join HS – HS Main
9:30 Zoom classroom opens for socializing – Lower El Main
10:00 Assembly begins
10:15 PreK-3 students stay in Lower El; 4-7 students to Upper El Main
10:45 Nomi, Sam and 3rd graders to Naomi Main
11:15 PreK-3 students to Lower El Main & 4-7 to their teacher’s classrooms
11:50 4-5 & Jake to Mr. Mannaberg’s classroom

PreK-7 Hebrew Assessments

At 1:1 this week, be sure to assess your students and document that assessment. Links to the assessment spreadsheets are in the sidebar of the Teachers’ Blog.

Instructions for Hebrew in Harmony
  • Each student has a separate tab.
  • Tabs are color coded by teacher (Mannaberg = purple, Spivak = red, Schicker = blue).
  • Assess students at each 1:1.
  • Date your assessments at the top of the column so progress can be shown over time. (See Gabe’s tab for example.)
Instructions for Hebrew Through Movement
  • All students on the same tab with each student having a separate column.
  • Each teacher’s students are grouped together with older students to the right.
  • Assess each student every week in class or at 1:1.
  • Under student’s name, enter date student demonstrates understanding of vocabulary word.
Instructions for Shalom Uvrachah
  • Each student has a separate tab.
  • Assess each student at each 1:1.
  • Document date objective met in “Date Met” column.

Zoom Upgrade Available

Security update to Zoom available. Current version is 5.4.1.

Seesaw Trial Period

You will be getting a notice that your Seesaw Pro Trial has ended. It is my understanding that we can continue with only one Pro account since that account is the teacher of record and everyone else is a co-teacher. If you find anything you are unable to do after your trial is over, please let me know.

Rob & Nora: Zoom Setup

  1. Disable ability to write on shared screen
  2. All teachers will be co-hosts (Rob will be host)
  3. Nora will set up the following breakout rooms before 9am.
    • Lower El Main
    • Upper El Main
    • High School Main
    • Cats & Dogs
    • Sports
    • Girl Talk
    • Best Friends
    • Play Time
    • Nava Main
    • Nava 1
    • Nava 2
    • Sam Main
    • Sam 1
    • Sam 2
    • Naomi Main
    • Naomi 1
    • Naomi 2
    • Mannaberg Main
    • Mannaberg 1
    • Mannaberg 2
    • Spivak Main
    • Spivak 1
    • Spivak 2
    • Schicker Main
    • Schicker 1
    • Schicker 2
    • Schicker 3
    • HS 1
    • HS 2
    • HS 3
    • HS 4
    • HS 5
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