Dear 6th Grade Families,
We have a wonderful new curriculum for 6th grade with an overall focus on Torah study. Each week we explore a different student’s bar or bat mitzvah Torah portion (or parasha) together as a class. We will also go beyond the basic story-line of each portion and incorporate different related commentaries and rabbinic texts written throughout Jewish history. The schedule for each class has been distributed so every family will know when their child’s portion will be studied in class.
The students will also continue improving their Hebrew reading proficiency, with our Hebrew Ninja program. This means that they will earn different colored “dog-tags,” starting with the “Golden Aleph” as they advance through the program--from first learning all of the Hebrew letters and vowels, through each of the subsequent levels. We encourage you and your child to consult with the Hebrew materials found on the KI website to help ensure progress throughout the year (http://ourki.org/hebrew-resources).
We hope you feel welcomed as part of the KI community and will be able to participate in some of the many synagogue programs and events throughout the year, such as Family Shabbat Services and Dinners, youth group outings, and of course our Purim Extravangza!
Camille, Elenna and Jeffrey
Welcome to 6th grade! My name is Camille Gullotti, and I am very excited about this year's 6th grade curriculum.
I graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies from Cal State University Long Beach. I am delighted to be able to implement what I learned at Cal State, here at KI in my classes. Besides teaching 2nd grade, I also teach 6th and 7th grade and am one of the OJE Hebrew tutors.
My family and I have been members of KI for over twenty years. I am proud to say I became a bat mitzvah here! When I’m not at KI, you can find me playing with my delightful twenty-month-old son Landon, or reading any and everything I can get my hands on.
Welcome, or Bruchim Habaim, to 6th grade! My name is Elenna, although I also go by “Lenny,” and this is my 4th year teaching at KI and my 2nd year as a KITT facilitator. This is going to be a sensational year, and I am very excited to learn alongside your students and hear their thoughts and questions as they develop their own interpretations of Torah. We will create a strong and supportive kehillah, or community, where everyone’s opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged.
When I am not at KI, I enjoy cooking and doing crafts such as sewing or knitting. I also enjoy spending time with my family at the beach, movies or local museums.
My name is Jeffrey Baldinger and I am thrilled to be part of the Monday afternoon 6th grade team. I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and went to the University of Kansas where I studied Hebrew and religion in America. I have lived in Israel and Australia, and am loving Los Angeles! Previously, I taught Hebrew and bible at several synagogues in LA and Minnesota.
In my spare time, I play the piano and the drums, but very rarely at the same time. I am looking forward to sharing some of my love of music with the students at KI.
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