Kitah Gimmel Update

                                       Yom Hazikaron

On Yom Hazikaron, the Grade Three classes attended a solemn and meaningful Yom Hazikaron assembly. The students focused on Peace as a way to honour all the brave soldiers who lost their lives in Israel.

We read the poem I Dream a World by Langston Hughes, wrote similes for peace, and worked on our songs of Peace.

I Dream A World

I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom’s way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind-
Of such I dream, my world!
by Langston Hughes
                                               3B Similes for Peace

photographs by Noa  iMovie produced by Gila

A song for Peace

We are a family, deeply connected, even with COVID, we stand together.

The earth is our home land, we all live on our world, always connected, always affected.

חסד הוא מה שאנו, חושבים עליו כשלום, לכל אחד יכול להיות דעה

La gentillesse est ce que nous, considérons comme la paix, tout le monde peut, avoir une opinion.


                                              3A Similes for Peace

Photographer and producer Shayna & Re’em


              Yom Ha’atzmaut   


We started the day off with a door decorating challenge. The students had so much fun decorating!


Our students  rotated through six AMAZING stations taking them “around Israel” for Pita making, an IDF code breaking station, bracelet making, Karaoke, trivia, and making chocolate balls. Karaoke was so popular that we went for another round in the afternoon. The Pokemon theme song was a big hit with Grade 3.



We played a special Yom Ha’atzmaut Kahoot game created by two students. It was so much fun testing our knowledge of Israel.

We finished off the day with cupcakes. A perfect way to end the day.

                                   Generations Day

The students had so much fun with their grandparents on Generations Day. They spent time talking and enjoying each other’s company. Discussion topics ranged from mitzvahs, nicknames, and places to visit in Israel. It was a special day!







Ruach Week and Purim




                                                                                   Ruach week 

Hi, I am going to talk about Ruach week.

On Monday it was mythical Monday.

On Tuesday it was tie-dye Tuesday.

On Wednesday each class got to do whatever they want to dress up as but in our class it was wacky Wednesday.

On Thursday it was Purim and we got to dress up as whatever we wanted.

On Friday it was PJ day and some classes got to watch a movie.

And that was Ruach week.

By Eloise

I like Purim because it’s really fun to see everyone’s costumes I like everybody’s costumes they wore Unique kind of and I liked my brother’s costume I like making the cookies and after we played games at my house and I like toys I got at the toy station and I liked the games but I was sad that my toys are gone but I got more toys it was fun to get more games I’m happy that I got more toys after.

By Liam


Mythical Monday was really fun. Our class got the role dress up the first day was mythical Monday Aviv dressed up as a green tiger Ethan was two of spades and Nikki was a witch  Alex was a llama Ari was a dragon Gila was a computer mouse Orly was a unicorn Noa was a fairy and Livia was a vampire we all had great costumes and it was really fun and no one else had a costume and that’s it. I really liked mythical Monday because I liked all the costumes and it was just fun in general also I was a Balbasuar anyway bye.

By Jack K. and Nate


By Jeremy

At school 🏫 last week it was Purim and every day we could dress up as a different thing like on Monday it was mythical Monday. I dressed up as a dragon🐉 and so was my friend Oren but he was a green dragon🐉 and I was a blue dragon and I had fun.

By Ari


For Purim we made hamantaschen! And we needed these ingredients eggs, chocolate chips, orange juice, flour, sugar, and we used my auntie Liba’s recipe and my bubbie used that recipe too. 

 By Emma and Jack S.!


                                                              Hebrew Purim Challenge

Hello today I am writing about OJCS and for Purim we did a lot of great games. But there was one really good game that both classes played. It was called the Hebrew Purim Game. What we did was there were groups of two or three people. They got about ten sheets. They had to answer the questions on the sheets (as well as Colour and circle) There had to be one winning team and they would get a prize. At the end to get the prize(of free time) they had to find a picture of המו on the back of the door

By Lyla

                                                                  Purim Carnival

    About the Purim carnival🎡,

 The Purim carnival was so much fun, there were so many stations. 

 My favourite one was Dino dig, how we played, the first person to get 2 eggs first wins. But I’m not writing this just to explain how to play each game besides I don’t even know how to play most of them, I’m writing this so I  can tell you how much fun this was but I just need to tell you how to play one more, OK so this game was also my favorite one it was who can stack the highest tower with plastic cups but it was harder because it was a bit windy so the cups kept falling off the table it was a bit frustrating but still fun. 

by Maia

I liked Purim because the carnival was fun and I got a lollipop from a game called snowball and all the other games were fun here’s an example there was a donut game where they Tie a string to the donut and the string was on a ruler and you close your eyes and try to find the donut and they hold the ruler you try to eat the donut closing your eyes so that was the example bye.

By Jonas

                                             Best of Purim by Gila

                                                                               Origami Frogs

Teaching origami frogs was fun, but hard.  It was hard because everyone was yelling and I had to go from 3a to 3b every single fold, and trust me it was a lot harder than I thought it would be to teach an origami frog. I thought it would be pretty simple for the class to learn, but I guess everyone has to start somewhere. When I first started I was 3, but I caught on pretty quickly.  I do practice a lot so that’s one reason why my folds are now so precise. So, if you try to teach origami beware it is very hard! If you want to see some harder origami creations that I made be sure to check out my soon to be published origami blog.

By: Eli

                                                                 Purim Games                                                                   

About the Purim games.

Ok, so now that you know we made Purim games now I need to tell you how we made them in the first place. The one that my group made was made from paper, and our characters were made from paper as well.

But other people made theirs with paper and cardboard. 

In the end, we all played the games, it was a lot of fun. just saying do you like the title? hahaha.

 By Maia

A Purim’s Good Day

Once upon a time there was a little dude in a little thing but he was so kind and nice 👍 and appreciate and he made a beautiful little party 🎉 on Purim day and everyone came it was so fun I called it a Purim carnival 🎡 that’s how fun it was and then I went home 🏡 and started crying 😭 wa wa I wanted to go back to the party 🎊 I started crying again even more wa wa wa wa wa wa wa the end of life ha ha.

By Aviv

On Purim, Jeremy was wearing a tiger costume,  Liam wasn’t wearing anything, Jack was wearing a Bulbasaur costume, Noa was wearing a vampire costume, Nikki was wearing a doctor costume, Samantha was wearing a koala costume, Ari was a Dino, Aviv was Elon Musk, Jonas wasn’t anything, Nate was a hockey player, Livia was Mirabel from Encanto, Ethan was a two of spades, Gila was a computer mouse, Alex was a llama, and Orly was a minion.

By Ethan

I didn’t like Purim because I had too many visitors at home. At school I had fun though and it was spirit week and I didn’t like the origami frog so I turned it into a zombie villager On Purim I also was a koala but people thought I was a mouse. On mythical Monday I was a scarecrow.

By Samantha

 A Purim Poem by Noa

Purim is fun and Haman is bad.

The carnival was well planned and a blast!

I love Purim and hope you do too.

I had so much fun. How about you? 

                                            A Purim video by Re’em

Messages for Ukraine

This past week we have spent some time talking about Ukraine. We wrote poems and messages of support for the people in Ukraine. These messages are now part of a collaborative Google Slides presentation for Ukraine. Jewish schools from around the globe have added to this presentation, and the grade three classes are happy that their work is part of it.





We will also be working on writing a song about Peace for the World Peace Song Project. We hope adults will start listening to what children have to say.

Thursday, March 31st is Dress Down Day, and the Grade 3 classes have chosen to raise money for Ukraine. We are so happy that the whole school will be bringing loonies and toonies in to help support the children of Ukraine.

One of our students has started raising money for Ukraine and she has written about her experience below.

 Student Guest Post 

Hi, again. Lots of people know about what’s happening in Ukraine. Me and my neighbor Mathilda are working on something for Ukraine, let me tell you about it. So we have a rainbow loom shop. If you don’t know what rainbow loom is, let me tell you: rainbow loom is elastics that can turn into a bracelet and lots of other cool things.

Mathilda’s mom posted it online so if someone wants it they can buy it, So far we have 23$ dollars. Since she has spring break I am doing most of the selling. Since she is away I don’t know if we are getting any customers so I am selling things to people who live in my house and are willing to support the cause. My nanny Stefanie didn’t want a bracelet but she would pay 1 dollar. I didn’t want her not to have a choker so I gave it to her for one dollar less. I am working on a big project right now, AND my big project just got bigger. On Wednesday night My dad told me a group of people wanted 25 bracelets between me and Mathilda. My dad thought they would pay 10$ for it all. I went to my mom and she said “A salon wants 25 bracelets between you and Mathilda. They will pay 10$ dollars for one bracelet”. I was amazed. Our first order came so quickly I said “I thought it would take a day or two but our first order came to a couple of hours after we started.” I decided to give them 30 so we will get 30$. On Monday I am delivering to the salon

By Livia


JDAIM Challenge

This year a Grade Three parent inspired me to involve the whole class in the JOIN Challenge for JDAIM month. I thought of a cross-curricular project that would excite and engage all the students.


In Science, we designed and built our STEM structures ( 3D Architectural Models).

Here is a peek at some of our buildings.


In Social Studies we created our own ideal community and made our own maps.




The students decided to create a radio show talking about inclusion and kindness. They wrote and recorded what inclusion and kindness mean to them. They loved recording the radio show so much that I think we will launch our own OJCS News Radio or podcast.

OJCS Radio 3A & 3B  


Here is a presentation Livia and Nikki made.

We didn’t win the JOIN Challenge, but we had so much fun creating the ideal community and recording our radio show. Perhaps the students should pitch their inclusive community to Mayor Jim Watson and some city planners. A teacher can dream!

Special thanks to Yossi for inspiring this project.



WInter Fun Day

Grade 3 enjoyed Winter Fun Day. CBB staff had us all playing lots of fun games in the snow. Who knew how hard it was to kick a soccer ball in the snow? We did obstacle courses and made our own winter mascots. There were amazing inflatable obstacle courses that had us laughing as we ran through them with our friends. We were glad to warm up inside the class and watch a movie at the end of the day.






Grade Three Update

We have been busy learning, working, and having fun in Grade Three. Our Class Representative Elections took place a few weeks ago. I was pleased to see so many children throw their hats into the ring and run for the positions. It makes me smile to know that students want a chance to be leaders this year.

Eye-catching old-school posters adorned the classroom walls. The speeches were terrific. The candidates discussed their desire to listen to their classmates’ ideas and make this school year the best. It was the sweetest morning listening to every candidate.

All of the students who ran for class representatives should be very proud of themselves. I was moved and impressed with the leadership shown on Election Day. It is safe to say our classes will be well represented by Jonah and Nate this year. They have already been to their first Knesset meeting, virtually of course. Our alternate reps are ready and willing to step in if our representatives cannot attend a meeting.


Knowing so many students would like the opportunity to take on leadership roles in Grade 3 makes me smile. Now I need to make sure additional leadership opportunities happen. I know that this group of students is ready for the challenge. I have a feeling it is going to be a great year.

We had a special Zoom call with students in Israel. They made a special presentation on Israel for us and we made a special presentation on Canada for them. We had a chance to ask each other questions. We talked about our favourite foods, sports, and hobbies. We were happy to see that we had so much in common with each other. The teacher Gali Lev Ari was surprised to learn that some of our students are from Israel. We cannot wait to meet our new friends again. This is just the beginning of our year-long friendship project. 

Here is the link to our DigCit Summit reading session we did with Noa Daniel.The DigCit Summit is a global event that focuses on positive digital citizenship and using technology for good. The classes in the video are from Scotland, Kenya, and New York. We had wanted to do the session altogether; the different time zones did not align that week. I wish we had the original recording of the session with did with Noa. All the students loved taking part in the discussion of the book. We seem pretty quiet in the edited session in the link. 

Dr. Marialice Curran, the founder of the Digital Citizenship Institute, surprised us by buying a copy of the book Strum and the Wild Turkeys for our classes. Noa Daniel, the author, even inscribed the book for us. It was such a terrific surprise when we received the book in the mail. Our classes sent a thank you video to both Noa Daniel and Dr. Marialice Curran.

The students took part in the schoolwide initiative Postcards for Peace. The students heard a story about the war and Remembrance Day. They took time to have a meaningful discussion about the sacrifices veterans made so we can enjoy freedom and peace in Canada. Each child then took the time to write a postcard to veterans. Re’em made an iMovie of our postcards below.


 Journalist of the Week- Livia

Hi everyone I’m Livia. I’m one of your new class journalists for this week in 3B. Today our class was working on our second post for our blogfolio. The class was buzzing with excitement about what they were writing. Our class is also very excited about our class jobs such as supply kid, teacher helper, journalist, line leader, pencil sharpener, clean up crew and much more.  All the kids love doing their jobs to help around the classroom and even outside if they have to. We’re really lucky to have a class librarian because all our books are falling apart and lots of them are the books the kids love. Even though some kids weren’t that pleased about their jobs they know that there are so many more weeks in the year. Our teacher helper is really helpful any time a teacher calls, you know he is there. We each get a different time for different job changes on Friday every week.

Photo by Nate

This is the full list of class jobs: Teacher helper, clean up crew, organizer, supply kid, photographer, brachot leader, journalist, time keeper, peer support, pencil sharpener, scientist, line leader, tech helper, librarian, repair kid. Since we brainstormed so many great ideas we had two jobs left which were: messenger, recycler. Ms.Bennett was the recycler so sort of one left, but you know what I mean. I’m going to tell you what some jobs mean and the idea of them so peer support is about helping students with any subject and if they forget something in a different class, repair kid is about fixing things, time keeper is about making sure we’re on time. As we put aside that to the remembrance day assembly, we learned about people who served in the army, people who passed away, people who came home who were wounded and people who had to go to hospital. 

Special thanks to Re’em for creating the Class Job Spinner wheel for Grade 3.

Grade 3 Elections for Class Representatives

This Friday, October 29th, will be Elections Day for class representatives to the school Knesset. We are keeping it low-key this year in Grade Three. Students interested in running for the class representative will have time to make a poster in class tomorrow. They will also have the opportunity to tell their classmates why they would make a good class rep.

We have had some good discussions about class representatives and the responsibility that comes with the position. I am pleased that quite a few students in each class are putting their names forth. It seems we have good leaders in Grade 3 already. It should be an exciting week!