KIvunim On-Line Office Hours

Is your kid jonesing for some conversational Hebrew practice?  

Is your kid needing some extra practice with Hebrew?
 
Is one of your kids wondering about politics in Israel?
Welcome to KIvunim On-Line Office Hours! 

Sarah will be hosting office hours from 10am-noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.   She is open to other times as well, by appointment.

Please reach out to Sarah to reserve a spot.  She will be sending out the Zoom link just before office hours start each time.  Stay tuned!

KIvunim COVID Update

Dear KIvunim family,

My friend Michal, a social worker in Metro Detroit, posted on Facebook today about the need to find normalcy in uncertain times. “There are more unknowns than knowns and it makes us feel uncomfortable. And that is okay. It is okay to feel anxious and uncomfortable. This is the body’s way of telling us that it needs something from us,” she said. For a lot of people, she explained, that “something” is an anchor to our normal routines. Finding oases of familiarity in the unknown can be key to keeping our wits about us.

In that vein, we at KIvunim want to let you know what we are doing to help provide a sense of normalcy to our school families:

First, we are still teaching! We have shifted our class sessions to an online format. Rozzie, Nicole, Jake, and I have been working hard to make sure that this new format still gives your kids the education they deserve. We are honestly excited to go on this adventure with our KIvunimniks and can’t wait to see what brilliant new discoveries they make along the way.

Second, we are still here for you! We understand that there are a lot of things up in the air right now and that people are justifiably stressed by the quick pace of new developments. The KIvunim staff is here to help in any way that we can, just as we would be in any other trying circumstance.

Third, we are still looking to the future! Although we can’t learn together in person for a little while, we are dedicated, perhaps now more than ever, to crafting and maintaining a school community that lasts. This is because we recognize that our connections to each other are just as important as our lesson plans.

Things may seem upside down right now, but as Michal said so well, “We’re not really upside down. Just a little sideways, and we can find our way back if we don’t let go.”

Here at KIvunim, we aren’t letting go.

From,
Sarah Fox-Long

A couple resources from us for your kids:
BimBam, fun videos about Torah for kids https://www.youtube.com/user/gdashdcast
Word Fireworks: Learn Hebrew, a fun app for Hebrew vocab http://wordfireworks.com/#download
Duolingo, learn Hebrew with one of the most popular language learning apps around https://www.duolingo.com/course/he/en/Learn-Hebrew

Good information on talking with kiddos about the Great Sequester.  http://bit.ly/2vASkhG

KIvunim Moves On-Line

Dear KIvunim families,

In light of the arrival of COVID-19 in Michigan, KIvunim will move to online instruction starting Sunday, 3/15.  These are hard and challenging times for all of us, and my number one priority is to make sure that we can continue instruction without risking the health of any of our members and KIvunim staff– both Sarah Fox-Long and I are at elevated risk due to asthma

On Sunday, I will work with each of our families in groups of 2-families to get you oriented to using Zoom.  Please let me know if you have a tablet or laptop that has a camera on it.  If not, your child/grandchild can still participate, I just won’t be able to see them.  Please pick a time for the zoom orientation by selecting a spot:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4DA9A82AA3FA7-zoom

Looking forward to seeing you all on-line.  I will send a zoom link to you just before your time slot.

We will continue to evaluate the situation and will consider resuming face to face classes when possible.