Grades 7 & 8 Basketball

Hello Student Life! This is your vice president Shylee, writing to you guys about the basketball games and practices grades 7 and 8 have been having. 

Mr.Ray and Mr.Cinanni have been helping grades 7-8 get ready for the basketball season we will be participating in. They have both taught us many skills in basketball and helped the OJCS team improve tremendously. In practice we focus on many drills and skills to help us be greater basketball players, and if we are lucky we get to play a game at the end.

As the year has started, the grade 7 and 8s will be going to games in different schools. The girls had their first game already, and we won! It was such a fun experience, getting to play against teams that are challenging, the team building, and the feeling after you finish the games. It was all such a fun experience and I am so excited to continue the season.

If you aren’t in grade 7 and 8, get ready to try out because the basketball season will be a super fun and exciting experience!

A Day In The Life of an OJCS Student

Written by Sasha Peters

As a student at OJCS, I sometimes wonder what it’s like to see a day in a life as a different student. I can’t do that, so I figured I’ll let all the readers of the OJCS student life blog, get a bit of insight into the day of a life as an OJCS student! 

“DING DONG” the school bell rings at 8:30 AM. I’m tired, but excited to see my friends. I have 15 minutes to get settled in before my first class starts, English. Miss Mender, my English teacher, told us that we were reading a short story today entitled “Lamb to the slaughter”. It looks like it was going to be a long day. 

After that, I had math with Mr. Ray, Judaics with Morah Corinne and finally prayers with Dr. Mitzmacher. But most importantly snacks, because it’s always a great time to socialize with my class. 

After a 20 minute break I went down to the maker space for science with Mr. Ray again. I love the maker space because it’s such a great learning space for creative ideas. After a good time learning about cells, I went back upstairs for Jewish studies with Mr. Wash. He always makes the class super enjoyable with his great jokes! Finally, I went to the gym with Mr. C. I love his class so much because they’re creative and always know how to make us have a great time! 

Then we had lunch. A nice long break so that we can get our heads out of the books. After I ate my lunch, I went down to basketball practice in the gym with Mr. C again. We did some fun drills so that we can improve! I can’t wait for the tournament!! 

For the last three classes of the day, I had French and social studies with Madame Wanda who always makes our class a blast, and Hebrew with Morah Ruthie who loves to teach our awesome class!

Finally, it was time to pack up. I had a great day with all my awesome teachers and friends. Now, you don’t have to wonder what it’s like to be an OJCS student!…by the way it’s pretty awesome! 

Introducing the Senior Knesset Executive

I am thrilled to introduce our Senior Knesset Executive!

Class representatives are being chosen this week and our first Knesset meeting will be on November 9th!

Re-Launching Student Life

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Before I jump into all of the exciting student life updates,
I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself! My name is Lianna Krantzberg (more popularly known as Morah Lianna here at school) and I am the Student Life Lead at OJCS this year. When I am not thinking about ways to enhance Student Life, I can be found teaching the amazing students in Grade 3. With my 10+ years of experience as a Staff and Assistant Director at Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa, I am very excited to bring all of the RUACH and ENERGY into Student Life at OJCS!

Speaking of ruach and energy, I am so excited about all of the student life buzz in the hallways of our school. Over the past couple of weeks we have re-launched some of our favourite OJCS activities like, Reading Buddies, Recess Clubs, and tomorrow we will have our first in-person Rosh Chodesh assembly since pre-covid!



OJCS students, please take a moment to comment on this blog post and tell me what YOU are most excited for this year! Parents, I encourage you to leave a comment as well and let me know what sort of student life updates you’d like to see on this blog.

Reminders & What’s Coming Up:

-Make sure to subscribe to this blog so you can stay up to date on all things Student Life!

-If you have not yet signed your child(ren) up for recess clubs, please do! Complete this Google Form by Thursday, October 27!

-Our Knesset Executive election is coming up this week! Keep your eyes peeled for a post introducing our Executive Team for 2022-2023!

OJCS Maccabiah Games 2021- Harry Potter Edition!

Each year, our student government works hard to plan מכביה (Maccabiah) – our school-wide colour war event. Featuring various high-energy events, Maccabi Canada athlete stories, competitions, and even trivia challenges, it is something our students and staff all look forward to. Our school-wide day of friendship and fun will take place on Friday, June 11th, 2021 and we’re gearing up for a great day! How many days until this event? Only 17!
This year, our students are excited to be sorted into the houses of Hogwarts as they prepare for Maccabiah – Harry Potter style. We can’t wait to see what sorts of high-jinks our wizards get into. Will there be potion making? A game of quidditch? A life-size game of chess to reach the Sorcerer’s Stone? Time(turners) will tell!
Though our students will represent Gryffindor (red team), Hufflepuff (orange team), Ravenclaw (blue team), or Slytherin (green team), we know that there is nothing quite as good as when we’re all rooting for the same team – in this case, OJCS. And that’s where we need your help. Our school is just $10,800 away from reaching our fundraising goal this year. That is just $60 per student! Please help support our students (current and future), by supporting our Maccabiah. Feel free to share on social media and with your friends and family:

Thank you, merci and todah rabah for your help in reaching our goals.
Want to learn more about our past Maccabiah Games? Read Dr. Mitzmacher’s blog ‘Philanthropy is a Learned Behavior: Introducing the OJCS Maccabiah Games’
Follow @The_OJCS on Twitter for event updates and pictures on Friday, June 11th!

Jesse Miller: Safely Navigating the Online World

Even before COVID-19, we’ve been living in a world where social media plays a large role in the way we communicate – for our children too! With lockdowns, school closures, and the need to physically distance, many of us have increased the amount of time we spend online, as a family and as individuals. With this has also come concerns around the amount of screen time for our children, and how to best support them as they navigate an increasingly online world. Jesse Miller of Mediated Reality, is a national social media awareness expert, and he will be holding a parent information evening on Monday, March 1st at 7:30 pm to address parental fears and minimize stress around screen time, discuss perceptions around technology addiction, and answer all your questions. 

This is a workshop that shouldn’t be missed! Mr. Miller will also be speaking to our students (4-8) during the day on March 1st, so the evening is encouraged for parents only. 

Please register here for this incredible event, or click the link in the flyer below. 

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OJCS Chanukah Celebrations

The Chanukah celebrations continue @The_OJCS!

Today our grade 2 classes and Hillel Lodge met virtually for a Chanukah program. Our grade 2 classes shared Chanukah trivia with our Hillel Lodge friends, followed by a Chanukah song-a-long. A big thank you to Morah Batya for coordinating the special event with Hillel Lodge.

The hallways are doors are full of Chanukah cheer too! Classes are participating in a Chanukah door decorating contest and the willing door will be announced on Thursday.

Lastly, please join us for our OJCS school Chanukah celebration on Tuesday, December 15th from 7:00-8:00 PM. Click here to watch the live stream and see what the classes have been working hard to prepare for you! Hope to see you there!

A Week of Camp Ruach

We had a week filled with ruach thanks to Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa. A big thank you to CBB Associate Director Jill Doctor and Assistant Director Marnie Gontovnik for leading things on the CBB side of things and planning the different activities for our students.

On Wednesday, students in grades 4-5 participated in a Hannukah-themed scavenger hunt. Teams (made of in-person and distance learners!) worked together to complete various tasks like building a 3D menorah and spotting the differences between two maps of CBB.

On Thursday, our K-3 students joined a virtual and interactive theatre experience hosted by Main Stages in NYC!

Today wrapped up with our Middle School Escape Room. Here was the fun escape room storyline.


It’s Friday, December 11th at 11am! OJCS just got hit with 12 feet of snow! WOW – how are you going to go home to celebrate the second night of Hanukkah with your family?!

You’re in luck – Hanukkah Harry is here to save the day! He can get you the tools you need to escape, but first, you need to work together with your OJCS family to show the true spirit of Hanukkah.

You have been put into groups based on your strengths, personality and determination to overcome these tasks. You will be faced with many challenges along the way, but we believe that you and your team will be able to conquer them no problem! I hope you came prepared with your WINNING attitude!

In order to escape, Hanukkah Harry has left a trail of clues for you to follow online. Each clue will give you a tool to use in order to escape the building. You will need all 6 tools in order to successfully escape and go home to your families. However, Hanukkah Harry wanted to make it a little more challenging. You will need to unscramble each clue that comes your way to find out what tool it is!

Please hurry, the second night of Hanukkah is about to start and your family is waiting!

All of the students did escape so you can expect them all home for the second evening of Hanukkah!

You can read and see more about the ruach activities on Dr.Mitzmacher’s blog post today.

Happy Hanukkah to all our OJCS faculty, families, and students!

CBB is Coming to OJCS!

This is an exciting week at OJCS! Not only is it the Scholastic book fair and the first night of Chanukah, but we also have CBB coming to OJCS (virtually!). With the weather getting grey and colder, why not bring some camp-style ruach to our building from Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa.  Have a look below to see the exciting events happening this week.


OJCS Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

We are thrilled to continue with our beloved OJCS Scholastic Book Fair, just this year it will be virtual style! It also means that you can shop from the comfort of your own couch and still be supporting the school as 20% of the sale proceeds are donated back to the school. The book fair runs from November 30th to December 11th.

Some other highlights of our book fair:

  • There is free shipping to your home with a minimum $ order.
  • There is even more selection this year with over 450 book titles, with 150 being in French.
  • Check out our virtual teacher wishlists below. You can click on each teacher’s name in the book spine to open up their wishlist. We just ask that you indicate when you have purchased a book.
  • Check out the OJCS Facebook page to see videos from OJCS faculty sharing their book suggestions.

Happy shopping and reading!

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