Paragraph of the week 12/6/2021


Do you agree with this quote? Why or why not? Provide an example from your own life that supports your reasoning.

I agree with this quote. Humans are naturally compassionate and social, and that means that one person’s mood can affect everyone. Showing someone kindness will result in that person being kind to you. I can relate this to my family and my twin sister Audrey. We don’t always get along, but when we do put aside our differences and help each other out it often results in happiness for us both. Always be kind.

Paragraph of the week 11/29/2021

Brainstorm ways you can be a ”giver” and create a list of small, random acts of kindness and love that you can perform during the month of December. Choose one of the acts and explain in detail how you will do it and who may benefit from your act of kindness.

There are many ways to be a “giver”. You can donate to a food bank, or homeless people on the street. You can do services for free for those in poverty. You can even allow the homeless to stay in your own home, but that is quite extreme. The act of donating to a food bank is a simple but helpful act that can potentially save lives. It’s as simple as buying items from a list of requested items for a local food bank and bringing them to the food bank. This will benefit those who are too poor to afford food from a normal grocery store. I think food banks are not given enough contributions and I hope this post reminds you to donate to one. If you don’t have time you can donate money instead, which is sometimes even more beneficial for the bank than actual food.

Paragraph of the week 11/15/2021:

I have had to show courage the first time I went away to sleep away camp at CBB. It can be scary having to live away from your family and your home, but you get over it after a little bit. You can still get homesick though, which is a little different than fear. I feel that the hardest thing about courage is that little nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you aren’t making the right choice and that everything is about to go wrong. The only solution is simply to ignore that feeling and march on. Ultimately the only thing to fear is fear itself.

Paragraph of the week 11/1/2021:

Describe a place that you have traveled to that you hold close to your heart. What is so special about this place? (It doesn’t have to be a vacation spot. Some of the most special places may be close to home!)

The place I’ve traveled that is most special to me is actually a vacation spot. Every year during the Christmas break, much of my family goes to the Gleneagles resort in Fort Lauderdale Florida. No matter where they live the rest of the year, they will come and that is why it is special. For two weeks we can catch up with family from all over the USA and Canada. All our cousins in one place, and a nice place at that! I’m so happy that each year we can meet up with family we may have not had a chance to see in person all year! Unfortunately we could not go last year due to COVID, but this year we may be able to come again. Maybe it’s stereotypical but as they say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Paragraph of the week 10/25/2021

Do you consider yourself someone who takes “the road less traveled”? That is, are you an independent, free thinker who wishes to pave your own roads? If so, describe an experience in your life that demonstrates this characteristic. If not, why do you prefer to take “the road more often traveled”?


I consider myself to be an independent thinker capable of coming to my own conclusions, but that does not mean my thoughts are entirely formed without anyone else’s thoughts affecting them. Individuality is important, but as anyone who has studied the history of humanity can tell you, our communalism is our greatest strength. I take “the road more often traveled” most times because new paths are formed by branching off the old ones. That is, new thoughts are inspired by the old. Every ideology started with a different one, and every culture took years to be created. Taking the main road doesn’t mean you cannot pave new ones along the way. When you find a fork in the road, take it.

My end of year reflection

The school year is ending and as usual we have to write a reflection on the year. My advice for the upcoming class is, you will have to do this assignment too! But for real, I would say that it won’t be that different from grade 6 so you don’t need to worry to much. What I personally wish I would have known is that we would have gone into quarantine. But I also would have wanted to know about the journal project in extended french earlier, so is you are in extended ask Mr Cinanni about it.

Now to answer some questions, how was my experience over all? I would say it was somewhat boring because of quarantine, but I liked it aside from a few assignments. What did I do well at? I would say that I did very well at english and math. What am I looking forward to the most about summer? I am very excited to go to CBB. And what books can I recommend? I would recommend “The Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell. Have a great day!

My COVIDcation

This winter break was rather unusual, but I still enjoyed it! For the first four days my family rented out a COVID safe cabin in a nearby place (this was before the lockdown). We went on a hike there, and there was even a hot tub! Normally we would go to my grandparents condo in Florida for the break and several of our other relatives also come. Unfortunately, this was not an option this year for obvious reasons. While I missed Florida, the cabin was very nice, and I was happy we went.


I was aware we were going to the cabin for the first part of the break, and I felt that after we went home it would be as boring as watching paint dry. I was mostly correct, but some interesting things happened. For example during the second week of the break my paternal aunt, uncle, and cousins visited and we got to go on walks with them which was neat. So at the very least the break didn’t drag on forever. I also started playing Assassins Creed 3 thanks to Ben lending me a copy. My family and I also saw the Tik Tok Ratatouille musical, as well as Knives Out. I also took the free time to write longer and more complex sessions for my Dungeons and Dragons group, which was a major part of my staying sane.


My family does not have many traditions for winter break and New Year’s. Going to Florida was the only one. We don’t make resolutions, or have a party. I do not have many goals for 2021 but I would say my main goals are to be more social (inhibited by the pandemic), try new things, and practice for my Bar Mitzvah. I just hope it won’t be as bad as the wart of a year that was 2020.


Visual(This was the cottage we stayed at):

My Jewish Values

Recently in class we did a jewish studies project where we picked 5 jewish values from a list and did a slideshow on them. This was to teach us about the many jewish values, and we did learn about many of them. Here is my slideshow!:

After presenting it I feel that I over crowded the slides with info and I should have made cue cards instead, but other than that I think I did a good job.

My OJCS “Set the Scene”!

My class recently did an assignment where we had to write about a day of school as if we were sending it to a film producer who would make a movie about the school. The goal of this assignment was to improve our descriptive writing, I’d say it did improve my descriptions. Here’s mine! (Be warned that the day I talk about didn’t happen, it’s just a day that could happen with some events that did happen mixed in):

Dear Mr Fake Director, 


Welcome to OJCS! I will now walk you through a day in my life! 🎵It’s a lovely Friday morning and I’m waiting at the door. There are lots of people with me but I’ve seen them all before! The door opens and I go in. Sanitize my hands and-🎵 you know what? I’m not rhyming this. The stairway is shiny, perhaps it was freshly polished? I walk up saying hi to the other students as I venture through the deep hallway. I walk through the hall watching lots of kids go into colourful and exciting classrooms. Oh? I’m at my stop! I walk into Mr. Wash’s class. The first thing I see is the teacher’s desk. Between it and me is the smartboard, and on my right is the speaker and phone. I take my seat at the back of the class and start chatting with the other students because our class doesn’t start for another 15 minutes. The desks are 3-4 feet apart from what I can tell and they are relatively bland looking. “BING BOM!” The bell has rung! Mr. Wash walks in and describes today’s lesson. Give me a minute, this is important. (One hour and 20 minutes later) Whoops, I forgot about you! That was a boring two periods anyway! So much grammar, and math! At least it’s Phys Ed now. We go out to the field, it seems we’re playing baseball! I’m fourth at-bat, and after 3 singles in a row, bases are loaded and I’m due up to bat! The ball hurls towards me. As time slows down I swing, it’s a home run! I’m a her- Okay I may have over-exaggerated that. The bases were empty and I struck out, but at least it’s snack time now! Mmm, my apple is sweet today! Wow, that’s a good babybel! (Is that product placement?) Ah, that was a good snack! Now it’s time for the next three classes!


Now we have a period of French down in the basement. The basement is a bit chill and drably coloured but hey, it’s charming! As I walk by the entrance to the library which is filled with posters and second graders I chat about current events with Ben, and Audrey, my twin sister! We are in the classroom and the lights are off. As I look around seeing the couches, desks, the bookshelf, and of course that mural of the world on the left wall I wonder. Could it be? Yes! We’re watching Hamilton in French today! I guess this is because we had the test yesterday! We have a double so we have time for half the musical. 🎵Alexander Hamilton! My name is Alexander Hamilton! And there’s a million things I haven’t done!🎵 Nice! Now we have Hebrew. I am working on a Sukkot project back upstairs in the primary classroom. I do some quick research on the four species and the sukkah and- RING! Is the period already over? I guess this block wasn’t as exciting. Lunch!! It appears I have breaded mac and cheese for lunch. The smell is relaxing and comforting like the sound of a fireplace.on’t even get me started on that cheesy and yet serene and bread-like taste! It’s recess, and all the boys plus Meirav are playing bump. I shoot… I score! Yes, a swoosh! Yes an out! It’s the end, just me and Ben. He hurls his ball as I take aim, and fire! Oh no his ball is headed straight for the net! Wait what’s that? My ball knocked his off track and landed in the net, Oh Yeah! (👍Kool-Aid man approves👍) Bing Bom, Bing Bong! Well, this block is over, see you in third!


We are back in the basement for science! The class is sitting, and listening in the makerspace. (The school science lab) We are classifying biotic and abiotic life forms in an image. Once we are done we watch a bill nye video on ecosystems. We answer some questions and the period has ended. Now we go back upstairs. We have to do some reading and question answering for Lookstein, an online Jewish studies program. We read through Perek 3 of Shmuel Bet a book about King David and that period too has passed (See what I did there?) Finally, it’s Jewish studies with Mr Washerstein. We have a class discussion about Simchat Torah which is on Sunday and then we play a game. The game is much like charades but the player can talk as long as they don’t say the name of the thing and the goal is to guess as many as possible in a time limit. Yardayna and Audrey win with 8 points! 🎵And now our day is done my friends! Our time here has come to an end! But I’ll miss you very much! Don’t forget to write and such!🎵 See you later! -Yours Truly Griffin Baker.

So that was my “Set the Scene” project. For the future I should probably use more advanced descriptive vocabulary, but overall I think I did a good job. See you next time!