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Tasting Apples, Doing Tashlich and much more!

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We hope you had a wonderful Holiday! This week was a lot of fun! We had 5 Mystery Guests: Tovi’s family from Sydney told us about various animals that live in Australia, Yahli’s mom read a fun book in Hebrew “Go Away, Monster!” and created fun monsters with the children, and Abby’s aunt from Melbourn came to visit us and taught us some songs!

We also met our 4th grade buddies on Thursday! Our buddies made cards for us and took us on a Scavenger Hunt around the school. It was so fun! Ask your child about their buddy!

In Reading, in the last two weeks, we introduced the letters B and C and the sounds they make. The children learned all about words that start with the letters B and  C and practiced writing lower and upper case letters Bb and Cc. This Wednesday, we started our Reading Groups! We will meet once a week in small groups to work on our reading skills.  We also worked with new word sorts in Words Their Way practicing identifying beginning sounds and reading and rhyming short words (van, sad, etc.).

For Writing, we spoke about our Rosh Hashanah holidays and then illustrated and practiced writing some words (or dictated) our Rosh Hashanah stories. These are our first narrative writing activities.

In Math, we did an ‘edible’ math lesson! We examined 3 apples: yellow, red and green. We tasted all 3 kinds of apples and made a graph of which apples tasted best. The yellow apples had the most votes! The children greatly enjoyed working in our math workbooks while we learned the numbers 4 and  5. Please practice with your children counting forward and backwards and writing numbers 1-5.

In Social Studies, we read “My First Day At School.” We talked about how we felt on the first day of school and then went on a Quest around the school looking for various rooms and facilities (such as water fountains, restrooms, nurse’s office, music room, art room, security guard and so on).

In Science, we learned about the sense of touch. We made silly putty and talked about the slimy feeling. We also played a game and tried to guess what was in the paper bag based on how it felt!

Hebrew/ Judaics

This week we were busy preparing for the rest of the month of Tishrei- the first Jewish month. We discussed Yom Kippur as a time to say “I am sorry”- “slicha.” We say “slicha” when we do something wrong to our friends or family.  It is also a time to think about how we can correct our past mistakes, and of course, we also have to forgive. Children shared about their own experiences and drew pictures about something they want to do differently or say sorry for. On Wednesday we did Tashlich, a ceremony during which we symbolically throw all our past mistakes in the water. We gave tzedakah (charity) and sang the tzedaka song. We read the books “Dvash Basuccah” by Tovah Shimon, Miriam Kohen and Drorit Farkesh, and “Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur” by Mirriam Shlein as well as the book “Lifaamim” by Paul Kor, “Sammy Spider’s First Rosh Hashanah” by Sylvia Rouss and “Hayom Hayarok” by Shulamit Tzarfati. We sang Avinu Malkeynu and listened to the sounds of the shofar (Tkiah, shvarim truah) which reminds us to stop and think about our choices in life. Finally, as we read the Book of Jonah in synagogue on Yom Kippur, we learned the story of Jonah and the whale.   

Related vocabulary: Slichah- sorry, beit keneset- synagogue, Shalom, boker tov – good morning, Lakum – (to) get up, lashevet – (to) sit, sameach-happy, atzuv -sad, koes- mad. Ani poh- I am here , Yeled -boy, Yalda-Girl, tapuach-apple, rimon-pomegranate, shofar, challa agoolah- round challa, dvash-honey, shana tovah – good year, as well as abba – father, Ima-mother, saba-grandfather, savta- grandmother.

We wish you a meaningful Yom Kippur!

Gmar Chatima Tova (Have a safe and meaningful holiday),

Rachel, Regina, Irit, and Ilana

Blowing the Shofar

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Tasting Apples and Honey for Rosh Hashanah

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We love reading!

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Learning Math with our Learning Buddies

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Doing After-school Art – George Seurat

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Tovi’s family visited from Sydney!

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After-school Art – Claude Monet


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“Painting” the playground with water on a hot day!

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Free Art outside!


Our great Basketball team!

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Learning about and doing Tashlich

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Yahl’s mom is reading “Go Away, Monster” book and then we created fun monsters!

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Playing with our friends

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Abby’s aunt visited us from Australia!


Meeting our new 4th grade buddies!

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Learning about sense of touch by exploring silly putty!IMG_3785 IMG_3786 IMG_3787 IMG_3788 IMG_3789 IMG_3791 IMG_3792 IMG_3793

Exploring sense of touch: guess by feeling what’s in the brown bag!

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Noa played cello for us on her birthday!

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