It was wonderful to spend Sunday morning with your children. We are getting to know one another, and sowing the seeds of classroom community.
Our morning revolved around the High Holidays, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. We spoke of these holidays as opportunites for self reflection. To highlight this, we tossed balls into a basket, noticing that sometimes we "miss the mark". This led to a discussion about hopes and disappointments. Your children are thoughtful and articulate. Dori had a young man blow the shofar, and we learned the Ellen Allard song "Shofar Blast".
We have begun our Hebrew studies with the letters Mem, Final Mem and Shin. Key words are Shofar, Shabbat and Mezuzzah. There is no homework this week, but I will soon be suggesting textbook practice and online games.
Your child decorated a Tote Bag for Sunday School. Please have your child bring the bag, along with our textbook "Alef Bet Quest" to each class.
As we approach Rosh Hashana, I want you to know that I am delighted to be sharing this year with you. I hope that you and your family will be blessed with good health and joyous times in the New Year.
It was a delight to spend Sunday morning with your children. Alexandra, our teaching assistant, and I are looking forward to a wonderful year.
We started with a science experiment using two eggs - one raw and one hard boiled. That led into our story about a poor woman who had many hungry children to feed. She happened to find an egg. Considering herself a wise person, the woman devised a plan to use that egg to build a fortune. In the story, the woman planned extensively, but failed to take action. Reflecting upon the New Year, we thought about how we each want to grow, and what actions we can take.
Our class is learning about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the holidays that usher in the Jewish New Year. We looked at various New Year traditions, including dipping apples in honey. Your child now knows that TAPUACH is the Hebrew word for apple. Our Hebrew vocabulary will continue to expand.
I wish Shana Tova - a good year- to you and your family.
Mindy Elins, M.Ed
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