Happy Hanukkah - as we end the holiday this week! This past Sunday, we had a community-wide Hanukkah celebration day and it was filled with a lot of activity! In our classroom, we had a discussion of some of the themes and ideas of Hanukkah. Then the students made three no-sew blankets to give to the Coalition for the Homeless. The kids worked hard and did a great job! When they weren't working on the blankets, they played dreidle, and everyone received a dreidle to decorate along with candy and donut holes for Hanukkah. The class also learned a new song "Not by Might and Not by Power" by Debbie Friedman, and heard some Maccabeats Hanukkah music while we worked on blankets and games in the classroom. Then we had the menorah display-competition, and a performance of songs and skits by the whole school at the end of the morning.
In our Hanukkah discussion, we discussed the challenges the Maccabees met and also brought out themes like... it's okay to be different (you might ask your student what's "UBU" about?), and having hope even when it seems you don't have enough of what you need to go forward (one day's worth of oil lasted for eight days). We can also all be a "light" in this time of year for others. Thank you to all your students for them practicing "UBU" and bringing their light to us!
Next week we'll return to the amazing stories of Joseph and the ups and downs of his life as we finish the book of Genesis.
Final reminder: We will collect our Tzedakah funds later this year, so do please remember to have your student bring it in for our Tzedakah box.
Thanks and have a good week!