Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool seeks to create a stimulating and enriching educational environment for each and every child.
We are devoted to helping children learn socialization skills, building their self-confidence and teaching them the preliminary skills to explore and experience the world independently from their parents.
In addition, we seek to ignite a spark in each child to lay claim to her or his Jewish heritage and commit him or her to a lifetime passion for learning.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

June 16, 2011
14 Sivan 5771

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

This school year has truely been fantastic. We are such big fans of all
your children and we feel so lucky to have been a part of their lives
this year at school.

Here are some of the things we have been up to these last couple of weeks.
-On Monday last week before Shavuot, we continued our discussion about
Shavuot. We talked about the ten commandments, Moses on Mount Sinai,
spring harvests, wheat and flour, and G-d.
- We found and removed wheat berries from the wheat we looked at the
previous week. We ground them up in a mortar and pestle and got to see
exactly how flour is made. To continue our exploration of harvesting
wheat, we soaked some wheat berries and then put them in a little pot of
soil. Within a few days we had wheat grass growing.
- We decorated our kitah with plant life and wheat the way people
decorate their synagogues.
- We went on a fild trip last Tuesday to Berkeley Way Mini Park. In
honor of Shavuot, we called it a "pilgrimage" and we brought our
"bikurim"/harvest with us. We had a some banana slices when we arrived
to the park. We also had a chance to make it to the park this week as
well where we had a chance to enjoy the sunshine.
- Shirley sang with us the Shavuot songs that she knows in Hebrew.
- We got out our height chart the we made in the fall. We hung it back
on the wall and measured ourselves again. Then we observed how much each
of us have grown in the last nine months.
-We have been discussing the end of the school year of course and some
of the changes that will occur in the summer and the upcoming fall.
- On Wednesday of this week we baked pizza's with the help of Emah Edona
and Emah Jeannine. We made the dough from scratch in the morning and
then got to top it with a variety of different toppings.
- We have been enjoying our "What's wrong?" cards that have pictures in
which something is wrong or off in the image, we find them to be quite
- And today, for those of you who were not present, we had an all school
picnic in the courtyard as well as a large circle time at the end of the
day with everyone, including Menachem and his guitar.

I have to say it again, this year has been wonderful and thanks to your
children, the nachshonim staff have had amazing and special moments all
year long.

Ofra and Shirley

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