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.

Friday, April 29, 2011

[nevonim5771] HaShavuah

 

HaShavuah
25 Nisan 5771
April 29, 2011
 
Shalom Everyone,
The children were so excited this week to be with each other again.
 
This week we celebrated two birthdays, both Ziporah and Isaac turned four.
 
We experimented with dissolving, using water and corn-foam.
 
We used modelling wax to make sculptures.
 
On Thursday we made our own challah dough.  On Friday we shared some of our challah dough with the Nachshonim.
 
We also enjoyed our new "Mishkan Shalom," a quiet space created in our reading area by Ruth's son as his mitzah project for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. 
 
Next week we will be learning all about Israel in anticipation of Yom Ha'Atzmaut.  We would love to have pictures or special objects from Israel to put in a class musuem about Israel that we will be creating.  So please bring something to class next week for this exciting project.
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Dinah, Eve, Ruth, and William

--
William Levwood
william@netivotshalom.org

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

[nachshonim5771] AUCTION REMINDER!~

 

REMINDER!!!! IF YOU HAVE NOT OFFERED A SERVICE TO BE AUCTIONED YET... PLEASE E-MAIL ELANA AT ELANANK@GMAIL.COM WITH YOUR ITEM!  WE ARE HOPING FOR AN ITEM FROM EACH FAMILY!!  SAVE THE DATE! Preschool Auction! Sunday Evening May 15th 7-9pm  We are planning a lovely adult evening with delicious food and wine and an auction of goods and services to benefit the preschool scholarship fund!  Come enjoy each others company and bid on one of a kind items in our Auction of goods and services  from within the Netivot Shalom Pre-School Community! Do you have a service you would want to put up for auction?  Can you tune a bike?  Can you offer an evening of babysitting?  Do you want to take a group of kids to the Park for an afternoon?  Anything you can do  - we want to bid on it! 
We are hoping for 100% participation from the preschool community! E-mail elanank@gmail.com with your item! Looking forward to seeing you all then! 

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[nevonim5771] Shabbat Yaldeinu

 

Dear Netivot Shalom Preschool Mamas and Papas,


Coming up on May 14th is Shabbat Yaldeinu, the once-a-year Shabbat service led by Preschool parents and their supporters. I am helping to coordinate the service-leading for this special event. Liora Brosbe is going to be offering a fabulous derasha (sermon). What can YOU do?

If you know how to lead a prayer service, let me know! If you'd like to learn, let me know.

If you read Torah, consider reading an aliyah (some are as short as 3 verses). Haftarah is available, too!

Also, if grandparents (or other family members) want to get in on the action, they are welcome.

I look forward to hearing from you,
Dorothy (Levi's mom)

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Friday, April 15, 2011

[nevonim5771] HaShavuah

 

HaShavuah
11 Nisan 5771
April 15, 2011
 
Shalom Everyone,

This HaShavuah is for the last two weeks.  The children have been crazy for the big legos the past two weeks.  We also introduced fuse beads which require great focus and fine motor skills.  Dress up play has also taken a turn for the glamorous with fancy headwear all the rage (the children call their fancy fabrics "shmatas").
 
Mostly, of course, we have been focused on Pesach.  We recapped the story of Joseph and his brothers.  We told the story of Moses life.  The children especially love the part about the baby Moses in the teva floating in the Nile.  They have acted this out multiple times in multiple ways over the past two weeks.  They have also been acting out other parts of the Pesach story, pretended to be Pharoah, Moses, and a host of other characters.  We also read many Pesach books, including ones from the PJ Library.  We used clay lke the Hebrew slaves making bricks, made origami frogs and origami matzah covers, and painted desert structures which we used in the sandbox.  We made matzah in a hurry and ate it with cheese for snack. We made matzah brei!  We have sang many, many Pesach songs including "Mah Nishtanah."  We looked at what symbols we have on the Pesach table and talked about what their meanings.  It has been such a full two weeks that I know I am leaving things out (like the pyramid building that happened just this morning, Oh! and of course we cleaned the classroom throughly, removing all chametz!).  This list is just a sample to give you an idea of some of these wonderful things we have been doing for Pesach.
Shabbat Shalom v'Chag Sameach,
 
Dinah, Eve, Ruth, and William
--
William Levwood
william@netivotshalom.org

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[nachshonim5771] Hashavuah

 

Hashavuah
April 15, 2011
11 Nissan 5771
 
Shalom Nachshinim Families,
 
It has been a pleasant week for us in the kitah with many exciting activities.
 
- We have baby Moses! In fact, we have four of them. And each moses has a basket to float down the river Nile. Our Nile River is made of blue fabric. We also made Moshe's basket comfy and warm with blankets and cushions.
- We continue to read Pesach stories. A very enjoyable one is a PJ Library book called "The Red Hen and the Passover Matza". The hen has farm animal friends who are not willing to help her prepare matza for Pesach, but in the end she kindly offers them a seat at the Seder table anyways.
- Aba Avi helped us cook Matza Brie for snack and we ate it with sugar sprinkled on top.
- We talked about Shirley joining us in the kitah and about how Andrew is moving on to do other things.
- Shirley told the children a story at cirletime and acted it out with stuffies about the little boy Danny who does not want to shower or take a bath before shabbat.
-On Wednesday morning, playtime in the dramatic play corner turned into a Pesach seder.
- We cleaned chametz in our kitah with dust pans, dusters and rags. The "chametz" that the children found and collected were blocks and other various classroom materials.
- We discussed Ofra's upcoming trip to Israel. We talked about the airplane she will be taking and some of the things she is looking forward to.
 
Chag Sameach l'kulam.
May your Pesach be joyous.
Ofra
 
 
 

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