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, June 8, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

June 8, 2012
18 Sivan 5772

Dear Nevonim Parents,
Whew!  It is hard to believe that this was the last full week of the school year, and what a full week (year) it was!  We started the week with rainy day walk - Geshem!  We played in the social hall.  We sang many songs including the ever requested Aleph Bet Vet.  We expanded our range this week by singing Where is Thumbkin? in Hebrew (the fingers are agudal, etzba, ama, kmitza and zert) if you want to continue the tradition. We also turned our favorite drama game Scooby Doo into a Hebrew song and we sang Mah Tov Hu as a round (Kanon in Hebrew).  We also played "I Spy" and "Shimon Omer" in Hebrew and we expanded our game of Gogoim to include many more mishmish pits.  As always, we sang with Melita and had fun, free nature time at the park. We have seen an explosion of writing Hebrew and English in the kitah and we have therefore been reinforcing this with lots of magnetic letters and signs.
We decided to give our tzedakah money to Jewish Family and Children's Service to help their Shabbat meal delivery program for houseband people - this is the same program that we have been decorating bags for all year.  A representative from the program will join us on Thursday of next week. Rabbi Shalom came to the kitah on Wednesday and sang Oseh Shalom BimRomav..  He aslo told us a story about a man who always said "this is for the best" no matter what happened to him.  He didn't have a place to stay, the wind blew out his lantern, a wild animal ate his rooster and his donkey ran away.  Instead of focusing on the negative, he appreciated how all these events actually ended up being a good thing as the town where he would have slept was robbed and he was safely protected by his "bad luck."   Today we took this a step further and talked about the value of being an  "adam sameach b'chelko" - someone who is happy with his/her lot.
We had another deep conversation this week (it has been a week for meaningful discussion) about how some of us are going to new schools, as we have had a lot of emotion in the kitah and want to acknowledge that change is happening.  We had our small
Wild Thing get bigger and move on to Kindergarten as he said goodbye to Shabbatasurus who will be in the Nevonim class next year.  The children asked Wild Thing how it felt and it was a very sweet moment.
We are asking the children what they want to eat and do for the last week - so we will be making pies for snack on Thursday - if anyone wants to come and help, we would love it.  Wednesday will also be tie dye and stripe day!
Have a Great Shabbat,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

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